Counselling & Psychotherapy

Welcome to my psychotherapy practice.  After you have visited my website, I would be pleased to speak with you and answer any questions you have about working together.

My approach to psychotherapy combines four main treatment options, depending on your needs and goals: psychoanalytic psychotherapy, brief psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), and solution focused counselling.  When we meet  and begin to understand what your needs are, we will work together to determine the best treatment plan for you.

Some of the issues I am experienced working with include:

Personality disorders
Depression
Anxiety
Complex Developmental Trauma
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Sexual assault & rape
Victims of violent crime
Substance abuse & addictions
Family conflict & dysfunction
Crisis Intervention
LGBT and gender identity issues
Bereavement
Relationship issues
Infidelity
Life transitions
Stress management, compassion fatigue, burn out
Development of emotional intelligence
Financial stress, personal values and lifestyle issues

Dr. Donna Reist, PhD., C.Psych.
Registered Psychologist

Types of Psychotherapy

Psychoanalytic and psychodynamic psychotherapy are both commonly referred to as ‘talk therapy’ and are based on psychoanalytic principles. These therapies focus on how your experiences in life have molded who you are; both your strengths and unique capacities, as well as those aspects of yourself that seem to get in your way. Psychoanalytic psychotherapies are particularly recommended for persistent depression and anxiety, personality disorders, a history of trauma, repeated self-destructive patterns of behaviour and expectations, etc. Successful outcomes typically include resolution of past traumas, self-awareness, a stronger sense of self, emotional relief and increased comfort with emotions, improved relationships with others, and greater social and professional confidence, to name a few.  Brief psychodynamic psychotherapy is a good option for those lacking complex problems but who wish to gain personal insight and resolve specific problems.  Psychoanalytic psychotherapy is typically a bigger commitment, in that therapy may last for a few years and the frequency of sessions ranges from 1- 5 times per week, depending on your needs.

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) assists with symptom management of a wide range of disorders including depression, anxiety disorders, addictions, and low self-esteem.  Sessions may be frequent or infrequent.

Solution focused counselling is designed to help you create a vision for how to solve a specific problem.   If you are not looking for therapy, but have a problem you want to solve, then solution focused counselling would be a good fit for you.


My psychotherapy and counselling practice is available to individuals in person at my office, which is conveniently located at Yonge & Eglinton in Toronto. Subway access and a large municipal parking lot are just steps from my door.  For those who travel through their work, are unable to leave their professional or executive offices, or who live in a remote or under serviced community, telepsychology services (telephone & video conferencing) are also available.

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