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  • Languages Spoken

    English, Portuguese

  • Age Specialties

    Adults (18 and over)

Mario Lourenco

Registered Psychotherapist

M.Ed., BA (honors), BFA

I am a Psychotherapist registered with the College of Psychotherapists in Ontario with a M.Ed. in Counselling & Psychotherapy from University of Toronto (OISE). I am also a graduate of the 4 year training program in Gestalt therapy offered in Toronto.

CAPT Membership Number: 513

Issues I work with

Abuse, Addiction, Anxiety, Bereavement, Career/Work, Chronic Pain, Depression, Grief/Loss, Intergenerational Trauma, LGBTQ, Obsessive/Compulsive Tendencies, Parenting, Relationships/Family, Sexuality and Gender, Trauma

My approaches

  • Art Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Couples/Relationship Therapy
  • Gestalt Therapy
  • Mindfulness-Based Therapy
  • Relational Psychotherapy

Certification

MEd; BA, BFA, Certified Gestalt Therapist

Training

Gestalt Institute of Toronto and M.Ed. Counselling & Psychotherapy at OISE (UofT)

Throughout my life and professional development I have intuitively gravitated toward healing approaches that recognize the importance of restoring body-mind connection. After obtaining advanced certification in gestalt therapy, I developed a trauma-informed practice and stayed current with new scientific research on healing trauma.

I am aware how patterns of holding tension or tensing, posture and movement interact with the mind and spirit and impact physical and psychological wellbeing; how learned physical habits designed to best protect ourselves in past situations can become automatic. For example, a slump in the spine might tell the story of a need for compliance in the past and invoke feelings of shame in the present. A tension across the shoulders and pulling in of the stomach muscles may tell the story of a need to protect oneself from bullying in childhood and invoke feelings that others can't be trusted in the present.

When working with deep-rooted issues, like this, the best way to effect change is to engage in new ways of being that directly disrupt old issues. To do this, I will work with you in the present moment. We will work collaboratively to bring attention to aspects of yourself that increase resilience helping you to disconfirm negative beliefs; try on new/more satisfying behaviours; and improve your relationships and self-worth. You will experience a safe environment, where at your own pace, you can learn to free yourself from what blocks, and repeats itself without renewal in order to restore your vitality and health. I want to support you to achieve your full potential. I believe the relationship between person and therapist takes top priority. This means that I am highly responsive and actively attend to your process, sharing my experience when relevant and suggesting possibilities, and always empathically engaging in our co-creative meetings.

As an immigrant, I have experienced starting life all over again - breaking meaningful ties, leaving the familiar for the unknown and facing the challenges and difficulties of a new culture, language, etc. I am empathic to the anxieties and challenges faced by not only newcomers to Canada but to everyone who is adapting to major life and/or professional transitions in their lives. For example, I have supported students and professionals to deal with their school and life anxieties, to connect with their new identities, to grieve the loss of their old self and/or their most significant relationships.

Office Location

Church St./Wellesley st.
Suite Suite 402 65 Wellesley St East
Toronto, Ontario M4Y 1G7
Office is wheelchair accessible