D. Barry Cook, PhD, C.Psych. – Clinical Supervisor
Through a virtual lifetime of experience as a psychologist in private practice, children’s residential treatment centres, children’s aid societies, schools, courts, and child and family community clinics, I have formed a fundamental understanding that current behaviour is, in part, a product of past experiences. It’s my view that emotional difficulties can often be understood as an expression of conflicts to which conscious connection has been lost. Within an environment that feels safe and free of judgement, it is often possible to explore and resolve such conflicts that tend to be expressed through emotional and, at times, physical distress.
I was trained in the view that differential diagnosis at the start of a therapeutic process is helpful to the success of any therapeutic endeavour and I hope my experience as a relational psychotherapist who also uses psychological testing to form hypotheses, may be helpful to others in understanding personality and cognitive development.
Now living in West Grey after decades working in and around Toronto, I feel I have ‘come home’ to a community reminiscent of the village in PEI where I began my own journey. At this stage of my career, I am particularly interested in supporting younger clinicians who are working with individuals looking for help for themselves or their children.