NEIL CHAMBERS Psychotherapist/Psychoanalytic Candidate
About Me

Psychotherapy is a second career for me and I am glad that I have come to this work after considerable life experience, which has been a good teacher. My earlier studies were in linguistics at Dalhousie University (Halifax) and Brown University (Rhode Island) and I completed a Ph.D. in Personality Psychology at Carleton University in 2000. During post-doctorate work, I taught courses in Personality Theory, Motivation and Emotion, published several articles on personality theory and counselling and ultimately returned to my original goal, which was to work with individuals struggling with life’s challenges.

I am a registered psychotherapist under the newly formed College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) and have been in practice since 2008. I treat individuals ranging in age from late teens to mid eighties and including straight, gay and lesbian clients. I am continuing to broaden my skills through further training and supervision with experienced psychologists and psychoanalysts. Since 1998, I have been a member in good standing of the American Psychological Association and the Canadian Psychological Association.

As well as undergoing extensive training in psychological research and assessment, I spent several years developing advanced clinical expertise in psychoanalytic psychotherapy under the auspices of the Ottawa Campus of the Canadian Institute for Psychoanalysis headquartered in Montreal. I have also done clinical training through the Ottawa Institute for Object Relations Therapy, headquartered at St. Paulís University and a wide range of workshops and continuing education seminars.

Psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy (see Therapeutic Orientation) are unique therapies which focuses on unconscious aspects of personality. In my years of study and practice, I have found consistently that the problems that individuals struggle most desperately to overcome have their roots and their power outside of conscious awareness. Telling yourself "I will feel better" is not a lasting solution. Understanding where the pain and confusion come from is much more likely to open a path to freedom. Only psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy focus primarily on bringing into awareness unconscious pervasive patterns that continually keep individuals from enjoying a good quality of life.

Neil Chambers nc@neilchambers.ca