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Mira Appleby
Mira Appleby MA, RP
Registered Psychotherapist

My background

Mira Appleby is a Registered Psychotherapist with a Master’s in Counseling Psychology from Boston College. She provides individual, couples and family sessions in a face-to-face setting. In her practice she uses both short-term, goal oriented approaches & longer-term, insight-oriented treatment as required to address concerns such as anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, & trauma, amongst others. Mira also works with couples to change hurtful & destructive patterns in the relationship, to improve communication, & create a stronger, more open & meaningful connection.

Often, no single treatment technique is sufficient in helping clients achieve both the intellectual insight and emotional understanding needed for lasting change to occur. Among the therapeutic techniques offered, alone or in combination, are relational psychotherapy, brief solution focused models, motivational counselling and psychodynamic psychotherapy. Mira is a firm believer in the “real relationship” and promotes interaction and collaboration.

Mira offers a free telephone consultation so you can get a sense of who she is and how she might be of assistance to you.

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”
– Socrates.

Robin Williams Blake
Robin Williams Blake RP
Registered Psychotherapist

My background

Robin is a Registered Psychotherapist and has been in private practice for over 16 years working with individuals, couples and families.

He is a graduate from the Centre for Training in Psychotherapy (CTP) where he studied psychodynamic psychotherapy and works with individuals struggling with issues such as depression, anxiety, stress, job and relationship difficulties. He is certified in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, an empirically proven model of relationship counselling. As an EFT therapist he helps partners sift through their relationship distress by providing a safe and secure environment where both partners can feel heard and validated.

In 2010, Robin became certified as an EFT Supervisor and helps other clinicians learn to work with this model of couples therapy that is accepted as a validated intervention by the American Psychological Association. He is also a cofounder of the Greater Toronto EFT Community, an organization that connects couples to EFT therapists as well as EFT therapists to each other for professional development. Robin has taught EFT at Catholic Family Services Peel Dufferin and he is an adjunct faculty member at the Living Institute of Existential-Integrative Psychotherapy where he teaches EFT.

Robin welcome’s everyone into his practices and his services are covered by some insurance benefits.

Elisa Benayon
Elisa Benayon M.S.W., R.S.W.
Social Worker

My background

Elisa has provided Psychodynamic Psychotherapy for over 10 years with Children & Adolescents struggling with anxiety, depression, OCD, grief, ADHD, learning differences and many other concerns.  She has a specialized training in Child & Adolescent Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, as well as in Children’s Grief Therapy. She uses many modalities when working with Children & Adolescents, such as CBT, Play Based Therapy and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy.  Her practice includes helping parents understand what their children’s behaviours are trying to communicate to them and in learning how to respond to their children in thoughtful and intentional ways.  Her practice is about helping her clients develop a better understanding of themselves so they can learn, grow and make meaning through their experiences.  She incorporates the latest research in neuroscience and mindfulness into her daily practice.  Beyond her private therapy practice Elisa offers Mindfulness & Leadership Workshops for educational institutions and corporations, as well mindfulness groups for children, teens and parents.

“The greatest gift you can give your children is not protection from change, loss, pain or stress, but the confidence and tools to cope and grow with all that life has to offer them.” Dr. Wendy Harpham

Danielle Besseling
Danielle Besseling M.S.W., R.S.W.
Social Worker

My background

Danielle completed her Masters of Social Work at the University of Toronto in 2008. She has also completed the two year training program at the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland as well as the Emotion Focused Therapy training program at York University. Danielle also holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s University and prior to becoming a social worker, spent 10 years working in marketing and sales in the packaged goods and marketing services industries. She has a specialty in the field of Eating Disorders and has worked in the Adult Eating Disorders program at North York General Hospital for the past 8 years. She also has experience working with grief and loss, depression, anxiety, and childhood trauma and abuse.

Danielle is passionate about helping clients gain awareness and acceptance of their emotions and needs in order to empower them to cultivate the life that they want. She can help clients navigate the difficulty that major life transitions present such as, loss, illness, divorce, family changes and career issues. Her approach is client-centered and collaborative; and she considers compassion and humour to be essential for building a safe therapeutic relationship.

