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

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)

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)

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)

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)

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

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

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

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

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)