Isabel Lay

Registered Psychotherapist

M.Ed, RP

I am passionate about LGBTQ/women’s wellness, body image/eating disorder recovery work, and helping clients reclaim creative, supported ways of being in the body and in the world that resonate more fully with who they are.

CAPT Membership Number: 799

Issues I work with

Abuse, Addiction, Anxiety, Artists, Creatives, Intellectuals, Chronic Pain, Depression, Eating disorders and body image issues, Grief/Loss, Intergenerational Trauma, LGBTQ, Obsessive/Compulsive Tendencies, Relationships/Family, Sexuality and Gender, Trauma

My approaches

  • Art Therapy
  • Emotional Bodywork
  • Gestalt Therapy
  • Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
  • Relational Psychotherapy
  • Somatic Psychotherapy

Certification

Registered Psychotherapist and Member of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO), Registration # 004731

Training

University of Toronto:
M.Ed. Counselling Psychology, Ontario Institute for Studies Education, U of T
Electives: Mindfulness Interventions in Counselling; Indigenous Healing and Psychoeducation; Group Therapy; Critical Multiculturalism and Diversity in Psychotherapy

Gestalt Institute of Toronto:
One-year Training Program for Professionals in Gestalt Theory and Methodology
Continuing Education Certificate in Somatic Gestalt
Continuing Education Certificate in The Gestalt Approach to Addictions

Other Education
University of Toronto BA (Hons.) in Equity Studies & Women and Gender Studies

As a Registered Psychotherapist, I provide counselling and psychotherapy services for individuals (both adults and teenagers) in downtown Toronto.

In my practice I help clients develop deeper meaning in their lives and a greater sense of their whole being, often using techniques from Gestalt therapy - an existential, experiential, phenomenological approach to human development. Here, clients are supported to become ‘directors’ of their own experience, and to understand how behaviours that were once part of creatively adjusting to past environments may be interfering with their ability to function fully in the present moment.

I promote self-reliance, self-knowledge, relational awareness, individuation and growth within the support of structured experiments – therapeutic activities designed to increase spontaneity, creativity, response-ability, and awareness of the here-and-now moment. Clients are provided with creative opportunities to try out new behaviours to see what happens, to develop sensory awareness/body awareness and to re-integrate disowned parts of the self; aspects of the personality that have formerly been neglected, forgotten or repressed.

Office Location

Christie and Bloor
Suite 201 664 Bloor Street West
Toronto, Ontario M6G 1L2