Chanel Wainscott, MACP, RP (Qualifying), PMH-C

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Hey there, I'm Chanel -  a wife and mother of two toddlers who likes to craft and listen to live music heavy in bass when the time permits.

 My heart is fully invested in perinatal psychotherapy, where I walk alongside individuals through every step of the perinatal journey. Whether you're grappling with the complexities of conception, navigating the challenges of pregnancy, coping with loss, or finding your way through the postpartum period, I'm here with unwavering support.

In my approach, I'm all about helping you unravel the layers of your identity as both a parent and an individual. There's nothing more fulfilling to me than guiding you towards living authentically and creatively, fostering a profound connection with yourself and your support systems. I've created a space where you can feel empowered to share your story and confidently seek the support you need.

But it doesn't stop there. My dedication extends beyond supporting moms; I am deeply committed to advocating for the mental health of postpartum fathers. I understand the crucial role they play in the family dynamic. 

So, let's embark on this personal journey together – one of self-discovery, resilience, and the cultivation of a truly meaningful life during the perinatal period. 

My postpartum story

Before the birth of my first child, I was confident in the internet "research" I'd done to prepare for parenthood. I was backed by the fact that I have extensive knowledge of psychology and mental health. 

Even so, postpartum hit me like a freight truck. I was in the dark about the true impact of postpartum depression and anxiety. This inspired me to specialize in perinatal mental health. 

The deeper I got into the education of perinatal mental health, the more I pieced together the silent battle my husband had endured. A battle that he nor I knew had a name. I aspire to create a space where postpartum fathers can gain self-awareness and confidence in their ability to overcome the challenges of this chapter.  

Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)

I practice using an attachment-based framework called Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT). When you really think about it, many of our life's issues either come from not having support from others or dealing with the stress of interacting with others. IPT is a realistic, matter-of-fact therapy that considers big life changes, like:

  • social transitions (getting a new job, getting married, moving, having a child)
  • disagreements with your family, friends and co-workers
  • loss of life, end of friendships, divorce and loss of health

IPT is a practical approach with a deeper foundation. It acknowledges how early relationships with our caregivers influence current relationships without the need to delve into your childhood wounds. 

This framework can be a great fit for you if you are not in a space to emotionally unpack your past (though your history can be explored as much or little as you find helpful). 

I have the skill set to observe your early-formed attachment patterns while tailoring treatment to your unique needs for your present-day issues. In other words, therapy can be brief and emotionally manageable, leaving you with time and the mental energy to care for your family.

Education and Credentials

Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology (2019)
Yorkville University

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (2015)
Brock University

Advanced Diploma: Social Service Work (2014)
Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning


Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) # 11324
College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario 

Certified Canadian Counsellor (Qualifying) # 10009473
Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association


Certified Perinatal Mental Health Professional (PMH-C) Psychotherapy Track # PSI8033
Postpartum Support International

Clinical Training in IPT - Level A: IPT Perinatal Course
IPT Institute

Want to know more?

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