Sunday, 14 August 2011

Psychologists in Ontario (mainly Toronto)

My friend Gen sent this to me and wanted it to be published so here it is for anyone who needs it.



How to make the most out of this list (and of meetings with a new therapist):
  • Find the clinics/therapists that seem to best fit your needs and your location
  • Call the sites to inquire about costs/fees as well as whether there is a waiting list
  • Don’t let waiting lists discourage you; you’ll find that the time before your first scheduled appointment will go by more quickly than you expect.
  • It is normal to feel somewhat intimidated during the first meeting with a new therapist, but try to remain open and clear about your current difficulties and issues you would like to work on. This will help you and your therapist to formulate a treatment plan tailored to your specific concerns.
  • If you have had a couple of meetings with your new therapist and you find that he or she is not a good match for you, be sure to discuss this issue and consider beginning to meet with a new therapist. This may seem like a difficult topic to discuss with your therapist but will ultimately help you best address your needs. Finding a therapist you are comfortable with is key!


In a crisis, call 911. Other emergency numbers are listed at the front of the phone book.
Distress Centres of Toronto - Immediate emotional support, crisis intervention, and suicide prevention over the phone. Open 24 hours, 7 days a week.
(416) 408-4357
Emergencies CAMH (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health)
416 535-8501 ext. 6885 (24 hour service)
Mood Disorders Clinic - Physician Referral Required. Wait list approximately 2 months
(416) 979-6868

The Gerstein Crisis Centre

Victim Support Line - Ontario referral service that connects victims of crimes to community services.
Aboriginal Crisis Centre
Addiction Research Foundation Info Line
310 Cope (York Region, Richmond Hill and Newmarket) - Community Crisis Response Centre, Distress Centre
Telehealth Ontario

Durham Region
MARS (Metro Addiction Referral Service)
Assaulted Women’s Helpline - An anonymous and confidential crisis line for abused and assaulted women in Ontario. They provide crisis counseling, emotional support, safety plans and referrals (e.g. for shelters, rape crisis centers, housing, legal services), and interpretation services.
Lesbian, Gay, Bi Youth Hotline - A provincial hotline for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transexual, transgendered, two-spirited and unsure youth.
Toronto General Hospital, Mood Disorders Program - Physician Referral Required. Wait list approximately 2 months
(416) 340-3747
NARC Anonymous Renascent (alcohol and drug addiction treatment) 24-hour helpline
St. Michael’s Hospital Toronto Downtown

Publicly Funded Psychiatric Hospitals (services covered by OHIP):

Adult Mental Health ProgramHumber River Regional Hospital
Toronto, ON
Contact: Heather Wheeler, Ph.D.
Tel: 416-658-2003

Mood and Anxiety Program
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
250 College St.
Toronto, Ontario
Tel: 416-979-6819

Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Services
700 Gordon Street
Whitby, Ontario
*For self-referral, call 1-877-767-9642.

Clinics Offering General Practitioners (GPs) who practice psychotherapy (OHIP-covered)
Parkdale Counselling Clinic
2333 Dundas ST W.,
Toronto, Ontario
Tel: (416) 533-5554
Individual therapy provided by General Practitioners specializing in counseling
Physician Referral

Aberfoyle Health Centre (Contact: Dr. Paul Morris)
100-302 The East Mall,
Etobicoke, Ontario
Tel: 416-231-7968

Medical Clinic for Person-Centred Psychotherapy
Address: 200 Sheppard Ave. E., 2nd Floor,
Toronto, Ontario
Tel: 416-229-2399

Psychotherapy and Counselling Centre
2340 Dundas St. W., #507
Toronto, Ontario
Tel: 416-516-6969

Midtown Family Therapy Centre, Dr. Hollis Edwards
Address: 55 Eglinton E., Suite 55,
Toronto, Ontario
Tel: 416-486-5099

