Depression Treatment Toronto - The Mindfulness Clinic

Depression Treatment

Everyone feels sad sometimes, but for some people, a longer-term drop in mood known as depression can interfere with daily life. Depression is not just sadness; it’s a disorder that affects how you feel, what you think, and how you behave. Symptoms of depression can include low mood, feelings of guilt or worthlessness, fatigue or low energy, poor sleep, loss of libido, no appetite or else overeating, clouded thinking, thoughts of suicide, and a loss of pleasure in things you used to enjoy.

There are different types of depression. A major depressive episode lasts at least two weeks but is usually longer, where you have many of the above symptoms every day for most of the day. Seasonal depression, or SAD (for seasonal affective disorder), happens when you experience depression only during winter months when there is less daylight—mood generally lifts in spring and summer. Postpartum depression is common among new mothers, and can affect the mother-child bond. Depression can also happen after we lose a loved one, when bereavement takes longer to pass than usual.

Depression can be debilitating.

Lack of focus can negatively affect us at work; constant pessimism can impact our relationships with those we love; and lack of motivation can prevent us from doing the things we want to do in our lives. Fortunately, depression is one of the most well-studied mental illnesses and there are many types of therapy that are effective treatments. All of our therapists can help you learn to alleviate depression and give you tools that you can use to keep your mood healthy after the treatment sessions have ended.

Some sadness is a normal part of living. How can you tell if you have normal sadness or if you might benefit from treatment for depression? You can start by asking yourself if any of the following statements apply to you.

  • I feel depressed or sad much of the time.
  • I am discouraged and I feel that my life will never get better.
  • I feel hopeless, like I am a failure.
  • I worry all the time and I can’t relax.
  • I keep thinking that bad things will happen to me.
  • I don’t feel like doing the things that I used to enjoy.
  • Resting does not restore my energy. I always feel tired.
  • I don’t have any energy and I can’t concentrate.
  • My mind is foggy and I can’t make decisions.
  • It feels like no one loves me and I don’t deserve help.

If you strongly agree with several of the statements, you very likely have clinical depression, and you are suffering more than you need to. With help from an effective therapist, you can minimize or overcome the symptoms of depression and get your life back on track.

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Therapists offering Depression Therapy

Nazihah Niazi, MA, RP

Master In Clinical Psychology From University Of Canberra, Australia.

Nazihah Niazi, MA, RP

Master In Clinical Psychology From University Of Canberra, Australia.

  • Meditation practitioner for over 10 years
  • Utilizes mindfulness practices and skills training in therapeutic interventions
  • Can work with grief, anxiety, depression, anger, guilt and shame, life stress, trauma, unhealthful substance use, disordered eating behaviors, panic attacks, insomnia, and chronic medical issues
  • Also works as an individual therapist within the Dialectical Behavioral Therapy team
Watch a 2 minute video with Nazihah Niazi
416-847-7118
Main Office (Bay & Gerrard)

Oona Fraser, MA, RP

Registered Psychotherapist, Master’s Degree in Transpersonal Counselling Psychology from Naropa University.

Oona Fraser, MA, RP

Registered Psychotherapist, Master’s Degree in Transpersonal Counselling Psychology from Naropa University.

  • Graduate of a Buddhist seminary and meditation instructor training, a four-year program of study
  • Over 15 years of meditation practice, and 10 years as a mindfulness educator
  • Clinical expertise includes working with adult survivors of childhood abuse, trauma/PTSD, depression, anxiety, stress, anger, self-esteem, relationships, and life transitions
  • Special training in the treatment of trauma, including Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and EMDR
  • Warm, compassionate, person-centered approach – informed by Mindfulness and Acceptance, Gestalt, Existential, and Somatic psychotherapies
Watch a 2 minute video with Oona Fraser.
416-847-7118
Main Office (Bay & Gerrard)

Laurisa Dill, M.Ed, RP

Director at The Mindfulness Clinic.

