Welcome to Parkside Counselling and Psychotherapy

As a community-minded organization, we sincerely believe that emotional healing and personal growth are within your reach.

Through a trauma-informed, anti-oppressive lens, we offer individual therapy for issues related to anxiety and depression, gender and sexuality, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and trauma.

If you live in the Parkside / High Park / West-End areas of Toronto, identify within the LGBTQ2 community, or simply seek positive change, get in touch with us today.

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Our Services

Gender Affirming Surgery (GAS) Secondary Assessments

Individual and Couples Counselling and Psychotherapy

Licensed Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO) Provider (License No. SP17170)

Registered Clinician for Indian Residential Schools - Resolution Health Support Program (IRS RHSP)

Registered Clinician for Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) - Mental Health Counselling (MHC)

Registered Health Claims for Auto Insurance (HCAI) Facility (Registry No. 121091)

Employment Opportunities

Thank you for exploring employment opportunities with Adam Terpstra Psychotherapy Professional Corporation.

At this time we are not currently hiring, although interested applicants are still invited to send their cover letter and CV to info@pscp.ca

Specialties and Focus

    Behaviour management
    Body image
    Career counselling for educators
    Coping skills and strategies
    Eating Disorders
    Educational issues
    Gender identity
    Gender transition
    Interpersonal skills
    Life transitions
    Men's issues
    Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
    Relationship counselling
    Separation divorce
    Sexuality (LGBTQ2)
    Women's issues

Your First Session

Your first session can take anywhere between 50 - 80 minutes. During this session, you and your clinician will discuss your presenting concerns (i.e., why have you reached out for counselling services), your background (e.g., family, medical, social, etc.), gain a general understanding of what you seek from counselling, and identify how our services might support your process. You and your clinician will decide on how frequently you will meet (e.g., once or twice a week at 50 or 80 minutes), which can change as necessary.

Interested in scheduling your intake session? Refer to the clinician biographies below, visit the online scheduling system, select your preferred clinician from the STAFF option, select 1.5 Hour Intake Session, and follow the subsequent prompts. You will receive an automatic verification email once you schedule the intake session, then your clinician will send a confirmation email with further details in regards to your first session.

Service fees are covered by extended health programs if you are covered for psychotherapy, psychology, or social work (MSW / RSW).

Our Clinicians

Adam Terpstra
Registered Psychotherapist Registered Social Worker Clinic Director

I completed a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from University of Victoria in 2009, a Bachelor of Education in Social Sciences from University of Victoria in 2013, and a Master of Education in Adult Counselling and Psychotherapy in 2016 from University of Toronto, OISE campus. I am a Registered Social Worker (RSW), a Registered Psychotherapist (RP), a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC), and a registered teacher in British Columbia, Ontario (OCT), and the Yukon Territory. I am a Certified Member of the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists (OACCPP) and a voluntary member of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF).

Growing up in rural Ontario and living in mid-to-large cities across Canada, I have worked with a variety of populations ranging from hard-to-reach inner city clients, adult survivors of childhood trauma, and the LGBTQ2 community, which has fostered a sincere understanding of the various daily life challenges and struggles.

Practicing from an eclectic therapeutic model, drawing from such modalities as Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Internal Family Systems (IFS) model, and Schema Therapy, the focus of my clinical experience has been directed toward the age range of 21 - 65 with presenting issues relating to depression and general anxiety, childhood physical, psychological, and sexual trauma, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and gender/sexuality-related issues.

Adam is currently not accepting patients at Parkside. Please find him at Church Wellesley.
Speaks English

Adam is the clinic director of all clinic locations.

Elise Meertens
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

I completed a Master of Counselling in Counselling Psychology at Athabasca University in 2018 and am a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO).

I aim to empower individuals who are experiencing addictions, anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, and other mental health and relationship challenges through trauma-informed counselling and an anti-oppressive framework.

I work collaboratively with clients to explore manageable next steps to turn the desire for change into healing and growth. My approach is directed by the client's needs and aims to hold an open, non-judgmental, and safe space to share their stories. I take an integrated approach, incorporating Mindfulness, Solution-Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and Narrative Therapy as appropriate.

Haley Moore
Registered Social Worker

I completed a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work at Ryerson University in 2017 and a Master's Degree in Social Work, specializing in Gerontology, at the University of Toronto, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work in 2018.I am a Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (831821).

I grew up in a smaller city east of Toronto and moved to Toronto in 2013 to pursue higher education. I practice from an anti-oppressive lens, valuing dignity, diversity, and self-empowerment. My educational and clinical experience has focused on working with individuals to overcome individual, societal, and systemic factors to enable growth and healing. In my practice, I work from an eclectic approach using tenets of Narrative Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Therapy, Strengths-Based Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Schema Therapy, and Internal Family Systems (IFS). My experience ranges from work with children and adolescents to work with older adults and their support systems, with presenting concerns such as mental health, addictions, interpersonal conflicts, and intrapersonal issues such as self-esteem, lack of motivation, and trauma.

Speaks English

Haley practices at Church Wellesley, Canadian Online, Parkside and Queen Spadina.

Stephen Buzzelli
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

I graduated from the University of Guelph in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science, in 2015 from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine with a Doctor of Naturopathy, and have recently completed my Master's Degree of Arts in Counselling Psychology through Yorkville University.

Practicing from an eclectic model that includes Schema Therapy, Internal Family Systems Theory (IFS), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Therapy and Positive/Strength-Based Psychology, my counselling interests include anxiety, addictions, career aspirations, depression, grief / loss, relationships, self-exploration, life transitions and trauma. I am also interested in helping couples navigate areas of uncertainty within their partnership.

In terms of my therapeutic approach, I view the alliance between therapist and client as being most critical in pursuit of establishing / strengthening the foundation of healing so optimal mental health can be achieved

I offer a positive space for all.

Cancellation Policy

When you book a session, your clinician reserves their time for you. In the event that you will be unable to keep an appointment, please notify your clinician at least 24 hours in advance, so that someone else may utilize the time. Similarly, when your clinician is unable to keep the appointment with you, they will give you more than a 24-hour notice and rebook to another date and time.

In the case whereby you are unable to provide 24-hour cancellation notice (e.g., you cancel an appointment on the day of the appointment [i.e. the same day] or do not show up for a scheduled appointment), unless for emergency reasons (e.g., medical or family emergencies), you will be charged the fee for your session and payment will be required at your next scheduled session.

Note: Employee Assistance Programs and other insurance-based programs will not reimburse you, the client, for missed appointment costs.