Daniel Bader, Ph.D., RSW, CCC

Daniel Bader, Ph.D., RSW, CCC

Daniel Bader, Ph.D.,

Daniel is a Registered Social Worker and a Canadian Certified Counsellor specializing in mood disorders and addiction. Before becoming a counsellor, Daniel taught at the University of Toronto, teaching and researching the history of medicine and medical ethics. After several years, he decided that he wanted to move into clinical work, taking a MA degree in Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy at Waterloo Lutheran Seminary. Having run an online business for several years to fund his doctoral work, he has the goal of delivering affordable, accessible care to the many Canadians who do not have access to local resources or who appreciate the convenience of doing online therapy.

Daniel’s specialities are depression, anxiety, addiction, and spiritual care.

Depression and Anxiety

Daniel uses a combination of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Solution Focused Therapy (SFT) to help clients struggling with depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder. Cognitive Behavior Therapy helps people to examine the thoughts underlying their depressive and anxious episodes, and to develop balanced thoughts that help dispel the illusions that mood disorders can cast on our lives. Solution focused therapy finds the strengths that clients already have, looks for the cases where the clients are able to manage their moods already, and helps the client find ways to expand those strategies into the rest of their lives.

Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is a special case for a mood disorder, because its causes are as much physical as psychological. Daniel works with a modality called Interpersonal and Social Rhythm Therapy (IPSRT), a modality that treats bipolar disorder primarily as a physical ailment, managing circadian and other rhythms, while developing social relationships that can help provide stability. Daniel also applies both Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Solution Focused Therapy with bipolar disorder, just as with depression and anxiety, in order to manage individual moods. For several years, Daniel has organized and developed bipolar support groups in both Toronto and Kitchener, and since 2011, Daniel has operated a popular blog on the subject of bipolar disorder called Bipolar Village.


In many ways, quitting an addiction is easy; it’s staying quit that is the problem. Daniel works with a modality called Motivational Interviewing (MI) to overcome addiction. Clients learn to recognize the role that addiction plays in their lives, to find alternative, healthy ways of filling that role, to manage urges and prevent relapse, and to heal the underlying wounds that made life unbearable in the first place.

Spiritual Care

Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy examines how the ways that we experience and respond to the transcendent and to the universe as a whole affect our mental health. It examines the beliefs that clients have, what strengths and challenges those beliefs provide, and helps them to develop narratives within their own religious traditions and spiritual experiences that can help them to develop a stable and nurturing spiritual lives. Daniel is himself Catholic, and he works with clients of many different traditions, and respects and honours all beliefs and spiritual experiences.

Sign Up for Counselling with Daniel

Daniel is available for counselling by telephone, email, or Skype, and is ready to help.

For a free consultation with Daniel, either:

Daniel’s services cost $120 per 50 minute session after the consultation. Email counselling is $120 per exchange after the initial consultation, and Daniel will spend at least one hour on each exchange.

Services can all be geared to income for those with household incomes of less than $75,000.

Additional Services

If you are living in the Waterloo Region area, Daniel also provides the above counselling services, as well as services that can only be done in person, including mediation, conflict coaching, therapeutic mediation, and group facilitation, specializing in disputes that are complicated by mental illness. For more information about Daniel’s in-person services, please visit his website at www.baderservices.com.