Jennifer Pinto, MSW, RSW

Jennifer Pinto View Specialties

  • Social Worker and Psychotherapist
  • 320 Danforth Ave, Suite 206, Toronto, Ontario, M4K 1N8
  • Phone: 647-214-2512
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  • Session Fees: Individual Sessions (adult & children) - $140. Family Sessions - $160. Couple Session - $175
  • www.jenniferpinto.ca

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 About Jennifer


I am a Registered Social Worker (RSW) and Psychotherapist providing child, youth, individual and family counselling services in Toronto since 2010. I have a Masters of Social Work (MSW) degree from University of Toronto, as well as a degree in Psychology and Women's Studies. I provide a safe, respectful and confidential space for you or a loved one to explore the problems and difficulties that bring you to therapy and to begin to find understanding and solutions towards a more balanced life.  I strive above all else to be an active listener, caring, empathic and non-judgemental in my conversations with clients.
 

Approach


- Narrative Therapy- Brief Solution Focus- Mindfulness and Yoga - Cognitive Behaviour Therapy - Acceptance and Commitment Therapy- Expressive Arts and Play  
 
More importantly, I work together with you, so you can feel heard, understood and ultimately empowered to cope with the issues that brought you to counselling. 
 

 Services


Children and Youth


 
Ages 8 and up. While I can provide individual sessions with children, I encourage parent or caregiver involvement. This can be discussed at initial consultation. With adolescents (13 and up), sessions can be individual and/or with family or caregiver.  
 
  • School difficulties - academic and social
  • Worries and fears
  • Sadness and depression
  • Anxiety and nervousness
  • Difficulty making and keeping friends
  • Bullying
  • Grief and Bereavement
  • Separation/Divorce 
  • Chronic Health problems (self or parent)
  • Immigration 
  • Domestic Violence and Abuse
  • "Coming out" and/or exploring  LGBTTQ identities
  • Self-Harming 
  • Sexual Assault and Abuse
  • Life transitions - to high school, college, university, workforce
  • Family communication problem​ 

Individuals

Whether a past or a current life situation has brought on various difficult emotions and you are feeling stuck and unmotivated, exploring your thoughts and feelings can assist you in reconnecting with what you value most and would like to have more of in your life. 
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Difficulty with relationships - family, romantic, friendships or professional
  • Separation and Divorce
  • Immigration and Settlement
  • Intimate Partner Violence
  • Trauma
  • Gender Based Violence
  • Life Transitions '- marriage/partnership, parenthood, retirement
  • Chronic Health problem
  • Parenting 
  • Grief and Bereavement - particular specialization in Infant Loss

Families and Couples

Living with a partner or within a family, is very much a team effort. If you're experience ongoing conflict and distancing and would like to find more harmony, exploring your situation in counselling can be helpful. 
  • Conflict and relationship difficulties
  • Stress Management
  • Parenting 
  • Life transitions - marriage/partnership/ marriage/separation/divorce
  • Grief and Bereavement 
  • Coping with family member's well-being
 
Philosophy 
My job is to help uncover, or shine a light on what exists beyond the "problem" story- what knowledges,  skills, values, dreams and hopes do you or a loved one has? Who are you, as a whole? A Narrative approach proposes that we are not our problems - "The problem is the problem". When we start to see ourselves or loved ones as separate from the problem, we start to take steps to address the situation, see it from a different perspective and acknowledge the other parts of our lives and self that are worthy and important.  
 
I also weave Mindfulness principles in my conversations with clients. Mindfulness is about maintaining a moment by moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, body sensations and surrounding environment. It is about recognizing that a great deal of our pain and suffering comes from wanting things to be a certain way - the "shoulds" and "oughts" that typically permeate our thinking - and not accepting life and situations as they are. This does not mean that we need to like the situation or not take steps to change whatever problem that brings pain and suffering. By practicing acceptance and letting go of the things we cannot change, we actually become more free and open to take steps to act in accordance with our true values and intentions. The simple practice of noticing the breath, for example can help reduce stress and anxiety in the moment but also train the mind to be less reactive in future moments of stress and discomfort.  
 
 For more information please visit www.jenniferpinto.ca
 
 


Jennifer Pinto Reaches

Toronto ON