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Psychotherapy is sometimes called "Talk Therapy" because it involves talking to a therapist about your thoughts, emotions, and behaviours. However, Psychotherapy goes beyond just talking. It can help you develop strategies to make necessary changes in your life.

Psychotherapy is unique to each client and therapist. Together, you will find what works best for you!

ABOUT OUR PSYCHOTHERAPISTS

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JOANNA ZHU

Registered Psychotherapist, MEd
In office Fridays

Joanna is a Registered Psychotherapist with a Masters degree in Counselling Psychology at University of Toronto. She is passionate about offering a space to unpack and empower the individual through life’s challenges in an accessible and culturally-sensitive manner. Her therapeutic approach is eclectic, using a combination of modalities and techniques that best cater to your goals and needs. She is trained in the following modalities: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Attachment-informed approach. During their off time, you will find Joanna jamming to music, listening to podcasts, singing, and playing video games. WHY I BECAME A PSYCHOTHERAPIST? Raised by an immigrant family, access to mental health was difficult, as it has its linguistic and cultural barriers. Sometimes it’s the first step: Recognizing the problem. For example, when your thoughts get stuck on something, or feel pain but it’s not physical pain you learned by talking to family members when growing up, then what is it? When your community stigmatizes the concept and existence of mental health and emotions, it’s hard to believe your problems and pain exist, let alone find support and resources. I thought that if my loved ones and I have difficulties naming and finding supports for mental health issues, others with similar circumstances would too. I believe others would wish to have professional support from a culturally sensitive practitioner in navigating these experiences. Therefore, I strived to work in mental health, as a psychotherapist, and become an anchor for those that don’t have a non-judgmental safe space to process their life experiences; to understand that your emotional and psychological experience is just as real as your physical ones.

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Depression

Anxiety 

Anger

Disability

ADHD

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OCD

Sleep

Trauma (single incident and complex)

Chronic Pain

Communication

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Relationship

Self-Esteem

Life Transition

Non-traditional realationship

Sexuality

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AREAS OF FOCUS

Psychologist vs. Psychiatrist vs. Psychotherapist

Psychologist, Psychiatrist, and Psychotherapists, are commonly confused with one anther. Though they all specialize in human behaviors and mental conditions, they don't treat it in the same way.  

Psychologist

  • Uses an approach with a scientific perspective to assess, diagnose, treat, and change cognition and behaviour.
     

  • Has a doctoral degree (PhD, PsyD, EdD).

 

  • May work at research or applied (treatment) level.

 

  • Can provide diagnoses.

Psychiatrist

  • Studies the nature of mental disorders and how they can be assessed, diagnosed, and treated.
     

  • Treats patients at both a biological and psychological level.
     

  • Is a medical doctor.
     

  • Can prescribe medication.

Psychotherapist

  • Is sometimes an umbrella term for all three disciplines, but typically they are not from the previously mentioned backgrounds but rather specialists in providing psychotherapy.
     

  • Uses a variety of therapies and services to change behaviour, teach coping strategies, and improve overall mental health and well-being.
     

  • Has a master's degree.
     

  • Cannot provide official diagnoses.

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