Chronic Illness Therapists in Central Toronto, Toronto, ON

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Lynne Protain
Registered Psychotherapist, MACP, CPC, ELI-MP, PCC, RP
Verified Verified
Central Toronto, Toronto, ON M5V
Sharing the challenges that have brought you here can feel daunting and vulnerable. Welcome to a warm, compassionate, calm and non-judgmental space. My specialties include trauma and abuse, chronic illness including autoimmune conditions, women’s health issues (fertility, menopause, reproductive conditions etc), burnout, chronic stress, relationship issues, unhealthy and dysfunctional family patterns and learning healthy boundaries. Together we will focus on healing, understanding and creating healthier patterns so you can feel joy and feel like yourself once again. Book a free discovery call or email me directly.
Sharing the challenges that have brought you here can feel daunting and vulnerable. Welcome to a warm, compassionate, calm and non-judgmental space. My specialties include trauma and abuse, chronic illness including autoimmune conditions, women’s health issues (fertility, menopause, reproductive conditions etc), burnout, chronic stress, relationship issues, unhealthy and dysfunctional family patterns and learning healthy boundaries. Together we will focus on healing, understanding and creating healthier patterns so you can feel joy and feel like yourself once again. Book a free discovery call or email me directly.
(437) 747-8461 View (437) 747-8461
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Noga Lutzky-Cohen - Centre For Psychology And Emotional Health
Psychological Associate, MA, CPsych
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Central Toronto, Toronto, ON M5R
Additionally, she has a background in rehabilitation, working with people who are living with chronic illness and pain.
Noga values the importance of the therapeutic relationship as the foundation from which empowerment and positive change grow. She emphasizes creating a safe, non-judgmental, collaborative environment to help clients address their concerns and goals. She helps clients with their pain and suffering as well as deepen their personal growth and improve their emotional well-being.
Additionally, she has a background in rehabilitation, working with people who are living with chronic illness and pain.
Noga values the importance of the therapeutic relationship as the foundation from which empowerment and positive change grow. She emphasizes creating a safe, non-judgmental, collaborative environment to help clients address their concerns and goals. She helps clients with their pain and suffering as well as deepen their personal growth and improve their emotional well-being.
(437) 291-8191 View (437) 291-8191
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Dr. Paula Miceli
Psychologist, PhD, CPsych
Verified Verified
Central Toronto, Toronto, ON M6G
In our work together, the interpersonal perspective enables us to focus on the ways in which you have relations with yourself and with others. For some, the onset of an acute or chronic illness have shifted these relations, future goals and plans. Sometimes, the process of therapy involves learning to recognize behavioral patterns that evoke distress, or bring about unwanted outcomes. Through an atmosphere of support, you can carefully consider the decision to change, and efforts can be targeted towards building healthier, more effective patterns. Cognitive-behavioural strategies are integrated into sessions to facilitate change.
In our work together, the interpersonal perspective enables us to focus on the ways in which you have relations with yourself and with others. For some, the onset of an acute or chronic illness have shifted these relations, future goals and plans. Sometimes, the process of therapy involves learning to recognize behavioral patterns that evoke distress, or bring about unwanted outcomes. Through an atmosphere of support, you can carefully consider the decision to change, and efforts can be targeted towards building healthier, more effective patterns. Cognitive-behavioural strategies are integrated into sessions to facilitate change.
(437) 747-1678 View (437) 747-1678
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Amanda Masterton
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Central Toronto, Toronto, ON M5B
I draw from Narrative, Mindfulness-based, Trauma-informed, and Emotion Focused Therapy approaches to support clients with a range of issues including anxiety, depression, chronic illness, Lyme disease and tick-borne infections, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, disability issues, learning disabilities, self-esteem, interpersonal challenges, and life transitions.
