Thank You for Swearing

with Luke French

The therapeutic relationship is the heart of effective psychotherapy, where trust, empathy, and mutual respect flourish.

Authenticity from both therapist and client is key to this dynamic! When therapists bring their genuine, transparent selves to the table, they create a welcoming space for clients to share openly and honestly.
This mutual authenticity deepens the connection, enhances trust, and facilitates meaningful communication, growth, and healing.

Luke French is an authentic and grounded RN, Psychotherapist that encourages clients to show up as themselves, however that may be! He specializes in Substance Use and Addictions Therapy, ADHD Therapy, anxiety and depression, and much more. 
He sees clients in-person in Peterborough Ontario, or virtually from anywhere in the province.

Read more about Luke HERE!

Hello there! My name is Luke.

In addition to working with clients as an RN, Psychotherapist with Acceptance Nurse Psychotherapy, I also work as a Registered Nurse in Nogojiwanong-Peterborough, loving our city’s most vulnerable people – unhoused folks, folks struggling with addiction, and every combination in between. 

I am grateful to have opportunities to connect with incredible humans and learn from all of my patients and clients! 

Many years ago, I swore during an interaction with a client. Instead of being offended, the person I was speaking with smiled, took a deep breath, and said,

“Thank you for swearing”

The appointment continued, and we were successful in connecting more deeply than expected. In the closing moments of the interaction, I asked about their thanks for my swearing.

This is what they shared:
“It was very difficult for me to come here today and when you swore, it made me feel comfortable, like you are just another person, and you were here to help in a real way.”

My brief slip (now a common part of my practice!) removed a barrier, demystified what we were trying to do, and built a stronger connection between us.

Over time, I have come to define authenticity in my practice as an RN, Psychotherapist as matching of my “self” with clients and in community to the self that I bring to any interaction. It has allowed me to bring my thoughts and feelings into practice in genuine and caring ways.

Authenticity builds real and foundational rapport between a therapist and a client and creates a space where your feelings, thoughts, and concerns reach and land with another person. They matter. They are heard. In this way, we build a shared and meaningful experience where the potential for growth is unlimited.
There is reciprocity here as well. Authenticity has helped me to identify and articulate my values. It has taught me who I am at my core, and consequently has increased my sense of self worth. It feels good to be your authentic self, but to do so takes knowing who that person is, how they operate in the world.
That takes time.

The bottom line is this: When we walk with ourselves, we gain calm, and we grow more easily towards our goals. Authenticity is a deep accepting breath of who you are and who you want to be. When I bring Authenticity to my therapeutic interactions, I am demonstrating vulnerability, which in turn allows for a safe and welcome space for its return from the client. I believe that my job as an RN, Psychotherapist is to bring my full self to my interactions.

I look for opportunities to grow comfort in a shared space and to create an environment geared towards growth of who/where you want to be. I care about the people I work with; whether in a clinic, on the sidewalk or over Zoom.

I want to connect authentically. 

Get in touch with us

Seeking support for your mental well-being? Our psychotherapy nurse is here to help. Fill out the contact form now to take the first step towards healing and self-discovery.

Our team at Acceptance Nurse Psychotherapy is ready to support you every step of the way. Reach out to us and begin your journey toward a happier, healthier, and more engaged life. Let’s embark on this transformative adventure together. Your well-being is our priority, and your healing can begin here.


Get known to our associates

Get to know our associates

Shannon Culkeen
Hey there! I’m Shannon. I’m thrilled that you’re here, taking the first courageous step on your mental health journey. I aim to build a therapeutic relationship with my clients that is collaborative, creative, and most of all, client-centred. I can’t wait to work with you!


Rate: 1hr appointment $150
Rate: 1hr appointment $150
Sheena Howard
Hello! I’m Sheena, a Nurse Psychotherapist and the owner and founder of Acceptance Nurse Psychotherapy.


Rate: 1hr appointment $225
Rate: 1hr appointment $225
Alexandra (Ally) Sanita
I’m Ally, a nurse psychotherapist. I am currently on maternity leave and I’m grateful for the incredible support I’ve received from my colleagues here at Acceptance as I prepare to welcome my new little one into the world.


Rate: 1hr appointment $150
Rate: 1hr appointment $150
Zara Fischer-Harrison
Hello! I’m Zara, and I am delighted you’re here!


Rate: 1hr appointment $150
Rate: 1hr appointment $150
Hey there! I’m Devon, a Nurse Psychotherapist that takes a compassion-focused, person-centered approach to therapy. My clients would tell you that our sessions will be non-judgemental, supportive, and encouraging of self-kindness and authenticity with a sprinkle of humour.


Rate: 1hr appointment $150
Rate: 1hr appointment $150
Luke French
Hi there! I’m Luke. An RN Psychotherapist who brings a diverse background and a wealth of knowledge to help you succeed, clarify your values, and see where change is waiting for you.


Rate: 1hr appointment $175
Rate: 1hr appointment $175


Choose the right therapy for you

Choose the right therapy for you

Trauma Therapy

At Acceptance Nurse Psychotherapy, we offer specialized in-person and online trauma therapy tailored to your unique needs. You’re not alone, and this burden isn’t only yours to carry. We are here to assist you in managing your emotions and overcoming past difficulties.

Individual Therapy

Welcome! If you’re reading this, you’ve already taken a big step forward by seeking help. To us at Acceptance Nurse Pyshcothearapy… that’s brave. We imagine you’ve been here because life isn’t going as you predicted. Maybe you’ve tried therapy before, but it wasn’t the right fit.

Family Therapy

In family therapy, a group can have many combinations, such as parents/guardians and their children, siblings, grandparents, aunts and uncles, friends and kinship caregivers. With patience, and understanding, we will assist you to simmer into a more harmonious family bond.

LGBTQ+ Therapy

With us, you will find sex-positive, inclusive, and queer-affirming care. Here, you’ll be listened to, understood, and cherished by simply being your extraordinary self. There is no need to hold back your emotions. It is your right to be yourself without apology.

Substance Use & Addiction Therapy

Everyone deserves to be accepted just as they are, without judgment or conditions. Struggling with addiction does not define you. Even reading this article shows strength for change. We can help define these skills, work with you and regain the balance you have lost.

Couple's Therapy

Couples Therapy is more than just one session; it’s a journey toward understanding and growth. Our approachable therapists are ready to guide you and help you learn the tools to work on your relationship together. You’ve committed to each other and we are here to help you share honestly and openly.


Frequently Asked Questions

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