Hi, I'm Tory.
Hello and welcome to the Thrive Centre! My name is Tory Baker-Reed and I am a Registered Social Worker (MSW, RSW). As a social worker/psychotherapist, parent and partner, I strive to continuously unlearn the many systems of oppression in society and apply an anti-oppression lens to my life and work. My professional background includes working for 21 years in the Child Welfare system. During that time, I supported children, youth and their families through their difficult life paths. While the ‘child welfare system has its significant challenges, I worked consciously to help children, youth and families access services, become empowered with skills to self-advocate and navigate systems, always with a focus on rights and self-efficacy.
In 2015, I began both a personal and professional journey with Psychodramatic BodyWork™,which is a modality that uses “dramatic action methods to free and integrate spontaneity blocked by earlier trauma. Bodywork uses Safe Touch to help individuals connect with the messages that are held in the body as pain, numbness and/or illness.www.youremotions.com.
In 2017, I began studying Psychodrama at the Hudson Valley Psychodrama Institute(HVPI) in Highland, New York. I attended three full years with the Core program at HVPI, which teaches the principals of Psychodrama, Sociometry, Sociodrama and Experiential Therapy. Due to Covid-19, my studies are on hold until further notice. However, I look forward to many more years at HVPI to continue to learn these highly creative and healing methods.
In 2020, I trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). EMDR is a phased focused approach to therapy, that helps clients reconnect to a past and unresolved trauma. This is done safely by exploring the images, self-thoughts, emotions and sensations in the body that surface when bilateral stimulation (e.g. eye movements, bilateral sound or tapping etc.),is used to address trauma. It is an internationally recognized and accepted form of therapy. It has been researched extensively and has been shown to be highly effective with survivors of complex trauma, war veterans, survivors of violence, accident victims ,people with phobias...etc. In 2021, I became certified as a hypnotherapist and EFT practitioner (i.e. Tapping). These modalities provide additional skills to support my work with clients. I look forward to meeting you!