Issues We Can Help With

+ Addictions Support

Whether it’s addiction to substances, pornography, videogames, shopping, or problem gambling, our team can help guide you through the process of getting your life back on track. We utilize a collaborative approach to explore what you’re going through, and to figure out how you can exist fully without the addiction. We connect with various treatment centres if needed for adjunct support.

+ ADHD/ADD

If your life is being impacted by your difficulty paying attention / impulsivity / hyperactivity / disorganization, reach out and we can help you figure out where to go from here. In some cases, formal assessment and medication are warranted, however not everyone wants to go on medication. Some people on medication have difficulty figuring out what to do next. Our therapists work with you to create new strategies to optimize your functioning.

+ Anger

We provide anger management, PAR program, and various combinations for both Court ordered cases and personal development purposes.

We approach anger as a symptom, and work with you to uncover what's really going on. We provide strategies, and psychotherapy to help you better gain control of yourself.

+ Anxiety

Anxiety can impact anyone and it is the most common mental health issue.

There are different types of anxiety disorders, including phobias, panic disorder, agoraphobia, social anxiety disorder and generalized anxiety disorder.

Cognitive-behavioural therapy is shown to be an effective approach to anxiety. One goal of therapy would be to learn how your thoughts, emotions, and behaviours work together and to change the thought patterns that feed anxiety.

+ Caregiver Support

A caregiver is someone who looks after a relative, friend or neighbour with chronic conditions, disabilities, and other health needs. Most caregivers do not receive financial support or adequate training required to provide care. If you have recently become a caregiver, you may not be aware of all the support and resources available to you.

Caregivers face a variety of challenges such as physical and emotional burnout and lost work and income. Psychotherapy can provide a safe space to process daily stressors and work towards well-being

+ Chronic Pain

Chronic pain is pain lasting for more than 12 weeks, the severity can range from mild to severe and the frequency can range from constant to intermittent. Some causes of chronic pain include past injuries, surgeries, spinal issues, migraines, arthritis, nerve damage, and fibromyalgia. Chronic pain can adversely impact our ability to sleep, work, play, maintain relationships and can be linked to depression and anxiety.

We provide pain management strategies and psychotherapy to help work through secondary symptoms.

+ Coaching

Our coaching services are tailored to your needs, whether you need wellness coaching, career, or relationship coaching, our team can provide you with the support and guidance to reach your potential

+ Depression

Feelings of deep sadness, lack of motivation or interest, and apathy are all characteristics of depression or a depressive mood and it can be very distressing. We can help manage this gray, heavy, or empty feeling by implementing small changes in your day to day life, as well as approach broader issues in a safe, supportive, and comforting environment.

+ Empty Nest

Having the children leave home can be a mixed blessing. You get your freedom back, but the question is what do you do with it? There's a loss of routine, mood swings, and a complex dynamic at play as you renegotiate relationships with loved ones. There are also relationship stressors that arise as you may need to get to know your partner again. We provide a space for either individuals or couples to do just that

+ Frontline Workers

Being a frontline worker can leave you vulnerable to vicarious traumatization, burnout, and a fair bit of cynicism. The work is of tantamount importance, but you may feel that you're not being optimally utilized, or feel exhausted by setbacks. Whether it's improving self-care, or working with deeply complicated transferences, our team is trained to provide holistic support and treatment tailored for your needs. We have both early and later appointments to ensure that you have access to support when you need it.

+ Grief and Loss

Loss can occur in many forms, from a sudden and terrible shock to a slow or painful decline. Some losses are literal, such as losing a loved one, relationship, job, or home, while others relate to one’s identity such as loss of identity, independence, and hope. Loss therapy focuses on helping individuals take the time to explore the impact of loss on one’s emotions, thoughts, and perceptions, to process emotional responses, and to empower clients with resiliency to move forward while preserving the memory of what has been lost.

+ Interpersonal Conflict

Interpersonal conflict is inevitable in our lives. How we deal with it, both within ourselves and in communication with others, can make all the difference. This form of therapy explores our reactiveness, helps to understand ourselves more deeply, and seeks to find compassion for ourselves and the other. Through learning how to navigate conflict, we aim to develop stronger, healthier relationships.

+ Phobias and Fears

Having a specific or general fear that involves situations or objects can really dull your quality of life. It can be a fear of cars, animals, public speaking, social situations, tests, or alleys. The fear can become the central feature you reorganize your life around avoiding, even though a part of you realizes something doesn’t make sense. Sometimes it gets so bad you experience panic just thinking about it.

