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Free Mental Health Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic

(Up to 3 Phone and/or Online Brief Therapy/Consultation Sessions)


During this time, no one is immune to the psychological and financial hardships brought on by this pandemic. The normal fears and anxieties that arise when coping with prolonged exposure to a life-threatening disease are compounded by enforced isolation and financial insecurities. As a result, countless Ontarians are suffering from acute mental health stressors.

Many individuals residing in Ontario are fortunate in that they have access to desperately needed mental health services. They are able to obtain professional support through their health insurance plans, through publicly funded services or, for those with financial means, they can purchase the services privately.

However, we are sadly aware that thousands of Ontarians who are struggling with severe anxiety because of COVID-19 do not have health insurance, do not have timely access to publicly funded services, and do not have the financial means to purchase these services privately.

It is the suffering of those individuals, couples and families, who cannot afford to access our services, that weighs heavily on our minds. A number of our associates, Psychotherapists and Social Workers, have volunteered to offer free phone and/or online brief therapy/consultation services during the time of this pandemic.


Eligibility Criteria for Up to 3 Phone and/or Online Brief Therapy/Consultation Sessions 

Note: This is not a crisis support service for suicide or other serious emergencies.

To be eligible for free phone and/or online brief therapy/consultation sessions, individuals must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Must be residing in Ontario, Canada
  • Must be at least 16 years of age
  • Do not have extended healthcare benefits or their extended healthcare benefits have been depleted
  • Do not have timely access to publicly funded services
  • Do not have the financial means to purchase the services privately

Click here to view our regular online therapy and counselling services.


Therapists Providing Free Services

Dr. Dan DaltonPh.D., C. Psych, Registered Psychologist


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Dr. Dan Dalton has spent more than 30 years providing psychological assessment and treatment to adults, families, youth and children with special needs.

He is a registered psychologist with the College of Psychologists in Ontario, practicing and supervising in Counselling and Rehabilitation Psychology services throughout the Greater Toronto Area and South Central Ontario.

His professional career includes: 15 years Director of Clinical Training and Dean of Adlerian Studies for the Adler School of Professional Psychology in Ontario, and 11 years as the Coordinator of Special Services for the departments of Psychology, Social Work, Speech and Language Pathology, and Child and Youth Counselling within the Halton District School Board.


Age Groups Served

Adults, Late Adolescents, Couples

Languages Spoken

English

Carl DaltonMSW, RSW, Registered Social Worker


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Hello, thank you for reading through my profile. I would be happy to assist you in any way that I can. Finding the right person to talk to is the most important step in resolving some of the personal challenges, conflicts or pain you are experiencing. If you are not comfortable with the therapist, counsellor or social worker in front you, the therapy will not be effective. I am a registered social worker with a Masters in Social Work degree. I get regular supervision from peers and specialists in both social work and psychology.

The counselling I provide is confidential, safe and non-judgemental. People I most commonly work with are: Men, Teenagers, Young Adults, and Families.

Issues I most commonly help resolve: General unhappiness, Stress, Anxiety (worrisome or panic thoughts), Depression (lack of motivation, sadness, feeling stuck), Anger, Disagreements with Family members, Work Stress, Return to work after a leave of absence, Grief, addiction, substance abuse.


Age Groups Served

Adults, Late Adolescents, Families

Languages Spoken

English

Elizabeth GauldB.A. (Hons.), M.A., Registered Psychotherapist


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Elizabeth has a Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology from the Adler School of Professional Psychology and an Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree from York University majoring in Psychology. She is a member of the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists (OACCPP) and the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario.

Elizabeth provides psychotherapy and counselling services to individuals, adolescents, couples, and families. She offers individual counselling in the areas of anxiety, depression, interpersonal relationships, stress, grief/loss, substance abuse/addiction and personal growth.  She also works in the rehabilitation area helping individuals cope and recover from trauma and pain. Elizabeth has over 15 years of business experience in the Human Resources field providing counselling and mentoring to employees and managers.  This experience extends her counselling to areas such as career development, conflict management in the workplace, and leadership development.

