Dissociative Disorders (DID) Therapists in Central Toronto, Toronto, ONSee all counsellors in Central Toronto, Toronto
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), BSc, MEd
Therapy doesn't have to be scary! I know first-hand what it can be like to suffer in silence, longing for change, & struggling to find someone who "gets" you. If you grew up in a home where you didn't get the support that you needed, if you went through something that you feel like you have never recovered from, or if you feel like a black sheep everywhere you go, I would be happy to co-create a non-judgmental healing space where you feel seen, heard, & valued. We can work on things like learning to understand yourself, re-gaining control of your life, & appreciating the parts of you that have clawed you out of your darkest times.
I have been working for 30 years. I specialize in working with neglect, chronic and acute abuse. I enjoy offering clients a chance to reach their full potential. I enjoy working with problems that seem unmanageable, but have seen change over and over again. I like to adjust all therapy work to suit each individual situation. I certified in sensorimotor psychotherapy.
Our efforts to protect ourselves from painful feelings often lead to greater suffering. Fleeing from our emotional truth, we unconsciously perpetuate the very distress we seek to avoid, repeating unhealthy relationships or self-destructive patterns of living. We may find ourselves overwhelmed by anxiety, anger, despair or emptiness, feeling like our lives are not our own. It takes courage to explore our feeling-life and face the emotional truth of our past and present. I offer a safe, reliable and uniquely human environment in which to cultivate future possibilities of integration, spontaneity, creativity and self-realization, to fully inhabit life.
Registered Psychotherapist, MEd, Counsel, RP, CCC
Now Accepting new clients on behalf of the team at Nerve Psychotherapy! Looking for an experienced therapist to help you manage your anxiety and heal from past trauma? Our team has years of experience helping individuals overcome their struggles and find peace of mind. Through a combination of evidence-based therapy techniques and a compassionate, non-judgmental approach, our therapist can help you identify the root causes of your anxiety and trauma, develop coping skills to manage your symptoms and work towards long-lasting healing and growth.
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW, BEd, BFA, CDBT
PEACE Psychotherapy is a group of independent therapists committed to promoting empathy, acceptance and compassion for all. We understand that many people struggle with powerful negative emotions, impulses and behaviours, and we are prepared to fight the good fight, even when it gets messy. We will ask the difficult questions and support you in the process. We believe that no matter how hopeless one feels, everyone has the capacity for change and the desire for a life worth living. We have devoted our careers to helping people learn to accept what they cannot change, change what they can, and gain the wisdom to know the difference.
I am a clinical psychologist in supervised practice under the supervision of Dr. Candice Monson, CPsych. I am passionate about providing a warm and non-judgmental therapeutic environment that emphasizes the understanding and exploration of painful emotions to facilitate change. My treatment approaches include dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), cognitive processing therapy (CPT for PTSD), and prolonged exposure (PE for PTSD).
Valerie Marsha Gerechter
BA, DCTP, RP
Therapy is about feeling better about yourself, extending to feeling better about your whole life situation. This may mean making changes in your life, or just learning to become comfortable with yourself. I work to create an atmosphere of trust between myself and my clients, supporting the individuals I work with to move forward in their lives.
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), BScN, RN, MEd
It takes a lot of courage to face parts of ourselves that have felt alone, silenced, ashamed, or misunderstood. As a trauma-informed, holistic, and relational therapist I aim to foster an affirmative space where all thoughts, feelings, and experiences can be deeply understood with acceptance and kindness by compassionately bearing witness to what has brought you to therapy. Together, we will become curious about ways of tending to and expressing core emotions and (unmet) needs that have felt neglected or hidden by deepening your connection with your inner-most self and others with greater fulfillment.
Registered Psychotherapist, BSc, DipTIRP, RP
If you choose to work with me I will strive to create a safe, respectful and meaningful relationship with you. I will listen carefully, with empathy and without judgement. Sometimes I ask a lot of questions in order to understand, to the best of my ability, what things are like for you. In working together to help me understand your story, usually what happens is that things start to make more sense for you too. Confusion often gives way to clarity. Feelings such as anxiety, anger, depression and isolation often subside as well.
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Accepting New Clients! Offering individual therapy and couples therapy. Welcome to the start of the life you want for yourself. A life where your past and current pains no longer hold you back. A life where you better understand yourself. A life where you discover your best self for you. A life of peace. With over 10 years of experience, I hope to guide you through. I help Black, and people of colour process their emotions, learn coping skills and work to have a better relationship with their anxiety, depression, stress, their romantic partner(s), themselves, and better process trauma. It's time you start living the life you desire.
Registered Social Worker, BSW, MSW, RSW
In a culture focused on image and beauty, it is completely natural that we manifest shame, guilt, and anxiety in our body and food behaviours. If this sounds like you, you are not alone. Disordered eating, eating disorders, and body dysmorphia, may have been coping strategies to handle deeper-rooted issues-- they have acted as a means of control and comfort, when maybe you felt like you had none. The purpose of my practice is to foster sustainable emotional growth-- this means a relationship with your body and food that encourages self-worth, value, and connection.
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Registered Psychotherapist, MEd, CCC, RP
We all go through challenges in life. Perhaps you are feeling stuck, lost, confused, anxious, or disconnected. Whatever situation you may be facing, having someone to talk to in therapy can be very helpful. You don't have to struggle alone. I'm a Registered Psychotherapist and specialize in supporting individuals with anxiety, relationship difficulties, trauma, mood concerns, self-esteem, and life transitions. My style is warm and informal and I strive to build a strong client-therapist relationship that fosters safety, growth, and the possibility of acceptance and change.