“If you’re going through hell, keep going.”
Sir Winston Churchill

Larry Borins
Larry Borins M.S.W., R.S.W.
Founder & Managing Director

My background

Larry Borins, MSW, RSW, received a Masters degree from Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Yeshiva University with a specialization in mental health. Larry has provided individual, couples and family psychotherapy to clients in outpatient hospital settings, the private practice healthcare sector and community service agencies.

Larry’s areas of interest are the assessment and treatment of depression, anxiety and relationship issues. Trained in cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness based interventions, and emotionally focused couples therapy; Larry helps his clients in a number of key areas. He addresses the cycles of negative emotions, he identifies destructive psychological patterns, he strengthens bonds and he explores new options for positive change.

Larry believes that more choices become available with purposeful attention and the right guidance.

As the founder and managing director, Larry is dedicated to creating community, making a difference and supporting  our Mind Health Toronto.

“I don’t have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness – it’s right in front of me if I’m paying attention and practicing gratitude.”

Brene Brown


Patricia Coffey
Patricia Coffey M.A., R.P., R.M.F.T.
Registered Psychotherapist

My background


Trish is a Certified Emotionally Focused Therapist (ICEEFT), a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist (CAMFT) and has a Masters degree in Counselling and Spirituality. The focus of her practice is helping individuals, couples and families explore and reach secure, loving connections with themselves and their loved ones. EFT is the most validated and effective couple therapy in the field (70-90% success rate), and Trish has been using this approach for 13 years. EFT is based on vast research on adult attachment as an emotional bond, and is a non-blaming approach to help couples move out of recurring cycles of hurt and disconnection to intimacy and a secure bond.

She has a strong interest in helping individuals with challenging life-transition issues (end of relationship, family change, loss), as well as anxiety, attachment issues, addiction in the family, and work issues. She has been trained in EFFT (Emotionally Focused Family Therapy), based on the acclaimed EFT, a short-term, attachment-based approach to help families form strong connections. Finally her overarching approach is one of compassion and attunement, to ensure clients feel understood and valued.

In addition, Trish is an ICEEFT Supervisor in Training and offers clinical supervision to other therapists in EFT couple therapy.

Jen Fink
Jenny Frisch
Jenny Frisch M.S.W., R.S.W.
Social Worker/Therapist

My background

Jenny Frisch is thrilled to be joining the team at Mind Health Toronto. Jenny holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from University of Western Ontario and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Toronto. She is registered with good standing with the Ontario College of Social Workers and an active member of the Ontario Association of Social Workers.

In her 12 years of practice, Jenny has developed expertise in the area of divorce and separation; counseling individuals, groups and families. She works with both parents and children to provide support, build coping skills and reduce stress. Jenny has a particular interest in treating depression, anxiety and relationship issues. Her passion and connection with teens is a demonstrated strength.

While trained in cognitive behavioural therapy, Jenny believes that the cornerstone of her therapeutic process is to establish a strong relationship with her clients. She will explore underlying issues and challenges, offer tools and techniques while valuing strengths and capabilities.

“It’s not that the past doesn’t matter, it’s that the future matters more and the present matters most of all!”
– anonymous

David Futerman
David Futerman MD, FRCPC

My background

Dr. Futerman is a practising psychiatrist with almost 30 years of experience. His interest is in working with adults on an individual basis, in insight orientated psychotherapy. The judicious use of medication is sometimes part of his treatment process.

He maintains a part-time affiliation with the Centre for addiction and Mental Health where he is involved in supervising psychiatric residents, who are learning to do psychotherapy. He is also currently a member of the faculty of medicine in the psychiatric division at the University of Toronto.

Samuel Gerstein
Samuel Gerstein MD
MD, Practicing in Psychotherapy

My background

Over twenty years as an Emergency physician revealed to Dr. Samuel Gerstein the toll that work stress can take on the body. These include chronic headaches and back pain, emotional disorders, relational breaks, addictions, burnout and changes in concentration and memory. After three years of research he published his highly acclaimed book, Live Your Dreams: Doctor’s Orders, in which he invites you in to visit the lives of forty people who transitioned into careers they love and where you can discover how each of them did it.

Dr. Gerstein assists others in overcoming limiting beliefs and in discovering and doing what they really want in life. Making career adjustments and life transitions are difficult enough by themselves and harder to do alone. A Dream Career has been proven to not only improve a person’s state of mind but also one’s physical health.

