Davey Chafe, M.A., R.P. (Qualifying)
Beginning therapy can be scary, and finding a new path forward can be difficult. If you have reached this page and are reading this bio, you are likely interested in exploring that new path. In my office I will help you navigate difficulties such as low mood, struggling with painful emotions, difficult thoughts and behaviours, overwhelming worry and anxiety, or finding yourself stuck in a cycle you keep repeating. Below you will find more information about me and what you can expect in our therapeutic journey together. I look forward to the possibility of connecting with you.
I am a registered psychotherapist (Q) and I am currently completing my PhD in Clinical Psychology on my journey to become a registered clinical psychologist. I am comfortable working with individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds, gender identities, ages, and presenting problems. In our sessions together, I will be offering you a safe, nonjudgmental space in which you can work through your most difficult issues. I have worked with individuals experiencing a variety of difficulties including post-traumatic stress disorder, complex trauma, mood disorders (e.g., depression), and anxiety (e.g., worry, social anxiety, panic), along with other common difficulties such as self-criticism, self-esteem, emotion regulation difficulties, relationship issues, and work and school related stress. To help you navigate these difficulties, I will be working with your thoughts, emotions, behaviours, and patterns within yourself and your relationships. I employ techniques from a person-centered approach to therapy, while drawing from other evidence-based therapies such as Emotion-Focused Therapy, Psychodynamic therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Trauma-Informed therapies, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Skills. Based on your needs, we can work together to create a therapy that works best for you and your unique experiences.
In terms of couples and sex therapy, I work with couples to address a wide range of relationship issues, including improving their capacities for emotional, physical and sexual intimacy, repairing ruptures to their bond in the aftermath of infidelities and betrayals, and managing conflicts over finances, parenting and extended family members (i.e., dealing with difficult in-laws). I also support couples who are in high distress and face issues such as Complex PTSD, Borderline Personality Disorder, and other intricate difficulties.
Therapy should be a collaborative process as we identify your needs, strengths, and areas for growth. In the initial sessions of therapy, I will ask you to share your history, current difficulties, and discuss the symptoms you are experiencing so you and I together can set out objectives and goals for our therapeutic journey. As an integrative therapist, I draw from different theories to help conceptualize your current issues. I will also use empirically supported assessment measures to help you understand with more depth the nature of the difficulties you are experiencing.
I am currently a clinical psychology resident at CFIR supervised by Dr. Dino Zuccarini, C.Psych, Dr. Lila Hakim, C.Psych, and Dr. Aleks Milosevic, C.Psych. I completed my Masters in Clinical Psychology at York University in 2018, where I am currently in the final year of my PhD in Clinical Psychology. Throughout my clinical training, I have gained experience in a broad range of settings, including the York University Psychology Clinic where I worked with Emotion Focused Therapy, clinical trials working with Dialectical Behavioural Therapy for couples, Brampton Civic Hospital’s Adult Day Treatment Program for Mood and Anxiety, and Trauma Practice for Healthy Communities where I worked with individuals and groups treating PTSD, mood disorders, and anxiety.
In addition to my clinical work, I have been involved in psychotherapy research for over 10 years. I am particularly interested in studying the psychotherapy process and what factors contribute to good therapeutic outcomes. In addition, I have focused on self-criticism, self-compassion, and more recently, therapist well-being and development. I have presented my research findings at international conferences and work to integrate these insights into my own clinical work.
- Anger & Emotion Regulation
- Anxiety & Stress
- Career & Workplace
- Couples Therapy
- Depression, Mood & Grief
- Interpersonal Relationships
- Self-Growth & Self-Esteem
- Trauma Psychology & PTSD
- Disability, Injury & Accident
- Personality & Interpersonal
- Psychodiagnosis & Mental Health
- Trauma & Dissociation