2943-B Bloor St. West (Second Floor), Etobicoke, ON. M8X 1B3

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Stephanie Mathewson

Registered Psychotherapist - Qualifying, BSc, MACP

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”

– Lao Tzu

Individual & Youth Therapist

Do you find yourself struggling with stress, anxiety, depression, or low self-esteem? Perhaps these feelings come up with regards to work, school, a big life-transition, a difficult relationship, in social situations, or maybe there is no clear cause? Does your mind seem to continually worry about the future or do you beat yourself up about things that happened in the past? Quite often our difficult thoughts and feelings can cause us to behave unlike the person we truly wish to be.

 

The main therapeutic approach I use is called Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). ACT teaches you skills to help ‘unhook’ yourself from difficult thoughts and feelings that are preventing you from living the life you truly wish to live. ACT has received empirical support for the treatment of depression, anxiety, and stress. 

 

Through my work as a therapist, I have found that when people struggle with difficult situations, thoughts, and feelings, they are quick to beat themselves up. However, if someone they loved was going through something similar they rush to provide emotional support. If this is you, you are not alone. Part of our work together would be about learning to give yourself the same kindness and compassion you would to someone you love. Research has shown that self-compassion can increase resilience in the face of stress and leads to fewer negative emotions such as shame, depression, and anxiety in the long term.  

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out, either by email at stephanie@torontowellnesscollective.com or by phone at 647-946-7123. You can also book an appointment with me directly online. Please note that I do not offer treatment for addiction or substance abuse disorders.

 

Stephanie received her Honours Bachelor of Science with a specialization in Psychology from the University of Toronto and her Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University. She has training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindful Self-Compassion, and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).