Insomnia Treatment Toronto – The Mindfulness Clinic

Insomnia Treatment

As a rule of thumb you should be sleeping about 85% of the time that you are in bed. Do you want to sleep more deeply or sleep longer? Do you want to improve your sleep so you can function better during the daytime? If so, our therapists know how to help.

We use a treatment program called “CBT-I”, which stands for Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Insomnia. CBT-I has shown great success in clinical trials. It is as effective as sleeping pills in the short term and more effective in the long term. It works quickly. Usually 4 to 6 sessions are enough.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia

CBT-I combines cognitive therapy techniques with mindfulness so you will be able to quiet your mind and body when it is time to go to sleep. You will also learn how to develop and use habits and routines that promote a good night’s sleep.

If you are having trouble sleeping and find that it interferes with your mood, relationships or work, please get in touch. Our therapists can help you get the good night’s sleep that you need and deserve.

Get Help for Chronic Nightmares

We offer very effective treatment for chronic nightmares.

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Therapists offering Insomnia Therapy

Dr. Bahar Haji, C.Psych (Supervised Practice).

Ph.D. in clinical psychology from The University of Windsor

Dr. Bahar Haji, C.Psych (Supervised Practice).

Ph.D. in clinical psychology from The University of Windsor

  • Meditation and yoga practice for over six years
  • Extensive training and experience in assessment and therapy across various clinical settings including hospitals, outpatient clinics, private practice, and university counselling centres
  • Trained in short-term as well as long-term evidence-based approaches to therapy including ACT, EFT, CBT, Solution Focused Therapy and modern relational psychodynamic approaches. Emphasizes integration of mindfulness in work with clients where indicated.
  • Approach involves tailoring therapy to individual needs of client to address a range of difficulties including trauma, depression, anxiety, OCD, eating disorders, body image dissatisfaction, relationship difficulties, work stress, behavioural health issues including sleep and addictions, life transitions, adjustment to chronic health conditions, as well as other general life stressors.
Watch a 2 minute video with Bahar Haji
416-847-7118
Main Office (Bay & Gerrard)

Sara Marlowe, MSW, RSW.

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

Sara Marlowe, MSW, RSW.

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

  • Over 10 years of experience working with individuals, couples and families from diverse backgrounds, with issues ranging from anxiety, depression, stress, anger, low self-esteem, perfectionism, relationship difficulties, substance misuse, chronic pain, parenting challenges, to many others
  • Integrates ideas and practices from narrative therapy, attachment theory, mindfulness & mindful self-compassion, neurobiology, emotion-focused therapy and acceptance & commitment therapy
  • Uses Gottman Method Couple Therapy and has completed the Level 3 Practicum Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy
  • Mindful self-compassion teacher and group facilitator
  • Enjoys facilitating mindful parenting workshops and groups to nurture connection and increase emotional resilience
Watch a 2 minute video with Sara Marlowe, MSW, RSW
416-847-7118
Main Office (Bay & Gerrard)

Tina Hjorngaard, RSW, M.Ed.

Registered Social Worker with a MEd. in Counselling Psychology

Tina Hjorngaard, RSW, M.Ed.

Registered Social Worker with a MEd. in Counselling Psychology

  • Over 20 years experience working with individuals, couples, youth and families from diverse communities with issues ranging from anxiety, depression, trauma, stress, anger, low self-esteem, psychiatric diagnoses, relationship challengers, substance use issues, disordered eating, parenting challengers, gender and sexuality issues.
  • Integrates theory and practice from gestalt therapy, attachment theory, mindfulness approaches, emotion-focused therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy towards self and relationship fulfillment.

Main Office (Bay & Gerrard)

Patricia Sai-Chew, RP.

Registered Psychotherapist and Expressive Arts Therapist

Patricia Sai-Chew, RP.

Registered Psychotherapist and Expressive Arts Therapist

  • I have worked for over twelve years supporting clients experiencing anxiety, stress, depression, grief and loss, family conflict, trauma, and disability.
  • Offering Expressive Arts Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Mindfulness and Self-Compassion in a collaborative, person-centred and trauma-informed approach.
  • Support to improve your coping skills, strengthen emotional resilience, set healthy boundaries and enhance communication with your loved ones.
  • Passionate about offering support for Caregiver Burnout, the physical, emotional and mental exhaustion that can result from the responsibility of caring for a loved one suffering with cancer, disability, or other health issues.

Main Office (Bay & Gerrard)

Corinne Qureshi, MA, RP (Q).

Master in Counselling Psychology from Western University.

Corinne Qureshi, MA, RP (Q).

Master in Counselling Psychology from Western University.

  • Specific experience includes working with youth and adults challenged with recent and historical trauma, life stressors, distressing emotional concerns, and existential crises (e.g., meaning-making, life transitions)
  • Integrative, person-centred practice informed by Attachment theory, Trauma-informed approach, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT),
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness-based practices, and Solution-focused Therapy.
  • Compassion, authenticity, and the use of humour are core components of the therapeutic relationship.

Main Office (Bay & Gerrard)

Fatima Mustafa, M.Ed., RP (Q).

Master of Education Concentration in Counselling Psychology from University of Ottawa

Fatima Mustafa, M.Ed., RP (Q).

