We recognize and have experienced systemic barriers and challenges within current systems in society. We have lived experience personally and professionally around how these systems perpetuate Ableism.
More than 4 million people in Canada have a pain-related disability.
This represents nearly two-thirds of people with disabilities in Canada.
More than 6.2 million Canadians live with some form of disability.
According to Stats Canada, in 2017, the Canadian population included 22% with developmental disabilities – more than one (1) in every five (5) Canadians.
The prevalence increased with age, from 13% aged 15 to 24 up to 47% for those over the age of 75.
Ableism is the discrimination of and social prejudice against people with disabilities based on the belief that typical abilities are "superior". Ableism is firmly rooted in the assumption that disabled people need to be "fixed" and defines people as their illness/diagnosis/disorder/limitations/etc. Like racism and sexism, Ableism refers to the overgeneralizations of entire marginalized groups as "inferior" or "less than" purely because they are different. While being a fully virtual practice currently is a goal to mitigate some barriers- we realize it may pose others (i.e. a lack of privacy). These are important areas we are always considering and developing "behind the scenes" so we can be as accessible as possible.
We take "Do No Harm" very seriously. We are continuously engaging in further learning and training to ensure we can be as culturally competent and inclusive as possible. We are humans first- therapist's second. That being said, we appreciate so much when our client's are able to extend grace and understanding towards our human experience as well.
We have all chosen to work in helping professions because we truly want to help others. If you have any questions or concerns about your treatment, therapeutic approaches, or anything at all- it is our hope and one of our highest values that you will feel safe and secure addressing these concerns with your therapist- in session, via phone, or via email. If this doesn't feel like a feasible or comfortable option for you, you are always most welcome to email Amanda, Registered Psychotherapist and Clinic Director, so these questions and concerns can be addressed.
It is also important to note that if you work with one therapist at Hope Blooms Psychotherapy that does not mean you are "stuck" and cannot decide you would like to try working with another therapist on the team- or external to Hope Blooms Psychotherapy. We are happy to provide some referral options if preferred and have some crisis support resources under "Crisis Support" as well. What is most important to all of us is that you feel as comfortable and safe as possible, in all ways.
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Glennon Doyle Melton, Love Warrior