Mihaela Dirlea, MSW, RSW, Counsellor, Qualified MBSR Instructor

My services

At times we may feel at a loss with life’s demands. As a clinical social worker, I work together with you to help you better make sense of your own experience and to hear yourself in a new and meaningful way. I offer individual counselling services in the Annex (Christie and Bloor area). I also offer Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction group programs (MBSR) in the Annex (Spadina and Bloor area). My services are covered by private health insurance and I offer sliding scale  rates based on income. LGBTQIIA+ BIPOC warmly welcome. 

Free consultation 

I invite you to contact me to discuss your needs and goals in counselling. I offer a free 15 min phone call to help us get a sense of how well we can work together. Contact: 647 865 8955 |

My approach

I am a mother, sister, daughter, dancer, educator and lifelong student. My specialties are in the areas of depression, anxiety, stress and burnout. I have also worked with adults at Princess Margaret, CAMH, Salvation Army, START Clinic for Mood and Anxiety Disorders who were facing cancer, trauma, substance use, anger,  psychosis, isolation, suicidal thoughts, etc. My approach is based on Mindfulness, Radical Acceptance, Self Compassion, Motivational Interviewing, Internal Family Systems (IFS), Strength-based and Emotion-focused modalities. 

My goal

“Our wounds are often the openings into the best and most beautiful part of us.” David Richo

Our sensitivity is what can often scar us, but it is also what gives us the immense clarity needed to make skillful choices to live meaningfully. My goal is to help my clients access what is meaningful and fulfilling and face the hardships of life with grace.


Mindfulness is an integral part of my personal and professional practice. I have attended Vipassana 10-day silent retreats and many one-day retreats as well as other classes and workshops. I have received my qualification of mindfulness instructor from the Centre for Mindfulness Studies / University of Toronto. I have been leading mindfulness programs, retreats and drop-in sessions with  Mindfulness in Public Safety, University of Toronto, Central LHIN, Princess Margaret Cancer Center, the Law Union of Ontario and in private practice over the last several years. 


My sessions are 50 minutes long and my regular fee is $120 per session. However, I offer sliding scale rates based on income. Fees are payable at the end of the session by cash, cheque, or e-transfer and receipts are provided.


My office is located at Toronto Healing Arts Centre, 717 Bloor St. West (across from Christie subway station).

Cancellation Policy

The cancellation policy requires you to provide 24 hours of advanced notice. If you miss an appointment without providing notice you will be billed for the missed session.