She offers a variety of psychotherapy techniques to meet the needs of her clients.  These include Cognitive Behavioural, Dialectical Behavioural, Behavioural, Interpersonal, Solutions-Based and Psychodynamic therapies – to name a few.

Elizabeth’s rich life experiences enable her to connect easily with clients from many diverse backgrounds.


Age Groups Served

Adults, Couples, Families, Late Adolescents

Languages Spoken

English

Yana HoffmanCCDC, Registered Psychotherapist


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Yana Hoffman has 35 years experience. Feeling confused, hurt, at a dead end? Think it’s time to explore yourself and perhaps some of your life patterns? Perhaps you get that you’ve got to be the change you want to see in the world but it really does seem like it’s the outside things in your life that are causing pain.

Do you know that most people have times of feeling alone and stuck?  But although these feelings are felt by most people, it still sucks.

Don’t give up on being seen and heard or feeling connected and fulfilled. These are healthy desires and although challenging in today’s world they are attainable. The tools I give you are simple, effective and they’re comfortable regardless of your age, gender or counselling experience. They will help you practice new approaches that lead to more fulfillment whether you want to tweak or deeply explore your challenging issues.

I offer individual, couples or family counselling in person or via the internet. I  accommodate daytime, weekend and evening appointments. Let’s connect and see if we are a fit. I’m experienced in many modalities including Mindfulness, Imago, CBT, Internal Family Systems, Attachment Styles, NLP and Terry Real’s RLT couples work. I am an EFT (Emotionally Focused Therapy) therapist using EFT with couples, families and individuals.


Age Groups Served

Adults, Couples, Families, Late Adolescents

Languages Spoken

English

Marc BérubéB.A., M.Psy. Counsellor


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Marc holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and a Master of Clinical Psychology Degree (M.Psy.) at Adler Graduate Professional School in Toronto. He is a member of the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA), Ontario Psychological Association (OPA) and the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA).

Marc is a personal and professional development specialist with 20 years of progressive experience in organizational settings involving vocational counselling, change management, training and development, disability management, harassment/discrimination, critical incidents and dismissals. Marc has a particular interest in mental health in the workplace.  His focus is on personal and professional growth, change management, work and life balance, burn-out, depression, stress and anxiety disorders. His education and experience allows him to support individuals through difficult or complex times in their lives. His approach is supportive and engaging and provides for his clients a safe, confidential, and comfortable place in which to experience focused attention and compassion. He can assist individuals in moving beyond life’s challenges and towards constructive resolutions, sense of balance, satisfaction and growth, using client-centered, collaborative, and solution-focused approach.

His approach to counselling is to recognize the whole person which includes the emotional, cognitive, behavioural and interpersonal aspects as important components towards a greater quality of life. His personal interests include travel, home improvement, meditation and swimming.


Age Groups Served

Adults, Late Adolescents

Languages Spoken

English, French

Caroline Lensen GentlesM.A. Registered Psychotherapist


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Caroline has practised couple and individual psychotherapy for over 35 years. In addition to her established private practice, she has worked in a variety of settings, including the Donwood Institute (an addiction facility), and Princess Margaret Hospital where she counselled patients and families adjusting to a cancer diagnosis. There she developed expertise in sexuality and intimacy issues following cancer treatment.

Caroline holds a BA and Education from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, and an MA in Counselling Psychology from the Adler School, Toronto.

Thanks to her multifaceted, clinical background, Caroline is highly competent in many areas and enjoys working with a variety of issues. She counsels couples with marital problems and sexual dysfunction, she coaches couples to have a more respectful and intimate connection.  She is certified as a Relational Living coach and therapist. In her individual psychotherapy she works with trauma, anxiety, self-esteem issues, depression, relationship problems, sexual abuse and sex addiction. She enjoys helping clients overcome difficulties with shyness. Experienced in grief and bereavement therapy.  While she is proactive in helping couples resolve their marital issues, she also shows parents who are considering separation how to minimize the emotional impact on their children. Caroline is experienced in assisting clients to positively and constructively co-parent and step-parent in new family situations.

