Shirley Katz

PhD, Registered Psychotherapist, CCC

Shirley Katz

PhD, Registered Psychotherapist, CCC

Telehealth Available
Professions: Psychotherapist, Counsellor, Marriage & Family Therapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
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Fees: Rate is 175 to 220, a 15 minute free phone consultation is available when you call for information. There is a reduced rate for students on student loans or people on a lower income who do not have insurance for psychotherapy. Please ask during your first appointment. We are also offering low-cost counselling services through interns. Contact for details.
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156 Sheppard Avenue West, Unit 3
North York, Ontario M2N1M8

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My Approach to Helping

I believe in a direct, genuine and honest approach to helping. I am a deeply caring human being with the courage and faith to be genuine in my role of helping you with your concerns. If you choose to work with me, the process of change will be collaborative. I believe in helping you in a way that will strengthen the skills you will need to navigate other struggles you may face in the future.

I believe we should decide together not just what the "problem" might be, but what your goals are. Because I am clear on what my role is in helping you reach those goals, you are likely to feel safe and supported in therapy, moving towards your goals.

As a former university counselling instructor and supervisor, I'm well aware of the research on what is effective in psychotherapy, regardless of a therapists' style. I know what facilitates real change and I make effective use of your therapy time. Everyone grows and changes. We all face struggles in our lives. In order to help you develop to your full potential and to get through tricky times, I will draw on a wide range of traditional and creative methods to help.

You will find me open minded and easy going. My background has been colourful and my path a winding one. I've grown to understand and accept people from all walks of life. I connect really well with people who feel they have been often misunderstood, especially creative and gifted people.. My clients, regardless of their issue or their background, usually find it really easy to talk to me and appreciate the combination of genuine caring and results-oriented approach. I am easy to trust and feel safe with.

More Info About My Practice

My services are covered by extended health plans if you are covered for a Registered Psychotherapist, or through a supervisory relationship I have with a psychologist if your insurance does not cover a Registered Psychotherapist but does accept what is called "the supervision model". Please inquire with your provider. I offer phone counselling and video conferencing which is also covered by insurance if applicable.

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

I see a lot of clients struggling with anxiety because of being highly intelligent or creative and feeling misunderstood. I also have specialties in working with eating and body image concerns and clients who come from the LGBTQ community. I embrace diversity.

Services I Provide

  • Clinical Supervision
  • Coaching
  • Consultation
  • Family Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Telehealth

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English
  • Hebrew
  • Spanish

Groups I Work With

    Disordered Eating, Anxiety, GLBT issues in individual and couples, Parent-Child relationships, Newcomers to Canada, Inter-Cultural Relationships, Creative People.

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Abortion / Post Abortion Issues
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Academic Concerns
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Adoption / Reunion Issues
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Batterer Intervention
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Cancer
  • Career Choice
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Chronic Pain
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Compulsive Spending / Shopping
  • Control Issues
  • Creative Blocks
  • Depression
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Domestic Violence
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • Eating and Food Issues
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Fertility Issues
  • Gambling Addiction
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Habits
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • HIV / AIDS
  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Inattention, Impulsivity, and Hyperactivity (ADHD)
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • Learning Difficulties
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Men's Issues
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Panic
  • Parenting
  • Physical Abuse
  • Post Partum Depression
  • Pregnancy and Birthing
  • Prejudice / Discrimination
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Stress
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness

Types of Therapy

  • Authentic Movement
  • Body-Mind Psychotherapy
  • Breathwork
  • Client-Directed Outcome-Informed Therapy (CDOI)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Constructivisim
  • Creative Art Therapy
  • Drama Therapy
  • Emotion Focused Couples Therapy
  • Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy
  • Existential Psychotherapy
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Feminist Therapy
  • Holistic Psychotherapy
  • Humanistic Psychology (humanism)
  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET)
  • Object Relations
  • Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)
  • Person-Centered Therapy (Rogerian Therapy)
  • Relational Psychotherapy
  • Self Psychology

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