• Toronto Psychotherapists - Dana Kelso

Dana Kelso

Registered Psychotherapist
RP, CTP Dipl
Not Currently Accepting Clients
Session Format:
Online TherapyPhone Sessions
Office Hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
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  • Abuse (physical and psychological; past or present)
  • Addiction
  • Aging and Age-Related Concerns
  • Anxiety
  • Body Image
  • Career Dissatisfaction or Transition
  • Dream Work and Dream Interpretation
  • Existential Concerns
  • Impulsiveness
  • Life Crisis and Transitions
  • Loneliness and Isolation
  • Loss and Grief
  • Mourning and Bereavement
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self-Destructive Patterns
  • Self-Esteem
  • Separation and Divorce
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Trauma
  • Contact Information


    Perhaps you are feeling overwhelmed right now.  Or, you may be finally exploring the idea of entering psychotherapy after a long time of struggle and trying to soldier on, on your own.

    No matter what brings you here, if you dare to engage deeply with your areas of concern in a therapy, you may be at the doorway to developing a new understanding of, and partnership with, yourself—both in your areas of struggle, and in the living of your life.

    Something very unique can happen within the safe boundaries, the confidentiality, and the helping relationship that is a therapy.

    In a psychodynamic therapy, also called a depth therapy, we are making use of your unconscious.  In the living of our daily lives we can imagine that our logical, transactional selves are running the show.  Actually, we are each “run” by our own unconscious, which is of unfathomable depths.  When we begin a dialogue with this part of ourselves, we open a portal to coming to know and understand our blind spots and our painful patterns, as well as the creative help and wisdom that is available to us through our depths.

    In a therapy, we begin with where you are at.  Whatever you feel called to speak about, be it a present-day crisis that is consuming you or a memory that you cherish, we are together making room for your deeper parts to begin to speak more freely.  All that I will ask you to do is to make your best effort to not edit yourself because something might feel embarrassing, unimportant, or repetitive. 

    My task is to listen for the glimmers of those parts of your mind that are active but sitting at the edges of your awareness, and to begin to familiarize you with this essential aspect of yourself.  This deep listening will allow us to work together on the problems and the areas of confusion that have developed in your life.

    During my sixteen-year career in corporate human resources, I became interested in the question of what helps people to change and grow.

    A personal crisis prompted me to enter into a depth therapy, something I had previously never imagined doing.  I found the effect on how I felt within myself to be so profound that in 1996 I made the choice to enter into part-time training at the Centre for Training in Psychotherapy.  There I underwent a rich training in psychodynamic psychotherapy that inspires me to this day to continue to practice, study, reflect, and devote myself to my own continued personal growth.

    I have been practicing full-time since 2003, and have discovered over the years that I seem to be particularly helpful to business professionals.

    In addition to my training at CTP, I hold a BA in Psychology (Honours) from Western University, and an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business.

    The first step is a very practical one.  When a time slot opens up in my practice, I list myself here as “Accepting New Clients”.  Please reach out to me by email or phone to determine whether the time slot I have available is something that you would be able to accommodate into your weekly schedule.  This type of therapy is one that requires you to commit to yourself and the work.  Please be willing to give your therapy time in order to evaluate the difference it is making in your life.

    From there, we can have a brief, complimentary phone conversation if you like, so that you can get a sense of how it would be to work with me.

    Please feel free to reach out to me at 416-323-1498 or danakelso@gmail.com.  I look forward to speaking with you.