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The Cohen Clinic is a mental health center that offers personalized psychotherapy, marriage counselling, and couples counselling near Scarborough to individuals who prioritize high-quality healthcare. Our team of experts near Scarborough is committed to understanding each client’s unique needs and tailoring our treatments accordingly.
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT): This therapy program aims to help you understand the link between your emotions, thoughts, and behaviours. It guides you to identify and replace negative thought patterns with positive ones, which can help you gain better control over your emotions and develop effective coping strategies. Consequently, you can lead a more satisfying and healthier life.
 
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR): Psychological intervention is a proven and highly effective treatment for people who suffer from PTSD, anxiety, phobias, grief, and other traumas. This therapy involves a structured process that helps individuals identify and work through the unsettling memories, emotions, and thoughts that are linked to the traumatic event. This approach is designed to help people overcome their trauma and alleviate the associated symptoms.
 
  • Mindfulness: Our mindfulness techniques seek to reduce stress and anxiety by encouraging present-moment awareness and emotional regulation while reducing the impact of stressors.
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  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT): This approach combines acceptance and change to help patients manage intense emotions, resolve conflicts, and gain insightful perspectives on their experiences.

 

  • Adult Individual Therapy: This type of therapy is personalized to target mental health issues and encourage self-growth and awareness for each patient.

 

  • Family Therapy: The therapy services we offer aim to improve communication, resolve conflicts, and strengthen family bonds.

 

  • Couples Counselling: Our therapists help couples make difficult decisions about their relationship. No matter the outcome, we are here to support you in strengthening your bond and overcoming any obstacles.
Our team of highly skilled psychologists, marriage counsellors, and naturopathic doctors near Scarborough offers exceptional services. We are here to assist you in enhancing your mental health and well-being.

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About The Cohen Clinic

We are a holistic wellness therapy practice located near Scarborough. We strongly believe that the link between the mind and the body is crucial for your overall well-being. Our clinic has a team of caring professionals, including psychologists, psychotherapists, social workers, dietitians, and naturopathic physicians. All of them are dedicated to helping you achieve optimal wellness.

 

Our main goal at The Cohen Clinic is to provide psychological therapy sessions that can help you develop effective coping mechanisms, gain a better understanding of yourself, and promote happiness and motivation while prioritizing physical health for improved mental health. We aim to help you overcome life’s challenges and work with you to establish your goals, providing trustworthy healthcare services.

 

Our team is made up of highly qualified and seasoned individuals with clinical experience who are committed to assisting you in realizing your greatest potential. Please contact us if you need a therapist near the Scarborough area that you can trust. You can expect individualized information and a free consultation over the phone from our Clinic Coordinator.

 

We want to support and care for you so that you can reach your wellness objectives and live a healthy and fulfilling life.

Our Approach – The Cohen Clinic Advantage

Holistic Mental Health Treatment

At the Cohen Clinic, we treat mental health conditions with an emphasis on the mind-body connection in a holistic manner. The foundation of our approach is the idea that introducing novel practices can result in beneficial modifications to brain physiology and general health.

Multidisciplinary Team

The Cohen Clinic boasts a team of highly qualified professionals consisting of clinical psychologists, social workers, and a naturopathic doctor. Moreover, one of our registered dietitians is also a registered psychotherapist with expertise in various areas such as body image concerns, eating disorders, gut health, and health anxiety.

Diversity

At The Cohen Clinic, we firmly feel that the therapists we work with should reflect the diversity of Ontario. As a result, our therapists are members of the LGBTQ2S+ community and come from a variety of cultural backgrounds. Language skills of our therapists include English, Spanish, Tagalog, Hindi, Punjabi, and Marathi. We also provide conversational language services in Urdu, Hebrew, and French.

Continued Education

At The Cohen Clinic, we prioritize continuous education and training for our therapists. We provide regular workshops, clinical consultations, and lunch-and-learn sessions to support our team's professional growth.

From Start to Finish – Our Patient Treatment Process

Step 1

Get a free consultation over the phone with our clinic coordinator, who is skilled at understanding your needs and matching you with the most appropriate therapist.

