Anna Kohn

(she/her)
Registered Psychotherapist
RP, CTP Dipl
BAA
Availability:
Not Currently Accepting Clients
Session Format:
Online TherapyPhone Sessions
Office Hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Clientele:
Adults
Email Anna
  • Aging and Age-Related Concerns
  • Anxiety
  • Body Image
  • Career Dissatisfaction or Transition
  • Creative Blocks
  • Depression
  • 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
  • Self-Esteem
  • Spirituality
  • Eclectic
  • Intersubjective
  • Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
  • Relational
  • Contact Information

    Email:
    annako.therapy@gmail.com
    Address:
    Annette & Beresford
    Toronto, ON M6S 3C2

    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.

    With therapy, there is no one-size-fits-all. Some clients dive in, others feel hesitant. For some, being granted the space to speak freely is key; others want more feedback. For me, it’s vital to respond to each individual in a way that suits them best, to work well with people’s different ways of communicating and relating.

    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.

    I grew up in Toronto, a child of Holocaust survivors. I’ve been drawn to therapy since age 14, when I read The Primal Scream by Arthur Janov. While Janov’s treatment approach struck me as too extreme, I did go on to experience other forms of therapy. These led to lasting personal growth. I know firsthand how healing and transformative psychotherapy can be over time.

    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.

    If you’re interested in arranging a session with me, please email me at annako.therapy@gmail.com. I offer a brief chat before the first session. It’s worth keeping in mind that on average it takes about six sessions to see whether the therapeutic relationship feels like a good fit.

    I work from Monday through Thursday, 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 annako.therapy@gmail.com and I’ll reply within 24 hours.

    “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 annako.therapy@gmail.com, and I’ll get back to you within a day.