Bayridge Counselling Centre

Bayridge Counselling Centre View Specialties

  • Individual, Couples, and Family Counselling
  • 565 Sanatorium Rd., Suite #204A, Hamilton, Ontario, L9C 7N4
  • Additional Locations:
      See additional office location: Oakville, l6j1j4
      345 Lakeshore Rd. East, Unit 309
      Oakville, l6j1j4
      905-319-1488
      See additional office location: Guelph, N1H 3v4
      44 Cardigan St.
      Guelph, N1H 3v4
      519-341-6092
      See additional office location: St. Catharines, L2R 4Z4
      11 Bond St., Suite #101
      St. Catharines, L2R 4Z4
      9053191488
      See additional office location: Mississauga, L4Z 2G7
      100 Matheson Blvd. E. #204
      Mississauga, L4Z 2G7
      905-593-2631
  • Phone: 905-297-5317
  • www.bayridgecounsellingcentres.ca/
  • This member is also available for E-counseling.
  • E-counseling methods: Email, Phone, Webcam


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Kim Christink, M. Div., D. Min.    
 Bayridge Family Center Director 
 
Focus: Couple Therapy Individual Therapy, Family Therapy, Corporate Coaching, Cognitive Behaviour
Therapy
   
Office: Burlington

You ask me why do I do, what I do?

It is simple!  I love it!

Nothing brings me alive like helping someone see what they have never seen before!

Nothing excites me more than witnessing the miracle of love restored

Nothing empowers me more than finding a way when it seems there is no way!

Nothing causes me to dance inside like when I have helped someone overcome their fear of driving again after the trauma of a motor vehicle accident!

Nothing is more sacred to me than providing another person a listening and non-judgmental ear!

Nothing touches my soul as when I see in the eyes of a person, that they too, now see the wonderful person I see!

Nothing brightens my day like seeing the dark clouds of depression fade away!

Nothing sends my emotions soaring as when I see someone emotionally grow in leaps and bounds!

Nothing allows me to sleep at night like knowing that I have fulfilled my calling again today!

That''s why I do what I do. I just may have the greatest job in the world! It certainly is the greatest job in my world!

My mission is to provide people just like you the safety and tools to overcome the challenges of life so that you may become more than you are and all that you can be! 

 

Mark Laing, B.A. Honours Psychology, Psychotherapist
Counsellor & Seminar Speaker  
Focus : Individual & Marital Counseling, Affairs, Pornography, Conflict, Communication, Anger, Self-Esteem
 
Offices: Burlington/Hamilton


I believe that therapy is not something you do to someone rather something you do with someone. Any one person will encounter times in their life when they feel stuck or trapped. Friends can offer some help but often the friendship itself disallows you from receiving the appropriate help, challenge and insight needed to make the appropriate changes or adjustments.

My work centers on marriages in crisis, the effects of affairs, the damage of pornography addictions, the hopelessness of mood disorders (depression, anxiety etc,), the frustration of inappropriate anger and the paralysis caused by low self-acceptance. Equipped with an honors degree in clinical psychology and certified as a pastoral counselor, I am able to help my clients from not only a clinical perspective but also a spiritual one as well.

Involvement with our Mood Disorder Program, author of a manual on marriage and currently writing a book on marriage are just some of the extracurricular activities I am involved with. Married with five children I also have the experiential understanding that furthers my ability to help you or your marriage get back on track.

 

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Jon Christink, B.A., M.Ed, Psychotherapist
Focus:   Adolescent Specialist and Young Adults; Anxiety, Depression, Life Stress, Behaviour, Relationships
Office: Oakville 

Jonathan Christink has received a B.A. Honours degree in Psychology from Guelph University and is presently completing the last course towards the completion of a Masters in Education from the University of Victoria. His previous experience includes working with individuals with a wide range of developmental disabilities. He has assisted individuals with learning disabilities at the post-secondary in order to realize their academic potential. He is also trained in the psycho-educational assessment of children and adolescents at risk for learning difficulties. 

Furthermore, he has experience counseling individual adolescents and young adults through difficult and turbulent times. Currently he is teaching at a school for exceptional learning, working with children with learning disabilities, autism, down syndrome, and a variety of behavioral needs. 

Jonathan loves children and teens! They inevitably love Jonathan! 

This provides the needed safe and secure relationship where they can feel comfortable. 

In this comfortable environment personal growth can be cultivated. 

