Find a Therapist in Toronto: Choose the Best Toronto Therapist for Your Needs

Takeaway: Choosing to start therapy is a big decision, and it’s important that you find a therapist who fits your needs and goals. Here, we’ve rounded up some of the best therapists in Toronto so you can find the right counsellor for your needs.

The decision to seek therapy is a significant step toward improving your mental health and well-being. People seek treatment for many reasons, each as unique as the individuals themselves.

It may be prompted by many of life’s challenges, such as stressful life events, the persistent grip of anxiety or depression, emotional pain, the strain of interpersonal conflicts, or the aftermath of traumatic experiences. Others may seek therapy for personal growth as a way to explore their thoughts, emotions, and behaviours.

Whatever the reason, looking for a therapist is a brave and powerful step toward healing, self-discovery, and a fulfilling life. This blog will cover some of the most common questions about seeking a therapist in Toronto and how The Therapy Centre can help you achieve that goal.

5 Highly Recommended Therapists in Toronto


1. Dr. Marla McGregor, C.Psych

Dr. Marla McGregor

  • Clinical and Rehabilitation Psychologist
  • License number: 4925
  • Teletherapy or in-person

Dr. Marla McGregor is a registered Psychologist who received her Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. She has also recently undergone extensive training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), an empirically validated and best-practice approach for trauma and stress. She has extensive experience assessing and treating individuals who have been involved in a car accident and are struggling with issues such as chronic pain, phobias, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression and other interpersonal problems.

2. Dr. Maria Antoniou, C.Psych

Dr. Maria Antoniou, Clinical & Counselling Psychologist Oakville & Virtually and Co-Founder of the The Therapy Centre in Oakville

  • Clinical and Counselling Psychologist
  • License number: 4839
  • Teletherapy or in-person

Dr. Maria Antoniou is a registered Clinical Psychologist who received her Ph.D. from the University of Toronto (OISE/UT). She has extensive experience providing assessment and treatment for children, adolescents, adults, and families. She primarily works within a Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) approach to treat anxiety and mood disorders, stress management, self-esteem difficulties and behavioural problems. Dr. Antoniou is particularly interested in treating individuals with eating disorders.

3. Dr. Rixi Abrahamsohn, C.Psych.

Dr. Rixi Abrahamsohn - Clinical Psychologist in Toronto. Director of Clinical Services - Toronto, Oakville & Hamilton. The Therapy Centre.

  • Clinical Psychologist
  • License number: 4667
  • Teletherapy or in-person

Dr. Rixi Abrahamsohn received her Ph.D. in psychology from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. Her areas of interest and expertise include diagnostic assessment and treating mood and anxiety disorders. She has a particular interest in the treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Panic Disorder. At the Therapy Centre, Dr. Abrahamsohn provides individual CBT treatment for adults (18+) presenting with mood and anxiety disorders, social anxiety and shyness, relationship difficulties, self-esteem, difficult life transitions, and stress management issues.

4. Vrinda Ahuja, M.Phil., C.Psych.Assoc.

Vrinda Ahuja, Psychological Associate at The Therapy Centre in Toronto and Virtually

  • Psychological Associate (Supervised Practice)
  • Supervised Practice Registration #: 10006578
  • Teletherapy or in-person

Vrinda Ahuja is a registered Psychological Associate in Supervised Practice who received her Master’s in Philosophy in clinical psychology from Pandit B.D. Sharma University of Health Sciences in India. She understands collectivistic as well as individualistic perspectives and has worked with diverse, multicultural populations. She is fluent in English, Hindi, Punjabi, and Haryanvi. She is trained extensively in evidence-based therapies such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy, Behaviour Therapy, Solution Focused Brief Psychotherapy (SFBT), Relaxation Training along with Mindfulness-Based techniques.

