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Joel Mayer

Registered Psychotherapist – Qualifying 

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I am a gentle, caring, nonjudgmental, and thoughtful individual who loves connecting with people on a personal basis. 

In keeping with my interests in socioeconomic inequalities, issues of advocacy, religion, and spirituality, I completed my Bachelor of Arts, focusing on religious studies and community development. These interests fostered numerous opportunities to travel, leading me to spend extended periods of time in Latin America and West Africa.

As a result of certain experiences while travelling as well as my own difficulties during various life transitions, I decided to pursue psychotherapy as a full-time career. As a counsellor, I have experience working with individuals facing issues including: anxiety, depression, difficult life transitions, relationships (family-of-origin, roommates, friends, divorce and separation), addictions, abuse, gender and sexuality, grief and loss, self-esteem, and spirituality. I am passionate about helping others pursue holistic wellness and find it an honour to be able to sit with individuals as they express their hurts, joys, and struggles.

 

My Approach & Values

I use a client-centered approach as I seek to highlight the dignity and resiliency of all individuals. My main therapeutic modalities include Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Bowenian Family Systems Theory, Attachment Theory, and Narrative Therapy. I aim to foster a safe, nonjudgmental, and caring environment in which personal issues can be explored.

 

    My Education

    • Master of Divinity in Clinical Counselling
    • Bachelor of Arts

    We Work With Individuals, Youth,

    & Groups

    Individual Therapy

    Receive one on one professional therapeutic support in person or via text, call, or email support.

    Youth Counselling

    Experience the benefits of a positive relationship with a professional for yourself; or, find a counsellor for a young person in your life.

    Teacher & Group Support

    Receive personal one on one support, or participate in educational training and group workshops.

    The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction not a destination.

     

    Carl Rogers

     

    Children are educated by what the grown-up is and not by his talk.

     

    Carl Jung

    “Not all addictions are rooted in abuse or trauma, but I do believe they can all be traced to painful experience. A hurt is at the centre of all addictive behaviours.

    Gabor Mate

    Frequently Asked Questions

    What is Psychotherapy?

    Psychotherapy is a therapeutic intervention where talk and experiential techniques are used to aid individuals in understanding themselves more deeply while working through any number of specific challenges.

    Is Psychotherapy covered by insurance?

    Some insurance companies are beginning to include Psychotherapy under extended benefit plans.

    If your insurance company does not currently cover psychotherapy, please visit the Registered Psychotherapists Insurance Committee (RPIC) for more information.

    Who is a candidate for therapy?

    Any person who feels as though they would benefit from speaking with a professional is a candidate for therapy.  If you are experiencing difficulties dealing with stress, anxiety, depression, relationships, life transitions, or any number of challenges, finding a professional to work with might be the right choice for you.

    How do you choose a therapist?

    There are a number of ways an individual might find a therapist.  Searching online will undoubtedly present a number of viable options. Referrals from medical professionals or friends are often useful when beginning a search for the right therapist.

    While there are many factors you may want to consider, such as convenience, education, approach, etc., the most important consideration is how comfortable you feel with your therapist.  Following your instincts might be the most helpful tool in finding the right fit for you. 

    Contact Me

    Ask a question or book an appointment below. For emergencies call 911 or visit your nearest hospital

    (647) 464-2091

    #2-1668 Avenue Road, North York, ON M5M 3Y1

    support@northyorkcounsellingservices.ca