Jonathan believes that counseling offers a positively unique relationship that has the power to dramatically affect personal change and maturation.

 

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BTh., MDiv.

Office: Hamilton

Focus: Couple, Family and Individual Therapy; Conflict Resolution; Communication, Parenting, Family Dysfunction, Intimacy/Closeness, Self-Esteem, Grief, Anger Management, Forgiveness, Trauma from Abuse and spiritual issues.

I counsel because I have experienced the joy and freedom of life-changing healing myself, and I love the opportunity to walk with other people down their own path of healing. Life throws us many twists and turns that are unpredictable so it helps to have someone to help guide us through these times. I enjoy listening to people share their stories and being invited to take part in the story. I love to work with couples, families and individuals to help them achieve their goals.

I value the courage that it takes to reach out for help in difficult times. I value the process of emotional, mental and spiritual growth that is involved in bringing about life change. I value the tenacity it takes on the part of a client to commit to the journey of seeking wholeness in themselves and their relationships.


 
 

David Knapp, Masters of Counselling, Certified Canadian Counsellor

Specializing: Individuals,Couples, Families, Anxiety, Depression, Mental Health, Addictions, PTSD,Rehabilitation, Personality Disorders, Self Harm, Drug and Alcohol Use

Going through hard times in life is inevitable. Going through it alone is optional. The last 10 years of working with youth, adults, couples and families has taught me the importance of strong relationships to help weather the storms of life. My Bachelors Degree in Psychology and Masters Degree in Counselling from Trinity Western University focused on marriage and family therapy because relationship difficulties, anxiety, depression and addictions are best understood in the context of our closest relationships. In our sessions together, I strive to create a safe environment where we can talk about the messy partsof life in an open and honest manner. I present a menu of options for treatment and trust you to know which is going tobe the best fit in your own life at this time. From there I take a practical and supportive approach to helping your each your goals.

Marriage: There’s nothing that compares to the feeling of finding that one special someone you want to annoy the rest of your life. If you’re having problems in your marriage, you are not alone. Come explore techniques proven to decrease conflict, minimize stress, and increase intimacy and enjoyment of your marriage. Whether working through tough issues, such as infidelity or abuse, or seeking to increase communication skills, I can support you through the hard work of building a relationship that lasts a life time. Relationships are worth fighting for, and I’m in your corner.

I utilize Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy when helping individuals work through Mental Health Disorders (Anxiety, Depression, Anger Management, Borderline, or Bipolar). The goals focus on increasing emotional regulation and assertiveness skills – being able to ask for what you want and need from others in an honest and respectful way, as well as learning to tolerate hard emotions like anger, hurt, and disappointment when people do not respond as we hope. These essential skills build and maintain strong relationships. I take great joy in hearing my clients’ reports of employing these skills to gain better relationships with their family and friends during our time together.

When working with addictions, I take a harm reduction approach. I help you gain more information about the substance you use, or the compulsive behavior you engage in, so that you can make informed decisions. I make no presumptions thatyou will want to completely quit these behaviors, as they often serve an important function in your life. Rather I strive to help you make choices that minimize the harm of these substances and behaviors, while increasing your knowledge and awareness of what role they’ve played in your past so that you can choose how big their role is your future.

“If you’re goingthrough hell, keep going.”– Winston Churchill

 
 
 

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Barb Kirkham, BA, MATherapist, Psychotherapist  


Focus:  Individual, Couple Counseling, Anxiety/Depression, Anger Management, Pre Marital, Communication, Sexual Issues, Trauma
Office: Burlington, Hamilton

I am a person that brings to the counseling process years of life experience as well as academic understanding. I am a wife, mother, sister, friend, and professional. It is the interconnection of these many roles that provides the life experience that I feel is necessary to come alongside clients as they navigate the often bumpy road that we call life. 

My goal as counselor is to provide a safe non-judgmental place for clients to be heard and understood. My practice focuses on providing clients with the tools and knowledge to overcome relationship issues in marriage and within families; reclaim their life from anxiety and depression; find their way back from grief and discover the strength within to overcome life’s challenges. 

Education:
I have completed my honours undergraduate degree in Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour at McMaster University and my Masters of Education Counseling  Psychology at the University of Toronto.



 

Sabrina Fruci M.S.W, R.S.W

Therapist/Counsellor


Focus: trauma, anxiety, depression, self – esteem, partner abuse, anger/aggression, grief/loss, relationship issues, parenting stress, work stress, life issues

I believe a counselor's role is to lay the foundation for the path that you choose to walk. During this journey it is the counselor's role to help guide you and help you reach your goals.

