Mitch Smolkin, M.A., Counselling Psychology

Mitch Smolkin View Specialties

  • Psychotherapist and Couples Counsellor
  • 208 St Clair Ave West Suite #2, Toronto, Ontario, M4V 1R2
  • Additional Locations:
      See additional office location: Toronto, M4V 1R2
      208 St Clair Ave West Suite #2
      Toronto, M4V 1R2
  • Phone: 416-564-6441
  • This member is also available for E-counseling.
  • E-counseling methods: Phone, IM, Webcam

Welcome to my profile. I'm an associate clinician at two independent psychology clinics in Toronto. In addition to these positions, I have a private practice at the Forest Hill Centre for Psychotherapy. I believe that your choice of therapist is a very personal and important decision, and if I'm not the therapist for you, I will help refer you to someone who is. In order to determine whether we are a fit, for those without insurance, initial individual consultations are free. My services are covered by most extended health benefits (please check for Clinical Psychology or Registered Psychotherapy in your schedule of benefits) and I work with clients to ensure that they can get the support they need taking financial considerations into account.

I hold a Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology and am a Certified Emotionally Focused Therapist for Couples with the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT). I am also a candidate at the Ontario Association of Jungian Analysts. I am a registered member of the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychotherapists, and Psychometrists (OACCPP). I bring over a decade of experience in business and the arts to support my work with clients, and believe strongly in the importance for all psychotherapists to have undergone their own psychotherapeutic treatment and to have ongoing supervision. This is a pre-requisite of any training program for therapists to work psychodynamically with their clients.

When choosing a couples counsellor, ensure that at least half of their practice is devoted to couples therapy and that they have specific training in this area. A lot of therapists and counsellors take on couples in their practice without any formal training, and it is important to have a particular focus on this area. I'd be happy to answer any questions about this.

I understood early on that to help my clients, I needed to take my own personal and professional risks, so that I could lead by example and support those I work with with integrity. This is a principle philosophy to both my work as a therapist and also the foundation for the oldest and most longstanding therapeutic traditions. 

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any further questions or concerns.



My partner and I were pulling our hair out with fight after fight. We were on the verge of separating. We started seeing Mitch and instantly gained hope. His theories and approaches are very effective and easy to follow. He suggested helpful tools such as materials to read so we can understand how to deal with negative cycles and how to avoid negatively feeding off each other. We are forever grateful as we arrived  at our goal months before we expected. We highly recommend his services for couples therapy.CJ
I had finally reached a point in my life where I could accept my sexuality when I decided to move to Toronto.   With most of my immediate family in the GTA, I knew that I needed to come out to my family or be forced to live a complicated, stressful life.  When I arrived in Toronto, the stress of a new area, a new job, and the loss of my support group quickly evaporated my courage.  All the confidence I had gained quickly disappeared, I felt lost.  At that point I decided to reach out to Mitch.  I was immediately touched by Mitch’s empathy and compassion.  I soon found myself opening up more than I ever had before.  With his help, I was able to reframe my journey and breakthrough.

Thanks Mitch.



I came to Mitch at probably the bleakest time in my life. I had just gotten out of a long-term serious relationship that had ended in a painful break-up. I was living alone in Toronto after graduation with no family support and working at very stressful job. Further, my relationship with my family was rocky. Mitch provided me not only solace and comfort but the guidance I was much in need of. With his support I was able to find the strength and resilience to move forward and work on improving communication with my parents. It has been six months since I  first started seeing Mitch and I am in a much happier and more stable place in my life both in my personal life and professionally and have been able to successfully move on. 



Over the past 8 months, I’ve sat with Mitch on a dozen or more occasions.  As a result of his extraordinary patience, sharp listening skills and superb guidance, I received great benefit from every moment spent with him. 
Mitch helped me through a difficult time, not only with my marriage but also dealing with a traumatic childhood experience.  He managed our time together very well; giving each of the two issues the attention they deserved. 
Mitch is very sincere and genuine.  It’s evident that he has a passion for helping people.  Each session began with a welcoming smile and ended with tremendous amount of support and reassurance.
Thanks to Mitch and the support of those closest to me, my life is moving forward on an upward trajectory!


I would like to take this opportunity to share with you our experience with Mitch.
Last year my then 15 year old son started seeing Mitch on a weekly basis.  Prior to this there were issues that had tormented him for some time unbeknownst to me (his mom).
The beauty about Mitch is that he works together with us and does not come across as clinical - he guides you to find tools to better equip you for life. 
Each and every week I witnessed my son transform with Mitch’s gentle guidance.
Working with Mitch has been and continues to be an amazing team effort that I will never forget and am forever grateful. My son has gained a better understanding of who he is and enters adulthood with a stronger foundation for life. Can it get any better than that….
Mitch, FOR EVERYTHING, Thank you,

With gratitude,

I came to see Mitch for couples' counselling.  Before I met him, I was a little apprehensive, because this was not the first time my husband and I had been to counselling.   I found Mitch to be a great listener, kind, and very compassionate.   He is truly gifted at what he does, and his sessions stand out from any other counsellor I had been to.  Mitch does not let either party rant and rave,  but guides and controls each session skillfully, fairly, and with integrity.   Unlike previous experiences,  I leave his office with a sense of accomplishment and armed with the skills to recognize when the dance in my relationship needs to change.    Thank you so much  Mitch.


Mitch has a healing, intelligent persona. He helped us a lot, to recover and gain intimacy in a way we had never had. We found his philosophy of gaining intimacy was very very helpful. Seeing Mitch became an enjoyable experience in and of itself, which was a plus."

Mitch Smolkin Reaches

Toronto ON