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Psychotherapy, couples counselling, Toronto East or online

Beth's Ontario licence enables her to provide video therapy and chat counselling in the GTA, Northern Ontario and throughout Canada.

Personal counselling and psychotherapy

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 ACA 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; and the concerns of mid life.

Relationship counselling in East Toronto and via internet

See couple counselling. 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 adult children of alcoholics issues and other family of origin issues play out in 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.

Some couples just need to enhanced skills in communication, problem-solving and negotiation. For those needing help with intimacy, attachment or building trust a more in-depth approach is required; 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 and excessive 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—(link) see love addiction. She makes use of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). See sex addiction help.

Internet counselling in Northern Ontario and across Canada

See therapy by video or chat. Beth's distance counselling is now done via Skype, which is now good enough to do internet couples counselling. 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.

Some locations are Sturgeon Falls, Espanola, Elliot Lake, Sault Ste Marie, Timmins, Kirkland Lake, Englehart, New Liskeard, Iroquois Falls, Kaupskasing, Hearst, Smooth Rock Falls, Marathon, Red Rock, Thunder Bay, Geraldton, Longlac, Moosonee, Moose Factory, Marathon, White River, Hornepayne, Chapleau, Terrace Bay, Atikokan, Ignace, Fort Frances, Dryden, Sioux Lookout, Jaffray, Melick, Keewatin, Kenora, Balmertown, Red Lake, Timmins, North Bay, and Parry Sound, as well as small other centres in the Far North of Ontario.

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


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

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

Please do not send mail to this 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