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Dr. Harry Potasznik

Address

27 Carlton Street
Suite 206
Toronto, Ontario
M5B 1L2

Conveniently located just east of the College subway station.

Contact Information

Tel: +1 (416) 920-5439
Email: info@drharrypotasznik.ca

Hours

Flexible Hours Tuesday through Thursday and Saturday.

Cost

The cost of sessions are within the Ontario Psychological Association guidelines at $230 per hour.  Individuals typically have some form of extended health coverage which usually can be applied to psychological services. The services of a psychologist are not covered by O.H.I.P.

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My Background

I am a fully licensed psychologist with the Ontario Psychological Association and have been in private practice for nearly 15 years. I completed my Doctoral studies in Counselling Psychology in 1994 from the University of Toronto. I originally began my career as a psychologist within an Employee Assistance Company and after two years decided to open my practice. The experience of working in that setting was invaluable in terms of having worked with both a variety of personal issues such as depression, anxiety, sexual orientation, divorce, life transitions, addictions both alcohol and drug related as well as with individuals from all social and occupational backgrounds. I continue to provide service to an international company while working with private patients.

Testimonials

The best way to get a sense of what your experience will be like is to see what other patients have said about their treatment with me. Below are a few of my testimonials, but for a more complete list of what my patients say about me, please visit www.rateMDs.com.

I was referred by my wife who had been a patient for a number of years. I worked with Harry for a couple of years to deal with issues relating to my self esteem and confidence that were hurting my marriage and clouding my career direction. Harry’s a gem. He’s intelligent and insightful but he’s also really funny and totally committed to his patient’s getting better. I’ve since completed therapy and moved to the US but I still keep in regular contact.

 

I began seeing Dr. Potasznik about four years ago with a handful of goals and discovered new ones as our sessions increased and I learned more about myself. Dr. P is truly a pleasure to meet and work with. He knows how to read his patient and respond appropriately…empathy, a direct “stop B-S-ing yourself” or a well-timed and much-needed injection of humour. I had not seen a psychologist before and my fears were diminished quickly in my first few sessions. I still have work to do and I know I will see Dr. Potasznik when I start the next chapter of self discovery.

 

Dr. Potasznik is a caring professional that listens. He presents road signs to help his patients find their own way, which is the way it works. He has an incredible memory of the people and relationships that we have discussed in the past. In my particular case he has helped me with career issues, marital issues, and issues of a new birth and the death of a parent plus more, unfortunately all at the same time. Dr. Potasznik interfaced extremely well with my G.P. and other members of my medial team. While things are going well, I continue to recall our chats and think about my path. Thank you Dr. H. I cannot recommend Dr. Potasznik more highly.

The Services I Provide

I provide psychotherapy/counselling to individuals aged 18 years or older. My services also include couples counseling in both the straight and gay communities. My approach is to address a patient’s presenting issues with a view towards understanding their family of origin and how they developed their own self-perceptions that cause them distress in their relationships.

My theoretical orientation draws from a number of schools of thought, including psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, trauma theory and solution-focused psychotherapy.

I believe strongly that the process should be client-centered and that the critical element of change is the quality of the therapeutic relationship developed between therapist and patient.

Why contact a psychologist?

The reason why individuals typically seek out the services of a psychologist is to assist them during periods of distress that they may encounter during various times in life including:

  • grief
  • divorce
  • relationship conflict
  • conflict in the workplace
  • and myriad other life situations

It is my belief that at the core of our individual struggles is our relationships with others. And these struggles originate from beliefs learned from our families of origin, various developmental passages and from our own personal experiences throughout the life cycle.

The availability of an objective person to listen, review and assist, and to creatively understand what an individual is experiencing, is at the core of the therapeutic relationship. This type of interaction is very different from confiding in family and friends who despite good intentions may not possess the skills required to help us grow and get beyond certain stresses. At these delicate times, you may also lack the personal strength to help yourself.

I take great pride and get much gratification in this healing process as I partner with a patient in developing insight into their presenting issue.