Erika Engel

I am a registered psychotherapist (RP) and certified professional coach who works with clients ages 18+

My coaching practice has brought to light that, at times, deeper issues need to be explored in order to reach desired goals and work through difficult transitions. This led me to the study of psychotherapy and becoming a psychotherapist. As a psychotherapist, I work with people who suffer from mood, anxiety, depression, transitional difficulties, school or work difficulties, and/or relationship issues.

I am a registered member (RP) of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO), a guest member of the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society (TPS), and am a member of the Canadian Association for Psychodynamic Therapy (CAPT). I completed the program in Advanced Training in Psychoanalysis at the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society, and I was a candidate in the Training in Psychoanalysis program at the Toronto Psychoanalytic Institute.

My aim in coaching is to help clients increase self-awareness in order to create more choice in personal and professional pursuits, to arrive at their own definition of balance and fulfillment. My approach is appreciative, strength-based, and client-driven with a focus on self and relationships.

I was trained and certified in professional coaching by the Adler School of Professional Coaching, and am an accredited certified coach (ACC) member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF). I am Myers-Briggs certified by Psychometrics Canada to administer and interpret the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.

LIFE TRANSITIONS are a natural process of disorientation and reorientation that is often the turning path of growth. I work with clients on transitional issues such as entering the workforce, starting a family, divorce and professional changes. Recently, I initiated a unique program for parents experiencing one of the life’s most significant transitions, children growing up and leaving home, often referred to as the Empty Nest Syndrome.

WORK-LIFE BALANCE is of particular interest as I have devoted my life to achieving my own definition of balance through self-discovery, personal and professional growth, and nurturing my family and friends. I work with individual clients, corporations, and volunteer groups to help them address these important issues. I have developed and conducted life-balance workshops, for the Canadian Breast Cancer and York University Foundations.

EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP TRAINING is an area of expertise in which I delivered workshops nationally for the Women’s Executive Network. I honed my strategic, entrepreneurial, leadership and management skills during my work in the private sector, which now helps me assists clients to thrive in corporate, academic and consulting milieus. The International Positive Psychology Association and the Women’s Executive Network have recognized my expertise and I was selected to present at The First Annual International Congress on Positive Psychology.

COLLABORATION AND COMMUNICATION ENHANCEMENT was a significant part of my teaching among academic teams at the University of Toronto. This position is where I developed my love for working as a coach with graduate and postgraduate students to help them complete their theses and transition into the workplace.

Prior to establishing my psychotherapy and coaching practices, I worked for 22 years as an urban planner with some of Canada’s most dynamic corporations. Armed with a Masters Degree in Environmental Studies, I established my own urban planning consulting firm, which was responsible for creating the plan and program for one of Canada’s largest national urban parks.

I held the position of adjunct assistant professor at the University of Toronto, in the Department of Geography and Planning and John H. Daniels’ Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, where I taught masters-level courses in public participation and collaboration.