Dr. Howard Eisenberg
Address: 4950 Yonge St. #2200,
Toronto, Ontario
Tel: 416-229-6579 ext. 2133

Private referrals (not covered by OHIP – fee for service)

CBT Associates of Toronto100 Adelaide St. West, Suite 805
Toronto, Ontario
Tel: 416-363-4228
Co-Directors: Eilenna Denisoff, Ph.D., and Peter Farvolden, Ph.D.
E-Mail: or

Hank Frazer, Ph.D., C.Psych.3852 Finch Ave., Unit 309
Scarborough, Ontario
Tel: 416-298-9143 or 416-298-1102

Neil Pilkington, Ph.D., C.Psych.2 Carlton Street, Suite 1718
Toronto, Ontario
Tel: 416-977-5666

Brian Ridgley, Ph.D.Ridgley, Thomas, and Associates
60 St. Clair Avenue East, Suite 900,
Toronto, Ontario
Tel: 416-944-3747

Heather Wheeler, Ph.D., C.Psych.1333 Sheppard Ave. East, Suite 225,
Toronto, Ontario
Tel: 416-788-3038

The Clinic on Dupont
101 Dupont St.,
Toronto, Ontario
Tel: 416-515-2649
Specializes in Cognitive-Behavioural and Interpersonal therapies for a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, and addictions
No wait lists for service.

Scott Bishop, Ph.D., C. Psych.14 Prince Arthur Avenue, Suite 109,
Toronto, Ontario
Tel: 416-929-2968
Serving adults, psychotherapy and psychoanalysis
Trauma (childhood abuse, posttraumatic stress), Depression, Anxiety Disorders, Personality Disorders, Loss and Bereavement, Workplace Stress

Dr. Kayla S. Workman, C.Psych., Clinical Psychologist
First Canadian Medical Centre
First Canadian Place, Mezzanine, 100 King Street West,
Toronto, Ontario
Tel: 416-368-6787, ext. 802
Provides psychotherapeutic services to adolescents, adults, and couples.

Dr. Bella Hazzan, Ph.D.,C.Psych., Clinical Psychologist
Queensway Health Centre and Family Physicians
1750 the Queensway,
Etobicoke, Ontario
Tel: 416-626-6323
Areas of specialization include: Anxiety; Depression; Stress including workplace stress;
Marital and Couples TherapyChildhood and Adult Trauma.
Dr. Gerry Dancyger, Ph.D., C. Psych., Psychologist 49 St Clair Ave. West
Toronto, Ontario
Tel: 416-925-5249
Serving individuals and couples
Offers client-centered therapy, cognitive behavior therapy and hypnosis for the following disorders: depression, anxiety, panic disorders, phobias, marital and sexual problems, workplace issues, stress management

Dr. Carolina McBride, C.Psych,
Director, Cognitive & Interpersonal Therapy Centre
20 Eglinton Ave. West Suite 1007, P.O. Box 2019
Toronto, Ontario
Tel: 416-570-5050, Fax. 416-577-6904
Treatment for: Depression, Social anxiety, GAD (generalized anxiety disorder), Panic disorder, Agoraphobia, OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), Phobias, Interpersonal and relationship problems, Complicated Bereavement, Difficulty coping with medical illness
Dr. Sandra R. Palef, Ph.D., C. Psych.
1200 Bay Street, Suite 603,
Toronto, Ontario
Tel: 416-927-7342
Offers Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis for: Depression, Anxiety and Stress, Marital and Sexual Difficulties, Self-Esteem Issues, and Singles Issues

Dr. Brian Doan, PhD, Clinical Psychologist
60 St. Clair Ave. E., #904,
Toronto, Ontario
Tel: 416-535-9051
Offers individual, couples, and group therapy.
Dr. Jeremy B. Frank, C. Psych. 1136 Centre Street, Suite 212,
Thornhill, Ontario
Tel: 416-819-6488
Fax: 416-981-7915
Services includes treatment of depression, eating disorders, anxiety and uncontrollable worry, relationship problems (including couples therapy), family difficulties, grief/bereavement, self-esteem problems, life transitions, difficulties coping with stress or burnout, difficulties with anger, post-traumatic stress.