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Do you feel stuck? Have you been cycling through the same unhealthy patterns for weeks, months, years, or even a lifetime? You're not alone. Every day, I work with people who are struggling to break the patterns that are holding them back. By working alongside and supporting you, I can help you gain a deeper understanding of your personal values, learn about your blocks, and develop new, more skillful behaviors for coping with challenges. Above all else, I seek to provide you with a safe space where you can gain insight into yourself, work through your challenges, and improve the quality of your life.
Evelyn J. McMullen
Psychologist, PhD, CPsych
I am a clinical psychologist offering evidence based treatment. Explore your inner experiences in ways that will hopefully help you build compassion, inner stability, and intrinsic motivation, creating a more meaningful, rich life as well as sustain inner peace. Emotion focused therapy can help you to reduce symptoms such as anxiety and depression, and promotes the development of more satisfying ways of being with yourself and others. If you find yourself struggling with issues such as feeling stuck, not good enough, chronic emptiness, or having relationship difficulties, this approach may be helpful to you.
Patricia A Thompson
Registered Psychotherapist, MA
My aim is to help individuals, couples and families to reach their full potential. Many individuals experience difficulties after a marriage breakdown, job layoff, mid-life crisis, an accident or serious disease, the death of a close relative or friend, a business failure and so on. Emotional and behavioural problems affect individuals from all walks of life, at all income levels, and at all ages. Services provided by mental health professionals are an integral part of one's complete health care. I help people go from feeling stuck in some area of their lives to achieving their own definition of success.
You may come to therapy because you feel lost, alone, angry, confused, empty, fearful, betrayed, or hopeless. Or not. You may be struggling with anxiety, depression, identity, relationships, unwanted thoughts and feelings, addictions, shame, or guilt. Or not. You may come to therapy because you want to understand how your early experiences are shaping your life. Or you may be curious about the therapeutic process, more generally. Or not.
Church Wellesley Counselling and Psychotherapy
Registered Social Worker, RSW, RP, CCC, OCT
*Clinicians accepting new patients* As a community-minded organization, we sincerely believe that emotional healing and personal growth are within your reach. Through a trauma-informed, anti-oppressive lens, we offer individual therapy for issues related to anxiety and depression, gender and sexuality, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), self-esteem / self-confidence, and sexual trauma. If you live in downtown Toronto, identify within the LGBTQQ2S+ community, or simply seek positive change, get in touch with us today by visiting us at www.cwcp.ca
James Di Donato
Registered Psychotherapist, BSc
We all know life can be challenging. However, sometimes parts of it can get too challenging, and we can’t seem to resolve our issues on our own, or even with the help we're currently getting. Whether it’s depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship issues, grief, or stress (or a combination of these), the way we’d like to live our life can seem out of our reach. This can happen to just about all of us at some point. The good news is we don’t have to struggle alone and a professional can really help change things.
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Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Many folks come to me feeling overwhelmed, confused, or disconnected from their emotions or behaviours. They find themselves feeling triggered in relationships, or shy away from sharing their authentic selves with others. Some have significant struggles with their focus and can't consistently complete tasks they know are well within their abilities. When we don't know how or why this happens, a sense of powerlessness and shame creeps into our lives. Trust me, I understand confronting these issues is challenging and vulnerable. Changing these patterns is very possible and may be some of the most important work you do in your life.
Not accepting new clients
Connect and Thrive Psychology
Psychologist, PhD, CPsych
We are a team of mental health professionals supporting individuals and couples. We have expertise in working with clients who struggle with interpersonal communication, assertiveness, and problematic emotions (e.g., anxiety, shame, anger) that impacts their self-worth, their ability to function, and their relationships. Some of our clinicians also have specialized training treating anxiety disorders (social anxiety, generalized anxiety, phobias, panic disorder, agoraphobia), obsessive-compulsive disorder, trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, and complex mental illness.
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Dissociative Disorders (DID) Counsellors
How does therapy for dissociative disorders work?
Dissociation may be triggered by stress or other upsetting circumstances, and therapy can address the traumatic events at the core of an individual’s dissociation. Understanding why a person may dissociate can help the therapist and the individual come up with alternative methods of coping. A person with a dissociative disorder may get stuck on negative thinking, for example, and treatment like cognitive behavioral therapy is a gold standard for breaking such thinking. And dialectical behavior therapy, for example, can help a person manage their anguish through better emotion regulation.
Which therapies are best for dissociative disorders?
Specific approaches used by professionals include cognitive behavioral, dialectical behavior, psychodynamic, schema therapies, among others. Cognitive behavioral and dialectical behavior therapies are two widely used therapies that can help individuals with painful memories and past traumas. These therapies work to integrate an individual's different identities into one person.
Are there specific medications for dissociation?
There are no specific medications prescribed for dissociative disorders. However, psychosis, depression, anxiety, and/or panic often co-occur in dissociative disorders. A psychiatrist may prescribe medications for any accompanying symptom—which may include antipsychotics like aripiprazole, antidepressants like selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or anti-anxiety drugs like benzodiazepines.
How often and how long are therapy sessions?
Like any type of therapy, sessions depend on the individual. Patients may see improvement within 15 to 20 sessions, at an average of 50 minutes per session, others may opt for 20 to 30 sessions over, perhaps, a six-month period. There are still other patients, especially those who have co-occurring conditions like depression and anxiety, who may need to continue sessions for up to 12 to 18 months.