Pino Leporace, B.A., M.Ed., MCC., CCC
At Holding Space, my intention as a Registered Clinical Counsellor is to offer a safe place and relationship in which you may explore your life more deeply, so that you connect more fully with those around you, live a more embodied life, and move in the directions you most value.
For years I was on a journey to find wholeness and wellbeing. It literally took me to far off lands and figuratively to deep bottoms, but finally, I found what I was looking for: a felt sense of belonging to this world, an acceptance of all of me and not just the parts that I liked.
My Background is one of passionate curiosity. I graduated with a degree in literature and became a high school teacher. As a high school teacher for several years, I encouraged my students and myself to read to gain perspective on the hard questions of life: Who am I, being the deepest. I continued my teaching career in a South Korean University, which was a wonderful opportunity. For seven years in Korea, I studied Buddhist, Daoist, and other wisdom philosophies in order to understand myself more fully. Finally, my counselling degree has married my deep love of inner work with researched methods of bringing about change. My journey has given me deep respect and compassion for those who are dealing with difficult issues.
I offer both short term and long term counselling and psychotherapy to individuals and couples. My practice relies on the tenets of client-centred therapy, mindfulness practices, eastern and western philosophies, existentialism, Integral therapy, and somatic approaches. In addition, my own reflective and therapeutic work is central to holding space for those individuals and couples with whom I have the privilege to work. Understanding the physiological aspects of mental health is also a key element in my work. Our bodies are complex and by exploring both thoughts and bodily sensations we can more easily understand what holds us back from moving forward and feeling more grounded. We are not just disembodied brains but a wonderfully sensitive bodily system that needs our care. I believe that exploring our inner world is one of the most sacred things we can do in our lives and I am honoured and excited to share your journey for a little while.