About Stefania Baresic
I share Yalom’s conviction, that as human beings we have a natural propensity towards health and self-realization.
Long before being a psychotherapist I have been a client myself. Since my early thirties my journey in the psychotherapy field has continued fruitfully both as a client and today as a psychotherapist myself.
I completed my studies in psychodynamic psychotherapy at the Centre for Training in Psychotherapy In Toronto, an in-depth, academic and experiential six-year training program. In this form of therapy the work is directed towards the unconscious. Some core principles are: an emphasis on speaking with as much freedom and authenticity as possible (free association); an in-depth exploration of the client’s dreams; and a focus on the co-created interaction between client and therapist in the present moment.
My training also includes Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Level 1, for the treatment of traumatic memory. This is a body-oriented form of therapy which focuses on listening to the language of the body. It is based on the premise that trauma survivors have often symptoms rather than memories; what cannot be articulated is often expressed through physical symptoms, body sensations, or inability to inhabit one’s body in a full, joyful and pleasurable way. By addressing these symptoms in a space that is safe and accepting, we can reconnect with those parts of ourselves that we have learned to silence and that often hold the key to our vitality and well-being.
What happens in a therapy session
Psychotherapy is a collaborative journey we take together, at a pace that is comfortable for you.
What makes psychotherapy a unique form of conversation is that the therapist is skilled in being fully present, listening deeply and with empathy to the words, and also to the silence, that happen in session, and trained to raise questions supportive of deepening the clients’ self-understanding and widening their horizon of possibilities.
As a psychodynamic psychotherapist, my practice focuses on medium to long term therapy.
I typically meet with clients once or twice weekly for 60-minute sessions to talk about whatever you, the client, bring in to address.
Therapy rates are $90-$120/session +HST(sliding scale). I can provide my services in English and Italian.
At this time, because of Covid19, I am offering sessions online or by phone only, until it is safe to resume work in person.
I can be reached by email at [email protected] or by phone at 416-471-2212.
I will respond within 24 hours Monday to Friday.
I offer an initial no-obligation 30-minute consultation at no charge as an opportunity to meet and assess your needs, ask questions, raise concerns and see how you feel in our conversation together. Your initial sense of comfort, even in the midst of some anxiety, is an important part of this journey and of the first step in choosing a therapist that is right for you.