Is Psychotherapy Right For You?

 

cleo b&w from janis

Are you looking for assistance to make positive changes in your life?

Do you want to improve important relationships?

Do you want to reduce stress, anxiety or feelings of depression?

Are you trying to cope with a personal or professional life transition, situation or loss?

If so, psychotherapy is an effective method to help you find new solutions, create possibility and bring openness to your life. 

About

I am a Registered Social Worker (RSW) with the Ontario College of Social Workers & Social Service Workers, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in New York State (LCSW) and a member of the Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW).   I provide individual and couple psychotherapy services and work together with my clients to determine the therapeutic approach to best meet their treatment goals.

I hold a Post-Masters Certificate in Advanced Clinical Social Work in Family and Couples Therapy and have advanced training in emotion focused therapy for individuals and couples (EFT), cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and interpersonal therapy (IPT).  I am influenced by attachment informed therapies and frequently incorporate mindfulness practices and meditation in my approach to psychotherapy and am a Yoga Alliance Certified yoga teacher.

Outside of my private practice I work as a Clinical Social Worker at Mount Sinai Academic Family Health Team in downtown Toronto.  I am committed to health equity initiatives and enjoy working within an inter-professional team environment.  I completed my MSW degree at Hunter College in New York City and worked in East Harlem for a number of years with at-risk families and children.

Please don’t hesitate to call me or be in touch if you have any questions or if you are contemplating psychotherapy as means to make meaningful changes in your life.  I offer a free initial telephone consultation. 647.621.7216 or email me at                                      cleo@cleohabermsw.com.

Specialties Include:

  • mood and anxiety disorders
  • stress
  • relationship issues
  • life cycle transitions
  • grief and loss
  • fertility-related issues
  • work-related issues
  • trauma
  • working with adolescents and young adults

Education and Certifications:

  • Bachelor of Social Work, McGill University
  • Master of Social Work, Hunter College School of Social Work, City University of New York
  • Post-Master Certificate in Advanced Clinical Social Work in Family and Couples Therapy, Hunter College School of Social Work, City University of New York
  • Emotion Focused Therapy, Level One Certificate, York University Dept. of Psychology, Dr. Les Greenberg
  • Emotion Focused Therapy, Level Two Certificate, York University Dept. of Psychology, Dr. Les Greenberg
  • Certificate in Clinical Supervision Course and Training for Supervising Psychotherapists (30 hours), Institute for Self-in-Relationship Psychotherapy,  Dr. Augustine Meir
  • Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Level 1, The Hincks Dellcrest Centre & OISE/University of Toronto
  • Advanced Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Externship Training Certificate, Dr. David Burns
  • Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy Externship Training Certificate, Sue Johnson, PhD & The Ackerman Institute for the Family
  • Gottman Method Couples Therapy, Level One
  • Mindfulness Based Psychotherapy, Mount Sinai Psychotherapy Institute
  • Extending Applications for Interpersonal Therapy, Mount Sinai Psychotherapy Institute
  • Master Trainer, Stanford Chronic Disease Self Management Program
  • Yoga Alliance Certified Yoga Teacher

My Approach

Therapy is a collaborative partnership between you and your therapist, and although I hold a set of expertise, I believe you are the expert in your own life.  I will always engage in an open and honest conversation with you when developing your treatment plans and goals.  In my role as psychotherapist, I listen, guide and work from a practical, compassionate and non-judgmental perspective, working to help you connect with your feelings and give language to your experiences.

I believe psychotherapy is a powerful tool to help you connect with your vulnerabilities.  I work with you to uncover emotional patterns that may no longer be serving you and to find new ways of navigating them.  I strive to bring a holistic perspective to the work I do, taking into account all aspects of who we are as human beings and the environment and culture in which we live. My practice is LGBTQ2S+ positive and welcomes diversity.

I use an integrative approach to psychotherapy, which draws on knowledge from a variety of different theories and models.  It is trauma-informed, rooted in anti-oppressive principles and tailored to the individual and the issues they bring forward.  I specialize in attachment based psychotherapies, emotion focused therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, schema therapy, internal family-system therapy, and mindfulness-based psychotherapy.

Services

  • Individual psychotherapy
  • Couple therapy

I offer an integrative approach to psychotherapy.  My expertise includes emotion focused therapy, mindfulness based psychotherapy, cognitive behavioural therapy and couples therapy.  For more detailed information on these approaches, take a look at the “Services” drop-down menu at the top of the page.

I work with adults, young adults and adolescents.

Contact

My office is located at 114 Maitland Street.  The building is accessible and conveniently located close to Church and Wellesley streets.  It is walking distance from Wellesley subway station.  Parking is also accessible with the use of the city Green P parking lot across the street from Wellesley subway station.

I would like to acknowledge that the land on which my office is located is the traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the New Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples and is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.

114 Maitland Street, Suite 506

Toronto, ON M4Y 1E1

P: 647.621.7216

E: cleo@cleohabermsw.com

 

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