CounselCareCanada Life Solutions
In Person E-Therapy Teletherapy
Leonard Walthen (Len) Myers, BA (SDS), M. Div, D.Min
Registered Psychotherapist (RP)
AAMFT Clinical Fellow
Registered Marriage and Family Therapist (RMFT), CAMFT
Certified Cognitive Behaviour Therapist (CBT cert.)
I developed a love of psychotherapy while studying Social Development Studies (SDS) (with certificates in General Social Work & Child Abuse Studies) at Renison University College at the University of Waterloo in the 1980s. The SDS is a unique degree that prepares learners for careers in social work, counselling, education, public services, human resources, law, or community and international service organizations.
SDS was an amazing learning experience, exploring how human interactions are influenced by individual, collective, and structural forces including mental health, social relationships, economic conditions, education and politics, and movements for social justice and social change. I was fortunate to have studied with such passionate professors as Dr. Joel Majonis in Social Work courses and Dr. Donald Meichenbaum in Psychology courses at a time shortly after he developed his Cognitive Therapy Model.
I was on route to ministry, and I am forever grateful for how well my undergraduate degree prepared me for working with people in human situations. I completed a M.Div degree at Huron University College at the Western Ontario (formerly, the University of Western Ontario), became an Anglican Priest and spent the next couple of decades in parish ministry. None of the knowledge and skills gained in my SDS program went unused! I completed a Doctorate (D. Min) at Ashland University in Ashland Ohio, and did my research and dissertation work in the area of Marital Relationship Distress. Meanwhile, I have been associated with CounselCareCanada Life Solutions on a casual basis since 2004 (was a member with OACCPP, and with CCPA) and on a regular basis since 2017.
Over the years, I completed the clinical hours and course work to qualify and become a Clinical Fellow with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and and registered as a Registered Marriage & Family Therapist with the Ontario Association for Marriage & Family Therapy and when Canada formed its own formal credentialing association, with the Canadian Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (RMFT). I also completed the required course work and clinical hours to become a Certified Cognitive Behaviour Therapist. When the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario opened, I became a Registered Psychotherapist.
There is always something new to learn, and I felt encouraged with the advancement of Third Wave Cognitive Therapies, including ACT, DBT, FAP, CFT, and other models of therapy that have made such an incredible difference to the provision of therapy and client outcomes over the past decade. They have revolutionized the work of the therapist and fit so well with systemic family therapy.
My comfort areas of Practice include Aboriginal Clients; Couple and Family Relationship Distress, including High Conflict Couples/Families, including Families Affected by Unresolved Family of Origin Issues, and with Estrangement Issues. I also work with individuals, couples and families experiencing Attachment Issues, Legal Issues, Emotional Dysregulation, and in Supporting Family Pride.
I work with LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, and other diverse identities and expressions, including Two-Spirit people).
“When the Dalai Lama first came to the West, he was stunned by the levels of self-dissatisfaction, self-disappointment, self-criticism and self-dislike he encountered. For all our technology and comforts, he found us a people in conflict with ourselves.”
― Paul A. Gilbert, The Compassionate Mind
Clarification of Initialisms Used Above
AAMFT: American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
A-CBT: Academy of Cognitive & Behavioral Therapies
CACBT: Canadian Association of Cognitive Behaviour Therapies
CAMFT: Canadian Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
CCPA: Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association
CRPO: College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario