Wholistic Psycho-Spiritual Approach

Philip Starkman

Philip started two journeys over 40 years ago: one as a counselor and psychotherapist, the other as a spiritual seeker. The paths converged years later as a unique synthesis of mind/body/spirit therapy, intuitively based, seeing the client as a whole person, i.e., a social, emotional, spiritual, physical being. Philip is an experienced meditator who pursued studies wherever he needed to go to receive authentic teachings. He spent twelve years in Asia in retreat centres, monasteries and ashrams. Philip works with people at all stages and situations, from those deeply wounded to those who feel well integrated but want to rise to the next step.

A Wholistic Psycho-Spiritual Approach

Philip has a broad and unique background in the field of psychological counseling. Over the years, he has studied, taught and counseled at the University of California, worked in natural health centres, psychiatric and general hospitals, coached business people, government officials, athletes, musicians, actors, and many in other walks of life.  He co-created and ran a wellness centre; taught hatha yoga and counseled foreign university students.

Philip has counseled clients since 1967. His clientele ranges from those who are physically and/or emotionally hurting to those functioning on a relatively high level and want to continue to grow. He sees those coming to him as whole people, that are individuals with a physical, emotional, psychological, social and spiritual background with a rich history that includes their culture, language, religion and entire family history. As a result of having lived and studied in a number of different countries in Asia, Europe and the Middle East clients from diverse backgrounds feel readily understood by him.

Where appropriate he might guide individuals, couples or groups to a more joyful, healthier life by means of:

  • Mindfulness Therapy
  • Cognitive Problem Solving
  • Stress Reduction
  • Loving Kindness Practices
  • Lifestyle Counseling which might include Nutritional Counseling and Exercise
  • EFT – Emotional Freedom Technique
  • Meditation
  • Performance Enhancement Coaching (PEC)
  • Couples Counseling
  • Depression and Anxiety Intervention
  • Spiritual Crisis Counseling
  • Voice Hearing Counseling
  • Transformational Psychological Counseling
  • Pain Management
  • Wellness Counseling
  • Yoga Therapy
  • Breath Work

These have over the years become his own unique blend of gentle healing work.

In 2000, in order to provide guidance in meditation practices such as training in mindfulness (Vipassana), and loving kindness (Metta), Philip established the registered charity Spring Rain Sangha. Weekly meditation classes were held every Tuesday night.  As well, one day non-residential retreats and 3 to 10 day residential retreats were held in Ontario, British Columbia and upstate New York. Philip has since retired from active teaching at Spring Rain Sangha, turning over teaching responsibilities to two highly qualified colleagues/friends.


Philip is available for in office, telephone and skype counseling and warmly welcomes your questions about any aspect of his work.

Referrals to appropriate complementary practitioners and medical doctors.

Contact Philip to make an appointment or for more information.
Phone: 1-905-233-2618
Email: pstarkman045@gmail.com