A Brief Biography

Philip Starkman

Philip started two journeys over 40 years ago: one as a counsellor 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 studying under the guidance of some of the most renowned teachers in the world. 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 counselling. Over the years, he has studied, taught and counselled at the University of California, taught various therapeutic modalities to health practitioners, conducted mindfulness workshops at a cancer resource centre over a fifteen year period, counselled in 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 counselled foreign university students. For the past twenty-five years he has been in private practice in Toronto.

His clientele ranges from those who are physically and/or emotionally hurting to those functioning on a relatively high level but seeking further growth. He sees those coming to him as whole people, who are individuals with physical, emotional, psychological, social and spiritual backgrounds with a rich history that includes their work, culture, sexual orientation, 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 Counselling which might include Nutritional Counselling and Exercise
  • EFT – Emotional Freedom Technique
  • Meditation
  • Performance Enhancement Coaching (PEC)
  • Couples Counselling
  • Depression and Anxiety Intervention
  • Spiritual Crisis Counselling
  • Voice Hearing Counselling
  • Transformational Psychological Counselling
  • Pain Management
  • Wellness Counselling
  • 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 three to ten 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 counselling and warmly welcomes your questions about any aspect of his work.

Referrals to appropriate complementary practitioners and medical doctors may be made upon request.

Contact Philip to make an appointment or for more information.
Phone: (416) 710-3505
Email: pstarkman045@gmail.com