Let's face it, life is difficult! Everyone struggles from time to time. During these difficult times we may feel scared, alone, and helpless. I strive to create a safe place where you can create new meaning out of your experiences. This journey may involve creating more intimate and meaningful relationships, learning healthier ways to cope with life stressors, gaining a better understanding of yourself and your relationships with others, and developing new strategies to resolve conflict.

I am trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT). My work with couples using the EFT model focuses on adult attachment and repairing the bonds between two people. According to leading couples therapist Dr. Sue Johnson, 70% - 75% of couples move into recovery and 90% of couples show significant improvements after 8-20 sessions of EFT. Everyone has relationship struggles and it is important to find comfort in each other, feel understood, and reconnect.

My approach with individuals and families mainly focuses on Narrative Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.



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Elisabeth Buffey-Needham
Counsellor
   
Focus:   Individual and Couple Therapy
Office: Burlington, Hamilton 

"It takes courage to grow up and turn out to be who you really are." This quote by e.e. cummings is the foundation of my practice. I specialize in counselling individuals and couples who are taking a courageous step to regain their lives, to figure out who they really are, as individuals and in relationship with others. 

It is not easy. I see struggle, pain and inner turmoil. Through that turmoil, there is growth, change and hope. I thank my clients and am inspired by them for entrusting me with their stories, their pain and their dreams. 

Elisabeth received her Masters of Theology with a specialization in counseling from the University of Toronto. Further certifications include Interpersonal Psycotherapy for the Treatment of Depression from the University of Michigan and Clinical Pastoral Education/Pastoral Counseling (CAPPE).


  

Sonia Panchyshyn, B.S.W., M.S.W., R.S.W.


Therapist
Focus:   Depression & Anxiety, Anger Management, Relationship Challenges/Affairs, Parenting Challenges, Relationships, Childhood Sexual Abuse/Adult Sexual Assault, Partner Abuse, Couple issues, Intimacy and/or Sexual Difficulties, Life transitions, illness, trauma, loss & death, Self-Esteem Issues, Job or Career Issues
Office: Mississauga


Sonia Panchyshyn holds a Bachelor Degree in Social Work from McGill University and also has a Masters Degree of Social Work from the University of Toronto. Sonia is a Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers and a member of the Ontario Association of Social Workers with over 20 years’ experience working with diverse populations and with a wide spectrum of problems.

As a psychotherapist, Sonia Panchyshyn, specializes in helping people who are struggling through difficult life situations, begin to take control of their situation. Sonia''s approach to therapy is an interactive one. Sonia will get involved, offer feedback, help you identify your personal goals and provide strategies to help you achieve success.

"The road to quality service is travelled with integrity, compassion and understanding. People don''t care how much you know until they know how much you care!"

Most Extended Health Insurance Plans will cover the cost of services of a Registered Social Worker

  

Christine Huynh, B.A. (Psychology), M.Div. 


Therapist/Counsellor Office: Mississauga

Specializing: Individual, Couple, Family therapy; Communication & Conflict resolution; Anxiety, Depression, Grief; Trauma/Survivor of Abuse; Anger management; Self-harm; Burn out

Life is a journey… and sometimes, we find ourselves on a cold and lonely stretch of the road where life can seem empty of the warm, comforting light we long for. But, dear friend, you don’t have to journey alone. You don’t have to struggle through this difficult time by yourself… let us journey together.

People are created with a greater resiliency than they realize… and it is my passion to support and strengthen people through the rough patches along the way. Having completed my B.A. in Psychology and wrapping up my M.Div. in Clinical Counseling, I utilize a strength-based approach to psychotherapy. Through an integration of interventions from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Narrative Therapy, and Family Systems Theory, I have worked with individuals at various life stages struggling with issues which include: anxiety, depression, anger, trauma, abuse, self-injury and more.

I also work with couples to develop their communication skills when resolving conflict in their relationship. My approach involves utilizing premarital and relationship counseling tools (such as Prepare-Enrich) and theoretical frameworks (such as the Gottman Model and Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy) to establish a safe space for partners to share their thoughts and feelings; thereby, allowing them to journey together more fully.

Though it can be difficult to see past this dark stretch of the road, this is not the end. There is a light which this shadow cannot overcome. So let us journey with hope, for in the words of Francois Jacob, “It is hope that gives life meaning. And hope is based on the prospect of being able one day to turn the actual world into a possible one that looks better.”