5. Dr. Hemal Shroff, C.Psych.

Dr. Hemal Shroff, Clinical and School Psychologist in Toronto & Virtually at The Therapy Centre

  • Clinical & School Psychologist
  • License number: 6649
  • Teletherapy or in-person

Dr. Hemal Shroff is a Clinical and School psychologist registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. She completed her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of South Florida. Dr. Shroff uses evidence-based cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) approaches in her treatment. Dr. Hemal Shroff has extensive experience in working with individuals who present with difficulties with anxiety, depression, adjustment, relationship issues, stress, immigrant distress, behaviour management, self-esteem, ADHD, Autism, acculturation, and/or body image.

Why Choose the Toronto Therapists at The Therapy Centre

At The Therapy Centre, we pride ourselves on our team of diverse and highly qualified therapists. Our practitioners have extensive experience in various therapeutic approaches and specialize in addressing multiple mental health concerns. Here are a few more reasons you might want to choose The Therapy Centre:

Client-centred Approach: We believe in the power of a client-centred therapeutic approach, where your unique needs, goals, and concerns are at the forefront of our sessions. Our therapists work collaboratively with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that aligns with your objectives and values.

Flexible and Convenient Location: Our clinicians have offices across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton area, and all offer both in-person and virtual sessions, ensuring you can easily fit sessions into your schedule.

Varied Treatment Modalities: The Therapy Centre provides a range of evidence-based therapeutic modalities, including Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and more. This diversity allows us to tailor our services to your specific needs.

Multiple therapy options: We have a full-service team of highly qualified specialists. New clients seeking a registered psychologist, psychotherapist, social worker, or dietitian may all find support through The Therapy Centre.

Empathetic and Supportive Environment: Our therapists are known for creating a safe space that is non-judgemental and empathetic, where clients can openly explore their thoughts and emotions. We believe in fostering a therapeutic relationship built on trust and confidentiality.

When The Therapy Centre Might Not Be the Best Fit for You

While The Therapy Centre is a trusted choice for many seeking therapy, it may not be the best fit for everyone. Here are a few scenarios in which you might consider alternative options:

  • You are looking for free psychotherapy.
  • You live outside of Ontario.
  • If you require highly specialized treatment or interventions outside our therapists’ areas of expertise, you may need to consider other practitioners or facilities.
  • While our locations are central, it may not be convenient for individuals living outside of the GTA.
  • If you are experiencing a severe mental health crisis or have suicidal thoughts, seeking immediate help through a crisis hotline, emergency services, or a hospital is crucial.

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FAQs about how to find a therapist in Toronto

How do I choose a therapist in Toronto?

Finding the right therapist often involves trial and error, as personal compatibility and therapeutic approaches vary, making it essential to find a good fit. Below are a few things to research and consider when choosing a therapist:

  • Verify the therapist’s qualifications, ensuring they are licensed and registered with the appropriate governing body.
  • Research the therapist’s therapeutic approach and determine if it aligns with your preferences and needs.
  • Assess the therapist’s experience and expertise in dealing with your specific concerns or issues.
  • Building a strong therapeutic alliance is essential. Ensure you feel connected and comfortable with your therapist.

What is the difference between a psychotherapist and a psychologist?

Psychotherapists and psychologists both provide therapy, but there are some differences:

  • Psychotherapists typically hold a master’s degree in psychology or a related field and provide counselling and therapy services. Psychologists, on the other hand, have a doctoral degree in psychology and may also conduct psychological assessments and research.
  • The choice between a psychotherapist and a psychologist may depend on your specific needs and the severity of your condition. In some cases, a psychologist’s expertise may be necessary.

Do I need a referral to see a therapist in Ontario?

In most cases, you do not need a referral to see a therapist at The Therapy Centre or many other private practices. You can self-refer and schedule an appointment directly.

Our Toronto therapists are here to help.

Finding the right therapist in Toronto is essential to your mental health journey. If you are experiencing emotional distress and are seeking greater self-awareness, The Therapy Centre is here to provide compassionate support.

We are a full-service practice that works with children, teens, adults, seniors, couples and families. We are comprised of dedicated clinicians with extensive professional training, including psychologists, registered social workers, psychotherapists, and a dietitian.

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 our team today at (289) 291-0205 or