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Our Counsellors 

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Dan Good

Counsellor 

MSW, RSW

Hi, I'm Dan Good! However you have found your way here, I am glad that you are taking the steps to work towards making change in your life.

Community and connection has always been an important part of my life. As a social being living in this world, it is almost impossible to not have felt the grip of loneliness and disconnection at one point in time. This feeling of disconnection can also reside within. Disconnection from a sense of purpose or meaning in life, disconnection from our values, disconnection from any sense of hope for the future. My approach to counselling can help you find these connections within yourself, and leave more space for you to find these connections in the world outside. 

My approach to therapy is not only to incorporate methods that are empirically tested, but also ones that resonate with my experience of the world and of what I have seen to be successful in my work. The main modalities I use are Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS). I also incorporate aspects of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), mindfulness, and Emotion Focussed Therapy (EFT). Tailoring my approach based on your individual need is of utmost importance to me. Gaining your feedback along the way is also vital, and I make sure to check in with you often to make sure the process is feeling right for you.

Hi there! My name is Sakthi Kalaichandran and I’m a Registered Psychotherapist, Canadian Certified Counsellor, and Associate Therapist at Connection Counselling.  In order to heal and make healthy decisions about our lives, it takes both insight and courage. I applaud you for considering counselling as a way to deepen your understanding of yourself and as a tool to facilitate meaningful change. 

 

I work with individuals experiencing a variety of concerns including depression, anxiety, life transitions, cultural concerns, academic and career changes, relationship issues, and general feelings of stagnation and stress. My integrative approach to counselling and psychotherapy is grounded in establishing a strong therapeutic relationship. Creating a trusting, compassionate, and non-judgemental environment allows clients to feel safe to express their fears and vulnerabilities. Together, we can gently move through any shame you may be experiencing and come out the other side with a sense of your own resilience and strength.

 

In addition to emphasizing the therapeutic relationship, my main approaches include mindfulness, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), narrative, and solution-focused therapy. I also welcome integrating your own approaches to healing, whether they be specific cultural, spiritual, or creative practices that bring you comfort in times of distress.

 

My personal mindfulness practice, including yoga and meditation, continues to inform my therapeutic work. It would be a great privilege to support you on your path towards living an authentic and meaningful life. Please feel free to contact Connection Counselling if you have any questions or need additional information. Take good care and stay well.

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Sakthi Kalaichandran,

Associate Therapist 

MA, RP, CCC