Grief Counselling Treatment Toronto - The Mindfulness Clinic

Grief Counselling Treatment

Grief is a normal reaction when we lose someone or something close to us. Grief can develop after the death of family member or friend, a relationship breakup, the death of a pet, the loss of a job, or other losses because of disease or accident. Usually, as time passes our grief softens and we can reengage with our lives even if there is some lingering tender sadness.

Is it time to consider grief counselling?

How would you know when it may be helpful or advisable to seek out grief counselling? Here are some things to consider:

  • You are feeling stuck in grief and overwhelmed by it.
  • Grief from a major loss lasted far longer than you wanted it to.
  • You are experiencing disbelief or emotional numbness over the loss.
  • You avoid people, situations, or places because they remind you of the deceased.
  • You feel a persistent desire to die in order to be with the deceased.
  • You feel confused about your role in life, or your identity because of the loss.
  • Your friends or family feeling helpless because their support is not enough.

Our grief counsellors know how to be sympathetic and useful. They will fully respect your feelings and help you come to terms with what has happened, as you feel ready to do so.

Our therapists know how to help when your family and friends are not sure what to say. If you are having a difficult time moving past a loss in your life, please reach out to us. We will take the time to find you a therapist who has the right skills, good heart, and experience to help you move forward towards a resolution of your grief.

Are you ready for Grief Counselling?

If you’re ready and would like help, let us help you find a therapist that’s right for you.

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Therapists offering Grief Counselling

Jana Brankov, MSc, RP, RMFT

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

Jana Brankov, MSc, RP, RMFT

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

  • Registered Psychotherapist and Registered Marriage and Family Therapist.
  • Can help with relationship challenges, parenting dilemmas, blended family issues, empty nest feelings, caregivers in their day-to-day experience, or fertility and adoption challenges.
  • For individuals, can help with anxiety, grief, divorce pros and cons, and influence of the family they grew up in on their relationships today.
  • Trained in Solution Focused, Narrative, Emotion Focused and Dialogic therapy approaches. Practices a strength-based, person-centered perspective, offering a non-judgmental, safe and supportive environment for healing and growth.
  • Enjoys presenting seminars on Parenting With Mindfulness and Connections.
Watch a 2 minute video with Jana Brankov.
416-847-7118
Main Office (Bay & Gerrard)

Oona Fraser, M.A.

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

Oona Fraser, M.A.

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 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)

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
Watch a 2 minute video with Marco Mascarin.
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)

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

Dr. Shirley Katz

Ph.D. in Counselling Psychology from UBC.

Dr. Shirley Katz

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

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

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.)

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)

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)

Mariola Malasinski, MSW

Master of Social Work from the University of Toronto and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from York University.

Mariola Malasinski, MSW

Master of Social Work from the University of Toronto and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from York University.

  • Provides therapy to clients who experience depression, anxiety and relationship difficulties. Also works with survivors of trauma, childhood and spousal abuse.
  • Uses a variety of therapeutic approaches including CBT, solution focused, emotionally focused (EFT) as well as art therapy, focusing and mindfulness techniques.
  • Has facilitated a meditation group for women, as well as anger management, partner assault and survivors of trauma groups.
  • Can provide therapy in Polish.
Watch a 2 minute video with Mariola Malasinski, MSW
416-847-7118
Mississauga