Samuel Cheng, M.Div, RP, RMFT

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My Background
Like many others in the field, psychotherapy is a second career for me.  My original educational background and career focus was in mathematics, computers and business but I have always had deep interest in understanding people and relationships.  I also have always had a strong desire to help people, which was not my focus when I was working at financial institutions.

 
The combination of those two interests eventually led me to go back to graduate school and pursue counselling as a career and I have not looked back.
 
Credentials
I have a M.Div in Counselling & Youth Ministry from Tyndale University College & Seminary.
I am a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario.
I am also a Registered Marriage & Family Therapist with the American & Ontario Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
I also work in a supervised practice with Nicole McCance Psychology.  My services are covered by most extended health insurance plans.

Counselling Experience
I have worked in a variety of settings – a medical practice, an educational setting and non-profit family services agency work before finally starting private practice in 2015.
 
In my work, I have worked with clients from a diverse socio-economic background.  Each setting has provided me with different challenges that have helped shape my worldviews.  One of the more influential times for me has been working in non-profit agencies, where I was exposed to trauma, domestic violence and also witnessed the impact of mental illness on families.  Many of my views towards people have been influenced by those experiences, and my therapeutic approach integrates understanding of power/control issues, as well as attachment.
 
I also believe that emotions are an important driver in life, and eventually left agency work to move away from a focus on managing crises and pursue my passions in helping individuals and couples who wish to grow and connect better with each other and with others.
 
Other Training
In my time at family services agencies, I have been involved in various training for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Solution Focused approaches and Narrative approaches to therapy.
 
My present focus and passion has been in the area of Emotion-Focused Therapy for Individuals and Couples.  To that end, I have participated in intensive training for:
  • Emotion-Focused Therapy (for Individuals) – Level 1 & 2
  • Emotion-Focused Therapy (for Couples)
  • Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (Externship)

I am currently (or will be) engaged in intensive training in:
  • Working with the Neurobiological Legacy of Trauma
  • Emotion-Focused Therapy in Relational Complex Trauma 

Why Emotions and an Experiental Approach to Therapy?
My focus on experience and emotion is grounded in the belief that:
  • Emotions are important because they tell us what is important to us in different situations, and act as a guide to indicate needs and wants, which helps shape the way we respond in our lives
  • Emotions have become problematic because many people have been taught to ignore or dismiss them, or due to past trauma in their lives
  • Emotions are experienced moment-by-moment, and best way to learn how to respond effectively to them is to work through emotions evoked while in therapy

One of the chief goals of therapy (be it individual or couples) is to work through emotional blocks in order to break free from unwanted patterns and in turn, be better able to respond to situations that are consistent with their needs and wants.
 
Other Information
I have been married for over 10 years, and I have two school-aged children.  I enjoy active involvement in the lives of my wife and children.  I am also an avid Toronto sports fan and an active member of my church community. When time permits, I also enjoy cycling, skiing and golf.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who do you see?
I see individuals, couples and families. My clients have primarily been adults and adolescents

Can this be covered by insurance?
Yes.  In addition to this private practice, I am also a member of a therapy team with a clinical psychologist.  My fees are covered by most extended health coverage plans.  Please inquire for more details.

Do you offer sliding scale fee structure?
Yes.  A portion of my practice will be set aside for clients who are unable to pay my full fee. Feel free to enquire for more details.


Where is your office and what are your office hours?
My office is accessible by highway & subway, located in North York steps away from the Yonge/Sheppard subway station, close to Hwy 401.
 
 
 
For more information, please visit my website at: http://www.giftoftherapy.com 
 
 


Samuel Cheng Reaches

North York ON