Hope Counselling Centre - Cynthia Galloway, MEd Counselling Psychology, RP, RD, RMFT
Registered Psychotherapist, Registered Dietitian, Registered Marriage & Family Therapist, Registered Sex Therapist
Cynthia Galloway of Hope Counselling Centre is a member of both the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario and the College of Dietitians of Ontario.
She obtained her MEd in Counselling Psychology from the University of Western Ontario. With the completion of the Certificate Program in Couple and Family Therapy Studies at the University of Guelph, an Advanced Training Program in Couple and Family Therapy, and over 200 hours of couple therapy supervision, she met the requirements to become a Clinical Fellow with the Ontario/American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (O/AAMFT). Since couples frequently present for therapy because of sexual issues, Cynthia went on to complete a Sex Therapy Intensive Training Program and additional supervision of her clinical sex therapy practice to become a Registered member of the Board of Examiners in Sex Therapy & Counselling in Ontario (BESTCO).
Cynthia works collaboratively with couples to increase positive exchanges, avoid “harsh start ups” which trigger negative responses, improve both self-soothing and promote turning toward each other for comfort and connection. She is trained in the Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy (PACT), an approach based on neuroscience, attachment theory, and arousal regulation. Problems she helps people with in sex therapy include low sexual desire, orgasm difficulties, erection or ejaculation difficulties, sexual trauma, and sexual intimacy after an affair. Goals of sex therapy are to help people learn about their bodies and fell more comfortable with the range of sexual feelings, such that sexuality becomes a healthy, positive part of their lives. Satisfaction with the sexual aspect of the couple relationship and the accompanying shared intimacy and trust help to strengthen the overall relationship.
Cynthia is also a member of the World Professional Association of Transgender Health, working with trans* people at all points of the gender continuum. She helps people with exploration of gender identity and expression, coming out issues, dealing with transphobia, and referrals for medical care. As a couple and sex therapist, she helps trans people with their intimate relationships as well.
Originally trained to be a registered dietitian, Cynthia has over 20 years of experience working with women struggling with eating disorders. When working with people with eating disorders, she helps them to examine the effects of social expectations to enable them to assign less importance to appearance and conforming to a cultural standard and more on being themselves. She also helps clients gain insight into what purpose their food and weight-related or other problem behaviours are fulfilling and what healthier means are available to meet those needs. Work with clients often includes working through past trauma, Cynthia is also trained in both levels of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprosessing (EMDR)as well as body-oriented Sensorimotor Psychotherapy.