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An Autobiographical Sketch of

Tory Hoff



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 90s, but due to trends such as the introduction of ebooks, he receives but a dozen orders a year now.

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 King Street, 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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