What I Do?

I specialize in helping individuals who have experience with mental health challenges, trauma, relationship difficulties, questions about life and spirituality, and similar issues using a holistic, often spiritually-informed, approach. I’ve always believed in integrating the spiritual, mental, emotional, and behavioural aspects of healing. My approach begins with conventional healing practices, and helps my clients understand how these methods relate to the timeless spiritual teachings and practices that have also helped to shape our concepts of healing.

On my personal and professional journey, I’ve worked with traditional medicine men and women, Buddhist meditation teachers, and a diverse mix of spiritual practitioners from many walks of life. And I’ve received specialized training in evidence-based treatment for individuals experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety disorders, clinical depression, and self-esteem issues, among other psycho-social issues. I relate to my clients through my firsthand experience with psychological healing – which contributes in a significant way to my passion for helping others become their best, most resilient selves.

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I Believe

“I believe one can be incredibly effective and incredibly human at the same time – excellence does not require perfection”

Qualifications

Kelly Pritchard

Registered Psychotherapist

Education & Accomplishments

  • In-depth training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Cognitive Processing Therapy
  • Spiritual (holistic) Psychotherapy
  • In depth experience with Mindfulness and Meditation
  • Training and experience in Internal Family Systems Therapy

Approach

  • CBT
  • Internal Family Systems Therapy
  • It’s my goal to help my clients live lives that are authentic, rich, and meaningful. I believe that no matter how small or big your goals for your life, you have an essential role to play in this world that no-one else can play. And I believe that no matter how many steps it takes, and no matter how many detours you go on along the way, profound transformation is within your reach. I’ve often received feedback from my colleagues that nothing that’s affecting my clients seems to phase me. I’ve always found this feedback interesting, because from my perspective, nobody’s ever beyond repair. In fact, I don’t believe anyone’s ever truly broken. The thing that excites me most about being a psychotherapist is the opportunity to help you find the strength and wisdom that reside inside of you, so that you can leave your own unique footprint on this planet.

Professional Memberships

  • College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario

Experience

  • 8 years

Kelly's Favorite Quote

“Can I pick a song? I’m a huge lover of music. The song that always sends shivers down my spine is Where I Sit is Holy”

– Shaina Noll

Frequently Asked Questions With Kelly

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions that we receive. If you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.

A desire to master the human condition.

The opportunity to see the best in humanity.

This is completely understandable. Ask for free consultations! Bring a list of questions that are important to you. Find someone who you feel comfortable with, but also who can challenge you. Trust yourself 😊

Having the tools to create a rock-solid relationship with my SELF.

That there is a one-size-fits-all path to healing, that you can heal within a set time frame, that there’s something ‘wrong’ with you for not being healed yet.

It completely depends on the situation but, in general, it can be very challenging for a good friend to separate their emotions about you or about a situation from the process of supporting you. Meaning it can be difficult for a good friend to offer unconditional support. I’m not an expert on coaching, but in my experience, psychotherapy can offer a more holistic and in-depth healing experience (many therapists are also able to offer coaching-style interventions to their clients; however, coaches are not able to offer psychotherapy interventions to their clients). Psychotherapy is a very rich and constantly evolving field.

Kelly Pritchard

Bayridge Counselling

Availability

  • Daytime, evenings, weekdays

Contact

What activity instantly calms you?

Aside from meditation, I absolutely love using thermal cycles – or what’s known as the hot-cold-rest-ritual – to relax. Combining hot and cold is the ticket for me.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

Sooo hard to pick just one. I’d have to go with “no matter what’s happened, nothing can stop you from having the life you crave”.

How do you enjoy spending your alone time?

These days you’ll be sure to find me meditating, listening to a podcast, or getting off the beaten path with my dogs.

Need Help Choosing a Therapist?

If you are still trying to decide whether therapy is right for you, book a free 20-minute virtual consultation with our Clinical manager and therapist, Nicole Callander, RSSW. Nicole would be happy to answer any questions about therapy or who would be a match for your unique situation.

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Need help booking your free 20-minute consult? (905) 319-1488
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