married couple at the Beach after their wedding.

Online counselling in Canada, psychotherapy in Toronto E.

Online therapy is by video or chat via a platform designed for confidential medical information and compliant with Ontario and Canadian privacy legislation. Beth's Ontario licence enables her to provide online therapy and counselling in the GTA, Northern Ontario and anywhere in English Canada.

Beth's office is in the upper beaches, Toronto, close to South Scarborough and East York.

Psychotherapy and distance counselling

See Beth's approach and personal counselling. Beth helps with a wide range of issues, including the common ones like relationships, depression and anxiety. She also helps with dual disorders; ACoA issues; problems arising from a client's religious background; stress-related physical problems like insomnia, stress headaches and IBS; lack of interest in sex; sexual imagery or fetishes that a person finds disturbing; internet addiction; and the concerns of mid life and maturity.

Relationship counselling, via internet or in Toronto office

Beth offers various types of relationship counselling to enhance intimacy and marital satisfaction, for both male/female and same-sex couples, including those in long distance relationships. Much of her work relates to improving communication and sexual satisfaction and to overcoming problems caused by deceit/lying and infidelity, including affairs, pornography addiction, and sex addiction. Another common topic is how to prevent adult children of alcoholics issues and other family of origin issues from damaging relationships. She also works with immigrant couples on challenges such as lack of a support system and understanding subtle differences in culture and/or religion, and with clash of cultures between individuals and their families or their in-laws. These issues can be especially challenging for same sex couples. Beth also offers support with divorce or a break-up, and secular marriage preparation and troubleshooting. See couple counselling.

Some couples just need to enhance their skills in communication, problem-solving and negotiation. For those needing more in-depth help with intimacy, attachment or building trust, conjoint couple therapy (a combination of couple sessions and individual psychotherapy) is the usual method.

Sexual problems in relationships

These include lack of or loss of interest in sex, sometimes referred to as low sexual desire or sexual anorexia, disruptions to a couple's sex life caused by circumstances, and infidelity in various forms. See sex therapy.

Help for sexual addictions and preoccupations

These include pornography addiction, excessive or ego-dystonic (guilt-inducing) use of internet or other pornography, unsafe sex, excessive or obsessive flirtation, obsessive masturbation, sexual activities that the person or family cannot afford, or addiction to strip bars, sexual massage parlours, or prostitutes. She also works with many different forms of relationship addiction—see love addiction. She uses acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) as well as other methods if required. See sex addiction help.

Internet addiction counselling
In addition to internet pornography addiction, Beth provides psychotherapy for other internet habit problems.

Distance counselling in Northern Ontario and across Canada

Beth's online mental health service is now provided via Vsee, which complies with Ontario privacy standards for psychotherapy, unlike Skype. Common topics for internet therapy are relationships, including communication, intimacy, sex therapy, pornography addiction and other sex addictions; adult children of alcoholics issues; stress management, anxiety disorders, insomnia and depression; assertiveness training; parenting and family problems; coming out and other GLBTQ issues; and mental health information. See cybertherapy.

Some people in Northern Ontario and small towns througout Canada choose the privacy of videocounselling with an outsider even when there is a qualified psychotherapist in town; on-site counselling at home or at work is also useful for people who find it difficult or inconvenient to attend a clinic. See also counselling in the Kawarthas--Fenelon, Lindsay, & Minden, Ontario.

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See also: Dear Beth--answers to visitors' letters, & counseling resources

Danforth East in Toronto (on subway, near The Beaches, serving East York, Scarborough, Pickering & Markham)

Beth Mares Counselling,
403-294 Main Street
Toronto, ON M4C 4X5

Mail may be sent to the above address

 Beth Mares Counselling
Rosedale Medical Building,
605-600 Sherbourne St, Toronto ON M4X 1W4

Please do not send mail to this address

Voice mailbox for Beth's clients : 416-699-5515

New clients please email beth's gmail, beth.toronto