Our Services - Acupuncture Toronto - Acutoronto

Acutoronto offers a wide range of services. Please see below for more information.



The insertion of hair-fine needles just below the surface of the skin that stimulate specific points along energy channels in the body in order to achieve balance. Acupuncture has been scientifically proven to release pain-reducing endorphins; affect pain perception and mood; and improve circulation and immune function.

Cosmetic Acupuncture
Facial rejuvenation: a painless, non surgical method of reducing the signs of the aging process using acupuncture needles to decrease the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on the face.

Relax and unwind and get the refreshed rejuvenated look you’ve always wanted.

Electro Acupuncture
The application of mild electro-stimulation on certain acupoints to enhance the needling effect.

Cupping is the use of suction cups, made of either glass or plastic, that is placed along corresponding skin surface. Suction is created by means of heat or suction device to cause local congestion for the purpose of stimulating blood circulation, balancing the flow of qi, breaking up obstructions and creating an avenue for toxins to be drawn out of the body.

Chinese Herbal Medicine
The specific combination of medicinal herbs that work synergistically to treat a patient’s overall condition. The herbs may be taken in liquid extract, powder or pill form. Alternatively, dry, loose herbs may be prepared and taken orally as a tea on a regular basis and as prescribed by the practitioner.

Nutrition and Diet Therapy
Advice on healthy diet based on a person’s constitution, medical history, and current condition.


Registered Massage Therapy


  • Swedish Massage (Deep Tissue Massage)
  • Pregnancy Massage
  • Shiatsu
  • Mercier Abdominal Massage (Fertility Massage)

Provided by a Registered Massage Therapist, Massage Therapy is the manipulation of the soft tissues of the body including muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments and joints. Massage therapy helps alleviate the soft tissue discomfort associated with everyday and occupational stresses, muscular over-use and many chronic pain conditions.

Registered Massage Therapy is an effective means of helping to manage stress and decrease pain.  It is a foundation of preventative medicine aiding in the increase of immune response, decreasing inflammation, promoting lymphic flow, calming the mind and improving mood.  Massage Therapy is comfortable and when completed well is incredibly therapeutic.

Our Massage Therapists Can Help Treat:

  • Low Back Pain
  • Neck and Shoulder Pain
  • Headaches and Migraines
  • TMJ
  • Pinched Nerve
  • Sciatica
  • Pelvic Pain
  • Repetitive Strain Injuries
  • PMS
  • Stress and Anxiety
  • Insomnia

We also specialize in Pregnancy and Labour.  Our Registered Massage Therapists can help to ease pregnancy related aches and pains, swelling and discomfort.  Massage Therapy can help the body stretch and grow as your baby grows.  Ensuring that your pregnancy is comfortable and you are healthy.

Massage is incredibly effective in helping to induce labour.  Emotional stress and physical tension can impact entrance into labour.  Massage Therapy can help the body mentally and physically relax.

Mercier Abdominal Massage
Abdominal massage is the use of specific deep tissue manipulation in the pelvic, low back and sacral area to help reduce adhesions in the reproductive tract. Adhesions act like glue — disrupting the function and flow of the uterus. The massage involves gentle stretching to loosen tightened areas of soft tissue and is continued until the tension is released. The goal is to decrease adhesions in and around the uterus, ligaments, muscles, joints and support structures of the pelvis, abdomen, hips and lower back. It is gentle and noninvasive and has a success rate of 71% (Medscape General Medicine 6(2), 2004).

The therapy can retrain pelvic organs to return to their normal position and increasing your chances of conceiving and improving your health at the same time.

Abdominal massage has proven to help the following issues:

  • Infertility
  • Endometriosis
  • Poly cystic Ovarian Syndrome
  • Pelvic Scaring or adhesions from previous surgery
  • Sexual Abuse trauma
  • Persistent pelvic pain
  • Anovulation
  • Amenorrhea
  • Sexual function

Adhesions develop through a woman’s lifetime in various ways:

  • Abdominal or pelvic surgery
  • Back  or Hip surgery
  • Endometriosis, sexually transmitted disease, IUD
  • Fall onto hip, buttocks, or tailbone
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease, bladder or yeast infections
  • Physical trauma or vehicle accident
  • Physical or sexual abuse
  • Physical PMS symptoms Vaginitis, cystitis, colitis, other pelvic inflammation


Shiatsu is a form of massage originating in Japan. The word literally means “finger pressure”. The technique looks and feels like Acupressure or Trigger Point Therapy, but its theory is founded in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Shiatsu Meridians. Since one of its guiding principles is that the most change happens at the innermost parts of the body, Shiatsu is known to be a deep technique. Some therapists administer this depth physically, resulting in deep pressure, and some therapists administer this depth energetically, resulting in light pressure. Since Shiatsu is an Eastern modality a certain amount of energetic work is always being practised, so that even when a physically deep treatment is being performed, the pressure is applied in a sensitive and considerate way. Whereas oil is the barrier between client and therapist in Swedish massage, in Shiatsu it is cloth, so that the client either wears clothing or is continually covered with a sheet. This saves time in a treatment and provides fluidity as draping, undraping, and oil application do not slow down the treatment process. Shiatsu is good for people seeking the release of “knots” in their muscles, people that enjoy deep pressure, and people seeking emotional release through massage.


Psychotherapy, Art Therapy and Mental Health Counselling

Psychotherapy and counselling are therapeutic techniques which utilize an interpersonal relationship between the therapist and the patient for the purpose of psychological well-being. There is considerable overlap between the terms psychotherapy and counselling, but they are distinct approaches.