I bring a gentle, whole-person approach to therapy with a focus on creating safety and building a trusting therapeutic relationship. I will work collaboratively with you to help you gain new perspectives, shift towards preferred ways of being, and create space for new possibilities. Together, we will tap into your existing strengths and abilities, develop new skills and internal resources, and foster resiliency to help you realise your goals and make positive changes.
I draw from Narrative, Mindfulness-based, Trauma-informed, and Emotion Focused Therapy approaches to support clients with a range of issues including anxiety, depression, chronic illness, Lyme disease and tick-borne infections, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, disability issues, learning disabilities, self-esteem, interpersonal challenges, and life transitions.
I bring a gentle, whole-person approach to therapy with a focus on creating safety and building a trusting therapeutic relationship. I will work collaboratively with you to help you gain new perspectives, shift towards preferred ways of being, and create space for new possibilities. Together, we will tap into your existing strengths and abilities, develop new skills and internal resources, and foster resiliency to help you realise your goals and make positive changes.
(647) 249-7939 View (647) 249-7939
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Daryna Skybina
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), HBSc, MPS
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Central Toronto, Toronto, ON M5V  (Online Only)
Living with an advanced or chronic illness can feel like a full-time job.Alongside regular responsibilities, you’re juggling countless medical appointments and managing symptoms, while carrying a heavy mental/emotional load. You may be grieving life before illness, anxious about an uncertain future, and be grappling with difficult thoughts about death/dying, the purpose of suffering, or how to live a meaningful life. The process of finding a ‘new normal’ is unique to everyone. At times, it can feel isolating and exhausting, but you don't have to do it alone.
Living with an advanced or chronic illness can feel like a full-time job.Alongside regular responsibilities, you’re juggling countless medical appointments and managing symptoms, while carrying a heavy mental/emotional load. You may be grieving life before illness, anxious about an uncertain future, and be grappling with difficult thoughts about death/dying, the purpose of suffering, or how to live a meaningful life. The process of finding a ‘new normal’ is unique to everyone. At times, it can feel isolating and exhausting, but you don't have to do it alone.
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Tae Hart
Psychologist, PhD, CPsych
Verified Verified
Central Toronto, Toronto, ON M5B  (Online Only)
I am especially interested in working with people with chronic illness and have many years of experience doing so as a researcher and university professor.
I have three areas of specialization as a psychologist: 1) Coping with chronic medical illness, such as cancer (especially hereditary cancers, such as Lynch syndrome), multiple sclerosis, IBD (e.g., Chron's disease, colitis) or other gastrointestinal problems, 2) Anxiety and depression, and 3) Couples therapy. I'm offering all appointments virtually, not in person. See my website for more information: drtaehart.com
I am especially interested in working with people with chronic illness and have many years of experience doing so as a researcher and university professor.
I have three areas of specialization as a psychologist: 1) Coping with chronic medical illness, such as cancer (especially hereditary cancers, such as Lynch syndrome), multiple sclerosis, IBD (e.g., Chron's disease, colitis) or other gastrointestinal problems, 2) Anxiety and depression, and 3) Couples therapy. I'm offering all appointments virtually, not in person. See my website for more information: drtaehart.com
(844) 331-0899 View (844) 331-0899
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Alana McLeod
MA, ExAT, RTC, CCPA
Verified Verified
Central Toronto, Toronto, ON M6J
"Self- love is doing the work we need to do to be free"- Yung Pueblo. I have experience working with opening creative blockages, survivors of interpersonal violence and abuse such as sexual assault and domestic violence, adults with a history of child-hood sexual abuse, people with diagnoses of post- traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and complex post- traumatic stress disorder (C-PTSD). I can help with sleep issues, anxiety, depression, loneliness, grief & loss, stress related to chronic illness such as multiple chemical sensitivities, persistent feelings of sadness and feeling a lack of meaning and joy in life.
