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Brief Psychotherapy Centre for Women (BPCW)

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:

  • woman-centered
  • time-limited
  • relational-cultural
  • collaborative
  • non-medical

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.

Services Provided

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.

Individual Psychotherapy

  • 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)

Group Psychotherapy

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
  • 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:

  • self-esteem
  • depression
  • aging
  • dealing with anger
  • discrimination/cultural adjustment
  • health problems/disabilities
  • separation or divorce
  • education
  • anxiety
  • body image
  • loneliness
  • parenting
  • loss and/or bereavement
  • relationship issues
  • employment
  • 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.

Referral

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.

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Location & Contact Information

WCH on the move

! Brief Psychotherapy Centre for Women Has A New Home
As of Monday, July 27th, 2015, the Brief Psychotherapy Centre for Women is located at Women's College Hospital, 76 Grenville Street 7th floor.

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Brief Psychotherapy Centre for Women
76 Grenville Street
7th floor
Toronto, ON M5S 1B2

Phone: 416-323-6011 NEW #

Fax: 416-323-6356 NEW #

Hours of Service
A voicemail message about the program is accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Sessions are booked by appointment. A limited number of appointments are available after regular business hours.

Accessibility
The hospital is fully accessible. All clinics have wheelchair accessible washrooms.

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  • Fully affiliated with:
  • University of Toronto
  • A member of:
  • Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario (CAHO)