Hi, and welcome to my website. My name is Pat DeYoung. My clients usually call me “Pat.” I have an MSW in social work, a PhD in philosophy of education, and I am a Registered Social Worker/Psychotherapist. For more than 35 years, I have practiced relational psychotherapy in Toronto.
You can learn more about me if you click on the About Me page. But probably you’re on this site because you’re wondering, first of all, whether I can help you. So let me start there.
But if you’re depressed and feeling bad about yourself, you can be profoundly helped by an in-depth conversation in which you come to understand and respect yourself -- yourself through the history of your lifetime, or yourself right now, or both. If your emotions are frightening, feeling them with someone who stays calm and connected with you can be a relief. If your emotions are confusing, talking about them can bring clarity. Talking about your stress is a first step toward making it manageable. If you have suffered a deep loss, you need someone to take time to talk with you and walk with you through your grief. Having the deep, real conversations you need to have isn't "just talking."