Our Psychotherapists will work at your pace to help you desensitize and build new coping mechanisms to be able to overcome your fears using an approach rooted in Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy

+ Relationships

Being in a relationship can be challenging. Whether with a romantic partner, a good friend, or family members, each can be marked with struggle that can be confusing and frustrating. We can offer an unbiased external perspective, without any agenda other than your happiness and well- being, to help manage these relationships in the best way possible.

+ Religious Disaffiliation

Evolving views on religion and spirituality can unfortunately lead to conflict within social and familial groups. There can be the loss of support systems, loss of meaning making, and the loss of routines, roles, and responsibilities. Our approach for individuals going through this rooted in helping you pursue meaning in your life. This involves making sense of your relationship with multiple domains, and managing changes to your identity.

+ Role Transition

We all know that life is full of change, but to really accept that and adapt to changing circumstances and expectations takes a lot of work. A new role whether it’s at work or at home requires us to adjust many variables such as expectations, hopes, and responsibilities. This can be quite stressful and lead to conflict, disappointment, and communication issues.

Our Psychotherapists can help you navigate this by helping you identify blindspots, manage expectations of yourself and others, and develop a greater insight into why you’re experiencing something the way you are.

+ Self-Sabotage

Do you get in your own way a lot? Do you go against what you know is best for you? Self-sabotage is a complicated set of internal dynamics playing out. We use a transference-focused approach to develop an understanding of what's really going on in relation to things like feeling undeserving, or guilty. Together we create a space to explore the roots of self-sabotage and find a way to act in a way that's kinder to you.

+ Shiftworkers

Working irregular or night-shift hours can not only be isolating, it can be quite disruptive to your circadian rhythm. Our approach is a blend of psychoeducation, sleep hygiene training, and supportive counselling.

+ Stress Management

Unless you live in a hammock, you're going to face stressful situations. A little bit of stress is normal and the stress response can be helpful. Having a lot of stress all the time is not helpful. It means your mind and body are running in overdrive, and that is taking a huge toll on your resources. It's not sustainable and more and more studies are showing the negative impacts stress can have on you.

We work with you to create a custom stress-management plan. Together we'll identify your stressors and existing patterns, develop a self-care routine, find healthy outlets, and develop resilience.

+ Students

Being a student is a fascinating and difficult transition. Issues like feeling homesick, academic pressure, time management, test anxiety, social struggles, family and career expectations, and more can arise. Talking to a Psychotherapist can provide support and a safe space to problem solve to ensure you get the most out of your post-secondary experience.

+ Support for Teachers

We have an immense respect for teachers, and are painfully aware of many of the struggles teachers face. Our approach to working with teachers is to work with you to develop a self-care routine, relaxation strategies, and effective communication strategies. Stress management is central to ensure you can cope with the changing demands on you.

+ Telecounselling

If you've got access to the internet, you have access to us, barring time differences. We're in no shape to help you at 4am our time. As long as our times overlap, we can connect with you over a secure video line or phone line to help with any of the issues you're going through, or to provide bridging support while you're away.

+ Test Anxiety

Test anxiety affects most of us, and it can be quite debilitating. It can block you from displaying your true capabilities, and lead to feelings of shame, anger, and anxiety. Working with a therapist can help identify negative assessments, bad habits, and develop new and better habits to ensure that you're able to shine on test day.

+ Uncertainty

Life is full of unknowable factors, and dealing with uncertainty is a part of life we can't avoid. Some people are more sensitive to uncertainty, hating it and trying to control as much as they can. This can lead to a lot of avoidance, distraction, procrastination, impulsivity, and anxiety. We approach uncertainty through multiple angles to improve your insight, tolerance, and building better coping strategies

+ Trauma

Traumatic events can have wide-reaching effects on your life. Whether you have been diagnosed with PTSD or not, whether your trauma stems from physical, emotional, or sexual abuse, we can help. Traumatic events overwhelm the brain, and lead to symptoms such as nightmares, flashbacks, being easily startled, avoidant, numbness, emotional volatility, cognitive issues, and feeling distant from life.

Our team is experienced in working with trauma in all its forms to help you get back into your life and your relationships.

+ Work-Life Balance

All work and no play (can) make Torontonians very unhappy. It can be very challenging to avoid getting completely consumed by work, especially in a city as competitive and challenging as this one. But identifying the problem is the first step! We will use a practical approach to improving emotional and mental well-being by managing the current stress and re-balancing the work-life scale.