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Pauline O'Brien (She/Her)

Clinical Director

Ed.D,  Registered Psychotherapist

(Hamilton Office & Online)

I am the Founder & Clinical Director of the Compassion Project. I am a Registered Psychotherapist, Canadian Certified Counsellor-Supervisor, and Certified Canadian Addictions Counsellor (Supervisor) with a Doctorate degree in Counselling Psychology from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto.


I am passionate about mental health and addiction care and have worked alongside first responders and healthcare providers throughout my career. 


I have dedicated my career to helping others and in particular to helping heal caregivers. I am a clinical supervisor and a therapist for therapists. Most important, I am a person living with mental illness and addiction. A person who has lived and survived trauma. Recovery is at the forefront of my life's work. 

One of my greatest strengths is being incredibly disarming. I have the ability to put folks at ease and can facilitate a greater understanding and awareness of capacity for change.

I often use humour and radical acceptance within my approach. I am a compassionate caregiver who gets truly excited to be a part of someone's healing journey. 

I provide counsellor and psychotherapist supervision and psychotherapy. MODALITIES: EMDR, EGO STATE (parts work, inner child) Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, SSP (Polyvagal), ACT, CBT, DBT, MI, SFBT and other postmodern approaches, GOTTMAN LEVEL 1.

LENS: trauma specific/ Harm Reduction/Intersectional feminism/postmodernism/AOP. POPULATION: Youth/Adults/Couples/Groups

THERAPISTS!! JOIN PAULINE in her new venture as the Empowered Supervisor which is a 30 hour directed learning experience for clinical supervisors. 

(Please note Pauline is not taking on new clients for therapy)

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