What I Do?

It’s the legs which make a chair solid and stable. When one or more of the legs become loose the chair becomes wobbly. In much the same way, I believe a person’s physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellness are the “legs” which make up our lives and sense of identity. When one or more of these “legs” becomes loose or damaged, our lives, like the chair, begin to wobble.

I, too, developed a wobbly leg when I was downsized after 25 years in the financial industry. With time, I saw this as an opportunity to go back to school in mid-life and start a new career as a counsellor. I first completed an Addiction Worker program and then went on to achieve a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology. My background enables me to bring a broad collection of life experiences and “tools” into my work, and demonstrates that change, while not always easy and sometimes even harsh, is possible at any stage in life.

Male and female adults and adolescents (16 and older).

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I Believe

“I believe most of our issues are caused by unhelpful patterns and behaviours we learnt in our formative years. While harder the second time, what we have “learnt” we can “unlearn.””


William Stokeld

Registered Psychotherapist | M.A.

Education & Accomplishments

  • M.A. (2011)


  • I believe we are all unique, and not one specific skillset or therapy will restore a healthy state of being to everyone. Therefore, my style and approach to counselling is an eclectic one, taking into consideration and honouring the uniqueness and capabilities of each client.

Professional Memberships

  • College of Registered Psychotherapists (CRPO)
  • Ontario Association of Mental Health Professionals (OAMHP)


  • 10+ Years

William's Favorite Quote

“You can’t always get what you want but if you try, sometimes you just might find you get what you need”

– Jagger/Richards

Frequently Asked Questions With William

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.

What I came to understand from my own therapy about why we do what we do.

When clients begin to understand their own patterns.

If you’ve reached the point of thinking about doing it at least take the next step and “kick the tires.”

You are a bigger role model to your children than you think you are.

It’s not the event but it’s impact on you.

A non-judgemental approach to helping you better understand you.

William Stokeld

Bayridge Counselling


  • Thursday
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  • Sunday


What activity instantly calms you?

Falling down and knocking myself out.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

Learn to think and see life outside the box.

Would you rather cook or order in?

Eat out – hotter when you start eating and no washing up dishes.

How do you enjoy spending your alone time?

Reading and listening to music (grew up in the 60s and 70s and struggle with current music)

What was your favourite age growing up?

If only I’d known at earlier ages what I know now ….

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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