Gestalt Therapists in Toronto, ON

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Laura Hetherington
Registered Psychotherapist, RP, CCPA, OAMHP, DiplGIT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M4Y
The main therapy method I work with is Gestalt - which can be quite creative.
* I offer my clients secure video, phone, as well as in person sessions.* My practice includes a range of people and issues and I enjoy that diversity. You bring a curiosity about yourself, your situation and a desire for something different in your life. A common denominator among my clients is your need to be seen and heard for who you are. I am honoured to be an insightful guide to my clients as they discover and express themselves more authentically.
The main therapy method I work with is Gestalt - which can be quite creative.
* I offer my clients secure video, phone, as well as in person sessions.* My practice includes a range of people and issues and I enjoy that diversity. You bring a curiosity about yourself, your situation and a desire for something different in your life. A common denominator among my clients is your need to be seen and heard for who you are. I am honoured to be an insightful guide to my clients as they discover and express themselves more authentically.
(289) 809-6130 View (289) 809-6130
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Julie Devaney
Registered Psychotherapist, MA
Verified Verified
Toronto, ON M8V  (Online Only)
Gestalt Therapy can help you see how your ability to fully live your life gets interrupted.
“Is this forever?” You might be asking yourself this question when you’re struggling and feeling overwhelmed, especially if you’re recovering from abuse, trauma, or illness. Sometimes we lose track of what we want and need moment-to-moment, believing we need permission to want and need anything at all. It is this sense of being “stuck” that often brings clients to therapy. Having a witness—and a safe place to be witnessed—can support us in moving through and beyond life’s most challenging moments. With awareness of our patterns, automatic responses, and bodily sensations, we can start to feel our way out of that “forever” feeling.
Gestalt Therapy can help you see how your ability to fully live your life gets interrupted.
“Is this forever?” You might be asking yourself this question when you’re struggling and feeling overwhelmed, especially if you’re recovering from abuse, trauma, or illness. Sometimes we lose track of what we want and need moment-to-moment, believing we need permission to want and need anything at all. It is this sense of being “stuck” that often brings clients to therapy. Having a witness—and a safe place to be witnessed—can support us in moving through and beyond life’s most challenging moments. With awareness of our patterns, automatic responses, and bodily sensations, we can start to feel our way out of that “forever” feeling.
(365) 305-0151 View (365) 305-0151
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Vicky Li - Psychotherapy And Supervision
Registered Psychotherapist, RP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M5R  (Online Only)
Do you often feel lost and exhausted in your own thoughts? Are you struggling with substance use? Or do you feel that something is weighing you down but you just can’t seem to figure out why? If you are looking to gain some perspective on your thoughts and feelings, gestalt therapy is a good place to start. As a Gestalt therapist, I provide a safe and non-judgmental space to explore what is bothering you in the present moment. I am also excited to have the opportunity to work with student therapists and support them in this rewarding journey!
Do you often feel lost and exhausted in your own thoughts? Are you struggling with substance use? Or do you feel that something is weighing you down but you just can’t seem to figure out why? If you are looking to gain some perspective on your thoughts and feelings, gestalt therapy is a good place to start. As a Gestalt therapist, I provide a safe and non-judgmental space to explore what is bothering you in the present moment. I am also excited to have the opportunity to work with student therapists and support them in this rewarding journey!
(647) 370-5520 View (647) 370-5520
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Evgenia Bogdanova
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MACP
Verified Verified
Toronto, ON M5R  (Online Only)
I am informed in a wide number of modalities including Gestalt Therapy, Solution-Focused, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy & Internal Family Systems.
At times we may feel stuck, as if something is standing in our way of change, of wellbeing, and we feel like we are facing a roadblock to a more fulfilling life. We may also be undergoing or carrying experiences that weigh us down, impact our relationships with ourselves and others, cause emotional pain, and blind us from seeing the path forward. Together, we will build a relationship of trust and understanding together as a solid foundation as healing happens through genuine connection with safe others. I believe you are the expert of your life, and you have the strengths and resources to achieve your goals.
