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Therapists in Canada

The following is a list of trans-supporting therapists in Canada. For therapists outside of Canada, see our Therapists page.

Disclaimer: Listings are for information purposes only and do not constitute recommendations by T-Vox. All websites listed here are outside of our control; T-Vox is not responsible for their content.

Alberta

Calgary

Sloane Psychological Services Inc.
1218 10 AVE SE
CALGARY AB T2G 0W7
T2G-0W7
1403 262 5340

British Columbia

Vancouver

Jamie Powers, M.Ed., M.A., R.C.C., Sexual Minorities Therapist
5TH FLOOR-575 8TH AVE W
VANCOUVER BC V5Z 1C6
1604 737 8482
Pega Ren, Ed.D.
Clinical Sexologist
VANCOUVER BC V5K 1A1
1604 269 2692
Fax: 1604 269 2692 (call first)

Manitoba

Winnipeg

Dr Jule Henderson
146 ARLINGTON ST
WINNIPEG MB R3G 1Y5
1204 784 7703
Recommended. Works with children, adolescents, and adults.

Rainbow Resource Centre
170 SCOTT ST
WINNIPEG MB R3L 0L3
Postal address:
BOX 1661 STN MAIN
WINNIPEG MB R3C 2Z6
CANADA
General info: 1204 474 0212
Counseling intake: 1204 452 7508
Fax: 1204 478 1160
Peer support: 1204 284 5208 or 1888 399 0005 (toll free throughout MB and northwestern ON), Monday – Friday: 7:30 – 10:00 pm
E-mail: counseling@rainbowresourcecentre.org
http://rainbowresourcecentre.org/
Provides a variety of services, including counseling. Drop-in counseling is also available on Mondays from 4-7 pm.

Nova Scotia

Halifax

Glenna Emmett-Reashor, BSW, MSW
Community Mental Health Services
HALIFAX NS
1902 454 1400 or 1902 454 1440 (Monday-Friday, 8 am – 5 pm)
Email: gemmettreashor@east.link.ca
http://www.cdha.nshealth.ca/patients-clients-visitors/pridehealth
http://www.cdha.nshealth.ca/mental-health-program/programs-services/community-mental-health-services/community-mental-health-ser

Ontario

Brockville

Dr John Bradford
BROCKVILLE ON
NOT RECOMMENDED. Dr Bradford was head of the psychological forensics department at ROH, specializing in sex crimes. He required new patients to submit to a $200 test (not covered by OHIP) that consists of rating the sexual attraction of photographs, some with children as young as 5 years old. He often cancels appointments, sometimes with less then 12 hours notice and will go as long as 5 months between appointments.
While he previously wrote hormone and SRS letters while working in Ottawa, he requires constant supervision to ensure that the letters are valid and contain proper material. He is preferential in his treatment of MTFs over FTMs in that he will require far greater amount of Real Life Test and psychological evaluation before writing surgery (top or bottom) or hormone letters for FTMs then for MTFs.

Gloucester

Ruth Dulmage, M.S.W.
16 Lennon Drive
GLOUCESTER ON K1V 1G9
Tel: (613) 731-5454
Fax: (613) 731-1951
Social worker.

Ottawa

Rev. David Honsberger
Counseling & Mediation
1613 593 1061

Dr Frank Jones
381 Kent Street
OTTAWA ON K2P 2A8
1613 230 4838
Psychiatrist. A referral from a Medical Doctor is required.

Marie Robertson
1613 231 4347
Website: http://www.talktomarie.com/
Counselor/facilitator/trainer in the GLBTQ community.

Dr Helma Seidl, RN, MSW, RSW, PhD
3 – 831 Bronson Avenue
OTTAWA ON K1S 4G5
1613 749 8008
Website: http://www.making-a-difference.ca/
Email: helma.seild@gmail.com

Suzanne St. John Smith, M.A., M.A. (Psych)
Website: http://www.stjohnsmith.ca/

Toronto

The 519
519 CHURCH ST
TORONTO ON M4Y 2C9
1416 392 6874
Fax: 416 392 0519
e-mail: info@the519.org
Web site: http://www.the519.org/
Free counseling, but their waiting list is long. They also have tons of Trans programs.

