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Beth Mares,  clinical member, Ontario Society of Psychotherapists, secular psychotherapist--See Beth's website Psychotherapist. The Rosedale Medical Building, Suite 605, 600 Sherbourne St. , Toronto  M4X 1W4  416-699-5515. (Second office East Danforth in Toronto) Beth also does non-religious marriage preparation (pre-marital counselling) for both straight and same-sex couples. She also helps people who suffer from guilt, depression, sexual inhibitions, difficulty asserting themselves, addictions or other after-effects of growing up with parents who held religious beliefs that are destructive to mental health. Beth has carried on a full time private practice in Toronto for over 20 years. She offers counselling and coaching by phone as well as in the office. Articles by Beth Mares: How confidential is psychotherapy in Ontario?
Some things to consider before you start therapy
Building lasting relationships
How does group therapy help?
Treatments for depression

Downtown Toronto psychologist Ross Gray Recovering from a controlling religion

Silvana Bazet, psychotherapist, is a clinical member of the Ontario Society of Psychotherapists and has been in private practice since 2000.  Silvana specializes in working with individuals and couples who belong to immigrant and racialized communities as well as lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, transgender and transsexual communities.  Services in English and Spanish. To find out more visit: http://torontopsychotherapy.wordpress.com  or call 416-535-5705

Lori-Ann Wesley Kim M.A., R.I.H.R., is a psychotherapist and life coach, and is a member of OACCPP (Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists). She uses an eclectic holistic approach to psychotherapy / counseling. Sessions are individually tailored to meet individual needs and may include: Talk Therapy, Cognitive Therapy, Voice Dialogue, Body-Centered Psychotherapy, Transactional Analysis, Psychodrama, Energy Psychology, Focusing, Dream Analysis, Gestalt, Reiki, Chakra balancing, Guided Meditation, and Regression Healing Therapy. Counselling is available for individuals and couples. See Lori-Ann's article about therapy for self esteem issues. (Mar. 10)

Bronwyn Dickson, non-religious psychotherapist, Toronto Healing Arts Centre 715 Bloor Street West (at Christie). Phone: 416-999-7146, E-mail: info@dicksonpsychotherapy.com.  Therapy for individuals and couples. Relationship difficulties, pet loss, grief, childhood abuse, women's issues.

Christopher Oliphant,  psychotherapist – Therapy Toronto, 269, Albany Ave. (Bathurst & Dupont), 647-828-3248, ra.therapist@gmail.com.  Psychotherapy for individuals, couples; Issues: personal growth, relationship, anxiety, depression, sexuality, addictions: LGBT/queer-friendly.

Susan Blackburn, M.A., secular psychotherapist, counsellor and coach, specializing in psychological strategies for improving mood, changing limiting patterns of behaviour, enhancing interpersonal and relationship skills and personal success coaching. I provide psychotherapy and counselling services as a member of the OACCPP. I provide psychological services under the supervision of Dr. Dan Dalton, C. Psych.  647.299.5494  Recently moved to Pickering in Durham County. (Mar 10)

Kimberly Moffit, BA (Hons), MMT, and DPsych Candidate, is a psychotherapist working in one-on-one psychotherapy with both adults and children. Kim's past experiences as a professional musician have led her to study the relationship between music and our emotions, particularly with clients who feel a personal connection with music in their own lives. 717 Bloor Street West, Toronto at the Christie subway station. 647-328-5955 (Feb. 09)