Laurisa Dill, M.Ed, RP

Director at The Mindfulness Clinic.

  • Masters in Counselling Psychology From University of Toronto
  • Advanced training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Recent training from Stanford University in Compassion Cultivation and Mindfulness
  • Focus on approaches that promote positive change and self-acceptance
  • More than ten years experience helping people with anxiety, stress, social anxiety, performance anxiety, self-esteem, depression and relationship issues
  • Experience teaching Yoga and integrating Yoga Philosophy into counselling
  • Daily personal practice in Yoga and Meditation
Watch a 2 minute video with Dr. Laurisa Dill.
416-847-7118
Main Office (Bay & Gerrard)

Rae Dolman, MASc, RP, RMFT

Master’s Degree in Psychology from the University Of Waterloo, Ontario.

Rae Dolman, MASc, RP, RMFT

Master’s Degree in Psychology from the University Of Waterloo, Ontario.

  • Registered psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO)
  • Clinical member of the Ontario Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (OAMFT)
  • Board of Examiners in Sex Therapy and Counselling in Ontario (BESTCO) Certified Sex Therapist
  • Specializes in working with individuals and couples who are struggling with sexual concerns or relationship issues
  • Affiliated with Mount Sinai Hospital since November 2002
Watch a 2 minute video with Rae Dolman.
416-847-7118
Main Office (Bay & Gerrard)

Lindsay Kochen, MSc, MSW, RSW

Registered Social Worker with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work.

Lindsay Kochen, MSc, MSW, RSW

Registered Social Worker with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work.

  • Informed by Jungian psychology, Narrative Therapy, Art-based therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Attachment Theory, and EMDR (which draws from mindfulness to neutralize traumatic memories and fears)
  • Compassionate, strengths-based, person-centred approach
  • Experienced in working with depression, anxiety, panic attacks, anger, guilt, shame, work stress, unwanted substance use, PTSD, history of abuse or neglect, attachment issues, existential crises, feeling 'stuck', and life transitions

Dr. Terra Dafoe

PhD in Counseling Psychology from Oise/Ut.

Dr. Terra Dafoe

PhD in Counseling Psychology from Oise/Ut.

  • Person-centred and compassionate approach to therapy
  • Active personal meditation and yoga practice
  • Trained in relaxation/guided imagery, mindfulness-based approaches, motivational interviewing, relapse prevention and cognitive-behavioural therapy
  • Experienced in working with complex mental illness, trauma, depression, anxiety, and many other issues
Watch a 2 minute video with Dr. Terra Dafoe.
416-847-7118
Main Office (Bay & Gerrard)

Marco Mascarin, PhD

PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy–Dissertation Focused on Systemic and Integrative Approaches to Health and Healing.

Marco Mascarin, PhD

PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy–Dissertation Focused on Systemic and Integrative Approaches to Health and Healing.

  • Over 20 years of meditation practice and 15 years as a meditation teacher
  • Clinical expertise working with anxiety, stress, depression, self-esteem concerns, spiritual growth & life transitions, existential issues, identity and development
  • Trained in solution-focused, grief & trauma models, Creative Therapy and systemic-integrative approaches. Mindfulness approaches inlcude mindfulness-based addiction recovery (MBAR), mindfulness-based trauma recovery (MBTR) and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT).
  • Extensive training in Medical Qigong and somatic approaches to healing
416-847-7118
Main Office (Bay & Gerrard)

Fiona Holding, M.Psych.

Master’s Degree in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy from the Auckland University of Technology in Auckland, New Zealand.

Fiona Holding, M.Psych.

Master’s Degree in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy from the Auckland University of Technology in Auckland, New Zealand.

