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Rhonwen Derbez, RP(Q)

Relational Gestalt Psychotherapist, 

Toronto ON

Now Accepting New Clients


I am here to walk with you 

through life's challenges 

and changes, events and seasons... with honesty, dignity and compassion

Rhonwen Derbez

Relational Gestalt Psychotherapist

Pronouns - She/Her

Relational Gestalt Therapy offers us a wide range of techniques and tools to explore and discover our unique paths to healing.  I specialize in, but am not limited to, use of metaphor, cultivating sensory awareness, tuning into body wisdom and building a feeling language.  And together we use our creativity, curiosity and felt experience to guide us to experiments which lead us to a greater understanding of self, self-acceptance and healing.  These techniques are effective to treat a variety of challenges including loss and grief, trauma, anxiety, depression, burnout, sensitivity and desensitization, life transitions, and more. I am a firm believer that with these tools of self-knowledge and body guidance, we all have a better chance of finding supports, the keys we need in this lifetime for healing, and living our best life...

As a queer practitioner, I provide a safe, sex positive space for LGBTQIA2S+ clients which includes a non-judgemental approach to alternative relationship structures such as non-monogamy. I completed couples therapy training in the Gestalt modality, after being inspired by my own experience of couples therapy and saw how the right support can be key to unlocking the joys that come with improved communication and connection with our loved ones...


dedicated with gratitude to Jay Tropianskaia

By Rhonwen Derbez

There was an old woman who lived in a shoe.

She had so many children she didn’t know what to do.

So she gave them some broth without any bread,

Then spanked them all soundly and sent them to bed.

And each of these cherubs with such an upbringing

Developed CREATIVE ADJUSTMENTS, like clinging,

Or not trusting people, or eating too much,

Or giving up power, or shying from touch.

But then came along some people who knew

That looking inside they’d all know what to do.

And if they were willing, courageous enough

To look in their BODIES for all of the stuff:

The stuff that was torturing, holding them back

From reaching for dreams and staying on track,

They’d find that ACCEPTANCE of who-they-are-NOW

Would unlock a way to their healing somehow.

So if you've been suffering with some kind of pain

That comes back to plague you again and again

Perhaps there is one of these people for you,

To help YOU realize you know just what to do.

And maybe yo​u don’t have to feel so alone,

And maybe you’ll learn just how much you have grown,

And maybe, just maybe, SUPPORT is the goal,

May it show you at last how it feels to be whole.

© 2021

Rhonwen is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying.)  She is a graduate of the Five Year Training Program of the Gestalt Institute of Toronto and has been in private practice since January 2020.  She is a member in good standing of the Canadian Association for Psychodynamic Therapy and the International Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy, and holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of British Columbia. 

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