 

Chad Tomlinson MTS, M’Ed, MA, OCT
Therapist / Counsellor


Office(s): Hamilton

Focus: (for couples, individuals, teens) self-esteem, forgiveness & letting go, anger, anxiety, depression, dating, marriage, pornography, communication, teen-parent relationships
 
With over 11 years experience, 3 awards for his work as a therapist, 3
Masters Degrees, and a published book on relationships, Chad has a
history of success. 

Are you nervous about seeing a therapist? Have you been to one before, but it wasn't the right fit? Do you have a partner or teenager who needs a therapist, but they're scared or not wanting to go? I can help. I believe we can change and that the process of growing as a person, although challenging, can be made simple and even fun. When you come into my office you'll be greeted with a warm smile, a caring heart and a spirit that helps people like you feel cared about and safe enough to share their lives.

I have heard many people say that seeing a therapist means you're weak, but it is actually a sign of wisdom and great strength. Only those who are wise enough can recognize they need help, and only those strong enough will be able to pursue that help.

I once believed that life was meant to be stressful and not enjoyed; it was meant to be feared and not a source of joy. I have since learned this is a lie. I now want to help others find this truth and inspire positivity. My passion is to help people find happiness as I have, and now that I have 3 Masters Degrees and over 14 years of experience working with teens and young adults and helping people of all ages have better relationships, I have the means to better achieve this. One of my greatest strengths is taking complicated issues and making them more understandable and sharing tools to better deal with them with an interesting approach (working with young people has helped with this). This ability is demonstrated by my book, Emotional Sex: Making Good Relationships Great and in my mission:

To help others discover the happiness life has to offer. No matter how difficult a life someone or a couple has been dealt, it is my desire to help them see their lives in a new way; a way that is fulfilling and ripe with hope, peace and love,

So please come in and see me: we'll chat, we'll laugh, and we'll have some fun while helping you find the answers you want to discover.



  Martin Dragan BSc (Hons.), DHS, ACS 
Specializes in : Desire/Arousal Disorder, Orgasmic Disorder, Sexual Pain, Ejaculation Disorders, Erectile Dysfunction, Sexual Abuse, Sexual Addictions, Hypersexuality, Gender Dysphoria/Transgender Experiences, Depression and Anxiety
 

Everyone deserves a healthy sex life, and everyone is capable of achieving it. There are a variety of factors that can affect our sexual health, and it is my goal to help clients overcome the obstacles that impede their personal path to wellbeing. 

As a trained clinical sexologist, I take a non-judgmental and sex-positive approach to therapy. With some patience and a willingness to learn, clients can expect richer relationships and a greater personal understanding through individual and/or couples counselling sessions.

Whether clients have a specific concern or general questions about sexuality, I am here to offer my support and expertise. I welcome all individuals, regardless of age, sex, religion, gender or orientation. 

Every question and concern is valid! I encourage all to contact me to discuss personalised counselling and support options.

Degrees and Associations:

·        Bachelor of Science (Hons.), Community Health Sciences

·        Doctor of Human Sexuality

·        American College of Sexologists

·        Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists, and Psychotherapists

 


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Nancy Wall, M.A. Counseling Psychology


Therapist 

Focus: Individuals (adults and teens), relationships, communication, premarital, affair recovery, anxiety, depression, OCD, self-esteem, abuse recovery, eating disorders, spiritual issues.
Office: Grimsby, Burlington 

Nancy loves people and considers it a privilege to walk along side them through their struggles and empower them to become all that God created them to be. Her goal is to help you overcome issues and develop strategies to reach your maximum potential through Spirit-led counseling. Nancy provides a caring, accepting and nurturing environment in which she helps you develop tools to overcome the situations you are facing now, and give you the ability to apply these tools to other situations that arise in the future. 

Nancy brings with her a broad range of experience and expertise from 12 years of counseling families, couples and individuals. She believes that looking at a person as a whole is the most powerful way to understand them, given that body, mind and spirit are interrelated. 

Nancy believes that counseling is her true calling in life; she has a deep abiding passion for it. Nancy considers it an honour and privilege to partner with you. You do not have to go through this alone. 

