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Liane Odze-Silver


Introduction

I know that it is hard to come to therapy, even when you feel desperate to talk to someone.I know that it takes courage to try.I am committed to easing you through the process.I think that you will find that I am non-judgemental and caring.I would like to hear about and understand what you want to share.I know that if I do that well, you will start to feel better about yourself.You do not need to know exactly what is bothering you, or what is causing you to suffer before we start.If you have some idea that psychotherapy might help you to lessen the weight of your troubles, then it might be worth a try.

Some clients prefer short term therapy, some want long term – together we decide what would work best and this helps us to figure out how to work.We will see what we can do.I hope you will feel more freedom to be yourself, as you go about your life, after you have started to do psychotherapy.

My private practice is centrally located in Toronto, easily accessible by subway.  

Some reasons to try psychotherapy might be:

  • you feel stuck or overwhelmed.
  • you don’t know how to change behaviours or certain patterns of thinking.
  • you want someone to listen, to support, to understand you.
  • you feel confused about how to handle a relationship, or a problem.
  • you feel upset about past or present experiences.
  • you do not feel well emotionally.
  • you are having difficulty making decisions.
  • you are unhappy with how you are coping with stress or other challenges or crises.
  • you feel that you don’t know who you are.
  • you feel lonely and alone.
  • someone in your life has suggested that you try.

Some of the ways in which we work together are:

  • to notice your strengths and help you use them better.
  • to encourage calm, confidence, curiosity and compassion about your problems.
  • to look at relational problems in new and interesting ways.
  • to make new meanings together so that problems seem less confusing.
  • to promote mindfulness.
  • to promote body awareness.

My specialities are:

  • Trauma and Dissociative Disorders
  • Addiction Recovery Maintenance and Related Issues
  • Eating Disorders

But I work with other issues, too!

My approaches: relational, psychodynamic, self-psychology, object relations, attachment theory, trauma theory, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), harm reduction.  I have specialized training in the use of arts-based approaches in therapy, as well.  I work from anti-oppression theory and understand the impact of culture, oppression, and diversity in a therapeutic relationship.  I am used to working with individuals from varied backgrounds.  I collaborate with other health care professionals, if you want that.

My qualifications include:

  • Private practice since 1998.
  • 2012-2017: part-time casual psychotherapist at The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in the Addictions programme working with clients who struggle with addictions and concurrent disorders.
  • 2009-2012: part-time psychotherapist in the outpatient Women’s Service (Addictions Programme) at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) working with clients who struggle with addictions and PTSD.
  • 2001-2009: full time psychotherapist at Bellwood Health Services Inc., a private residential treatment programme, working with adults who struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder, substance use, sexual addiction, problem gambling, and eating disorders.

I work with:

  • Adults, seniors, teens, couples.
  • Heterosexual, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual clients.
  • And offer family consultations.
  • I also have extensive experience in facilitating group therapy

I have a personal website: www.lianeodzesilver.com.  You can view my professional profiles online also at Psychology Today, Theravive, LinkedIn, and The Canadian Association for Psychodynamic Therapy.  My degrees are as follows: MA, BSc, and I am a graduate of the Ontario College of Art & Design.  I am a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario.  I adhere to the Professional Practice Standards of the CRPO.  I am also a professional visual artist.


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