About John Gross
I graduated in 2004 from the Centre for Training in Psychotherapy, Toronto. My training overlapped and followed a diverse career in religious life, health care research, nursing home and hospital management, university lecturing, organizational consulting, and government policy work. I have gone through more than one long course of therapy/psychoanalysis, in my opinion the most important preparation for the work of a psychotherapist.
I am registered in the College of Registered Psychotherapists, a member of the Canadian Association of Psychodynamic Therapists and a Clinical Member of the Ontario Society of Psychotherapists. I have served as a Graduate Fellow at the Centre for Training in Psychotherapy and as President of the Psychotherapy Referral Service, Inc. I hold a Master of Science degree from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Massachusetts.
Challenges you might be facing
I have worked with a diverse population of clients who face challenges with:
- Aging and Age-Related Concerns
- Creative Blocks
- Loneliness and Isolation
- Loss and Grief
- Relationship Issues
- Separation and Divorce
What happens in a therapy session
Simply put, our task is to explore the hidden workings of the mind in its relation to yourself and others. In that work my job is to listen very carefully for two things: what you truly desire, and—wait for it—how you go about NOT getting it. Over time we learn to listen together, and at last it becomes the most important job in your life—listening to yourself.
I invite you to bring to our sessions whatever is happening at the moment, whether it’s bothering or exciting or confusing or frustrating or intriguing you. Dreams are a particularly rich source of what’s going on hidden in the mind. Gradually we begin to notice repetitions in your stories and actions. Discovering underlying patterns can be enormously helpful in striving for mastery over impulses and impasses.
Einstein said we can’t solve complex problems with the same kind of thinking that created them. Psychotherapy is not a simple or quick fix. My advice to prospective clients is to plan on meeting weekly over a year or more to obtain optimal benefit and value from this kind of therapy.
In addition to therapy with individuals I also co-conduct a psychotherapy group for men and women open to new members each year in the Fall. Please call or write if you are interested in learning more about group.
An initial telephone consultation is welcome and free of charge.