"Self- love is doing the work we need to do to be free"- Yung Pueblo. I have experience working with opening creative blockages, survivors of interpersonal violence and abuse such as sexual assault and domestic violence, adults with a history of child-hood sexual abuse, people with diagnoses of post- traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and complex post- traumatic stress disorder (C-PTSD). I can help with sleep issues, anxiety, depression, loneliness, grief & loss, stress related to chronic illness such as multiple chemical sensitivities, persistent feelings of sadness and feeling a lack of meaning and joy in life.
(249) 202-2206 View (249) 202-2206
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Nat Cooper
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Central Toronto, Toronto, ON M4K  (Online Only)
I believe you know yourself best, and I am here to listen. Connection is important to me, and I believe it can be healing. I aim to support you as best I can through whatever life has thrown at you, offering a judgment-free space filled with empathy, curiosity and patience. As a queer, neurodivergent therapist, I frequently work with members of the LGBTQ+ community and their experience navigating Autism (ASD), chronic illness, ethical non-monogamy and relationship issues. With my flexible, client-centred approach, I hope to support you however is best at the time. Life is hard sometimes, and you don’t have to walk this path alone.
I believe you know yourself best, and I am here to listen. Connection is important to me, and I believe it can be healing. I aim to support you as best I can through whatever life has thrown at you, offering a judgment-free space filled with empathy, curiosity and patience. As a queer, neurodivergent therapist, I frequently work with members of the LGBTQ+ community and their experience navigating Autism (ASD), chronic illness, ethical non-monogamy and relationship issues. With my flexible, client-centred approach, I hope to support you however is best at the time. Life is hard sometimes, and you don’t have to walk this path alone.
(437) 372-5704 View (437) 372-5704
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Kelly Stephenson
Registered Social Worker, BSW, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Central Toronto, Toronto, ON M5V  (Online Only)
I provide therapy to adult individuals and couples seeking to address anxiety, depression, trauma, self worth, identity, boundaries, addiction, chronic illness, and life transitions.
I specializing in treating individuals and couples with a wide variety of backgrounds and presenting issues. I utilize various modalities, as well as psychotherapy, to help you improve your emotional well-being. My focus with individual clients is aimed at finding more self through the use of Internal Family Systems Therapy. Increased access to self results in feeling more calm, curious, and connected in the world around you, it may also be experienced as feeling more balanced or content. I help couples improve communication, manage conflict, make repairs, build fondness, and increase intimacy using Gottman Couples Therapy.
I provide therapy to adult individuals and couples seeking to address anxiety, depression, trauma, self worth, identity, boundaries, addiction, chronic illness, and life transitions.
I specializing in treating individuals and couples with a wide variety of backgrounds and presenting issues. I utilize various modalities, as well as psychotherapy, to help you improve your emotional well-being. My focus with individual clients is aimed at finding more self through the use of Internal Family Systems Therapy. Increased access to self results in feeling more calm, curious, and connected in the world around you, it may also be experienced as feeling more balanced or content. I help couples improve communication, manage conflict, make repairs, build fondness, and increase intimacy using Gottman Couples Therapy.
(437) 291-7735 View (437) 291-7735
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Alli Therapy - Desanka Djonin
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA
Verified Verified
Central Toronto, Toronto, ON M5B  (Online Only)
I work with clients grappling with grief, loss, trauma, or chronic illness, helping them navigate these challenges with the aim of achieving more than just coping mechanisms. They seek to understand their experiences in depth and aspire to transform their struggles into resilience and joy, desiring a future where growth and fulfillment prevail despite adversities.
I work with clients grappling with grief, loss, trauma, or chronic illness, helping them navigate these challenges with the aim of achieving more than just coping mechanisms. They seek to understand their experiences in depth and aspire to transform their struggles into resilience and joy, desiring a future where growth and fulfillment prevail despite adversities.
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Brendan McLarty
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Central Toronto, Toronto, ON M5S
I have extensive experience working with individuals from diverse backgrounds who are navigating life with anxiety, low mood, relationship issues, ongoing dilemmas, grief and/or chronic illness.
