Therapist Profile

Accepting New Clients

Lisa Darrach

PhD, Registered Psychotherapist

176 St George St, 3rd Floor
Toronto, ON
M5R 2M7
(416) 968-7637 (phone)

Words are very important — they distinguish us as human beings from our fellow creatures. In psychotherapy the particular importance of putting thoughts and feelings into words is unmistakable. Psychoanalytic or psychodynamic psychotherapy is sometimes called the "talking cure." When you talk in a psychotherapeutic context about what is bothering or upsetting or puzzling you, something can change.

As a psychotherapist I work by listening to what a person says and thinks and feels. As human beings we have great inner resources both for healing ourselves and for growth. But we need a context in which we feel listened to and heard and within which a new perspective can develop. Every therapy is specific to the individual. My method is to listen deeply over a sustained period of time to what someone is telling me, working with the client's dreams, experiences, fears, hopes, and longings, working to understand each person's particular concerns and particular experiences.

My first training was in literature. I received my PhD in English Literature from the University of Toronto and have spent many years teaching at both the university and college levels, something I have enjoyed immensely. In 1994 I decided to take additional extensive training at The Centre for Training in Psychotherapy (CTP), specifically learning to work with the whole person as the person experiences herself or himself, and looking at not only what a person is aware of but also those things a person is not aware of, those thoughts and feelings and beliefs that are unconscious or only partly understood.

If you would like to arrange an appointment with me please phone me at 416-968-7637 ext. 2, or send an email to I will be happy to meet with you.

  • Certification

    College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario
  • Fees

    $100 includes HST
  • Training

    The Centre for Training in Psychotherapy
  • Theoretical Background

    PhD in English Literature; In-depth training in psychoanalytic/psychodynamic psychotherapy
  • Approaches and Techniques

    Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
  • Age Specialty

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

    Any and Christian
  • Spoken Language

  • Session Format

    Private Sessions