Dr. Gerstein uses his background in physical medicine along with sensorimotor psychotherapy, mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Neuro-Linguitic Programming (NLP), psychodynamics and role playing to help his clients identify the repetitive patterns in their lives and to help them move into a more accepting and balanced state.

“95% of your self-critical thoughts are not new, not true and not really you.”

John Gotziaman
John Gotziaman
Registered Psychotherapist

My background

John’s twenty plus years of experience as a psychotherapist gives him a wide appreciation and understanding of the challenges and aspirations clients face. Since every facet of life touches upon relationships, his practice primarily involves working with committed couples, business partners and individuals to get their important relationships back on track…starting with the relationship with themselves.

He has trained in a wide range of modalities including psychodynamics, Imago therapy, Emotional Focused Technique (EFT) and Attitudinal Healing. He is also a trained coach. This scope allows him to personalize his approach and ensure a rich and meaningful therapeutic experience.

John brings passion and energy to his work but his greatest strength is his candor. He believes in being direct and in gently pushing clients – not shoving them, to see the underlying issues that are driving their behaviour and, actually working against the positive intent of their character. His well-honed insight, personalized approach, grounded sense of humanity and warmth are appreciated by clients who have consistently shared that they are responding more in their lives and reacting less.

“Learning how to respond is much easier than unlearning one’s old reactive patterns.”

Michelle Hoffer
Michelle Hoffer
Office Administrator

My background

“It’s never too late.”

Donna Jacobs
Donna Jacobs M.A.

My background

For Donna, being a Psychologist implies being curious… curious about what motivates people and curious about where and why people “get stuck” in different aspects of life. These can be relationships, ways of thinking, repeated patterns, or a recognition that the ways they have previously coped are just not working anymore.

Donna is a registered Psychologist who has been in Private Practice since 1978, working with adolescents, adults and couples. Aside form her regular psychotherapy practice, Donna also has extensive experience in this field of infertility and family building. She is an independent consultant to a number of fertility clinics in the Toronto area, where she counsels couples and individuals in their decisions surrounding their infertility.

Donna has built her practice on being an active participant in the therapeutic process. She wants people to come out of therapy stronger, more insightful, ready to take on challenges and the psychological issues that impede them. Over Donna’s many years of experience, she has created an approach that is applicable to the work she does. It is based on an integrative model of self, aimed at incorporating all parts of self into a cohesive whole.

“Psychotherapy is a process balancing insight and analysis with curiosity and creativity” – Donna Jacobs

Dani Kraftchuk
Dani Kraftchuk RYT, CRYT
Reiki, Yoga and Mindfulness

My background

Yoga has given Dani the opportunity to slow down, breathe and connect with herself and others. On the mat, it is the moments of pause that have been Dani’s greatest teacher. She believes it is in these gentle moments that we are given the opportunity to drop deeper into self and truly listen to what our body needs. This continues to be an essential teaching for Dani as she moves through her own journey.

Dani works with children, adolescents and adults sharing the tools of mindfulness, yoga, and reiki in a variety of settings including schools, homes and offices to support a variety of needs.

It is her intention to create a safe environment in which each person feels comfortable to explore their own practice, connect to what is true for them and experience finding empowerment from within.

“Just when the star was afraid of the dark …. it remembered it could light up the night sky.”

Naomi Levine
Naomi Levine MSW, RSW
Social Worker

Naomi works with clients to help them heal from recurring maladaptive patterns, often stemming from past hurt and trauma.

Over the last 12 years, Naomi has witnessed the impact of unresolved trauma and emotional pain on her client’s lives, with curiosity and compassion. She has found that by guiding her clients towards a moment-to-moment experience of their physical bodies and emotions, instead of the never-ending, and often tortuous thought-streams stemming from anxiety and depression, clients can develop new ways of processing patterns which have outlived their usefulness and develop greater emotional awareness and presence of mind.

Naomi completed a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from York University, followed by a Bachelors of Social Work at York, and completed her Master’s degree in Social Work at the University of Toronto in 2008. Prior to completing graduate studies, Naomi worked as a social worker in youth corrections in her role as a Youth Probation Officer.

