Online counselling and therapy (Toronto, Ontario)

Individual counselling client feels empowered after cognnitive behavioural therapy, woman doing short term therapy looks relieved, middle-aged man thinks about his psychotherapy session

Beth Mares, Registered Psychotherapist, Ontario licence

Beth does both long term and short term therapy. She works with a wide range of issues, including relationships, depression and anxiety.

She also helps with difficulties with intimacy; ACoA and other family of origin issues, including problems arising from a client's religious background; physical problems like insomnia, headaches and IBS that are caused or aggravated by stress; lack of interest in sex; fetishes, erotic imagery or sexual thoughts that a person finds disturbing; compulsive sexual behaviour; and the concerns of mid life and of ageing.

Beth is enrolled to provide free counselling for status Natives and Inuit.

Marriage counselling & relationship help (online from Toronto)

Beth offers various types of relationship counselling to enhance intimacy and marital satisfaction, for male/female and same-sex couples. Much of her work relates to improving communication and sexual satisfaction and to overcoming problems caused by deceit/lying and infidelity, including affairs, pornography addiction, and sex addiction. Another common topic is how to prevent adult children of alcoholics issues and other family of origin issues from damaging relationships. She also works with immigrant couples on challenges such as lack of a support system, and understanding subtle differences in culture and/or religion, as well as clash of cultures between individuals and their families or their in-laws--issues that can be especially challenging for same sex couples. Beth also offers support with divorce or a break-up, and secular marriage preparation and troubleshooting. See marriage counselling.

Some couples just need to enhance their skills in communication, problem-solving and negotiation. For those needing more in-depth help with intimacy, attachment or building trust, conjoint couple therapy (a combination of couple sessions and individual psychotherapy) is the usual method.

Therapy for sexual problems in relationships

These include lack of or loss of interest in sex, sometimes referred to as low sexual desire or sexual anorexia, disruptions to a couple's sex life caused by circumstances, and infidelity in various forms. See sex therapy.

Help for sex addictions and sexual preoccupations

These include pornography addiction, excessive or ego-dystonic (guilt-inducing) use of internet or other pornography, unsafe sex, excessive or obsessive flirtation, obsessive masturbation, sexual activities that the person or family cannot afford, or addiction to strip bars, sexual massage parlours, or prostitutes. She also works with many different forms of relationship addiction—see love addiction. She uses acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) as well as other methods as required. See sex addiction help.

Psychotherapy and tools for anxiety
Anxiety disorders include fears and phobias, social anxiety, GAD (general anxiety disorder), panic attacks, and constant worrying about health. Distance therapy is particularly useful for agoraphobia and social anxiety, as it removes the need for the client to go out and meet a new therapist. Working on these problems can involve skill-building so that the client is prepared to ace the feared situation; gradual desensitization at the pace that is right for the him or her; finding and removing false beliefs that underpin the anxiety; relaxation training; dealing with past trauma; and/or improving or ending relationships in which the dynamic is reinforcing disempowerment and lack of confidence.

Distance counselling in Northern Ontario and across Canada

Beth's online mental health service is now provided via Doxy, which complies with Ontario privacy standards for psychotherapy and medical appointments. Common topics for internet therapy are relationships, including communication, intimacy, sex therapy, pornography addiction and other sex addictions; adult children of alcoholics issues; stress management, anxiety disorders, insomnia and depression; assertiveness training; parenting and family problems; coming out and other GLBTQ+ issues; and mental health information. See cybertherapy.

Some people in Northern Ontario and small towns througout Canada choose the privacy of videocounselling with an outsider even when there is a qualified psychotherapist in town; on-site counselling at home or at work is also useful for people who find it difficult or inconvenient to attend a clinic.


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Toronto East Beaches Office
Danforth East in Toronto (on subway, near The Beaches, serving East York, Scarborough, Pickering & Markham)

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

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 Beth Mares Counselling
Rosedale Medical Building,
605-600 Sherbourne St, Toronto ON M4X 1W4

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