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Channa Carolynne Verbian, M.Ed., B.S.W.

Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapist
Focusing Trainer
Contact Info:
Toronto, ON M5N 1C3 CANADA
Phone: 416-483-5310

Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapist (FOT) Information:
Clinical Training: BSW, RSW, M.Ed.
Licensed By: Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers(OCSWSSW)
FOT Specialty Areas: Trauma, Eating disorders, Adults, Pain management
Other Specialty Areas: Mindfulness, interracial/intercultural individuals, feminist perspectives, multi-cultural practice, MBSR

Focusing Trainer Information:
  • I offer Focusing training in individual sessions.
  • I offer Focusing training in individual phone sessions.
  • I am available to travel to teach workshops.
Focusing Trainer Specialty Areas: Spirituality/Meditation
Other Focusing Trainer Specialty Areas: Mindfulness
Personal Statement about Training Program:
I am a private practice psychotherapist and teacher of Mindfulness Meditation in Toronto.I have a BSW and a M.Ed in Counseling Psychology. I completed all but my dissertation in the Ed.D. in Counseling Psychology program at OISE/UT. I received my certification in Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy in 2008. Recently, I completed a seven day Residential Training/Retreat in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction in Mind-Body Medicine with Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli and the Mindfulness-Based Group Practice Workshop, Mount Sinai Hospital Psychotherapy Institute, a six day inter-professional training for individuals wanting to lead mindfulness-based groups.
I have worked with individuals with body-image and disordered eating, depression, anxiety, grief, trauma and relationship issues.I am trained in and experienced in inter-cultural, inter-religious, and interracial concerns.

A Sample of my Work:
Article abstract: In this paper, I discuss my life history study on experiences of race in the lives of Jewish-Canadian and Jewish-American birth mothers of children from black/white interracial, inter-religious relationships. Opening with a reflection on my personal experience and what compelled me to undertake this research, I then provide a short introduction to attitudes about interracial/inter-religious relationships found in the literature, followed by an introduction to my research methodology. Finally, I compare and contrast the experiences of three Jewish-American mothers, excerpted from their published narratives, and the experiences of two Jewish-Canadian mothers from two recorded interviews, with my own experience. I conclude this paper with a brief summary of the emerging themes in my research and how they add to our understanding of mothering across racialized boundaries

My Publications:
Verbian,Channa.(2006) White Birth Mothers of Black/White Biracial Children: Addressing Racialized Discourses in Feminist and Multicultural Literature. Journal of the Association for Research on Mothering.Vol 8, Nos 1/2 (2006). Verbian, Channa C.(2013)The experience of race in the lives of Jewish birth mothers of children from black/white interracial and inter-religious relationships: a Canadian perspective. in the Journal of ethnic and Racial Studies. London:Routledge

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