Dissociative Disorders (DID) Therapists in Toronto, ON

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Ciara Williams
Registered Social Worker, BSW, MSc
Verified Verified
Toronto, ON M6H  (Online Only)
Does living life feel much more difficult for you than it seems to be for other people? Do you try endlessly to achieve your potential and feel happy, or at least satisfied, but nothing really seems to help? Have you tried everything you can think of but still can't seem to find relaxation or peace of mind?
Does living life feel much more difficult for you than it seems to be for other people? Do you try endlessly to achieve your potential and feel happy, or at least satisfied, but nothing really seems to help? Have you tried everything you can think of but still can't seem to find relaxation or peace of mind?
(437) 800-2214 View (437) 800-2214
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Aarti Dhanda - Expert In Complex Trauma And Relationships
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Toronto, ON M5V  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
You’re not “broken.” You can heal. Whether you’re an individual or a couple, I believe it’s not your fault, even if you struggle to believe it. I offer a safe space where we’ll heal the root issues so you can make lasting change. We'll address your thoughts, emotions & neurobiology to heal all of you, allowing you to thrive in unexpected ways. The deep sense of peace, calm & joy on the other side of pain is something I want everyone to feel. I know there may be some worry & hesitation showing up right now. Know that I'm very comfortable to work with that. Rest assured, I’m dedicated to being the best I can be for you.
You’re not “broken.” You can heal. Whether you’re an individual or a couple, I believe it’s not your fault, even if you struggle to believe it. I offer a safe space where we’ll heal the root issues so you can make lasting change. We'll address your thoughts, emotions & neurobiology to heal all of you, allowing you to thrive in unexpected ways. The deep sense of peace, calm & joy on the other side of pain is something I want everyone to feel. I know there may be some worry & hesitation showing up right now. Know that I'm very comfortable to work with that. Rest assured, I’m dedicated to being the best I can be for you.
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Julien Fortier
Registered Social Worker, MSW, BMT, RSW
Verified Verified
8 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M5V  (Online Only)
I specialize in supporting clients with mental health challenges—depression, anxiety, PTSD, intellectual disabilities, substance use, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder. Ideal clients seek holistic care, combining mindfulness, CBT, music therapy, and empathy. They desire equitable, barrier-free support for stability and a healthier mindset. They value tailored strategies and a collaborative ally skilled in advocacy and communication. Ultimately, they seek understanding and holistic healing in a safe, empathetic space.
I specialize in supporting clients with mental health challenges—depression, anxiety, PTSD, intellectual disabilities, substance use, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder. Ideal clients seek holistic care, combining mindfulness, CBT, music therapy, and empathy. They desire equitable, barrier-free support for stability and a healthier mindset. They value tailored strategies and a collaborative ally skilled in advocacy and communication. Ultimately, they seek understanding and holistic healing in a safe, empathetic space.
(647) 492-5144 View (647) 492-5144
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Lucie Ritchie & Heal Psychotherapy Inc.
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MA
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M9A
The impacts of trauma rewire the brain and nervous system to experience the world as a threatening place. This adaptation alters how we relate to ourselves and others, and it leads us away from authentic identity. Trauma, whether big or small, includes events like past childhood abuse, emotional neglect, violence, grief, rejection, chronic pain and illness, to name a few. You may become stressed, anxious, experience intrusive thoughts, fear, and rage. You may feel alone, easily triggered, trapped, and like there’s a void within—like you just can’t be yourself again. Yet, you have no clue that it all stems from unprocessed trauma.
The impacts of trauma rewire the brain and nervous system to experience the world as a threatening place. This adaptation alters how we relate to ourselves and others, and it leads us away from authentic identity. Trauma, whether big or small, includes events like past childhood abuse, emotional neglect, violence, grief, rejection, chronic pain and illness, to name a few. You may become stressed, anxious, experience intrusive thoughts, fear, and rage. You may feel alone, easily triggered, trapped, and like there’s a void within—like you just can’t be yourself again. Yet, you have no clue that it all stems from unprocessed trauma.
(289) 271-1845 View (289) 271-1845
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Ann Beckett
Verified Verified
Toronto, ON M6P
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.
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.
