Message from the Clinical Director

 

Hello, Visitor!

Thank you for giving us an opportunity to become your friends and your supporters.

We are a collective of mental health practitioners based in Ontario, Canada. Our mission is to support and guide you and your loved ones in navigating life’s challenges and achieving greater fulfillment. Whether you’re struggling or simply seeking more from life, we’re here to help!

Our services include:

  • Supervision services and Supervised Affordable Therapy
  • One-on-one Psychotherapy
  • Couples Counseling
  • Counseling for ENM couples and polycules
  • Therapeutic  and Educational Workshops and Groups

Receipts from our Registered Psychotherapists are accepted by many insurance plans across Ontario. We also offer affordable psychotherapy provided by Qualifying Psychotherapists under supervision.

The only prerequisite for successful therapy is the desire to change. No matter how challenging or perplexing your circumstances may seem, therapy can help.

Together with your therapist, you’ll embark on a journey of self-discovery. You will learn that you always have a choice and that happiness does not depend on outside circumstances but on the perspectives you adopt.

You will cultivate a deeper connection with your body, learning to listen to its subtle cues and honor its needs.

You’ll also develop the skills for staying grounded in the present moment, seeking support from loved ones, and setting clear boundaries to safeguard your well-being.

Whether you choose to engage with us online or in person, our therapists are committed to providing compassionate support and guidance.

If you are struggling with one or more of the following:

  • Depression and anxiety,
  • addictions/ co-dependency,
  • poor body image,
  • self-esteem issues,
  • abuse and trauma,
  • difficulty coping with chronic physical or mental illness,
  • immigration/culture shock,
  • relationship issues,
  • sexuality, gender, and lifestyle Issues,
  • complex personal issues,
  • underachievement; OR

just a nagging feeling that there is more to life, GoodLife Psychotherapy can help.

Take the first step towards a Good Life
– reach out to us today.

Message from the Clinical Director

Irina Petrova RP DipGIT

Hello, Visitor!

Thank you for giving us an opportunity to become your friends and your supporters.

We are a collective of mental health practitioners based in Ontario, Canada. Our mission is to support and guide you and your loved ones in navigating life’s challenges and achieving greater fulfillment. Whether you’re struggling or simply seeking more from life, we’re here to help!

Our services include:

  • Supervision services and Supervised Affordable Therapy
  • One-on-one Psychotherapy
  • Couples Counseling
  • Counseling for ENM couples and polycules
  • Therapeutic  and Educational Workshops and Groups

Receipts from our Registered Psychotherapists are accepted by many insurance plans across Ontario. We also offer affordable psychotherapy provided by Qualifying Psychotherapists under supervision.

The only prerequisite for successful therapy is the desire to change. No matter how challenging or perplexing your circumstances may seem, therapy can help.

Together with your therapist, you’ll embark on a journey of self-discovery. You will learn that you always have a choice and that happiness does not depend on outside circumstances but on the perspectives you adopt.

You will cultivate a deeper connection with your body, learning to listen to its subtle cues and honor its needs.

 

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You’ll also develop the skills for staying grounded in the present moment, seeking support from loved ones, and setting clear boundaries to safeguard your well-being.

Whether you choose to engage with us online or in person, our therapists are committed to providing compassionate support and guidance.

If you are struggling with one or more of the following:

  • Depression,
  • Anxiety,
  • addictions/ co-dependency,
  • poor body image,
  • self-esteem issues,
  • abuse and trauma,
  • difficulty coping with chronic physical or mental illness,
  • immigration/culture shock,
  • relationship issues,
  • sexuality, gender, and lifestyle Issues,
  • complex personal issues,
  • underachievement; OR just a nagging feeling that there is more to life, Good Life Psychotherapy can help.

Get in Touch:

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OUR VALUES

OUR SERVICES

OUR TEAM

ANNOUNCEMENTS

ANNOUNCEMENTS

OPENINGS AND REFERRALS

We are currently looking for RP(Q) and interns with one the following qualifications:

  • trained and interested in working with children,
  • able to provide therapy in one of the following languages:
    • Ukrainian
    • French
    • Farsi
    • Hebrew
    • Arabic
    • Chinese
  • if you are a student,  finishing your course, or an RP(Q), who is interested in supervision, and do not have any of these qualifications, we would still like to hear from you!  The most important qualification is your enthusiasm and desire to learn.

INTRODUCTION TO GESTALT THERAPY FOR PROFESSIONALS

Gestalt therapy is a holistic and experiential approach to psychotherapy that focuses on the here and now, emphasizing personal responsibility and awareness of the present moment. In this workshop, we will explore Gestalt therapy’s key concepts and techniques to provide you with a foundational understanding of this powerful therapeutic approach.

Throughout the workshop, you will learn about:

  1. Gestalt therapy’s origins and theoretical foundations, including its roots in existentialism, phenomenology, and Gestalt psychology.
  2. The importance of awareness, contact, and relationship in the therapeutic process.
  3. Techniques such as the empty chair, the two-chair technique, and role-playing to help clients explore unresolved issues and conflicts.
  4. The emphasis on the integration of body, mind, and emotions in the therapeutic process.
  5. How to apply Gestalt principles in your personal and professional life.