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Rebecca Billings (Rosenblat), B.Sc. Hons (Psych), RP, CSAT, Cert LC 

Registered Psychotherapist, Relationship & Sexuality Therapist,
Certified Trauma & Sex Addiction Therapist, Life Coach, TV Host, Author
Professional Member of CRPO, AASECT, AAMFT, OAMFT, IITAP & FRSH

Therapist/Counsellor
Focus:
  infidelity, sexual abuse & trauma, sex & porn addiction, various sexual dysfunctions, sexual education & communication, age-related sexual concerns, self-esteem, body-image issues, sexual perversions, sexual and non-sexual couple work, communication skills, parental communication skills
Office: Burlington/Mississauga


After working in mental health at the Clarke Institute of Psychiatry for six years, I switched my focus to couple’s counseling and obtained various specialized therapy certifications. Soon, I realized that couples work was incomplete without knowing the nuances of the dance of intimacy, where a lot of dynamics play out. As such, I became proficient in sex therapy to compliment my couples’ work, and learned that it was the ultimate body language. So I delved deeper into sexual issues such as safety, comfort, mutual understanding, meaningful connection, trauma, abuse, miscommunication, and how we define ourselves via our intimate relationships and become defined by our sexuality – e.g. while we say we have a cardiac condition or were diagnosed with diabetes or cancer, when it comes to sex we are impotent, inorgasmic, infertile, unfulfilled, and so on. Since sex is such a crucial part of our being – which can bring us the greatest joy or pain, depending upon the context – I made it my mission to provide a safe and non-judgmental place for individuals to open up and share their deepest fears, debilitating perversions, traumatic wounds, and addictions that ruin God’s plan for our bodies. While I’ve done a lot of individual psychotherapy and couples work around various issues for over seven years, what has given me the greatest joy is helping people get back on the right track, after infidelity, sexual trauma, sex or porn addiction, body image issues, child abuse, and sexual dysfunction and/or misconduct have ruined their lives. 

Beyond my private practice, I’ve been a media personality for ten years, as a host of various radio and TV shows, workshop leader, public speaker, advice columnist, and media expert on critical issues. Due to my strong voice, I was asked to host a call-in show after Sue Johanson’s retirement nearly four years ago. As such, I’m currently hosting Sex @ 11 with Rebecca – a twice-weekly, live, call-in TV show, with over 500 hundred hours of TV and another 500 hours of radio experience. The questions I get indicate a great need, since there are many who remain trapped in dark places for their entire lives, not knowing that help is at hand.

 

Kevin-Joel Coupland Therapist / Counsellor

Office(s): Mississauga
Focus: Individuals, Couples, Family Therapy, Parenting, Communication, Separation/Divorce, Abuse/Violence, Anxiety/Depression, Anger, Grief, Self Esteem, Spiritual Issues, Life Transitions



There is hope. Life offers us all mountain top and valley experiences, which provide opportunities to discover, learn, grow and even develop greater relationships. I believe that our approach to life’s challenges may often hold the key to our future success. However, there are times when the way forward is unclear and the support of a professional is valuable.
I enjoy working with clients that experience “valley” challenges such as any of the following: depression, anxiety, relationship conflict, grief, loss, sickness, abuse, low self worth, and trauma. I also enjoy working with clients seeking personal direction and relational fulfillment.

I understand that seeking help is not easy for everyone, but my hope is that my expertise, respect, and compassion for all people will help you feel confident that you can make it.

Personal Info
I love adventures yet on the other hand I enjoy staying at home and gardening too. I love listening to loud music yet I also love riding my trail bike through the silent forest. I love playing basketball yet I also like riding alone on my road bike. Yes I’m conflicted and complicated, but who isn’t?

I have been married for over 17 years to my inspiring wife Natasha. We are blessed with two fantastic daughters. My life and relationship experiences have led me to become interested in attachment theory and the use of Emotionally Focused Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in the therapeutic process.
 

 
   

Michelle Pennells, HBA, DTATI (Thesis Pending)

Art Therapist / Counsellor / Psychotherapist

Office(s): Hamilton

Specializing: Individuals, Adolescents, Children, Families, Foster Families/Children, Group Counselling, Trauma, Grief, Victims of Abuse, Self-esteem, Identity, Parenting, Life Transitions, Suicide Ideation, Self-Harm, ADHD, ODD, FAS, Feeling/Emotion Recognition & Management, Bullying, Spiritual Counselling.

I believe that everyone has a story to tell. Everyone has a special set of circumstances, or an ordeal that they either have or are trying to live through. These can take the form of one big barrier or event in our life that changes everything; or they can be small day to day things that just wear you down. I am someone willing to listen to your story. I can come alongside you to help you as you find your voice, face these challenges in your life, and grow in your confidence to overcome them.

