Abusive partner? Domestic Violence Care Centre at Womens College Hospital 24/7 416-323-6040

Therapy via instant messaging for extra privacy

How private is my therapy in Ontario? Legal and IT issues.

Common misconceptions about pornography

Virtual therapy for adult children of alcoholics

Appointments--week days and evenings--
contact info

Updated March 13, 2023

The opening has been filled. This notice will be changed when there is another opening. For other options, see experienced therapists and marriage counsellors I know. --Beth


Beth works with adults 18+ in regular weekly or alternate week sessions.

For a prompt response, email Beth's gmail address, beth.toronto

Precautions when sending an email
Ordinary e-mails are not secure; an e-mail between two gmail accounts is encrypted in transit, but goes through the gmail servers in the US. (Re the implications of that, see
Surveillance Valley by Yasha Levine). Also, be aware that if you check your email at work it can potentially be read by your boss. If you need to ask a question that involves sensitive personal information it is best to protect it. To password-protect a Word document in Windows, go to file>info>protect document; OR for more security, get a free ProtonMail account and email Beth's ProtonMail address, beth.mares. (Let her know via her regular email that you have sent it, as she doesn't check protonmail daily.)

Please note that phone calls and phone messages are not totally secure.

Doctors offices may leave a message at 416-699-5515. Please speak slowly and clearly.

Making an appointment

First look over the application form and privacy policy to make sure that you are eligible for the service and comfortable with the arrangements. You will need Adobe Reader to view and fill in pdf documents. When/if you are filling in the form, first download it and save it to your computer; fill it in, save it again, and attach it to an email. Please note that your form is an official medical record, so for couples each person must fill out a separate form.)

Then e-mail Beth's gmail, beth.toronto, putting COUNSELLING in the subject line. If requesting an appointment, tell her about the times and days you are usually available. Beth will tell you the current fees. (If you are Indigenous, you may be eligible for free therapy.) You do not need a referral.

Once a time has been arranged, fill out and send the application form(s) and an interac payment to Beth's gmail, beth.toronto via your online banking. (Log in to your page on your bank's website; look for a link to interac.) Send them promptly if you can to nail down the time slot.

For future sessions, payment needs to be made 24 hours ahead.

Technical details for video and instant messaging appointments

Monday to Thursday, 11:00 AM till 9:30 PM. Appointments are 50 minutes

Available on request. There is no additional charge for HST.


Toronto East Beaches office (Main Street South of Danforth)

Beth Mares Counselling
Main Street Medical Building,
403-294 Main Street, Toronto, ON M4C 4X5

Voice mailbox 416-699-5515


Rosedale office

Beth Mares Counselling
Rosedale Medical Building,
Suite 605, 600 Sherbourne St., Toronto M4X 1W4

(Please do not send mail to this address)

Voice mailbox 416-699-5515

Beth Mares RP
CRPO #003567
Clinical Member, Ontario Society of Psychotherapists, #175
Green Shield provider number 000534649
Health Canada provider number 003567

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Virtual counselling and therapy--Home

Online counselling

Coping strategies to manage your mental health during the current pandemic:
Crisis lines:
Distress Centre of Toronto:  416-408-4357
Gerstein Crisis Centre:  416-929-5200
Assaulted Women’s Help Line: 416-863-0511
Toronto Rape Crisis Centre/Multicultural Women Against Rape: 416-597-8808
Suicide and Crisis Hotline (Canada Wide): 1-800-448-3000
Mental Health Crisis Line (Canada Wide): 1-888-893-8333

More on online therapy: Why we chose video and Why we chose chat




















This page is now out of date: counselling

At present my in-office practice is full, but I will fit in returning clients and if possible people referred by their doctors. For other options, see Psychotherapist colleagues