Counseling & Psychotherapy
psychotherapists & counsellors
The therapists on this page have an in-depth analytical training and/or doctoral degree, and average over 20 years experience.
Beach psychotherapist / marriage counsellor
Toronto therapist Audrey Jolly
In-depth psychotherapy that helps you to overcome trauma, dissolve tension and free up your energy. EFT for couples.
analyst & counselor
Ingrid Dresher helps with marriage, sexual issues, weight, work, stress, and chronic illness. LGBTQ
in Central Toronto
Linda Chapman helps with relationships, anxiety, work problems, weight, body image, depression, childhood trauma and shyness.
personal, couple & sex therapist
Sandra Tenus also helps individuals with stress, anxiety, PTSD, and depression. Office on Bay Street.
and teen psychologist
Tracey Vieira helps children and teenagers in downtown Toronto, weekdays & Saturdays.
This is a free directory--no advertising costs to pass on to clients.
More psychotherapists and counsellors with many years experience
This list is now open to OSP clinical members with at least 15 years full time experience or equivalent full and part time experience.
It is based on information received by email and could include practitioners we don't know and whose credentials we have not checked. You can call a professional association to confirm a therapist's membership.
Cosmina Ionescu Vaccarino MA, member, OATA & OACCP
My background: I have been a therapist for over 20 years, helping people of all ages. I have obtained a B.Sc from Mcgill and an M.A degree from Concordia in Montreal, and after living in California for a year, I have made my home in Toronto. My training has continued beyond those degrees and is multi-layered: psychobiology, stress reduction, biofeedback, art therapy, mindfulness, visualization, dream work, Jungian-oriented psychotherapy, sand tray therapy, solution-focused counselling.
I have many years of experience here in the city as a clinical director of a treatment centre, I also have been a clinical supervisor and teacher in my field, having trained many other therapists; this experience makes me feel well prepared to deal with your individual, couple or family situation.
My philosophy: At any age, we can find ourselves looking for support and guidance, during times when we can't see clearly our way out or have lost the sense of direction and motivation. I help you access new sources of strength in yourself in order to find that sense of direction. It is a pleasure to witness the change and growth that happens in each person who comes to see me in therapy, even during very difficult moments. I believe that therapy can help us find the harmony and beauty inside each one of us as well as the concrete life-solutions we are looking for.
I provide help with issues such as : depression, anxiety, women's issues (post-partum, fertility, menopause), parenting, grief, transitions, career/future orientation, body image/eating disorders, creativity/creative blocks, looking to imbue life with more meaning, enhancing focusing, creativity and productivity.
I work in English, French, Italian and Romanian. These are all languages I use on a daily basis.
I offer a free consultation over the phone or in person when someone is unsure whether to commit to therapy. Please don't hesitate to approach me with your questions by e-mail or phone. Messages are strictly confidential. I look forward to hearing from you.
Office in Central Toronto 720 Spadina Avenue (just South of Bloor), suite 205 Toronto, ON M5S 2T9 416 970 1318 email@example.com
Therapists: to list
your practice, please see below. We especially welcome those physiotherapists,
massage therapists and shiatsu therapists who do house calls
(in-home treatments), and seasoned therapists.
Change: We are now accepting listings for psychotherapists and counsellors with 20 years experience and are clinical members of the OSP or another well-recognized professional association. Membership in the College of Psychotherapists is not required, but if you are not applying for membership please don't use the terms "psychotherapy" or "psychotherapist".
Article for psychotherapists: Avoiding ethical hazards of new technology
This is a free directory of private sector health care resources in Toronto
We do not use the terms "alternative therapies" or "alternative health care", because they include a wide variety of practices. We only wish to include therapies that have demonstrated benefits. If you are contemplating using an alternative therapy, we would recommend Trick or Treatment by science writer Simon Singh and professor of complementary medicine Edzard Ernst. It examines in detail the research into the effectiveness of alternative therapies, focusing on chiropractic, acupuncture, herbal medicine, and homeopathy, as well as giving a history of these practices and of scientific medicine, and explaining how medical research works.
This is a genuine free directory, with no ads or paid listings. We hope that it will be useful to both service providers and potential clients, so that they do not have to rely on expensive ways of finding each other. (Therapists paying for yellow pages listings, creating and maintaining their own website with uncertain results, paying hundreds of dollars a year to be on a commercial website or for search engine advertising, or gaining access to potential clients by paying the crippling rents typically charged for managed office space in private clinics and wellness centres, etc.) We hope you find it helpful.
We do not aim to give a complete list of any type of health service provider. We just want to make it easier to find capable, experienced therapists to help with proactive health management, reducing stress, easing pain, improving function, or otherwise benefiting physiological, mental or emotional health.
--Beth and Mike Mares, Toronto
For health care professionals--very experienced and less experienced
We want to publish quality articles to inform the public about the different therapies and related health topics. For examples, see the excellent articles by Pam Honeyman in the physiotherapy section. Therapists who do house calls are especially welcome.
