Serving Niagara and the Golden Horseshoe
Colleen's training, in combination with lived experience of trauma and loss, has led her to a focus on the issues of grief and trauma. She also has training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness, Positive Psychology, Self-Compassion, Grief Therapy, and a variety of other approaches. She incorporates a variety of approaches and techniques into her approach based on clients needs, all embedded in a supportive relational frame.
She is a member of the Canadian Association for Psychodynamic Therapy, the Canadian Therapeutic Recreation Association, the Canadian Association of Leisure Studies, and the Association for Contextual Behavioral Therapy.
"May your walls know joy; May your room hold laughter and every window open to great possibility." (Maryanne Radmacher-Hershey, 1995)
According to TIRP, "Relational therapists help clients understand, on the one hand, their own patterns of thoughts and feelings about themselves, and on the other hand, the power of significant relationships, past and present, to shape this self-experience. Relational therapy strengthens and transforms a client's sense of self, which in turn enhances his or her confidence and well-being in the world." In other words, as a relational psychotherapist, I will be with you as you explore your life, your sense of self, and your relationships with others.
Colleen Hood, PhD, RP, CTRS, has close to 30 years of experience as an educator, researcher, and expert in Therapeutic Recreation. She has taught students and professionals about the value of leisure and recreation in enhancing well-being. She has been particularly interested in strengths-based practice and positive therapy and has incorporated these principles into her teaching and work with clients.
In addition to her work in Therapeutic Recreation, she is currently a Registered Psychotherapist in the province of Ontario (CRPO#: 005076) and graduated from the Toronto Institute of Relational Psychotherapy (TIRP) in April 2017.