Our therapy practice was created because we became aware that many Neurodivergent,/BIPOC/ 2SLGBTQIA+ folks find it easier to work with a psychotherapist that has affinity or lived experience, in addition to training, to support them in their healing.
Folks come to us because they prefer to work with a therapist who is part of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community, or who is Neurodivergent. Same with being trans, an immigrant or exploring queerness, non-monogamy, ACE, ARO and other intersectional identities.
People tell us that It is not that other therapists cannot offer support, but that it is much easier to talk to someone who directly has an embodied reference for their experience. As people become more empowered and conscious that they have choice in selecting a therapist to work with them, Clinics like ours, with a special focus, have been growing all over our province.
Hope M. Pelufo, RP, Dip.GIT, M.Sc.
Before immigrating and completing a five-year Gestalt training program in Toronto, I trained as a Clinical Psychologist in South America and obtained graduate degrees in Sexology and Neurocriminology in Europe. I have been fortunate to be able to follow my passions and train with many renowned teachers from the old world. My identity converges at multiple intersections. As a gender-divergent, non-binary, neurodivergent immigrant in a polyamorous relationship, I can draw on these lived experiences if you share these intersectionalities and if you belong to the Kink, Sex Work, ACE, or ARO communities.
As a couple’s therapists, my approach is psychodynamic, embodied, and relational. Couples talk to each other, rather than presenting their “case” to me. I also support adult individuals and families, with special focus on the 2SLGBTQIA+ community, having completed specialized training to work with trans individuals. I am a registered provider with Rainbow Health Ontario (RHO). Over Much of my work throughout my professional career, has been in the field of addictions and harm reduction and I have specialized training in substance use, codependency and eating disorders. At the leading edge of psychedelics and mental health, I help folks integrate their psychedelics explorations from a harm reduction lens.