Leah Valian, MSW, RSW

Registered Social Worker / Registered Sex Therapist (BESTCO)

Location Near Therapist: Waterloo, ON
Fast Contact: Email or Call Leah.
Couple TherapySex Therapy
Work-Life-Technology BalanceCo-parenting after Separation
Stress and Anger ManagementAnxiety
Guidance with Life DecisionsAffairs of all kinds

Bliss Individual and Relationship Therapy, Specialized Private Practice

Registered Social Workers, Psychotherapist & Certified Sexologist

Location: 234 Herbert Street, Waterloo N2J 1T9
Fast Contact: Email or Call Bliss Individual and Relationship Therapy.
Individual TherapyRelationships with Self & Others
Anxiety & Stress ManagementLife Transitions
Grief and LossSelf-esteem & Self-criticism
Couples TherapySex Therapy

We are here to help! Bliss is a specialized private practice focused on helping our client(s) gain insight and create sustainable changes that will allow them to live more fulfilling and passionate lives.

Sarah Schlote, MA, CCC, SEP

Certified Canadian Counsellor, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner

Location Near Therapist: Waterloo, ON
Fast Contact: Email or Call Sarah.
Trauma, Abuse, AddictionsOverwhelming Emotions / Crisis
Family Of Origin IssuesAnxiety, Panic, Anger/Rage
Perfectionism / Self-CriticismMindfulness / Self-Compassion
Depression / DissociationBody-oriented approach

Tired of talk therapy? The Refuge offers a holistic approach that honours the deeper aspects of your whole self. Learn to regulate your emotions, safely attune to your body, be in the moment, heal from trauma triggers, and be more gently attuned to yourself and others.


Registered Marriage and Family Therapist

Location: 587 Leighland Drive, Waterloo N2T 2J9
Fast Contact: Email or Call Rhonda.
Couples CounsellingTrauma Recovery
Depression AnxietyGrief Counselling
Parenting ConsultationsAffairs
Abuse RecoveryPremarital

Rhonda has a Masters Degree in Counselling and is an experienced Individual, Marriage, and Family Therapist. Her approach is genuine, down to earth, and practical using techniques and interventions that are well supported by clinical research.

Bruce Taylor, B.A., B.Ed., M.A., M.Div., CCC, CSAT

Individual Couple Family Counsellor, Sex Addiction Therapist

Location Near Therapist: Waterloo, ON
Fast Contact: Email or Call Bruce.
Marriage CounsellingIndividual Counselling (8 +)
Sex Addiction (+ Partners)Sexual Intimacy
Women's EmpowermentAnxiety, Depression, Self-Esteem
Separation & Blended FamiliesGoals & Happiness in Life

I am an Individual, Couple & Family Therapist, a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist, and an Emotionally Focused Therapist. I was trained by Dr. Susan Johnson - "The best couple therapist in the world" (Dr. John Gottman). At age 62, I also have experienced life's valleys!

Cara Kelterborn, M.A., O.A.C.C.P.P


Location: 22 King Street South, Suite 300, Waterloo N2J 1N8
Fast Contact: Email or Call Cara.
Individual CounsellingRelationships with others & self
Anxiety and Stress ManagementGrief and Loss
Self-esteemChronic Pain
TraumaLife Transitions

I believe you are the expert of you. My approach is to create a safe and validating space where we can work collaboratively within your perspectives and needs.

Tamara McCarty, MSW, RSW

Registered Psychotherapist and Social Worker

Location Near Therapist: Waterloo, ON
Fast Contact: Email or Call Tamara.
Relationship/Couple ConcernsChild / Adolescent Concerns
Family Conflict ParentingDepression/ Anxiety
Stress/ BurnoutTrauma
Grief /LossCoping Skills

Hope, not a word normally associated with counseling. I believe all of us want to feel more hopeful and happy in our lives. Learning to"ride the roller coaster " of relationships can help you find joy and peace whether you are a couple, family or individual. Welcome.

Gord Hope, PHD

Psychotherapist and Life Development & Change Specialist

Location: Location of Therapist: Waterloo, ON, N2V 2C9
Fast Contact: Email or Call Gord.
Individual PsychotherapyCouples Therapy
Accessing Positive PotentialsPost-Traumatic Stress Injury
Faith And Spiritual Struggles.Anxiety And Stress
Sexuality And Identity IssuesDeep Sadness & Self Deprication

With Gord hope, PhD, you will experience being listened to, and what that can do for you, perhaps like never before; you may be sure of this happening in a safe and compassionate, yet empowering environment. Therapy sessions are usually 1:15 to 1:40 hours in length.

Related Sites:
City of Waterloo, ON
Ontario Psychological Association
Murray Alzheimer Research and Education Program (MAREP)

Therapy Waterloo, ON

Wilmot ON, Kitchener, Waldau, Bridgeport West, Nortward, Bloomingdale, Elmira

Waterloo has many enticing activities and places for your next outing. The Mode Theatre Living Arts Corporation offers performances with a focus on diversity.1 Educational workshops are offered as well as a variety of performances complete with live music. Some presentations get the audience involved, so both actors and spectators work together to create something completely unique! The Karl Junginger Memorial Library on North Monroe Street hosts many child-friendly activities, with different celebrations for each season. Scavenger hunts and a children’s book club complete with refreshments are hosted at the library. The events are not just for kids. Adults can discuss their latest ‘good reads’ and recommendations by attending monthly adult book discussion groups. Fiction and non-fiction topics are welcomed.  The residents of Waterloo value culture and education, and it really shows in the many activities available to visitors and locals. Whether you like to read, act, or simply socialize, you can find something fun in Waterloo!

Mental Health in Waterloo

Waterloo is a city that is located in the Southern part of Ontario, with a population of almost 100,000 people living over its 64 square kilometers.2 It is a city that has seen much progress and has changed drastically over the years. With new health care options, better facilities, and a stronger government leading the people, living conditions have certainly been improved over recent years. Currently, there are many different centers dedicated to mental health and a vast variety of programs that are available to the general public; these include bereavement programs, anger management, suicide prevention, and other things that can help those who are struggling.

Because depression, loss, and anger management can be extreme problems when they are not treated, there are a wide variety of programs specifically dedicated to helping these types of patients, regardless of their financial ability. One of the most important of these programs is the Crisis Services of the Waterloo Region, which works with patients from ages 10 and up. They can be contacted at 519-744-1813.3 You can also find other locations and services through 1-866-531-2600.

Current Education

The Murray Alzheimer Research and Education Program (MAREP) is a research organization in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, and is located in the Lyle Hallman Institute for Health Promotion. MAREP’s mandate is to B.E.N.E.F.I.T. and enhance the lives of all those experiencing dementia.4

The Waterloo Region District School Board is constantly improving by making changes to the curriculum, introducing new programs, hosting educational and interesting events, and much more. These programs are very important to the students and can help build a healthier, happier, and more involved community over several years. Safety is a top priority for students, and the community is constantly involved in programs that work with the school and its students.5


1. Wikipedia. (2014) . Waterloo, ON. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waterloo,_Ontario.
2. Waterloo, Ontario. (2014) . Wikipedia. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waterloo,_Ontario.
3. ConnexOntario. (2014) . Mental health helpline | Crisis Services of Waterloo Region. Retrieved from http://www.mentalhealthhelpline.ca/Directory/Program/17278.
4. University of Waterloo. (2014) Retrieved from https://uwaterloo.ca/murray-alzheimer-research-and-education-program/about.
5. Waterloo Region District School Board. (2013) . Waterloo Region District School Board. Retrieved from http://www.wrdsb.ca/schools/.