Wendy E Paterson, Psychotherapy Services
Registered Psychotherapist, Psychoanalyst

weekly or bi-weekly


multiple times weekly

individual or group



Helping therapists, students, managers and supervisors to develop capacites by reflecting on the dynamics of their professional relationships in a supportive empathic context.
Helping people develop capacities, heal pain and create better relationships through awareness, understanding and empathy.
"...psychoanalysis is most fundamentally about people and their difficulties in living, about a relationship that is committed to deeper self-understanding, a richer sense of personal meaning, and a greater degree of freedom."   
Stephen A. Mitchell and Margaret J. Black

The experience of being valued, accepted and respected enhances a person's capacity to develop confidence, security and a healthy, energized sense of self.  In keeping with this belief, I work from a Self Psychological perspective with adults and adolescents.


Psychotherapy is an opportunity to articulate who you are. In the process of putting your experience into words, you and I will come to know and understand you better. When you verbalize your life experiences, understand how they've affected your development, and feel that I've understood them from your point of view, you will then feel both understood and understandable. These experiences are essential to feeling accepted and respected, and to being able to accept and respect oneself and others. Psychotherapy sessions are booked in consideration of the needs, preferences and resources of both therapist and patient. 

Study Groups

Working Deeply and Relationaly

Education and Training

Professional Development

Psychoanalysis provides a deeper clinical experience by virtue of meeting multiple times weekly (usually 3). Initially, the emotioanl intensity can be disruptive. Over the long-term (usually several years), it can be more stabilizing and lead to more permanent change. 
A study group is an excellent way to learn new skills and to strengthen one's professional sense of self in a safe and accepting environment. As therapists, our work is necessarily private and isolating. We can often feel like everyone else does it better than we do. Psychotherapy is an art. It is a co-created process between patient and therapist; unique to every working pair. In a group setting that strictly maintains the confidentiality of our patients, we have the opportunity to explore the clinical process in depth. I am pleased to facilitate study groups and the shape each group in response to the needs and preferences of participants. 
Conflict, struggle and emotional intensity are inevitable in any work setting or group process. It is challenging for managers and supervisors to attend to the interpersonal dynamics of team members while under pressure to stay on task and get the job done. The principles of Self Psychology are extremely useful in alleviating and resolving difficulties in work and group environments. Taking time for self-reflection in an empathic consultation can help managers develop enhanced confidence, a sense of competence and a healthy vitalized professional sense of self. Understanding the motivations and competing interests inherent in the workplace can ease emotional intensity, make communication more effective and conflicts more resolvable.