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Barry Olshen CTP dipl, RP, PhD
Registered Psychotherapist

The psychotherapy I practise is usually called Interpersonal or Relational. The relationship with you, the client, provides a key transforming element in the therapy. I believe that it is you who knows, better than anyone else, what path to follow, even if you do not always know how to find your way or where to begin. We work at the pace you set for yourself. We discuss the subjects and problems you wish to pursue.

A successful therapeutic relationship will soon cast light upon some of the beliefs and patterns of behaviour that have been out of awareness until now, but have nonetheless influenced your experience. Once made conscious and once accepted, these beliefs and patterns may be transformed or adapted or dealt with in any way you choose. This process is empowering and its results become evident in your personal interactions, your intimate relationships, and your sense of yourself.

The work of psychotherapy is both very challenging and very interesting. Although the process can be troubling at times (because of certain memories, experiences, or misgivings that inevitably arise in the course of the work), it may also be humorous, joyful, and enlivening. We need not focus all the time on the individual’s problems or even on the individual at all. In fact, clients of mine are encouraged to talk about issues of culture, religion, philosophy, politics, current events, and so on, issues that interest them now or have influenced them in the past. The conversations that arise usually enrich the work and lead to personal discoveries that serve the therapy well.

Typically I see my clients once a week for a full hour. The room is private and comfortable; the office is wheelchair accessible and very conveniently located; and the sessions are entirely confidential.

I invite you to visit my CAPT profile page for more information.

You can reach me by telephone at 416-929-9861 or use this form to contact me.