About the Ontario Psychotherapy & Counseling Program

The Ontario Psychotherapy and Counseling Program (OPC) is both a psychotherapy training program and a Psychotherapist Referral Network, with counselors and psychotherapists in Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area, Barrie, Northumberland, Peterborough, Ottawa, St. Catharines, Niagara, London and other regions in Ontario.

Our History

History of OPC

In 2000, Jo-Anne Corbeil and Barbara Dewar founded Espritedu, a psychotherapy training program based upon caring for the mind, body, and spirit. Through their joint leadership, Espritedu formed the foundation of what would eventually become the Ontario Psychotherapy and Counseling Program (OPC). Its mission was to educate students in the theory and practice of psychodynamic therapy through an integrated academic, relational and experiential program of study.

Jo-Anne retired from the school in 2008 and Barbara Dewar became the Educational Director of the Ontario Psychotherapy and Counseling Program (OPC).

Barbara Dewar was assisted in the early stages by Amy McGrath, Assistant Educational Director and Heather Lee Kilty, Curriculum Consultant. The effort and vision of these three laid the groundwork from 2014-2016 for OPC to be an officially recognized educational and training program by the CRPO.

In 2016, Amy McGrath became the Educational Director and OPC was registered as a Career College in Ontario in 2019.  She has continued the rich tradition and commitment of teaching the art of psychotherapy in the spirit of OPC’s beginnings.

OPC continues to grow and develop meeting the challenges and needs of learners and potential clients in an ever-changing world as we prepare those called to the professional and art of psychotherapy to become Registered Psychotherapists with the CRPO.