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Heart Centered Therapy - One Client At A Time

MY STORY

 

A LITTLE ABOUT ME......

 

My name is Mary Keogh and I was born in Dublin, Ireland. I moved to Toronto as a Nanny when I was 20.  My plan was to stay in Canada for 1 year but you know what they say about best laid plans! I met my husband after 9 months and we ended up staying and making our lives here. 

My greatest achievement and gift in life is that of becoming a Mum. I have a daughter who was conceived through fertility treatment (IUI/fertility drugs), I am a bereaved Mum (2nd trimester loss of my son due to incompetent cervix) and a Mum through adoption (my youngest son was adopted internationally when he had just turned 1). 

 

 

MY EDUCATION

 

I am a Registered Psychotherapist and I have a Masters level diploma in Psychotherapy.  I am a member in good standing with the CRPO (College of Registered Psychotherapists in Ontario).  I also hold my designation in Human Resources (CHRP).

MY CAREER BACKGROUND

 

Past

I worked in the Human Resource field in the Private and Public sectors for over 20 years in a variety of roles.  What I loved most about my time in HR were the relationships I built with clients and colleagues.  I am at heart a relationship builder and believe strongly in the power of human connection.

 

Present​

I am a therapist who provides individual therapy to adults 18 and older.  My new career as a Psychotherapist is a perfect marrying of my HR career (connecting with people by listening & building relationships based on trust and respect), my education in Psychotherapy & my long-held interest in holistic mental health, as well as my life experiences.  I am also proof that career changes are possible at any age.

 

 

MY APPROACH AS A THERAPIST 

 

My personal style or approach I bring as a therapist is one of heart-centered warmth & compassion along with gentle humor.  Being a therapist enables me to work deeper and in a more authentic, meaningful way with my clients than I did when I was a HR professional, something I find very fulfilling.  I am passionate about mental health and wellness and normalizing the conversation around it. I believe being able to be open about our emotions and feelings and ask for support when needed is a strength and not a weakness. I hold a space for my Clients to always be heard, validated & supported.  Together we uncover limiting beliefs, emotional patterns, or behaviors that impact life negatively. I quite often also work with my clients on processing and healing hurts and losses my clients have experienced, sometimes as far back as childhood.

 

I work collaboratively with my clients to identify and introduce new skills and tools that will aid them in coping with life.  A life where they feel more in control and fulfilled, where they will not only survive but thrive.

As a therapist, it is an honor for me to connect and build relationships with my clients. Seeing a therapist takes commitment and courage, to witness my client’s hard work and transformation is for me, a gift.

AREAS I SPECIALIZE IN AS A THERAPIST:

  • Stress/anxiety

  • Relationship issues 

  • Life transitions (moving to a new country, retirement, becoming a parent, empty nester, career change)

  • Low self-esteem or self-worth

  • Grief work (loss of a loved one, relationship, job)

  • Workplace stress & anxiety

  • Infertility

  • Pregnancy loss (1st, 2nd, 3rd trimester) 

  • Identifying and mobilizing individual strengths

 

IN CLOSING 

 

By reading my bio I hope it has given you some insight as to who I am, my approach, and how I can assist you.  

I offer a free 15-minute phone consultation to potential clients. Feeling at ease and comfortable with your therapist is a large predictor of success in the therapist/client relationship. Call me at 416.526.9903 to connect.