About Dr. Yifaht Korman
I am a Clinical Psychologist in Toronto with a private practice on Eglinton Avenue West. My approach is compassionate, non-judgmental, collaborative, and experiential. I work to create a safe and supportive therapeutic relationship while I attune to clients’ pain and help them achieve a healthier happier life. I integrate different therapeutic orientations but my primary approach is Emotion-Focused Therapy. I provide psychotherapy to adults and older adolescents.
There is a misconception that people decide to go to psychotherapy because there is 'something wrong with them'. I personally believe that every person can benefit from psychotherapy. Psychotherapy can provide you with an opportunity for personal growth by helping you understand why you have made certain choices in your life and how those choices have affected you. This self-awareness can guide your future life decisions and interactions with other people. Personal growth, or being the best person you can be, does not only feel good, it also maximizes personal effectiveness. One does not have to be unwell to embark on a journey of personal growth.
In addition to self-growth, I provide psychotherapy in English and Hebrew for individuals who may be experiencing difficulties such as:
Loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities
Coping with a child's diagnosis or disability
Separation and divorce
Personal or work stress
Dealing with life difficulties faced by LGBT people such as coming out, gender identity and transitioning
Training & Philosophy
Training & Philosophy
My Background and Training
I was born and raised in Israel and immigrated to Toronto as an adult. I completed my HBA, MA and doctoral training in Clinical Psychology at York University, Toronto, Canada. The Clinical Psychology program at York University is fully accredited by both the American Psychological Association and the Canadian Psychological Association.
For the past 20 years, I have been working in private practice, providing psychotherapy services to individuals who have experienced a variety of emotional and psychological difficulties. I do not limit my practice to working with a particular 'issue' or difficulty.
I regularly facilitate workshops with Dr. Leslie Greenberg where I teach EFT skills to professional therapists from around the world. I also provide private consultations to therapists who want to hone their EFT skills. In addition, I am an avid learner. I regularly engage in clinically relevant courses and skill training workshops.
I do not only teach self-growth and family life balance, but I also practice it as well. Family is central to my life and family-work balance is important for me to achieve so that I can stay centered in my practice. As a therapist, I draw on my personal experiences as a mother, wife, and daughter, and integrate these experiences with my academic and clinical training.
My approach to therapy is rooted in contemporary psychological theories of functioning. Although I have been trained in various types of psychotherapies (such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness, and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) the approach I use most often is Emotion-Focused Therapy. Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) is an evidence-based approach that has been researched extensively and proved to be highly effective for a variety of psychological conditions.
People often have difficulties navigating their emotions. They either try to suppress emotions as a way of dealing with life or they have difficulties managing overwhelming emotions which seem to ‘take over’ their life. The premise of EFT is that emotions are highly useful sources of information. I help clients attend to their emotions in the safety of the therapeutic relationship and use that knowledge to bring about positive change in their life.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a psychologist?
To become a psychologist in Ontario, an individual must earn a doctoral degree in psychology (a Ph.D.) which takes a minimum of 10 years of training in a university program that is recognized by the College of Psychologists.
After the doctoral degree has been completed, an individual wishing to work as a psychologist must take an additional year of supervised training after which he or she is evaluated by written and oral examinations. Upon successful completion of the training and the examinations, the individual is admitted to the College of Psychologists as a qualified psychologist. Psychologists are accountable to the College of Psychologists of Ontario. They must adhere to ethical rules and practice standards. The College of Psychologists of Ontario is the governing body for psychologists in the province. The College holds a mandate to protect the public and it does this by monitoring and regulating the practice of psychology.
For more information, visit: cpa.ca/public/whatisapsychologist
What is the referral procedure?
Self-referrals are welcome. A formal referral from a doctor is not necessary. Referrals are also welcomed from physicians, social workers, naturopaths or lawyers. Clients are billed directly on a per hour basis. Although OHIP does not cover psychological services, many private extended health plans provide full or partial coverage.
What about confidentiality?
As a Clinical Psychologist, your confidential information is of the utmost importance to me. I adhere to the standards of professional conduct and the confidentiality requirements outlined by the College of Psychologists of Ontario. Psychologists must keep records of their sessions with clients and any contacts that they have with them. These records are kept safe in a locked and secure area. Psychologists are required to protect their clients' privacy. Under normal circumstances, a client’s personal information will not be disclosed to anyone unless they consent to have that information transmitted. There are a few conditions under which a psychologist may have to disclose information about a client without their consent. However, the circumstances under which such action would be taken are rare. Details about these exceptions will be discussed at the time of the client’s first appointment.