Joanna (Bin) Zhao


Member: Counsellor/ Registered Social Worker/ Psychotherapist

Counselling Specialties: Stress, Depression, Anxiety, Relationship Problems, Phobias, Self-esteem Issue, Parenting Issue, Marital Conflicts, Emotional Crisis, Abuse, Domestic Violence, Trauma, Bereavement, Assertiveness, Life Transitions, Work and Life Balance, Cross-culture Communication, Acculturation, Early Psychosis Intervention, etc.

Languages: English, Mandarin

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I received my Master of Social Work with a specialization in mental health from University of Toronto in 2007. Since then, I have been practicing as a psychotherapist at a teaching hospital, community agency and private practice setting working with youth, adults, couples and families.

In my work with clients, I take a client centred approach that respects people as being the authority on their own experience and recognizes the key role that emotions play in our lives. I use an integrated approach to counseling that is informed by various therapeutic modalities such as: mindfulness, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), solution focused therapy (SFT) and many other psychotherapeutic modalities, as well as by my extensive clinical experience, but always with a focus on the uniqueness of each individual and customize the treatment plan for each client according to her/his individuality. Over the years, I have effectively helped many people adjust for better lives by helping them learn the strategies and tools necessary to resolve their difficulties and to build on their strengths.

In addition to my private practice, I am also working as a mental health clinician at Toronto Western Hospital, University Health Network. There I work with patients who are diagnosed with various mental illnesses such as: MDD, OCD, PTSD, bi-polar, schizophrenia, early psychosis etc. I have provided clinical consultation services to various parties that are involved in patients’ treatments and recoveries including family doctors, lawyers, CAS, schools, WSIB, and insurance companies etc.

I know the importance of compatibility or “fit” between a client and psychotherapist. It can be quite a daunting task for a client seeking for counselling service to choose a “right” therapist. Please feel free to contact me for a telephone consultation before making your decision. I can be reached at 1-866-466-2643.
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