  • An integrative psychodynamic, warm, and compassionate approach
  • Additional training in DBT, mindfulness, and trauma models of therapy
  • Experienced in working with grief, loss, trauma, survivors of sexual assault and abuse, difficulties in relationships, life transitions, existential crises, depression and anxiety, anger, guilt, shame, envy, self esteem, sexuality difficulties, couples and parents
  • Extensive work with LGBTQ communities
Watch a 2 minute video with Fiona Holding.
416-847-7118
Main Office (Bay & Gerrard)

Alicia Yurichuk, MSc, RP

Masters of Science in Couple & Family Therapy from the University of Guelph.

Alicia Yurichuk, MSc, RP

Masters of Science in Couple & Family Therapy from the University of Guelph.

  • Registered Psychotherapist.
  • Works with Individuals, Couples, and Families.
  • Training in Narrative, Solution-Focused, Emotion Focused (EFT), and Dialogic Therapy.
  • Experience working with relationship challenges, improving communication, balancing parenting and relationship needs, intimacy concerns, life transitions, separation, anger, anxiety, depression, stress, grief and loss, and increasing self-confidence.
  • Strengths-based, person-centred, nonjudgmental approach to therapy.
416-847-7118
Main Office (Bay & Gerrard)

Julie Giroux, OT Reg. (Ont.)

Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology (University of Toronto).

Julie Giroux, OT Reg. (Ont.)

Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology (University of Toronto).

  • Registered Occupational Therapist since 2001
  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Teacher since 2010, and personal meditation practice since 2004
  • Experience helping people with anxiety, depression, stress, life transitions, insomnia, chronic pain & concerns particular to the LGBTQ community
  • Psychotherapy grounded in mindfulness & person-centred therapy including components of other approaches such as existential therapy, Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Experience in teaching relaxation and guided imagery for stress and anxiety
416-847-7118
Main Office (Bay & Gerrard)

Cara Lussier, MA RP

Background in ACT (acceptance and commitment therapy).

Cara Lussier, MA RP

Background in ACT (acceptance and commitment therapy).

  • Works with relationship Issues, affairs, separation, anxiety, stress, depression, creating boundaries, grief & loss, self-esteem, anger, parent-child relationships, extended family relationships
  • Client-centred approach with a background in ACT (acceptance and commitment therapy), CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy), EFT (emotionally focused therapy), and Gottman Couples therapy
  • In-person or Skype sessions
Watch a 2 minute video with Cara Lussier
416-847-7118
Main Office (Bay & Gerrard)

Jane Delamere, MSc, RP

Works with families, couples and individuals.

Jane Delamere, MSc, RP

Works with families, couples and individuals.

  • Experienced working with parenting issues, communication difficulties, recovering a relationship after an affair, and conflict resolution in relationships
  • Can help individuals with depression, anxiety, stress, anger management, and those struggling with a history of abuse or trauma
  • Draws from a variety of approaches, including Family Systems, mindfulness techniques, attachment theory in relationships, CBT, EFT
  • Has a personal meditation practice
Watch a 2 minute video with Jane Delamere, MSc, RP
416-847-7118
Main Office (Bay & Gerrard)

LeeAnna Deringer, MA

Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from the University of Victoria.

LeeAnna Deringer, MA

Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from the University of Victoria.

  • Meditation practitioner
  • Client and relationship-centred practice informed by mindfulness, somatic psychotherapies, narrative therapies, attachment theory
  • Compassionate approach that is strengths-based and holistic
  • Experience working with: trauma including intergenerational, relationships, chronic stress and anxiety, career counselling, sleep problems, family systems, addictions, self esteem, life transitions, existential issues and meaning-making, identity development including gender and sexuality, decolonization, loneliness and isolation
416-847-7118
Main Office (Bay & Gerrard)

Dr. Wendy Carter

Clinical and Health Psychologist.

Dr. Wendy Carter

Clinical and Health Psychologist.

  • Worked with both men and women who have struggled with a range of difficulties, including depression, anxiety, trauma, and relationship problems
  • Expertise in the areas of women’s mental health and health psychology
  • Trained in a number of different psychotherapy approaches
  • Treatment is collaborative and compassionate
Watch a 2 minute video with Dr. Wendy Carter
416-847-7118
The Annex

Shirley Katz, PhD.

