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.

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.