Cynthia Johnston (She/Her)

Registered Social Worker, MEd, Counselling Psychology, BSW, RSW, RCC
 therapist: Cynthia Johnston,
Online in Ontario
I am told that my conversational approach to psychotherapy helps to reduce the stigma and shame of seeking help as well as to inspire hope and motivation. Therapy is individualized, drawing upon my years of experience treating eating disorders and the myriad of underlying and overlapping issues, including narcissistic abuse. Please check out for more details, as well as testimonials from former clients and colleagues.

Client Focus

Session Format: Couple, Family, Individual sessions.
Age Specialty: Adult
Demographic Expertise: Women clients.
Languages: English

Treatment Approach

  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavior (DBT)
  • Emotionally Focused (EFT)
  • Feminist
  • Psychodynamic
  • Psychoeducational
Approach Description: If you are struggling with an eating disorder, you have likely promised yourself time and time again that this will be the last time that you engage in these behaviours, assuring yourself that you know what to do and that you can stop anytime. You may have managed a few days, weeks or months symptom-free, but the behaviours have always returned. Although it may be difficult to imagine getting through life’s ups and downs without your disordered eating, I can help you to develop new ways of coping and to achieve lasting recovery. I believe that bulimia and other disordered eating exist for good reasons (albeit perhaps not the most functional or healthiest), and that with education, treatment and learning new ways of coping, you can let go of your unhealthy behaviours. I work in collaboration with my clients in a respectful and inclusive manner, and help to facilitate change when, and if, they are ready to do so. I have been told that my approach helps to inspire hope and motivation, as well as to reduce the stigma and shame of having, and seeking help for, an eating disorder or any other mental health issue. I believe that it is important for clients to find a therapist who is a good fit for them and their particular needs. The therapeutic relationship is critical, such that the person seeking help feels safe, accepted and comfortable. Over the years, my clients have spoken of how much they appreciate being spoken to in a respectful, non-judgemental and straightforward manner. Depending upon the particular needs of the client, my therapeutic approach typically draws upon the transtheoretical model of change, psychoeducation, interpersonal therapy, harm reduction theory, motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioural therapy and dialectical behavioural therapy, among other therapeutic approaches, theories and techniques. When pertinent, clients may choose to include their partner, parents or children in the occasional session. Finally, I have worked with individuals who have come to Canada from every part of the globe. Having travelled extensively, and having at one time conducted research and been based in South Asia, I believe that I bring a particular sensitivity, awareness and curiosity that enable my international clients to feel comfortable in the therapeutic setting.

Education & Credentials

Cynthia Johnston MEd, Counselling Psychology, BSW, RSW, RCC
  • Female
  • Practicing Since 2003
Education: MEd, Counselling Psychology, University of British Columbia Bachelor, Social Work, Toronto Metropolitan University


  • Average Session Fee $195
  • Accepts Insurance
  • Most of my clients with benefit plans in Ontario use my registration with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers, whereas my BC clients and others more often using my registration with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors. My credentials and registration details are on my fees and services page on my website,

Cynthia Johnston Practice Details

Therapy Sessions
  • Available Online for residents of Ontario
  • Online Therapy Details: Vsee
Cynthia Johnston Practice Description
I am a Psychotherapist, Registered Clinical Counsellor and Registered Social Worker who has trained and specialized in the treatment of eating disorders for over 25 years. While many clients have experienced some form of trauma, it has only been in more recent years that I have noted the not uncommon co-occurence of narcissistic abuse. I have worked in a variety of capacities in both the public and private sectors, including having been Clinical Director of Sheena’s Place; Clinical Counsellor for Toronto Metropolitan University, the Fraser South Eating Disorder Program and the Dr. Peter Centre for People with AIDS; and the Director of the Eating Disorder Resource Centre of British Columbia. I also see clients for a diversity of other related or unrelated issues, including [among others] interpersonal relationship issues, transition difficulties, career development, workplace harassment, mild substance use disorder, depression and anxiety, and narcissistic abuse. I am a member of the Eating Disorder Association of Canada (#2089) and I am a registered member of both the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors (#2305) and the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (#825039). While I am located in downtown Toronto, Ontario, I also see clients across Canada and internationally via video counselling. My office hours are typically from 9:30 am until 5 pm ET, Monday through Thursday (I generally keep Fridays for consultations, assessments, professional development, and emergency sessions).

Practice Overview

Available online
21 Years Experience
Couple, Family, Individual


Office Hours

9:30 am - 5:00 pm
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
9:30 am - 5:00 pm

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