Psychotherapy & Counselling Support
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At ReNu, we offer counselling and psychotherapy to help address the challenges you face to achieve a brighter tomorrow.
Helping you make changes
At ReNu Counselling & Psychotherapy, we offer a variety of services and modalities to help you on your journey.
Our mission is to create transformation in our client’s lives by working on the challenges that hold them back from feeling fulfilled in a safe and nurturing environment.
We believe that the diversity of our therapists is integral to our ability to work with individuals, couples, and families of all ages, backgrounds, and identities, with an emphasis on Black and multicultural communities
Here at ReNu, we offer a wide range of services to meet your needs. We understand that every client is unique and we customize your experience in a way that best support your goals. All sessions are currently offered through video conferencing and phone so you can access therapists from the comfort of your own home.
Individual Therapy or Counselling
Individual services can help clients work towards personal goals, building new coping strategies, and improving one’s quality of life.
Couples Therapy or Counselling
Couples therapy (for clients 18+) may help to improve communication with your partner, resolve areas of friction, and develop a closer emotional bond.
Family Therapy or Counselling
Family services (all members must be 16+) can help to resolve acute or long-standing family issues, improve relationships, process grief, and transitions such as blending of families and separation.
Frequently Asked Questions
While both titles are sometimes used interchangeably, there are similarities and differences between psychotherapy and counselling. Both psychotherapy and counselling offer support to help individuals improve their well-being and resolve issues in their lives.
Psychotherapy as defined by the Psychotherapy Act, 2007 addresses “an individual’s serious disorder of thought, cognition, mood, emotional regulation, perception or memory that may seriously impair the individual’s judgement, insight, behaviour, communication or social functioning.” Counselling on the other hand typically focuses on specific issues (such as stress) and is usually shorter-term in nature. Psychotherapy may include a broader range of issues and can include counselling in its delivery however, counselling does not include psychotherapy in its practice.
Psychotherapy is considered to be a controlled act in Ontario, with only specific health care practitioners such as psychotherapists being permitted to use it.
All 3 of these providers are permitted to use psychotherapy in treatment with clients and while there are many similarities, key differences are highlighted below:
Psychotherapists (in Ontario) are regulated mental health therapists have completed masters-level training, other provincially accredited training and education in areas such as clinical and counselling psychology, divinity, and social work (to name a few). They treat a variety of mental health issues using a variety of modalities, and can administer some mental health questionnaires. Psychotherapists are not permitted to diagnose or communicate diagnoses of mental health disorders, nor are they able to prescribe medications.
Psychologists are regulated mental health therapists who have completed education up to the PhD-level or in some cases, masters-level training in areas such as clinical, counselling, and educational psychology. They treat a variety of mental health issues using a variety of modalities. Psychologists are permitted to diagnose and communicate diagnoses of mental health disorders, and administer and score psychological tests. They are not permitted to prescribe medication.
Psychiatrists are doctors who have completed medical school and specialized in psychiatry. In Ontario, they are registered with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, and are able to treat a variety of mental health issues using a variety of modalities. Psychiatrists are permitted to to diagnose and communicate diagnoses of mental health disorders, and administer and score psychological tests. They are also permitted to prescribed medication. Many (but not all) services offered by psychiatrists are covered by OHIP in Ontario.
At this point, all our appointments are only available via video conferencing or zoom calls. We find this better accommodates our clients’ schedules.
We offer free, 15-minute phone consultations for potential clients to help answer questions and chat with you for us to both get an idea of fit.
Following the consultation, there is an onboarding process that includes filling out an intake form and taking care of the insurance paperwork.
Once that’s all taken care of, we’re ready for our first in person session which can be 50 or 80 minutes depending on your preference.