Margarete Juliana RP PHD RMFT

I believe the relationship between the client and therapist is collaborative. I see myself as a guide in the process of therapy and I focus on what the client sees as most relevant to the resolution of their distress. I invite clients to share their thoughts not just about the issues, but also about their experience in the therapy process, so that we can reach the best outcomes in a time efficient way.

I am a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) and a clinical member of the Ontario Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. I am also listed in the Canadian Registry of Marriage and Family Therapists as well as The International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy as a Certified EFT Therapist.

I am currently studying Sandtray Therapy and incorporating this as part of a comprehensive client-centered approach working with unresolved emotional issues. Sandtray involves the use of a miniatures and container with sand that can be shaped into and represent a scene as developed by the client. Although commonly used with children, Sandtray therapy is a powerful, yet gentle non-verbal way to access clients’ inner conflict and difficulty. It is especially useful when clients are not sure of the issues of concern or are not able to access and verbalize these issues.

I have worked as an addictions therapy specialist at Addiction Services York Region. I have also worked at Southlake Hospital’s Eating Disorders program with clients and their families.

Marriage and Family therapists are the Relationship Specialists and are:

  • Educated with a Master’s or Doctoral degree
  • Trained with a minimum of 2 years and 1000 hours of therapy that is supervised by qualified supervisors
  • Relationship-focused and family-friendly psychotherapists

My Masters and Doctorate are in Sociology and Education.


College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario Registration #005202

I believe that a couples therapist is both a collaborator and a choreographer: a collaborator in the work that couples do to restructure their life dance; and a choreographer who follows and leads the couple’s interaction throughout the therapy process. As a therapist, I help clients to expand their inner experience and create not only a new representation of self, but also new patterns of interactions in order to connect to their partner or other important people in their lives.

I am a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) and a member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA). As an EFT Therapist, I am also a member of the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally-Focused Therapy (ICEEFT).

To be eligible for registration with CRPO in the Qualifying category, applicants must have completed at least 125 direct client contact hours and 30 hours of clinical supervision. As an RP (Qualifying), I am required to practise with clinical supervision and must be actively engaged in completing registration requirements to become registered as an RP. To learn more about my clinical supervisor, Elana Goldin-Lerman MA, RP, RSW, RMFT, click here.

My passion is to help others, and to make a real difference in people’s lives.
I first discovered my passion after completing the Curriculum for Living at Landmark Education, where I began volunteering as a life coach. Since then, I have furthered both my passion and expertise through providing therapy to individuals, couples, families, and groups; attending to issues such as personality disorders, relationship issues, depression and anxiety, and other trauma related issues. My work for professional counselling service businesses, as well as non-profit social service organizations, has provided me valuable experience in using a variety of assessment techniques and therapy methods, while recognizing the importance of applying appropriate interventions aligned to cultural differences.

In addition to English, I am fluent in Farsi and Italian and offer experience working within a variety of multicultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.

 My Masters degree is in Counselling Psychology.

Specialized Training:
Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
Intensive Sex Therapy Training Institute
Motivational Interviewing

Margarete and Pantea specialize in providing Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT).  EFT is a researched-based method for alleviating individual and couple conflict. This therapy strengthens relationship and family bonds and promotes emotional resiliency.

Specialized Training:
Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Mindfulness-based Cognitive

     Therapy (MBCT)
Narrative Therapy