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
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)
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.
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.
"How would I live if I knew I was exactly what was needed to heal the world?"
- Rachel Naomi Remen
Designation & Education
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) and have been 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)
What “RP (Qualifying)” means: The CRPO requires its members to have a period of “Qualifying” after they are done their training. It means that I have to get some more supervision hours. Insurance companies do cover my work if your plan covers Registered Psychotherapists.
The Neurobiology of Feeling Safe: Working with Boundaries, (Academy of Therapy Wisdom)
Master Program on 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
No Bad Parts: Healing Trauma & Restoring Wholeness with the Internal Family Systems Model
Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle
Mother Brain: How Neuroscience is Rewriting the Story of Parenthood
It's OK That You're Not OK
My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies