Toronto Team

Dr. Jamal Lake, Psy.D., C.Psych.

There may be many reasons that you’re searching for a therapist and taking the time to read through the many bio’s out there. Although it can feel daunting, the good thing is right now you are taking the exact steps needed to find someone who you can trust and will support you. If you (or a loved one) are feeling worried, stressed, burnt out, overwhelmed with life, sad or just don’t feel like yourself – I want you to know, I hear you. In my 10+ years working with clients on their journey through therapy, I continue to believe and see that we all have the strength and resilience to grow and change, to be our best selves. It can seem like a lot, but you don’t have to do it alone and together we can find the small steps forward.

In my work, I primarily see adults for a variety of different issues, but have particular interest and extensive experience assessing, diagnosing and treating people with concerns related to anxiety (Generalized Anxiety, OCD), mood (Depression, Bipolar), ADHD, stress/burnout, self confidence and relationship difficulties. Also as a first generation Canadian with Caribbean background, I have an interest in multicultural and BIPOC identity/experiences and supporting clients in navigating related challenges in their personal and/or professional lives. 

I recognize the uniqueness of each person’s story, so in our first session or two I would want to get know more about you, the challenges your facing and your needs while also learning more about your background and how you got here. It will also be an opportunity for you to get to know me and my style and whether we feel we are a good fit to work together. As part of these first sessions I may also ask you to complete some brief evidence-based questionnaires to better evaluate your concerns. Once I’ve gathered this information I will then share with you my professional opinion about likely contributing and maintaining factors to your challenges and we can begin outlining a therapy plan together.

I bring a calm, compassionate yet engaging approach to therapy and believe in genuine collaboration, respect and empathy. Within our sessions, I will provide a safe non-judgemental space to reflect and also offer guidance and practical, evidence-based tools towards empowering yourself. I like to give my clients the flexibility in session to focus on skills to solve a specific problem, or to have more open-ended discussions that allow for exploration. Together, we can work on healthy ways to quiet frustrating inner chatter, set and keep important boundaries with others, handle life’s hurdles and feel confident in yourself again.

I primarily work from a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) lens but I do draw skills from other evidence-based therapies such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) interpersonal, and mindfulness-based techniques into my treatment.

If those therapy acronyms don’t mean much to you, that’s okay! What’s important to know is that I can work with you on developing a deeper understanding of yourself while learning effective ways to feel in control in your day-to-day and relationships.

I am registered psychologist at the Centre for Interpersonal Relationships. I completed my Doctorate of Psychology (Psy.D) in Clinical Psychology from the University of Queensland (Brisbane, Australia) following an undergraduate degree (Bachelor of Arts) in psychology from the University of Guelph. In my residency and clinic work over the past 10 years I have gained diverse experience working in hospitals, schools and private practice settings in Canada and Australia.

I am registered member in good standing with the College of Psychologists of Ontario and am a member of the Ontario Psychological Association.