I am informed in a wide number of modalities including Gestalt Therapy, Solution-Focused, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy & Internal Family Systems.
At times we may feel stuck, as if something is standing in our way of change, of wellbeing, and we feel like we are facing a roadblock to a more fulfilling life. We may also be undergoing or carrying experiences that weigh us down, impact our relationships with ourselves and others, cause emotional pain, and blind us from seeing the path forward. Together, we will build a relationship of trust and understanding together as a solid foundation as healing happens through genuine connection with safe others. I believe you are the expert of your life, and you have the strengths and resources to achieve your goals.
(365) 305-0369 View (365) 305-0369
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Lori Kufner
Pre-Licensed Professional
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M5A  (Online Only)
I have worked in community art spaces, nightlife and harm reduction for 18 years and bring a relational, wholistic approach to Gestalt Psychotherapy with a focus on what is present.
Are you feeling like something isn't quite right or that you're ready for a change or maybe want an opportunity to explore what makes you, you? I work with individuals seeking support with stress, self esteem, depression, anxiety, creative blocks, relationship issues, existential angst, trauma, and more. I believe everyone has a unique magic inside and I support clients in finding, embracing and exploring it. I invite you to join me in an exploration of what it's like to be you, and simply noticing what comes up. There is no wrong way to show up - your whole self is welcome!
I have worked in community art spaces, nightlife and harm reduction for 18 years and bring a relational, wholistic approach to Gestalt Psychotherapy with a focus on what is present.
Are you feeling like something isn't quite right or that you're ready for a change or maybe want an opportunity to explore what makes you, you? I work with individuals seeking support with stress, self esteem, depression, anxiety, creative blocks, relationship issues, existential angst, trauma, and more. I believe everyone has a unique magic inside and I support clients in finding, embracing and exploring it. I invite you to join me in an exploration of what it's like to be you, and simply noticing what comes up. There is no wrong way to show up - your whole self is welcome!
(365) 657-5892 View (365) 657-5892
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Heather Emerson Hrobsky
Registered Social Worker, MA, MSW RSW
Verified Verified
Toronto, ON M6S  (Online Only)
At the Gestalt Institute of Toronto, I completed the Two-Year Personal Training Program in Gestalt Theory & Methodology and Advanced Gestalt Leadership Training, Gestalt Therapy and Group Work.
I am a Registered Social Worker with experience in community, hospital, and virtual settings. I have a special interest in systems navigation as a tool for connecting people with support and community. I am passionate about language - how our use of language impacts our experience and world-view, and how we can use language to support our mental and emotional health. I completed a Master of Social Work through the University of Windsor in 2014. Prior to this I studied Linguistics at the University of Toronto.
At the Gestalt Institute of Toronto, I completed the Two-Year Personal Training Program in Gestalt Theory & Methodology and Advanced Gestalt Leadership Training, Gestalt Therapy and Group Work.
I am a Registered Social Worker with experience in community, hospital, and virtual settings. I have a special interest in systems navigation as a tool for connecting people with support and community. I am passionate about language - how our use of language impacts our experience and world-view, and how we can use language to support our mental and emotional health. I completed a Master of Social Work through the University of Windsor in 2014. Prior to this I studied Linguistics at the University of Toronto.
(647) 360-8801 View (647) 360-8801
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Slava Sapershteyn
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), RP(Q)
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M5A
I approach therapy by brainstorming life and it's complexities. by co-creating spaces where experiment offers perspective, art offers a bird's eye view, where dialogue leads to reflections, communication creates connection and movement allows for shifts. Together we can explore coping mechanisms; how do we look at intimacy; how we perceive our boundaries with another person or persons, among other curiosities and challenges that life presents. ​ I am a graduate of Gestalt Institute of Psychotherapy in Toronto, Canada and a registered member of College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO).