Step 2

Make an appointment for your therapy session. They will assess your strengths, past medical history, special needs, and physical, emotional, and cognitive symptoms during this time.

Step 3

Based on your priorities, your therapist works with you to determine realistic treatment goals.

Step 4

Using evidence-based therapeutic interventions, the therapist will combine your goals with their clinical expertise to create a customized treatment plan.

Step 5

The program will teach you how to manage your mental health holistically, with a focus on the mind-body connection. You will learn how to improve your general well-being.

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FAQs for Our Scarborough Clients

The Cohen Clinic does not require a physician’s referral.  To schedule an appointment, contact the clinic at 416.588.7546 or info@thecohenclinic.com. The Clinic Coordinator will provide you with a free phone consultation to assess your needs and match you with the right therapist. 

 

Additionally, most extended health care coverage, does not require a physician’s referral to ensure coverage; however, it is always best practice to check your insurance policy.

Reaching out for support is difficult.  We often struggle to confide in friends or family, never mind meet with a stranger to discuss our thoughts and feelings.  Therapy holds a lot of unknowns for people who have never had any interaction with the field of mental health. This is what you can expect from an intake appointment: 

 

The initial session is about the therapist gaining an understanding about you and your needs.  The point is to make sure the therapist and client are the best fit for treatment.  They want to gain an understanding of what is bringing you to therapy, your current symptoms and your background history.  If the therapist believes you are better suited to a different course of treatment, they will connect you to a treatment provider who specializes in your needs.  

 

This appointment is also an opportunity for you to assess how comfortable you feel.  Research shows, rapport between client and therapist is a significant factor in treatment success.  The therapeutic relationship is like any relationship – sometimes it’s a match and sometimes it’s not.  If you do not feel the therapist is the right fit for you, then they will provide you with referrals for someone who meets your needs better.  This being said, it also takes time to build comfort, so if you feel your relationship can grow, give it some time.  

 

If you and the therapist determine you are a good fit, then you will spend time identifying what your treatment goals are.  You should feel free to ask questions.  Some things to think about asking are: their qualifications and experience, the possible treatment plan, and the therapist’s treatment style.  If you do not understand something, don’t be shy, ask them to clarify. Your active participation in treatment is key to success, and this starts in the first session.

 

It is important to note, you are free to leave treatment at any time.  You do not have to commit to a course of treatment or particular therapist.  Making a commitment to therapy can feel daunting and overwhelming.  If these feelings come up for you, remember: you are committing to an initial appointment and then you can decide about the next! 

Sessions are 50 minutes in length.  Frequency is dependent on the unique needs of each client.  Factors taken into account when establishing session frequency are the client’s: symptom severity, level of distress, availability, and financial constraints.  Your therapist will discuss these factors with you in order to inform the treatment plan.  

 

It is usually best practice to have sessions once per week or every two weeks at the start of treatment.  This allows you to establish rapport with your therapist and build momentum toward your treatment goals.  Once you start to see progress, session frequency can be tapered.

While this is a rational question for anyone to be asking when they start treatment, it is a difficult one to answer.  Research shows therapy duration is extremely variable and is impacted by many factors: therapeutic interventions used, therapeutic goals, symptom severity, symptom chronicity, types of symptoms, complexity of difficulties, level of social support available, other life events that are co-occurring, and level of active engagement in therapy.

 

Short or long-term goals can be established based on your needs.  Short-term goals are usually for a very specific difficulty.  Short-term models are approximately 4 to 10 sessions. Long-terms goals are usually for recurring life patterns that require more in-depth exploration and deeper change. Longer-term models are approximately 12 to 20 sessions.

 

Session frequency and duration is a discussion had in the intake session, and are topics revisited throughout treatment.  You will work collaboratively with your therapist to identify a treatment plan that fits your needs.

We are Registered Clinical Psychologists and therefore, do not prescribe medication.  We respect each client’s decision to use or not use mental health medication.  Your Family Doctor or Psychiatrist are health practitioners who can prescribe medication.  We are always happy to consult with your Family Doctor or Psychiatrist to provide them with information that may be useful when prescribing you mental health medications.  This consultation is only done with your expressed written consent.