As an Art Therapist, I understand that sometimes words are not enough to express exactly what you are going through. I will guide you through therapeutic art making to help you find those words, find your voice, and build a stronger sense of self in the process. Don’t worry if you are not artistic, Art Therapy is for anyone from all walks of life. It is the process of self-discovery that is important, not technical skill. Art Therapy can provide a playful, non-threatening way to tackle tough problems and discover hidden strengths you may never have known you had.

My motto in life is, “You can’t be strong for another person until you learn to be strong for yourself.” I understand too well, the need to “do it all”. The first step to finding inner strength is asking for help. This is a courageous act that does not indicate weakness, but rather an understanding that you need someone to help shoulder the burden so that you can heal and regain that strength you have always possessed.

My training has its foundation in psychoanalysis, but utilizes a multi-faceted approach that can be adapted to your needs and preferences. Some of the approaches that can be used are Narrative Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, Strength-Based Therapy, Family Systems Therapy, Jungian Analysis, Didactic Therapy, Dream Analysis, and Play Therapy. If you are not comfortable with Art Therapy, I offer regular Talking Therapy as well.

My education is an Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree with a double major in Art and Psychology, and a minor in Social Work from Redeemer University College, as well as a Master’s Equivalency degree (DTATI) specializing in Art Therapy from the Toronto Art Therapy Institute. I am also a standing member of OACCPP, and CATA.

“In the midst of difficulty lies opportunity” ~ Albert Einstein.


 
  Pat Allen, R.N. CPMHN(C), R.S.W.

Therapist/Counsellor

Office: Hamilton


Focus: youth, adults, individual, peer and family relationships.

Anxiety/depression, self esteem, trauma,PTSD, grief, loss.

Pregnancy and adoption issues.

As a social worker and mental health practitioner, I have worked with many youth and adults experiencing pain in their lives. It has been my joy to see these individuals become whole, experiencing a satisfied life. The life they were meant to live.

I use a strength based, positive treatment plan to help overcome “stuck” points that immobilize so many of us.

Experience in youth, criminal justice, adoption and mental health, has made me see each individual as unique, possessing capabilities and purpose. Hope brings this uniqueness to the surface of their lives.

Registered with the Ontario College of Nurses, and licensed as a mental health clinician, registered with the Ontario College of Social work, and the Ontario Association of Social Workers, I come with experience in individual, and group therapy. I use cognitive behaviour therapy, cognitive processing therapy and interpersonal therapy.

Equine therapy for use with anxiety and Attention Deficit disorder is also a new project that I am presently planning.

I look forward to being a part of your life!

Pleasant words are like a honeycomb:

Sweetness to the soul and health to the bones.

Proverbs 16:24


 
   

Tristan Price

B.A. (Hons.), MSc. Psychotherapist

Office: Burlington, Hamilton 

 

Focus: Individual, Couple and Family Therapy; Therapy with Adolescents; Cutting; Couple and Family Communication; Anxiety; Anger; and Depression.

 

            I understand life to be a journey that is shared through relationships. People experience difficulties along their journey, but also find a way to carry on past these difficulties. I believe that as a therapist, I am given the opportunity to walk alongside people and help them access the triumphs of their past to help them overcome their present difficulties. As with any journey, self-discovery and individual growth are promises that exist through relationship. I understand that it can be difficult to speak to someone about personal difficulties and that is why I believe the work I do is a privilege, and as such I treat every individuals’ words as sacred.

 

            I have been trained as a couple and family therapist, but I have also worked with many individuals. With regard to family work, I focus on adolescents and preadolescents. I know that adolescence is a confusing and hectic time in any individuals’ journey, as it is the time that independence and self-discovery are at the forefront of every decision. I have found that my work with families and adolescents has been some of the most rewarding work I have done. With regard to couple work, I focus on helping partners’ foster stronger communication. Both individuals have their separate life journeys, which they have decided to share with another person or persons. In my work with couples, I am given the opportunity to help them make their relationship function such that they can move forward on their journey together.

 

            I have an honours BA in sociology, which provides me with an approach to working with my clients that goes beyond individual concerns and takes into account external forces that affect, make difficult and contribute to the self-discovery of individuals on their life journey. I am an MSc. (Masters of Science) candidate who has completed my course work in the field of couple and family therapy, and am working on my thesis, which is exploring men’s understanding and experiences of intimacy. I am a motivated and goal-oriented individual who will help you achieve your goals and help you become the person that you want to be.  


