Jason treats stress, anxiety, depression, trauma, addiction, work related stress, and relationship problems. His approach integrates Cognitive Behavioural Therapy with EMDR therapy, Clinical Hypnosis, Light Therapy, and energy healing methods.
Therapies: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, EMDR, Emotional Transformation Therapy (ETT), Image Transformation Therapy, Clinical Hypnotherapy, Feeling State Addiction Protocol (FSAP), NLP/Time Line Therapy, Ego State Therapy.
Service Delivery: Individual, Couples, Family, Teens, Adolescents, In-Person & Online, Single Session Therapy
Insurance Coverage: Registered Psychotherapist, Registered Social Worker- supervised practice.
Hours: Monday & Wednesday (10am-6pm); Tuesday & Thursday (3pm-9pm); Friday (9am-5pm)
I am a Registered Psychotherapist (RP), with over fifteen years experience in the mental health field , specializing in treating anxiety, depression, trauma, addictions, chronic pain and relationship dynamics. As an integrative therapist I utilize both scientific, evidence based therapies such as Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), along with the holistic mind-body therapies of Gestalt Psychotherapy, Clinical Hypnosis and Mindfulness.
I draw upon the best aspects of these therapies in order to provide a comprehensive treatment plan that will allow you to resolve distressing symptoms and heal from root causes of issues. I provide a safe, supportive and empathetic environment where you can share your thoughts and feelings freely. I believe healing is possible when we open ourselves to accepting fundamentally who we are as persons at a deeper level. When this occurs there is no longer a need to search compulsively for acceptance outside of oneself. Learning to accept all parts of the Self, even parts that have been rejected or disowned, stops the enslaving need for approval. I support my clients to embrace their emotions authentically, to be present compassionately with parts of self that have been injured and hurt, and to rise above obstacles with courage. The primary guiding principle in my work with clients is from Gestalt Therapy and “The Paradoxical Theory of Change,” which teaches, “the more a person accepts themselves the healthier they become.”
Part of becoming a healthier person, I believe, is to identify and change negative ”thinking, feeling, and behaving” patterns creating unhappiness and havoc in the psyche. These patterns are often subconscious re-enactments, primarily from childhood, which served to protect the child from painful emotions of shame, guilt, blame and fear. I help my clients to understand the origins of their negative patterns keeping them stuck, change the subconscious programming keeping up the dysfunction, and to aid the body to safely release stored up pain. The consequence of not changing these patters is alienation from the Authentic Self. Changing old patters creates a path for improved mental and physical health, satisfying relationships, and better direction in life.
More About Jason
After Jason completed his Masters Degree from the University of Toronto, he sought out extensive training and certification from the Gestalt Institute of Toronto (an approved psychotherapy training institution by the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario) and graduated from the five year Post-Graduate program in Professional Psychotherapy. Gestalt is a psychodynamic psychotherapy that helps people come to understand how they interfere and block their own needs and support in favour for old defense mechanisms. The goal of Gestalt is to increase awareness , move towards greater authenticity of self, and to tap into the creative potential that is required to satisfy human
In addition to private practice work, Jason has been employed with community based clinical counselling agencies in Newmarket and York Region providing Cognitive-Behavioural and Solution-Focused Therapies to individuals, couples and families and mentoring/supervising student therapists. His background working with people from diverse populations, cultural backgrounds, and sexual orientations has equipped him to understand the unique needs of individuals.
In his search to help people from traumas and deeper issues, Jason studied various methods to activate the healing power of the subconscious. This pursuit involved certifying in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing) and Clinical Hypnosis . These cutting edge mind-body therapies work to release negative emotions/energies and to change behaviour more automatically.