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Keli Bellaire (she/her pronouns)

"Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare"
                   - Audre Lorde

Keli
Bellaire

Registered Psychotherapist

Welcome!  Thank you for your interest in my practice.

I work with individual youth & adults, ages 12+ who are hurting and want a change in their life.  By exploring what brought you to therapy – such as early life experiences, past or recent traumas, current life stressors, burnout, overwhelming emotions, relationship struggles, feeling stuck or unsatisfied with life – we will work towards building a deeper understanding of yourself and where your pain comes from.

My goal is to work with you to lessen your suffering.  I will support you in moving towards well-being, whatever that looks and feels like for you.

The values at the core of my work are:  integrity, compassion, justice, and critical hope

I believe you are the expert in your own experience and needs.  As your therapist I will stand with you as you do the hard work of healing; to be with you in solidarity, in support, and with genuine acceptance.

I am located in Toronto, Ontario and can work online with clients from anywhere in the province.

About Keli

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Image by D. Loewenstein 2021

I am a warm, caring, and passionate person.  I identify as white, queer, cis-female and am a mama of 2 young kids.  I grew up in a small town and now live & practice in Toronto.

 

I have been involved in social justice activism and worked in the non-profit community sector for over 20 years as a frontline youth worker, peer educator, program coordinator, and counselor.  I worked in the fields of gender-based violence, youth rights, popular education, housing, sexual health, Indigenous solidarity, migrant rights, and transformative justice.

 

Through my past work I learned about the healing power of sharing our stories; about humility, and how much more I will always have to learn; about the courage it takes to try to change one’s life and the resiliency people can show in the face of injustice. 

I come to this work as a therapist with a commitment to personal & collective healing.  I believe that when we heal the world heals, and when the world heals we heal. 

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"How would I live if I knew I was exactly what was needed to heal the world?"
               - Rachel Naomi Remen
Services

Professional Qualifications

Designation & Education

  • Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO)

    • practicing since 2020

  • Member of the Canadian Association of Psychodynamic Therapists (CAPT)

  • Diploma in Psychotherapy from a 5-year psychodynamic psychotherapy training program (OPC)

  • Canadian Certified - Perinatal Mental Health (Canadian Perinatal Mental Health Trainings)

 

Trainings

  • The Neurobiology of Feeling Safe: Working with Boundaries, (Academy of Therapy Wisdom)

  • Master Program on the Treatment of Trauma (NICABM)

  • Trauma of Racism (NICABM)

  • Trauma-Informed Stabilization Treatment: Healing the Fragmented Self, (Academy of Therapy Wisdom)

  • Foundations of Perinatal Mental Health, (Canadian Perinatal Mental Health Trainings)

  • Advanced Counseling and Therapy Skills, (Canadian Perinatal Mental Health Trainings)

  • Neurobiology With Heart (Academy of Therapy Wisdom)

What I'm Reading

  • What Happened To You?  Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing

  • No Bad Parts:  Healing Trauma & Restoring Wholeness with the Internal Family Systems Model

  • Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle

  • When Survivors Give Birth:  Understanding and Healing Effects of Early Sexual Abuse on Childbearing Women

  • Mother Brain:  How Neuroscience is Rewriting the Story of Parenthood

  • It's OK That You're Not OK:  Meeting Grief and Loss in a Culture That  Doesn't Understand

  • My Grandmother's Hands:  Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies

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