 
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William Stokeld
 
Office: Hamilton 
 
Specializing: Addictions, Anxiety, Depression, Self-Esteem, Concurrent Disorders (Addictions with Mental Health issues), Family-of-Origin Issues (Unhelpful beliefs and behaviours developed while growing up), Abuse, Anger/Stress Management.

 

You can't always get what you want but if you try sometimes you just might find you get what you need”  (Jagger/Richards)

 

It’s the legs which make a chair solid and stable.  When one or more of the legs become loose the chair becomes wobbly.  In much the same way, I believe a person’s physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellness are the “legs” which make up our lives and sense of identity.  When one or more of these “legs” becomes loose or damaged, our lives, like the chair, begin to wobble.

 

I believe we are all unique, and not one specific skill set or therapy will restore a healthy state of being to everyone.  Therefore, my style and approach to counselling is an eclectic one, taking into consideration, and honouring, the uniqueness and capabilities of each client.  I am now offering individual counselling for adults and adolescents for such issues as addictions, addictions and mental health issues present together (concurrent disorders), anxiety, depression, self-esteem, unhelpful beliefs and behaviours developed while growing up (family-of-origin issues), abuse, and anger/stress management.

 

I, too, developed a wobbly leg when I was downsized after 25 years in the financial industry.  With time, I saw this as an opportunity to go back to school and start a new career, in mid-life, as a counsellor. I first completed an Addiction Worker program and then went on to achieve a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology.  My background enables me to bring a broad collection of life experiences and “tools” into my work, and demonstrates that change, while not always easy and sometimes even harsh, is possible at any stage in life. 

 

Male and female adults and adolescents (16 and older).


 

Anita McCann, CSW, CCP, CPC, GPP, BCC

Counsellor/Life Coach/Therapist

Burlington and St. Catharines

Specializing:

Individuals, Couples, Family, Relationships, Marriage, Separation, Divorce Recovery, Parenting, Conflict Resolution, Self-Esteem, Communication Skills, Spiritual Issues, Stress & Anxiety, Social Skills, Life Transition, Life Skills

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Anita is an avid believer that where you are, is not where you will always be! Whether your struggle is with difficult relationships, pain from past hurts or finding your true worth and purpose, she firmly believes you can break free from destructive patterns, from insecurity and self-doubt, and create a better future for yourself.

Using spirit led counselling and coaching, as well as solution-focused and strength-based strategies, Anita works with you to uncover root issues, discard negative patterns, and replace the mindsets and methods that are working against you.

Anita has over 12 years of extensive experience empowering individuals, equipping couples and families to restore relationships, learn effective communication, attain emotional and spiritual well-being and find self-worth and confidence. Providing a compassionate, caring and encouraging environment, she partners with clients with an unwavering commitment to help them restore joy and peace in relationships, achieve their goals and reach their God given potential.


 

Denise Kett, B.A., M.Sc., OACCPP

Therapist/Counsellor

Office: Oakville

Focus: Individual Therapy, Adolescents, Adults, Stress Management, Anxiety, Depression, Mental Health Disorders, Communication, Relationships, Life Transitions, Self-Esteem

We all deserve to be happy in life! Recognizing that you need help from a counselling professional is the first step in moving forward. As your therapist, I will give you the opportunity to share your thoughts, express your emotions, and make positive changes.

I have received my B.A in Psychology from Brock University and my Master of Science in Mental Health Counselling from Niagara University. I am a member of the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychotherapists, and Psychometrists. My education and hands on counselling experience has allowed me to focus on mental health, assertiveness, suicidal ideation, self-esteem, relationships, and stress management.

My therapeutic approach incorporates Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) which examines the connection between your thoughts, moods, and behaviours, and Mindfulness Therapy which teaches you to focus your attention on the present moment. I will help you discover your strengths and guide you to find solutions to your problems using Solution Focussed Therapy.

Together we will set goals and come up with a plan for you to achieve those goals. I will provide you with strategies to help you cope with life struggles and through this you will find hope that your situation can improve.

It would be my pleasure to help you regain happiness in your life!

 

Dr. Cathryn Harris, Ph.D.