Our courtesy policy: We expect therapists who have given an email address in their listings to respond to any appropriate email inquiry within 2 business days, even if they are not available. For example, I don't do housecalls that far away, I'm not taking clients at present, my rates are $--, or I don't anticipate any evening times opening up for at least a month. We do not have the same expectation about always returning phone calls, as that is more time-consuming, but we appreciate the courtesy of therapists who do. We of course don't expect therapists to continue email correspondence once they have made their unavailability clear.
How to get listed (providers of in home treatments especially welcome)
Using the models on the page for your type of health care, write your listing the way you want it to appear. Email it to beth.toronto(at)gmail.com retaining the subject line Toronto therapist to ensure that your email is not mistaken for spam. Please send listings in the body of an email, not an attachment. Please include your official title (e.g., RMT) or professional membership (e.g., Ontario Society of Psychotherapists). If you are an experienced practitioner, please indicate the amount of your experience (in a way that is not misleading). If you are not government-licensed, please include a link to your organization's code of ethics and conditions of membership for us to look at. Include any specialty or special interests you have (e.g., arthritis, insomnia). You can be listed on two pages if appropriate, but the listings should not be identical. Please say which page or pages you would like to be on. (This page is by invitation only.) All submissions are subject to review. We update about once a month, but if you send an article we will try to fast track it.
Directories are approximately in order or seniority, but we will up-front people who have sent articles so that the articles are easy for our visitors to find, and we may put the contributors of what we consider to be the best articles first. We may also give priority to the more experienced therapists. Please email us to reconfirm your listing between 2 and 3 years after the date shown on it, as we may remove it otherwise to make sure that our visitors are not getting outdated listings. We suggest that you bookmark this site for that purpose. (You go up to Favorites and click on "add to favorites".) You may also want to check back from time to time to see if anything has changed.
Links to websites: We include links to websites on articles and brochures we publish if the requested link is to the professional's own website or in some cases his clinic's website, but not if it is part of a commercial website/directory. We do not link to professionals' websites directly from the listings pages.
How to submit an
Please do not send copies of material already on the web or material substantially similar. Please email the page or pages, stating that it is/ they are not found elsewhere on the web and that if you ever decide to have it/them displayed elsewhere you will give us at least two weeks notice. (We would need to remove the material from this site for your protection as well as ours.) When writing an article, please give the readers the benefit of your own particular knowledge and experience, not just a rehash of material that can be found on dozens or even thousands of sites. It's also a great idea to answer questions that people often ask you and seem to have had difficulty finding the answers to. We are most interested in articles, but are also publishing brochures for the benefit of potential clients.
You can send your page(s) in the body of an email, or as an attachment in a textfile--Word, Word Perfect or HTML code. If you are using HTML it is a good idea to insert the metatags you want, but we reserve the right to modify them. A photograph or illustration would be welcome. There is a limit of one graphic (file size limit 50K) per page. It needs to be in a separate file. If you are offering a specialized service, or work in a district where your type of work is not highly competitive, your page will likely be found directly in a search by potential clients, just as if it was your own website (except that most individuals' websites don't show up on the first or second page of results).
Your article will be more likely to come up in searches if you use a title that is similar to the search phrase that someone needing this information would be likely to use, and/or if you can get a link to it from a website with a related theme. It will work better if the link is not from the same website that your article links to. If you need clarification on linking to your article, email Beth at her gmail address, beth.toronto
We are doing this as a public service, and there is no charge. We hope that you will benefit from the exposure in return for sharing your knowledge. Be prepared for an occasional call from a journalist who is interested in your article and requests an interview. An interview gives you further exposure, but it is absolutely OK to say no if you would rather not.
These offers are time limited. In order to keep the workload manageable we will need to limit new listings when we are too busy.
Tips for writing articles for the web
Create a short title that will quickly convey what the article is about and grab the reader's attention. Web surfers have tons of material in front of them, so they have no time to lose. So get right to the subject. Put yourself in the reader's shoes. Can you tell that you are getting what you are looking for?
Keep it simple. Know what points you want to make, and make them clearly. Use language that is easy to understand and conversational rather than academic. Maintain a clear and organized structure throughout the article, and carefully proofread and edit your article before submitting it.
Give the reader the benefit of your particular knowledge. Your expertise will show. And writing will be easier and more enjoyable. Teach something new or at least teach it in a new way. Don't essentially repeat something that is on thousands of websites. Your knowledge is unique--share it. Include a short bio and your contact information.
--Beth Mares and Mike Mares.
Copyright © 2007 Mike Mares, since updated
All rights reserved. The copyright of contributions belongs to the contributors, and all other material is the property of Mike Mares.
The therapist-client relationship
Relationship therapy is an important part of what most psychotherapists and counsellors do, whether with individuals or couples. In all types of therapy, we believe that the quality of the relationship between therapist and client is very important for healing. We promote cognitive therapy and behavioral counselling for depression and anxiety disorders; expressive arts therapy for freeing the imagination and the emotions; secular therapy for people who do not want religious therapy; massage therapy and shiatsu for relaxation and stress management; and physiotherapy and good nutrition for a healthy body.