(647) 559-2910 View (647) 559-2910
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Maryam Ashkan
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, RP
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M2M
Waitlist for new clients
When your past lives on, you aren’t being fair to your future! You may feel like you are reliving the same old story and stuck in a repetitive pattern of negative thoughts, behaviour, and emotions with no way out. As a therapist, I walk with you to revisit these old stories and guide you to change this pattern. We will have an open conversation where you bring the knowledge of your life and I bring the knowledge of how a change can happen. My experience as a therapist has taught me that people need to be understood in an open, nonjudgmental, supportive and nurturing environment. Part of my job is to provide this environment.
When your past lives on, you aren’t being fair to your future! You may feel like you are reliving the same old story and stuck in a repetitive pattern of negative thoughts, behaviour, and emotions with no way out. As a therapist, I walk with you to revisit these old stories and guide you to change this pattern. We will have an open conversation where you bring the knowledge of your life and I bring the knowledge of how a change can happen. My experience as a therapist has taught me that people need to be understood in an open, nonjudgmental, supportive and nurturing environment. Part of my job is to provide this environment.
(289) 807-1186 View (289) 807-1186
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Ariana N. Zeppieri-Makhan
Registered Psychotherapist, MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M5S
Are you working through challenges, or seeking growth? Have your tried methods not been especially true? You may not have a coherent formulation of what you seek (especially for those new to therapy); part of my job is to help you reach those insights and feel hope or excitement for the change to come. If you're reticent, I welcome you to a commitment-free chat to get a better sense of the process. If you're ready and want to make a change, now is the time. My door is always open.
Are you working through challenges, or seeking growth? Have your tried methods not been especially true? You may not have a coherent formulation of what you seek (especially for those new to therapy); part of my job is to help you reach those insights and feel hope or excitement for the change to come. If you're reticent, I welcome you to a commitment-free chat to get a better sense of the process. If you're ready and want to make a change, now is the time. My door is always open.
(437) 500-6245 View (437) 500-6245
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Andy L'Heureux
Registered Psychotherapist, BSc, MEd
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M5A  (Online Only)
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.
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.
(647) 697-4449 View (647) 697-4449
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Dong Oh at Tracey & Co Inc
MN, RN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M5J
Are you suffering from narcissistic abuse and looking to heal your heart from it? Are you sick of always needing to meet others’ needs at the expense of your soul because of the way they always shame you if you don’t meet their demands? If you already fully acknowledge that you currently are or have suffered from narcissistic abuse in your life, that is already a huge step towards your healed heart. A lot of the time, people who have experienced life-long narcissistic abuse have a very difficult time awakening to the reality of the fact that they are suffering from it. They are so used to the abuse that it becomes a norm to them.
Are you suffering from narcissistic abuse and looking to heal your heart from it? Are you sick of always needing to meet others’ needs at the expense of your soul because of the way they always shame you if you don’t meet their demands? If you already fully acknowledge that you currently are or have suffered from narcissistic abuse in your life, that is already a huge step towards your healed heart. A lot of the time, people who have experienced life-long narcissistic abuse have a very difficult time awakening to the reality of the fact that they are suffering from it. They are so used to the abuse that it becomes a norm to them.
(437) 371-5861 View (437) 371-5861
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David Westbrook
MA, CTPDipl
Verified Verified
Toronto, ON M5R  (Online Only)
Trying to cope with the pressures and stresses of life leaves us anxious, depressed, and disconnected from ourselves and others. Many of us fall into self-sabotaging behaviours or repeat unhealthy relationships. Many of us face the limitations of psychiatric treatment and are forced to carry the weight and stigma of diagnosis. Many of us struggle simply to maintain our creativity and our sense of self against overwhelming pressures to conform or perform. We all need the chance to check in and process our feelings and reactions, to work through the struggles of our personal history, and find new and creative ways to move forward.
Trying to cope with the pressures and stresses of life leaves us anxious, depressed, and disconnected from ourselves and others. Many of us fall into self-sabotaging behaviours or repeat unhealthy relationships. Many of us face the limitations of psychiatric treatment and are forced to carry the weight and stigma of diagnosis. Many of us struggle simply to maintain our creativity and our sense of self against overwhelming pressures to conform or perform. We all need the chance to check in and process our feelings and reactions, to work through the struggles of our personal history, and find new and creative ways to move forward.
(416) 821-1832 View (416) 821-1832
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Brian Powell
MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Toronto, ON M2K
Located on Lachine Canal by Atwater Market, I work with clients in person and online. I treat trauma with EMDR to free you from your emotional pain, disturbing images, negative beliefs, triggers, memories, and sensations. Many of my clients can't get traction in "talk therapy", or are looking for a very focused approach to their trauma experience because they still feel "stuck". Please click on the "Schedule Consultation" button at my website to book a free 20-minute Zoom consultation.