Therapist / Psychologist

Office: Burlington

Specialties: Individual, Couples and Family Therapy, and EMDR Therapy for Trauma, Depression, Anxiety, and Relationship Conflicts, with adults, children and adolescents; Corporate and Professional Consultation; Critical Incident Stress Management

For more than 30 years these have been my goals in helping people through the pain, trauma, and challenges that life inevitably brings. I believe it is how we respond to these universal experiences that shapes who we are and the direction of our lives. Trauma – no matter how it comes – keeps our brain stuck on repetitive responses and unhealthy choices. Change the response, and we change our lives!

Because of the way my brain works, I can’t help but integrate the principles of faith, human behavior, brain functioning, health and biology, and family and organizational systems that I have studied. Using these principles, and helping you understand how your brain works, we can discern the patterns and responses in your life and develop better emotional coping skills so that together we can bring about new choices and power to you.

One unique treatment approach available to you, EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) therapy, can also help your brain get unstuck from the automatic emotional responses that keep us repeating the same behaviors and block us from using new information when we have experienced trauma. This is a simple but powerful psychological exercise we do in the office together to turn on the healing processes that your brain already knows.

RELATIONSHIPS, INTEGRATION, WHOLENESS, JOY

These goals are possible, and my delight is helping people find the hope and courage to pursue them while providing a safe place to confront and overcome the damaging experiences that have kept us stuck.”

Dr. Cathryn Harris received her B.A. in Applied Social Science and Psychology from Concordia University, Montreal, and received her M.A. in Marriage, Family and Child Therapy and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Biola University, California. She is certified in EMDR therapy, Critical Incident Stress Management, and the Amen Method for improving brain functioning. In addition to providing outpatient psychotherapy for over 30 years in private practice, she has experience as Clinical Director for a day treatment center for the chronically mentally ill and their families, and for a faith-based outpatient counseling centre. Cathryn has supervised MFT interns for over 25 years, and will soon complete her certification as an AAMFT approved Clinical Supervisor. She loves training, teaching, and consulting, and has provided countless educational workshops and coaching to teachers, religious leaders, employers, managers and their organizations.

Marie Maurisha Dolson 


Psychotherapist/Certified Life Coach 

Office: Burlington

Focus: Individual, Relationship, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Woman Empowerment

 

Marie’s passion is to help people to be able to regain their inner peace and happiness to live a pleasurable fulfilled life. Life is full of ups,  downs and challenges that we are often not prepared for. I believe it’s not how many times you get knocked down,  but the greatest accomplishment is how many times you get up and get going and who you become while picking yourself back up.  What happened yesterday no longer matters each new day gives you a fresh start to get back on track and to have the courage to rebuild yourself the way you desire.

Marie’s goals are to be able to understand and to work with techniques that will help people heal their mind body and soul that will contribute to change their circumstances.

Studies have shown that it’s not just the technique that helps people heal and change, but it’s the relationship created between the therapist and their clients. I believe this is the most important aspect in therapy. It is to build a nurturing, secure, non-judgmental healthy relationship and environment. Overall, I strive to pair specific techniques from a variety of therapeutic approaches with a specific client’s needs, empowering them to find hope, meaning, and purpose in life. I use a variety of techniques, which focus on a strong therapeutic alliance with empathy, genuineness and respect.

“Gratitude is a form of wisdom. It is patient, loving, hopeful, and rigorously honest. It denies nothing, and it overlooks nothing. It looks reality full in the face and says: This is true, this is me, this is my situation, and I have the opportunity to build from here. This is my starting point, and I will succeed!” – Phil Humbert

Specializations:

  • Anger
  • Mood Disorders: depression, bi-polar, Anxiety, PTS, OCD
  • ADD/ADHD
  • Eating Disorders
  • Divorce Recovery
  • Affair Recovery
  • Life Issues/Transitions
  • Woman Empowerment
  • Abuse
  • Addiction
  • Self-Esteem

Education

I hold an honours BA degree specializing in Health Studies from McMaster University, I am also a Registered Social Service Worker and am registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW). In addition, I am a Certified Life Coach and registered with The Certified Coaches Federation. The main focus of Life Coaching is to focus on supporting clients with the structure to integrate changes, learn new skills and motivate you to define and achieve your goals (career, personal or professional)

 



Bayridge Counselling Centre Reaches

Ancaster ON
Dundas ON
Guelph ON
Mississauga ON
St Catharines ON
Oakville ON
Grimsby ON
Waterdown ON
Milton ON
Burlington ON
Hamilton ON
Welland ON
Niagara Falls ON