Degan Davis

Degan Davis

Psychotherapist / Head Counsellor For Students, Michener Institute · Master's (Memorial University, 2007)

Member of College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO)

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My name is Degan Davis, and I'm a therapist in downtown Toronto who works with couples and individuals. I've been described as kind, insightful and direct, and I work to help my clients get unstuck from negative patterns. With ten years of experience as the head counsellor at The Michener Institute of Applied Health Sciences, and over 4000 hours of counselling experience and workshops, I offer professional support for anxiety, depression, grief, trauma and family hardships, among other areas.

I have a Master of Education in Counselling Psychology, and a Diploma from the Gestalt Institute of Toronto.

My use of both Gestalt Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) gives me a wide range of options to support my clients. Gestalt Therapy focuses on the ‘here and now,’ our body experiences and our childhood patterns, and helps us be present in our relationships with more energy and excitement. CBT has been rigorously tested in over 1000 studies, and is a therapy that supports depression, attention deficit disorder (ADD), panic and anxiety, phobias and stress. Where CBT works by examining and re-framing our irrational thoughts, Gestalt Therapy encourages the expression of emotion. The two theories support each other, engaging both the mind and the heart, the rational and the artful—our whole self.

To get started, I offer a free initial phone session to see if we are a good fit.

Take care, and please email me if you have any further questions.


Primary Practice Location

The Art Of Therapy
Hallam Street
Toronto, Ontario m6g1w2

Phone: (647) 834-3250


Extended office hours: evenings

Website: (opens in new tab)

Success Story

I have been happy, and humbled, to be a part of my clients' success stories - though these stories come in a different package than Hollywood scripts. A success story is often a small moment, which is actually momentous. It can be a person learning to control their anger after a long period of pain and bitterness. It can be someone who notes the early signs of another depression and starts to make changes to ward off a downward swing. It can be a person beginning to see their real worth and worthiness in the world. It can be someone who can allow themselves to be loved, and to love. It can be someone who forgives themselves. Sometimes, the greatest success story for me is in the look on one of my clients' faces as they see there is not only "hope" for change, but the realization that change is happening.

Years of Experience



Master of Counselling Psychology
Diploma in Gestalt Therapy
Training in TIR (Traumatic Incident Recall)
Training in DBT for Borderline Personality

Psychotherapy Matters blog posts

Why I Became a Gestalt Therapist

During my training for the Masters’ Degree in counseling I read a weighty textbook about different psychotherapies.  One chapter described an exchange between a Gestalt therapist and his client. The client, Ken, was in his late-40s, depressed, and had a … Continue reading →

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