Located on Lachine Canal by Atwater Market, I work with clients in person and online. I treat trauma with EMDR to free you from your emotional pain, disturbing images, negative beliefs, triggers, memories, and sensations. Many of my clients can't get traction in "talk therapy", or are looking for a very focused approach to their trauma experience because they still feel "stuck". Please click on the "Schedule Consultation" button at my website to book a free 20-minute Zoom consultation.
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Katherine Castello
Registered Social Worker, MCC, IFS, EMDR, CSAT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M1T
As an advocate for changing the standard of mental health care in Niagara, Katherine Castello strategically structured her qualifications to address the gaps she believes exist in our current mental health endemic. Certified in Internal Family Systems therapy (IFS) and trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy (EMDR), Katherine has a passion for supporting survivors of Complex Trauma, Post Traumatic Stress (PTSD), Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), and Attachment Trauma.
As an advocate for changing the standard of mental health care in Niagara, Katherine Castello strategically structured her qualifications to address the gaps she believes exist in our current mental health endemic. Certified in Internal Family Systems therapy (IFS) and trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy (EMDR), Katherine has a passion for supporting survivors of Complex Trauma, Post Traumatic Stress (PTSD), Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), and Attachment Trauma.
(289) 272-8224 View (289) 272-8224
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Clyde Thaddeus Mason
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW, BSW
Verified Verified
Toronto, ON M5C  (Online Only)
Transgender people who are on land currently stolen by “canada” are my clients and peers. If you are trans or 2S and seeking liberation and trauma recovery, you are welcome here. Your body contains the memory of overlapping experiences of violence and not enough safety. You carry stories of abusive relationships, religious violence, homelessness, anti-fatness, dysphoria, or misgendering. You dissociate often and you experience substance use or self-harm. You carry grief. You may have a parts system and you may be neurodivergent. You value an Autistic therapist who encourages unmasking in session.
Transgender people who are on land currently stolen by “canada” are my clients and peers. If you are trans or 2S and seeking liberation and trauma recovery, you are welcome here. Your body contains the memory of overlapping experiences of violence and not enough safety. You carry stories of abusive relationships, religious violence, homelessness, anti-fatness, dysphoria, or misgendering. You dissociate often and you experience substance use or self-harm. You carry grief. You may have a parts system and you may be neurodivergent. You value an Autistic therapist who encourages unmasking in session.
(437) 747-6341 View (437) 747-6341
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Ella Bolourian
Counsellor, MA, MC, RCC
Verified Verified
Toronto, ON M1T  (Online Only)
As you go along in life, do you find yourself switching between different moods and hijacked by so many contradictory feelings and impulses that feel out of your control or conscious awareness? You may wish to live life more fully and meaningfully while you find yourself inhibited or limited with struggles between your wish for involvement in ordinary life and fear of leaving the house, mistrust of relationships, or hopelessness about future. In dealing with these personal challenges, you may feel flooded and severely anxious or in trying to disconnect or deny these responses, may feel chronically depressed and alienated from self.
As you go along in life, do you find yourself switching between different moods and hijacked by so many contradictory feelings and impulses that feel out of your control or conscious awareness? You may wish to live life more fully and meaningfully while you find yourself inhibited or limited with struggles between your wish for involvement in ordinary life and fear of leaving the house, mistrust of relationships, or hopelessness about future. In dealing with these personal challenges, you may feel flooded and severely anxious or in trying to disconnect or deny these responses, may feel chronically depressed and alienated from self.
(778) 771-3952 View (778) 771-3952
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Rebecca Woodall
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Toronto, ON M4G
Now Accepting New Clients For In Person and Online Therapy, with No Wait List! We understand that when sad, bad or stressful events happen throughout your life (no matter how BIG or how SMALL!), it can change how you see yourself, other people and the world around you. When you go looking for help it can be hard to know where to start, but I'm here to help you start to make the changes you are looking for. Our team is dedicated to offering more than just talk therapy, but are trauma specialists offering evidence based treatment.
