Therapist, Trainer, Educator, Supervisor
Welcome to my practice. My name is Dina Bednar. I am a registered psychotherapist (RP), a registered marriage and family therapist (RMFT) a certified solution-focused brief therapist (SFBT) and an AAMFT Approved Supervisor. I have extensive training in many different modalities of brief therapy including solution-focused, narrative, emotionally focused couple therapy to name a few. My approach is strength-based and focuses on goals and exceptions to the problem. Instead of looking for what is wrong and how to fix it, we are looking for what is right and how to use it. The assumptions that guide my work are that people have the strengths and resources within themselves to deal with any challenge, that small changes lead to bigger changes, and that the focus should be on solutions and the desired future as opposed to the problem and the past. I work with the client to co-construct solutions that are right for them. I also teach and train therapists and others on Single Session Therapy and SFBT. I am co-director of the Canadian SFBT Centre and Co-Director of the SFBT Certificate Program at the University of Toronto.
"Discussing positive experiences leads to heightened well- being, increased overall life satisfaction and even more energy."
All About Therapy
Research demonstrates that psychotherapy is effective and can help people achieve their goals and shrink problems. Therapy brings ideas into sharper and clearer focus, it validates and normalizes and it reminds people of their strengths and competencies, it looks at past solutions and constructs possible new solutions to challenges and problems. My focus will be on what your best hopes are for therapy and your life. The work will revolve around formulating specific and achievable goals, first steps and goal-striving. I am a trained brief therapist this means that my focus is on making every session impactful and useful. Clients can expect to see differences in less than six sessions and sometimes in one single session of therapy. Ultimately it is the Client who decides how many sessions will work best for them.
Services I Offer
Personalized Care and Guidance
Here For You
Effective strategies for anxiety, mood/depression, sadness, grief, self-harm, burnout, substance use, stress, relationship issues or simply how to deal with the bumps and hiccups of life. Some individuals find a session of ‘coaching’ (working on specific goals) useful for career or personal development.
I have worked with children, adolescents and their families for the last fifteen years on a multitude of presenting issues using a strength-based and brief approach. I am a trained family therapist who employs systemic thinking and uses evidence-based approaches.In my therapy sessions, we’ll work to solve current problems and improve positive thinking and behavior. I will help you “re-frame” your reactions and provide you with valuable tools to cope with life’s obstacles.
A Happier, Healthier You
As a trained couple therapist I provide couples with a safe space and the opportunity to deal with their issues in a respectful way working on the couple’s goals and their vision of a win-win situation.There are many effective strategies to get relationships back on track.
Single Session Therapy
Many people can benefit greatly from even just one session of therapy. This may be an excellent option for someone who wants to try therapy or has a specific goal in mind. The session is engineered with a beginning, middle and end. I provide feedback at the end of the session and suggestions for next steps.
This is usually six sessions or less, research shows that long-term therapy and short-term therapy are equally beneficial. A recent review of a half-century’s research on psychotherapy outcomes concluded that time-limited and time-unlimited therapies are comparatively effective. (Orlinsky, Runnestad & Wilkatzki, 2004) It is the client who decides how many sessions are adequate for them.
Long Term/Supportive Therapy
Can be arranged as need be.