As a community-minded organization, we sincerely believe that emotional healing and personal growth are within your reach.
Through a trauma-informed, anti-oppressive lens, we offer individual therapy for issues related to anxiety and depression, gender and sexuality, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and trauma.
If you live in downtown Toronto, identify within the LGBTQ2 community, or simply seek positive change, get in touch with us today.
Your first session can take anywhere between 50 - 80 minutes. During this session, you and your clinician will discuss your presenting concerns (i.e., why have you reached out for counselling services), your background (e.g., family, medical, social, etc.), gain a general understanding of what you seek from counselling, and identify how our services might support your process. You and your clinician will decide on how frequently you will meet (i.e., once or twice a week at 50 or 80 minutes), which can change as necessary.
Interested in scheduling your intake session? Refer to the clinician biographies below (i.e., Adam, Aryeh, Mel, Naomi, or Volha), visit the online scheduling system, select your preferred clinician from the STAFF option, select 1.5 Hour Intake Session, and follow the subsequent prompts. You will receive an automatic verification email once you schedule the intake session, then your clinician will send a confirmation email with further details in regards to your first session.
Adam Terpstra's Hourly Rates: 80 minute intake session, $90; 50 minute session, $130; 80 minute session, $195. If you have employee benefits, these fees may be covered. Check whether your benefits cover services provided by a Registered Social Worker (RSW) or Psychologist and seek clarification from your clinician.
Volha Shelepava's Hourly Rates: 80 minute intake session, $60; 50 minute session, $125; 80 minute session, $187.50. If you have employee benefits, these fees may be covered. Check whether your benefits cover services provided by a Registered Social Worker (RSW) or Psychologist and seek clarification from your clinician.
Student Clinician Hourly Rates: 80 minute intake session, No-Fee; 50 minute session, $75 - $125; 80 minute session, $110 - $187.50. If you have employee benefits, these fees may be covered. Check whether your benefits cover services provided by a Registered Social Worker (RSW) or Psychologist and seek clarification from your clinician. Sliding scale amounts are discussed in the intake session.
I completed a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from University of Victoria in 2009, a Bachelor of Education in Social Sciences from University of Victoria in 2013, and a Master of Education in Adult Counselling and Psychotherapy in 2016 from University of Toronto, OISE campus. I am a Registered Social Worker (RSW), a Registered Psychotherapist (RP), a Certified Canadian Counsellor (CCC), and a registered teacher in British Columbia, Ontario (OCT), and the Yukon Territory. I am a Registered Member of the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists (OACCPP) and a voluntary member of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF).
Growing up in rural Ontario and living in mid-to-large cities across Canada, I have worked with a variety of populations ranging from hard-to-reach inner city clients, adult survivors of childhood trauma, and the LGBTQ2 community, which has fostered a sincere understanding of the various daily life challenges and struggles.
Drawing primarily from an Internal Family Systems (IFS) model, the focus of my clinical experience has been directed toward the age range of 21 - 65 with presenting issues relating to depression and general anxiety, childhood physical, psychological, and sexual trauma, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and gender/sexuality-related issues.
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. I am a Registered Psychotherapist (RP) and a member of the Canadian Association for Psychodynamic Therapy (CAPT).
From 2004 to 2008 I worked in private practice as a psychotherapist in Minsk, Belarus, and have been working as a counsellor in Toronto since 2013. I work with adults from a Gestalt therapy perspective on a range of issues, such as anxiety and depression, psychosomatic and eating disorders, grief and loss, relationship issues including LGBTQ2, career challenges and self-esteem. I am also a part of the Survivor of Suicide Loss program at the Distress Centres of Toronto working with people who have lost loved ones to suicide.
My professional focus has been directed toward supporting clients as they establish the balance and strength in difficult situations in pursuit of broadening their available choices during moments of crisis and everyday life. One way I support clients in the achievement of this goal is to explore feelings, sensations, thoughts and ways of relating that might currently be outside of their awareness, and that contribute to the difficulties they currently face.
Note: In support of professional development, sessions with clinicians are audio and/or video recorded with strictest adherence to confidentiality, which will be discussed during the intake session.
From 5 September 2017 to 31 August 2018, we will be offering sliding scale counselling services by our University of Toronto, Counselling and Psychotherapy graduate students. Cost is $75 to $125 per 50 minute session. Email for additional information.
To schedule an intake session with a student clinician, visit the online scheduling system, select 1.5 hour intake session - no fee, and follow the prompts. If you would like a specific clinician (i.e., Aryeh, Mel, or Naomi), select their name on the line labeled STAFF. For additional information, get in touch via email or phone at 250-882-6397.
Note: In support of professional development, all sessions with student clinicians are audio and/or video recorded with strictest adherence to confidentiality, which will be discussed during the intake session.
I completed a Bachelor of Arts, with Distinction, in Socio-Cultural Anthropology and Religious Studies from McGill University in 2000 and an Honours Bachelor of Science, with High Distinction, in Psychology from the University of Toronto in 2013. I am currently completing a Master of Education in Adult Counselling and Psychotherapy at the University of Toronto. My training has concentrated on the treatment of anxiety, depression, and trauma using a variety of techniques including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT).
I completed a Bachelor of Arts degree from Earlham College, Richmond, Indiana, in 2000 and a Bachelor of Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto in 2005. I am currently completing a Master of Education in Adult Counselling and Psychotherapy at the University of Toronto. Over the past twelve years, my professional goals have included helping individuals struggling with anxiety and depression to find new ways to manage life’s challenges.
I completed an Honours Bachelor of Arts, with high distinction, in Sexual Diversity Studies and Women and Gender Studies from the University of Toronto in 2015. I am currently completing a Master of Social Work at the University of Toronto, specializing in Social Justice and Diversity. I am passionate about creating collaborative spaces for healing that are anti-oppressive, intersectional, and trauma-informed. My academic research has focused on exploring identity and embodiment, particularly amongst transgender people.
I completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Carleton University in 2014 and a Master of Arts in psychology from Carleton University in 2016. I am currently completing a Master of Education in Adult Counselling and Psychotherapy at the University of Toronto. I am dedicated to providing counselling through an anti-oppressive and intersectional framework as reflected in my work as a crisis counsellor for survivors of sexual assault. My academic research has focused on exploring how various aspects of personal identity are related to mental health and well-being.
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