The Toronto Institute for Relational Psychotherapy


Students & Faculty


All Institute faculty are members of professional organizations such as the Ontario Society of Registered Psychotherapists, The Canadian Association of Psychodynamic Therapy and the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists.

Rozanne Grimard, MEd, RP, is a psychodynamic psychotherapist and clinical supervisor with 20 years of experience training therapists. Rozanne works with individuals and groups from a feminist, intersubjective, and relational perspective. She brings a holistic approach to her work, attending to the integration of body, mind, spirit, and social aspects of persons.

Jason Winkler, BA (Hons), Cert (RC), PGCert (NSPC), DipTIRP, RP, is a relational/inter- subjective and existential psychotherapist and clinical supervisor in private practice. He has trained in Canada, United Kingdom and the United States and has special interests in the modality of group psychotherapy and in the application of philosophical and contemporary psychoanalytic perspectives to therapeutic narratives.(currently on sabbatical until September 2020)

Karen Essex, BA (Hons), DipTIRP, RP, is a psychotherapist and clinical supervisor in private practice. She works with individuals, couples and supervisees from a relational perspective. Karen is a guest member of the Toronto Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis (TICP), an associate member of the Institute for the Advancement of Self Psychology (IASP), and a member of the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy (IARPP).

Susan Tarshis, BA, LLB, MEd, RP, is a registered psychotherapist in full time private practice. Her work is relational, intersubjective and intersectionally feminist. A graduate of TIRP, she works with adult individuals and has particular competencies with respect to gender and sexuality. Her work is trauma informed and she has integrated her relational approach with her training in EMDR. She has experience as a Peer Assessor with the College of Registered Psychotherapists and she has recently expanded her learning as a Clinical Supervisor with the University of Lethbridge, Alberta.

Tamara Lynn Robert, RP, is a registered psychotherapist in private practice. She has 20 years experience working in health and social services with people who have been deeply impacted by trauma, grief, mental health issues and addictions. She works relationally through a cultural humility lens that embraces anti-oppressive, LGBTQ positive perspectives.

Faculty Emeritus

Pat DeYoung, MA, MSW, PhD, RP, holds graduate degrees in literature, clinical social work, and philosophy of education. She is the author of Relational Psychotherapy: A Primer (2003, 2015) and Understanding and Treating Chronic Shame: A Relational/Neurobiological Approach (2015).  She is a relational psychotherapist and supervisor in private practice in Toronto. A founding faculty member, now faculty emeritus, she remains involved in TIRP supervision and continuing education. 


Jacub Michael Fernandes,  BA (Hons), RP, DipTIRP is a registered psychotherapist practicing in Parkdale, Toronto. He is an addiction therapist within an agency serving marginalized communities and also has a private practice. He supports clients dealing with the impact of various trauma, including those related to mental health diagnoses, anxiety, depression, problematic substance use, singular and ongoing trauma and violence, grief and loss, as well as relationships, identity and family issues. He uses a feminist, client-driven, sex-positive, harm reduction framework.

Michael Pollex, PhD, Dip TIRP, RP, is a psychotherapist in full time private practice. Michael taught sociology at several universities (ECUAD, UBC, Ryerson) before shifting his focus to empathy-based learning (Roots of Empathy) and psychotherapy. He currently practices with adult individuals integrating relational, psychoanalytic and mindfulness perspectives.



Students come to TIRP from across Ontario and from diverse social, cultural, educational, and professional backgrounds.

Many have experience in education, social work, nursing, or other helping professions. Others use TIRP as part of a major change in career direction.

TIRP students bring with them self-awareness they have gained in their personal therapy, and a willingness to continue to explore their relational patterns in group process and individual therapy.

Students who prosper at TIRP enjoy experiential learning, self-directed study, and lively, authentic engagement with peers and faculty.