Ph.D. in Counselling Psychology from UBC.

Shirley Katz, PhD.

Ph.D. in Counselling Psychology from UBC.

  • Taught in the graduate program at UBC.
  • Trained in the use of the arts in therapy.
  • Special knowledge and skills in the area of womens’ relationship to the body and food, anxiety, identity and career issues.
  • Effective, goal directed and respectful of diversity, including gender, sexuality, lifestyle, culture and race.
Watch a 2 minute video with Dr. Shirley Katz
416-847-7118
North York

Anna Woo, MEd, RP

M.Ed. in Counselling Psychology from The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto.

Anna Woo, MEd, RP

M.Ed. in Counselling Psychology from The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto.

  • Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario
  • Over 18 years of experience working with individuals with depression, anxiety, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, stress-related problems, grief and loss, pain management, anger managment and interpersonal problems.
  • Special interest in working with individuals struggling with second generation issues and cultural conflcits
  • Approaches include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, client-centred, relaxation and Imagery techniques, Mindfulness and behavioural interventions
Watch a 2 minute video with Anna Woo
416-847-7118
Don Mills/Eglinton

Rebecca Pedersen, MA, RP

Registered Psychotherapist With A Masters Degree In Clinical Psychology From York University

Rebecca Pedersen, MA, RP

Registered Psychotherapist With A Masters Degree In Clinical Psychology From York University

  • Over 14 years of psychotherapy experience treating adults struggling with painful emotions, anger, depression, anxiety, trauma, impulsive behaviours, and relationship issues
  • Extensive training and experience in Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) for individuals and couples, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
  • My approach to therapy is grounded in an atmosphere of safety, empathy and collaboration. I am effective at adjusting my style of therapy depending on the nature of the issue and what the client wants. I am an empathetic and non-judgmental listener. I can help clients better cope with distress, process difficult emotions, change problematic thought patterns, learn new interpersonal skills, increase productivity and make critical decisions. I look forward to helping clients create positive change in their lives.
  • Office is a 2-minute indoor walk from Islington subway station and close to inexpensive parking
Watch a 2 minute video with Rebecca Pedersen
416-847-7118
Etobicoke

Dr. Ann-Marie Golden

Psychologist and Mindfulness and Self-Compassion Teacher.

Dr. Ann-Marie Golden

Psychologist and Mindfulness and Self-Compassion Teacher.

  • Cognitive scientist working in Cambridge at the Cognition and Brain Science Unit with Mark Williams and John Teasdale, the founders of MBCT Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy
  • Approaches include: Mindfulness-based Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy,
    Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Compassion Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy,
    Motivational Interviewing, and Cognitive Processing Therapy.
  • Can help with negative feelings like shame or guilt, destructive behaviours, grief/loss, chronic pain, illness, life transitions, cultural issues and much more
Watch a 2 minute video with Dr. Ann-Marie Golden
416-847-7118
Video Therapy

Vaishnavi Nadesu, M.A.

Master’s degree in Psychology from Adler School of Professional Studies in Toronto, and Certified Sex Addiction Therapist from the International Institute of Trauma and Addiction Professionals.

Vaishnavi Nadesu, M.A.

Master’s degree in Psychology from Adler School of Professional Studies in Toronto, and Certified Sex Addiction Therapist from the International Institute of Trauma and Addiction Professionals.

  • Worked with diverse clientele, and have a vast understanding of cultural differences.
  • Experience working with individuals presenting with depression and anxiety, as well as substance abuse, addictions, trauma, gender, anger management, relationships, and self-esteem concerns.
  • Believe in taking an empathic and eclectic approach to counselling, incorporating strategies and techniques from various theoretical approaches to suit the needs of each client.
  • Specialized training in Trauma Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution-focused therapy, mindfulness, and relaxation techniques.
Watch a 2 minute video with Vaishnavi Nadesu
416-847-7118
Don Mills/Eglinton

Orlando Frizado, M.S.W.

