About Barbara Morris, BScPsy, DiplCTP

The core of my work is the relationships that form between myself and my clients. A focus of my practice is on sexual issues including sexual abuse, problematic sexual behaviours, sexual trauma, gender issues, the use of internet porn, shame, fetishism, low and high sexual interest, issues of pain, difficulties with sexual function, and the embodied residues of sexual trauma. Some of the other difficulties I work with are: anxiety, depression, loss/grief, relationship issues, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive/compulsive behaviours, low self esteem, common dissociation, ‘checking out’ as a coping mechanism, and the experience of dissociative identity disorder (DID). My eclectic approach blends together many different styles of engagement. I work with individual adults and adolescents in a safe, supportive environment paying close attention to overwhelming thoughts, emotions, and sensations. With 25 years experience as a registered massage therapist, four years of training in emotion-oriented body work, and eight years of training as a psychodynamic psychotherapist, my practice reflects my knowledge of how emotions are often held, and expressed unconsciously in our bodies. My education and training includes: a Guelph University sex therapy intensive course, psychodynamic psychotherapy training at The Centre for Training in Psychotherapy (CTP), a BSc in Psychology from the University of Toronto, and massage therapy training from Sutherland and Chan. I will be presenting a workshop at the Annual Guelph Sexuality Conference in June 2015 entitled “Ecstatic Pleasures/Deep Shame — Unraveling the Dark Fantasies that Turn You On”. I am a clinical member of The Canadian Association for Psychodynamic Therapy and have more than 20 years experience of personal psychotherapy.