Christopher Shillington, MA, CCC, RP
Founder & Clinical Director, Umbrella Mental Health Network
Christopher is a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) and a Canadian Certified Counsellor with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA). They completed their Master’s degree in clinical and counselling psychology with a collaborative degree in sexual diversity studies from the University of Toronto; in addition to an honours BA in psychology with a minor in sexuality, marriage and family studies from the University of Waterloo.
Christopher works with individuals, couples and families of all kinds and configurations. They approach psychotherapy from the belief that lived experiences outside of dominant norms and narratives are often times challenging and traumatic and greatly impact our relationships, mental health and quality of life.
With over 20 years of experience in the field of sexual and mental health, Christopher offers knowledge, skills and wisdom through their therapeutic and educational work related to sex, gender, sexuality and relationships. They have worked with youth in an educational capacity for the majority of their career and loves working with young people who are exploring the various aspects of their identity. Their research interests include: the social determinants of health for LGBTQ* individuals as well monogamy/non-monogamy/polyamory and how these relationship structures function in modern-day Western societies.
If you are struggling with concerns related to identity or interpersonal relationships, Christopher may be your ideal therapist. Their therapy draws upon principles of cultural humility, anti-oppression, intersectionality as well as harm reduction, and incorporates techniques from narrative therapy, emotion-focused therapy and strength-based, solution focused modalities to help folx achieve their personal therapeutic goals.