Counselling Services

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Holding Hearts Groups -our approach to facilitating groups is by co-creating an environment of safety and collaboration, by incorporating lived experience to foster conversation. We facilitate groups on different areas of development, such as: mental health development, couples and family, adolescent/ child development and problem solving, and emotional regulation. Themes for workshops and groups can be accommodated on specific requests.


Holding Hearts connects individuals, couples and families with accredited and highly experienced counsellors and psychotherapists in the Greater Toronto Area. Counselling services can be conducted face-to-face, online by virtual conferencing and/or by telephone. We service in person within the GTA at our locations, and virtual conferencing across Canada (some specifications apply).

Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR)

Holding Hearts Psychotherapy now offers Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy for persons who have gone through small-t: trauma or big-T: Trauma.

EMDR is an evidence-based treatment to help persons struggling with:

  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Compassion Fatigue
  • Gender-Based Violence
  • Low Self-Esteem
  • Life Transitions
  • Partner Relationships
  • Parenting Issues
  • Survivors of a Death by Suicide
  • Trauma Recovery
  • Vicarious Trauma
  • Work Related Stress
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EMDR is a useful treatment in helping the brain process trauma to gain new perspective into the particular memory of an event.

In the 1980s, Francine Shapiro created a technique that was initially intended for the treatment of traumatic stress reactions, grief and anxiety-provoking memories.

Further research conducted adding information on the Bilateral Stimulation consisted of either vibrations or tapping movement on different sides of the body, or tones delivered through headphones that help with dual awareness.

Dual Awareness helps with being present and grounded in the now, while this treatment helps the brain process trauma to make new internal connections as you focus on the memories and other associations that are freely made during the sets of bilateral stimulation.

Many psychologists and psychotherapist alike use EMDR to assist clients in recovery with trauma. Research shows that EMDR helps with reducing stress from PTSD. However, EMDR is not for everyone; therefore, it is important to have an assessment completed in order to know if this treatment is right for you.


Couples Counselling

Holding Hearts Relationship or Couples Therapy focuses on issues in your relationships – or lack of them – past or present. More common issues with couples includes communication, issues around finances, parenting, sex/intimacy, and infidelity. At Holding Hearts our therapists will assess couples’ relationship using ENRICH and integrate a family systems approach, including EFT-C and Gottman.

Family Counselling

Holding Hearts Family Counselling Service uses a systemic approach because this focuses on the way people live their lives and interact together/ influence each other. Services to assist families include CBT, EFT, and family systems, to better understand conflict, communication and problem solving.

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