Are you feeling stuck in life? Do you feel isolated? Are you having difficulty moving forward after a painful loss or life change? Are you looking for ways to better manage your emotions? It is my belief that our unique life experiences require a personalized approach to help us reach our goals in the face of pain. One size does not fit all. Sessions with me are experiential in nature, with a focus on developing present moment awareness of one’s inner and outer world. Through the cultivation of mindfulness and other skills, I aim to help individuals harness that self knowledge to find ways to engage in values-based living.
I have extensive experience working with individuals from diverse backgrounds who are navigating life with anxiety, low mood, relationship issues, ongoing dilemmas, grief and/or chronic illness.
Are you feeling stuck in life? Do you feel isolated? Are you having difficulty moving forward after a painful loss or life change? Are you looking for ways to better manage your emotions? It is my belief that our unique life experiences require a personalized approach to help us reach our goals in the face of pain. One size does not fit all. Sessions with me are experiential in nature, with a focus on developing present moment awareness of one’s inner and outer world. Through the cultivation of mindfulness and other skills, I aim to help individuals harness that self knowledge to find ways to engage in values-based living.
(437) 292-3750 View (437) 292-3750
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A&B Counselling and Psychotherapy Services
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MACP, BSc
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Central Toronto, Toronto, ON M5G
Navigating trauma, chronic pain, sleep issues, or chronic illness can be an overwhelming journey, but you don't have to face it alone.
Are you struggling with trauma, chronic pain, sleep problems, mood disorders and stress? Providing a compassionate service fluent in Punjabi, Hindi, and English, specializing in these intricate challenges. I provides a supportive environment to explore and heal from trauma, employing evidence-based therapies to help manage symptoms of PTSD and reclaim a sense of safety and empowerment. Understanding the complex interplay between trauma, chronic pain, and sleep disturbances, offering holistic approaches tailored to individual needs. Whether you're navigating the emotional toll of chronic illness or seeking to improve sleep.
Navigating trauma, chronic pain, sleep issues, or chronic illness can be an overwhelming journey, but you don't have to face it alone.
Are you struggling with trauma, chronic pain, sleep problems, mood disorders and stress? Providing a compassionate service fluent in Punjabi, Hindi, and English, specializing in these intricate challenges. I provides a supportive environment to explore and heal from trauma, employing evidence-based therapies to help manage symptoms of PTSD and reclaim a sense of safety and empowerment. Understanding the complex interplay between trauma, chronic pain, and sleep disturbances, offering holistic approaches tailored to individual needs. Whether you're navigating the emotional toll of chronic illness or seeking to improve sleep.
(289) 514-0428 View (289) 514-0428
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Toronto Wellness Counselling
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Central Toronto, Toronto, ON M4V  (Online Only)
TWC is able to provide treatment for mental health disorders (anxiety, OCD, social anxiety, panic disorders, depression, bi-polar disorder & PTSD), as well as physical health challenges (chronic pain, managing chronic illness & diseases), burnout, relationship challenges, neuro-diversity & parenting challenges.
Our team of Registered Social Workers & Registered Psychotherapists is deeply committed to supporting clients make the change they need to live their healthiest, most vibrant lives. We work closely with clients to create a life that allows for genuine fulfillment, healthy connection and greater self-awareness. The interventions we implement are evidence based and our team is thoroughly trained so that we can offer exceptional therapeutic services to children & youth, adults, couples and parents. Be in touch to learn more :)
TWC is able to provide treatment for mental health disorders (anxiety, OCD, social anxiety, panic disorders, depression, bi-polar disorder & PTSD), as well as physical health challenges (chronic pain, managing chronic illness & diseases), burnout, relationship challenges, neuro-diversity & parenting challenges.
