What parent does NOT

need a MENTOR?

That's me in the pic above at sunrise, looking for inspiration and guidance.


I have trusted mentors helping in times when deep questions and uncertainty threaten to overwhelm.


They hold me to be accountable to my family,  encourage me to keep being the best parent I can be and remind me to stay true to myself in this wild world. 

Parenting and mentoring are both...

Sacred callings. 

A choice we make. 

That's also why I am very selective of whom I choose to work with

and why I offer this free 30 minute consult.

How mentoring and therapy differ...

Both offer support and guidance, yet diverge in some key ways...  

Therapy allows us to... 

1. To address specific mental health issues and labels.

As a therapist, I can comment on the labels and issues you have encountered in mental health contexts. I can offer professional advising also as to how these 

2. To engage in specific therapeutic processes.

3. Within the ethical frame and limits of a professional relationship.


Sometimes, therapy is a frame which allows us to do work not possible elsewhere.

Other times, it can limit the scope of what is possible and desired. 

That is why I offer mentoring, as it opens new doors (while closing a few of those found in therapy).


Mentoring allows us to... 

1. To address your issues in the way you frame them.

As a mentor, I won't wade into "psychobabble" or talking in therapy-speak and/or following the guidelines of what is standard therapeutic practice. Instead, I follow and track the meaning and language you use to describe your own and your family's experience. I also offer frames of meaning which other parents and my experience predict may be most accurate and powerful to ways to look at your situation (ie: the metaphor for anger as fire). 

2. To engage in more flexible and creative ways.

We have the option to use techniques and processes which are not specifically considered psychotherapy but can be as or even more powerful for you to create the changes you wish to see in yourself and your family. 

2. Within the ethical frame we agree to and set together. 

That's also why I am very selective of whom I choose to work with

and why I offer this free 30 minute consult.

1. FOCUS and Attention struggles

Whether ADHD or caused by anxiety and environment, facing this can lead to sharper focus, sense of accomplishment, more ease and presence. 

2. ANGER - harmful or out of control

Whether in the parent or the child, it can lead to burned bridges or be channeled into greater respect, order, integrity, determination and power. 


It can paralyze and exhaust you or your child or it can be a wake up call to living a richer and fuller life! 


These yucky feelings sabotage many good parents, kids and teens. Digesting them can lead to deeper honesty, integrity, and ability to respond. 

5. SOCIAL exclusion

The incredibly searing experience of being left out and unnoticed can leave a deep scar or it become a source of great compassion and social intelligence. 

6. SLEEP issues

Too much or too little can hurt our mental and physical health. Finding the right ways to support deep rest can positively impact the entire family. 

7. SCHOOL Avoidance

The wrong fit can set them back years. A good enough one can save them. Navigating what best to do demands wisdom, patience and allies! 

8. SCREEN "Addiction"

It's a massive health epidemic affecting us all! There are ways to become a more tech-wise family -- increasing the good and limiting the harms. 


Even fighting out behind closed doors can have a toxic affect on our kids. Yet, conflict is necessary and can be healthy for us all - when done well!

10. PARENTING Burn Out/Overwhelm

It happens every day to even the best of parents. Either we stay down or we learn deeper lessons and re-emerge stronger from the ashes.  

TOP 10 Crises/Opportunities: 

Want to find out if we're a good fit? 

I am confident that I can

help you if you are ready to:

* Be the change you wish to see in your family.

Blaming our co-parents or kids or wishing for them to change will not get us where we want to go. 

* Take an honest look at yourself

Honesty and accuracy are critical to be able to use our resources wisely. 

* Delve deeper into understanding your kid(s) and co-parent.  

Often things are not what they seem. Asking for input

* Willing to engage the blocks sabotaging your parenting.

This is often where many parents fear to tread. How else can you help your kids and family navigate difficult experiences if we have stayed away from them yourself? 

* Willing to experiment and take action

Taking baby steps which you can do and feel aligned with who you want to be.

What I promise

if you choose me

as your therapist:


* I won’t try to fix you or your kid(s) nor diminish your importance in their lives.

After working with kids for 25 years, I am certain that it is best to help parents first and foremost. I want your kids (whatever age they be) to look to you for the love and guidance they need -- not me!


* I won’t waste your time ~ if I can't help you with something, I will help you find someone who can.

We'll also be measuring if the therapy is working together so we can make the most of your time and your invaluable trust. 

* I will kick your butt (if and when needed)

In terms of simply reminding you of the promises you have made to yourself and your family.


* I will go through hell with you ~ leading you and joining you in where you need to go emotionally to grow. 

I don't stay in the background, but get into the feelings with my clients. It helps them feel truly supported, seen and heard and felt. I also know how to go in and through intense and painful stuff so I can show you how. 


* I will teach you the skills you are missing

Therapy with me is not only supportive but also empowering. That's why I teach relevant skills and we practice them as often as possible together. 


* I can be there for you when the shit hits the fan!

I have a family and a life too so I cannot be on call 24/7, but I am flex enough to be able to take your call or set up a meeting within a day or two. More importantly, when we meet, I will be 100% present for you emotionally, putting any distractions aside.



* We'll have lots of fun!

I know therapy can be about facing our demons and growth can be painful. All the more reason to do it in ways that make it bearable and leave you feeling better over time! 

Ready to see if we're a good fit? 

If you need more info, keep reading... 

Practical QUESTIONS...

What are your qualifications, exactly?

Good question. 


I, David Jurasek, am a registered psychotherapist (RP) with the CRPO (College of Registered Psychotherapy of Ontario). That's the place you'd contact to verify I am a professionally trained and certified and to complain if you felt I ever did something unethical. My number is #002371.

I graduated with a degree from Concordia University in a Master's of Arts in Creative Arts Therapies (Drama Therapy). Note: "Drama Therapy" is not therapy for actors but a way to concretely bring to life and evolve what we are talking about. Imagine replaying and rehearsing real-life moments so you feel ready to respond when you get home! 

Beyond my first 13 years adult years working as a teacher and facilitator with kids, teens and adults, I worked as a Child and Family Therapist with families with complex mental health and Learning Disabilities at Integra (now CDI) for 12 years

I am also the founder and former chief instructor of the Integra Young Warriors program ~ a very popular innovative therapeutic program for tweens and parents based on Mindfulness, Drama Therapy and Aikido (the peaceful martial art). 

How much do you charge?

Another great question. 

The average cost of private psychotherapy across Canada is between $125-175 + HST, per session.

I wish to offer accessible services to parents and manage to pay for the costs of living in Toronto and operating a sustainable practice. 

My rate currently is $160/hour + HST. 

AND... I do offer a sliding scale to a maximum of 3 families at any one time -- please contact me to discuss it.


Where and when can we meet?

Currently I work out of the 

inspiring and warm space on the Eastside...


The Healing Collective

(Woodbine and Danforth)


on Tuesdays (7am - 7pm)

Note: I am also looking into other spaces during the week, yet for now, if you...  

...Want to meet on other days?


I do video and phone-based therapy also. 

Here are 2 other ways

we MAY help:



Learn from your Sensei and other parents more quickly and in flexible ways.


Learn the skills you are missing while having fun with your child!

Still not SURE?

Sometimes, we need to ask the right questions to see what we need.


This 5 minute check-in survey will help us both see what the best next steps might be...

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