Following her master’s degree, Naomi worked as a social worker at a secure youth custody facility and then spent more than five years at the SAFE-T program (Sexual Abuse: Family Education and Treatment). At SAFE-T, she provided trauma assessment and treatment with children and teens who experienced sexual abuse within their families, as well as risk assessment and treatment with adolescents who sexually offended.

Naomi has been working for the past four years at Jewish Family and Child Service (JF&CS) providing counselling to adolescents and adults, many of whom struggle with the aftermath of childhood trauma. She also supervises master’s level students who are completing their clinical internships.

Naomi has participated in several trauma-focused trainings over the last decade, including Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (TF-CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), mindfulness meditation, among other relevant trauma-focused trainings.

Naomi is very happy to be a part of the team at Mind Health Toronto, providing counselling to clients, many of whom face challenges such as fluctuations in mood, struggles with their sense of self, or difficulties in maintaining healthy relationships.

Rom Malik
Rom Malik M.Ed.
Registered Psychotherapist

My background

Rom Malik has provided psychotherapy to adults, couples, teens, and children for 20 years. He has been recognized for his knowledge of, and skill in providing assistance to Police Officers, their spouses and children.

He obtained a Master’s degree in Adult Counselling. He has Ph.D. level education and training focusing on Children and Adolescents in School Psychology (ABD) from the University of Toronto. His Doctoral training included two-year internships at the Hincks Treatment Centre and at York University’s Counselling Centre. He also served as a psycho-educational consultant in two School Boards.

Rom creates a safe place for exploring fears, worries, and life challenges. Clients of all ages report feeling comfortable and confident in his treatment skills, approach and personality. You and he will work towards achieving goals and overcoming obstacles. His integrative analytic approach dismantles symptoms at their roots so you can achieve lasting benefits.

Rom has helped adults who feel stuck, anxious, or have relationship issues. With couples, he has resolved problems with communication, intimacy, and connection. And he has bettered the lives of children and adolescents experiencing school, home, and emotional issues.

Rom’s services are covered by insurance benefits.

Samantha McGrath
Samantha McGrath M.A.

My background

With a diverse background in child and adolescent crisis management; Samantha offers a unique approach to counselling which is tailored to suit a client’s individual strengths and goals. With over twenty years of experience, Samantha has developed an eclectic style that incorporates creativity and evidence – based techniques to foster growth and change that is meaningful and lasting for individuals of all ages.

Samantha approaches her work with great sensitivity, compassion, and care while she maintains a great respect for the resilience of the human spirit. Samantha uses a humanistic and collaborative approach in helping to treat a wide variety of issues dealing with mood and other presenting concerns that affect confidence, efficacy, and an over all sense of balance and.well-being.

Samantha believes that an individual’s body, mind, and spirit are interconnected and must be provided opportunities for healing through self – care, support, and education.

“At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.”
– Lao Tzu

Allison Newton
Allison Newton MSW, RSW
Couples Therapist

My background

Allison is a registered social worker with bachelor and masters degrees in social work from the University of Manitoba and additional graduate level education in marriage and family therapy from the University of Guelph. She has completed training in Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy with Dr Sue Johnson, founder of Emotionally Focused Therapy.

Allison has worked with couples on a range of issues including life transitions, loss of connection, conflict resolution, betrayal, domestic violence, and grief and loss. Through her work in a variety of clinical settings she has discovered her greatest interest and passion is working with couples to help them to strengthen, repair and find security and connection within their primary relationship.

Anna Sherman
Anna Sherman RP, MFT
Registered Psychotherapist, Marriage & Family

My background

Compassionate, straight-forward and down-to-earth, Anna Sherman is a Registered Psychotherapist and Marriage and Family Therapist who works with individuals, couples and families. With a strong passion for self-help and wellness, Anna offers support as clients build on their strengths and continue to move forward in their lives.

Anna holds a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and uses a variety of therapeutic approaches based on the individual needs of her clients. She is specially trained and has experience in Emotion-Focused Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Gottman Couples Counselling, Family Systems, Bowen Theory and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Her treatment specializations include anxiety/depression, dating and relationships, couples counselling, family counselling, parenting support, post-partum support, separation and divorce, work and career issues, stress management and conflict resolution.