Our team of Registered Social Workers & Registered Psychotherapists is deeply committed to supporting clients make the change they need to live their healthiest, most vibrant lives. We work closely with clients to create a life that allows for genuine fulfillment, healthy connection and greater self-awareness. The interventions we implement are evidence based and our team is thoroughly trained so that we can offer exceptional therapeutic services to children & youth, adults, couples and parents. Be in touch to learn more :)
(437) 747-6334 View (437) 747-6334
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Mindful Maelstrom Wellness Clinic
Registered Psychotherapist, CPsych, MC, RP, MA, RP, MEd,RP, LMSW
Verified Verified
18 Endorsed
Central Toronto, Toronto, ON M6J
Whether you suffer from an acute or chronic illness, or simply wish to relieve everyday stress and tension, our team of health professionals will work with you to create a personalized treatment program.
Your Oasis of Calm - Take a step inside of our private wellness clinic and you will instantly be transported from the bustle of the vibrant neighbourhood outside into an oasis of healing and calm. Located just one block north of Queen Street West on the Ossington strip, we are passionate about working with each of our clients to create a personalized treatment program. Offering a range of regulated health modalities, we are here to support you in achieving your desired state of emotional balance by working through both the physical and psychological discomforts in your life.
Whether you suffer from an acute or chronic illness, or simply wish to relieve everyday stress and tension, our team of health professionals will work with you to create a personalized treatment program.
Your Oasis of Calm - Take a step inside of our private wellness clinic and you will instantly be transported from the bustle of the vibrant neighbourhood outside into an oasis of healing and calm. Located just one block north of Queen Street West on the Ossington strip, we are passionate about working with each of our clients to create a personalized treatment program. Offering a range of regulated health modalities, we are here to support you in achieving your desired state of emotional balance by working through both the physical and psychological discomforts in your life.
(647) 578-9071 View (647) 578-9071
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Ashley Skinner
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Central Toronto, Toronto, ON M6K  (Online Only)
Hello! I'm Ashley and I’m a registered social worker dedicated to providing compassionate support through life’s transitions. Whether you’re navigating changes in relationships, career paths, personal identity, or health; I’m here to provide support and help you navigate through life’s most difficult moments. With extensive experience working within the healthcare system, witnessing firsthand the sudden and often overwhelming challenges that many individuals & their families face. I’ve supported adults in various areas, such as grief & loss, cancer diagnoses & treatment, self-image, survivorship, chronic illness, stress & anxiety.
Hello! I'm Ashley and I’m a registered social worker dedicated to providing compassionate support through life’s transitions. Whether you’re navigating changes in relationships, career paths, personal identity, or health; I’m here to provide support and help you navigate through life’s most difficult moments. With extensive experience working within the healthcare system, witnessing firsthand the sudden and often overwhelming challenges that many individuals & their families face. I’ve supported adults in various areas, such as grief & loss, cancer diagnoses & treatment, self-image, survivorship, chronic illness, stress & anxiety.
(647) 697-4838 View (647) 697-4838
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Rawan Hedefa
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Central Toronto, Toronto, ON M5S  (Online Only)
As a clinical social worker and psychotherapist, I am dedicated to providing compassionate and personalized care to individuals facing a wide range of mental health challenges. My top specialties include depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder. However, my practice extends to addressing various issues such as ADHD, antisocial personality disorder, autism, borderline personality disorder (BPD), chronic illness, chronic pain, developmental disorders, domestic violence, drug abuse, dual diagnosis, eating disorders, family conflict, grief, infidelity, narcissistic personality disorder (NPD), and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
As a clinical social worker and psychotherapist, I am dedicated to providing compassionate and personalized care to individuals facing a wide range of mental health challenges. My top specialties include depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder. However, my practice extends to addressing various issues such as ADHD, antisocial personality disorder, autism, borderline personality disorder (BPD), chronic illness, chronic pain, developmental disorders, domestic violence, drug abuse, dual diagnosis, eating disorders, family conflict, grief, infidelity, narcissistic personality disorder (NPD), and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
(437) 524-6231 View (437) 524-6231
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Andrea Carolina Benites
Registered Social Worker, PhD, MA, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Central Toronto, Toronto, ON M4T  (Online Only)
My expertise includes coping with cancer, chronic illness, grief/bereavement, caregiver support, anxiety/depression, life transitions, separation/divorce, immigration, relationship issues.