Through a combination of didactic instruction, experiential exercises, and group discussions, you will have the opportunity to deepen your understanding of Gestalt therapy and its applications in various settings.

This workshop is suitable for mental health professionals, students, coaches, or anyone interested in learning about Gestalt Therapy.

If requested, a Certificate of Completion of 12 hours of Professional Development is issued to the participants.

 Dates and Times:

July 20, 27, August 3 an 10, 2024 from 10 am to 1 pm with a 30 min lunch break

Facilitator: Irina Petrova RP DipGIT

Location:  Coloured Soul Yoga and Wellness, 2 Willingdon Blvd., Toronto, ON

Early Bird Fee till July 1, 2024: $200 plus HST

Full fee: $250 plus HST

PEER SUPERVISION GROUP FOR GESTALT THERAPISTS

CONTACTFUL MONDAYS is an online peer supervision group. It is free of charge.

We meet every two weeks online for a 1.5h to discuss cases and other professional challenges, and to support each other.

We also meet in person in Toronto approximately every two months for a hot seat meeting and a lunch. During the hot seat we engage in a “round robin” hot seat encounters, so that each one of us gets to be once a client, and once a therapist. After every hot seat encounter, we give feedback to each other.

If you a practicing therapist, registered or qualifying, who is Gestalt trained, you are welcome to apply to join us.

The group is run by consensus. When you apply, we will invite you to the group for a friendly chat, and collectively decide if you are a good fit.

 

Contact us for more information:

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OUR TEAM

IRINA PETROVA RP DipGIT

Clinical Director

Psychotherapist and Supervisor

Hello, my name is Irina Petrova.

Before becoming a psychotherapist, I’d had many experiences, including motherhood, immigration, and a corporate career.  I decided to become a therapist in my 40s after battling serious depression with the help of an amazing therapist. “It would be so wonderful to be able to help people the same way my therapist helped me” – I thought.

Also, I often emotionally supported friends and family members and was consistently told that I was a good listener. This experience was very fulfilling for me and became an additional argument in favor of changing professions and becoming a therapist.

So, when my daughter finished high school and left for university, I started my psychotherapy education and training at the Gestalt Institute of Toronto and never looked back!

I started practicing in 2008, and after 16 years of full-time practice, being a therapist is still very fulfilling. It feels like that is what I came to this planet to do; it feels like home.

I believe in the human spirit, in free will (research be damned!), compassion, creativity, resilience, personal response-ability, i.e., in the ability to respond to life challenges in a responsible way, and in everyone’s potential for healing and growth.

I am passionate about supporting my clients to do better in life and witnessing them flourish and accomplish new things.

I am proud of my clients’ many personal and professional accomplishments while in treatment with me. Many relationships were started, saved, or improved, and a significant number of babies were born during or after the treatment; works of art were created, TED talks were given, businesses were started and expanded, lives were rebuilt after difficult struggles, and equanimity was found while in therapy with me.

My therapeutic style is rooted in Gestalt, Psychodynamic approach, and Mindfulness. In addition, I am trained in CBT and DBT approaches and widely use them in my therapy practice. I provide couples counseling using the psychodynamic approach, IMAGO, and Non-violent Communication. I particularly enjoy working with couples engaged in Ethical Non-monogamy lifestyles.

I work from the anti-oppressive framework and create a safe healing space for my clients. My work is trauma-informed. I emphasize trust and warm relationships with my clients and support people in making lasting, meaningful changes through self-awareness. My style is respectful, honest, and compassionate.

My  Areas of Expertise are:

  • Supervision
  • Group therapy
  • Couples Counseling/ENM Couples Counseling
  • Trauma Recovery (including PTSD)
  • Mood Disorders & Anxiety
  • Chronic Pain Management
  • Gender Identity & Sexuality
  • Grief & Loss
  • Addiction & Recovery
  • Immigration/Culture shock.

Several years ago, after practicing for many years, I decided that it was time to share my knowledge and my passion with new therapists. I took a CRPO-approved supervision course and became a supervisor. I find supervising qualifying therapists to be a very interesting and fulfilling experience. I provide support and share my knowledge in all areas of psychotherapeutic practice, including client work and all CRPO-compliant practices, such as professional ethics and safe use of self, marketing, and collaboration with other professionals. In return, I also learn from my supervisees, who share their perspectives and life experiences with me.

I offer one-on-one, couples therapy, groups, supervision, and workshops for professionals and the general public.

I deliver psychotherapeutic services in English and Russian.

I mostly work online, but also see clients in my home office in Hamilton, Ontario.

Thank you for considering me as your therapist or supervisor. I hope to hear from you soon, and if not – my best wishes on your journey!

MARINA FORD MEd RP DipGIT

Psychotherapist and Supervisor

Marina Ford is a compassionate and knowledgeable integrative psychotherapist committed to helping you navigate life’s challenges and empowering you to reach your full potential. 

Marina Ford’s journey as an integrative psychotherapist is fueled by her diverse academic background and rich life experiences. She holds registrations with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) and is a proud member of the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists (OACCPP).

Her academic pursuits have taken a diverse path. She has two bachelor’s degrees from the University of Toronto, the first a Bachelor of Science and the second a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) with a strong focus on Indigenous studies, ethics, and spirituality.

