Buddhist therapy by Skype or phone

Amita O'Toole, PgCert, PgDip, MA, RCC

My approach

I've trained in various Western models of psychotherapy to Masters level:

  • the transtheoretical model of change
  • person-centred
  • cognitive behavioural therapy
  • psychodynamic

I've also been practising and studying Buddhism for over 20 years.

I bring these together to create powerful and often rapid positive change in the lives of my clients.

Buddhist therapy brings Western psychotherapeutic techniques together with a Buddhist philosophy and perspective to create personal change.

A focus on the present

Often when people think of therapy they think of working through past experiences.

But change only happens in the present moment.

Through my work with hundreds of clients from all over the world, I've found that focusing on what's working and what's not in your present experience -- and developing strategies for change on that basis -- is generally much more powerful than spending months talking about your past.

We will discuss your past where it's affecting your present experience, but the focus will be on how this will allow you to get where you want to be now.

Bringing Buddhism and psychotherapy together

My MA research explored how Buddhism and psychotherapy can work together, specifically in the treatment of depression.

I was awarded a distinction and this work became the foundation of my book "The Buddhist Way Through Depression".

Since then I've worked with clients from Bermuda to Australia on all kinds of issues:

  • anxiety
  • depression
  • low self-esteem
  • work or relationship stress
  • sexual abuse
  • addictions
  • life purpose
  • spiritual issues
  • life change (e.g. divorce, bereavement, emigration, serious illness or accident)
  • domestic violence
  • abusive relationships
  • rape
  • membership of a dysfunctional sangha, religious organisation or cult
  • forced marriage
  • political violence or persecution

I've found that using a range of psychotherapeutic techniques within a Buddhist framework allows my clients to move forward in therapy much more quickly and successfully than with Western techniques alone.

Contact me for a free initial consultation to find out whether this approach is right for you.

Most of my clients are based in the US and Canada, though I’ve had clients from many countries – from Bermuda to Australia.

Client testimonials

"I found Amita via the web, during a search for alternative therapists to help me through a difficult period in my life. From the first session, she was able to help me redirect negative energies and offer me tools to overcome challenges. Amita listened without judgement, but also provided some much-needed perspective when I was too deep in the forest to see the trees." North Carolina, USA

"I have called Amita during some of the most difficult transitions in my life and have always found solace -- though never in the way that I expect! Instead of coming from kind words and compassionate support, of which there is no shortage, the solace ultimately comes from a source within myself. Therapy before Amita was a habit that made me feel good during the appointment. Now I know that therapy can and should teach and empower me to carry that feeling into everyday. That that is what is possible. Negative thought patterns don't stand a chance when they stand in the full light of awareness. Thank-you, Amita!" Vancouver, Canada

"Talking with Amita has been helping me tremendously to learn to accept myself for who I am. I never have felt judged by her, but I have been met with acceptance and respect. She has helped me to be able to cultivate more of this acceptance and respect within myself. I am continually comforted by both her warmth and her professionalism. The online format works very well for my life, and Amita has been both flexible and reliable with appointment times. I would say that throughout my time working with Amita, I have developed at a fundamental level towards living a better life." Alaska, USA

My training

Masters-trained integrative psychotherapist

Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors

Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) teacher

Five Tibetan Yogas facilitator

Book a free consultation

Your first consultation is free. It's a chance for me to explain how I work, for you to ask questions, and for us both to decide if I'm the right therapist for you.