I approach therapy by brainstorming life and it's complexities. by co-creating spaces where experiment offers perspective, art offers a bird's eye view, where dialogue leads to reflections, communication creates connection and movement allows for shifts. Together we can explore coping mechanisms; how do we look at intimacy; how we perceive our boundaries with another person or persons, among other curiosities and challenges that life presents. ​ I am a graduate of Gestalt Institute of Psychotherapy in Toronto, Canada and a registered member of College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO).
(647) 386-4338 View (647) 386-4338
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Karina Waluk
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), CRPO, CAPT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M6R
My approach is collaborative, supportive, and client-centred. I strive to provide open, empathic and non-judgemental support using techniques from Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Gestalt, and mindfulness-meditation based therapies. During therapy we will explore emotions, thoughts, behaviours, patterns and the relationships in your life, with the intention of providing you with tools to better understand yourself and making meaningful changes in your life. My practice is centred around authenticity, curiosity, meaning-making, as well as playfulness and joy.
My approach is collaborative, supportive, and client-centred. I strive to provide open, empathic and non-judgemental support using techniques from Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Gestalt, and mindfulness-meditation based therapies. During therapy we will explore emotions, thoughts, behaviours, patterns and the relationships in your life, with the intention of providing you with tools to better understand yourself and making meaningful changes in your life. My practice is centred around authenticity, curiosity, meaning-making, as well as playfulness and joy.
(647) 699-4797 View (647) 699-4797
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Stacey Whyne
Psychologist, PhD , CPsych
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M4P
Not accepting new clients
I also have training in Gestalt Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Relational Life Therapy, and trauma-informed therapy.
It is my belief that the experiences we have throughout our lives, both positive and negative, shape who we become and the way we see the world. Sometimes we develop patterns that make sense at one time in our life, but that do not make sense, nor serve us well, at a different point in time. I work collaboratively with clients to explore their current and past experiences with empathy, warmth and curiosity in order to develop strengths and remove barriers to joy and fulfillment. In this way I intend to assist clients in navigating and coping with the complexities of life.
I also have training in Gestalt Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Relational Life Therapy, and trauma-informed therapy.
It is my belief that the experiences we have throughout our lives, both positive and negative, shape who we become and the way we see the world. Sometimes we develop patterns that make sense at one time in our life, but that do not make sense, nor serve us well, at a different point in time. I work collaboratively with clients to explore their current and past experiences with empathy, warmth and curiosity in order to develop strengths and remove barriers to joy and fulfillment. In this way I intend to assist clients in navigating and coping with the complexities of life.
(647) 370-4669 x1 View (647) 370-4669 x1
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Erin Callaghan
Registered Psychotherapist
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M5A
I blend trauma-informed, gestalt therapy, and parts work to support you in your healing.
I believe we are doing the best we can with the tools available. From my perspective, trauma can get locked in the body if there isn't enough safety to respond in the moment. I will support you in building on the wisdom you already have, and will creatively explore with you the places you feel stuck, shaky, or unmet. Through a relational and experiential process, I will bring attention and compassion to your suffering and untended needs. You can expect me to be warm, direct, steady, and responsive. Additionally, I am Queer & Trans affirming, kink-aware, and knowledgeable around polyamory/non monogamy.
I blend trauma-informed, gestalt therapy, and parts work to support you in your healing.
I believe we are doing the best we can with the tools available. From my perspective, trauma can get locked in the body if there isn't enough safety to respond in the moment. I will support you in building on the wisdom you already have, and will creatively explore with you the places you feel stuck, shaky, or unmet. Through a relational and experiential process, I will bring attention and compassion to your suffering and untended needs. You can expect me to be warm, direct, steady, and responsive. Additionally, I am Queer & Trans affirming, kink-aware, and knowledgeable around polyamory/non monogamy.
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Volha Shelepava
Registered Psychotherapist, RP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M4Y
My therapeutic style, which follows a Gestalt approach, will help you discover your strengths and resources in the present moment.
