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Areas of Practice

  • Addictions (substance and process)
  • Trauma
  • Mood disorders (anxiety and depression)
  • Stress counselling
  • Spiritual counselling

Rob McRae

Registered Psychotherapist

After experiencing first-hand the devastating effects of mental health on my family and myself, I sought answers which led to a major mental and spiritual transformation at age 20.  After this, my life became devoted to easing human suffering in any way possible. 

My practice is based in modern cognitive therapy and the neuroscience of trauma, while always anchored in the spiritual wisdom of mindfulness, acceptance and awareness.  

We are all on a path of healing and discovery that leads, eventually and inevitably, to the realization of our true potential.  I see my role as a psychotherapist as a powerful companion on this journey - to be a helpful friend that can ease your burden during dark times, and become a ray of light to guide you more quickly towards your goals.  It would be my honour to walk with you a little while on your journey.

 


Q & A with Rob

What made you decide to choose your current profession?

" Long story... family mental health and a desire to heal the world basically. "

 

What do you like most about what you do?

" Truly making a difference in people's lives. "

 

What does 'integrated health' mean to you?

" Health that acknowledges mind, body, and spirit. "

 

What does 'wellness' mean to you?

" Wellness means a balance in many spheres of life, coupled with the capacity to grow and act in an optimized way. "

 

What's your definition of happiness?

" Complete acceptance of whatever is present. "

 

What do you think are the biggest misconceptions about mental health?

" There are many to write about but the biggest is that sadness is pathological - though that's the most dangerous misconception. "

 

What's are the top 3 things you do to keep healthy?

" 1) Practice mindfulness every day.   2) Eat to live, not live to eat.  3) Run or do yoga every day. "

 

What do you want your clients to know about you and what it will be like working with you?

" My approach is quite different from other therapists - I have great success helping people change after years of frustration.  This is not just about a kind ear to listen to -  it is about truly dissolving limitations and changing your life."

 

What do you value most in a client?

" Willingness to grow and be challenged. "

 

What is your ultimate goal in working at everwell?

" To continue a thriving private practice as I anchor in the Hammer while also connecting to wonderful new people and a new community. "

 

What's the best piece of advice that you have ever received?

" What would like to be doing in 10 years? "

 

What's wisdom would you pass along to the next generation?

" In reality, we are all one. "

 
In reality, we are all one.

Education / Accomplishments /Awards

  • Masters Degree in Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy, Wilfred Laurier University
  • Completion of 2 units of  Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) with eligibility to work in hospitals and health care settings
  • Post-graduate work in the area of addictions and the methods of therapy known as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT); The Work of Byron Katie; and Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Completion of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
  • Completion of Vipassana Meditation training
  • Recipient of the Gold medal for academic excellence in graduate studies, Wilfred Laurier University (2013)
  • Published Living As God: Healing and Separation (2006, 2nd ed. 2012)
  • Scholarship recipient, The School for The Work of Byron Katie, Los Angeles (2015)

Professional Memberships

  • Registered Psychotherapist - College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario 
  • Member - Canadian Association of Spiritual Care (CASC) 

Cost

  • $120.00 ( per session )
  • Check with your insurance provider for coverage opportunities

What personal qualities are important for the job that you do?

Intelligence
Compassion
Non-judgmental
Stamina
Respect
Open-mindedness


Just for fun

Guilty Pleasure

" Sci-fi novels! "

Fav Book

" Fiction - Shantaram by Gregory David Roperts /  Non-Fiction - Nature of Consciousness by Rupert Spira "

Coffee or Tea?

" Regularly! "

Top 3 things you heart about Hamilton

" 1) The water.  2) The trails.  3) The culture. "


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