Dealing with changes or transitions in our lives can be a painful process. You may feel overwhelmed with emotions and uncertainties about your future. You may feel like the world you used to know changed completely and it has been difficult to reconnect to who you are. You may feel like you need to reconnect and reframe your experiences and need a safe space to take care of your emotional health. I know that can be challenging to face your vulnerability while everything is changing in a way you cannot control. Allow me to support you in this transformative process.
My expertise includes coping with cancer, chronic illness, grief/bereavement, caregiver support, anxiety/depression, life transitions, separation/divorce, immigration, relationship issues.
Dealing with changes or transitions in our lives can be a painful process. You may feel overwhelmed with emotions and uncertainties about your future. You may feel like the world you used to know changed completely and it has been difficult to reconnect to who you are. You may feel like you need to reconnect and reframe your experiences and need a safe space to take care of your emotional health. I know that can be challenging to face your vulnerability while everything is changing in a way you cannot control. Allow me to support you in this transformative process.
(437) 372-5021 View (437) 372-5021
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Ana Bilanovic
Psychologist, PhD, CPsych
Verified Verified
Central Toronto, Toronto, ON M4Y  (Online Only)
I am a clinical and health psychologist with a client-centered approach. My therapeutic style is compassionate, empathic, and collaborative. I utilize evidence-based therapy – cognitive behaviour therapy, schema therapy, emotion focused therapy – to develop a treatment plan toward our therapeutic goals. I work with clients to address a range of mental health concerns including mood and anxiety, trauma, relationship difficulties, and other issues which impact on emotional well-being. Moreover, I work with clients to help them navigate the impact, stress, and challenges of serious and chronic illness (e.g., cancer, cardiac disease).
I am a clinical and health psychologist with a client-centered approach. My therapeutic style is compassionate, empathic, and collaborative. I utilize evidence-based therapy – cognitive behaviour therapy, schema therapy, emotion focused therapy – to develop a treatment plan toward our therapeutic goals. I work with clients to address a range of mental health concerns including mood and anxiety, trauma, relationship difficulties, and other issues which impact on emotional well-being. Moreover, I work with clients to help them navigate the impact, stress, and challenges of serious and chronic illness (e.g., cancer, cardiac disease).
(437) 747-7951 View (437) 747-7951
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New Pathways Therapy Centre
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Central Toronto, Toronto, ON M5S
We work with chronic illness, burnout, depression, ADHD, complex trauma, pain, and PTSD.
The decision to start therapy takes a lot of courage and trust. Our team of therapists have decades of experience and wisdom working with people like yourself who are navigating significant life changes. Whether you are recovering from trauma, healing difficult relationships, or struggling with loss, our team of therapists provide a safe and confidential space to support you on your journey. Healing from mental health problems requires cultivating a compassionate attitude towards self as well as learning practical strategies to manage challenging emotions. Therapy can be a gateway to leading a better life and seeing possibilities.
We work with chronic illness, burnout, depression, ADHD, complex trauma, pain, and PTSD.
The decision to start therapy takes a lot of courage and trust. Our team of therapists have decades of experience and wisdom working with people like yourself who are navigating significant life changes. Whether you are recovering from trauma, healing difficult relationships, or struggling with loss, our team of therapists provide a safe and confidential space to support you on your journey. Healing from mental health problems requires cultivating a compassionate attitude towards self as well as learning practical strategies to manage challenging emotions. Therapy can be a gateway to leading a better life and seeing possibilities.
(844) 311-2516 View (844) 311-2516
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Virginia Boquiren
Psychologist, PhD, CPsych
Verified Verified
Central Toronto, Toronto, ON M5R  (Online Only)
Dr. Virginia Boquiren is a clinical health psychologist, registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. Dr. Boquiren works with clients who are experiencing a variety of psychological disorders, including anxiety and depressive difficulties. In addition, she helps individuals who are coping with various psychosocial stressors, including low self-esteem and confidence, body image issues, self-criticism, relationship issues, work stress, trauma, grief/loss, as well as challenges living with chronic illness.
