Barbara Szelest-Van Dussen, M.A. in Counselling, Psychotherapist

Barbara Szelest-Van Dussen, M.A. in Counselling, Psychotherapist

Professions: Clinical Social Work, Counseling Psychology
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Psychotherapy Licence from OPQ - 60992-14
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1-800-651-8085 ext. 34707
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Office 1
360 Victoria Avenue
Suite 402
Westmount, Quebec H3Z2N4 - Canada
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Office 2
4150 Ste Catherine Street West
Suite 328
Westmount, Quebec H3Z2Y5 - Canada
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Billing and Insurance

I do not work with insurance companies

Fees: Call, text or email for a free initial 15-minute consultation.

Standard fee $100 - $120/session.

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Therapy is a safe, comfortable and confidential space for you to recover. I listen to your every word in order to understand you deeply, not to judge. I don't push or evaluate, but only listen. The purpose of this process is to gently and collaboratively arrive at the full, rich and deep emotional understanding of your present situation. When we reach this powerful insight into your life, a transformation can happen. You are freed to see your life in its true colors which allows you to become better at facing its challenges, having more satisfying relationships and doing better overall!

Let me give you an example of how this works in daily life. A person came into my office for his 3rd session and sat down on the couch without removing his coat, which his usual way. He talked about his great struggle feeling accepted at his new job placement. I was moved to hear his experience of rejection and loneliness. I also felt curious and I gently asked about his coat. He responded that he often wore the coat indoors when meeting with people. Upon further questioning, he was rather surprised to tell me that he keeps his coat on as if to be ready to leave any minute. Preparedness to leave meant to him that he could avoid becoming more involved and thus avoid being hurt. Hence he now had a fresh vision of the struggle he was up against which permitted him to make healthier choices at work which contributed to better integration for him.

Email or Call Barbara Szelest-Van Dussen, M.A. in Counselling, Psychotherapist at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 34707

More Info About My Practice

I regularly pursue mentoring, additional training and research to improve my capacity to help and be better able to understand you. I also conduct research as a fellow at a scientific society (CPS) which looks into cross-cultural dynamics of therapy. I have been practicing the art of psychotherapy for the last ten years. In Montreal, my placements have included Jewish General Hospital and the Douglas Hospital. I trained at the Argyle Institute of Human Relations. My Private Practice opened in 2013.

I am looking forward to hearing from you. Please call, text or email me. I invite you to browse my website.

Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With

Relationship difficulties, depression, anxiety, personality disorders and psychiatric disorders.

My View on the Nature of 'Disorders'

While there are a couple of taxonomies (DSM, ICD to name two) which categorize psychiatric disorders, I don't find it very helpful to think about intact discreet disorders in therapy. I work with real people and I focus on their feelings, thoughts, actions and wishes. Therapy is a process where a person has a chance to be heard and understood in the most profound way. Labels, such as "good" and "bad" or "a psychiatric disorder-XYZ" are not as useful to me as the more raw terms such as "mad", "sad", "withdrawn", "open" etc.

The Duration and Frequency of Therapy

Most often the sessions are once or twice weekly; the duration of the treatment is short, medium or long-term. Depending on what you need to address. A person stays in therapy, typically, at least six months.

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Services I Provide

  • Consultation
  • Group Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Online Counseling / Phone Therapy
  • Other

Ages I Work With

  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English
  • Polish

Client Concerns Within Your Scope of Practice

  • Abandonment
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Academic Concerns
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Adoption / Reunion Issues
  • Aging and Geriatric Issues
  • Agoraphobia
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Bipolar
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Body Image
  • Breakup
  • Cancer
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Creative Blocks
  • Depression
  • Dissociation
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Fertility Issues
  • Forgiveness
  • Gender Dsyphoria
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Habits
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • Hoarding
  • Identity Issues
  • Individuation
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • Jealousy
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Money and Financial Issues
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Narcissism
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Panic
  • Perfectionism
  • Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Power
  • Prejudice / Discrimination
  • Psychosis
  • Rejection
  • Religious Issues
  • Schizophrenia
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Somatization
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Suicidal Ideation and Behavior
  • Suspiciousness / Paranoia
  • Terminal Illness
  • Trichotillomania
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Bibliotherapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy /REBT
  • Depth-Oriented Brief Therapy
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Gestalt Therapy
  • Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Psychodynamic

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