Master Degree in Social Work from New York University.

Orlando Frizado, M.S.W.

Master Degree in Social Work from New York University.

  • 17 years of yoga, meditation practice, and Buddhism studies.
  • Experienced in working with chronic and terminal illness, loss, grief and bereavement, sexual abuse, childhood trauma, addictions, depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder, and concerns particular to the LGBTQ community, including transgender and gender identity processing.
  • Trained in mindfulness, psychodynamic, motivational interviewing, CBT, attachment theory, harm reduction, emotionally focused therapy approaches.
Watch a 2 minute video with Orlando Frizado, M.S.W.
416-847-7118
The Annex

Katrin Mizrahi, M.A. LMFT

Licensed And Registered Marriage & Family Therapist And Clinical Associate With The Mindfulness Clinic

Katrin Mizrahi, M.A. LMFT

Licensed And Registered Marriage & Family Therapist And Clinical Associate With The Mindfulness Clinic

  • Masters in Clinical Psychology from Phillips Graduate Institute with Specialization in Postmodern Therapies
  • 14 years of experience working with clients of all ages struggling with anxiety, depression, relationship problems, family conflict, stress and anger management, loss and grief, trauma, abuse, life transitions and parenting.
  • Personal meditation and yoga practice for over 20 years
Watch a 2 minute video with Katrin Mizrahi
416-847-7118
Midtown

Simone Moir

Completed Sutryana Seminary in the Shambhala Buddhist Lineage.

Simone Moir

Completed Sutryana Seminary in the Shambhala Buddhist Lineage.

  • Gestalt psychotherapy—uses mindfulness and awareness of your feelings and experiences in the body
  • Certified Yoga Instructor specializing in addressing stress, anxiety, insomnia and habit change
  • Visual and performing arts background
  • Experienced in working with depression, anxiety, loneliness, grief and loss, self-esteem, couples and relationship work, life transitions, sexuality, LGBTQ issues, addictions and trauma
  • Simone works out of an office near Queen and Dufferin
Watch a 2 minute video with Simone Moir
416-847-7118
Queen St. W (Queen St. W. & Dufferin St.)

Nat Roman, MSc. RP. RMFT

Master of Science in Couple & Family Therapy from the University of Guelph.

Nat Roman, MSc. RP. RMFT

Master of Science in Couple & Family Therapy from the University of Guelph.

  • Registered Psychotherapist and Registered Marriage & Family Therapist
  • Integrative, strength-based, and mindfulness-oriented psychotherapy approach
  • Works with Individuals, Couples and Families
  • Training in Narrative, Solution-Focused, Cognitive Behavioural (CBT), Emotion Focused (EFT), and Person-Centred approaches to therapy
  • Experience conducting training and workshops in Nonviolent Communication (NVC), Human Rights, and Restorative Conflict processes
  • Over 15 years of meditation experience and 10 years teaching meditation, Buddhist psychology, and mindfulness-based practices
Watch a 2 minute video with Nat Roman, MSc. RP. RMFT (on leave)
416-847-7118
Midtown

Ben Gibson, M.Sc.

Master of Science (MSc) degree in Couple and Family Therapy from the University of Guelph.

Ben Gibson, M.Sc.

Master of Science (MSc) degree in Couple and Family Therapy from the University of Guelph.

  • Trained in working from a variety of clinical models, including Solution-Focused, Cognitive-Behavioral, Emotionally-Focused and Narrative therapy
  • Can help to: find solutions for family, couple and workplace conflicts; improve communication at home; manage stress, anxiety, anger and moods; cope with grief and loss; resolve trauma and past hurts; increase confidence and self-esteem; overcome unwanted substance use or addictive behaviours; find sexual intimacy; and, be the parent and family member you prefer to be
  • Ben offers a positive space for all clients, supportive of diversity, including cultural and racial diversity, gender diversity and sexual diversity
Watch a 2 minute video with Ben Gibson
416-847-7118
The Annex

Greg Samuelson, RN

Registered Nurse With A Specialty Certification In Mental Health Nursing And A Certificate In Mindfulness And Psychotherapy.