Caroline is confident in her clients’ abilities to make changes in their life styles and behaviors. She is both respectful and supportive of each client’s individuality. Caroline is a certified EMDR therapist and uses to deal with trauma and unwanted behaviors including sexual addictions.  She uses Feeling State Addiction Protocol which quickly resolves unwanted behaviors permanently.

A clinical member of the Ontario Society of Psychotherapists, she served on its board. She has lectured and presented internationally on sexuality and cancer issues. Caroline is married and cherishes her relationships with her husband, daughter and adult stepchildren.


Age Groups Served

Adults, Couples

Languages Spoken

English

Tim TentcherRPN., Counsellor


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Hi, I’m Tim Tentcher I’ve practiced for over 30 years serving people with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or other disorders such as depression and anxiety. I have the first-hand experience in how to live with anxiety through my own personal experience of PTSD during the last 25 years.

My flexible and successful approach differs from others.

Please contact me I can see you within a day if needed.

I’m like you and understand your pain.


Age Groups Served

Adults, Couples, Families, Late Adolescents

Languages Spoken

English

Adele RezaiB.A, B.Ed., M.Ed., Registered Psychotherapist


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Adele Rezai is a registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario and has experience with Children, Youth, and Individuals; Grief, Panic, Anxiety, ADD, ADHD, Marital and Family Therapy; Post Traumatic Stress Disorder; and Education, Career Counselling and Assessments. She uses an eclectic approach under the growth and client-centred umbrella.

Adele received her Master’s degree from the University of Toronto in 1995. In addition, she is a registered teacher with the Ontario College of Teachers and has been providing educational and counselling services to students, families, and individuals of diverse backgrounds at Toronto District School Board (TDSB).

If there is one thing that she can be defined with, it is Adele’s passion for life, learning and teaching. Arriving in Canada 28 years ago as a young immigrant mother, she went through and welcomed a number of significant changes in her life to further develop academically and professionally in graduate and postgraduate studies. In addition, she completed additional qualification courses, such as Guidance, Special Education Specialist, and a post graduate diploma in Human Resource Management. She not only understands the immigrant experience, major and significant life losses and events; but she has lived it. This background is significant in her ability to relate to others – while the unexpected struggles and challenges of life are many, the believing, determination of human spirit overcomes all odds.


Age Groups Served

Adults, Couples, Families, Late Adolescents

Languages Spoken

English, Farsi, Kurdish, Persian

Christine SternatB.A., M.A., Registered Psychotherapist


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Christine has a Master’s Degree in Counselling from the Adler School, Chicago and is a Certified Member of the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists (C)OACCPP and a member of the North American Society of Adlerian (NASAP). Christine is a member of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario as well. She is also a certified NLP Practitioner and a certified MBTI® administrator.

Christine provides counseling and psychotherapy for individuals, couples and families who are experiencing anxiety, depression, grief and loss, relationship or parenting issues, anger management and stress, addictions, mid-life and/or career transitions.

Christine is committed to improving lives and providing a supportive, encouraging and confidential environment for clients to address their personal difficulties and work toward helping others to make the desired changes in their life, relationships or career.


Age Groups Served

Adults, Couples, Families, Late Adolescents

Languages Spoken

English

Catherine CoyleB.S.W., M.S.W., R.S.W., Registered Social Worker


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Catherine Coyle holds a Master of Social Work degree (MSW), is Registered Social Worker (RSW), is a member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Services Workers (OCSWSSW) and the Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW). In addition Catherine has training in EMDR, level 1 and 2. Catherine has over 25 years experience in counselling and psychotherapy.