I am a Registered Psychotherapist (RP) and a member of the Canadian Association for Psychodynamic Therapy (CAPT). I completed a Bachelor of Psychology from the Belarusian State University in 2004 and a Bachelor of Clinical Psychology from the joint program of the Belarusian State University and Lateran University (Pisa, Italy) in 2004. I received my certification as a Gestalt Therapist from the Moscow Gestalt Institute in 2004 and again from the Gestalt Institute of Toronto in 2016. Please visit https://www.cwcp.ca/volha to learn more about my experience, qualifications, and working style.
My therapeutic style, which follows a Gestalt approach, will help you discover your strengths and resources in the present moment.
I am a Registered Psychotherapist (RP) and a member of the Canadian Association for Psychodynamic Therapy (CAPT). I completed a Bachelor of Psychology from the Belarusian State University in 2004 and a Bachelor of Clinical Psychology from the joint program of the Belarusian State University and Lateran University (Pisa, Italy) in 2004. I received my certification as a Gestalt Therapist from the Moscow Gestalt Institute in 2004 and again from the Gestalt Institute of Toronto in 2016. Please visit https://www.cwcp.ca/volha to learn more about my experience, qualifications, and working style.
(778) 400-3979 View (778) 400-3979
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Cynthia T Willemsen
Counsellor, MA, Dip, Psy, CH, RP
Verified Verified
Toronto, ON M4Y
I employ Western and Eastern modalities - CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), DBT (Dialectical Behavioural Therapy), Psychodynamic Therapy, Gestalt, Internal Family Systems, Energy Psychology - Yoga, Reiki, Mindfulness and Meditation.
Providing a balance of support and challenge, my approach to healing is holistic and comprehensive. I believe that each individual has all of the inner resources they need to achieve a sense of balance and equanimity. My role is merely to provide a safe, non-judgmental container in which they can reach their own integration - cognitively, emotionally and somatically. I aim to assist the individual's journey-making process through offering new ways at looking through the lens which often gets obscured by many mitigating factors. Clarity is the goal.
I employ Western and Eastern modalities - CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), DBT (Dialectical Behavioural Therapy), Psychodynamic Therapy, Gestalt, Internal Family Systems, Energy Psychology - Yoga, Reiki, Mindfulness and Meditation.
Providing a balance of support and challenge, my approach to healing is holistic and comprehensive. I believe that each individual has all of the inner resources they need to achieve a sense of balance and equanimity. My role is merely to provide a safe, non-judgmental container in which they can reach their own integration - cognitively, emotionally and somatically. I aim to assist the individual's journey-making process through offering new ways at looking through the lens which often gets obscured by many mitigating factors. Clarity is the goal.
(437) 292-3704 View (437) 292-3704
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Suzanne Dennison
Registered Psychotherapist, DCS, RP
Verified Verified
Toronto, ON M5P
Trained in a variety of approaches, I choose from them to best meet the need you present (CBT, mindfulness, gestalt, emotion focused and interpersonal therapy).
Talk therapy, you might be surprised where it can take you. Assisting individuals, couples and families facing many different challenges, I offer both brief and longer-term therapy. Whatever you are struggling with I will support you to better understand, address and resolve the issue. Whether it is about stress, loss, chronic pain, relationship difficulties, a diagnosed disorder (anxiety, depression, bipolar, ADD/ADHD etc.) or a simple consultation, you and I will find the most effective way to deal with and manage the difficulties you are experiencing.
Trained in a variety of approaches, I choose from them to best meet the need you present (CBT, mindfulness, gestalt, emotion focused and interpersonal therapy).
Talk therapy, you might be surprised where it can take you. Assisting individuals, couples and families facing many different challenges, I offer both brief and longer-term therapy. Whatever you are struggling with I will support you to better understand, address and resolve the issue. Whether it is about stress, loss, chronic pain, relationship difficulties, a diagnosed disorder (anxiety, depression, bipolar, ADD/ADHD etc.) or a simple consultation, you and I will find the most effective way to deal with and manage the difficulties you are experiencing.
