Meet Our Toronto Psychologists

Mary-Ellen Hartman
Mary-Ellen Hartman, MSW, RSW

I am a Registered Social Worker with over ten years of experience working with adults in a variety of mental health settings locally and internationally. I completed my Undergraduate Degree in Psychology and Sociology at the University of Alberta, and my Master’s of Social Work at Wilfrid Laurier University. I have training and experience providing Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy.

Seeking therapy is a courageous step towards personal growth. As a therapist I engage collaboratively and empathically with individuals to help bolster their self-awareness and work on making positive, goal-directed changes in their lives. Over the years I have found that this often means empowering clients to recognize their own strengths, and helping them establish a greater sense of self-compassion. Furthermore, because no man is an island, finding creative ways to mobilize resources available within one’s community is a critical step in maintaining gains achieved in therapy.

Recognizing that the therapeutic relationship is a fundamental determining factor of positive outcomes in counselling, I encourage you to come in for an initial consultation to determine if I can be of help to you.

You can reach me by email at or by telephone at 416 597-2614.

Lauren Drvaric
Lauren Drvaric, MSc., PhD candidate

As a clinician, I maintain a solution-focused approach while incorporating different strategies tailored to each client’s unique needs. These include mindfulness and acceptance-based as well as existential-humanistic therapeutic techniques. This means I believe each individual has the capacity for self-awareness and choice and that I focus on the helping each client find meaning in lived experiences.

I have experience working with late adolescents to older adults. I primarily work with young adults, who are faced with varying life challenges including, depression, anxiety, stress and psychosis. Many of my clients have sought help regarding their self-esteem, confidence, life transitions and interpersonal issues. With all clients, my goal is to facilitate change in well-being by teaching techniques that enable you to use your own internal resources.

I hold a Master’s degree in Psychology and currently have reached candidacy for my PhD in Medical Science. I am under supervised practice for designation as a Psychological Associate with the College of Psychologists of Ontario.

Renuka Gupta, Renuka Gupta, PhD., RP, CHT, PLRT, IFHP, Registered Psychotherapist and Clinical Hypnotherapist

I am currently a Registered Psychotherapist with the CRPO and a Registered Clinical Hypnotherapist with NGH. I have a PhD in Clinical Psychology also obtained a PG Diploma in Clinical and Applied Hypnosis and I am a Certified Past Life Regression Therapist with the American Hypnosis Association, USA. I am also registered with the Indian Association of Clinical Psychology. I am also a Blue Cross Interim Federal Health Provider.

In my ten years of experience as a Clinical Psychologist, School Psychologist, Counsellor, Hypnotherapist and Past Life Regression Therapist, I have come across clients who had issues with almost all facets of life from mild adjustment problems (Relationships, Self-Development, etc.,) to those with Clinical symptoms suggesting Mental Illness. I am firm believer in spreading the knowledge and have been acknowledged in my profession by a ‘National Prestige Award’ in India. Being a Mental Health Professional requires continuous professional development, which usually takes the form of ongoing course work, supervision and research. I have more of a natural bend towards doing REBT, CBT , evidence based, brief Psychotherapies and Hypnotherapy and the application of mind relaxation-based techniques (Mindfulness) to address negative patterns of thinking associated with a hurtful childhood or past life event, obstructing the growth and functionality of an individual either at work, sports, relations, sexuality etc. I enjoy conducting workshops, as well as group and individual sessions, and my Hypnotherapy Basic and Advance certification courses are International Hypnosis Association Aprroved. I offer counselling services in English, Hindi, and Marathi. Also provide Skype sessions.

Always Remember, “You just have to handle your PRESENT and the FUTURE handles itself…”

You can reach me by telephone at 416 597-2614.