Utilizes ‘talk therapy’ to develop insight and self-understanding about a range of issues or concerns. This can include general stress, anxiety, and feelings of depression. Gaining insight about issues that are causing strain or difficulty in one’s life can have a positive impact on coping skills and resilience.

Art Therapy

Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy that utilizes creative means to express thoughts and feelings. Just like psychotherapy it can help to understand and manage difficult behaviours, feelings, improve self-esteem and awareness. There is no need to be an artist to do art therapy, just the desire to try something creative and self-expressive.

Mental Health Counselling

The focus of counselling is usually on something more specific that may have a psychological source of concern. Counselling usually involves more goal setting and coordination of mental health supports and resources.

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What is a Psychotherapy Session Like?

Talia Singer, RN, RP, MS

Greeting from me, Talia! Psychotherapist and nurse at Acutoronto. I’m pleased to invite you to come for a visit if you are curious about psychotherapy or art therapy for mental health and psychological wellbeing.

Your first therapy session

Your first psychotherapy session is usually a time for us to get to know one another and see if there is a therapeutic connection. You may be asked to fill out some forms about your current and past physical and emotional health. It may take a few sessions for me to fully understand your situation and concerns and to determine the best approach for us to work together.

The first session is also an opportunity for you to interview me about my approach and determine if this will be helpful to you. You may want to know:

  • What type of therapy will be used
  • The goals of your treatment
  • The length of each session
  • How many therapy sessions you may need

Don’t hesitate to ask questions anytime during your appointment. If you don’t feel comfortable me as your therapist, don’t be shy to say so. Having a good fit with your therapist is critical for psychotherapy to be effective.

Starting psychotherapy

We will probably meet once a week or every other week for a session that lasts 60 minutes. Psychotherapy works best if we meet fairly frequently to deal with thoughts and feelings that are arising.

Types of psychotherapy

There are a number of effective types of psychotherapy. I tend to use a combination of modalities and techniques, however, I always take under consideration your preferences and situation.

Some techniques I use include:

  • Psychodynamic and psychoanalysis therapies, which focus on increasing your awareness of unconscious thoughts and behaviors, developing new insights into your motivations, and resolving conflicts
  •  Interpersonal psychotherapy, which focuses on addressing problems with your current relationships with other people to improve your interpersonal skills — how you relate to others, such as family, friends and colleagues
  •  Art therapy, which builds self-esteem and provides insight through art making.

During psychotherapy

Because psychotherapy sometimes involves intense emotional discussions, you may find yourself crying, upset or even having an angry outburst during a session. Some people may feel physically exhausted after a session. I’m here to help you cope with such feelings and emotions and you may even want to email me after a session is over.Don’t worry if you find it hard to open up about your feelings at first. Together we build a relationship that helps you gain more comfort as time goes on.     

The number of psychotherapy sessions you need and how frequently you need to see me depends on such factors as:

Length of psychotherapy

Except in very specific circumstances, conversations with me are confidential. However, a therapist may break confidentiality if there is an immediate threat to safety or when required by provincial or federal law to report concerns to authorities.


  • Your particular mental illness or situation
  • Severity of your symptoms
  • How long you’ve had symptoms or have been dealing with your situation
  • How quickly you make progress
  • How much stress you’re experiencing
  • How much your mental health concerns interfere with day-to-day life
  • How much support you receive from family members and others
  • Cost and insurance limitations

Here is a clip of a film by award winning Swedish director Frida Kempff looking at the work of Acutoronto’s mental health nurse and psychotherapist Talia Singer. It is a film about trust and above all, hope.


Psychotherapy Services are now Recognized as a Medical Expense by CRA

Exciting news, The Canada Revenue Agency has recently recognized the cost of non-reimbursed services provided by Registered Psychotherapists as a medical expense eligible for tax credit. The CRA website should reflect this shortly. Book an appointment today with Registered Psychotherapist Talia Singer RN RP. Come for a low-cost talk-therapy consultation or try out her creative art therapy techniques.divider-01

Naturopathic Medicine

Fertility Care

Our Naturopath has specialized knowledge in natural fertility and work together on patient cases to provide optimal outcomes.

How we can help

  • Natural Fertility Support
    • help manage PCOS, endometriosis, premature ovarian failure, unexplained infertility, etc.
    • balance hormones to optimize chances of conception
    • assess for and address environmental causes
    • address male factors: low sperm count, motility or morphology issues
  • Improve outcomes with fertility treatments such as IUI and IVF
  • Fertility Acupuncture
  • Pregnancy Support
    • decrease risk of miscarriage
    • prevent and safely manage pregnancy complications
    • natural therapies to support optimal fetal development
    • planning and preparing for labour

Women’s Health

We can help with women’s health concerns including:

  • Hormone balancing (weight loss, acne, thyroid imbalances)
  • Infertility (unexplained, ovarian failure, PCOS, endometriosis, etc.)
  • Premenstrual (PSM) symptoms
  • Painful or heavy periods
  • Irregular periods
  • Vaginal infections
  • Mood disorders (anxiety, depression, stress management, etc.)
  • Pre and postnatal care
  • Menopausal concerns

Pediatric Care

Whether you are a first time parent or have three teens, raising a child is no walk in the park.  You are conscientious and want to do the best for your child, but the vast amount of information out there can leave you feeling overwhelmed and lost.  After all, you simply want to raise a healthy, happy child – right?  We understand the challenges that parents face, are able to answer your questions about the health choices out there and work with you to build a plan that fits your family.  We are there for you when your child is bouncing off the walls or feeling under the weather – and for everything in between.  We want you walking out our door feeling informed and confident in your decisions regarding your child’s health.

Click here for more details on how we can optimize the health of your children, safely and naturally!

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