About Therapy

John's Treatment Philosophy


In order for people to grow, expand, work through traumas and challenges towards healing, and thrive in their lives, they need to be treated with empathy, compassion, and dignity as a human being. This is why John’s treatment philosophy takes a humanistic and holistic approach to helping his clients improve their overall well-being.

Because each person is unique, with his and her own personal history, perspective, and worldview, each session with John is a personal experience based on that individual’s history and current state of being.

Are you willing to participate in Therapy?

Unlike some modes of practice that boast a quick-fix or promise immediate symptom relief, John believes that the only way to achieve permanent and positive change is to address the cause of one’s difficulties directly in a compassionate way. This is why his approach to treatment is eclectic, realistic, and tailored to the distinct needs of each person.

John’s training is in multiple modes of therapy and evidence-based interventions that cater to your specific life situation where your individual goals and expectations can be realized.

This requires that you feel listened to, understood, validated, and authentically cared about in a humanistic fashion. This transpires within a safe and emotionally supportive environment where conflicts are identified, expressed, understood, and transcended through insight, increased coping, problem resolution, and behavioural change.

Providing guidance and direction when requested, John's support and validation gives insight and knowledge in the face of uncertainty. This engenders hope that things can and will get better.

Marital and Family Therapy


Marital and family therapy is a distinct mental health discipline which utilizes family systems theories and interventions techniques.

Marital and family therapists are specially trained to help individuals, couples and families resolve personal and work related problems. The minimum requirement for members of Ontario Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (OAMFT) is a Master’s Degree. There are specific course requirements and a supervised clinical practicum.

Clinical Membership requires two years of post-mater’s clinical experience; a minimum of 1,000 hours of marriage and family therapy conducted in face-to-face contact with individuals, couples and families supervised by and AAMFT Approved Supervisor.

Registered Clinical Members are held to the demanding Code of Ethics of AAMFT.  Members have training in the development stages of personal, family and relationship growth. Having done their own family of origin work as part of training, they know what it is like to look at themselves and their relationships.

OAMFT Marriage and Family Therapists focus on solutions or actions to resolve problems. Therefore, therapy is usually shorter and more economical than other therapeutic approaches.

The Ontario Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (OAMFT) is a division of The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), an international professional association established in 1942. Activities and membership are dedicated to the promotion of the profession of marriage and family therapy and the advancement of practice and principle, which enhance individual and family well being.

Registered members of OAMFT are listed in the Registry of Marriage and Family Therapists in Canada (RMFT).

For more information please contact: 

Ontario Association For Marriage and Family Therapy

P.O. Box 693

Tottenham, Ontario L0G 1W0

Telephone: 905-936-3338     Toll free: 1-800-267-2638    FAX: 905-936-9192

The Adlerian Approach to Counselling


These are the Adlerian Principles that summarize how John Kovac generally approaches counselling
and psychotherapy:

  1. People are social beings.  They need to belong, and to contribute.

  2. People are whole beings; all aspects of life are interrelated.

  3. Work, friendships, intimacy, social connectedness, and parenting are lifelong tasks.

  4. Every person is equally deserving of dignity and respect.

  5. All behaviour has a purpose.

  6. Positive change comes from encouragement, which focuses on strengths.

  7. Children make meaning of their early experiences and act within this framework throughout their lives.

  8. Personal freedom exists together with social responsibility.

John Kovac's Approach to the Adlerian Model:

I invite you to learn more about my approach to Adlerian thought with my theory of THE ATTUNED LIFE and the Circles of Attunement and how the 5 Domains of Life can be considered.

Virtual Clinic


What is a "Psychotherapy Matters Virtual Clinic"?

There are times when the input and experience of a psychiatrist could be very important to the support of a client’s healing journey.

Using secure and private modern internet technologies, John can arrange a confidential consultation (similar to skype) between himself, his client and a certified Psychiatry Consultant.

Most Virtual Clinic Sessions can be covered by OHIP.


For more information on how this "Virtual Clinic" works,
click on the link below
to download the
informational PDF flyer.

Mindfulness and Meditation


Contact John for more information.

John Kovac founded "Durham Mindfulness" which offers individual and group instruction on mindfulness & meditation practices.

Mindfulness is often defined as “paying attention on purpose moment by moment without judging” (Jon Kabat-Zinn). This means developing the ability to pay deliberate attention to our experiences from moment by moment.

Meditation can give you a sense of calm, peace and balance that benefits both your emotional well-being and your overall health.

Through the teachings of mindfulness and meditation, John can show his clients how to tap into their own inner strengths and resources that can help them make wiser decisions about their health and life in general.



