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counselling, psychotherapy, mindfulness coaching

counselling, psychotherapy, mindfulness coaching

Mihaela Dirlea, MSW, RSW, Social Worker, Psychotherapist, Qualified Mindfulness Instructor, EMDR Therapist

My services

At times we may feel at a loss with life’s demands. As a

Social Worker, Psychotherapist 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 psychotherapy and couples’ counselling services in-person, virtually, or by phone. My office location is in the Annex (Spadina and Bloor area). My services are covered by private health insurance and I offer sliding scale rates based on income. Direct billing to Green Shield and Medavie Blue Cross available*. LGBTQIIA+ BIPOC warmly welcome.

Free consultation 

I invite you to contact me to discuss your needs and goals in therapy. I offer a free 15 min phone call to help us get a sense of how well we can work together. book now

My approach

I am a mother, sister, daughter, dancer, educator and lifelong student. My specialty areas include cancer survivorship, depression, anxiety, trauma, chronic illness, stress management and burnout. Over the last 8 years I have worked in clinical and research cancer survivorship at The Princess Margaret, implementing peer-led programs, and wholistic groups as well as striving to bring the patient’s voice into the forefront of clinical care at the hospital. My approach is Humanistic and is based on Mindfulness, Radical Acceptance, Self Compassion, EMDR, Sex Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Internal Family Systems (IFS), Strength-based and Emotion-focused modalities. I adopt an anti-oppression and culturally-sensitive framework, having lived and studied in various countries over the last two decades (Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore, Romania).

My Qualifications

I am a registered social worker (RSW), and have been a member in good standing with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers since 2014.

I have received my BSc.Hons. (Psychology Specialist) in 2010 from the University of Toronto and my Master’s of Social Work (Specialization: Health and Mental Health) in 2014 from the University of Toronto.

I have received my Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction Qualification from Centre for Mindfulness Studies/University of Toronto in 2017. Read more about my qualifications and experience here.

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 $140 per individual session and $200 per couples’ counselling 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 services are covered by private health insurance. Direct billing to Green Shield Canada available.

Location for in-person services

My office is located at Spadina and Bloor intersection.

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.

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