Andrea D’Onofrio, M.A., RP-CRPO, RP-CRA
Tel: (416) 220-1100
Fax: (416) 352-1535
Integrative Wellness Counsellor, Registered Psychotherapist & Registered Reiki Practitioner
“Every day, in every way, you are enough.” ~ Anon
I love these beautiful, inspiring words and have learned, through my personal healing and in my work with clients, the resistance we build that can challenge our ability to authentically believe in our own worth, deserving and value. In a warm, caring, supportive, accepting and non-judgmental environment, we can carefully create self-acceptance and improve our self-concept as we bravely learn to open our fragile hearts.
Many of us are hurting from experiences in our lives that we are having trouble reconciling. Understanding that we did the best we could at the time based on our skills, knowledge and experience helps us move through pain and heal. We tend to blame the situation, person and/or ourselves for our pain and magnify it to a level of discomfort that initiates our search for a therapist of good fit. We can learn to trust in a safe client-practitioner relationship, explore the past and develop an accurate self-concept to enhance ability to ease pain, reconcile the past and create the future that we want.
Compassion and empathy are essential to create a safe space for clients to explore vulnerability, share and grow. Our experiences don’t define us, they can be used to understand our unique journeys and integrate our inner capacity of strength, resilience and courage that we only become familiar with in times of challenge. We can work together to transform old patterns and reactions from destructive to productive. We have the power to free ourselves from an attachment to shadow and pain in order to embrace joy and increase energy and excitement.
Raising consciousness in a largely unconscious world is not an easy task. I have tremendous respect and admiration for those who are willing to open their eyes to hard truths and disappointing circumstances. It is this powerful process of awakening to the real you that comprises the concept of personal growth and development. This is a focus of my practice.
I am here to walk with you on your enriching journey, to live with a focus on the present, accept what can’t be changed and to change what can. I am here to guide you towards self-exploration and provide the tools to create the change; however it is clients that work to achieve their goals. This is incredibly empowering and what gives the psychotherapy a significantly lower relapse rate than traditional medical-model approaches.
I take a collaborative, client-centered approach, which constantly evolves with you and your unique experiences. Personal growth and development creates skills, knowledge and experience that you will keep forever. It is that from which you can effectively manage through whatever challenges arise in the future and achieve personal freedom.
I take a holistic view of whole person health, which informs my approach to therapy. When we experience life, good and not so good, we feel it at the emotional, cognitive, physical and energetic levels. When one system is off, it affects all other systems in the body. As an experienced energy-based practitioner of Reiki, I will help you learn to build and integrate the skills necessary to create change on all levels. What we hold in our hearts can be manifested as physical pain and vice versa. It creates a stress response in the nervous system that affects heart, mind and body. When we learn these skills, we will have them forever. We can transform our lives and challenges though powerful inner growth and development. We can experience enriching emotional health and create happiness. This improves whole person health and wellbeing.
My own experience in psychotherapy for personal growth and development inspired me to leave my former career in retail buying to help others create the meaningful change that has transformed my personal and professional lives.
Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology, The Adler School of Professional Psychology, Chicago, 2012 – 2015
Health Coach Certification, Institute for Integrative Nutrition, NYC, 2014 – 2015
Reiki – Levels 1, 2 & Master, The School of Etheric Healing, Guilford, 2011 – 2012
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, 1995 – 1998
Registered Psychotherapist, College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO #4684)
Registered Reiki Practitioner, Canadian Reiki Association (CRA)
Ontario Society of Registered Psychotherapists (OSRP), Clinical Member 2019 – Present
Canadian Counselling & Psychotherapy Association (CCPA), Professional Member 2015 – Present
Canadian Psychological Association (CPA), Professional Member 2015 – 2018, Student Member 2013 – 2015
Creating Sacred Spaces in Psychotherapy – Daybreak Training with Dr. Gabor Mate, 14 hrs, Toronto, June 2018
Becoming Supernatural – Hay House U Live, facilitated by Dr. Joe Dispenza, 6 hrs, Toronto, May 2018
Compassionate Inquiry – Leading Edge Seminars, facilitated by Dr. Gabor Mate, 12 hrs, Toronto, November 2017
Using the Wisdom of EFT for Overcoming Clinical Impasses in Couples Therapy – The Greater Toronto EFT Community, facilitated by Dr. Sue Johnson, 8 hrs, Toronto, June 2017
Integrative Therapies for Anxiety & Depression – Integrative Medicine for Mental Health (IMMH), facilitated by Dr. James Greenblatt, M.D. & Dr. William Shaw, Ph.D., 14.5 hrs, San Diego, March 2017
Emotionally-Focused Couples Counselling Externship – The Greater Toronto EFT Community, facilitated by Dr. Sue Johnson & Gail Palmer, MSW, RMFT, 24 hrs, Toronto, June 2016
The Highly Sensitive Person – Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) annual conference, facilitated by Susan Meindl, Psychologist, 4 hrs, Quebec City, June 2014
Suicide Awareness – 416 Community Support, facilitated by Yvonne Bergmans, MSW, RSW, Toronto, 2 hrs, January 2013
Dreams & The Evolutionary Body – Pulse Somatic-Emotional Evolution, facilitated by Gregory Nye, Toronto, 3 hrs, September 2012
Grounded Spirituality, Jeff Brown
The Drama of the Gifted Child: The Search for the True Self, Alice Miller
Self-Esteem: A Proven Program of Cognitive Techniques for Accessing, Improving & Maintaining Your Self-Esteem, Matthew McKay, PhD & Patrick Fanning
Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love, Dr. Sue Johnson
A Mind of Your Own: The Truth About Depression, Dr. Kelly Brogan
Mind Over Medicine, Dr. Lissa Rankin
When the Body Says No: The Hidden Cost of Stress, Dr. Gabor Mate
Energy Medicine, Donna Eden
The Promise of Energy Psychology, David Feinstein, Donna Eden & Gary Craig
Anatomy of the Spirit, Caroline Myss
Wheels of Life, Anodea Judith
Eastern Body Western Mind, Anodea Judith
Wheat Belly, Dr. William Davis
Grain Brain, Dr. David Perlmutter
You Can Heal Your Life, Louise Hay
The Secret, Rhonda Byrne
The Magic, Rhonda Byrne
Andrea takes an integrative, holistic approach that is tailored to the unique needs of each client. She carefully cultivates a warm, nurturing and safe environment to support clients in their efforts to heal on emotional, physical, cognitive and spiritual levels.
Andrea uses her strong sense of empathy, compassion, acceptance and encouragement with individuals, couples and families to help them achieve their goals and enhance their happiness, health and well-being.
My clients – people are diverse,
but one thing unites all: an active position in life.
It’s time to take care of your health now! All you need to do is just send us a message via the form below.