Anna uses a client-centered and collaborative approach, helping clients find the root of their challenges and ultimately gaining the skills to help themselves. Most importantly, her compassionate, down-to-earth personality and warm sense of humour provide a calm, safe and nurturing environment for clients to grow, change and heal.

Anna offers a free 30-minute preliminary phone consultation.

Tracy Stober
Tracy Stober M.S.W., R.S.W.
Registered Social Worker

My background

Tracy always works from a nonjudgmental and compassionate position. She allows clients to acknowledge their own skills and strengths. She works with others to help them become aware of their capabilities in creating change.

Tracy has experience working in hospitals and has worked with a diverse group of people throughout the years. Since 2011, Tracy has been working full time as a social worker on a palliative care unit. As a result, she is very familiar with complex family dynamics and is not afraid to be a part of the death and dying process.

In her private practice she works with teenagers, and adults dealing with: grief, death, and dying; anxiety and depression; relational difficulties; suicidal thoughts; anger and stress management; and other difficult life situations. Her therapeutic model is eclectic in that she borrows from various theoretical frameworks in order to tailor therapy to meet her client’s individual needs. Her basic underlying beliefs follow a psychodynamic model with solution focused therapy and cognitive behavior therapy.

Tracy has worked in the helping profession for over 10 years. She graduated with a Masters in Social Work from Wilfrid Laurier University in 2010, after completing an Honors B.A. in psychology.

“You have the power to say: This is not how the story is going to end.”

Kathy Thomas
Kathy Thomas
Parent Counsellor

My background

Kathy is a trained and certified coach, offering effective strategies and techniques to parents.

Kathy is no stranger to parent coaching. She began coaching nearly 20 years ago to help parents cope with the turbulent times throughout their toddlers’ to teens’ years. Recognizing the parent-child relationship as one of the most important and complex relationships in a parent’s life, Kathy brings hope and confidence to the many parents she has taught, helping them stay close with the ones they love while keeping their sanity at the same time!

Kathy’s mission is three-fold:
1 – to provide a safe and comfortable place where parents can explore their situation;
2 – to instill hope and confidence now and in the future;
3 – teach parents new skills that really work!

“Heal your relationships. Improve your world.”

Jennifer Yuen
Jennifer Yuen MSW, RSW
Registered Social Worker

Jennifer practices from a strength-based, person-centered and body-centered perspective. She believes that everyone has the self-determination and self-efficacy to make the right choices. The goal in therapy is to develop self-awareness and learning to live life to the fullest along with our mental health and external challenges that persists.

By integrating humanistic theory into talk therapy, it creates a safe environment to explore life’s challenges such as childhood trauma, grief and loss, stress, anxiety, depression, and interpersonal relationships. 12+ years of clinical experience allows her to work across different ethnic/cultural backgrounds, age, communities, and sexuality.

Jennifer is trauma-informed focused, highly trained with an extensive background in complex trauma. When working with clients who have experienced trauma, she uses evidence-based therapies including “Sensorimotor Psychotherapy” and “Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).” Jennifer also facilitates Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Mindful Self Compassion (MSC).

Jennifer is a sessional lecturer at the University of Waterloo (UW), teaching undergraduate and graduate students in assessment and Interviewing and group therapy. She is currently a full-time clinician at UW’s Counselling and Psychological Services Centre and senior clinical supervisor to Masters-level students of Social Work.

After 5 months of our clinic doors being closed at the mercy of this global pandemic, it is with deep, deep sorrow that Mind Health Toronto announces that it will remain permanently closed as of August 1, 2020.

What I thought would be a short-term closure of our clinic due to COVID-19 has turned into our doors being closed for the duration of four months—and still counting.

Closing our doors does not mean that we are out of the psychotherapy business; it means that we will no longer be practicing at this address or as a collective.

For the last 5 years, we have had a talented and dedicated team of therapists providing mental health care to thousands of families across the GTA and I’m proud of the care we offered and what we were able to accomplish as a team and community.

If you are a new patient seeking mental health services, please feel free to email info@mindhealthtoronto.com and leave a message stating your referral request. At this time there is no OHIP covered psychiatric services.

If you are former client of one of the clinicians at Mind Health Toronto and looking for mental health care, you are welcome to reach out to your therapist directly.