Dr. Virginia Boquiren is a clinical health psychologist, registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. Dr. Boquiren works with clients who are experiencing a variety of psychological disorders, including anxiety and depressive difficulties. In addition, she helps individuals who are coping with various psychosocial stressors, including low self-esteem and confidence, body image issues, self-criticism, relationship issues, work stress, trauma, grief/loss, as well as challenges living with chronic illness.
(647) 493-1565 View (647) 493-1565
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Dr. Rachel Siegal - Centre For Psychology And Emotional Health
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Central Toronto, Toronto, ON M5R
I am a Clinical Health Psychologist and provide psychotherapy and assessment services to adults in areas related to depression, anxiety, OCD and related disorders, trauma and eating disorders. I also have expertise in helping individuals cope with chronic illness and currently work at the GoodHope Ehler's Danlos Syndrome Clinic at Toronto General Hospital.
I am a Clinical Health Psychologist and provide psychotherapy and assessment services to adults in areas related to depression, anxiety, OCD and related disorders, trauma and eating disorders. I also have expertise in helping individuals cope with chronic illness and currently work at the GoodHope Ehler's Danlos Syndrome Clinic at Toronto General Hospital.
(437) 372-5603 View (437) 372-5603
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Rebecca Barrett - Embodied Healing
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW, CYT
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Central Toronto, Toronto, ON M5V
Waitlist for new clients
I have experience in supporting a variety of mental health challenges such as anxiety & depression, with a specific focus in coping with cancer, life threatening illness & chronic illness, caregiver support, grief & bereavement, low self-esteem & abandonment.
It is common for individuals to feel stuck in their suffering. Recurring issues take up space within the mind & body, making it difficult to live in the present & within one’s full potential. I use an integrative & trauma-informed approach to build therapeutic relationships rooted in connection, compassion & empathy to help transform suffering into deep healing. I use a variety of therapeutic techniques including mindfulness, visualization & body-based interventions to help clients process their experiences & unresolved trauma, & work towards regulation. My practice is rooted in attachment theory & working with the nervous system.
I have experience in supporting a variety of mental health challenges such as anxiety & depression, with a specific focus in coping with cancer, life threatening illness & chronic illness, caregiver support, grief & bereavement, low self-esteem & abandonment.
It is common for individuals to feel stuck in their suffering. Recurring issues take up space within the mind & body, making it difficult to live in the present & within one’s full potential. I use an integrative & trauma-informed approach to build therapeutic relationships rooted in connection, compassion & empathy to help transform suffering into deep healing. I use a variety of therapeutic techniques including mindfulness, visualization & body-based interventions to help clients process their experiences & unresolved trauma, & work towards regulation. My practice is rooted in attachment theory & working with the nervous system.
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Amber Homeniuk | Creative Differences Psychotherapy
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, RCAT, RP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Central Toronto, Toronto, ON M6G  (Online Only)
Ready to address stuck patterns and need experienced individualized support? Want to learn to challenge your own b.s., become the support for yourself you've been for everyone else, and enjoy your vibrant and meaningful life? For nearly 30 years it has been an honour to hold compassionate, joyfully affirming, safer spaces for people coping with a range of concerns in response to trauma, abuse, relationship stressors, chronic illness, grief, neurodivergence, systemic oppression, and all life transitions. I love working with other therapists, helping professionals, carers, healers, and seekers of psychedelic integration processes.
Ready to address stuck patterns and need experienced individualized support? Want to learn to challenge your own b.s., become the support for yourself you've been for everyone else, and enjoy your vibrant and meaningful life? For nearly 30 years it has been an honour to hold compassionate, joyfully affirming, safer spaces for people coping with a range of concerns in response to trauma, abuse, relationship stressors, chronic illness, grief, neurodivergence, systemic oppression, and all life transitions. I love working with other therapists, helping professionals, carers, healers, and seekers of psychedelic integration processes.
