Pine Tree Counselling & Psychotherapy
Trudi Jane Wyatt, MA, CT, CCC
Psychotherapy for individual adults in Ontario. (Note, I am geographically in Alberta.)


Phone: 403.270.2386*
(emergencies 911)*

Harvard Article: Messaging in Biological Psychiatry
Posted: November 21, 2020

A new Harvard Review of Psychiatry article entitled, “Messaging in Biological Psychiatry: Misrepresentations, Their Causes, and Potential Consequences”, (Vol.28, Issue 6, Nov/Dec 2020), discusses the media and policy skew to biological causes of mental …

Psychotherapy During Covid
Posted: November 19, 2020

If you have been feeling more sad, withdrawn, vulnerable, or impatient lately, you are not alone in this. These and many other types of emotions are common in the face of disasters such as pandemics, even if you are not “directly” affected, and this pr …

ACTRA Fraternal Benefit Society
Posted: October 28, 2020

AFBS members (actors, actresses) can now access the services of a Registered Psychotherapist for help with mental wellness. Please contact AFBS for further details.

Calling from Alberta
Posted: September 27, 2020

Hello from Alberta, land of “Fortis et liber”, and of the lodgepole pine! While I have moved here as of Summer 2020, I remain fully committed to my Ontario psychotherapy clients and (virtual) practice, and am maintaining my Ontario registration as a Re …

Ideas for this Challenging Time
Posted: June 21, 2020

To help reduce the likelihood of mental health impact of this difficult and lonely pandemic time, Bessel Van Der Kolk, MD, well-known for his expertise in helping people who have experienced traumas, explained in a webinar I recently watched* some idea …

“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 …

“Virtue” (and Moir) in Pyongyang
Posted: January 1, 2019

Congratulations to Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir for a truly gold medal performance yesterday in Pyongyang, in Olympic Ice Dancing. Wow. I was literally brought to tears (of absolute amazement) when I watched it.  I thought of all the effort they must ha …

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 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 …

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 …

“Living an Olympic Life”
Posted: July 22, 2012

I spent the last 2 days at the first conference of the brand new Canadian Positive Psychology Association (, where I had the pleasure of learning from an inspiring array of professionals working in the inspiring field o …