Accessing Postpartum Therapy in Toronto

Takeaway: Welcoming a new life into the world is a profound experience, but the postpartum period can also bring unexpected challenges and emotional hurdles for many people. During this delicate phase of life, finding accessible and specialized mental health care for you and your family can be crucial.

Postpartum therapy, also known as postnatal therapy or postpartum counselling, is a specialized form of therapy aimed at supporting individuals who are navigating the emotional, psychological, and relational challenges that can arise after giving birth. It provides a safe space for new parents to process their feelings, cope with the transitions associated with parenthood, address any mental health concerns, and develop coping strategies to navigate this transformative period.

3 Postpartum Therapists Ready to Support You

1. Dr. Ambreen Basria, C.Psych.

Dr. Ambreen Basria

  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Dr. Ambreen Basria, C.Psych., is a dedicated Clinical Psychologist serving adults in Ontario. Armed with a doctorate in Applied Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and a Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Loma Linda University, she brings a wealth of expertise to her practice. Dr. Basria’s diverse interests encompass perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, fertility issues, postpartum challenges, anxiety, mood disorders, trauma, relationship issues, and more. She is also committed to supporting LGBTQ populations, particularly individuals who identify as gender non-conforming. Dr. Basria tailors her treatment approaches to meet the unique needs of each client, drawing from solution-focused, humanistic, CBT, DBT,
    and emotion-focused techniques to facilitate healing and growth.

2. Dr. Simrat Kaur Padda, C.Psych

Dr. Simrat Kaur Padda

  • Clinical & Counselling Psychologist
  • Dr. Simrat Kaur Padda, C.Psych, is a Clinical and Counseling Psychologist with a passion for supporting individuals through life’s transitions. With a Master’s degree in Counseling from the University of Toronto and a Doctorate in Applied Clinical Psychology (Psy.D) from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Dr. Padda brings over 12 years of experience to her private practice. Specializing in perinatal mental health, mood disorders, anxiety, trauma, and chronic pain, she tailors her approach to therapy, drawing from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), mindfulness training, and cognitive processing techniques. Dr. Padda prioritizes building a strong therapeutic relationship with her clients, providing a safe and collaborative space for personal growth. As a member in good standing with the College of Psychologists of Ontario (CPO), Dr. Padda upholds the highest standards of professionalism and ethics, ensuring that her clients receive the support and care they deserve.

3. Allison Ross, MSW, RSW, PMH-C

Allison Ross

  • Registered Social Worker
  • Allison Ross, MSW, RSW, PMH-C, is a dedicated and compassionate Registered Social Worker with specialized training in perinatal mental health approved by Postpartum Support International. With a Master of Social Work degree from Carleton University and a Bachelor of Social Work degree from McMaster University, Allison brings over 15 years of experience in community and hospital-based mental health settings. She offers a warm and supportive therapeutic space for individuals facing challenges related to mood, anxiety, self-esteem, stress, and life transitions, utilizing evidence-based treatments such as CBT, DBT, and ACT within a trauma-informed framework. Allison’s special interest lies in supporting women during the perinatal period, including those navigating anxiety, depression, and grief associated with miscarriage, pregnancy loss, and infertility. Through her collaborative and client-centered approach, Allison empowers individuals to explore new coping strategies and build upon their strengths as they journey towards improved emotional well-being.

Why choose The Therapy Centre for postpartum therapy?

Accessing postpartum therapy in Toronto is a valuable resource for individuals navigating the complexities of the postpartum period. By understanding the unique offerings of our practice you can make an informed decision about seeking support during this experience.

What we offer:

  • Expertise in Postpartum Care: Our team consists of skilled therapists with specialized training in postpartum mental health. We understand the complexities of the postpartum period and offer compassionate, nonjudgmental support to help clients navigate their journey.
  • Personalized Approach: We recognize that every individual’s postpartum experience is unique. Our therapists take the time to listen attentively, understand clients’ concerns, and collaboratively develop personalized treatment plans that align with their goals and values.
  • Accessible Location: Situated in offices across the GTA, as well as through secure virtual sessions, our practice offers convenient access for clients residing in Toronto and across Ontario. We strive to create a warm, welcoming environment where clients feel comfortable and supported throughout their therapeutic journey.
  • Comprehensive Support: In addition to individual therapy, we provide a range of services tailored to meet the diverse needs of postpartum clients, including couples counseling, and referrals to other healthcare professionals as needed.
  • Holistic Wellness: We believe in addressing the interconnectedness of mind, body, and spirit in promoting overall well-being. Our practice integrates mindfulness techniques, self-care strategies, and lifestyle recommendations to support clients in achieving holistic wellness.

FAQs about postpartum therapy in Toronto

Who should seek postpartum therapy?

Postpartum therapy is beneficial for anyone who is experiencing difficulties adjusting to life after childbirth. This includes individuals grappling with postpartum depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), birth trauma, relationship issues, identity changes, or feelings of isolation and overwhelm. It’s important to note that postpartum challenges can affect anyone regardless of gender identity, marital status, or socio-economic background.

What types of therapy are effective for postpartum issues?

Various therapeutic approaches can be effective in addressing postpartum issues, depending on individual needs and preferences. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is commonly used to challenge negative thought patterns and develop coping skills. Additionally, mindfulness-based therapies can help individuals cultivate present-moment awareness and manage stress. Our practice offers a holistic approach tailored to each client’s unique circumstances, drawing from evidence-based modalities to provide comprehensive support.

Should fathers access postpartum therapy?

Yes, fathers can and do access postpartum therapy. While postpartum therapy is often associated with mothers due to the physical and hormonal changes they undergo during pregnancy and childbirth, fathers can also experience a range of emotional and psychological challenges during the postpartum period. These challenges may include adjusting to the new role of fatherhood, coping with increased stress and sleep deprivation, navigating changes in relationships with their partners, and experiencing feelings of anxiety or depression.

Therapy can provide fathers with a safe and supportive space to explore their thoughts and feelings, learn coping strategies, and strengthen their support networks. Additionally, postpartum therapy can address concerns related to bonding with their newborn, managing work-life balance, and understanding their role within the family dynamic.

Postpartum therapy in Toronto can help you and your family thrive

Navigating the postpartum period can be challenging, but you don’t have to do it alone. If you’re seeking support during this transformative time, our team is here to provide compassionate guidance and evidence-based therapy tailored to your needs.

Our offices are located across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton area, at 2525 Old Bronte Road in Oakville, 849 Upper Wentworth Street in Hamilton, and in Toronto at 1849 Yonge St (Yonge and Davisville). We offer both in-person and Virtual Telehealth services, including secure phone sessions and videoconferencing.

Contact us today to take the first step towards healing and thriving in parenthood.

You can reach us at (289) 291-0205 or