(855) 668-4424 View (855) 668-4424
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Modya Silver
Registered Psychotherapist, SEP, BASc, GIT Dip
Verified Verified
Toronto, ON M5P
Somatic-based trauma therapy, Relational Gestalt therapy, spiritual journeys, marriage, children, loss and grief. I’ve been around the block a few times and offer creative ways to help you explore how you keep yourself stuck, sad or overwhelmed and how you limit your growth.
Somatic-based trauma therapy, Relational Gestalt therapy, spiritual journeys, marriage, children, loss and grief. I’ve been around the block a few times and offer creative ways to help you explore how you keep yourself stuck, sad or overwhelmed and how you limit your growth.
(647) 560-8466 View (647) 560-8466
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Hadassah Rais
Registered Psychotherapist, RP, OT
Verified Verified
Toronto, ON M3H  (Online Only)
During my psychotherapy training at the Gestalt Institute, some colleagues described my essence as a rock.
Welcome. My name is Hadassah. For the past fifteen years, my clinical practice has focused on supporting women with severe and enduring eating disorders and complex/developmental trauma. I have seen my clients persevere and overcome. You are the expert of your own experience. I know that an eating disorder can steal parts of your life. My goal is to collaboratively work with you to reclaim meaning and purpose in your life. I believe there is always hope and possibility for growth and change. My therapeutic approach is person-centred, compassion focused, and trauma informed.
During my psychotherapy training at the Gestalt Institute, some colleagues described my essence as a rock.
Welcome. My name is Hadassah. For the past fifteen years, my clinical practice has focused on supporting women with severe and enduring eating disorders and complex/developmental trauma. I have seen my clients persevere and overcome. You are the expert of your own experience. I know that an eating disorder can steal parts of your life. My goal is to collaboratively work with you to reclaim meaning and purpose in your life. I believe there is always hope and possibility for growth and change. My therapeutic approach is person-centred, compassion focused, and trauma informed.
(647) 691-4576 View (647) 691-4576
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Natalia Berlin
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), GITDip, CRPO, CAPT, MA
Verified Verified
9 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M6E
I practice relational Gestalt Psychotherapy which means that I pay close attention to your movements, subtleties in behaviour and the way you are unique.
Hello, and welcome. I want to acknowledge that it takes a lot of courage to begin therapy, taking time to process and discover patterns in ourselves that may be blocking us from acting in a way that feels authentic. My practice revolves around the notion that the only way to change is by becoming more of yourself. As we navigate what this means for you, we build awareness together as I stand as witness, partner, and co-creator in your journey towards greater self-expression. I offer a compassionate, safe space for you to explore, feel and express yourself. You are not alone.
I practice relational Gestalt Psychotherapy which means that I pay close attention to your movements, subtleties in behaviour and the way you are unique.
Hello, and welcome. I want to acknowledge that it takes a lot of courage to begin therapy, taking time to process and discover patterns in ourselves that may be blocking us from acting in a way that feels authentic. My practice revolves around the notion that the only way to change is by becoming more of yourself. As we navigate what this means for you, we build awareness together as I stand as witness, partner, and co-creator in your journey towards greater self-expression. I offer a compassionate, safe space for you to explore, feel and express yourself. You are not alone.
(437) 291-8046 View (437) 291-8046
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Colleen Flood
Registered Psychotherapist, MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M5S
Immersed in both Gestalt therapy and psychoanalysis, I can meet clients relationally at any depth.
In psychotherapy, as in life, we grow through relationship. Our sense of self emerges in meeting the other. I offer a safe and stimulating environment in which to experience your patterns of relating, explore how you make meaning, and experiment with new ways of being.
Immersed in both Gestalt therapy and psychoanalysis, I can meet clients relationally at any depth.
In psychotherapy, as in life, we grow through relationship. Our sense of self emerges in meeting the other. I offer a safe and stimulating environment in which to experience your patterns of relating, explore how you make meaning, and experiment with new ways of being.
