Christien GarciaPhD, Psychotherapy
clg, 2015
clg, 2015

Exploration &




I seek to create therapeutic spaces that are both supportive and exploratory. Drawing on my training as a therapist and literary scholar, I believe in the value of thinking carefully, deeply, and creatively about the stories we tell (and sometimes don’t tell) about ourselves. By learning to tell their stories, and perhaps learning to tell their stories differently, my clients are able to find balance, take risks, and centre healing in their lives.

Curiosity &


We sometimes talk about becoming a more authentic self.
        But how can we ask ourselves to be more authentic
    than what we already are?

                Dispelling with authenticity,
                     and turning instead to multiplicity and nuance,
        is one way of stepping into the realm of psychoanalysis.

About Me

I am a Psychoanalytic Candidate at the Toronto Institute of Psychoanalysis, a constituent organization of the International Psychoanalytic Association or IPA. I also currently hold a research fellowship at the University of Toronto’s Centre for Comparative Liturature. As an instructor in the Humanities, I have taught courses at the University of Toronto, McMaster University, and the University of Cambridge in the UK. 

Desire, agency
and healing



I work with individuals 18 years and older, providing psychoanalytic psychotherapy in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.

I offer culturally reflexive therapy from a harm reduction perspective, recognizing how intersecting identities (race, class, gender, culture, sexuality, and so on) shape what trauma, resilience, and healing means for different people. I am trans, queer, poly, and kink affirming and welcome and affirm the experiences of people who have been marginalized including sex workers and people who use drugs.

Possible issues include: Abuse, Addiction, Anxiety, Bereavement, Career/Work, Depression, Gender and Sexual Identity, Academic Difficulties, Body Image, Dysmorphia, Social Trauma, Experiences of Oppression, Grief/Loss, Intergenerational Trauma, LGBTQ, Obsessive/Compulsive Tendencies, Relationships/Family, Sexuality and Gender.

I currently have a small number of lower cost (sliding scale) openings available. Contact me to schedule a free meeting to discuss your interest in psychotherapy, and ask me any questions you may have.

I am a member of the Ontario Association of Mental Health Professionals (OAMHP) and abide by its code of ethics.

Contact: (833) 456-0637 or Email