The Cohen Clinic offers video sessions through a secure, PHIPPA-compliant video conferencing application called Owl. We can treat clients from anywhere in Ontario, Quebec and Saskatchewan through these video sessions.

Workshops are a wonderful way to introduce and educate people about mental health information.  In a non-threatening, approachable environment, Dr. Amber Cohen works to provide attendees with education on mental health concerns and concrete coping skills they can utilize personally and professionally.  The sessions are skills-based and interactive.  Workshops are offered in Toronto and the GTA. 

Things to note regarding workshops:

  • Attainment of concrete strategies in under an hour.

  • No need to share personal information.

  • Power point presentation, handouts and worksheets provided by Dr. Amber Cohen.  

  • Evening and weekend sessions available. 

Workshop examples: 

  • Stress Less: Freeing your Creative Potential 

  • The Confident Professional: How to Manage Networking and Workplace Anxiety

  • Presenting your Best Self: Skills to Increase Confidence and Motivation

  • Self-Care Skills: How to Manage Stress and Care for Yourself 

  • Mindfulness Mastery: Techniques to Increase Feelings of Contentment and Success.

Psychologist

  • A Psychologist is trained to provide formal assessments and diagnoses for an individual’s difficulties with thinking, feeling and behaviour. Additionally, Psychologists provide therapy to individuals in an effort to help them manage and/or overcome their present challenges. Psychologists are not able to prescribe medication to treat mental health concerns or conditions. While the educational and training requirements for psychologists vary by province and country, to be registered as a psychologist under the College of Psychologists of Ontario, an individual must have completed a Bachelor level degree, followed by a attaining a Masters degree in psychology (e.g. M.A., M.Sc., M.Ps., M.Ed.) and a Doctoral level degree in psychology (e.g. Ph.D., Psy.D., Ed.D., D.Psy.). In addition to these requirements, an individual must attain a minimum of four years of working experience in clinical psychology.

Psychiatrist

  • A Psychiatrist is a Medical Doctor who specializes in diagnosing and treating mental health disorders. Psychiatrists are able to create and prescribe a medication plan to help treat and manage mental health symptoms, and can also offer therapy to their patients. In order to be seen by a Psychiatrist in Ontario, an individual needs a referral from their primary care doctor.

Psychological Associate in Supervised Practice

  • The term “Supervised Practice” can be confusing and misleading as it sounds like the therapist is still in training, however, that is not the case! A Psychological Associate in Supervised Practice is a therapist who has completed all of their clinical training requirements and their Masters degree in Psychology. Supervised practice entails that they provide psychotherapy to clients on an individual basis, and then discuss their clinical understanding and work outside of session through the supervision of another registered Psychologist or Psych. Associate, until they are formally registered as an “autonomous” Psychologist. Psychological associates in supervised practice are highly trained and experienced therapists, and are using their own expertise as well as that of their supervisor, in order to best support their clients. Psychological Associates can provide formal assessments and diagnoses, but are not able to prescribe medication.

  • Many insurance providers do cover Psychological Associates in Supervised Practice, however, we do recommend that you check! You would be looking for coverage for a Registered Psychologist/Psychological Associate in Supervised Practice. You will have two therapists’ names on the invoices; however, you would be submitting for coverage under the supervisor’s name and license number. If you have further questions, please contact the Clinic Coordinator for more information.

Registered Social Worker

  • A Registered Social Worker is trained to provide an assessment of an individual’s current level of functioning, and then provide psychotherapy treatment to best support their needs. A Registered Social Worker has a Masters degree in Social Work, and is registered in good standing with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW). They have completed all the necessary ethical and professional requirements to perform the controlled act of psychotherapy.

  • RSWs are not able to provide a client with a formal diagnosis or provide medication. 

Registered Psychotherapist

  • A Registered Psychotherapist is trained to provide an assessment of an individual’s current level of functioning, and then provide psychotherapy treatment to best support their needs. A Registered Psychotherapist has a Masters degree in Psychology/Counselling Psychology, and is registered and in good standing with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO). They have completed all the necessary ethical and professional requirements to perform the controlled act of psychotherapy.

  • RPs are not able to provide a client with a formal diagnosis or provide medication.