The Toronto Centre for Applied Buddhism provides on-line Buddhist counselling and psychological support to university students and adults for academic, interpersonal and mental health concerns. We also provide on-line Buddhist spiritual care support to people experiencing loss and grief. You do not need to be identified as a Buddhist to benefit from our services, but you do need to be open to the Buddhist teachings to reap the full benefit. Our services are available to residents of Ontario and are supported by the larger Buddhist community. Our services are free of charge.
We are a group of volunteer counsellors and mental health professionals as well as practicum students from the master’s program in spiritual care and psychotherapy at Emmanuel College, University of Toronto, working under supervision. We are interested in applying Buddhist principles in providing compassionate care to individuals and families.
We draw from a variety of Western therapeutic modalities, including mindfulness-based therapies, such as mindfulness based cognitive therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and narrative therapy. We also integrate general Buddhist teachings, such as the four foundations of mindfulness and the four boundless states of mind in working with our clients/care-seekers. Our approach with each client is dependent on the presenting challenges and client preferences.
If you are interested in our Buddhist counselling services, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a confidential voice message for our Intake Coordinators at 905-474-2551. Please make sure to include your name, your phone number, and your availability for an intake phone call, which would take 15 minutes to half an hour. Please also give us permission to leave a voice message. We aim to reply to your inquiry within two business days.
** Please note that we are currently not accepting new clients. When we are able to shorten our wait-list, we will be happy to do an intake with you. If you like, you can drop us a line and we will contact you when we are able to accept new clients. Thank you for your interest and we appreciate your understanding.**
One of our Intake Coordinators will phone you to provide information about our services and complete an intake form with you. Once that form is completed, you will be assigned a counsellor at our Buddhist clinic.
Counselling sessions last 50 minutes and they take place on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. Sessions are provided on-line or by telephone. A course of therapy is up to eight sessions, but the exact number of sessions received may vary depending on the presenting challenges. Some of our therapy services may only be available during the academic year.