Greg Babcock (MSW, RSW) Counselling & Consulting Services

Registered Social Worker, Psychotherapist, Counsellor at The Healing Collective www.healingcollective.ca
Opening at 9:00 AM on Monday
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Updates

Covid-19 UPDATE - As of March 16/2020, I stopped in-person service and transitioned to Teletherapy. I continue to only offer phone and video therapy. The platform that I use is Doxy.me which is compliant with PHIPA and PIPEDA.

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COUPLES Counselling:

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Greg Babcock, MSW, RSW

Registered Social Worker, Psychotherapist 

About Me (He/Him Pronouns) - Work & Personal:

Are you feeling stuck in your relationship? Do you and your partner wish to talk about what you are both going through and explore making some changes? 

Are you a dad-to-be? A new dad or maybe you have kids and are feeling burned-out? An experienced dad who is unsure about what this fatherhood business is all about? A dad who would like to connect better to his kids and family?

Let’s talk. 

I obtained my Master of Social Work degree from the University of Toronto in 1994 and my Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Psychology from York University in 1992.  I am registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers and am an individual affiliate member of the Canadian Association of Social Workers.  I have taken numerous workshops and courses since 1994.  I remain committed to ongoing professional development.

I have twenty six years of experience working within the field providing a range of services such as psychosocial rehabilitation to youth, child welfare services, individual counselling, family support, clinical case management including health and wellness coaching.  More recently, I taught on a contract basis and provided field supervision to students in the Social Service Worker Program at Centennial College.  I also worked at a large family service agency (CFST) for eight and a half years providing individual, couple and group counselling (men’s groups). At CFST, I focused on men’s wellness issues, emotional intelligence, coping with transitions, fathering, and dealing with intimate partner difficulties including helping men move away from using any form of violence.  In August 2018, I joined the Healing Collective and started a small private practice.  In January 2020, I decided to focus on my private practice and now offer support to individuals and couples through The Healing Collective. 

Due to Covid-19, I exclusively see clients online. While I do prefer meeting with others in-person, I have found that rapport building is not diminished by remote connectivity.   My clients enjoy the convenience and flexibility that virtual therapy offers, and as we move into a post-Covid-19 world, I plan to include both in person and virtual therapy in my practice. 

I am happily married to my wife and best friend. We just celebrated our twenty fifth wedding anniversary.  Together, we have a teenage son.  We have lived in the East York community for the past 20 years.  We love the neighbourhood and enjoy visiting the farmer’s market at the Brick Works, going to Greektown for a iced coffee frappe, browsing the shops in Leslieville or taking a walk on the boardwalk at the Beach.  

Services:

  • Individual Counselling: I provide one-on-one counselling in a relaxed space for you to explore your life challenges in a non-judgemental, affirming atmosphere.
  • Couple Counselling:  Couple counselling provides an opportunity for you and your significant other to explore issues that are causing tension within your relationship. I use an interactive, strength-based and empathic approach to assist couples with improving communication, increasing trust, strengthening intimacy and creating positive change in the relationship. 
  • Men’s Counselling:  For some men, it can be difficult to talk and share with others about problems related to identity, relationships, intimacy and vulnerability because of cultural norms and societal expectations; rigid and sometimes unhealthy forms of masculinity.  This unease around sharing can sometimes lead to problems such as stress, anxiety, depression, toxic shame, anger issues, intimate partner conflicts and sometimes even violence. Unfortunately, many men seem to suffer in silence about their emotional pain.  I provide a relaxed space for men to talk freely about their challenges such as problems related to identity, relationships, fathering and work-life balance, intimacy and sexuality, work, health, stress, depression, anxiety, shame, anger and so on.
  • Group Counselling:  I have extensive experience running men’s groups. During the past eight and a half years, I have run three different men’s groups dealing with anger management, intimate partner violence and it’s negative impact on partners and children.  

Fees (Cost per Session):

Individual Therapy - $130

Couples Therapy - $150 - 170

Payment By:  Bank e-Transfer, Cash. 

Sliding Scale - I do reserve a few spots  at a reduced rate. Please let me know if cost is a barrier and we can try to find a rate that works.

Insurance Plans:   Please verify your health insurance coverage when you arrange your first visit. 

My approach:  I believe that people’s lives are unique and often quite multi-layered.  Therefore, I do not believe in a ‘one-size fits all’ approach.  My counselling approach is informed by several therapeutic orientations such as Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and Family Systems. My work with couples draws primarily upon the work of John Gottman, Family Systems and I draw inspiration from relational therapists such as Esther Perel and Terry Real. When working with couples, I see my role as more of a facilitator of dialogue than as a “fixer.” I invite couples to have conversations about how they want to be in a relationship with each other based on their beliefs, values, commitments and make choices around how they could better live their lives. I believe in self-determination and that each partner in the relationship has to decide for themselves if they wish to continue walking on a path together with their partner or take a separate path.

Availability and Contact:

*Covid-19 UPDATE - Currently, in response to Covid-19, I am only offering phone and video therapy.  The platform that I use is Doxy.me which is compliant with PHIPA and PIPEDA.

Mon-Fri - flexible hrs  

To arrange a free telephone consultation, please contact me at 416-467-7208 or by email at:  grbabcockcounselling@gmail.com

You may also book directly through The  Healing Collective at: www.healingcollective.ca


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The Healing Collective
Toronto, East York, ON M4C 1J7
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Tue:9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Wed:9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Thu:9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Fri:9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
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