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Welcome to kindle psychotherapy

igniting hope and inner strength

I strive to  understand the unique experiences that have shaped where you have been, where you are now, and where you want to go.

I believe in honesty, respect and working with your best interests in mind. I aim to create a safe, non-judgmental environment that kindles hope and strength within you to achieve the life you desire.

Mai Ling Patel
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

Hello and welcome! I’m Mai – seeker, explorer, traveller.

I would describe myself as an existentialist who is passionate about understanding how each of us make meaning of our physical, social, psychological and spiritual worlds. What drives us as humans has always been of a fascination to me.

My holistic and electic approach to therapy is an integration of my personal beliefs, for example that living beings have a propensity for self-actualization, fueled by life force energy; and my therapeutic attributes such as openness, flexibility, empathy and compassion. 

In both my professional and personal journey, I have realized that there are many factors that create and/or diminish our life force causing symptoms that leave us feeling directionless, confused, anxious, depressed, etc. Together, we will explore your unique experience, understand how you make meaning of the world, and support you in the changes you want to make.


I received my Bachelor of Science (Hons) at the University of Toronto where I majored in Psychology and double minored in Buddhism: Psychology and Mental Health, and Indigenous Studies. From there, I obtained a Masters Degree in Counselling Psychology at Yorkville University. Further trainings and knowledge gathering is ongoing for this lifelong-learner!

Serving the Community

I am currently working with Community Care Durham as a support group facilitator providing psycho-education on a variety of mental health topics such as coping skills, self-care, self-esteem, anxiety, depression, and trauma.

What Kindles My Fire…

I enjoy staring up into the sky with wonder and awe, feeling the ground beneath my feet, novel adventures with my kids, deep conversations and silliness with friends/family and my dog, Xena. I also revel in team sports, dance, art, music, improv and humour!

Our Services

Individual Therapy

Psychotherapy Services $120/60 min
Psychological Services $160/60 min

Couples Therapy

Psychotherapy Services $120/60 min
Psychological Services $160/60 min

Group Therapy

Please inquire about group therapy services.

Eco Therapy

Walk and Talk sessions offered outdoors. Please inquire for more information.

the mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled

– Plutarch

sunrays shining through canopy of trees creating serene peace for forest therapy


  • Addiction
  • ADHD
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Behavioural Issues
  • Eating Disorders
  • Grief and Loss
  • Life Transitions
  • Maternal Wellness
  • Personality Disorders
  • Self-Esteem 


  • Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy
  • Dialetical Behavioural Therapy
  • Emotion-Focused
  • Mindfulness-based Therapies
  • Strengths-based
  • Solution-Focused
  • Polyvagal Theory

Session TIMES

Tuesday - Thursday

9.00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Tuesday - Thursday (Virtual)

3.00 pm. – 9:00 p.m.

Friday (Virtual)

9.00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.


+1 (289) 399-2788



If you are interested in a free 15-minute consultation or you have any further questions, please feel free to call, text or email.