Dr. Suzanne Geishardt
69 Yorkville Avenue, Suite 306,
Toronto, Ontario
Phone: 416-513-0003
Fax: 416-513-0007
Offers individualized and eclectic treatment modes founded on evidence based principles of practice. These include cognitive-behavioral and psychodynamic interventions as well as skills training methods, each component adjusted for maximum clinical effectiveness in targeting mental health and well being.

Dr. Rod Day114 Maitland St.
Toronto, Ontario
Phone: (416) 624-6950
Available session times: Daytime, evening, and weekend appointments are available.
Depression and Anxiety; provides psychological assessments and individual cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy at his downtown Toronto office. Dr. Day's practice is built upon the values of working with clients in a respectful, collaborative, and problem-solving manner within the context of a safe and trusting therapeutic relationship.

Bill Novak, Social Worker
250 University Ave., Level 1,
Toronto, Ontario
Phone#: 416-598-4439

Other Fee for Service Clinics and Services (Typically lower fees than private referrals)

Toronto Family Services
Phone#: 416-595-9618
Offers individual and group-based counseling for a range of concerns including anxiety, depression, and relationship difficulties.
Service in English, Spanish, and Farsi

Catholic Family Services of Toronto
Phone#: 416-921-1163
Offers individual, group, and family counseling to people of all backgrounds.
Catholic Family Services of Toronto is supported primarily through funding from ShareLife and client fees. In counselling, a fee is charged according to a fee scale based on a client’s income level. No one is denied service because of his/her inability to pay fees.

Jewish Family and Child Services of Toronto
Phone#: 416 638-7800
Offers affordable counseling to individuals and families of all religious and ethnic backgrounds.
No waiting list for service.

Spadina Therapy Centre
Phone#: 416-410-4778
Address: 37 Spadina Rd., Toronto, ON
Offers psychotherapy for individuals and couples
Different modalities of therapy offered, including Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy and Psychoanalytic Therapy.

Useful web pages:
Canadian Mental Health Association

Mood Disorders Society of Canada

Mood Disorders Association of Ontario

Ontario Psychological Association
  • Referral service, allows you to search registered psychologists in Ontario by specialty, theoretical orientation, location, etc.:
  • Excellent site – mostly private referrals which means that there is generally shorter waitlists.

Psychlinks Directory of Health and Mental Health Resources


And here are some more resources someone from CAMH once emailed me:


Mood Disorders Clinic

The Mood Disorders Clinic (MDC) provides multidisciplinary and multi-modal clinical care and, education for patients with diagnoses of depression or bipolar disorder, as well as families and professionals. Services include psychiatric assessment, diagnosis, treatment recommendations and brief follow-up where appropriate. Where patients are referred back to the referring physician with recommendations, the clinic physicians will function as a back up and resource to the treating physician in the community and a repeat consultation can be requested. Involvement of non-medical clinical staff in treatment plans is designed to best meet the needs of individual patients. If suitable, clients may be offered an opportunity to participate in research spanning basic science to direct patient care. Particular research interests include early intervention and exploring the gene/environment interaction.
Referral Required: Yes, from Family Doctor or Psychiatrist.
Contact: Fax: (416) 260-4208
Location: College Street site, 11th Floor, Room 1135, 250 College StreetTorontoOntario

 Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Clinic

The Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Clinic provides short-term treatment of depression. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, a type of psychotherapy, can help many people struggling with depression to deal more effectively with this problem. People learn to recognize that their thinking styles can contribute to the sad moods and despair that characterize depression. With time, they come to see alternatives to what their minds habitually tell them. The CBT Clinic also conducts ongoing research to evaluate the effectiveness of treatment and to refine understanding of what is most helpful to clients.
Referral Required: Yes, from Family Doctor or Psychiatrist
Contact: Fax: (416) 260-4208
Location: 11th Floor, 250 College St. TorontoOntario

