Relationships – The Mindfulness Clinic

Relationships

Our relationships are some of the most important parts of our lives. We have all kinds of relationships that can be positive (or negative) experiences for us—relationships with parents, siblings, children, romantic partners, workplace colleagues and superiors, and our close friends. Sometimes, our important relationships can become strained, and this can have a very strong impact on our mental health. Psychotherapy can help you better understand and improve your important relationships if they are not fulfilling for you.

Are you having any relationship challenges or problems that you could use some help with? What comes to mind for you? Is there strain or tension in your relationship with a family member, romantic partner, close friend or work colleague? When our relationships are not going well our mood, physical health, and ability to get things done can be affected. The good news is that relationships can usually be improved if we work on them – particularly if we get advice and support from an effective therapist.

Relationship therapy can help

Relationship therapy can be done individually, or as a couple or family—if both members of a relationship agree that there are some issues to work on, coming to therapy together can address both members’ concerns and dramatically improve the quality of the relationship. A good relationship therapist will take the time to understand and address both sides and help reach a resolution that everyone is comfortable with.

A therapist can offer you an unbiased perspective and give you a safe place to explore your feelings about a relationship. Your therapist might also point out patterns or dynamics to help you understand what is going on in the relationship. Perhaps you are trying to decide whether to end or recommit to a relationship. Perhaps you want some advice about how to deal with the difficult person. Perhaps the shadow of an old relationship is getting in the way of a new one. Our therapists can help you with any of these concerns. If you wish they could also teach you skills to improve communication, assertiveness, trust, and compassion for yourself and others.

Need help in your relationship?

We offer many therapies that can provide help for various types of strained relationships.

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Therapists offering Relationship Therapy

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)

Ira Gandasaputra, Ph.D, RP, RMFT

MA and Ph.D in Marriage and Family Therapy

Ira Gandasaputra, Ph.D, RP, RMFT

MA and Ph.D in Marriage and Family Therapy

  • Registered Psychotherapist and Registered Marriage and Family Therapist
  • Experience working with relationship and parenting challenges. Extensive experience working with individuals who struggles with anxiety, depression, anger, trauma and abuse.
  • Trained in Solution Focused Therapy, CBT, Emotion-Focused Therapy approaches.
  • Practice a strength-based, person-centered perspective, offering a non-judgmental, safe and supportive environment for healing and growth.

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)

Kevin Berry, MSW, RSW.

Masters of Social Work from Windsor University

Kevin Berry, MSW, RSW.

Masters of Social Work from Windsor University

  • Experienced at helping people deal with anxiety, anger, depression or grief, addictions, relationship difficulties, parenting stress and life challenges.
  • If you want to learn and improve skills to meet your challenges, and become more resilient, I am here to assist you.
  • Trained in CBT, Solution-focused therapy, Motivational interviewing, Crisis counselling and mindfulness.
  • My approach is trauma-informed and practical.
  • I can help you on your personal journey to find hope and a sense of balance in your life.

Main Office (Bay & Gerrard)

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)

Meaghan Johnson, MSc, RP.

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

Meaghan Johnson

Meaghan Johnson, MSc, RP.

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

  • 20 years of Yoga and Buddhist meditation practice.
  • 16 years of teaching yoga and mindfulness.
  • Compassionate, trauma-informed, and practical approach to working with depression, anxiety, anger, relational difficulties, parenting stress, ADHD, OCD, PTSD, childhood abuse & neglect, addictions, grief, sex & desire, and sexuality.
  • Combines attachment and neurobiological theory with Narrative, Solution Focused (SFT), Emotionally Focused (EFT), Therapies to offer effective interventions for creating lasting change in one’s life.
Watch a 2 minute video with Meaghan Johnson.
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 Canadian Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (CAMFT)
  • 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
  • Other areas of expertise include: anxiety, depression, stress, low self esteem, and emotion regulation.
Watch a 2 minute video with Rae Dolman.
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, 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.
Watch a 2 minute video with Laura Hardt
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)

Cara Lussier, MA, RP.

Registered Psychotherapist with a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology.

Cara Lussier, MA, RP.

Registered Psychotherapist with a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology.

  • Experience helping people with, anxiety, social anxiety, depression, stress, grief & loss, self-esteem, anger, creating boundaries ,relationship issues, affairs, separation, parent-child relationships and extended family relationships
  • Compassionate, person-centered and experiential approach – informed by Mindfulness and Attachment
  • Training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy - ACT, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – CBT, Emotionally Focused Therapy - EFT, and Gottman Couples Therapy
  • Works with Individuals, Couples and Families
Watch a 2 minute video with Cara Lussier
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.
Watch a 2 minute video with Alicia Yurichuk
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

Ingrid Phaneuf, RP.

Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO).

Ingrid Phaneuf

Ingrid Phaneuf, RP.

Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO).

  • 20 plus years of experience
  • Certification in couples and dyadic therapy, relationship issues, sexuality, attachment, grief, perinatal bereavement, social anxiety, self-esteem and anger-related issues
  • Teaches and supervises at the Centre de Relation d’Aide de Montreal
  • Bilingual services: English and French
Watch a 2 minute video with Ingrid Phaneuf.
416-847-7118
Main Office (Bay & Gerrard)

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

Rebecca Pedersen, MA, RP.

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

Rebecca Pedersen

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, and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
  • 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

VAISHNAVI NADESU, M.A, RP.

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, RP.

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

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)

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.)