About our Therapists

Sarah Dale, MSc., RP, RSW (she/her)

Director (Owner)

Sarah is a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) and a Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW). She is also a Certified Sex Therapist. Her practice has a focus on relationship and sex therapy concerns with both individuals and couples, as well as trauma-informed care.  Sarah obtained her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Psychology from Brock University, and her Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counselling from Niagara University.  Sarah’s training included the completion of a 1000-hour clinical internship, which involved over 700 hours of direct client contact and over 100 hours of supervision.  Sarah has extensive training in Couple Therapy.  She has received over 150 hours of clinical supervision in relational and sex therapy post-graduation.  Sarah has training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Mindfulness, and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) approaches.

Couple Therapy Training

Sarah has completed the post-graduate Certificate in Couple and Family Therapy Studies from the University of Guelph.  She has pursued advanced training and in Emotionally Focused Therapy and has completed over 150 hours of clinical supervision in relational therapy since graduating.  Sarah is an Associate Member of the Canadian Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (CAMFT).

Sex Therapy Training

Sarah is a Certified Sex Therapist with The Board of Examiners in Sex Therapy and Counselling in Ontario (BESTCO).  To become a Certified Sex Therapist with BESTCO, Sarah undertook a process of rigorous training and passed two formal evaluations before earning the designation of Certified Sex Therapist.  As a sex therapist, Sarah has helped individuals and couples experiencing sexual challenges including low desire, erectile difficulties, premature ejaculation, pelvic pain, penetration difficulties, and other sexual concerns that impact individuals and relationships.

Sarah’s Experience

Sarah has provided counselling and therapy in a variety of settings, including at a crisis line and in an outpatient clinic at a hospital in the Niagara Falls, NY area.  She has also worked in an inpatient addiction rehabilitation facility in the Toronto area, where she provided counselling and support to individuals receiving intensive treatment for substance abuse.

Sarah works with clients to identify barriers to maintaining emotional well-being, as well as on improving relationships and identifying dysfunctional patterns.  She helps individuals with concerns such as anxiety, depression, difficult life transitions, post-traumatic stress, and relationships.  Sarah supports couples experiencing challenges including communication, conflict resolution, emotional intimacy, sexual intimacy, and infidelity.  To read more about Sarah’s approach to therapy with couples click here.

LICENSES AND REGISTRATIONS

  • Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (Registered Psychotherapist #007715)
  • Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (Registered Social Worker #836423)
  • Associate Member with the Canadian Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (Associate Member #2017939)
  • Certified Sex Therapist with The Board of Examiners in Sex Therapy and Counselling in Ontario (BESTCO)
  • Member: EMDR International Association (EMDRIA)
  • Member: Ontario Association Mental Health Professionals (OAMHP)

Contact Sarah if you have any questions


Elisa Gores, MSW, RSW (she/her)

Associate

Elisa is a Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Anthropology from Barnard College and her Master’s in Social Work from Loyola University Chicago. Elisa’s graduate degree included 1100 hours of clinical internships focused on mental health counselling. During her graduate degree and post-graduation, Elisa has sought out specialized training in couple and relationship therapy, including Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and the Gottman Method. She also has training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Narrative Therapy.

Couple Therapy Training

Elisa has training in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and the Gottman Method. She is dedicated to ongoing training and supervision focused on honing skills related to relationship therapy. Elisa supports relationships that may be experiencing difficulties with communication, emotional and sexual intimacy, infidelity, infertility, fertility treatments, consensual non-monogamy, and gender-affirming transition.

Sex Therapy Training

Elisa is an Associate Member with the Board of Examiners in Sex Therapy and Counselling in Ontario (BESTCO). Elisa’s training in sex therapy considers the many negative and shameful narratives perpetuated in our society in addition to the biological, emotional, and relational factors that may contribute to an individual’s or relationship’s concerns. With a firm belief that every person is entitled to the intimacy they want, Elisa works with individuals and relationships experiencing low desire, pain during sex, gender or body dysphoria, premature ejaculation, and erectile difficulties. Elisa is experienced in working with members of the 2SLGBTQIA+, poly, and kink/BDSM communities.

Elisa’s Experience

Prior to joining East Toronto Therapy, Elisa’s experience included providing therapy within a university setting and working as an advocate for survivors of sexual assault and gender-based violence. Elisa has also worked as a peer educator specializing in sexual health and healthy relationships.

Elisa is committed to empowering clients to forge their own path toward healing with kindness, empathy, non-judgement, and creativity. She is experienced in working with members of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community, navigating consensual non-monogamy and polyamory, and is committed to fostering an anti-oppressive, trauma-informed, and accessible practice and recognizes that this will be a lifelong and imperfect process.

LICENSES AND REGISTRATIONS

  • Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (Registered Social Worker #840666)
  • Member: Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW)
  • Associate Member with The Board of Examiners in Sex Therapy and Counselling in Ontario (BESTCO)
  • Member: International Association of Social Work with Groups (IASWG)

Jessica Lee, MPS, RP (Qualifying) (she/her)

Associate

Jessica is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario and a member of the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Psychology from the University of Ottawa where she also studied human sexuality. She obtained her Masters of Pastoral Studies from the University of Toronto (Knox College) where she studied psychotherapy, spirituality, and theology. Completion of her graduate studies involved a clinical internship focused on providing therapeutic care to individuals, couples and families. Jessica’s education also involved training in a variety of therapeutic approaches including Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Rogerian Therapy, and Spiritually Integrated Therapy. Post-graduation, Jessica has sought out additional training in couple and relationship therapy including Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and the Gottman Method.

