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SAFER SPACES:
AN INTERSECTIONAL THERAPY COLLECTIVE

Supporting individuals, couples, & families across Ontario, Alberta, Quebec, and PEI virtually
Find the right therapist to support your healing and empowerment

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ABOUT

ABOUT US

We are a small & intimate virtual counselling service focused on helping all who are ready to begin their journeys.

Safer Spaces: An Intersectional Therapy Collective was born out of a shared passion for anti-oppressive care, connection, and self-development. Our core values act as the building blocks of our group practice. We believe in the importance of trauma-informed, strengths-based work that empowers client autonomy. This also involves situating client concerns outside of the individual and diving deep into the external forces at play. We believe in helping others cultivate a strong inner compass in order to help them feel more confident and fulfilled in themselves and their relationships with others. We celebrate and value diversity in all forms. We do not stand for judgement, prejudice, or discrimination. 

 

At our core, we are a collective of therapists who prioritize client care as opposed to profit. We value meeting clients where they are, and following clients' lead to tailor care to their individual and relational needs. Commitment to these values means a continuous commitment to learning and sharpening our skills over time, staying up to date with the latest trainings and approaches to therapy. 

passion led us here

TREATMENT

SERVICES

Licensed professionals at Safer Spaces offer therapy through the secure, encrypted platform, Jane.

Therapy is an investment in your health and happiness and can improve your outlook, mood, and relationships for years to come. Here are the treatment options we offer:

01

Individual Therapy

A collaborative process between client and therapist; centred around your unique history, learning style, and needs. A space for you to navigate and get curious about your concerns.

Common Concerns We Deal With:

  • Self-esteem and self-worth

  • Body acceptance

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Fear & worry

  • Shame & guilt

  • Stress

  • Anger

  • Jealousy

  • Insomnia

  • ADHD

  • Food & disordered eating

  • Adjusting to change & life transitions

  • Educational & career counselling

  • Perfectionism

  • Emptiness & aimlessness

  • Peer relationships

  • Co-dependency

  • Attachment

  • Forgiveness

  • Trauma & survivorship

  • Grief, loss, & bereavement

  • Childhood neglect

  • Boundary creation

  • Questions around gender identity & sexual orientation

  • Immigration

  • Culture & Race

  • Discrimination

  • Faith & spirituality

  • Aging & geriatric concerns

  • Chronic pain

  • Caregiver burn out

  • Post-partum concerns

03

Family Therapy

02

Couples' Therapy

When an intimate relationship is feeling challenging or like you are disconnected, couples therapy is an option to consider. Your therapist will work to create a safe place to help you understanding your relationship's "cycle", validate each other's experience, facilitate connection and compassion, and promote healthier communication patterns.

Common Concerns We Deal With:

  • Pre-marital counselling

  • Ruptures of trust

  • Infidelity

  • Ethical non-monogamy & polyamory

  • Equitable division of labour

  • Parenting 

  • Fertility

  • Break-ups, separation & divorce

  • Communication

  • Differences in attachment styles

  • Differences in values

  • Differences in relational needs

  • Abuse

  • Power & control

  • Financial concerns

  • Navigating a diagnosis

  • Feelings of disconnection & rejection

  • Sex & intimacy

  • Boundaries

  • Fear of commitment

  • Transitions (e.g. moving in together)

04

Child & Youth Therapy

Family therapy can be a safe place to navigate familial transitions (e.g. separation, having a baby, migration to another city or country, emptying the nest, etc.), roles, and experiences to ultimately arrive at a deeper understanding of each family member and the dynamics and barriers holding you back. Increasing non-violent communication and conflict resolution are frequent goals which therapists can aid in achieving.

Common Concerns We Deal With:

  • Parenting

  • Peer relationships

  • Sibling conflict

  • Familial transitions (e.g. migration)

  • Newcomer families

  • Blended family dynamics

  • Adoption

  • Separation & divorce

  • Academic concerns

  • Behavioural concerns

  • Boundaries

  • Seeking connection & closeness

  • Conflict resolution

Childhood and adolescence are important stages for emotional and social development. If you feel your child could benefit from support in those areas or to have help navigating parenting, our therapists can facilitate discussions with you and your child or child on their own, dependent on age.

