Bill Novak Psychotherapy and Counselling
About my philosophy of psychotherapy
Psychotherapy is a journey of self-discovery. But more importantly, it is an opportunity to learn about yourself, to be freed from limiting self-perceptions, self-defeating or maladaptive behaviours and perhaps deal with issues of neglect or abuse, or a current situation, relationship, or crisis where you might feel trapped, alone, and uncertain what to do.
My education and experience
I obtained an Honours B.A. and an M.A. at York University. I hold a certificate in psychotherapy from the Centre for Training in Psychotherapy and a certificate from the Advanced Training Program in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (ATPPP) at the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society. I am past Chair of Ethics for the Ontario Society of Psychotherapists and am a guest member of the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society where I was on the Education Committee for the ATPPP. As of June 2015 I became a registered psychotherapist with the College of Psychotherapists of Ontario.
I have over 25 years experience helping people at critical junctures in their lives, starting with crisis intervention at Youthdale Psychiatric Services and then Oolagen Community Services in Toronto. I worked for over 12 years at the University Health Network as a clinician, psychotherapist, and trainer to medical students in psychiatry, psychology, and social work in the Urgent Care Clinic of the Emergency Psychiatry Program. I have taught multiculturalism and sociology, a particular area of interest and one which has contributed greatly to my work, at Glendon College part-time for over a decade. I continue to do guest lectures and run groups for private clients, agencies, businesses and other professional bodies.
Over the years, I have studied many theorists, spent many hours in my own therapy, spent many hours in classes and in supervision and even more time with clients—in the community, on the street, in the hospital in both inpatient and outpatient settings, in board rooms, and now in my own office—with people from all walks of life and with all kinds of difficulties, who have ultimately proven to be the best teachers of all.
I continue to work with people from all types of backgrounds.
I see individuals, couples and families.
My role as a psychotherapist is both active and supportive. Psychotherapy is a process based on an all-important relationship which is called the therapeutic alliance. Within this trusting alliance you will come to experience more authentic ways of becoming yourself and gain insight into patterns of responses or behaviours which may be holding you back in your life. As the relationship strengthens and as you gain a stronger sense of self and worth, I may, as the therapist, begin to challenge you to examine some of the more difficult obstacles.
Member, Canadian Association for Psychodynamic Therapy
Clinical Member, Ontario Society of Psychotherapists
Guest Member, Toronto Psychoanalytic Society
Registered Psychotherapist, College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario
My fees are determined by the client’s ability to pay and arrived at by mutual agreement.
I have a comfortable office at 8 King Street East, Suite 705, just above the King St. subway stop at Yonge.
The psychotherapist accompanies the client on her or his journey: supports, guides, makes observations and interpretations through a process which inevitably involves some degree of struggle—through fear, pain and self-doubt—but eventually to resolution.
The inner work required in attaining self-fulfillment is something you have to do yourself…but you don’t have to do it alone.
Having a therapist who is trained and experienced is very helpful, should be reassuring, and can lead to achieving goals set by you, not the therapist. I’m always excited to tell clients that what they learn about themselves through this unique process is something that they will have to draw on for the rest of their lives.
During the weekdays, I am reachable at (416) 598 4439; during early evenings and on weekends, I may be reached at (416) 518 0417, or e-mail: email@example.com