Her areas of expertise are vast including:

  • Life Transitions
  • Relationship Difficulties
  • Trauma, Recovery
  • Stress Management
  • Women’s Health
  • Self-esteem
  • Trust
  • Assertiveness
  • Communication
  • Eating Disorders

Her approach is holistic and integrative, drawing upon attachment therapy, cognitive-behavioural therapies, family systems theory and she works with people in individual, couple, family and group modalities.

Catherine strives to provide a safe, comfortable environment for motivated people to learn from the past, plan for the future and live in the present.

New professionals (such as Social workers, Lawyers, Physicians and Occupational therapists, Teachers and new parents) seeking mentorship, coaching, assistance with balancing life & work, coping with the demands of a busy life, while easing into their emerging professional identity are a particular area of interest.


Age Groups Served

Adults, Couples, Families, Late Adolescents

Languages Spoken

English

Nancy PriftisB.A.., M.A., Registered Psychotherapist


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Nancy has a M.A in Counseling Psychology from the Adler school of Professional Psychology and is a member of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO), the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counselors’, Psychometrists‘ and Psychotherapists (OACCPP) and the Canadian Addiction Counselors’ Certification Federation (CACCF).

Nancy has 15+ years clinical experience working with adults and adolescents in a variety of settings. Nancy has experience working in mental health agencies, for Employee Assistance Programs and has been in private practice since 2003.

Nancy incorporates a variety of treatment approaches including: Adlerian, Cognitive Behavioural, Art Therapy, and Solution Focused. She is fluent in English and Greek.

Nancy provides counseling and psychotherapy to individuals and couples via telephone, video conferencing, and face-to-face session.


Age Groups Served

Adults, Couples, Late Adolescents

Languages Spoken

English, Greek

Sandra NorrisRegistered Psychotherapist


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Sandra has been in private practice, operating the Mind-Body Health Centre for over 26 years.  She works eclectically and has had a various & extensive career as an owner/operator psychotherapist in Toronto and Cobourg working in the field of Addictions and Mental Health.

Whatever treatment you would like to work through with me, whether it is individual, marriage or group, I provide a safe, warm atmosphere with a non-judgmental focus. This allows you to explore your issues, discover what you need, and acquire support to formulate your ideas, tools & get clarity. These tools raise your awareness & assist you to get your present and future goals met. I am a knowledgeable, compassionate and effective practitioner and in partnership with my clients, together, we meet their goals.

My focus is client-centered and eclectic while developing a critical client-therapist trust relationship that determines successful sessions together.  I apply various approaches throughout,  ie: Mindfulness Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Emotional Awareness and Release, Addiction related insight, Co-dependency patterns, and shed light on other behaviours that may restrict your goals.

I have facilitated group therapy with men and women both separately and together for over 26 years. My groups are committed, closed groups and run for 6 months at a time. I believe that groups work extremely well.  Peer support provides confidence, support, acknowledgement and a sense of community for its  members.

I am a Registered Psychotherapist, a Clinical Member of Dalton Associates, a Clinical Member of the Ontario Society of Psychotherapists and a Member of The Association of Registered Psychotherapists & Mental Health Professionals.


Age Groups Served

Adults, Couples, Families, Late Adolescents

Languages Spoken

English

Laurentiu SasareanB.S.W., M.S.W., Registered Social Worker


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Laurentiu holds a Master of Social Work from University of Toronto and is certified in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), which has been empirically proven to be effective in addressing issues related to stress, anxiety, depression and trauma. Laurentiu is also certified in Brief Solution Focused Therapy and Narrative Therapy and he is a Registered Life Coach with the Certified Coaches Federation.

Laurentiu has an extensive clinical experience in working with people of diverse backgrounds and he is committed to integrate evidence-based and effective therapeutic approaches to support his clients overcome their difficulties of life and achieve their goals.

Together with Laurentiu you will examine behaviours and thinking patterns that have prevented you from living the life you’ve always wanted. You can also discover new ways to relax, regain balance and recharge your energy resources.