(289) 274-1903 View (289) 274-1903
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Christopher McKinnon
Registered Psychotherapist, BSc, MA
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Central Toronto, Toronto, ON M5S
As a therapist, I am here to work with you to overcome the challenges that you are facing. Whether you are struggling with depression or anxiety, thoughts about suicide, challenges related to chronic illness or disability, interpersonal and relationship issues, cultural identity, immigration, sexuality, gender identity, grief and loss, or difficult emotions, we will work together to build up your resources and your resilience.
As a therapist, I am here to work with you to overcome the challenges that you are facing. Whether you are struggling with depression or anxiety, thoughts about suicide, challenges related to chronic illness or disability, interpersonal and relationship issues, cultural identity, immigration, sexuality, gender identity, grief and loss, or difficult emotions, we will work together to build up your resources and your resilience.
(647) 847-3943 View (647) 847-3943
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Marie-Pierre Fontaine-Paquet
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Central Toronto, Toronto, ON M5G
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Many of us face times in our lives when we need support to get through difficult periods. I see psychotherapy as a safe space to explore yourself, gain self-insight and understanding, and develop tools and resources to face the ups and downs of life. Since 2011, I have had the chance to work with adults with various needs and challenges. I have supported clients to work through relationship difficulties, repetitive patterns that were no longer serving them, anxiety, depression, painful emotions related to present or past events (including traumas), self-esteem issues, grief and loss, and adjustment to chronic illness.
Many of us face times in our lives when we need support to get through difficult periods. I see psychotherapy as a safe space to explore yourself, gain self-insight and understanding, and develop tools and resources to face the ups and downs of life. Since 2011, I have had the chance to work with adults with various needs and challenges. I have supported clients to work through relationship difficulties, repetitive patterns that were no longer serving them, anxiety, depression, painful emotions related to present or past events (including traumas), self-esteem issues, grief and loss, and adjustment to chronic illness.
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How does therapy for chronic illness work?

Many people living with a chronic illness may feel they cannot speak honestly about their experience out of embarrassment or fear of being a burden, or because those close to them do not understand, for example, that they may “look good” even if they do not feel good. Therapy sessions are an opportunity to speak openly with someone who knows their symptoms are not in their head and who can offer practical, proven suggestions for managing feelings of grief, shame, or fatigue, such as techniques to challenge unhelpful thoughts about symptoms and develop new ways to respond to them, such as distraction or calming breathing practices.

Can therapy help with physical symptoms of chronic illness?

Yes, especially if an individual with chronic illness has developed depression. People with depression are less likely to maintain their health treatment regimens or to take positive steps to manage physical symptoms when they arise, thereby potentially complicating their medical prognosis. Treatment of depression, through talk therapy, medication, or both, will often improve one’s physical state as it eases the emotional burden of illness.

What are the most effective treatment options for chronic illness?

No one living with a chronic illness, or their loved ones, should see depression as an unavoidable result of their condition. Instead, they should actively seek treatment. Research shows that people with depression are less likely to devote the required time and effort to maintaining or monitoring their health, and so therapy to limit the risk of depression can be vital for physical health as well. Therapeutic approaches such as cognitive behavioural therapy and mindfulness-based stress reduction have been found to help individuals reduce stress and anxiety.

How long does therapy for chronic illness take?

There is no set timeline for therapy for people living with chronic illnesses, but many will see a therapist for a number of weeks or months, typically spanning at least 12 weekly sessions. Some people feel that they experience progress faster than others but even some who quickly feel improvement may continue with sessions for months or years. Some people may benefit from maintenance therapy if their symptoms change or they experience a decline in physical health. Others find that the skills learned in short-term therapy can be used on an ongoing basis, even after therapy has concluded.