Mandy Ketcheson Relational Psychotherapist, says:
As a relational therapist it is my belief that your relationships shape who you are and how you relate to others and the world around you. Relationships help you to organize yourself in the world. When they falter, end, or disappoint, you may find yourself feeling disconnected. By looking at past relationships as models for how you are in the world and by forming a new relationship model with me, you will gain insight, understanding and perspective into the issues that concern you. My office is a safe place to explore, without judgment, how you arrived where you are today and how it feels to be there. I look forward very much to meeting you and hearing your story. I see Individuals and couples. My office is located on the Danforth just east of Broadview Ave. 416-469-8285
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Alexia Pearce, B.Ed., MA, secular psychotherapist and counsellor.  
My areas of interest are depression, anxiety, anger issues, low self-esteem and couples counselling.  Through a holistic approach, and in a safe and encouraging environment, I offer counselling that is geared towards helping clients gain an understanding of themselves, their place in the world and their life struggles. I believe that counseling can provide relief from negative symptoms by helping us understand our difficulties, opening up possibilities for positive change and teaching us new strategies to cope with future difficulties.  416-919-7639.
I am a registered member of OACCPP and provide psychological services under the supervision of Dr Donna Ferguson, C. Psych. 
I work out of three locations. North York, 1849 Yonge Street, Suite 511 (Davisville & Yonge); West Toronto, 2386A Bloor St. W., Bloor West Village (Bloor & Jane); Mississauga, 2 Robert Speck Pathway, Suite #748, Mississauga (H10 & Burnhamthorpe). (Aug. 09)

 

 

Daryl Landau MA, MSc
Couples counselling, individual coaching (including anger management), mediation for separation.  I started as a mediator and consultant in interpersonal relations and conflict.  I received my accreditation as a family mediator.  Then I added narrative and brief therapy, joined the OACCPP, and continued to help people in their relationships.  Even people with strong skills get stuck when dealing with “difficult people” and situations, whether in our families or workplaces.  I help by eliciting your goals and skills, offering ideas on strategies, and reflecting together on the lessons that life teaches us.

My office is near High Park in west Toronto.  Call 416-763-6205, e-mail daryl@common-ground.ca For further information, see secular therapist Daryl Landau (Sept. 09)

 

Philip Strapp   phil@new-choices.ca 416-709-2348. Philip says: "I provide supportive exploration of "here-and-now" issues for individuals and couples, including emotional and body awareness, relationship, communication and sexuality concerns, in a non-judgmental, open-minded environment.  In-home appointments are available". (Oct. 09, updated Oct. 11)
 

Laura Devlin BA Psych., MA C. Psych, CCC. I gained my education in counselling psychology at The University of British Columbia and McGill University. I provide couples, family, and individual counselling. In my work, I draw from cognitive behavioural, emotion focused, and experiential approaches. Accessible and affordable psychotherapy. Coverage offered by most extended benefit plans. 416-648-7863, beaches.therapy.to@gmail.com, #101-579 Kingston Ave ( The Beaches, Toronto). (Oct. 09)
 

Priyadarshini Senroy  MA. CCC Member of The Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. I have  a Masters degree in Drama and Movement Therapy from England and have been practising in the area of special needs, domestic violence, eating disorders and mental health over the last 17 years, starting my journey in India, going to England and now based in Toronto. I use creative approches like art, embodiment, guided movement, storymaking, journalling etc to deal with various psycho-social and emotional issues in both long term and short term  counselling sessions. I work in English, Hindi and Bengali and am based in East Toronto.   Please contact me at 647-268-7668 or email me at senroycounselling@yahoo.ca for fees (sliding scale available on request) and hours. (Feb. 10, Dec. 10)


Orit Morse
is co-founder of New Realities Eating Disorders Recovery Centre and a psychotherapist with 22 years of counselling experience currently focusing on recovery from eating disorders. Orit has facilitated groups at Sheena’s Place as well as the Trauma Resolution Centre. She provides individual and family counselling in both these areas. She is also a parent educator, guest lecturer and facilitates workshops on topics such as marriage and family issues, addiction recovery and many other areas of personal growth.

Orit has completed an M.A. degree in Counselling Psychology at the Adler School of Professional Psychology and is a member in good standing with the North American Society for Adlerian Psychology (NASAP) as well as a Certified Clinical Member of the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists (OACCPP). She was a student of psychodrama as well as other body-oriented therapies.

Orit works through the use of traditional talk therapy as well as guided Imagery, psychodrama, art, movement and other body oriented therapies. She believes that by clearing and healing the blocks that may have accumulated due to pain, struggle, fears, negative thoughts, anxieties or unrealistic expectations, people are able to rediscover their authentic selves, have self love, fully express themselves, manifest their dreams – and find their heart’s path.

