416-488-3102

411 Duplex Ave, Toronto. ON, M4R 1V2

Ellen Starr Counselling

Serving Toronto For More Than 27 Years

Ellen Starr has been helping individuals and couples in Toronto since 1987. She helps people lead fulfilling lives with her Counselling, Couples Counselling and Sexual Therapy.

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About Ellen Starr Marriage Counselling

Ellen Starr holds a master’s degree in psychology and human development from the University of Cincinnati, Ohio. Her studies also included a focus on human sexuality at the Kinsey Institute. She is a clinical member of the Ontario Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and a registered marital and family therapist (RMFT). Ellen has worked with a organizations such as Planned Parenthood, the Jewish Family and Child Services of Toronto, and the Branson Hospital.

Ellen Starr has more than 25 years experience in her private Counselling practice in Toronto. Her focus here is on individual Counselling, couples counselling / marriage therapy and sexual therapy. Ellen’s highest priority is to offer a safe and empathic environment in which clients can freely explore, understand and resolve the issues that concern them.

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Our Services

Individual Counselling

Individual Counselling for men and women can be beneficial for any aspect of your life that feels unsatisfactory. It can help improve your relationships, heighten your self-esteem, understand and relieve anxiety attacks and provide help

Couples Counselling

Couples Counselling can be a very effective way to help each partner in a relationship find new and more productive ways of responding to each other, especially when confronted by "negative" patterns that often cause difficulty.

Toronto Marriage and Relationship Counselling Services

Relationships play a huge part of our daily lives and help influence our emotional, mental, and psychological development.
From the time we are infants until our death, our relationships are constantly evolving and changing.

We have relationships with friends, parents, siblings, children, grandparents, coworkers, and other relatives, as well as partners
and spouses. Sometimes these relationships can start to seem overwhelming and lead to communication problems,
arguments, and disagreements.

While arguing and disagreeing are normal human behaviours, it is essential to be able to effectively express oneself using the
proper communication skills. Couples that have mastered the art of communications find it easier to disagree and argue
and still have a strong sense of love between each other afterwards.

At Ellen Starr Marriage Counselling we offer a variety of marriage and relationship counselling services for couples, families, teens, and individuals of all ages in a comfortable, understanding, and supportive environment.

Couples Counselling

There can be many symptoms that causes relationships and marriages to fail. You may find yourself fighting and arguing with your loved one on a daily basis. You could feel sexually frustrated from a lack of intimacy. You might be facing a financial crisis and fight over money.

Yet, regardless of these problems, they are merely symptoms that can drive a wedge between a once committed and loving couple. At the heart of the matter, many couples are surprised to learn the majority of their differences actually are caused by a lack of emotional responsiveness and affection towards each other.

Our couples and marriage therapists work with you and your loved one to help you develop effective communication skills while learning how to be emotionally responsive and affectionate towards each other.

Infidelity Therapy

The cause for sexual affair problems in relationships frequently vary from one couple to the next. Some people have a hard time viewing their spouse in a sexual manner after they get married and starting a family. This is not to say they do not care or still love their spouse. They just do not know how to keep sex in their marriage.

When there are other issues that extend beyond the bedroom, it can lead to one person withholding sex as a means to punish their partner. Eventually, the other person can become sexually frustrated and seek an outlet outside of the relationship.

What starts initially as a one-time thing could quickly turn into an ongoing pattern of sexual affairs if underlying conflicts are not addressed in a caring, constructive, and productive environment through infidelity therapy relationship services.

Individual Psychotherapy

Our ability to show affection and effectively communicate is directly related to our own life experiences. Some people are emotionally detached and have a difficult time with intimacy in a relationship. There can be a wide array of underlying reasons from sexual trauma and violence as a child to dysfunction and abuse in the family unit.

Addressing and resolving issues that have been buried away is just part of individual psychotherapy. This type of counselling is also beneficial for people that are experiencing excessive stress and anxiety or depression.

Some people seek the help of a certified therapist for help creating motivational and fascinating life goals, overcoming bad habits, career assessments, and others. Individual counselling provides the opportunity to discuss concerns, fears, and other emotions in-depth in a supportive and safe environment free from judgements.

Premarital Counselling

Prior to getting married, it can be beneficial to attend premarital counselling sessions. While many couples are deeply in love at this stage in their relationship, there can be much neither person fully knows about the other.

Counselling can help the couple get to know each other better and achieve a higher level of closeness. Additionally, it allows the couple to discuss different aspects of being married that might come up in the future, like how serious is monogamy to the couple and whether they want an open or closed relationship, or their thoughts about having children.

Furthermore, those couples that attend premarital counselling often have stronger relationships since they have learned how to effectively communicate with each other.

Separation and Divorce Counselling

In some cases, marriage counselling does not work for certain couples. They may gotten to a point in their marriage where it simply is no longer able to be salvaged and saved. Going through separation and divorce can be very emotional.

For these couples, separation and divorce counselling can help the couple to remain amicable towards each other while making important decisions. If the couple has children, they will need to determine living arrangements, who will remain in the martial home, visitation schedules and so on.

Post-divorce individual counselling is also beneficial for people experiencing grief over the end of their marriage.

Family and Teen Counselling

As adults, we can have a difficult time relating to our teenaged children. We can notice personality and behavioural changes. We may grow tired of our teen challenging our parental authority.

Family and teen counselling helps provide the needed guidance on how to best address these types of situations and others, such as reconnecting with a teenager after they have completed drug and alcohol addiction rehabilitation.

Medical and Mental Health Disorders and Conditions

Finding out you have certain medical conditions and disorders can make us feel anger, anxious, discernment, distress, and other emotions. Counselling can help you with focused management while gaining self-awareness and understanding on how to best proceed with your life.

For additional information about marriage, couples, parent, teen, family, and individual counselling and psychotherapy services, please feel free to contact Ellen Starr Marriage Counselling at 416-488-3102 to schedule a consultation appointment.


What Our Clients Say

Marc (August 2013, 5 stars)

I’ve been seeing Ellen since 2009 and the experience has been incredibly valuable. I first came to her because I had a lot of doubts about a relationship in. She helped me through a big break up and the rebound afterwards. We even maintained our sessions for a number of years afterwards. Because of her I’m much more in tune with my emotions and needs. I highly recommend her services for anyway with relationship and intimacy difficulties

April 6, 2016

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