Master of Education Concentration in Counselling Psychology from University of Ottawa

  • A compassionate, practical and evidence-based approach to working with issues ranging from anxiety, depression, OCD, unwanted thought and behavioural patterns, life stressors, difficult emotions (anger, shame, guilt) to many others.
  • Helps develop life-enhancing skills such as mindfulness, self-compassion and social skills.
  • Integrates Client-centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness-based practices, Narrative therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

Main Office (Bay & Gerrard)

Alec Toller, MPsy.

Master of Psychology from Adler Graduate Professional School

Alec Toller, MPsy.

Master of Psychology from Adler Graduate Professional School

  • Extensive training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) over the past 10 years.
  • Fosters curiosity, compassion, and resilience to overcome depression, anxiety, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), social anxiety, phobias, panic attacks, insomnia, relationship conflict, low self-esteem, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and other issues.
  • Completed a specialized practicum in the treatment of severe OCD at the Sunnybrook Hospital Frederick W. Thompson Anxiety Disorder Centre.
  • Integrates a CBT framework with a variety of other approaches, including mindfulness, emotional regulation strategies, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and compassion-focused therapy.
  • Collaborates with clients to combine evidence-based treatments with individually tailored solutions to client's issues, lifestyle, and preferred methods.
  • Background in the arts informs a creative, playful approach to therapy.

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.

Experienced working with:

  • Emotions (e.g., anxiety, panic, depression, grief, anger, guilt, and shame)
  • Life situations (e.g., relationships, work stress, and feeling stuck)
  • Trauma (i.e., managing current trauma responses, as well as processing past experiences of abuse, neglect, sexual trauma, and overwhelming internal experiences)
  • Patterns and habits (e.g. attachment issues, self-esteem issues, and unwanted substance use)
  • Existential matters (e.g., crises of meaning, spiritual emergencies, and life transitions).

Informed by:

  • Talk-based approaches (e.g., Jungian psychology, Narrative therapy, Solution-focused therapy, CBT, Compassionate Inquiry, guided meditations, and creative visualizations)
  • Approaches that involve the body to a greater extent (e.g., EMDR, Hakomi, mindful movement, and art)

Jennifer Monforton, PhD.

Phd in clinical psychology from Ryerson University.

Jennifer Monforton, PhD.

Phd in clinical psychology from Ryerson University.

  • Over 10 years of experience providing therapy (individual and group-based treatment) and psychological assessment in a variety of clinical settings
  • Extensive training in helping individuals struggling with insomnia, anxiety (e.g., obsessive compulsive disorder, social anxiety, excessive worry, panic attacks), and depression
  • Approach is grounded in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) techniques and may integrate mindfulness and self-care strategies
  • Conducts and has published research examining the role of repetitive, unhelpful thinking in the maintenance of anxiety
Watch a 2 minute video with Jennifer Monforton.
416-847-7118
Main Office (Bay & Gerrard)

Justin La Rose, OACCP, RP(Q).

Therapist at The Mindfulness Clinic.

Justin La Rose, OACCP, RP(Q).

Therapist at The Mindfulness Clinic.

  • Compassionate and warm approach to therapy that integrates complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a personalized approach tailored to each client or couple.
  • Advanced training in couples and family therapy
  • Extensive training in Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for anxiety disorders, depression, psychosis and OCD from the Beck Institute.
  • 20 years of Buddhist Mindfulness Meditation practice.
Watch a 2 minute video with Justin La Rose
416-847-7118
Main Office (Bay & Gerrard)

LEEANNA DERINGER, MA, RP.

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

LEEANNA DERINGER, MA, RP.

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)

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
  • Completed certification in 2017 in Core Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) Facilitation through the Centre for Mindfulness Studies and the University of Toronto Factor-Inwentash School of Social Work.
Watch a 2 minute video with Anna Woo
416-847-7118
Don Mills/Eglinton

Greg Samuelson, RN, RP.

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

Greg Samuelson, RN, RP.

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

  • Training in Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Interpersonal Psychotherapy.
  • Experience treating Anxiety, Panic, Emotion Dysegulation, 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

Katrin Mizrahi, MA, RP, LMFT.

MA in Clinical Psychology with Specialization in Postmodern Therapies – PGI

Katrin Mizrahi, MA, RP, LMFT.

MA in Clinical Psychology with Specialization in Postmodern Therapies – PGI

  • Masters in Clinical Psychology from Phillips Graduate Institute with Specialization in Postmodern Therapies
  • Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist - California Board of Behavioral Sciences
  • Clinical Fellow - American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
  • 20+ years of experience working with individuals, couples and families struggling with interpersonal relationships, chronic stress, anxiety, depression, trauma and PTSD, abuse, loss and grief, anger, life transitions and parenting.
  • Personal meditation and yoga practice for over 25 years
Watch a 2 minute video with Katrin Mizrahi
416-847-7118
Midtown

Simone Moir, RP.

Gestalt, Developmental Somatic Psychotherapy and MBCT Instructor.

Simone Moir, RP.

Gestalt, Developmental Somatic Psychotherapy and MBCT Instructor.

  • 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.)