Tory Hoff grew up in Salinas, California, and graduated with a B.A. in Psychology
from the University of California at Davis in 1970 after having been immersed
in the music and student aspirations of that era. He spent a year in Europe, where he spent time in the vicinity of a
Christian study centre called L'Abri. After spending a year helping his parents build their house outside Salinas, he moved to Toronto to attend the
Institute for Christian Studies, where he was introduced to the somewhat
esoteric philosophy of Dooyeweerd, though more specifically acquired a
wholistic, phenomenological perspective to issues such as mind, body, and
pathology. He wrote a paper on the ancient Hebrew understanding of nephesh. Retroactively he was given
a Certificate in the Philosophy of Psychology in 1976.
left academics and worked with disturbed children in residential
treatment for a few years. Interested in the historical
implications of his research on nephesh, he returned to academics when he went to Carleton
University in Ottawa, and in 1980 completed an M.A. in the history of psychology.
Having already returned to Toronto to do historical research, in 1979
he was accepted into York University the year before it started its
program in the history of psychology. He enrolled in history and
clinical courses and did two clinical practica. In 1990 he was granted
his Ph.D. in the history of psychology .
His dissertation was on the demise of physiognomy and phrenology within
the context of intellectual and social changes within Western society
since the Renaissance. From 1987 to 1994 he taught at the University
of Saskatchewan and at its
Catholic affiliate, St. Thomas More College,
then returned to Toronto in 1994. He upgraded at York University and did unpaid internships, whereupon in 1996
he obtained his registration to practice as a counselling psychologist in Ontario.
the years his clinical work has expanded. Currently assisted
administratively by his office manager, Debbie Murray, and our
assistant Anneliese Anderson, he has provided psychological
therapy to a wide range of clients, though primarily to those suffering
mental trauma and depression due to an accident. Many of his patients
have been diagnosed with posttraumatic fibromyalgia and other chronic
conditions. He also sublets from and works part-time for Christian
Counselling Services as its psychologist. He maintains a branch office in Mississauga and goes there every Tuesday.
A collector of old
psychology and phrenology books since the early 1980's, he began to sell
used antiquarian books his last year in Saskatoon. In the fall of 1995 he started to
list them on his first website. Sales peaked in the late ‘90’s, but due to
trends such as the introduction of ebooks, he now receives only about a dozen orders a
year despite maintaining an on-line collection of about 4,000 books.
When not seeing clients, or
writing reports, he spends time with his partner since 1996, Linda McClelland. They
met on a country western dance floor, and still manage to find a place to dance from time to time. A member of the
Longboat Running Club since 1994, he tries to stay in shape running various
races each year, his favourite being the Big Sur Marathon near where he
grew up. He and Linda bought a house in 2006, located in Port Hope an hour east of Toronto on
known for its homes with historic designations though not theirs. They are
delighted to have met a group of skilled and interesting
neighbours and friends, and continue to garden. They remain in
some contact with Toronto
friends even though Linda now primarily lives in Port Hope. On weekdays he commutes
to the Toronto office and uses their home in the Beaches area of Toronto, which they purchased in 2007. Little time to read
books or publish academic research these days.
maintains a few friendships going back to when he lived in California,
and with other friends still in Saskatoon. Unexpectedly, all family
members from California now live in Massachusetts.
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