Bio

Katie Bergin

Registered Social Worker, Psychotherapist
MSW RSW

Many clients come to therapy feeling as though their ability to cope has been stretched to its limits.

They find it difficult to imagine things could be different, and even harder to imagine them staying the same. With kindness, humor, and authenticity, I support clients to uncover inner resources and strengths that can help them gain effective ways to cope with and overcome issues. This work is grounded in the concept of radical self-acceptance which invites clients to challenge the patterns and voices that can keep us from living a full and authentic life. By creating a space that encourages personal expression and exploration, clients are supported to feel safe to engage with, and contend with the struggles that are limiting their lives.

I work from a person-centered approach that puts an emphasis on the fit of the therapeutic relationship. I believe that the success of the client’s therapeutic experience lies in the relationship between therapist and client. I aim to enhance the client experience by bringing security, trust and comfort to therapy, so that core level healing can be facilitated, and a client can learn how to be informed by their emotions rather than be used by them.

Katie is a Registered Social Worker and Psychotherapist with a Master of Social Work from the University of Toronto. Katie’s recent background was in community mental health with Griffin Centre (now Lumenus Community Services) where she worked with some of the city’s most complex and vulnerable populations, and has supported many youth and families to explore meaningful growth when struggling with issues like conflict, mood and behavior challenges, low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, trauma, suicidality, and self-harm. Katie was also a member of Griffin’s Centre trauma team which specializes in the assessment and treatment of complex trauma.

Client Focus:

Families, individuals, children and youth (starting at 4+), couples

Types of Therapy:

CBT (for multiple populations and presentations), DBT, Narrative Therapy, Play Therapy, Mindfulness, arts-based interventions, Trauma, Solutions-Focused Brief Therapy (multiple populations and presentations), Collaborative Problem Solving.

Issues:

Anxiety, depression, trauma, behaviour challenges, parent coaching, self-esteem, self harm and suicidality, family conflict, parent-child/teen conflict, intellectual and learning disabilities, dual diagnosis, substance use, anger management, mood and behaviour disorders. Family conflict, children and adolescents, parenting, self-esteem, self-harm and suicidality, Miscarriage and pregnancy loss, infertility/fertility issues, substance use and addictions and adoption.

More Than Just My Work:

“Radical acceptance rests on letting go of the illusion of control, and a willingness to notice and accept things as they are right now, without judging.” Marsha Linehan