(647) 699-5337 View (647) 699-5337
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Ivana Kolakovic
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, SEP
Verified Verified
9 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M5A
I am a relational psychotherapist and trauma practitioner. I completed 5-year Psychotherapy training at the Gestalt Institute of Toronto, 3-year Somatic Experiencing training for trauma resolution (Montreal), and I hold a MA in Women's and Gender Studies (Carleton University, Ottawa). I have worked deeply with people struggling with a range of emotions/experiences including grief, self-harm, suicidal ideation, anger, childhood abuse and psychosocial trauma (including war), post-immigration experiences, relationship difficulties and self-actualization issues. My practice is trans, queer, fat and sex worker affirming.
I am a relational psychotherapist and trauma practitioner. I completed 5-year Psychotherapy training at the Gestalt Institute of Toronto, 3-year Somatic Experiencing training for trauma resolution (Montreal), and I hold a MA in Women's and Gender Studies (Carleton University, Ottawa). I have worked deeply with people struggling with a range of emotions/experiences including grief, self-harm, suicidal ideation, anger, childhood abuse and psychosocial trauma (including war), post-immigration experiences, relationship difficulties and self-actualization issues. My practice is trans, queer, fat and sex worker affirming.
(647) 496-1342 View (647) 496-1342
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Samantha Richter
Pre-Licensed Professional
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M6P
We all have our own, beautiful, way of being in the world. At times, we feel our authenticity recede into the background. My only goal is to join you in the depth of your sensation, and be with you in your experience of the world. Together, we can explore the truth of what it means to be you. We will be with what is owned, pushed aside, shamed and beloved, and how that informs the ways we engage with ourselves, as well as the people and spaces in our lives. I work from a Gestalt and Humanistic perspective, where we can set goals and see the themes of your life, while being in the here and now of the current moment.
We all have our own, beautiful, way of being in the world. At times, we feel our authenticity recede into the background. My only goal is to join you in the depth of your sensation, and be with you in your experience of the world. Together, we can explore the truth of what it means to be you. We will be with what is owned, pushed aside, shamed and beloved, and how that informs the ways we engage with ourselves, as well as the people and spaces in our lives. I work from a Gestalt and Humanistic perspective, where we can set goals and see the themes of your life, while being in the here and now of the current moment.
(647) 956-7206 View (647) 956-7206
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Patrick Beedling
Registered Psychotherapist, MEd
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M5R
As a person-centered therapist I bear in mind that no two people are exactly alike, and craft approaches to treatment that incorporate strategies for symptom relief and also allow for deeper exploration, drawing from CBT, Gestalt, and Existential modalities, and incorporating Attachment Theory when appropriate.
I consider it a privilege to work with my clients to feel better amid life's many challenges. Whether it's through modifying habitual negative thinking, developing greater self-awareness or moving past unhelpful patterns in relationships, I help my clients make positive changes in their lives. In therapy, we begin with a thorough exploration of your background and concerns, then collaborate to set concrete therapeutic goals to improve mental health and well-being, manage symptoms, and create meaning in life. My training includes degrees from Yale University and University of Toronto, and I've been in private practice for ten years.
As a person-centered therapist I bear in mind that no two people are exactly alike, and craft approaches to treatment that incorporate strategies for symptom relief and also allow for deeper exploration, drawing from CBT, Gestalt, and Existential modalities, and incorporating Attachment Theory when appropriate.
I consider it a privilege to work with my clients to feel better amid life's many challenges. Whether it's through modifying habitual negative thinking, developing greater self-awareness or moving past unhelpful patterns in relationships, I help my clients make positive changes in their lives. In therapy, we begin with a thorough exploration of your background and concerns, then collaborate to set concrete therapeutic goals to improve mental health and well-being, manage symptoms, and create meaning in life. My training includes degrees from Yale University and University of Toronto, and I've been in private practice for ten years.
(855) 997-0272 View (855) 997-0272
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Anna Wesolinska
Registered Psychotherapist, RP, MEd, OACCPP
Verified Verified
Toronto, ON M4K
I work primarily with the Gestalt approach which focuses on self-awareness, contact and the here and now.