This proven method of therapy allows the patient to enter a trance-like state.

This method can be used to work on thoughts, behaviours, emotions and perceptions. 


Hypnosis is a natural state. The "trance" state occurs naturally every 90 minutes. The modern hypnotherapist takes advantage of this to work with their clients on a deeper level.

In a way, hypnosis creates a "therapy room" for the unconscious and the conscious to have a powerful conversation.




With the aid of a computer, physiological processes, which are otherwise challenging to perceive, are monitored and made measurable. These processes include, for example, muscle tensing, pulse, respiration or body temperature.

Within the biofeedback process, Therapist John Kovac can provide a detailed report based on these measurements.

Common Questions (FAQ)

Do I have to be married to go to a Family Therapist?

No. Individuals or couples often seek help with behavioural problems, relationship issues, or mental and emotional disorders. Family and marriage therapy provides the same services as other mental health professionals.  It is effective with just one individual or with couples, families or groups. Though best when, at some point, all parties can attend therapy sessions, one-on-one sessions can be an important part of YOU starting along your own healing path.

What is the cost for a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist’s (RMFT) services?

RMFTs often provide brief, solution-oriented therapy that can result in lower costs to the client. Employee and Family Assistance Plans often cover RMFTs.  In private practice RMFT’s set their own fees, and they are happy to discuss these with you before committing to therapy sessions.

How do I choose a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist?

You can request an interview phone call with most RMFTs.  Some questions to ask include:

  1. Are they a Clinical Member of the Canadian Registry and the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)?  RMFTs who use the designation “RMFT” after their name are Clinical Members of the AAMFT and the Canadian Registry.  This also means their practice meets an established and demanding professional ethical code set by the AAMFT.

  2. Do they have experience treating the kind of problem you are experiencing; for example depression, child’s behaviour, marital stress, intimacy, sexual problems, alcohol abuse? RMFTs are trained to provide the full range of mental health services. Like all mental health professions, each individual therapist may vary according to expertise. You should inquire as to the therapist’s training and experience with the problem you are facing. RMFTs develop specialties in other areas as well, including sex therapy, addictions, eating disorders, separation, divorce and remarriage, child and youth therapy, spousal abuse, sexual abuse recovery, adoption, loss and grief, trauma and mental illness.  To be a clinical RMFT, members have successfully completed a Masters or Doctoral degree in a human services discipline. RMFTs training includes hundreds of hours of supervised direct clinical service.

  3. Are RMFT services covered by your health insurance? Some employee assistance programs provided through an employer contract with RMFTs.  Contact your plan or payer to ensure they reimburse services provided by RMFTs. Marriage and family therapy has been shown to reduce health care use by 21.5%.

  4. What is the average length of marriage and family therapy? Length of therapy depends upon various factors, including seriousness of the problem. Generally, couple and family therapy tends to be short term.  Research shows that the median length is 12 sessions, with 65% of cases completed within 20 sessions. Though length of therapy differs from case to case, couple and family tends to be briefer than many other types of therapy.

What Distinguishes RMFTs from other mental health professionals?

Rigorous training in a family orientation, coupled with specific professional requirements make RMFTs uniquely qualified to provide mental health services. RMFTs are trained in various models of therapy in order to prepare them for work with individuals, families, couples, and groups. The training of RMFTs includes live supervision by experienced RMFTs, which is unique among the mental health disciplines.

RMFTs focus on the relationship between a person and others, and on viewing problems within a context. This focus, plus specialized training, distinguishes them from other professional therapists.

What qualifications should I look for in a RMFT?

Specialized training in couple relationships, marriage, and family therapy is the hallmark of Marriage and Family Therapists.  Look for the designation “RMFT” behind your therapist’s name.  This means they are members of the Canadian Registry, and Clinical Members of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT).  AAMFT has developed standards for the education and training of Marriage and Family Therapists in U.S., Canada and internationally.  To use the designation RMFT, Canadian Registry members must have met these rigorous standards. 

General Fees:

  • Average Cost (per session): $100 - $150 (to be discussed)

  • Sliding scale for fees is available

Fees for John's services are covered if your Extended Health Care Benefits include
coverage for a Registered Psychologist.

Accepted Payment Methods: Cash, Check, Mastercard, Visa

Accepted Insurance Plans:

  • BlueCross and/or BlueShield

  • Most Canadian insurance companies

  • Great-West

Please verify your health insurance coverage when you arrange your first visit.




Toronto Phone Line: 647-206-3447 

Durham Region Line: 905-922-3504

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