Elena Darmos

MSc., Ph.D., M.A., Registered Psychotherapist Qualifying (fluent in Russian)

Fluent in Russian

Our brain is made up of intertwining electrical highways that carry our thoughts, memories, perceptions, and experiences, all of which are established and maintained by its genetic and cellular underpinnings. However, these pre-determined roads can often fail us. The consequences of trauma, illness, systemic challenges, personal experiences or genetic predisposition can change our perception of the world, the way we interact with it, and our own unique narrative. This humanizing aspect of the brain can prevent you from living your most authentic, fulfilling, and healthiest life. But change is possible.
As a Psychotherapist and a Neuroscientist, I understand that an individual is more than the sum of their parts, requiring a unique and a catered approach to finding clarity. Creating a safe and non-judgemental environment allows my clients to tell their own life narrative authentically and openly. Through a collaborative approach, I empower my clients to walk through the fuzzy parts of their experiences that keeps them in a cycle and to be able to clearly articulate a path to happiness. Every client is unique and so is their story.

Experience

Elena completed her Master of Arts (M.A.) in Counselling Psychology degree at Yorkville University. She also holds a Master’s (M.Sc.) and a Doctoral degree (Ph.D.) in Neuroscience from University of Toronto and is certified as a Meditation and Mindfulness Teacher and a Grief-informed Counsellor.

Elena has worked at Toronto Western Hospital for fifteen years researching the genetic and molecular basis of neurological and psychological conditions and has published scientific papers in the areas of Anxiety, Autism, Brain Development, Brain Tumors, Cancer, Epilepsy, Mania, Stroke and Traumatic Brain Injury. She also holds experience conducting psychological interviews and assessments for clients who have been injured in motor vehicle accidents. Additionally, Elena has previously volunteered for the Toronto Distress/Suicide hotline.

Client Focus

Adults, Teens

Types of Therapy

CBT, EFT, Humanistic, Mindfulness, Narrative, Solution-Focused

Conditions

ADHD, Anxiety, Care-Giving Stress, Body-Dysmorphia, Coping Skills, Depression, Emotional Disturbance, Grief and Loss, Life-Transitions, OCD, Parenting, Relationship Issues, Panic Attacks, Postpartum depression, Self-Esteem, Sleep Issues, Stress, Suicidali

More Than Just My Work

Outside of work, I enjoy dabbling with experimental cooking, creating architecturally inspiring gingerbread buildings, training for marathons, exploring foreign cities, nature hiking, and spending time with my family.

Locations

56 Aberfoyle Crescent
Suite 730
Toronto, Ontario M8X 2W4 (416) 619-0238