Couple Therapy Training

Jessica has received training in Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT) and the Gottman Method. She is committed to ongoing learning and professional development and continues to train in these approaches to further hone her skills. She also receives ongoing clinical supervision in the field of relationship therapy. Jessica supports couples experiencing difficulties with communication and intimacy, as well as those looking for repair and growth after hurts and challenging circumstances. She strives to help couples strengthen their emotional bond and attunement to each other’s needs.

Sex Therapy Training

Jessica has received training in sex therapy, and is committed to ongoing learning to broaden her scope of practice. She receives ongoing clinical supervision in sex therapy. Jessica works with individuals and couples experiencing various sexual concerns, including low/mismatched desire, painful sex, and erectile difficulties. She has a passion for facilitating a safe space for open and honest discussions around sex, while honouring and normalizing her clients’ experiences.

Jessica’s Experience

Jessica has worked with a diverse population of clients in community and hospital settings. She has provided counselling services to clients experiencing depression, anxiety, abuse, and addictions in the Downtown Vancouver area. During her time at North York General Hospital in Toronto, Jessica provided therapeutic and spiritual care to individuals and couples grappling with new and existing medical conditions, chronic pain and injuries, grief and loss, and traumatic events. Her approach is one that is strengths-based, anti-oppressive, and 2SLGBTQIA+ affirming.

LICENSES AND REGISTRATIONS

  • Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) #10665)
  • Member of the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care (CASC)
  • Member of the Ontario Association of Mental Health Professionals (OAMHP)

Stephanie Aniol, MSW, RSW (she/her)

Associate

Stephanie is a Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. She has undergraduate and graduate degrees in social work, both from York University. Through the course of her degrees, she completed 1150 hours of field placements with a focus on mental health counselling. During and after her formal education, she pursued additional trainings in CBT, Narrative Practice, The Gottman Method Level 1, Acceptance & Commitment Theory and Trauma-Informed Care. While Stephanie tailors her therapeutic approach to individual client need, what is consistent is her focus on building collaborative, non-judgemental, trusting and respectful relationships with every client that she serves. Stephanie works from relational and strengths-based perspectives, and is known for bringing kindness, levity and care to her work with clients.

Couple Therapy Training

Stephanie has training in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and Gottman Method, both evidence-based approaches to couple therapy. She has completed Gottman Level 1 and engages in a rigorous program of ongoing training and skills development in couple therapy. Stephanie supports couples experiencing communication difficulties, emotional and sexual intimacy concerns, and infidelity.

Sex Therapy Training

Stephanie is an Associate Member with the Board of Examiners in Sex Therapy and Counselling in Ontario (BESTCO). Stephanie’s training in sex therapy has been from a systemic approach, looking at the concern in the context of biological, social, psychological, and relational factors that may contribute to creating and maintaining the concern in an individual or couple’s life. As a sex therapist, Stephanie works with individuals and couples experiencing sexual challenges such as premature ejaculation, erectile difficulties, low desire, and problems with penetration. Stephanie has a particular passion for supporting women experiencing pelvic pain.

Stephanie’s Experience

Stephanie has had the privilege of working with a diverse clientele through the course of her career as a social worker. She has worked with students in a post-secondary setting, and individuals grappling with the psychosocial impacts of a chronic health diagnoses; as such, she is experienced in supporting clients managing a myriad of challenges but especially life transitions, relationship issues, self-esteem, identity, loss, anxiety, depression, and the impacts of trauma.

LICENSES AND REGISTRATIONS

  • Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (Registered Social Worker #830688)
  • Member: Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW)
  • Associate Member with The Board of Examiners in Sex Therapy and Counselling in Ontario (BESTCO)

Adrienne Bairstow, Ph.D., RSW, RP, RMFT (she/her)

Consulting Therapist

Adrienne is a Registered Social Worker, a Registered Psychotherapist, a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist, and a Certified Sex Therapist.  She received a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Human Sexuality Studies (clinical concentration) from Widener University.  Adrienne also received a Master’s in Social Work (MSW) from the University of Toronto, and a Master’s in Education in Human Sexuality (MEd) from Widener University.  Adrienne has additional graduate training in Couple and Family Therapy from the University of Guelph. She has also received training in particular models of therapy, including Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Narrative Therapy.

After obtaining her Master’s in Social Work, Adrienne completed the extensive additional training and requirements to become a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist with the Ontario/American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.  This included additional graduate level courses in psychotherapy, the provision of 1000 hours of client contact, and 200 hours of supervision with an approved supervisor.

Adrienne also completed the additional training and requirements to become a Certified Sex Therapist with the Board of Examiners in Sex Therapy and Counselling in Ontario (BESTCO).  This included the provision of 100 hours of psychotherapy services on a variety of sexual concerns, supervision with an approved sex therapy supervisor, and two formal assessments.

Adrienne’s Experience

Adrienne has provided counselling and therapy services to diverse populations throughout the Greater Toronto Area. She has worked in a social services agency, an addictions centre, a sexual health centre and a hospital setting.  Adrienne has worked in the area of sexual health counselling and therapy for over twelve years.  She has managed a private practice with a focus on couple therapy and sex therapy for over ten years.

For information about Adrienne’s past conference presentations and speaking engagements, click here.

LICENSES AND REGISTRATIONS

  • Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (Registered Social Worker #817242)
  • Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (Registered Psychotherapist #005376)
  • Registered Marriage and Family Therapist with the Canadian Association for Marriage & Family Therapy (Registered Marriage and Family Therapist #2017503)
  • Clinical Fellow with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Certified Sex Therapist with the Board of Examiners in Sex Therapy and Counselling in Ontario (BESTCO)
  • Member: Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW)