Supporting Mental Health
& Sustainable Lifestyles
Registered Psychologist | Psychotherapist, Yonge & Eglinton, Toronto
Dr. Donna Reist, PhD., C.Psych.
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.
Registered Psychologist | Psychotherapist
Over 30 years experience
“I always did something I was a little not ready to do. I think that’s how you grow. When there’s that moment of ‘Wow, I’m not really sure I can do this,’ and you push through those moments, that’s when you have a breakthrough.”
— Marissa Mayer, former president & CEO, Yahoo
Some of the issues I am experienced working with include:
- Personality disorders
- 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
- Relationship issues
- Life transitions
- Stress management, compassion fatigue, burn out
- Development of emotional intelligence
- Financial stress, personal values and lifestyle issues
Types of Psychotherapy
Psychoanalytic and psychodynamic psychotherapy are both commonly referred to as ‘talk therapy’ and are based on psychoanalytic theories and research. These therapies focus on how 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 behavior 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. Psychotherapy may last for years and the frequency of sessions may range from 1- 5 times per week, depending on your needs.
Brief psychodynamic psychotherapy is more short term and is a good option for those who wish to gain personal insight and resolve specific patterns or problems.
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) assists with symptom management of a wide range of disorders including ADHD, 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.
Telepsychology: Telephone & Video Conferencing
I have been practicing psychotherapy and emergency psychological first-aid via telepsychology for well over a decade. Whether you are living in Cornwall, Moose Factory, or Rainy Lake, if you’re in Ontario, and have no access to a registered psychologist in your community, I would be pleased to meet with you and work together. As someone who has traveled extensively throughout Ontario, particularly the North, chances are I’ve been to your community and know a bit about it. I welcome Indigenous clients, individuals and couples, and will work with Band Councils and schools, under the guidance of traditional healers and elders.
For those who travel through their work, are unable to leave their professional or executive offices, or who just prefer telepsychology sessions, online psychotherapy is available.