Ainslie McLean, M.A., RP, CCC
Ainslie McLean is a Registered Psychotherapist and Certified Canadian Counselor with a Masters degree in Art Therapy from Concordia University. She has over ten years of experience providing therapy to adolescents, young adults and individuals who are pregnant, postpartum and parenting. Ainslie works with a variety of concerns, including life transitions, identity, anxiety, depression, pregnancy and pregnancy loss, attachment, parenting, relationships, trauma, grief and loss.
Ainslie’s approach to therapy is collaborative and strengths-based. She integrates a variety of evidence-based practices tailored to meet the needs and goals of each client. Ainslie is trained in Dialectical Behavioural Therapy(DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Attachment, and mindfulness-based approaches. Her work is founded on trauma-informed, anti-oppression principles, and she provides a safe space for clients to explore their intersecting identities. Ainslie prioritizes creating a therapeutic connection built on trust and acceptance and believes this is the foundation for empowering clients to make meaningful, lasting change.
Ainslie’s thesis research focused on addressing the unique mental health needs of parents of children with special needs and advocating for this underserved population. This sparked her interest in infant/maternal mental health which led to extensive clinical experience in the nonprofit sector supporting at-risk youth and parents through individual, dyadic and group therapy. Most recently, Ainslie worked with youth and young adults who were pregnant or parenting and presenting with complex mental health needs and trauma histories. She maintains a passion for nurturing her clients’ resiliency and inner strengths, so they feel empowered to get through difficult times.
Ainslie is a mom to two silly, wonderful kids. In her solo time, she loves to get outside for a walk or bike ride, to read, bake and listen to podcasts.