Therapist Profile

Accepting New Clients

Ingrid Phaneuf

Registered Psychotherapist and Clinical Supervisor

Toronto, Ontario
(416) 710-0966 (phone)

We enter psychotherapy for a wide variety of reasons: The death or loss of a loved one, illness, job loss, divorce, addiction, etc., but all of us seek help because we are trying to find a better way to deal with the reality we are facing.

Unfortunately the expertise we’re seeking is not always affordable.

My job is to help you find your own unique way of processing and resolving the painful feelings you are having about your situation, in a way that works for your budget.

My job as a psychotherapist is to help you:

Talk about your emotions and reactions in a safe environment Figure out where these emotions and reactions are coming from Observe whether your reactions produce the desired outcomes Discover new ways to react, if that would produce more desirable outcomes My mandate is to:

Listen, not judge Recognize repressed feelings Help develop alternatives to behaviours and patterns that may lead to further suffering My training is as follows: I received certification after three years of training at the Centre de Relation d'Aide de Montreal, a French-language institution in Montreal in the early 90s. Since then, I have obtained further certification for grief counselling, sexuality, dreamwork,art therapy, and clinical supervision and will be completing a certificate in couples counselling shortly.

I am able to work in English and French. I specialize in what is often called "talk therapy," with a few creative techniques thrown in. For example, I find that some clients benefit from visual or auditory aids, such as art, music or poetry, to allow access to emotions which may otherwise remain repressed.

I myself am 50 years old and previously employed full-time in business, media arts and entertainment. My decision to pursue therapy as a full-time occupation came after the death of my first son, at which time I realized the importance of therapeutic services, especially for individuals experiencing complicated grief.

I believe therapists must be in therapy themselves to be most effective, therefore I pursue therapy with a supervisor on a regular basis in order to continually build upon my own skills.

If you think I might be the right therapist for you, please don't hesitate to contact me. As you know, you are entitled to a free consultation to determine whether you have the right fit. Again, I offer affordable rates and package deals to those who wish to pursue therapy but are deterred by budget.

My hours are flexible and I practice from a conveniently located office. My office is near the Bloor West-Christie intersection, close to the Christie subway. Here's my office map. I look forward to meeting with you soon.

  • Certification

    Centre de Relation d'Aide de Montreal
  • Fees

    to be discussed
  • Training

    Basic plus post-graduate certification in grief, sexuality, dreamwork, art therapy and clinical supervision
  • Approaches and Techniques

    Attachment Theory, Client-Centered Psychotherapy, Dream Work, Feminist Approach, Humanistic Psychotherapy, Imagery, Mindfulness, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Relational Psychotherapy, and Supportive Presence
  • Focus

    Abuse in Childhood, Addiction Recovery, Adoption, Alcohol Abuse, Anger Issues, Anxiety, Artistic Creative Expression, Authenticity, Bereavement, Body Awareness, Body Image, Career and Work, Countertransference, Creative Expression, Death and Dying, Depression, Dissociative Disorder, Domestic Abuse, Domestic Violence, Dream Imagery, Drug Abuse, Emotional Bodywork, Emotional Fitness, Emotional Healing, Existential, Experiential, Feminist, Fertility, General, Grief, Grounding in the Present Moment, Identity, Infertility, Intimacy Issues, LGBT-Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender, Life Coaching, Life Dissatisfaction, Life Transitions, Living with Being Single, Loss and Grief, Masochism, Men's Issues, PPD-Postpartum Depression, PTSD-Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Relationships, Self Esteem, Self-Harming, Sexual Abuse, Sexual Addiction, Sexual Anorexia, Sexual Identity, Sexual Trauma, Spirituality, Stress, Substance Abuse, Symbiotic, Transference, Trauma, Uncertainty, Weight Gain, Weight Loss, Women's Issues, and Worry
  • Age Specialty

    Youth (20 - 25), Adults, and Elders
  • Religious Specialty

  • Spoken Language

    English and French
  • Session Format

    Email, Private Sessions, Phone Sessions, and Skype Sessions