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 a year building the family
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 and 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 1976.
He left academics and
worked with disturbed children in residential treatment for a few years,
but returned and completed in 1980 an M.A. from Carleton
University in Ottawa. In 1990 he was granted his Ph.D.
in the History of Psychology from York University.
His dissertation was on the demise of physiognomy and phrenology as an
expression of social and intellectual changes within Western society in the
past 500 years. From 1987 to 1994 he taught at the University
of Saskatchewan and at its
Catholic affiliate, St. Thomas More College,
then returned to Toronto and in 1996
obtained his registration to practice as a counselling psychologist in Ontario.
Assisted by his
administrative and clinical staff, Debbie Murray and Kesla Forsythe, he has
since provided psychological therapy to a wide range of clients, though
primarily 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. A collector of old
psychology and phrenology books since the early 1980's, he began to sell
used books his last year in Saskatoon, and in the fall of 1995 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 receives but a dozen orders a
When not seeing clients, or
writing reports, he spends time with his partner, Linda McClelland. They
still manage to get to the dance floor on occasion. 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 an hour east of Toronto in Port Hope on
known for its homes with historical designations. They are delighted to
have met a group of very social and skilled friends, and continue to garden
and remain in contact with Toronto
friends. Linda basically lives in Port Hope, whereas weekdays he commutes
to the Toronto office and their home in the Beaches. Little time to read
books or publish academic research these days.
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