Laurentiu has received positive feedback from clients for the way he organizes the counselling sessions by maintaining a good balance between structure and flexibility. His inquiring style and therapeutic stance has helped clients feel comfortable and safe, which consequently has lead to developing trusting relationships and successful outcomes. Laurentiu’s approach will help you feel more in tune with yourself and will encourage you to integrate in real life the diverse skills and strategies learned during the counselling sessions.

Laurentiu is a registered member in good standing with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW) and Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW).


Age Groups Served

Adults, Couples, Families, Late Adolescents

Languages Spoken

English, Romanian

Karen CressmanB.A.(Hons)., M.S.W., R.S.W., Registered Social Worker


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Over the twelve years Karen has gained intensive counselling training and experience as a Clinical Social Worker/Psychotherapist, especially in the area of couples therapy. She also provides family counselling based on her twenty years of experience in the education system working with children with physical and learning disabilities as well as behavioural problems.

In this capacity, Karen has continued to counsel and support adolescents and families. Karen has assisted clients with issues related to depression, anxiety, stress and trauma; more recently working with women experiencing postpartum depression, parenting and life transition challenges. This unique combination of training and work, as well her own life experiences, has contributed to the mature, empathic, and supportive presence Karen provides for her clients.

Karen received her MSW from Wilfrid Laurier University and is registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers.


Age Groups Served

Adults, Couples, Families, Late Adolescents

Languages Spoken

English

Norelis AlvarezB.A.(Clinical Psychology), Post Graduate Diploma: Group Dynamics, Registered Psychotherapist


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Norelis is in a good standing member of The Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists. She is also a member of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario.

Norelis has more than 10 years of experience in the realm of clinical psychology, with a broad experience working as a workshop facilitator, family counsellor and conference speaker, combining leadership skills with the specialization in group dynamics and is a certified trainer for Anger Solutions.  She has an eclectic approach combining Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Neurolinguistics Programming (NLP), Gestalt, Family Constellations and Mindfulness for individual and family counselling.

Her knowledge, combined with her personal and leadership skills, helps people challenge to reach a renewed sense of purpose and achievement. She has facilitated training in Assertive Communication, Motivation for Success, Neuro-linguistic Programming, Self-Esteem and Change Motivation, Team Work, Public Speaking, Leadership, Skills for Conflict Resolution and Problem Solving, Stress Management, and Quality Customer Service.


Age Groups Served

Adults, Couples, Families, Late Adolescents

Languages Spoken

English, Portuguese, Spanish

Catherine WoodM.A. Registered Psychotherapist


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Catherine has a background in both business and psychotherapy. This provides a greater understanding of the multitude of issues facing her clients today. Catherine specializes in working with relationship issues. She facilitates self-development and therapy groups. She is a certified facilitator of the Louse Hay Program and an experienced life and executive coach. Catherine has a private practice of individual and couples psychotherapy, and coaching.


Age Groups Served

Adults, Couples

Languages Spoken

English

Rosita AllenB.A., C.Y.C., Registered Psychotherapist


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Rosita is a Registered Psychotherapist and member of The Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists (OACCPP). She has over 30 years experience providing counselling/therapy to families, parents and individuals, faced with various challenges in life and those who have had traumatic experiences.

Along with her years of training and education, Rosita brings personal experience which enhances her abilities and skills in providing support, insight and empowerment to families and individuals.

Rosita has spent a number of years working with children with autism and other special needs, providing in home therapy for the children, and support, education and counsel to their families. She also specializes in working with children displaying challenging behaviours, providing child behaviour management strategies and parental support. She provides counselling for pre- and post-menopause issues, and offers exclusive private and confidential marital and family counselling to pastors and spiritual leaders.

Rosita has a Bachelors Degree in Christian Counselling and completed an Internship in Millan Systemic Family Therapy. She is a Certified Child and Youth Counsellor and completed an Internship in Child Sexual Abuse as well as Training in A.B.A Therapy. Rosita has also taken training focused on working with first responders.

Rosita’s philosophy is “Where there is life, there is hope, and you do not have the right to die if you have not lived.”


Age Groups Served

Adults, Families

Languages Spoken

English


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