Bio

Dr. Will Birman

Psychology Resident
Psy.D

The experience of being human can be a great challenge in our current world despite the conventional wisdom offering oversimplified solutions. Instead of relying on inadequate shortcuts, psychotherapy aims to address deeper sources of distress and discomfort to provoke more lasting development, resiliency, and self-understanding.

In approaching therapeutic practice, I strive to create an environment of authentic meeting and emotional freedom for my clients. Through the mutual unfolding of the diverse elements that contribute to one’s subjective life, I encourage my clients to compassionately witness their experiences, and learn about their personal and relational patterns more openly. Through the dynamic cultivation of an interpersonal context of security, respect, trust, and honesty, I aim to support individuals in developing their abilities to authentically meet, bravely face, and gradually heal the unique conundrums and traumas affecting them – while at the same time acknowledging the broader social, cultural, and systemic conditions that surround their challenges.

Will is completing his Psy.D. (Doctor of Psychology) in Clinical Psychology, at Adler University (Vancouver, BC), in August 2020. He currently holds a B.A. (Honours) in Criminology (with a concentration in Psychology) from Carleton University, and is registered with the Ontario Association of Mental Health Professionals.  Will has 6 years of experience providing psychological treatment and assessment to children, adolescents, and adults, under the supervision of registered/licensed clinical psychologists. Across Toronto, Vancouver, and Cleveland, OH, Will has gained experience working in community mental health, university counselling, and private practice treatment settings. Will has treated a variety of presentations, including individuals struggling with depression, anxiety and OCD, trauma and PTSD, ADHD, intellectual disability and learning challenges, autism, substance abuse, psychotic disorders, personality complexities, and other common propellants of psychological issues (e.g., social and relationship challenges, life transitions, physical injury and chronic pain, grief and loss, interpersonal sensitivity, systemic oppression and marginalization).

Client Focus:

Individuals: adults, young adults, adolescents, children (starting at 6+); parent/child (family system) support

Types of Therapy:

Mindfulness-based CBT, Relational psychodynamic psychotherapy, Psychodynamic therapy, Psychoeducational Assessments, Psychological Assessments, Attachment-based psychotherapy, Family systems, Interpersonal psychotherapy, existential therapy, client-centred therapy, Gestalt therapy, Adlerian therapy, narrative therapy, prolonged exposure therapy, integrative psychotherapy, play and art-based therapy

Issues:

Anxiety and stress, depression and dysphoria, trauma and PTSD, ADHD and learning challenges, Anger and acting out behaviour, parent–child relationship strain, relationship challenges, grief and loss, life transitions, issues of self-identity, confusion and alienation, social anxiety and interpersonal sensitivity, intergenerational and cultural trauma, systemic oppression and marginalization

More Than Just My Work:

I really love listening to jazz music (and dabbling on the drums), as well as biking and swimming—but not all three at the same time!