Now Accepting New Clients For In Person and Online Therapy, with No Wait List! We understand that when sad, bad or stressful events happen throughout your life (no matter how BIG or how SMALL!), it can change how you see yourself, other people and the world around you. When you go looking for help it can be hard to know where to start, but I'm here to help you start to make the changes you are looking for. Our team is dedicated to offering more than just talk therapy, but are trauma specialists offering evidence based treatment.
(647) 372-1641 View (647) 372-1641
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Sara Peters
Registered Psychotherapist
Verified Verified
Toronto, ON M5V
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.
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.
(647) 360-5896 View (647) 360-5896
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Irina Mirazizyan
Registered Psychotherapist, BA, Dipl, RYT200
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M5S
Do you feel ready to finally take control of your life? I am a compassionate, client-centered psychotherapist, working with adults and couples experiencing mental and emotional challenges in their life. In my training as a therapist, an NLP and hypnotherapy coach and a yoga teacher, I have come to deeply respect the integrative nature of well-being, and work with my clients to facilitate the kind of change that can be felt in mind, body and spirit. It is my goal to assist others in creating profound shifts through awareness and integration, and it is my honour to come along on their journey of self-discovery.
Do you feel ready to finally take control of your life? I am a compassionate, client-centered psychotherapist, working with adults and couples experiencing mental and emotional challenges in their life. In my training as a therapist, an NLP and hypnotherapy coach and a yoga teacher, I have come to deeply respect the integrative nature of well-being, and work with my clients to facilitate the kind of change that can be felt in mind, body and spirit. It is my goal to assist others in creating profound shifts through awareness and integration, and it is my honour to come along on their journey of self-discovery.
(647) 699-3227 View (647) 699-3227
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Suzette McLarty
Registered Social Worker, BA, BSW, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M5R
Our lives and all the intersecting parts can be too much to bear at times. Carrying around trauma, negative self-talk and heavy emotions is exhausting and impacts the mind/body. Having someone actively listen without blame, shame or judgment can be the life line needed when your struggling to cope, or just seeking balance and change. I am a Registered Social Worker and have over 18 years of experience working with individuals with complex mental health/addiction issues. I provide professional and confidential counselling to address a number of issues such as anxiety, depression, anger, stress, life transitions, relationship issues.
Our lives and all the intersecting parts can be too much to bear at times. Carrying around trauma, negative self-talk and heavy emotions is exhausting and impacts the mind/body. Having someone actively listen without blame, shame or judgment can be the life line needed when your struggling to cope, or just seeking balance and change. I am a Registered Social Worker and have over 18 years of experience working with individuals with complex mental health/addiction issues. I provide professional and confidential counselling to address a number of issues such as anxiety, depression, anger, stress, life transitions, relationship issues.
(647) 560-9470 View (647) 560-9470
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Nikolai Pavlov
Registered Psychotherapist, RP, UKCP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M6K  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Nikolai is an internationally trained psychotherapist with a nursing background who has worked in the mental health field since 2009 first in Russia and then in Canada. He provides a safe, supportive, and confidential environment for one-on-one virtual therapy work. He offers personalized sessions that allow individuals to explore their feelings, thoughts, behaviours, and relationships. Psychotherapy and supervision services are available in both English and Russian.
Nikolai is an internationally trained psychotherapist with a nursing background who has worked in the mental health field since 2009 first in Russia and then in Canada. He provides a safe, supportive, and confidential environment for one-on-one virtual therapy work. He offers personalized sessions that allow individuals to explore their feelings, thoughts, behaviours, and relationships. Psychotherapy and supervision services are available in both English and Russian.
(647) 494-9245 View (647) 494-9245
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Cathy Callaghan
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M6H  (Online Only)
Websites like this can feel overwhelming. First, it can be hard to sort through the titles: counsellor, therapist, psychotherapist, psychologist? And what's the difference anyway? See if this helps. I'm a guide. The questions we explore together create a kind of map. The map helps you see your life more clearly. All humans need a map at some point. We feel lost or stuck. We try to change direction. We might wonder what's wrong with us and why we can't be more like other people - people who seem to find life so much easier.
Websites like this can feel overwhelming. First, it can be hard to sort through the titles: counsellor, therapist, psychotherapist, psychologist? And what's the difference anyway? See if this helps. I'm a guide. The questions we explore together create a kind of map. The map helps you see your life more clearly. All humans need a map at some point. We feel lost or stuck. We try to change direction. We might wonder what's wrong with us and why we can't be more like other people - people who seem to find life so much easier.
(844) 402-2181 View (844) 402-2181

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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.