Time to Heal’s practice is in alignment with the research and innovation of neuroscience, psychotherapy, and feminist and culturally respectful practices. Our system of counselling bridges many different therapeutic modalities including Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), family systems, and solution-focused (SFT), all within a spirit-based understanding of intergenerational trauma and intergenerational healing.
What makes Time to Heal unique is our radical commitment to accountability and to honouring self and community. Physical healing is often out of the box. Andrew’s healing gifts bridge the spiritual with physical reality.
We believe that authenticity, accountability, and vulnerability are integral to long-term stability. Counsellors represent themselves openly and honestly in all interactions and environments. Clients may witness or be privy to personal information about their practitioners. This is done intentionally to model imperfect human striving and connection. As clients heal, support systems and friendships may naturally develop among community members, including staff. Time to Heal works “by all that is right and just” to help clients get healthy and stay healthy in body, mind, and spirit.
We guide clients through illnesses, injuries, addictions, trauma recovery, systemic and colonial issues of oppression, individual and family counselling for adults, children and youth, group counselling, and Recreating Life Patterns workshops. We specialize in marriage and couples counselling as well as guiding co-parenting through challenging situations, with the goal of helping clients maintain long-term stability and peace.
“Balance within ourselves gives us the best shot at maintaining balance in our relationships with others. Inner balance allows us to perceive and enter equilibrium… which then becomes a point of openness and stability. Neither the mind nor the body… can do it alone. It must be done with the fullness of the heart as the center of being”
– Anodea Judith
Time to Heal views the heart as one’s personal guide to long-term peace, fulfillment, and stability. Our treatment philosophies and protocols create a dance between Western psychotherapy and traditional healing practices such as music, shakers, drumming, hydrotherapy sweats, mindfulness, and meditation. We encourage clients to “keep it on Earth” and “don’t think, be thoughtful.”
Time to Heal commonly utilizes open-forum counselling and group counselling. This style of counselling is part of our philosophy that we are mirrors for each other and that by sharing in experience and seeing how similar we are, we can accelerate healing, build connection, release shame, and move forward in a balanced way. Staff members will also share personal experiences and struggles when appropriate. Time to Heal is highly discerning in what is shared and who is present in open-forum sessions. We take great care in accessing the appropriateness of all the topics that are broached based on each client’s individual needs. In an open-forum session staff or clients may suggest waiting to discuss some sensitive personal information and experiences in private. If at any point as a client you are not comfortable in a group setting, please communicate it with the counsellor immediately. Staff will also check in regularly to ensure client comfort.
Time To Heal staff create the space for clients to share their lived experience in a non-judgmental environment based on exposure and authenticity. We conduct an ongoing assessment of what is best for all clients present or involved, their families, and the community as a whole. Staff members collaborate and communicate with each other to discern what exposures and shared experiences are appropriate and necessary to enhance the long-term healing path of the client while being cognizant of what is necessary to not inadvertently cosign on denials or duality.
Time To Heal staff prioritizes respecting the integrity and privacy of the client while exposing and mirroring to guide the release of shame, denials, and duality. Mirroring is a tool and awareness that empowers an individual to gain perspective on their own behaviours or challenges by witnessing those behaviours or challenges in other people. Self-disclosure is encouraged in the community as a method of mirroring and building connection. Once a client has released shame and healed from a specific exposure the example may be used (with permission) as a teaching tool in community with other clients.
Dual Relationship Protocol
Personal and social relationships are a natural component of co-creating a long-term integrated community. Time To Heal staff do an ongoing assessment of what is best for the client, the client’s family, the staff member, and the community as a whole. Staff members collaborate and communicate with each other to discern what boundaries and interactions are appropriate and necessary to enhance the long-term healing path of the client while simultaneously maintaining the staff member’s stability, safety, and comfort. All staff are required to model a high standard of authenticity, exposure, and willingness to grow in all of their interactions, personal and professional. Staff, trainees, and long-term clients are held accountable for the ripple of consequence due to their actions, inactions, intentions, and words.