Greg Samuelson, RN

Registered Nurse With A Specialty Certification In Mental Health Nursing And A Certificate In Mindfulness And Psychotherapy.

  • Training in Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Interpersonal Psychotherapy.
  • Experience treating Anxiety, Panic, Depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Psychotic Disorders and Personality Disorders.
  • A practitioner and teacher of Zen Meditation.
Watch a 2 minute video with Greg Samuelson, RN
416-847-7118
New Market / York Region

Mark Bunten

Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology (University of Toronto)

Mark Bunten

Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology (University of Toronto)

  • Meditation practitioner for over 15 years
  • Certified Canadian Counsellor by the CCPA (Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association) since 2011.
  • Experience helping people with stress, anxiety, depression, life and career transitions, family and relationship issues, and self-esteem.
  • Training in Solution-Focused, Emotion-Focused, Narrative, and Cognitive-Behavioural approaches. Practices a holistic, person-centered approach based on meeting clients where they are and helping them reach their goals.
Watch a 2 minute video with Mark Bunten.
416-847-7118
Main Office (Bay & Gerrard)

Jennifer Brighton, MSW, RSW

Masters of Science in Couple & Family Therapy from the University of Guelph.

Jennifer Brighton, MSW, RSW

Masters of Science in Couple & Family Therapy from the University of Guelph.

  • Registered Psychotherapist.
  • Works with Individuals, Couples, and Families.
  • Training in Narrative, Solution-Focused, Emotion Focused (EFT), and Dialogic Therapy.
  • Experience working with relationship challenges, improving communication, balancing parenting and relationship needs, intimacy concerns, life transitions, separation, anger, anxiety, depression, stress, grief and loss, and increasing self-confidence.
  • Strengths-based, person-centred, nonjudgmental approach to therapy.
416-847-7118
Main Office (Bay & Gerrard)

Laura Hardt, MSc, RP

Masters of Science in Couple & Family Therapy from the University of Guelph.

Laura Hardt

Laura Hardt, MSc, RP

Masters of Science in Couple & Family Therapy from the University of Guelph.

  • Master of Science in Couple & Family Therapy from the University of Guelph
  • Registered Psychotherapist, Pre-Clinical Fellow with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Trained in Narrative, Solution Focused (SFT), Emotionally Focused (EFT), and Dialogic Therapies; integrative approach draws upon Gottman Method Couples Therapy and Attachment Theory
  • Collaborates with clients to create a relationship built on authenticity and acceptance
  • Uses a strengths-based, feminist-informed practice to create a welcoming and safe space for all clients; Skilled in attending to issues of power and social justice in work with diverse individuals and concerns
  • Experienced in working with people affected by romantic and family relationship issues, sex and intimacy, trust, parenting and co-parenting, life transitions, anger, anxiety, depression, grief, and helping people live closer in alignment to their preferred selves.
416-847-7118
Main Office (Bay & Gerrard)

Crystal Styles, M.A.

Master’s Degree in Transpersonal Counselling Psychology from Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado.

Crystal Styles, M.A.

Master’s Degree in Transpersonal Counselling Psychology from Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado.

  • Meditation practitioner for over 10 years
  • Utilizes mindfulness practices and skills training in therapeutic interventions
  • Can work with grief, anxiety, depression, anger, guilt and shame, life stress, trauma, unhealthful substance use, disordered eating behaviors, panic attacks, insomnia, and chronic medical issues
  • Also works as an individual therapist within the Dialectical Behavioral Therapy team
Watch a 2 minute video with Crystal Styles.
416-847-7118
Main Office (Bay & Gerrard)