Orit can be reached at 905 763-0660 e-mail: newrealities@rogers.com  The office location is at Yonge and Clark in Thornhill

 

Derek Wright M.S.W., R.S.W.  918 Centre Street South, Whitby, Ontario As a provider licenced with the Ontario College of Social Workers, I have over ten years of experience providing counselling services to the community. I have worked with clients across the life-span including children, youth, individuals, couples and families. I believe in a client-centered approach to counselling where the client plays a central role in defining and controlling both the goals and the focus of the discussion during sessions. I have extensive experience in assisting clients with a wide range of concerns including but not limited to depression, anxiety, substance abuse, anger management, child and youth behavioral issues, relationship issues, childhood abuse, domestic violence, trauma, and grief and/or loss.  counselling@wrightpath.ca  or 289-893-0811 (Dec. 10)



Sara Kamin, MSc, Relational Psychotherapist. Everyone experiences life differently, but we can make sense of it together. I provide a space in which you can talk through the challenges of life in the context of an empathic, caring, and safe relationship. I approach my work as a therapist with relational and empathic listening, nonjudgmental exploration, interactive engagement, respectful challenge, and mutual participation in the therapeutic process. My work is informed by a holistic approach that respects the relational, interconnected nature of human experience. Together, we will explore the physical, psychological, sociocultural, and historical factors impacting your life. I am a relational psychotherapist trained at the Toronto Institute for Relational Psychotherapy, an intensive three-year theoretical and clinical training program in psychodynamic, intersubjective, relational psychotherapy. I am also a member of the Ontario Society of Psychotherapists and the American Psychological Association Division of Psychotherapy. Office location: Yonge and Summerhill. Phone: 416-858-4039. E-mail: sara@fromthehearttherapy.com
 

 

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Before starting this page we looked up the first four pages of results on Google for "secular therapy". Except for a couple of studies on the relative effectiveness of secular and spiritual therapy, the only thing we found was Christian counselling sites. We did only slightly better when we searched for a "non-religious therapist Toronto"--there was a therapist who did "non-religious spiritual exploration" and a couple who did non-religious wedding ceremonies. We found nothing relevant under "non-religious counsellor Toronto". "Secular counsellor Toronto" yielded an addiction treatment centre that provides both religious and secular counselling.

We think potential clients should be able to find a non-religious psychotherapist or counsellor.

What is a secular psychotherapist?

By a secular therapist we mean someone who believes in Science (whatever reservations he may have about the limitations of psychotherapy research), does not bring any beliefs about the supernatural into the therapy, and is opposed to bigotry based on religion or any other rationale. (For example, excluding girls wearing headscarves or women who cover their faces we would consider bigotry, not secularism as claimed by some of those who do it.) A secular therapist does not offer spiritual guidance other than to help the client explore and clarify  his own worldview if requested. We realize that procedures can sometimes have a beneficial effect even when the rationale is wrong or even irrational; however this directory is intended for professionals whose priority is to empower their clients by promoting rational thinking. Therefore listings on this page are not intended for those whose practice includes astrology, "past life regression", "parapsychology", "channelling", "exorcism", or "the paranormal", even if they do not consider themselves to be religious.

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When a client is not able to ensure that a therapist is secular and non-judgemental bad things can happen. A suburban housewife that one of us counselled was just coming to terms with being Lesbian. She was surrounded by people with backward attitudes and had been agonizing over it for a couple of years. When she went to a "doctor" (read "Authority") for some testing and spoke of her conflicts, the psychologist volunteered that in her view God had intended that a woman should be with a man. We imagine that this sort of thing happens every day. (We do not want to imply that all religious therapists are bigoted; however some are.)

Beth Mares,  clinical member of the Ontario Society of Psychotherapists, secular therapist and marriage counsellor

 

Beth's downtown Toronto office address:

Beth Mares Counselling,

Rosedale Medical Building,
Suite 605, 600 Sherbourne St.,  Toronto ON  M4X 1W4

 

 

Beth Mares Counselling

294 Main Street/ Danforth,

Toronto, ON  M4C 4X5

 

Telephone: 416-699-5515