Chrissy Macaulay

Chrissy Macaulay
Ph.D. Candidate — Clinician

About

Chrissy believes therapy is an opportunity to move from a place of feeling stuck, confused, or in pain, to a place of deeper understanding, compassionate skillful coping, and freedom to make changes. She greatly values the privilege of accompanying clients on that journey. Her integrative approach is grounded in providing a safe, accepting relationship, and draws on Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Emotion-Focused Therapy, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Chrissy’s goal as a therapist is to provide compassionate guidance and support as we get curious about your emotional and embodied experience, the first step towards understanding what you need in order to heal and thrive. Chrissy’s clients come to therapy for a variety of reasons, including depression and anxiety, trauma, emotion regulation and interpersonal difficulties, self-esteem and identity concerns, life stressors, life transitions, and a desire for personal growth. She has a particular interest in working with complex trauma and PTSD, and is trained in a variety of approaches to help clients navigate any stage of trauma work. She enjoys working with people from diverse cultural backgrounds, and adopts a curious, open stance towards exploring and understanding how clients’ experiences are embedded in social and political contexts.

Chrissy’s clinical training was completed at: the York University Psychology Clinic; Markham Stouffville Hospital; Women’s College Hospital’s Trauma Therapy Program; and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health’s (CAMH) Borderline Personality Disorder Clinic and Women’s Program. Her research has focused on psychotherapy process and outcome, which aims to better understand what works in therapy. This research has examined client articulation of emotional experience in session, the client therapist relationship, clients’ accounts of their experience after therapy has ended, and art therapy.

M.A. – Clinical Psychology, York University
Ph.D. (in progress) – Clinical Psychology, York University
Residency – Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, Canada