My Approach

Have you ever noticed that things are clearest when you explain them to someone else? I love being that ‘someone else,’ creating a space for you to get to know yourself. Humans learn best through relationships with others. Therapy can be a safe place to wonder, explore, and try things out as we try to answer your big life questions. It’s a place to create meaning for yourself. It works especially well when both people are authentic, honest, and flawed, and I know myself to be all three!

If this sounds like an approach that might work for you, schedule a free 15-minute consultation through my booking page.

Rebecca McIntyre leans back in a chair, holding a blue mug. They are smiling wide and looking to one side. They are wearing a black t-shirt and beige trousers.
A stack of books. The following titles and authors are visible: ‘What is Existentialism?’ by Simone de Beauvoir; ‘The Gift of Therapy’ by Irvin D. Yalom; ‘Transgender History’ by Susan Stryker; ‘Wherever You Go, There You Are’ by Jon Kabat-Zinn; ‘The Body Keeps the Score’ by Bessel van der Kolk; ‘What We Don’t Talk About When We Talk About Fat’ by Gordon; ‘Acceptance and Commitment Therapy’ by Hayes, Stroshal, and Wilson; and ‘Collaborative Counseling and Psychotherapy’ by Paré.

The Technical Stuff

My work is grounded in collaborative frameworks, with theory taken from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), mindfulness practice, humanistic and existential philosophy, and ongoing anti-oppressive work. I take an intersectional standpoint using critical theory to inform my practice and to combat racism, sexism, cissexism and transphobia, homophobia, fatphobia, ableism, classism, and more.

For transparency’s sake, it’s important to know that I am a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO). My registration number is 12230.

Additionally, I am a Master of Arts candidate in Counselling Psychology at the University of Ottawa, and a student member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA member #10010187)

What does "collaboration" mean in therapy?

Both clients and therapists have important roles in the therapeutic process. For my part, I provide a safe and confidential environment for people to process and unpack thoughts, memories, and emotions. I try to bring curiosity, transparency, authenticity, and non-judgement. I can provide information, but more importantly, I’m a real person who genuinely cares.

The client’s role is to speak as honestly as possible, to engage with therapeutic ideas between sessions, and to give feedback on the process. They should bring their full selves, with opinions, knowledge, emotions, and other human ‘messiness.’ We should both embrace imperfection, and communicate openly to repair whatever doesn’t work.