Tom Barwell

I’ve been working as a psychotherapist since 2009. I’ve seen, and continue to see, a very diverse range of people. People who come to see me have been suffering in many different ways, and it’s my job to help bring clarity and facilitate the growth you are trying to achieve.

Some people who come to see me are depressed, or anxious, others angry, having relationship or work problems. Many struggle to pinpoint quite how they are suffering. I see people from every walk of life, sexual orientation and cultural background.

For the most part, I find that people are looking for help in one of two ways, at least to begin with. Some would like to work quickly and intensively to gain new perspectives and understanding, often with one or two pressing issues they are struggling with. Others are looking for a longer, deeper therapy that will allow for more organic change.

There is no substitute, in my view, to longer term therapy.  In essence, in that environment, we are engaged with the growth of the self, and that is not something that can be achieved overnight, or even in a few sessions.  True change can happen, relief of symptoms can happen, a greater sense of peace can be achieved, but they take time.  I offer brief therapy because this is useful as an introduction, it suits people’s modern lives, we can begin our work…but it is no substitute for the long-term work of psychotherapy.

 

Psychodynamic Therapy

 

Psychodynamic therapy is sometimes simply referred to as “talk therapy”, or “depth therapy”.  Usually, a therapy that goes into greater depth will last a period of months and years, rather than weeks. The meetings are generally once per week, but this can vary with needs and the decisions you make with your therapist.

 

Working in depth means we are able to better address core issues that may have been with us for some considerable time. We will together deepen your self-knowledge and self-integration over time and with the experience of working with an empathic, non-judgmental and experienced therapist.

 

This is a conversation that evolves over time, and in a successful therapy a lessening or elimination of troubling symptoms can result. This can leave us feeling more grounded, re-vitalized and with a greater sense of inner peace.

Brief Therapy

 

Not everyone can afford the time and money for a longer therapy, and not everyone wants to go into that much depth. Brief therapy is an opportunity to work intensively on issues that may be negatively affecting your life.

 

  • Brief therapy takes 8 weeks, meeting once per week.

 

  • More pro-active and solution focussed than longer therapy

 

  • Greater focus on the ‘here and now’, and the issues you are encountering.

 

  • Utilizes elements of CBT, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

 

Brief therapy is an attractive treatment for many of us, but it does not prevent you from continuing in therapy for longer, should you decide that you’d like to do so.

 

Couples Counselling

Sometimes, we need help to work at issues in our relationships.  I work with couples to help them through their difficulties as a neutral third party in the room.  If you’d like to move, at any point, from counselling into 1:1 therapy, this is possible.

 

Mediation

The circumstances of your dispute are often highly emotional, and finding a lawyer is not the solution for everyone.  As a mediator, the option of reconciliation can remain open.  Friendly and respectful agreements can be arrived at in a managed, safe environment.  Rushing to legal options is not the right route for everyone, and I am able to bring a skillful understanding to conflict in difficult situations.  Whether you’re considering a divorce or separation, or have a family dispute, talking with a neutral third party can help in finding resolution and de-escalation.

 

Online Therapy

I am happy to work online with people further afield.  I have experience working with a broad range of cultures, and can see people this way for Brief or Full psychotherapy.

 

If you’re interested in therapy with me, and would like to know more about my work, I have posted several articles here on the site, and am always happy to talk and answer questions.

 

I work from my own office in the Annex area of Toronto, and also work with people further afield, online.

 

Background and Education

I was educated and grew up in England, and was awarded a BSc (Hons) from Exeter University.  I subsequently moved to Toronto, where I graduated from The Centre for Training in Psychotherapy (CTP) with a Diploma in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy.  Since then I have also studied Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) at Hincks Dellcrest.  I have been practicing since 2009 and have studied a broad range of authors in the field.

 

People see me for:

Anxiety
Creativity
Depression
Worrying
Relationship issues
Work issues
Fears/Phobias Social discomfort
Eating issues
Insecurities
Abuse
Trauma
OCD

Specialties:

One-to-One

Couples Counselling

Mediation

 

Articles:

Depression, Medication & Situation

Dreaming and Duality

Expectation at the Water Fountain

Anxiety and Momentum

Contact me:

 

Phone: 416 9303142

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330 Dupont St. Suite 101
Toronto, ON