Colin

Hayward

Registered Psychotherapist
He/Him
PRACTICE FULL
ON LEAVE

Colin is here to support you with grief, loss, self-esteem, and relationships.

Colin supports people who are experiencing grief and loss, depression, anxiety, relationship concerns, and self-esteem issues. He can help you navigate grief from all kinds of losses – losing a loved one, ending relationships, or any major life change. Together you will work to accept and process difficult emotions, and learn skills to deal with challenging situations. Colin is great at helping you explore your values, strengths, and life experiences to help you heal and grow.

Colin offers a safe space where you can share your experiences and begin to see the world from a new perspective. Colin believes that you have a unique journey with its own challenges and rewards. He understands that therapy works best when it engages your whole being, not just the concerns that bring you here. By working with Colin, you’ll get to know yourself as a person, decide how to work through challenges, and achieve your goals.

Colin takes a client-centred approach. He uses techniques from narrative therapy, emotionally-focused therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, existential therapy, and mindfulness (he has his own mindfulness practice). He believes that a strong and trusting therapeutic relationship is the most important factor in creating positive change.

Colin enjoys staying active, getting outdoors, baking bread, and is eager to hear about the activities that bring you joy and connection. He believes that therapy can be helpful to all of us at different stages in our lives. He’s happy to explore all the different parts of your life – personal, social, cultural, and spiritual.

Right for you if:

You need help processing feelings of grief and loss in your life.
You are looking for therapy that explores your experiences and develops your own strengths.
You want to better understand yourself and find meaning in your life and relationships.
You're looking for support in achieving your goals.

More about

Colin

Master of Education in Counselling, University of Northern British Columbia (2020)

Master of Environmental Studies, York University (2012)

Bachelor of Physical and Health Education, University of Toronto (2005)

Self-Harm Interventions Workshop, Prince George Native Friendship Centre

Emotionally-Focused Couples Therapy Workshop, University of Northern British Columbia

College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario

Q&A

What do you do to take care of your own mental health?
For me getting outside is one of the most important things for mental health. I find that it changes my scope from narrow to much wider and I find that it reminds me to take my own time and not worry quite so much about where I fit in, just trust that there is room for us all.
What is a challenge or change that you’ve experienced recently?
I have been struggling to keep motivated to work on long-term goals because they seem very far away. With COVID distancing, I have been focusing on the monotany of days and found it hard to feel enthusiasm for upcoming events, even positive ones. Even as restrictions lift, I sometimes feel a worry that working on them won't feel as good as I have built them up to be.
What is a motto or idea that gives you reassurance when you’re having a difficult time?
Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world's grief. Do justly now, love mercy now, walk humbly now. You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it. - The Talmud

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