Joy Pekar

Joy Pekar

Intern Therapist
MACP (candidate), RP (qualifying)

Pronouns: she/her

Accepting New Clients

Grief & Chronic Illness

Session Types

Age Range

Session Delivery
Phone, Video

Session Rate
$90 + HST
Sliding Scale Available

Contact Info

Additional Specialties:

  • Neurodiversity
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Chronic pain & illness
  • Intellectual disabilities & developmental disorders
  • Life transitions
  • Pregnancy, prenatal, postpartum, infertility
  • Depression
  • Grief
  • Medical Assistance in Dying
  • Older adults
  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Cognitive behavioural (CBT)
  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive (MCBT)
  • Person-Centred Therapy
  • Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)

Are you struggling to adjust to a new reality, a chronic illness, a terminal illness diagnosis, infertility or pregnancy loss, a change in your family, profession, or home? Are you a caregiver for someone you love? Are you experiencing grief following the loss of a loved one? When the challenges in life feel overwhelming, it can help to talk with someone.

Going through my own journey as a caregiver to someone living with a chronic illness, it struck me how overwhelming it feels when so much is out of our control. Some circumstances can’t be changed. At that time in my life, I was hesitant about the idea of therapy. I am extremely analytical and didn’t see how therapy could help, but I decided to give it a try. I learned that therapy isn’t about “fixing”, but about discovering ways to make peace, and even find joy, in the face of unchangeable challenges. It’s not about taking pain away, but reducing suffering. These experiences in my life inspired me to begin a new career at a later stage in life. I feel great honour in walking alongside people during the most challenging steps of their journey. I work with adults of all ages, faiths, genders, and sexual orientations and am passionate about working with seniors and older adults, as well as people like I was, who aren’t sure if therapy is right for them.

Professional Background

I am a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) as a practicum student working towards a Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology at Yorkville University. Psychotherapy is a second career for me following many years working in schools supporting students with special needs. When my first child was born I took time away from my career to be a mom, and a caregiver for a loved one. My journey to embracing therapy was a reluctant one, but one that I am incredibly grateful for, as it has helped me learn that therapy can help in ways that I never understood until I was there.

Inspired by my own experiences, and the experiences of those around me, I have sought out training and volunteer experiences in supporting people with chronic illnesses, long term COVID, infertility and pregnancy loss, hospice, grief, medical assistance in dying (MAiD), hospice, life transitions, neurodiversity, depression, and anxiety.

On a Personal Note…

I am a wife and mother to two young children. Outside of therapy you’ll often find me in nature with my family on a hike, camping, kayaking, or taking photos. I am an enthusiastic nature and wildlife photographer. I play several instruments, none very well, and every now and then you might find me swing dancing. I love to bake and believe that brownies are better than cookies!

I believe that the choice to explore therapy is a brave one, and that if we work together, your strengths and wishes will guide the work we do. Each person is unique, and the path they travel is unique. I invite you to join me in a free consultation to discover whether I might be the right person to walk this path with you.

Training and Continuing Education:

  • Let’s Talk about MAiD (Medical Assistance in Dying); Facilitated by Dr Harold Yuen. 2023
  • Caregiver Webinar Series: Inclusive Caregiving for 2SLGBTQ+ older adults. 2022
  • Grieving in colour, Danielle Lobo. 2022
  • Healing the Wounds of Trauma with Gabor Maté, MD. 2022
  • Pregnancy and Infant Loss: Effective Strategies to Support Grief and Treat Trauma, Anxiety, and Depression in Bereaved Parents, Julie Bindeman PsyD, 2022
  • Caring for the Jewish patient at end of life, Palcare. 2022
  • Walk and Talk Therapy, Cherrytree Counseling, 2022