In 2004, Marina embarked on a transformative journey at the Gestalt Institute of Toronto. This program not only equipped her with the skills to professionally address emotional challenges but also emphasized the power of experiential learning. By immersing herself in the process and developing self-awareness, Marina discovered the profound impact of experiences over mere words when working with others.

Fueling her passion further, Marina pursued a master’s degree in Education through the indigenous stream at York University, graduating in 2022. Armed with this extensive education and diverse background, Marina offers counseling services to clients facing complex issues such as PTSD, emotional crises, abandonment, self-esteem struggles, neglect, and the effects of physical, mental, and sexual abuse. Her expertise extends to concurrent disorders of mental health and addiction, ensuring comprehensive support for her clients.

Guided by a holistic philosophy, Marina acknowledges the interconnectedness of mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. She facilitates the healing process by empowering individuals to discover their own truth and express it with confidence, fostering honest and compassionate communication.

ELENA KORBOUT MA RP(Q)

Psychotherapist

“Take a deep breath. Inhale peace. Exhale happiness.”- A.D. Posey

Hello! My name is Elena Korbout, and I am a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying).

As a child, it came instinctively to me to be a kind-hearted, altruistic, and compassionate person. In high school, I realized that I have a gift for being attentive to others’ worries and have the ability to sense other people’s emotions. However, it took many years to accept my gift and decide to become a counselor. My previous long-term career plans were in the architectural Interior design sector. As an experienced educator, I finally realized that I could combine my personal and professional life journeys by becoming a therapist. As a consequence of the above, I build up a sincere interest in the well-being and happiness of all people, regardless of their cultural or ethnic background. In April 2024, I gained a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University, a valuable and comprehensive start to assisting people in the existing reality.

I believe in the ability to harmonize, assimilate, and remain flexible and adaptable, which could help one prevail over unpredicted challenges and ultimately flourish.

Through my work, I am passionate about making a difference in people’s lives since therapy helps me show my clients how to overcome trauma, start the healing process, and get back their motivations.

I am proud of my clients’ progress and happy faces. Their dedication amazes me and inspires me to put my competence, heart, and soul into it.

My therapeutic style is in the CBT and Psychodynamic approach.

In addition, I am certified in:

  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction,
  • Brain health and an Integrative Approach for Anxiety Disorders,
  • Bipolar Disorder in Children and Adolescents,
  • Sleep Disorders,
  • Mental Health and Aging,
  • Depression,
  • Chronic Pain: An Integrative Approach to Effective Pain Management,
  • Alzheimer’s Disease: Mysteries and Possibilities,
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD),
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder,
  • Substance Abuse–Recognition, Intervention, and Prevention,
  • Suicide Assessment, Treatment, and Prevention.

I offer one-on-one, couples therapy, and art therapy groups. I work with culture shock, neurodiversity, trauma/PTSD, Stages of Grief, the Grieving Process, fatigue, agoraphobia, hopelessness, and certain addictions.

I provide therapy in English and Russian.

Thank you for considering me as a potential therapist. I hope to hear from you soon, and if not – my best wishes on your journey!

RHEA RATHESHI MA RP(Q)

Psychotherapist

Hi, my name is Rhea Rathesh!

I received my bachelors degree in Biomedical Life Science with a minor in Psychology from the University of Waterloo and have a diploma in Addictions and Mental Health. My therapeutic career started out at an addictions centre here in Toronto, where I mainly worked with people who dual diagnosed with a mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety or other mood related disorders and addictions. Currently, I am a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) completing my internship at Good Life Psychotherapy.

From these and personal experiences I’ve come to understand that life is a constantly evolving journey and I realize that facing its challenges can sometimes make us feel alone and overwhelmed. As a psychotherapist, I want to be your supportive companion, offering a listening presence while providing tools to help you build strategies and skills to take agency and control of your mental health and well-being.

I am passionate about creating a safe space where clients can explore their emotions, thoughts, and behaviours, and develop effective strategies for lasting change. By drawing upon a range of evidence based, therapeutic approaches, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Internal Family System (IFS) and mindfulness-based techniques, I help identify and transform unhelpful thoughts and behaviours that may be hindering your overall health.

I am incredibly proud of the progress my clients have made, and it fills me with joy to witness their resilience and growth as they navigate life’s challenges. Many have developed coping mechanisms, improved their mental health, and boosted their self-confidence, achieving both personal and professional milestones along the way. It is truly heartwarming to see my clients build the quality of life they desire and deserve.

My therapeutic style is client-centered, trauma-informed, and solution-focused. I believe in collaboration and teamwork, considering cultural, biological, psychological, and social factors to ensure our therapy is relevant and effective. Creating a warm, compassionate, and non-judgmental environment is important to me, as it fosters trust, empathy, and open communication. By recognizing and building on your strengths and resilience, I aim to foster your motivation and instill a sense of empowerment.

I offer individual therapy for children, teens, and adults, using an evidence-based and holistic approach centered around the mind-body-spirit connection. Together, we can address issues such as stress, anxiety, motivation, trauma/PTSD, grief and loss, addiction, immigration/culture shock, and/or intergenerational trauma.

It’s a privilege to support you on your journey to better mental health and well-being!

AIMEE CHOUINARD RP(Q)

Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

Hello! My name is Aimee and I am a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying).