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH/Clarke Institute)
Toronto ON
NOT RECOMMENDED. Dr Zucker is little more than a reparative therapist like those nuts in the ex-gay movement. The Clarke/CAMH thinks everyone should be full time for 2 years before qualifying for hormones, then an additional two years on hormones before qualifying for surgeries. Make use of other options and do not go here.
Personal experience from Grue: My experience of the Child and Adolescent Gender Identity Clinic at CAMH is that they do treat adolescents with hormone blocking therapy, and later hormones if parents are supportive and the youth makes a “commitment to the gender role” they are transitioning to, which in my case meant a legal name change as a prerequisite for hormones (since parental consent is required, this enforces the former as well). I was given blockers despite not having a totally “standard” life history, although they do seem more willing to treat people who are functioning well, judging from speaking to others who have gone to CAMH. Often, blockers are enough to allow a teenage MTF to pass, and in any case they stave off puberty, which is an immense relief, and so I wouldn’t write CAMH off as an option. Just make sure when you start you’re an adolescent, and if you’re over 16, the Sherbourne (see below) is probably better (but when I went to them at 14, they refused treatment because of my age). Zucker doesn’t seem to be opposed to adolescents transitioning – a reading of his studies seem to indicate that he believes that GID in adolescents is stable while GID in pre-adolescents is mutable. Most of the literature about his use of “reparative therapy” relates to the latter group. Finally, the Child and Adolescent Gender Identity Service (headed by Zucker) only treats minors and those who started at the clinic as minors, and as far as I know they don’t provide surgery letters at all (leaving that for the client once they reach adulthood). There are a number of negative stories circulating about the adult Gender Identity Clinic, which may be the source of the second sentence above, but I don’t have any personal experience with them. Regarding FTMs, I’ve heard of one person through a trans friend who went to the CAMH Child and Adolescent clinic and had a referral for either oestrogen blockers or testosterone (don’t remember which) within a relatively short amount of time, but YMMV.

Central Toronto Youth Services
Pride & Prejudice Program
SUITE 300-65 WELLESLEY ST E
TORONTO ON M4Y 1G7
1416 924 2100
Offers free counseling to Trans youth age 12 to 25.

Sherbourne Health Centre
333 SHERBOURNE ST
TORONTO ON M5A 2S5
1416 324 4180
Fax: 1416 324 4188
E-mail: info@sherbourne.on.ca
Web site: http://www.sherbourne.on.ca/
Purportedly the easiest and fastest way to access hormones in the Toronto area. See the website, call, or e-mail for more info. Does not treat under-16s for trans issues. EDIT: The Sherbourne is an incredible trans resource, however the waitlist to see a doctor for a new patient is roughly 2 years.

Dr Su-Ting Teo
Ryerson Medical Centre
W181 West Kerr Hall
350 Victoria Street, Toronto, ON, M5B2K3
416-979-5070
Web site: http://www.ryerson.ca/studentservices/medicalcentre/index.html
For student of Ryerson University, not sure if it is open to public.

Windsor

Dr Benjamin Bordoff
SECURITY BUILDING
267 PELISSIER ST
WINDSOR ON N9A 4K4
1519 253 4606
Psychiatrist with connections to an endocrinologist. Has experience with Trans people, and is very open to working with new patients; which is rare for Windsor, Ontario.

Quebec

Gatineau (Hull)

Lisa Henry, B.A, M.A.
CClinical Sexologist/Sexologue clinicienne et psychothérapeute
Y2 Consulting Psychologists
125 Wellington
Gatineau (Hull) QC J8X 2J1
1819 777 7744 Ext. 258
Email: lisa.henry@y2cp.com
Bilingual (English and French). individual and couple’s therapy.
Bilingue (anglais et français). individuelle et une thérapie de couple.

Montreal

Nicole Marek, M.A.
1247 St. Joseph Est.
MONTREAL QC
1514 686 2487
Has a lot of experience with Trans people.
Il a beaucoup d’expérience avec des personnes trans.

Shuvo Ghosh, MD
2300, Rue Tupper
MONTREAL QC
(514) 934-1934
Child psychologist: has a lot of experience with Trans youth, and does prescribe hormones.
Psychologue pour enfants: a beaucoup d’expérience avec les jeunes Trans, et ne prescrire des hormones.

Saskatchewan

Saskatoon

Donna Hendrickson, M.D.
PO BOX 743
SASKATOON SK S7K 3L7