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.
Registered Psychotherapist, College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO #004684)
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
“Change is painful, but nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you don’t belong.” ~Mandy Hale
As humans, we all experience some form of pain whether it’s emotional, physical or psychological, but some pains are so traumatic that it impairs our ability to function, causing us to feel stuck believing that we are powerless to move forward. And that’s okay because I am here to meet you where you’re at and, through therapeutic alliance, guide you to where you are determined to go in therapy
I am here to provide you with a safe, supportive and encouraging environment where you feel heard and listened to while fulfilling your goals to achieve long-term health and well-being. I believe in a holistic and integrative approach to therapy, where we work together to explore what is keeping you stuck and help you solve and overpower them. Because you are the most powerful person in your life.
I am currently completing a Competency-Based Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapy at Adler Graduate Professional School. I have a Competency-Based modality-specific Adlerian Trauma Psychotherapy Certificate, a Competency-Based modality-specific Adlerian Integrative Psychotherapy Certificate, a Certificate in an introduction to Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and an Adler Foundations of Professional Coaching. I have a B.A. honours in Psychology and Sociology from York University. As part of my professional development, I volunteered to write blogs for the Toronto Psychology Clinic to reduce the stigma around mental health.
Ontario Associations of Mental Health Professionals (OAMHP), Student Membership
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), M.A.
“What you seek is seeking you” ~ Rumi
When we feel stuck, it can be difficult to find the light that guides us towards a brighter future. I believe that feelings of worry, sadness, anger and confusion can be valuable tools for finding joy and purpose in our lives. We can’t ignore sticky areas and uncomfortable feelings — even if we try, they keep popping up.
Using an integrated and collaborative approach, I offer non-judgemental and compassionate support to help you explore the things that are holding you back. We can develop skills and access insights that will make navigating life easier. My approach is culturally-sensitive, trauma-informed, and LGBTQ+ affirming.
I have a M.A. in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University, M.A. in Media Studies from Ryerson University and BFA in Creative Writing, with a minor in Religious Studies, from the University of Victoria. For several years, I’ve been volunteering with grassroots community organizations including crisis phone counselling for The Toronto Rape Crisis Centre/Multicultural Women Against Rape (TRCC/MWAR). My writing on mental health and creativity has been published by New York Magazine, Vice, Medium, Playboy, Toronto Life and others.
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO #009622)
Ontario Society of Registered Psychotherapists (OSRP)
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), M. Psy. (c)
“Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start.” ~ Nido Qubein
I am here to offer you guidance, support, encouragement, and motivate you to achieve your goals towards optimal health and well-being.
I will offer a safe and non-judgemental place for you to share and explore different challenges that you would like to address. I believe in a holistic and collaborative approach to therapy, in which we can work together to help you solve and overcome obstacles. I believe that we are all able to overcome our obstacles in life. I know that sometimes in life, we may find ourselves a bit lost or we find ourselves kind of stuck. That is okay, we have all been there. Sometimes we need some support and guidance to help get through these challenges. I am here to guide, support and motivate you throughout your journey.
In my journey now, I am currently completing a Master’s in Psychology at Adler Graduate Professional School. I have a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Certificate from Adler Graduate Professional School. I have an Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology with a Minor in Visual Arts from York University. I love yoga, swimming, drinking tea and spending time in nature.
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO #009958)
Ontario Psychological Association (OPA)
Ontario Society of Registered Psychotherapists (OSRP)
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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.
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