Trudi Jane Wyatt, MA, RP, CCC
Registered Psychotherapist

Psychotherapy over the telephone for individual male and female adults in Ontario, Canada.


416-901-0994 No text; if emergency 911; see ‘Resources’.

Weekday sessions, by appointment only

“Network” model of mental health issues?
Posted: May 22, 2019

Many people wonder why they’re feeling so [sad, anxious, stressed, angry, etc.]. The model that primarily guides my work, “cognitive behavioural therapy” (“CBT”), explores 4 aspects of an experience like sadness—the emotion for sure, but also the relat …

Think for yourself or let someone else think for you?
Posted: May 11, 2019

Who you are, who you are not, what you believe, and what kind of people you want to spend time with, in part inform your “identity,” the formation of which was seen by developmental psychologist Erik Erikson as taking place across adolescence.1 I was r …

Survey results: Men & women equally likely to experience domestic abuse
Posted: April 23, 2019

  In a recent Toronto Sun Article (19Apr2019) entitled “Where’s the support for male victims of domestic violence?”, Centre for Men and Families Executive Director Justin Trottier writes, “Three Canadian sociologists have released a ground-breakin …

On Avoiding Faustian Bargains (borrowed post)
Posted: March 17, 2019

This post in psychologist Alan Godwin’s “The Drama Review” series is originally entitled, “Shifty Manipulators and Their Corrupting Effects”. It is most interesting and insightful, depicting via the story of It’s a Wonderful Life the risk of selling yo …

Are experiences like depression actual “illnesses”?
Posted: January 27, 2019

Below is a link to an article exploring this interesting question. It’s on the website of the International Society for Ethical Psychology and Psychiatry (ISEPP), is written by Wayne Ramsay, J.D. (a lawyer with the “Law Project for Psychiatric Rights” …

Limits of Psychiatric Knowledge; Importance of Patient/Carer Constructs
Posted: December 30, 2018

A recent journal article in “Social Theory & Health” entitled “Contemporary public perceptions of psychiatry: some problems for mental health professions” explains that, “Social movements led by service users/survivors [aka patients/clients] have w …

Psychiatric “Diagnosis” vs. Medical Diagnosis
Posted: December 4, 2018

These are not the same. Rather than reinventing the wheel though, to explain the difference I defer to Psychologist Dr. Toby Watson’s post, “Subjective Diagnosis and Limitations to Psychiatric Diagnosis”: “Psychological and psychiatric diagnosis are un …

The ‘C’ in CBT (Part 3): The Socratic ‘Aristotelian’ Method Instead?
Posted: May 21, 2018

As explained in “What is CBT?”, the ‘C’ in CBT stands for ‘cognitive’ which refers to thoughts. Your thoughts. To help you explore your thoughts, one fairly common element of a CBT session, and a core competency of CBT psychotherapists (1), is “the Soc …

The ‘C’ in CBT (Part Two): The ‘Good’ and the ‘Bad’
Posted: April 22, 2018

As explained in “What is CBT?”, the ‘C’ in CBT stands for ‘cognitive’ which refers to thoughts. Your thoughts. Many people come to therapy thinking, “Am I a bad person?” This reflects that they might hold some variation of the thought, “I might be a ba …

The “C” in CBT (Part One): What do you mean by “happiness”?
Posted: April 22, 2018

As explained in “What is CBT?”, the ‘C’ in CBT stands for ‘cognitive’ which refers to thoughts. Your thoughts. Many people come to therapy thinking that they want to be “happier.” But what do they mean? That they want to experience more moment to momen …

What is “CBT”?
Posted: April 22, 2018

There is lots of talk in the media lately about “CBT” psychotherapy. CBT stands for “Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.” It is one “approach” to guiding psychotherapy (talk therapy); there are others, such as Humanistic, Psychodynamic, etc. Essentially, cogn …

How Can They Value Freedom if They Can’t Cope / Think / Decide?
Posted: January 27, 2018

There is a lot of criticism of young people today for preferring psychological security to liberty. In his October 14, 2017 New York Times article entitled, “Why are Millennials Wary of Freedom?”, Psychology professor Clay Routledge suggests that it is …

Posted: January 26, 2018

In addition to a light bulb predecessor, “gaslighting” can refer to a strategy some people use in order to control other people in an often undetected, covert, but insidious manner. The term comes from an old movie (spoiler alert!!) called “Gaslight” i …

What is Psychotherapy?
Posted: January 23, 2018

Updated 17 March 2018 “Psychotherapy is primarily a talk-based therapy intended to help individuals improve mental health and well-being. Psychotherapy occurs when the Registered Psychotherapist and client enter into a psychotherapeutic relationship wh …

Psychotherapist? Psychologist? Psychiatrist? I just want someone to talk to!
Posted: January 10, 2018

The psychotherapy landscape in Ontario can be confusing for members of the public who often just want someone to talk to. There are all kinds of titles, and lots of jargon, and all this can feel like it’s getting in the way of just finding a good fit w …

Virtue Signalling and The Need to Take Pride in Your Good Character
Posted: October 17, 2017

Last week I first became aware of the popular new term – “virtue signalling” – as distinguished from actually being virtuous. I first heard it on an October 11th news program where the host explained, “These people are not virtuous – they’re virtue sig …

Choosing a Psychotherapist
Posted: February 10, 2014

With so many options out there for psychotherapists / coaches / counsellors, it can be difficult to choose one that is right for you! Some things you might want to consider in your decision are1,2: Her qualifications (including ongoing professional dev …

Thinking Errors
Posted: March 16, 2012

The Globe and Mail on Feb. 25, 2012 featured “What the Doctor Ordered” — an article touching on the cognitive traps physicians (and almost everyone!) can fall into when making decisions/diagnoses.  The article described a handful of these traps.  Ther …