 The Mood Disorders Association of Ontario (MDAO)

MDAO offers regular support groups for depression, bipolar disorder, family groups and specialty groups for youth, men, women and older adults (50+) in Toronto. We publish an up-to-date calendar listing support groups and upcoming speakers. Check out our events section for new groups and upcoming events in Toronto and across Ontario.
Mood Disorders Association of Ontario
Meeting Information: There is a wide range of meetings for consumer/survivors and family members. You can download full listings here.
Location: 36 Eglinton Ave. West, Suite 602.
Contact: (416) 486-8046 for detailed information.

Therapists covered by OHIP

Dr. Lakdawalla – GP Psychotherapist (Anxiety) 416-221-6030

Patient Type: anger management, behaviour problems, marital stress

Waitlist: 2 weeks
1100 Sheppard Ave. E., Suite # 400
Only works until 2 p.m.
Dr. Molyn Leszcz - Interpersonal groups - Mt. Sinai Hospital
                        416-586-4800 x8436 (admin. assistant)
                        FAX # 416-586-8654
                        Fax consultation note with Dr’s billing number to clinic.
                        Have patient call to activate referral.
                        Clinic will arrange to assess patient.
                        Groups for men and women, 4 or 5 groups ran at same time.
                        Waitlist: groups start every August/ September, maybe January, wait for groups is 5 months and wait for assessment is 3 months.
                        Types of Patients: See a range of individuals, most common diagnoses are depression and anxiety

Cognitive & Interpersonal Therapy Centre – 416-570-5050
Offer CBT/ IPT for: depression, phobias, anxiety, panic, OCD, bereavement, postpartum.
Fee for service – Eglinton & Yonge

Toronto Institute for Relational Psychotherapy - 416-465-2392

                        Low cost therapy provided by students + recent grads. $20/ session with student$40/ session for up to 20 sessions with recent gradcouples’ therapy for $40/session for up to 12 sessions
                        Patient Type: Anyone
                        Wait: 1-2 weeks.

Clinics which offer therapy covered by OHIP

Psychotherapy & Counseling Centre                                                       416-516-6969
2340 Dundas St. W.               
·        GP Psychotherapists. PTSD, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, parenting, addiction, anger, grief, phobias, family/marital stress.
·        Patient Type: depression, anxiety, no alcohol/addictions treatment
·        Waitlist: 2 weeks – 1 month

Medical Clinic for Person-Centered Psychotherapy
Yonge and Sheppard 416-229-2399
·        Open to individuals with an OHIP card
·        Individual counseling for a range of issues, including issues relating to experience of trauma. Do not provide anger management.  Several physician psychotherapists and psychiatrists work from a variety of psychotherapeutic perspectives.  No charge for individuals with an OHIP card.
·        Waitlist: 6 months

Information and support for mental health or addiction concern (help with referrals- camh info line)
(416) 595-6111 (within Toronto) or 1-800-463-6273 (toll free)

Mental Health Service Information Line

Contacting an Information and Referral Specialist MHSIO Information and Referral Specialists can answer your questions about the location and availability of mental health services and resources in Ontario. MHSIO staff are available to answer inquiries in both official languages, English and French. Interpretation services are also available in over 140 languages. Information and Referral Services will require specific information in order to respond to your inquiry. Please provide as much information as possible. For example, the age, gender, and location of the individual requiring mental health services should be included.
Toll-Free 1-866-531-2600 Our toll-free telephone line can be accessed from anywhere within the province of Ontario. The 1-800 telephone line is open to callers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and is free, confidential and anonymous.
Email We will make every attempt to respond to email within 24 hours. If you are seeking assistance regarding mental health, please provide as much information as possible.

These services provided are for information only without the recommendation of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.