People have a hard time letting go of their suffering out of a fear of the unknown; they prefer suffering that is familiar.

Thich Nhat Hanh

therapyLeanne Garfinkel

(647) 230-7202

I have been working as a therapist for over 17 years. I earned a Master of Arts Degree in Clinical Psychology and have completed Intensive Training in Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) through the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and University of Toronto. DBT is an evidenced based, skill building therapy that empowers clients to regulate their emotions, learn distress tolerance techniques, practice mindfulness and improve their interpersonal relationships. Through my journey as a therapist, I have been employed in Mental Health Programs in hospitals and community mental health settings.

Currently I provide therapy to adolescents and adults in a private practice setting. Clients who see me struggle with regulating their emotions which they perceive as overwhelming. Often, their attempts at self-regulation and responding to their current situations have not been successful over the long term, which impacts their quality of life, interpersonal relationships and sense of self. We work together to reestablish an ability to respond to their emotions and attend to relationships, as well as the demands of their life circumstances. My practice is informed through a relationship based psychotherapy and DBT strategies.

Who I serve: Although I do not limit service to a formal diagnosis, the cliental I work with have had, or meet criteria for:

  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Panic Disorder
  • Depression (current or in remission)
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Client symptoms do not appear in isolation; therefore I am familiar with clients also struggle with substance abuse issues, eating disorders, attention deficit disorders and high levels of stress in daily life circumstances.

Currently I am enrolled in a training program with the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute. I have completed Level II Intermediate with the goal of completing all required training involved in becoming a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner.