Malcolm Welland MA, DCTP, Member CAPT, Clinical Member OSP

The poet Rilke once wrote “ there is some ancient enmity between life and the great work”. I think 'the great work' that Rilke refers to is ourselves. This can be understood in a number of ways: becoming who you are, being more authentic or fully individual, developing a direction and purpose towards life’s possibilities.

I believe therapy is a dynamic process, the heart of which is the mysterious collaborative relationship which develops between ourselves and the therapist. Through this relationship, obstacles are removed from the path of development, because therapy is not about putting something into us that wasn't there before. People come to know themselves completely and are therefore able to shape their lives anew. There is a tremendous creative process inherent in therapy.

The collaborative relationship between client and therapist allows one to acquire an attitude of openness to life, inner life as well as outer life. Therapy provides us with not only hope in the possibilities of life, but also the strength and spontaneity to eliminate a fear of life.

I have been influenced by a number of approaches and theorists: Existential analysis (American and European), the British theorists Guntrip and Winnicott, and C.G. Jung. However, my most basic approach is a practical one.

Our therapeutic relationship begins with what is of most concern to you at the present moment: clear or ill-defined fears, worries , unhappiness or dissatisfactions in your life. It is my task to help you make what may at times be surprising or unexpected connections in your life experiences. From these emerge a deeper understanding of who you are, the possibility of making changes in your life, and an increasing experience of energy and purpose. You become the builder of your life while I furnish you with the necessary tools. 

Originally from Toronto, I live and have raised a family in Guelph where I now practice. Before becoming a psychotherapist, I had a long career as an educator, teaching at both the Secondary School and  Community College levels  in Toronto and Guelph.  Interested in the questions of culture and cultural diversity, I completed graduate work in Religion and Culture through Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo.

At the same time, I volunteered with Hospice Wellington and the Homewood Health Centre in Guelph, co-facilitating bereavement groups and working one on one. Having been a committed Vipassana meditator for many years, I also completed instructor training in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction.

I completed psychotherapy training at the Centre for Training in Psychotherapy in Toronto, and am now a clinical member of the Ontario Society of Psychotherapists (OSP) and a member of the Canadian Association for Psychodynamic Therapy (CAPT).

I have two locations. My office in Guelph is an easy drive from Hamilton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Orangeville and many other locations in south-western Ontario. Here's a map to my Guelph location. In response to many client enquiries I now have an office in central Toronto here at Park Road Healing Arts. 

My other articles on therapy are available at my subdomain.