Compassion and care can happen from just about anywhere. We don`t need fancy buildings or attractive spaces to heal our emotional wounds, but we do need to feel safe. To be seen and heard is crucial in how we heal, evolve, and realize who we are and who we want to be, regardless of where our starting points are. Though we may feel stuck at times, we always have the capacity for movement. Sometimes all we need is some support to continue our journey.
Hello, my name is Desmond Lee, I provide online psychotherapy for both individuals and couples (ages 18+). I am a registered social worker with over 10 years of clinical and community experience, having spent 5 years at a community health centre in Toronto, providing psychotherapy, advocacy, and community engagement with diverse populations. Prior to this role, my field experience included engaging in areas of chronic mental health, addictions, youth, and the shelter system.
My approach is relational, intersectional, anti-oppressive, and trauma-informed, drawing upon therapeutic models such as Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Narrative, Solution Focused, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT). Through these lenses, I work in collaboration with individuals and couples to explore personal and relational challenges. We all deserve a space for healing, transformation, and self-exploration.
Individual Therapy and areas of focus:
Individual therapy is a space to process thoughts, emotions, and experiences towards greater self-awareness, coping strategies, and resilience. You may be experiencing grief and loss, trauma, complex-trauma (eg. long-term abuse), racial trauma, anger, depression, anxiety, stress, relationship challenges, life transitions, perfectionism, and compassion fatigue.
Couples therapy and areas of focus:
Couples therapy is a space for couples to work through relationship challenges. Though most of us are well intentioned, we can feel stuck in relational patterns with our partners that are hurtful and sometimes isolating. Wellness in a relationship means exploring and understanding the needs of oneself, your partner, and complexities that can arise. You may be experiencing challenges with communication, grief and loss, trauma, pre-marital issues, or separation and divorce.