What I Do?

Life is not always easy. Difficult times are needlessly intensified when we choose to journey alone, rather than in partnership and community. Sometimes we journey alone because we feel ashamed in asking for help. As if asking for help is admitting weakness. I believe the exact opposite is true. I believe the act of asking for help is an act of courage and exemplifies great strength. Seeking support in a time of need is not an admission of weakness, but an honest and reflective admission of our humanity. If you’re human, you will struggle at times in your life. This is completely normal.

As a counsellor to adolescents and adults, I work with individuals through general life challenges, improving relationships and communication, developing assertiveness and social skills, navigating marital conflict successfully, and managing ADHD, depression, anxiety, stress, anger, and addictions. I have an undergraduate degree in Psychology, a Bachelor of Education from the University of Toronto, and a Master in Special Education from the University of Victoria. I employ a variety of therapeutic approaches in my practice including CBT, DBT, and psychodynamic perspective.

When we can acknowledge our personal struggles as a normal part of life, we open ourselves up to a wealth of professionals who are eager to provide support and encouragement. As a committed and experienced counsellor, I would be honoured to support you in your journey through the trying challenges and obstacles that are a normal part of human life.

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I Believe

“It’s a rewarding and privileged experience to walk along the path of self-empowerment with my clients.

I would be honoured to take the journey with you.”

Qualifications

Jonathan Christink

Registered Psychotherapist | BA, BEd, MEd

Education & Accomplishments

  • BA University of Guelph
  • BEd University of Toronto
  • MEd University of Victoria

Approach

  • CBT
  • DBT
  • Psychodynamic Therapy
  • Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy

Professional Memberships

  • CRPO

Experience

  • 15 Years

Average Cost

  • $150-180 plus tax (per session)
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Jonathan's Favorite Quote

“Diversity is being invited to the party; inclusion is being asked to dance,”

– Verna Myers

Frequently Asked Questions With Jonathan

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions that we receive. If you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.

I became interested in becoming a therapist because I’ve known and experienced some of the pain of life that we all feel, and how it is needlessly exacerbated by walking in isolation rather than in direct connection with others who care to help us become the best versions of ourselves.

My favourite thing about being a therapist is the immense privilege of a client’s vulnerability allowing me into their innermost thoughts, feelings, and experiences. Witnessing this courage on a daily basis propels me towards this same courage and vulnerability in my own life, and for that I’m grateful.

I hope that anyone hesitant about coming to counselling will sincerely look at their hesitations and ask themselves “what do I have to lose?” It’s possible that there is something quite significant to lose; however, it’s also quite possible that what could be gained far outweighs what could be lost.

What energizes me about my career is participating in the change process in other’s lives and witnessing firsthand the transformations that can take place through the courageous resolve to engage in an uncertain, “risky” process with few guaranteed outcomes attached. It is partly, but precisely, this very vulnerable and courageous act that can pave the way for personal triumph, and few things energize me more than this.

Every couple should know that conflict is normal within a long-term relationship. What differentiates couples that stand the test of time verses couples on an accelerated path towards divorce court is the distinction of learning “how” to go about solving conflict, not the presence or absence of it to begin with.

I would like every parent to know that you can be imperfect, and you will be imperfect; however, instead of focusing on perfection, focus on the practice of being attentive. A child has many needs, and an attentive parent can attend in the most effective ways to their child’s needs because their needs become more and more self-evident through the practice of attention. Remember, you don’t have to be perfect, but pay attention and you might be surprised at what you learn!

Jonathan Christink

Bayridge Counselling

Availability

  • Week
    Daytime, occasional evening or weekend hours

Contact

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Would you rather cook or order in?

Order in every time!

Which meal is your favorite: breakfast, lunch, or dinner?

Brunch!

What's your favourite board game?

Settlers of Catan

How do you enjoy spending your alone time?

reading, Netflix, guitar

Need Help Choosing a Therapist?

If you are still trying to decide whether therapy is right for you, book a free 20-minute virtual consultation with our Clinical manager and therapist, Nicole Callander, RSSW. Nicole would be happy to answer any questions about therapy or who would be a match for your unique situation.

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Need help booking your free 20-minute consult? (905) 319-1488