Annette & Beresford | Toronto | ON | M6S 3C2
Office Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)
STATUS: CURRENTLY WAITLISTING NEW CLIENTS
The very things that interfere with feeling good—anxiety, people-pleasing, numbness, depression, anger—in therapy become portals to understanding.
Therapy brings to light what we haven’t been able to see in ourselves. With depth of understanding comes relief—and hope. Things in your life may not have unfolded as planned, relationships may not have gone as you hoped they would. But emotional insight carries with it the possibility of change.
The realities of the world merit a place in therapy, too. These days, global issues can be a lot to handle. By coming to grips with our inner issues, we are better equipped to cope with what life throws at us. We feel more able to live life well, even within the confines of world problems.
Many studies, as well as research in neurobiology, show that psychotherapy is effective in increasing a sense of well-being in the long-term. Brain research and intensive training give us understanding of complex psychological processes and emotional development. Because psychotherapy deals with underlying issues, its benefits have staying power.
Some people come to therapy worrying sessions will be relentlessly heavy. While I leave as much room as needed for people to express their troubling feelings, humour finds its way in too, bringing its own kind of relief. As well, clients can find it hard to see their own progress; I find it’s uplifting to notice and appreciate growth, to celebrate the subtle yet significant victories along the way.
These days I work remotely, both online and over the phone, depending on client preferences. For online video sessions, I use a secure medical platform, confidential and user-friendly. While I miss working with people in person, I’m comfortable doing sessions online and over the phone — all of my clients have found that therapy is still very effective with these formats.
Pre-pandemic, I worked out of my office in the west end of Toronto: a quiet, private, pleasant environment, which I will return to using when it’s safe to do so. Even then, I’ll continue to offer online or phone sessions as additional options.
Initially working in business, I went on to earn a Bachelor of Applied Arts and to develop a career in writing and editing. Dance, nature, and travel have been sources of joy over the years. And animals big and small have enriched my life beyond words.
I’m also a parent: one of the most important jobs ever—and also one of the toughest.
Working as a therapist feels like a calling. It’s profoundly rewarding to connect with people in this way. Six years of intensive training, which was both knowledge-based and experiential, have been instrumental in developing the skills and awareness I bring to this work.
I work from Monday through Friday, daytime hours, offering clients the choice of online or phone sessions for now. I’ll resume in-person sessions when it’s safe to do so.
Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll reply within 24 hours.
- Aging and Age-Related Concerns
- Body Image
- Career Dissatisfaction or Transition
- Creative Blocks
- Dream Work and Dream Interpretation
- Intergenerational Trauma
- Life Crisis and Transitions
- Loss and Grief
- Multicultural Issues
- Parenting and Co-Parenting
- Relationship Issues
- Self-Destructive Patterns
"There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in."
-- Leonard Cohen
If you'd like to set up a session or a brief conversation, please email me at email@example.com, and I'll get back to you within a day.