Spencer Nageleisen MA, RP (Qualifying)
Psychotherapy + Counselling
Often, we spend years hiding emotional pain away from ourselves, struggling with life's challenges, and experiencing a sense of "stuckness" in our lives. Psychotherapy offers the chance for pinpointing the emotional pain that we've so effectively hidden away from ourselves. As someone who has been on my own path to healing, I recognize the courage and strength it takes to reach out to someone for help. You can expect to find a warm, calm space with empathetic listening for collaboratively exploring your healing.
Through my own personal and professional experiences with therapy, I have seen the potential that having an empathetic listener and ally has on relieving suffering. My own lived experience helps me to appreciate better the needs of gender and/or sexual minorities. I see clients from youth to adults on a variety of issues. My experiences working with marginalized refugee populations has provided me with the drive and desire to recognize individual strengths, opportunities for post-traumatic growth and seek social justice action. I recognize that many individuals may face systemic socioeconomic barriers to care and will seek to find opportunities to improve access to care for these marginalized populations.
My goal is to be a presence, another human being in the room, offering sincerity, nurturing and compassion. I work from a person-focused perspective and integrate many different treatment modalities to individually tailor treatment so that you will get the most out of the therapy experience. Allow me to accompany you with empathy and compassion as you overcome the challenges holding you back from reaching your goals, achieving fulfillment, purpose and meaning. Together we can explore what it means for you to begin to live your truth, whatever that may entail.
Spencer is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario and member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA). Spencer received a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University. Spencer attended the University of Ottawa, receiving his Honours Bachelor of Science with specialization in psychology.
Spencer welcomes clients from the LGBTQ+ community and other minority,
marginalized populations. Spencer sees clients with anger, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, sexual identity, school challenges and challenging life transitions. Spencer's psychotherapy practice is informed by several modalities including cognitive behavioural therapy, rational emotive behaviour therapy and self- compassion based mindfulness.