I believe in turning lemons into lemonade!  A major trauma at the age of 25 impacted my life immensely and created and transformed the direction forever. This event cast a shadow over my existence and ultimately influenced me to choose psychology as a career. I continue to question and be inspired by everything within the field of psychology and have decided to not settle for the face value of life. My own traumatic experiences have allowed me to find my calling and now I am able to support, inspire, and advocate for others to find their truth(s).

I am proud of the type of clinician I am becoming. While growing up, and throughout school I realized that inequalities and inequities shape our society. I want to step outside of the box and find the gaps within the mental health field in order to provide care. My education has afforded me the opportunity to criticize underrepresented themes in psychology and I want to be an inroad to the marginalized, racially profiled, high-risk youth, people suffering with borderline personality disorder, male offenders and individuals from different walks of life.

My therapy style is not limited to one modality. I am able to work from a multi-disciplinary background in order to ensure that my client’s needs are met. I have most of my experience using D.B.T. – Dialectical Behavioural Therapy both individually and in group settings for people diagnosed with Boarderline Personality Disorder.

At this point in time I am only offering individual therapy

Thank you for considering me as a potential therapist. I hope to hear from you soon, and if not – my best wishes on your journey!

Would you like to talk to a therapist? Let us know!

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OUR SERVICES

ONE-ON-ONE THERAPY

One-on-one psychotherapy is sometimes called “talk therapy,” and it does look like a conversation between two people. It is a healing modality, however, and not a simple conversation. A therapist offers a safe space, unconditional positive regard, skillful mirroring, and guidance. The main goal of this endeavor is to heal and grow. Heal wounds that rob us of our courage and authenticity and keep us in the old comfort zone that we have already outgrown but are too afraid to leave.  Grow into self-awareness and a greater understanding of the World and our place in it.

How it looks is unique to each person. It takes courage, patience, resilience, and trust. It is difficult, but it’s worth the pain.

At Good Life Psychotherapy, two experienced registered psychotherapists offer this service: Irina Petrova RP and Marina Ford RP.

Also, qualifying, highly educated, and enthusiastic therapists offer the same service for a significantly lower rate.

We use psycho-dynamic approach, mindfulness, cognitive-behavioral therapy and other modalities in our work. You can learn more about the approach of the each therapist by visiting their profile.

We work online and in several physical locations in North Toronto, downtown Toronto, Etobicoke, and Hamilton. Physical locations are specific to the therapist you choose. You can check the locations on the therapist’s card. Visit the “Our Team” section to find out more.

The full price for one-on-one therapy with a Registered Psychotherapist is in the range of $150 – $170 CAD.  Affordable therapy ranges in price from $50 to $70 CAD, depending on the experience of the qualifying psychotherapist, and have a sliding scale based on financial need.

Your insurance plan might cover the services of Registered Psychotherapists. We also have limited PRO BONO (FREE) placements with qualifying and experienced therapists.

Please visit the “Our Team” section to find out more.

AFFORDABLE SUPERVISED THERAPY

Choosing a qualifying supervised therapist can be a more affordable option, especially if you have limited financial resources and no access to extended insurance coverage.

While the therapist may be less experienced, their enthusiasm and dedication to their profession are unmatched.

The advantage of working with a supervised therapist is that they receive guidance and support from an experienced practitioner who oversees their work. Knowing that there is a seasoned professional available for consultation and assistance can provide clients with added confidence and reassurance.

Good Life Psychotherapy offers affordable one-on-one therapy sessions with a qualified therapist for $50 CAD, which is an all-inclusive rate.

SUPERVISION

Our senior Registered Psychotherapists offer dyadic and group supervision for qualifying psychotherapists.

In addition, we offer professional development workshops that are suitable for students, qualifying and registered psychotherapists alike.

The goal of our supervision work together is to support qualifying therapists and to help them grow and develop as a Registered Psychotherapist.

The Purpose, Goals and Objectives of Supervision are:

  • to safeguard the welfare of the client
  • to discuss the direction of therapy and the therapeutic relationship
  • to enhance the Supervisee’s safe and effective use of self in the therapeutic relationship
  • to meet the College registration requirement for supervision
  • to promote the professional growth of the Supervisee

Please, contact us for details regarding this opportunity.

 

COUPLES COUNSELING

Couples counseling, also known as couples therapy or marriage counseling, is a specialized form of therapy designed to help couples improve their relationship, resolve conflicts, and enhance their communication skills. Whether couples are experiencing specific issues or simply want to strengthen their bond, couples counseling provides a supportive and constructive environment to address concerns and work towards shared goals.

At GoodLife Psychotherapy we combine Gestalt therapy principles with Nonviolent Communication (NVC) techniques and Imago Relationship Therapy approach which can offer a rich and effective framework for couples counseling.

The full price for a 1.5h couples counseling session with an RP is $225.00, and with a qualifying therapist is $105.00.

ENM COUPLES COUNSELING

At Good Life Psychotherapy we offer counselling for couples and polycules that practice Ethical Non-monogamy. We combine Gestalt therapy principles with Nonviolent Communication (NVC) techniques and the Imago Relationship Therapy approach can offer a rich and effective framework for ENM couples counseling.