Common Concerns We Deal With:

  • Peer pressure

  • "Fitting in"

  • Bullying

  • Isolation

  • Body image

  • Self-harm & suicidal ideation

  • Sibling conflict

  • Familial transitions (e.g. migration)

  • Adoption

  • Academic concerns

  • Behavioural concerns

  • ADHD

  • Autism

All of our therapists work from a humanistic, eclectic approach. Some common forms of therapy they pull from are:

  • Experiential therapy

  • Exposure & response prevention

  • Gestalt therapy

  • Narrative therapy

  • Somatic therapy

  • The Gottman method

  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)

  • Attachment-based therapy

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)

  • Compassion-focused therapy

  • Culturally informed therapy

  • Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)

  • Emotionally focused therapy

  • Existential therapy

  • Internal family systems therapy (IFS)

  • Feminist therapy

  • Humanistic therapy

  • Motivational interviewing

  • Solution-focused brief therapy

  • Strengths & resilience-based therapy

  • Structural family therapy

  • Psychonalysis

“When the other person is hurting, confused, troubled, anxious, alienated, terrified; or when he or she is doubtful of self-worth, uncertain as to identity, then understanding is called for. The gentle and sensitive companionship of an empathic stance… provides illumination and healing. In such situations deep understanding is, I believe, the most precious gift one can give to another.”

- Carl R. Rogers

Why Choose Safer Spaces

Why Choose Safer Spaces?

- Carl R. Rogers

“A person is a fluid process, not a fixed and static entity; a flowing river of change, not a block of solid material; a continually changing constellation of potentialities, not a fixed quantity of traits.”

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you offer a free initial consultation? 

Yes! We offer a free 15 minute video or phone consultation. Therapy is a highly vulnerable endeavour. It is important for us that clients feel comfortable and confident with who they choose to work with. 

How long are therapy sessions?

The clinical hour ranges between 50-55 minutes. We also offer 30 and 80-85 minute sessions if preferred or needed.

What is the cost of a standard therapy session?

The cost of a standard therapy session is $169.50, inclusive of HST. 

Do you offer sliding scale?

We never want finances to act as a barrier to accessing care. If you require sliding scale due to extenuating circumstances, please let your individual therapist know.

How many sessions are necessary?

Therapeutic work can be oriented toward specific short-term goals or address larger themes in the context of past and current life events. Length of treatment is based on your individual needs, there is no "one-size-fits all"! when it comes to self-development and healing,

How can I attend?

Our services are exclusively online through the use of the user-friendly and encrypted platform, Jane.

Are your services covered by insurance?

Yes, so long as your insurance policy covers “Registered Psychotherapists”. Your individual insurance provider will be able to verify details regarding the amount of coverage you have per calendar year. 

How does payment work?

Payment via E-TRANSFER to saferspacestherapy@gmail.com is required at the time of your appointment. Upon receiving your E-TRANSFER payment, you will receive a receipt, which you may then submit to your insurance company for reimbursement. 

What is your cancellation policy?

We understand that life happens. Clients are able to cancel or re-schedule their appointments with 48 hours notice. This allows us to contact other clients who may be on the cancellation list. Past the 48 hour window, we will have to charge the full session fee. We appreciate your understanding.

Is my Personal Health Information secure and protected?

Your safety and security is paramount to us. Safer Spaces is PHIPA/PIPEDA compliant. We conduct online therapy sessions through the Jane App, our 3rd party tele0health platform. That same encrypted platform is used to store all of your private health information to ensure it is secure.

Are you hiring?

While we are no longer actively looking to expand our team with vibrant and skilled clinicians, if you are interested in learning more about job opportunities and feel you would be a good fit, shoot us a message below or get in touch directly by e-mailing saferspacestherapy@gmail.com

Do you offer placement opportunities for practicum students?

While we hope to be able to offer this in the future, Safer Spaces is currently not able to take on practicum students.

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