I work from a model of health, balance and empathy by bringing into awareness the places where we get stuck and our unique ways of getting there. You know best when your patterns of coping are no longer working. A therapist's job is to support you in creating positive shifts in your life. This support may sometimes feel frustrating, especially when our familiar patterns of functioning are being challenged. I incorporate art, humour and paradox in sessions allowing for a creative, spontaneous exploration of your needs, contradictions and feelings and by providing a safe space where new possibilities and hope are possible.
I work primarily with the Gestalt approach which focuses on self-awareness, contact and the here and now.
I work from a model of health, balance and empathy by bringing into awareness the places where we get stuck and our unique ways of getting there. You know best when your patterns of coping are no longer working. A therapist's job is to support you in creating positive shifts in your life. This support may sometimes feel frustrating, especially when our familiar patterns of functioning are being challenged. I incorporate art, humour and paradox in sessions allowing for a creative, spontaneous exploration of your needs, contradictions and feelings and by providing a safe space where new possibilities and hope are possible.
(855) 729-6060 View (855) 729-6060
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Tatjana Kecman
Registered Psychotherapist, MA
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M4Y
In my eclectic approach, I offer various strategies and techniques from Transactional Analyses/CBT, Gestalt Therapy, Family/Couple Therapy, Psychodrama and Transpersonal Therapy.
Unfolding, experiencing and living our authentic selves is what I am passionate about. I am highly skilled in guiding clients in accessing and exploring obstacles that are results of our deeply rooted beliefs. Unquestioned beliefs or limiting thoughts that can manifest as anxiety, depression or other psycho-emotional difficulties can actually be guiding lights on our journey to our true Selves. The essence of our being remains untouched as we grow and is waiting to be found and reconnected with. When you connect on a deeper level with your Self, your purpose, gifts, and talents show in their fullness and potentials show up.
In my eclectic approach, I offer various strategies and techniques from Transactional Analyses/CBT, Gestalt Therapy, Family/Couple Therapy, Psychodrama and Transpersonal Therapy.
Unfolding, experiencing and living our authentic selves is what I am passionate about. I am highly skilled in guiding clients in accessing and exploring obstacles that are results of our deeply rooted beliefs. Unquestioned beliefs or limiting thoughts that can manifest as anxiety, depression or other psycho-emotional difficulties can actually be guiding lights on our journey to our true Selves. The essence of our being remains untouched as we grow and is waiting to be found and reconnected with. When you connect on a deeper level with your Self, your purpose, gifts, and talents show in their fullness and potentials show up.
(647) 560-1731 View (647) 560-1731
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Jonathan Kim
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M4C
I practice Gestalt therapy which is a holistic approach that works with thoughts, feelings, and somatic sensations.
Hello! I am here to help. We live in diverse communities, and I deeply understand the challenges of racialized trauma, racism, immigrant families, challenging partnerships, and trying to belong. Whether you are struggling to see eye-to-eye with your family, partner, recovering from past trauma wounds, or trying to find purpose in an ever growing complex and diverse landscape, I am here to support you with authenticity, compassion and a grounded presence. I believe therapy can be a place to be seen, understood, and the experimental lab where we can co-create new paths forward. I hope you will take a moment to see how I can help.
I practice Gestalt therapy which is a holistic approach that works with thoughts, feelings, and somatic sensations.
Hello! I am here to help. We live in diverse communities, and I deeply understand the challenges of racialized trauma, racism, immigrant families, challenging partnerships, and trying to belong. Whether you are struggling to see eye-to-eye with your family, partner, recovering from past trauma wounds, or trying to find purpose in an ever growing complex and diverse landscape, I am here to support you with authenticity, compassion and a grounded presence. I believe therapy can be a place to be seen, understood, and the experimental lab where we can co-create new paths forward. I hope you will take a moment to see how I can help.
