About me



I take a relational and compassionate- mindfulness approach as a psychotherapist. Pillars to my practice are unconditional regard, authenticity, compassion, curiosity, mutuality, and playfulness. I integrate with many modalities and most of all I am client centred. This means that I believe the healing capacity and the answers are in you and are about you! Real change happens from the inside out, is a movement of growth, and is a two way (reciprocal process). Together let us begin!

I have many years of experience in the field of mental health. Including working in drug rehabilitations, youth shelters, children mental health agencies, with social justice and community agencies. My experience comes from my academic trainings, practicums, work as a researcher, work as a counsellor, volunteering on the margins of society, and of course and most importantly my own life experience. I too have had my own mental health challenges and in overcoming them I have found a meaning and quality of well-being that at what one time I did not imagine possible. This is my hope for you and this is why I am a psychotherapist today.


Interesting note about me- I regularly give guest talks at Universities here in the Province of Ontario, presenting in undergraduate and graduate courses on the topics of psychology, psychotherapy, substance use, and culture. Also, I research human relationships with their animals and how these relationships can be therapeutic in psychotherapy. Yes, your four legged and furry friends are all welcome!

I am trained and practiced integrating with the following modalities

  • Relational Cultural Therapy 

  • Constructivist Psychotherapy 

  • Compassion Focussed Therapy

  • Acceptance Commitment Therapy

  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy 

  • Trauma Informed Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

  • Brainspotting Therapy

  • Narrative Therapy

  • Emotion Focused Therapy

  • Attachment Informed Psychotherapy

  • Transpersonal Psychotherapy

  • Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy 

  • Family Therapy

  • Post Human Applications -

  • Animal Therapy 

  • Jungian Psychodynamic

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

About our advocacy work on the frontline margins of society;

We maintain a proportion of our clientele as pro-bono – advocacy - social-justice based work. Meaning, we do take referrals from frontline community agencies and or may be able to find colleagues who would be willing to take on a client pro-bono. If you are a community service provider on the margins/frontlines and know of an individual and or family that could benefit from psychotherapy (but for whatever reason they are excluded from accessing services) you are welcome to contact us.



Region of Niagara & Ottawa

Ontario, Canada


Tel: 613-614-1437

Fax: 343-292-5041


Robert Vincent Piro, M Ed, CCC, RP-Q

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