About Dave Neary
I am a caring and empathic psychotherapist based out of Kingston, Ontario. I work from a strengths-based approach to help people resolve troubling issues in their lives using a variety of therapeutic approaches, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Solution-Focused, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness and Psychodynamic.
A few of my areas of counselling specialty are mental health, addictions, stress – work or school, LGBTQ clients, secondary and post-secondary students.
My age range of clients is from 17 year old to seniors.
I earned a Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of Toronto and am a Registered Psychotherapist in the Province of Ontario. I am also a Canadian Certified Counsellor with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. I have been employed as a Mental Health Worker and have held counselling positions at colleges and universities across Ontario.
As a former Secondary School Teacher in Ontario for 20 years, I have a unique perspective on the struggles of Secondary and Post-Secondary students.
Addictions CounsellingOften people who engage in substance abuse are trying to mask some form of pain from their past. I will work with you at your pace to engage in strategies to help you either adopt a harm-reduction approach to substance abuse or complete abstinence.
Anxiety CounsellingAnxiety is a condition that can paralyze people in their day-to-day activities. I will help you to identify what makes you anxious and we will work together to develop coping skills that you can use to live a less anxious life.
Depression CounsellingDepression is very common and affects one in five Canadian adults at some point in their lives. Many factors can lead to depression – some are biological and others are situational. You may have tried medication and found it to be unsuccessful or having many side effects. Whether you are on medication or not, I can help you to explore the core elements of your depression and learn how to live a more fulfilling and happy life.
Stress Management CounsellingThere are many stressors in our busy lives these days. Sometimes stress can overwhelm us and affect our ability to cope. Helping you to indentify your stressors and learn coping strategies is my goal so that you can live a life that is less stressful. Remember that we cannot eliminate stress – it is all about coping and managing it.
LGBTQ Client CounsellingAs a gay man, I have experienced the myriad of issues that face LGBTQ clients over the span of life. Whether it is coming-out challenges, relations with family and friends, pursuing and maintaining a long-term relationship, ageing, or navigating the waters of being single and dating are all areas where I can assist you to lead a satisfying and healthy life.
OTHER AREAS OF TREATMENT INCLUDE:
- Thinking Disorders
- Workplace Stress
- Academic Concerns – Secondary & Post-Secondary