Imagine the Fruit of Healthy and Strong Mind

We invite you to imagine what you could accomplish and establish if you had a safe and supportive space to process your thoughts, feelings, and experiences, in meaningful ways. As Registered Psychotherapists serving the Toronto and Ottawa areas we are here to support you towards that healthy and strong mind.


What we Offer

Couples Therapy

Life demands and work responsibilities can put pressure on relationships. Sometimes, parties may deeply care for one another but feel as though they’re holding each other back…


Anxiety, burn-out, and depression are real mental health challenges that can impact our confidence, productivity, and ability to be fully present and engaged in our lives…

Family Therapy

How do you feel when you think about your family? Are there feelings of warmth and love? Or does tension and anger take precedence? Relationships with family can be complicated…

Darlene Cyrus-Blaize

Ed.D, M.A., Registered Psychotherapist

Executive and Clinical Director


Mental Wellness and Pyschotherapist in Toronto

You strive to be your best self and have goals that will help you leave a personal and professional legacy for futures to come. Yet in this moment, you feel stressed, anxious, and overwhelmed and perhaps not sure how to cope with it all. However, your decision to consider enhancing your mental wellness and psychotherapy highlights your strength and ability to imagine another way of being. As Registered Psychotherapists serving the Greater Toronto and Greater Ottawa areas we are honored that you are considering us as part of your wellness journey. We serve a wide range of clients from racially, ethnically, and culturally diverse backgrounds. Moreover, our training allows us to support individuals, couples, and families dealing with a range of mental health difficulties (relational conflict, anxiety, depression, trauma, etc.). Our overarching approach to psychotherapy is one that is non-judgmental, anti-oppressive, affirming, liberatory, strength-based, & collaborative in nature.

Qualifying Team

Our Therapists

Meet our team helping individuals address psychological and emotional challenges, improve their mental well-being, and enhance their overall quality of life.

Charlene Bonnick
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)
Karen Stewart
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)
Amarpreet Vaid
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)
Darlene Cyrus-Blaize
Ed.D, M.A., Registered Psychotherapist
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Cibelly Zedan
Mental Health Therapist
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Kamakshi Marwah
Mental Health Therapist
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Sandra Graham
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)
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Brett Robinson
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)
Frequently Asked Questions

Which Therapy is Right for You?

Selecting the right support for you and your situation may be overwhelming. However, you do not need to figure this out in isolation. We are here to help you from the beginning as you start your mental wellness journey! We respect your individuality and recognize that your lived experiences are specific and unique to you and so your therapeutic support should reflect the same. From our first consultation with you, we will spend some time understanding your presenting concerns and preferred future. We would then collaborate on defining a few therapeutic goals and then work together to achieve them. We invite you to book a complimentary intake consultation with one of our Psychotherapists to discuss our service offerings and how they can be tailored to you.

Life Coaching and Psychotherapy are two transformative approaches aimed at enhancing the quality of your life. However, it’s important to note that the two approaches differ in methodology and focus. My life coaching program provides a supportive and encouraging space for clients who are interested in achieving specific outcomes in their professional and personal lives. Together we assess and clarify goals to ensure that they are in sync with your life’s values, vision, and purpose. We then collaborate and customize an action plan that not only helps you develop new strategies and skills but builds upon your current strengths so you can maximize your full potential. The life coaching program is very much focused on your current and future self.

Conversely, a significant focus in psychotherapy pertains to building an awareness and understanding of your past in an effort of addressing current difficulties (mental health and psychological struggles, emotional distress, dysfunctional relationships etc.) getting in the way of what you want for your future. My overarching goal is to create a safe and nonjudgmental space for you to explore and come to know yourself better. Together we may spend time processing and healing from past hurts and traumas while establishing coping strategies to effectively manage overwhelming emotions and distressing thoughts. My therapeutic approach is primarily grounded in both narrative and solution-focused therapies. This means that while I give you space to share your personal stories and the meanings you’ve attached to those stories I gear our conversations toward helping you identify and develop possible solutions to address your presenting problems.

I am a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapist of Ontario (CRPO).I’ve earned a Doctorate of Education in Counseling Psychology from Argosy University, A Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University, and an Honours Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from York University. Additionally, I have received extensive training in Solution-Focused Therapy from the University of Toronto. Over the last decade I have worked within the public and private sectors offering clinical and counselling supports to community and government based programs. Over the last few years I transitioned into private practice where I primarily provide psychotherapy and life coaching to professionals and business owners.

I help people manage and resolve a range of problems. Clients may need help working on achieving a particular goal and/or need support to deal with personal, relational, and/or work issues.


What Others are Saying

Marion Adams CEO, Focus Mental Wellness

Darlene has been an asset to our organization since 2018. Her clinical expertise and passion for mental health is palpable and central to everything she does. Our therapists respect her immensely – and not to mention really like her as well! The same can be said for myself and the management team. On special initiatives requiring a solid, well researched clinical point of view, Darlene’s input has proved invaluable. I would highly recommend Darlene to anyone.

Darlene is meticulous and is always a professional. She is highly capable and dependable.

Dr. Heather MacDonald Counselling Psychology Program Director

I continue to be amazed at Dr. Blaize’s passion for teaching, healing and demonstration of her application of theory to practice. Her strong ethical accountability makes her an even stronger private practice candidate. She is a strong team player and has a strength in creating positive relationship across multidisciplinary contexts.

Leona Sayer Executive Assistant, Culture Check

The team-building day organized by Fruit of the Roots was an absolutely incredible experience. It was thoughtfully planned and very engaging. Our participants felt the experience has fostered greater collaboration, communication and teamwork as a group. 

Team Members at Culture Check Participants, Culture Check Event

“I really enjoyed the activities. It was inspiring to hear all the wonderful things our team is creating and doing both personally and professionally. “


“ I felt welcomed. The event has influenced how I show up for myself and professionally.”

Team Members at Culture Check Participants, Culture Check Event

“I really enjoyed the final activity. It enabled us to better connect, which will help us professionally as a team.


“I appreciated the organization of the workshops, the open-ended questions, and the discussions.”

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Online Appointments

We offer secure and confidential video and phone counselling sessions for clients throughout Ontario. However, most of our Registered Psychotherapists operate within the Greater Toronto and Ottawa areas. The first step in booking your online session is to create a client account utilizing our client portal.

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