Alexandra Peterson, MScN
For some, meditation can be exceptionally difficult. Mindfulness skills can also be developed through other techniques that we tend to forget exist.
Before becoming a Registered Psychotherapist, Alexandra began her professional career over 30 years ago as an RN in a Toronto teaching hospital, first on a thoracic surgery/step-down unit caring for patients living with cancer and other various, challenging conditions, and later in the operating room where she was a member of an internationally-recognized thoracic surgical team. After leaving the O.R. to raise her family, her interests gradually shifted and she began exploring pursuits related to the human psyche and how the mind works. This shift led to years of further study and clinical training. She now provides counselling and psychotherapy to adult clients over the age of 18, and is accountable to both the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario, and the College of Nurses of Ontario. She is also a member of the OACCPP and the RNAO.
In 2015, she began working with Dr. Treyvaud, as a nurse-psychotherapist in psychodynamic groups, individual psychotherapy sessions, and clinical assessments, under supervision. She held a 12-month position as a clinical extern at KW-Counselling Services in Kitchener ON, and also received 14 months of supervised training at a counselling practice in Hamilton ON. She recently started her own private practice, Bespoke Counselling & Psychotherapy and receives clients for individual, couple, and sex therapy in Oakville, and Burlington, ON.
Alexandra holds a BScN from McMaster University, and an MScN from the University of Western Ontario. She is close to completing a Graduate Diploma in Clinical Behavioural Science from McMaster University (March, 2019), studying both introductory & advanced Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, and Group Therapy. She holds certificates in Couple & Family Therapy and Intensive Sex Therapy from the University of Guelph, and a certificate in Solution-Focused Brief Therapy from the University of Toronto. She is also a trained EMDR clinician.
Alexandra’s unique professional background, along with her personal life experience have served to enhance her psychotherapeutic skills, affording her a greater understanding of the complex challenges her clients face. She puts an emphasis on creating a strong therapeutic alliance, and is deeply invested in the ongoing wellbeing of everyone under her care. Always up for a new challenge, she is currently developing a Mindfulness Skills program with an emphasis on methods other than meditation to facilitate mindful living within the context of personal values and committed action.
Alexandra’s capacity for steadfast persistence is legendary. As hopeless as things may look, she will always find the silver lining that completely shifts perspective towards a solution.
… and The Bad:
Her capacity for steadfast persistence is SO legendary that forgetting or avoiding are not an option. Like Goldilocks, she will not rest (and neither can we) until things are “just right”.