Ethical non-monogamy is a relationship style where individuals have consensual, romantic, or sexual relationships with more than one partner simultaneously, with the knowledge and agreement of all parties involved. It’s based on open communication, honesty, trust, and mutual respect among all partners. Here are some common forms of ethical non-monogamy:

1. **Polyamory**: This involves having multiple romantic relationships with the full knowledge and consent of everyone involved. Polyamorous relationships can take many forms, including triads (three people), quads (four people), or networks of interconnected relationships.

2. **Open Relationships**: In an open relationship, partners agree that they are free to engage in sexual or romantic relationships with other people outside of their primary relationship. However, the primary relationship remains the central focus.

3. **Swinging**: Swinging typically involves couples engaging in sexual activities with other couples or individuals as a recreational or social activity. Unlike polyamory, swinging usually prioritizes sexual interactions over emotional connections.

4. **Relationship Anarchy**: Relationship anarchists reject hierarchical structures within relationships and prioritize individual autonomy and freedom. They believe in forming connections based on mutual compatibility and consent rather than adhering to traditional relationship norms.

Ethical non-monogamy requires clear communication, negotiation of boundaries, and a high degree of emotional intelligence and self-awareness from all parties involved. It’s not inherently better or worse than monogamy; rather, it’s simply a different way of approaching relationships that works for some people but not others. The key is that all relationships are consensual, transparent, and based on the needs and desires of the individuals involved.

The full price for a 1.5h couples counseling session is $225.00.

GROUPS AND WORKSHOPS

Would you like to learn more? Let us know!

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Commitment to Our Clients

 

  • Autonomy: we value our clients’ autonomy and right to make their own choices. We work in a dialogue with our clients, acknowledging and respecting their perspectives and taking risks together.
  • Creativity: We value the creative process inherent in all of us in the
    Here and Now and engage in it with our clients.
  • Empathy: we strive to empathize with our clients’ feelings and experiences.
  • Acceptance: we cultivate and practice acceptance and unconditional positive regard for our clients. This means valuing clients’ humanity, regardless of their thoughts, behaviors, or experiences.
  • Empowerment: We focus on clients’ strengths and resilience and help them become the best versions of themselves.
  • Response-ability: We help our clients to develop Response-Ability, i.e., the ability to respond to the challenges and needs of the present moment.

Commitment to Ethical Practice

 

  • Strict Confidentiality, which is essential to creating a safe and trusting environment.
  • Informed Consent: we ensure that clients understand the nature of therapy, its goals, and potential risks before engaging in the therapeutic process.
  • Professional Development: we engage in ongoing education and professional development and stay informed about the latest research, therapeutic techniques, and ethical standards to provide the best possible care for our clients.
  • Cultural Competence and Sensitivity: we recognize and value clients’ diversity, including their cultural backgrounds, beliefs, and values. We strive to be culturally competent, and our approach is inclusive and respectful.

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Our Values

Commitment to Our Clients

 

  • Autonomy: we value our clients’ autonomy and right to make their own choices. We work in a dialogue with our clients, acknowledging and respecting their perspectives and taking risks together.
  • Creativity: We value the creative process inherent in all of us in the
    Here and Now and engage in it with our clients.
  • Empathy: we strive to empathize with our clients’ feelings and experiences.
  • Acceptance: we cultivate and practice acceptance and unconditional positive regard for our clients. This means valuing clients’ humanity, regardless of their thoughts, behaviors, or experiences.
  • Empowerment: We focus on clients’ strengths and resilience and help them become the best versions of themselves.
  • Response-ability: We help our clients to develop Response-Ability, i.e., the ability to respond to the challenges and needs of the present moment.

Commitment to Ethical Practice

 

  • Strict Confidentiality, which is essential to creating a safe and trusting environment.
  • Informed Consent: we ensure that clients understand the nature of therapy, its goals, and potential risks before engaging in the therapeutic process.
  • Professional Development: we engage in ongoing education and professional development and stay informed about the latest research, therapeutic techniques, and ethical standards to provide the best possible care for our clients.
  • Cultural Competence and Sensitivity: we recognize and value clients’ diversity, including their cultural backgrounds, beliefs, and values. We strive to be culturally competent, and our approach is inclusive and respectful.

Our Services

ONE-ON-ONE PSYCHOTHERAPY

One-on-one psychotherapy is sometimes called “talk therapy,” and it does look like a conversation between two people. It is a healing modality, however, and not a simple conversation. A therapist offers a safe space, unconditional positive regard, skillful mirroring, and guidance. The main goal of this endeavor is to heal and grow. Heal wounds that rob us of our courage and authenticity and keep us in the old comfort zone that we have already outgrown but are too afraid to leave.  Grow into self-awareness and a greater understanding of the World and our place in it.

How it looks is unique to each person. It takes courage, patience, resilience, and trust. It is difficult, but it’s worth the pain.

We use psycho-dynamic approach, mindfulness, cognitive-behavioral therapy and other modalities in our work. You can learn more about the approach of the each therapist by visiting their profile.

At Good Life Psychotherapy, two experienced registered psychotherapists offer this service: Irina Petrova RP and Marina Ford RP.

Also, qualifying, highly educated, and enthusiastic therapists offer the same service for a significantly lower rate.

We work online and in several physical locations in North Toronto, downtown Toronto, Etobicoke, and Hamilton. Physical locations are specific to the therapist you choose. You can check the locations on the therapist’s card. Visit the “Our Team” section to find out more.

