Who We Are

The members of Toronto Psychotherapy Group are professional psychotherapists who have graduated from the Centre for Training in Psychotherapy (CTP). All therapists listed here have received the designation of Registered Psychotherapist (RP) according to the requirements of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO), established in 2014. As a group we have in common our rigorous training and commitment to professional excellence, but we are also a diverse collection of individuals, each with his or her own unique approach to the practice of therapy.

Members of Toronto Psychotherapy Group have been trained extensively in psychodynamic therapy , which is based in the view that human emotions, thoughts, and behaviours are shaped by both conscious and unconscious motivations. Psychodynamic therapy involves exploring this psychological depth—both what we are aware of, and what we have not yet come to know about ourselves. Some individual members of TPG are also trained in psychoanalytic theory, couples therapy (e.g., Emotionally Focused Therapy, or the Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy [PACT®]) family systems therapy, body-centered therapy, cognitive-behavioural therapy, or fertility counselling. You can read about our specializations on our individual profiles.

This wide array of education and expertise amongst our members gives you a great deal of choice when it comes to selecting a therapist to help you in your search for greater emotional balance and well-being.

Our Training

All members of Toronto Psychotherapy Group are graduates of the Centre for Training in Psychotherapy (CTP). This means we have all completed a thorough, rigorous education from this distinguished training institute, which has been educating psychotherapists in Toronto since 1986, and which meets the qualifications for the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO).

CTP offers an intensive, minimum 6-year program that involves a broad and deep approach to psychodynamic psychotherapy. Its curriculum includes an academic foundation to ensure that graduates are familiar with a wide range of research and theory from the origins of psychotherapy to the latest developments. This is coupled with a practical, experiential component that includes extensive personal and group therapy for each student during their training, as well as individual and group supervision for student therapists. This dual approach (academic and practical) ensures that students experience deeper levels of personal growth in themselves and also witness it in their peers, enabling graduates to more effectively guide clients through their own processes of growth and development.

Obtaining a diploma from the CTP requires:

  • Concentrated academic study, including a minimum of 450 hours of lectures, seminars, and workshops; and completion of essays, presentations, and case histories
  • Experiential learning, including a minimum of four years in a psychotherapy training group, a minimum of 300 hours of clinical work, and 200 hours of supervision
  • Ongoing personal therapy throughout one’s training

At later stages of training, there is ongoing and confidential supervision of each therapist’s work with clients by faculty members and peer groups.

Additionally, many of our listed members have sought supplemental training in other therapeutic modalities, including couples therapy, body-centred psychotherapy, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), and others.

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For more information about the individual training of each of the therapists listed with Toronto Psychotherapy Group,
visit our individual profiles.

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Regulation

All psychotherapists listed with Toronto Psychotherapy Group are either currently registered with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) and hold the title of Registered Psychotherapist (RP), or have submitted an application to the College, which is currently pending and awaiting approval.

Why is this significant for you?

Definition of Regulation

Anyone using the title “psychotherapist” or any abbreviation thereof; or anyone holding her/himself out as qualified to practice psychotherapy in Ontario (no matter what title s/he may use), and anyone performing the controlled act of psychotherapy must register with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (crpo.ca). It is important that you know that your therapist has successfully completed “a structured coherent program of education and training in psychotherapy” as defined by the College. This ensures that your therapist has attained a level of expertise as well as having sufficient “experiential learning and direct client work” to indicate that he or she can provide safe, professional care.

All of our therapists have been trained at the Centre for Training in Psychotherapy, where the course curriculum meets or exceeds the requirements of the College.

What you can expect from a therapist you locate on the Toronto Psychotherapy Group website includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • The therapist is currently registered, or has applied to the College of Registered Psychotherapists (crpo.ca)
  • The therapist will maintain current knowledge skill and judgment
  • The therapist will have worked under clinical supervision
  • The therapist is accountable to a regulatory body
  • The therapist holds current liability insurance
  • The therapist is a current member of the Canadian Association of Psychodynamic Therapy (psychodynamiccanada.org)
  • The therapist is either a graduate of the Centre for Training in Psychotherapy or is a student working under the supervision of a faculty member

Choice

Choosing a Registered Psychotherapist from our site lets you know that your therapist is well trained, and that he/she is “competent in their suitability to practice” as defined by CTP, by CAPT and by the College of Registered Psychotherapists. You can have confidence in the skill, character, and professionalism of therapists listed with Toronto Psychotherapy Group.

Our Mission

Toronto Psychotherapy Group is an organization founded by a group of psychotherapists. We serve dual interests: one, the needs of individuals like you, who are seeking to enter therapy; and two, the interests of our community network of Toronto area-based therapists. We meet the needs of prospective clients by offering you sound information about well-trained local therapists.

Toronto Psychotherapy Group provides a high-visibility platform for its subscribing members. As an association of individuals committed to the psychodynamic tradition, both as accumulated knowledge and clinical practice, we also strive to offer resources meant to foster professional excellence, integrity, and the highest ethical standards articulated by the Code of Ethics for Registered Psychotherapists in Ontario in the practice of psychotherapy.

Toronto Psychotherapy Group heartily encourages contact with Toronto’s broader health care community, allied professionals, and the general public to disseminate information about psychodynamic therapy and its local practitioners.


A note about our imagery

Real change reverberates—its effects are neither limited nor concentrated but extend out, far beyond the site of action. One small droplet of water shifts a whole liquid surface.

Many things happen in the therapy process. Some show themselves in the moment, and some appear only when looking back on it. In our committed efforts to evolve, our lives can open to profound change. The relationships that connect us to others are correspondingly altered as we begin to relate differently, with more presence, depth, and heart. Finding therapeutic help in meeting our emotional difficulties is not a selfish act – quite the contrary. When we work to create positive change in ourselves, then our way of being in relationship to others, and in the world, can also change for the better.

In psychoanalytic terms, water is the symbol of the dynamic unconscious. If there are fixed or obstructed places in our inner lives, then our capacities for connection, flow, and efficacy are dammed or stalled. Many people seek therapy after struggling with a sense of stasis or stuckness in their lives. Therapy can be a powerful resource for expansion, for flux and flow—the kind of shift we see when a single droplet of water sets a fluid surface into motion.