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Lana Lontos
Registered Psychotherapist
Verified Verified
Toronto, ON M6C
I came to Gestalt Psychotherapy after a decade of teaching yoga and meditation workshops in Canada, Greece, Mexico and Nicaragua. I noticed that wisdom practices (such as meditation, yoga, breath-work, and reflection) lead people to face vulnerability and perhaps even pain inside their minds, hearts and bodies. Many people have insights about themselves, but they believe they can mentally figure it out on their own. We are not meant to do all the processing on our own. The therapeutic relationship allows us the support of a compassionate and trained witness so we can explore what is present.
I came to Gestalt Psychotherapy after a decade of teaching yoga and meditation workshops in Canada, Greece, Mexico and Nicaragua. I noticed that wisdom practices (such as meditation, yoga, breath-work, and reflection) lead people to face vulnerability and perhaps even pain inside their minds, hearts and bodies. Many people have insights about themselves, but they believe they can mentally figure it out on their own. We are not meant to do all the processing on our own. The therapeutic relationship allows us the support of a compassionate and trained witness so we can explore what is present.
(647) 955-2559 View (647) 955-2559
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Naomi Wise Neurofeedback-Psychotherapy
Registered Psychotherapist, MFA, BA
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M6J
I am a Gestalt psychotherapist and a Neurofeedback therapist.
Have you been suffering emotionally for a long time, made many attempts to overcome your problems, but nothing is working? Are you struggling with regulating strong emotions such as rage, panic, anxiety, overwhelm or depression? Do you want to feel grounded and have greater clarity with your intentions and decision-making? Are you hoping to learn communication tools so you can experience meaningful, intimate and long lasting relationships?
I am a Gestalt psychotherapist and a Neurofeedback therapist.
Have you been suffering emotionally for a long time, made many attempts to overcome your problems, but nothing is working? Are you struggling with regulating strong emotions such as rage, panic, anxiety, overwhelm or depression? Do you want to feel grounded and have greater clarity with your intentions and decision-making? Are you hoping to learn communication tools so you can experience meaningful, intimate and long lasting relationships?
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What is gestalt therapy?

Gestalt therapy is based on the idea that to address unresolved negative feelings, emotions must be not only discussed but also actively expressed in the present moment. The term is from a German word meaning “whole,” and gestalt therapists believe that people should be considered whole entities made up of mind, body, and emotions. Gestalt sessions are rooted in the notion that a client’s total self must be discovered, explored, and confronted, so that they can take greater responsibility for themselves and their behaviour, learn to satisfy their own needs while still respecting the needs of others, and reconnect with feelings they might otherwise deny.

How does gestalt therapy work?

Gestalt therapy sessions do not just involve talking with a therapist. Clients may take part in role-playing, re-enactment, or artistic exercises like drawing and painting, with the goal of becoming more aware of negative thought patterns that limit happiness. One common gestalt exercise is “the empty chair,” in which a client sits across from an empty chair representing a partner, relative, boss, or a part of themselves—and, with the therapist’s encouragement, improvises a dialog with it. The intention is to bring the emotions raised by past conflicts into the present and work through them in the moment.

How long does gestalt therapy last?

As with most forms of talk therapy, there is no set duration or end point for gestalt therapy; people who believe that they are making progress typically continue until they feel they’ve addressed the issues that had been holding them back. New patients should understand that it may take some time to become comfortable with gestalt exercises but once they do, they should expect sessions to extend for a number of months, typically spanning at least 12 sessions.

Does gestalt therapy work?

Gestalt therapy has generally been found to be as effective as other forms of talk therapy in helping people living with anxiety, depression, phobias, bipolar disorder, and substance use disorders, as well as helping individuals reduce conflict in relationships. Gestalt techniques, on their own or in combination with other therapies, can also be effective in managing physical ailments including ulcerative colitis, migraines, and back spasms. It should be noted that some people may have trouble adapting to gestalt therapy’s lack of formal structure or to a therapist’s close observations of their body language and emotions; others may struggle to commit to techniques that feel unnatural, like the empty chair exercise.