The full price for one-on-one therapy with a Registered Psychotherapist is in the range of $150 – $170 CAD.  Affordable therapy ranges in price from $50 to $70 CAD, depending on the experience of the qualifying psychotherapist, and have a sliding scale based on financial need.

Your insurance plan might cover the services of Registered Psychotherapists.

We also have limited PRO BONO (FREE) placements with qualifying and experienced therapists.

Please visit the “Our Team” section to find out more.

 

AFFORDABLE SUPERVISED ONE-ON-ONE PSYCHOTHERAPY

Choosing a qualifying supervised therapist can be a more affordable option, especially if you have limited financial resources and no access to extended insurance coverage.

While the therapist may be less experienced, their enthusiasm and dedication to their profession are unmatched.

The advantage of working with a supervised therapist is that they receive guidance and support from an experienced practitioner who oversees their work. Knowing that there is a seasoned professional available for consultation and assistance can provide clients with added confidence and reassurance.

Good Life Psychotherapy offers affordable one-on-one therapy sessions with a qualified therapist for $50 CAD, which is an all-inclusive rate.

COUPLES COUNSELING/ ENM COUPLES COUNSELING

Couples counseling, also known as couples therapy or marriage counseling, is a specialized form of therapy designed to help couples improve their relationship, resolve conflicts, and enhance their communication skills. Whether couples are experiencing specific issues or simply want to strengthen their bond, couples counseling provides a supportive and constructive environment to address concerns and work towards shared goals.

At Good Life Psychotherapy we combine Gestalt therapy principles with Nonviolent Communication (NVC) techniques and Imago Relationship Therapy approach which can offer a rich and effective framework for couples counseling.

We also offer couple counseling to couples practicing Ethical Non-monogamy lifestyle.

The full price for a 1.5h couples counseling session is $225.00 with an RT and $105.00 with a qualifying therapist.

GROUPS AND WORKSHOPS

Good Life Psychotherapy offers  number of workshops for the general public and for professionals as well as therapy groups.

Here are the current offerings:

 

SUPERVISION

 

Our senior Registered Psychotherapists offer dyadic and group supervision for qualifying psychotherapists.

In addition, we offer professional development workshops that are suitable for students, qualifying and registered psychotherapists alike.

The goal of our supervision work together is to support qualifying therapists and to help them grow and develop as a Registered Psychotherapist.

The Purpose, Goals and Objectives of Supervision are:

  • to safeguard the welfare of the client
  • to discuss the direction of therapy and the therapeutic relationship
  • to enhance the Supervisee’s safe and effective use of self in the therapeutic relationship
  • to meet the College registration requirement for supervision
  • to promote the professional growth of the Supervisee

Please, contact us for details regarding this opportunity.

 

 

More questions? Write to us:

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Our Team

IRINA PETROVA RP DipGIT

Clinical Director

Psychotherapist and Supervisor

Hello, my name is Irina Petrova.

Before becoming a psychotherapist, I’d had many experiences, including motherhood, immigration, and a corporate career.  I decided to become a therapist in my 40s after battling serious depression with the help of an amazing therapist. “It would be so wonderful to be able to help people the same way my therapist helped me” – I thought.

Also, I often emotionally supported friends and family members and was consistently told that I was a good listener. This experience was very fulfilling for me and became an additional argument in favor of changing professions and becoming a therapist.

So, when my daughter finished high school and left for university, I started my psychotherapy education and training at the Gestalt Institute of Toronto and never looked back!

I started practicing in 2008, and after 16 years of full-time practice, being a therapist is still very fulfilling. It feels like that is what I came to this planet to do; it feels like home.

I believe in the human spirit, in free will (research be damned!), compassion, creativity, resilience, personal response-ability, i.e., in the ability to respond to life challenges in a responsible way, and in everyone’s potential for healing and growth.

I am passionate about supporting my clients to do better in life and witnessing them flourish and accomplish new things.

I am proud of my clients’ many personal and professional accomplishments while in treatment with me. Many relationships were started, saved, or improved, and a significant number of babies were born during or after the treatment; works of art were created, TED talks were given, businesses were started and expanded, lives were rebuilt after difficult struggles, and equanimity was found while in therapy with me.

My therapeutic style is rooted in Gestalt, Psychodynamic approach, and Mindfulness. In addition, I am trained in CBT and DBT approaches and widely use them in my therapy practice. I provide couples counseling using the psychodynamic approach, IMAGO, and Non-violent Communication. I particularly enjoy working with couples engaged in Ethical Non-monogamy lifestyles.

I work from the anti-oppressive framework and create a safe healing space for my clients. My work is trauma-informed. I emphasize trust and warm relationships with my clients and support people in making lasting, meaningful changes through self-awareness. My style is respectful, honest, and compassionate.

My  Areas of Expertise are:

  • Supervision
  • Group therapy
  • Couples Counseling/ENM Couples Counseling
  • Trauma Recovery (including PTSD)
  • Mood Disorders & Anxiety
  • Chronic Pain Management
  • Gender Identity & Sexuality
  • Grief & Loss
  • Addiction & Recovery
  • Immigration/Culture shock.

