To represent the interests of psychotherapists, to advance the standards of psychotherapy practice and to promote effective and efficient service.
Kimberly Cato has been an advocate for change, acceptance without judgement, and the dismantling of systems of oppression all her life. Moved into action by the emotional or physical pain of others, Kimberly formally established True Roots Counselling Services (True Roots) in 1996 to assist those blindsided or overwhelmed by life-altering events, to transform their trauma into triumph.
Since the racial justice reckoning in May of 2020, Kimberly has worked hard to create spaces where Black, Indigenous, People of Colour (BIPoC), and those marginalized or “Othered” by society (on either sides of the proverbial therapy couch), feel welcome and safe to explore and re-define mental health / wellness outside of traditionally exclusionary and oppressive paradigms.
Kimberly is very excited about returning to OSRP, particularly after seeing the opportunity for inclusivity through the BIPoC Bursaries, BIPoC Scholarships, the Mentorship Program, and intentional policies for organizational change. She has very fond memories of participating on the OSRP Board as Chair of Professional Development in 2018 and is delighted to join the current move toward creating space in which race and other forms of marginalization are not barriers to entry into the field of psychotherapy, resulting in an OSRP that accurately represent the diversity of the community served in Ontario.
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DBA, SMIM, MBA, BA, AA, NYLC, CCPS
I joined the board because I noticed that it is made up of members that are passionate about the call of duty. Also, I discovered that, from the inception of the organization, there have been positive changes. That said, there is still much to do, which requires the help of everyone, especially psychotherapists. I know that I am motivated and possess diverse skills and global knowledge that can be of great use to this wonderful organization. I greatly admire that the organization is made up of leaders that have the best interest of all psychotherapists in Canada at heart. Additionally, I believe that I can best serve the organization as an active member of the board of directors.I bring with me over 20 years of professional experience within diverse fields, and I have held senior active leadership positions. I have had the privilege to sit on local and global boards. With that said, I am zealous about the advancement of mental health locally and internationally. I am committed to continuing to work towards eradicating the stigma associated with obtaining professional mental health services. Also, I comprehend the urgency for more to be done globally, especially in Canada, to safeguard the field of psychotherapy. Such urgency also brings greater attention to the fact that psychotherapy, like its counterpart, psychology, has its own unique platform and is not second best to any approach.
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I am a Palestinian Canadian whose life was greatly impacted by the experience of childhood immigration and political developments in the Middle East. In my spare time, I fight injustice and inequality as a human rights activist and community organizer. I have also worked with immigrants and refugees, providing settlement services and group counselling sessions. My passion for psychotherapy stems from my conviction that a better world is possible.
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