© 2017 Giselle Gos

Need to talk?

I'm here to listen.

Approach

People come to therapy for lots of different reasons. Some folks are stressed, anxious, depressed, sad, scared, angry, or overwhelmed because they are going through a difficult time in their life. Some have these emotions because of past difficulties or trauma that they are working through. Others feel bad and don’t know why.

 

Whatever your reason for starting therapy, I provide a warm and accepting place where you can be yourself—with all your thoughts and feelings, whatever they might be. Together, we will explore those thoughts and feelings by talking about what’s going on in your life today, but also (if and when you’re ready) by exploring how your past experiences may be affecting you in the present. I will support you in identifying and moving towards areas of growth and healing that feel right for you, so that you can feel better and thrive in many aspects of your life, including your relationship with yourself and others.

I am experienced in supporting people with issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity, including questioning and exploration, coming out, and transitioning.

As a queer and non-binary therapist, I work within an anti-oppression and trauma-informed framework. I strive to be: queer positive, trans positive, ace/aro positive, anti-racist, fat positive, body positive, sex positive, sex worker positive, harm reduction informed, and anti-ableist, including chronic pain/illness.  

About Me

After more than a decade of university teaching and research, I realized that connecting with people has always been the most meaningful aspect of my work, and that my priority has become the health and well-being of my communities. For the last six years, I've been working in LGBTQ health and mental health at community agencies in Toronto in both paid and volunteer positions. Out of these experiences, I've grown my commitment to working one-on-one, to supporting individuals by building personal relationships, and to meeting individuals' specific needs through mutual understanding.

I am a Registered Psychotherapist  with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) and comply with their professional practice standards.

 

I am also a member of the Canadian Association for Psychodynamic Therapy and governed by their code of ethics.  

Fees

My rate is $120/ 55 min session for individuals (HST included).

 

To see if we're a good fit, I offer a 15-20 min consultation in person or on the phone.

For those in financial need, I offer a sliding scale fee. Please write to inquire and specify you are looking for sliding scale. *at present, all my sliding scale spots are filled*

Please note that I require 24 hr notice to cancel an appointment without charge.

Psychotherapy can now be claimed as a medical expense on your income tax return. For more information, click here.

Some extended health benefits plans and insurance companies offer coverage for psychotherapy with a Registered Psychotherapist. For those that only cover services by social workers (MSW/RSW), I also have a supervisor who is an an MSW/RSW, so you may be able to claim fees. It is up to the client to determine claim eligibility.

Location and Availability

I see clients on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

720 Spadina Ave. Suite 509 (near Spadina subway)

Toronto, Ontario M5S 2T9

Accessibility Information:

No steps. Elevator to office floor. Accessible washroom on different floor. Automatic door buttons only on building entrance. 

 

The office is scent free, so please refrain from using perfume, cologne or other scented products.

Currently I have a waitlist for March.

Contact

Giselle Gos, R.P.

Resources

If you are in crisis and require emergency assistance, visit your local hospital emergency room or dial 911.
If you are in distress, there are several free, confidential, 24 hr phone lines you can call:
Toronto Distress Centre: 416-408-4357
Gerstein Centre: 416-929-5200
Suicide and Crisis Hotline (Canada Wide):  1-800-448-3000
Mental Health Crisis Line (Canada Wide):  1-888-893-8333

Assaulted Women’s Help Line: 416-863-0511

Toronto Rape Crisis Centre/Multicultural Women Against Rape: 416-597-8808 

 

This list is not comprehensive. For more resources, please consult the document below or the Canadian Mental Health Association crisis page.

Here is a public google document of Free/Low-Cost Mental Health Resources in Toronto

*Please note that the Walk-in Counselling for Family Service Toronto has moved to Sterling Rd. since this document was published.