Several years ago, after practicing for many years, I decided that it was time to share my knowledge and my passion with new therapists. I took a CRPO-approved supervision course and became a supervisor. I find supervising qualifying therapists to be a very interesting and fulfilling experience. I provide support and share my knowledge in all areas of psychotherapeutic practice, including client work and all CRPO-compliant practices, such as professional ethics and safe use of self, marketing, and collaboration with other professionals. In return, I also learn from my supervisees, who share their perspectives and life experiences with me.

I offer one-on-one, couples therapy, groups, supervision, and workshops for professionals and the general public.

I deliver psychotherapeutic services in English and Russian.

Thank you for considering me as your therapist or supervisor. I hope to hear from you soon, and if not – my best wishes on your journey!

MARINA FORD MEd RP DipGIT

Psychotherapist and Supervisor

Marina Ford is a compassionate and knowledgeable integrative psychotherapist committed to helping you navigate life’s challenges and empowering you to reach your full potential. Learn more about her services here.

Marina Ford’s journey as an integrative psychotherapist is fuelled by her diverse academic background and rich life experiences. She holds registrations with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) and is a proud member of the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists (OACCPP).

Her academic pursuits have taken a diverse path. She has two bachelor’s degrees from the University of Toronto, the first a Bachelor of Science and the second a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) with a strong focus on Indigenous studies, ethics, and spirituality.

In 2004, Marina embarked on a transformative journey at the Gestalt Institute of Toronto. This program not only equipped her with the skills to professionally address emotional challenges but also emphasized the power of experiential learning. By immersing herself in the process and developing self-awareness, Marina discovered the profound impact of experiences over mere words when working with others.

Fueling her passion further, Marina pursued a master’s degree in Education through the indigenous stream at York University, graduating in 2022. Armed with this extensive education and diverse background, Marina offers counseling services to clients facing complex issues such as PTSD, emotional crises, abandonment, self-esteem struggles, neglect, and the effects of physical, mental, and sexual abuse. Her expertise extends to concurrent disorders of mental health and addiction, ensuring comprehensive support for her clients.

Guided by a holistic philosophy, Marina acknowledges the interconnectedness of mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. She facilitates the healing process by empowering individuals to discover their own truth and express it with confidence, fostering honest and compassionate communication.

ELENA KORBOUT MA RP(Q)

Psychotherapist

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Hello! My name is Elena Korbout, and I am a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying).

As a child, it came instinctively to me to be a kind-hearted, altruistic, and compassionate person. In high school, I realized that I have a gift for being attentive to others’ worries and have the ability to sense other people’s emotions. However, it took many years to accept my gift and decide to become a counselor. My previous long-term career plans were in the architectural Interior design sector. As an experienced educator, I finally realized that I could combine my personal and professional life journeys by becoming a therapist. As a consequence of the above, I build up a sincere interest in the well-being and happiness of all people, regardless of their cultural or ethnic background. In April 2024, I gained a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University, a valuable and comprehensive start to assisting people in the existing reality.

I believe in the ability to harmonize, assimilate, and remain flexible and adaptable, which could help one prevail over unpredicted challenges and ultimately flourish.

Through my work, I am passionate about making a difference in people’s lives since therapy helps me show my clients how to overcome trauma, start the healing process, and get back their motivations.

I am proud of my clients’ progress and happy faces. Their dedication amazes me and inspires me to put my competence, heart, and soul into it.

My therapeutic style is in the CBT and Psychodynamic approach.

In addition, I am certified in:

  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction,
  • Brain health and an Integrative Approach for Anxiety Disorders,
  • Bipolar Disorder in Children and Adolescents,
  • Sleep Disorders,
  • Mental Health and Aging,
  • Depression,
  • Chronic Pain: An Integrative Approach to Effective Pain Management,
  • Alzheimer’s Disease: Mysteries and Possibilities,
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD),
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder,
  • Substance Abuse–Recognition, Intervention, and Prevention,
  • Suicide Assessment, Treatment, and Prevention.

I offer one-on-one, couples therapy, and art therapy groups. I work with culture shock, neurodiversity, trauma/PTSD, Stages of Grief, the Grieving Process, fatigue, agoraphobia, hopelessness, and certain addictions.

I provide therapy in English and Russian.

Thank you for considering me as a potential therapist. I hope to hear from you soon, and if not – my best wishes on your journey!

RHEA RATHESH MA RP(Q)

 

Psychotherapist

Hi, my name is Rhea Rathesh!

I received my bachelors degree in Biomedical Life Science with a minor in Psychology from the University of Waterloo and have a diploma in Addictions and Mental Health. My therapeutic career started out at an addictions centre here in Toronto, where I mainly worked with people who dual diagnosed with a mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety or other mood related disorders and addictions. Currently, I am a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) completing my internship at Good Life Psychotherapy.

From these and personal experiences I’ve come to understand that life is a constantly evolving journey and I realize that facing its challenges can sometimes make us feel alone and overwhelmed. As a psychotherapist, I want to be your supportive companion, offering a listening presence while providing tools to help you build strategies and skills to take agency and control of your mental health and well-being.

I am passionate about creating a safe space where clients can explore their emotions, thoughts, and behaviours, and develop effective strategies for lasting change. By drawing upon a range of evidence based, therapeutic approaches, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Internal Family System (IFS) and mindfulness-based techniques, I help identify and transform unhelpful thoughts and behaviours that may be hindering your overall health.

