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"Compassion……. a basic kindness, with a deep awareness of the suffering of oneself and of living things, coupled with the wish and effort to relieve it ." - Paul Gilbert

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Meet Vivian

Registered Psychotherapist ⎮ Registered Nurse   RP, RN, CSAM, CCATP

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No one should have to try to navigate personal challenges alone. My passion in therapy is to partner with my clients to create a trusting relationship that can foster healing, personal growth, and positive life change. Therefore, it is my pleasure to extend hope, and a path toward healing and wholeness to anyone caught in life’s struggles.

My ongoing pursuit and passion lie in providing mental and physical support to those undergoing emotional and physical turmoil. I value genuineness, thoughtfulness, and kind humour in my therapy practice. Guided by empathy and compassion, I provide a safe, respectful therapeutic atmosphere where we explore your struggles, skill sets, victories, and dreams.

As therapy progresses, we will do some exploring to see what’s going on under the surface. I will work with you to identify the places of isolation and hurt in your life. We’ll collaborate to identify healthy coping skills and learn new tools that will ultimately help you reach your goals.

During my career as a registered nurse, I have volunteered on several crisis-focused medical missions, witnessing the effect and toll of mental distress. A particular experience brought my heart back to helping people care more about their mental well-being. In 2002, I accompanied an ENT/Reconstructive plastic surgeon to remote areas in China, where we performed corrective surgeries on babies and young adults born with cleft lip and palate birth deformities. Many families reported being shunned and ostracized by their communities due to the physical differences between their children and themselves. The extent of this prejudice also meant that individuals were excluded from receiving medical care, receiving a primary education, or participating in the greater community.

I was struck by the families’ resilience and endurance while experiencing unjust behaviour and ridicule from their communities. I thought of the perseverance and enormous motivation to seek medical attention at our outreach clinic.

In 2005, with the Canadian Medical Association of Toronto (CMAT), I embarked on another medical mission to Pakistan for 21 days, shortly after a deadly earthquake. The trauma that affected these people was far beyond physical wounds, as they were traumatized by grief, death, the devastation of their homes, and the struggles ahead.

Collectively, these experiences provided me – with first-hand teaching moments. More significantly, each experience taught me the depth, breadth and range of social challenges. Each moment has led me to become a more able, empathetic, objective and compassionate professional. 

Approaches: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing – EMDR, Relational therapy, 

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Meet Sly

Certified Sports Psychologist CSP, APS, CSC

I have worked with many athletes in Toronto, some who have gone on to compete in the olympics. These experiences have showed me the importance of mental wellness. Often the separating factor between athletes (with the same physical capabilities), was their mental well-being. I want each of my clients to reach their full potential. And instead of being held back by your mental health, I want to work with you to transform it into a tool you can use to succeed and reach your full potential.

My personal philosophy related to therapeutic treatment involve consciousness, mindfulness with integrated sports psychology. I believe that establishing trust and creating a comfortable and judgement-free environment are critical for you to effectively grow and heal. My easygoing and mellow communication style, creates a calming and supportive environment. This allows clients to feel at ease, and creates a connection- which is critical for trust. Once I have earned your trust, and identified areas you would like to improve we can work together to develop tools and a plan to help you achieve what you want in life.

There is a perceived disconnect between athletes/sports and your personal mental health treatment (assuming you are not an athlete). However both have struggles they need to overcome, through goal setting and practice. My background and experiences have given me a unique insight on how to help you identify and overcome hurdles. Once the areas you are struggling in are identified I want to work with you to enhance your performance and success. We will work together to empower you to have control of your life, be confident in your capabilities, and work through anything that is stopping you from reaching your potential. In a nutshell, I want to empower to have the life you want for yourself.

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Meet Rosa

Registered Psychotherapist OCT, RP

Everyone has a different story and faces challenges that are unique to them. I prioritize and recognize the importance of individualizing with each client. This entails moving at a speed you are comfortable with, allowing me to earn your trust and work with you to improve your mental health and well-being. I provide a non-judgemental, safe space to let you be completely transparent and vulnerable.

Like anything worth doing, therapy can be complex. Please remember that therapy is not a quick fix but an ongoing process that requires time, consistency and effort. If you are willing to commit to the operation of healing and self-improvement, I am confident that we can work together to address the challenges you currently face. I take a strength-based approach; while acknowledging and addressing weaknesses, we focus on your strengths and capabilities to empower you throughout this process.

I am motivated by my journey with self-growth. I understand how challenging and even isolating it can be at times. It takes self-awareness to recognize why you are the person you are today. And much courage to admit that the person you are may not be the person you envision yourself to be, your best self.

Approaches: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Somatic Experiencing, Gestalt Therapy, Mindfulness, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy.

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Meet Serene

Social Worker MSW

Often there is a lot of shame, stigma and other hurdles surrounding therapy, it takes a lot of courage and insight to ask for this type of support. Therapy is a brave undertaking and it important to me that the plan that we co-create is as unique as each human and their life experiences. Therefore, I take an eclectic approach based on self-compassion and draw on modalities such as cognitive behavioural therapy, narrative, therapy, motivational interviewing and solution focused therapy.

I see therapy as a tool for individuals wanting to reclaim their agency in healing and regain control of their life (I.e., thought processes and emotions).  I take a collaborative approach to support clients toward a more authentic and happy life. I believe in the inherent worth of every person. I am inspired by the resilience I witness daily as I support people in navigating this increasingly complex and challenging world.

I have experience as a therapist and clinical program development in private and hospital environments. As a person/therapist, I am open-minded and intuitive and emphasize the importance of a strength-based approach. My goal is to meet you wherever you are at-, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. And from that point, provide a non-judgemental and safe space for us to work through what you are struggling with together. 

Approaches: anti-oppressive, trauma-informed, intersectional, strengths-based

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Meet Melissa

Registered Psychotherapist – Qualifying 

In my therapeutic approach, I strive to cultivate a safe space for clients to share and work with challenging thoughts and feelings. I do so by creating a non-judgemental environment which encourages free discussion and self-exploration. I am a very warm and comforting person, while at the same time, able to provide constructive feedback and guidance.

Regret, guilt, insecurity, uncertainty, and confusion are common for everyone to feel from time to time. To address such feelings, I will guide you using a person-centered approach, which serves to increase self-acceptance, personal growth and expression. We will collaborate to tailor the best individualized treatment for you, which might include cognitive behavioural therapy, mindfulness-based stress reduction, and mindful self-compassion among other modalities. 

I believe people were born to feel satisfied, manage challenges effectively and to feel optimistic about their lives. It would be my honour to work with you to create solutions which cultivate more fulfillment in your life.

Approaches : Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction, Emotional Freedom Technique, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Internal Family Systems.

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