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Whether you:

  • need guidance through a specific situation

 

  • want to change something about yourself or your relationships

 

  • wish to learn better coping skills    or

 

  • need someone to listen when you're overwhelmed...

 

I would feel priviledged to be of assistance!

Veronica Fabian (BSW, MSW, RSW)

Veronica Fabian

Hello and welcome!
Bonjour et bienvenu!

 

I am a bilingual (French-speaking) Registered Social Worker and Psychotherapist.

 

I have 28 years of clinical counselling experience with youth, adultscouples and families.

 

I am passionate about empowering people (age 17+) who wish to improve aspects of themselves, their relationships and their lives! 

 

I am especially interested in, and qualified to assist with, the following concerns:

 

  • Abandonment by a parent (at any age)
  • Adult ADHD 
  • Attachment difficulties
  • Childhood Emotional Neglect (CEN)
  • Emotionally immature parents
  • Highly Sensitive Personality traits
  • Infidelity/affairs
  • Narcissistic partners or parents
  • Parenting children/teens/young adults with High Functioning Autism and/or ADHD
  • Perfectionism
  • Self-sabotage
  • Social Anxiety

 

 

A bit of backstory... 

 

After acquiring my Bachelor of Social Work in 1991, I accepted my first counselling job in a group home for pregnant and homeless teenagers.

 

These spirited and challenging youth, most of whom were wary of adults because of traumatic childhoods, rightfully insisted I earn their respect before they'd even consider - let alone trust - my scholastic knowledge and helpful intentions.  

 

They collectively taught me the most valuable lesson I needed to internalize as a (new) therapist:  people don't care how much you know until they know how much you care.  This simple, accurate truth continues to guide every one of my counselling sessions. 

 

Sure, problem-solving skills, analytical thinking and intervention techniques are important but, indisputably, many clients feel helped most when I put textbook theory aside, pay attention to how they feel and "just" be with them in their grief and pain.  

 

Through a profoundly attuned, genuinely caring connection devoid of judgment, blame and shame, people feel motivated to do the work they need to do to heal and change.

 

After 25+ years as a full-time Social Worker/Psychotherapist in very busy youth agencies, crisis centres, hospitals and Employee/Family Assistance Counselling Programs, I decided to slow down a little and open my private practice - a dream I'd had for some time...

 

In-person counselling           
 
I am conveniently located in North Etobicoke - 1.5 km North of Hwy 401, up Islington Ave.

 

Since 2018, I have been meeting with clients in my comfortable, private home office (with a separate entrance from the rest of my house) in North Etobicoke, Ontario.  

 

Benefits of sessions in a home-based office:

 

  • This convenient arrangement allows me to more flexibility accomodate people's busy schedules, work shifts and limited availability.
  • Sessions feel less rushed since I never schedule appointments back-to-back.  After all, it's difficult to say to someone:  "Could you cry a little faster, please?  My next client is here."​ 
  • A quiet, tranquil and very clean environment.
  • Fresh coffee, tea and cookies are always available.
  • Plenty of free parking at all times.

 

 

Online counselling     

I provide secure, confidential online counselling using  Doxy.me      

Doxy.me is a telemedicine app that is:                    

  • easy to use
  • FREE
  • worldwide security-compliant

 

1.  You simply need a standard computer (no special hardware or software) or the Doxy.me app on your mobile phone.

2.  I will send you a web link to my private Doxy.me virtual therapy room and, within minutes, we will see and hear each other.

 

 

Telephone counselling

Good, "old-fashioned" telephone sessions are always an option, of course.

 

 

My Professional Qualifications 

 

  • Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) - McGill University (1991)
  • Master of Social Work (Honours) - University of Toronto (1995)
  • 1-year Family Therapy Externship - George Hull Centre (1995-96)
  • 250+ accredited mental health & psychotherapy workshops 
  • 12-week Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Intensive - William Osler H.C. (2017)
  • monthly group supervision with seasoned Psychotherapists (ongoing)
  • Childhood Emotional Neglect certification - Dr. Jonice Webb (2018)
  • Emotion Focused Therapy individual supervision - ICEEFT (ongoing)
  • Emotion Focused Therapy 4-day workshop - ICEEFT/Dr. Sue Johnson (2019)
  • Emotion Focused Therapy Externship - ICEEFT (2020)​​​
  • Member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers​​
  • Member of the Ontario Association of Social Workers
  • Member of the International Centre for Excellence in Emotion Focused Therapy​​​​ (ICEEFT), Toronto
  • I am a  www.psychologytoday.com  verified/approved therapist.

 

 

How I Help

 

1.  Through compassionate and careful listening, validation, reflection and questioning I create a safe space in which to address emotions, behaviours, thought patterns and habits that interfere with quality of life. 

 

2.  I use a variety of humanistic, cognitive, psychoanalytic, behavioral and systemic counselling theories & approaches, depending on each person's unique circumstances, needs and goals.

 

The evidence-based counselling approaches I use most frequently are:

 

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Attachment Therapy
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
  • Emotion Focused Therapy
  • Psychodynamic Therapy
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy

 

These approaches are all described in the Counselling Approach tab.

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Counselling from a Christian perspective is also available upon request.            

 

 

My Availability   

 

  • Monday - Friday        8 am - 8 pm
  • Saturday                8 am - 5 pm

 

Fee     

$ 125 (tax included) for  1 hour  of psychotherapy   

 

Payment    

 

  • exact cash  
  •  etransfer 

 

 

I look forward to speaking with you soon!    

Au plaisir de vous parler bientôt!

 

 

(416) 745-3878  (calls, texts)    vfcounselling@bell.net

 

 

 

 

Being resilient doesn't mean that a person won't experience difficulty or distress.

It isn't a personality trait that only some people possess.  

Resilience involves thoughts and behaviours that anyone can learn and develop.

 

 

Calvin and HObbes