I am incredibly proud of the progress my clients have made, and it fills me with joy to witness their resilience and growth as they navigate life’s challenges. Many have developed coping mechanisms, improved their mental health, and boosted their self-confidence, achieving both personal and professional milestones along the way. It is truly heartwarming to see my clients build the quality of life they desire and deserve.

My therapeutic style is client-centered, trauma-informed, and solution-focused. I believe in collaboration and teamwork, considering cultural, biological, psychological, and social factors to ensure our therapy is relevant and effective. Creating a warm, compassionate, and non-judgmental environment is important to me, as it fosters trust, empathy, and open communication. By recognizing and building on your strengths and resilience, I aim to foster your motivation and instil a sense of empowerment.

I offer individual therapy for children, teens, and adults, using an evidence-based and holistic approach centred around the mind-body-spirit connection. Together, we can address issues such as stress, anxiety, motivation, trauma/PTSD, grief and loss, addiction, immigration/culture shock, and/or intergenerational trauma.

It’s a privilege to support you on your journey to better mental health and well-being!

AIMEE CHOUINARD RP(Q)

 

 

Psychotherapist

Hello! My name is Aimee and I am a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying).

I believe in turning lemons into lemonade!  A major trauma at the age of 25 impacted my life immensely and created and transformed the direction forever. This event cast a shadow over my existence and ultimately influenced me to choose psychology as a career. I continue to question and be inspired by everything within the field of psychology and have decided to not settle for the face value of life. My own traumatic experiences have allowed me to find my calling and now I am able to support, inspire, and advocate for others to find their truth(s).

I am proud of the type of clinician I am becoming. While growing up, and throughout school I realized that inequalities and inequities shape our society. I want to step outside of the box and find the gaps within the mental health field in order to provide care. My education has afforded me the opportunity to criticize underrepresented themes in psychology and I want to be an inroad to the marginalized, racially profiled, high-risk youth, people suffering with borderline personality disorder, male offenders and individuals from different walks of life.

My therapy style is not limited to one modality. I am able to work from a multi-disciplinary background in order to ensure that my client’s needs are met. I have most of my experience using D.B.T. – Dialectical Behavioural Therapy both individually and in group settings for people diagnosed with Boarderline Personality Disorder. At this point in time I am only offering individual therapy

Thank you for considering me as a potential therapist. I hope to hear from you soon, and if not – my best wishes on your journey!

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

OPENINGS AND REFERRALS

We are currently looking for RP(Q) and interns with one the following qualifications:

  • trained and interested in working with children,
  • able to provide therapy in one of the following languages:
    • Ukrainian
    • French
    • Farsi
    • Hebrew
    • Arabic
    • Chinese
  • if you are a student,  finishing your course, or an RP(Q), who is interested in supervision, and do not have any of these qualifications, we would still like to hear from you!  The most important qualification is your enthusiasm and desire to learn.

INTRODUCTION TO GESTALT THERAPY FOR PROFESSIONALS

Gestalt therapy is a holistic and experiential approach to psychotherapy that focuses on the here and now, emphasizing personal responsibility and awareness of the present moment. In this workshop, we will explore Gestalt therapy’s key concepts and techniques to provide you with a foundational understanding of this powerful therapeutic approach.

Throughout the workshop, you will learn about:

  1. Gestalt therapy’s origins and theoretical foundations, including its roots in existentialism, phenomenology, and Gestalt psychology.
  2. The importance of awareness, contact, and relationship in the therapeutic process.
  3. Techniques such as the empty chair, the two-chair technique, and role-playing to help clients explore unresolved issues and conflicts.
  4. The emphasis on the integration of body, mind, and emotions in the therapeutic process.
  5. How to apply Gestalt principles in your personal and professional life.

Through a combination of didactic instruction, experiential exercises, and group discussions, you will have the opportunity to deepen your understanding of Gestalt therapy and its applications in various settings.

This workshop is suitable for mental health professionals, students, coaches, or anyone interested in learning about Gestalt Therapy.

If requested, a Certificate of Completion of 12 hours of Professional Development is issued to the participants.

 Dates and Times:

July 20, 27, August 3 an 10, 2024 from 10 am to 1 pm with a 30 min lunch break

Facilitator: Irina Petrova RP DipGIT

Location:  Coloured Soul Yoga and Wellness, 2 Willingdon Blvd., Toronto, ON

Early Bird Fee till July 1, 2024: $200 plus HST

Full fee: $250 plus HST

PEER SUPERVISION GROUP FOR GESTALT THERAPISTS

CONTACTFUL MONDAYS is an online peer supervision group. It is free of charge.

We meet every two weeks online for an 1.5h to discuss cases, and other professional challenges, and to support each other.

We also meet in person in Toronto approximately every two months for a hot seat meeting and a lunch. During the hot seat we engage in a “round robin” hot seat encounters, so that each one of us gets to be once a client, and once a therapist. After every hot seat encounter, we give feedback to each other.

If you a practicing therapist – registered or qualifying, who in Gestalt trained, you are welcome to apply to join us.

The group is run by consensus. When you apply, we will invite you to the group for a friendly chat, and collectively decide if you are a good fit.

 

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