Since its inception in 1988, the Brief Psychotherapy Centre for Women has developed, refined, practiced and researched a distinctive approach to therapy with women. This therapy is based on a feminist mental health model, called brief relational-cultural therapy, designed to meet the unique needs and goals that each woman identifies for herself. Our approach is:
Our philosophy emphasizes the empowerment of women. The Brief Psychotherapy Centre for Women is the only program of its kind in Canada.
The Program has one full time female psychotherapist and three part-time female psychotherapists who have extensive training and experience in providing psychotherapy. The program is a teaching facility therefore students may be present during your visit.
Find out more about how brief psychotherapy works.
Clients have an option to participate in either individual psychotherapy or group psychotherapy at BPCW. Following the participation in a mandatory 90-minute Orientation session, clients will indicate which type of therapy they are interested in, and will complete a questionnaire that will be reviewed by one of BPCW’s therapists.
Based on the questionnaire review outcome, and the client is determined suitable for the program, she will be placed on the waitlist for the specified therapy.
- Assessment sessions to determine suitability of the program
- 16 weekly, 50-minute, sessions
- Two follow-up sessions at approximately three-months and one-year after therapy has concluded
- Community resources as needed (Referral to other resources and community services, as needed)
Relational group exploring patterns of relating with others that interfere with closeness and intimacy, examine style of relating to others, develop ways to manage relationship challenges, and develop and experience relationships based on mutuality.
- Assessment sessions with group facilitators prior to group to determine suitability for group therapy
- 20 weekly sessions, 1 hour 45 minutes in length
- 8 participants, 2 facilitators
- Community resources as needed
The therapy offered at the Brief Psychotherapy Centre for Women is most useful for women who are having difficulties with any of the following:
- dealing with anger
- discrimination/cultural adjustment
- health problems/disabilities
- separation or divorce
- body image
- loss and/or bereavement
- relationship issues
- physical, emotional, verbal or financial abuse
- sexual abuse, sexual assault and/or sexual harassment
- stress related to poverty or employment
The program is not suited for women who are in crisis, require immediate help, have current, serious substance-abuse problems, or acute psychiatric difficulties.
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Women can self-refer to the Brief Psychotherapy Centre by calling 416-323-6011.
Please note there is a waitlist.
If you are being referred by a doctor or community agency, you must still call us yourself. When you call, you will receive information about the service (either by speaking to an assistant or by listening to a voice-recording). This information will help you decide if you want to be placed on our waiting list.
If you have decided to put your name on the waitlist, you will be contacted by our program to attend an Orientation session that will provide more information about the program. At the Orientation Session, you will indicate which type of therapy you are interested in, and will complete a questionnaire. Our psychotherapists will review the questionnaire to determine your suitability for an in-person assessment for our program. If it is determined that our program is likely to be suitable, you will remain on the waitlist until you will be invited to come in for a more complete assessment for the therapy option you selected – individual or group.