Alexia Dyer began her career as a sexual assault trauma counsellor and has worked for many years as a counsellor, mediator, educator and facilitator. Her career path has reflected her capacity to be empathic and non-judgmental while working to further social change. Because Alexia’s gift is her ability to listen to and connect with people at a deeper emotional level, she has decided to embrace her true purpose of offering one-on-one support to people as a relational therapist.

Alexia’s credentials
Diploma, Toronto Institute for Relational Psychotherapy
Registered Psychotherapist
M.A. in Sociology and Equity Studies in Education, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education OISE/U of T
Certificate in Restorative Justice, Simon Fraser University
Certificate in Dispute Resolution, York University
Director of SoJust Circle Mediation Services

• Member of Terrence Real’s Online Case Study Community for Relational Life Therapy for Couples Therapy (ongoing)

•Attended Terrence Real’s Couples Experiential Workshop (2019)

•Attended Esther Perel’s State of Affairs: A New Clinical Approach to Infidelity (2018)

•Attended Sue Johnson’s Using the Wisdom of EFT to Overcome Clinical Impasses in Couples Therapy (2018)

Additional training on narrative therapy, trauma-informed practice, suicide prevention and crisis intervention

Alexia’s areas of specialty
Anxiety, depression, self-esteem, anger, grief, shame
Chronic illness, self-harm and suicide ideation
Assertiveness and boundary setting, attachment styles
Sexual and gender identities
Trauma, including sexual, physical, and emotional abuse
Sexual and reproductive health, sexual dysfunction
Blended families, step-parenting, infertility
Intimate partner violence, abusive relationships
Workplace harassment, stress, burnout
Restorative justice, community approaches to harm
Self-acceptance and self-compassion
Pet bereavement
COVID anxiety and existential grief

Alexia is a member of the Canadian Association for Psychodynamic Therapy and is governed by their Code of Ethics.

Elizabeth Brownlie has worked for many years in the mental health field. She started as a researcher and educator in human development, mental health and trauma and has a Ph.D. in lifespan developmental psychology. She changed careers to pursue her long held dream of becoming a psychotherapist. As a therapist, Elizabeth has a gentle, open and accepting style that combines her capacity for listening and empathy with her academic background and life experiences.

Elizabeth’s credentials
Diploma, Toronto Institute for Relational Psychotherapy
Registered Psychotherapist
M.A. and Ph.D. in Lifespan Developmental Psychology, Simon Fraser University
Postdoctoral Fellowship, Ontario Centre of Excellence in Child and Youth Mental Health
Assistant professor of psychiatry, University of Toronto, 2008-2018

Presenter, Society for Research in Psychotherapy and Society for the Study of Emerging Adulthood international bienniel conferences; Canadian Psychological Association, Children’s Mental Health Ontario, and Canadian Council on Substance Abuse annual conferences

Author of several articles and a book on childhood experiences and challenges, gender, and mental health

Attended Sue Johnson’s Using the Wisdom of EFT to Overcome Clinical Impasses in Couples Therapy (2018)

Additional training on mental health and substance use issues, trauma-informed care, and health equity

Elizabeth’s areas of specialty
Anxiety and depression, shame and guilt, grief and loss, anger and resentment
Identity and belonging
Self-concept, self-confidence, imposter feelings
Sexual and gender identities
Trauma, including sexual, physical, and emotional abuse
Complex families, relationships and attachment
Adoption, adoptive and birth/original families, reunion
Caregiving, compassion fatigue and burnout
Therapy for therapists

Elizabeth is a member of the Ontario Society of Registered Psychotherapists, and is governed by their Code of Ethics.

Elizabeth and Alexia met as students at the Toronto Institute for Relational Psychotherapy where they completed their psychotherapy training. They decided to practice together and created East End Therapy. They share a warm, compassionate, and connected approach to therapy, and have similar values and theoretical perspectives on psychotherapy.

The Toronto Institute for Relational Psychotherapy (TIRP) is a training program recognized by the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. Both Elizabeth and Alexia see clients under the supervision of TIRP faculty.