I am a Doctoral Student in Counselling and Clinical Psychology at the University of Toronto (OISE/UT) current working at the World of My Baby in Milton and The Therapy Centre in Oakville, Ontario. My recent professional and training experiences includes positions at the Mental Health Program of North York General Hospital, the Psychological Trauma Program and the Clinical Research Unit at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), as well as a clinical research therapist treating Generalized Anxiety Disorder through York and Ryerson Universities. I primarily work within the frameworks of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT). I have a breadth of experience providing assessment and treatment for adolescents (12 years of age and older) and adults with anxiety and mood disorders. I also enjoy assessing and treating for stress management, self-esteem, and other interpersonal and behavioral difficulties. In addition to my clinical work, my research and personal clinical interests include the lived experiences of pregnant and postpartum women in their bodies as they transition from pregnancy to postpartum, with a particular focus on the biological, social, psychological and behavioral factors impacting this important transitional period. Outside of work and school, I am a proud mother of a three wonderful and energetic children and I also enjoy outdoor activities, such as hiking.
Are you looking for therapy, counselling or psychological services in Milton or Oakville? Below you will find a list of the different services and difficulties I address.
Individual Therapy for Adults: Are you currently experiencing difficulties with depression, anxiety, panic attacks, social awkwardness, phobias, body image and eating disorders, anger, stress or are struggling with regards to parenting, relationship, self-esteem, trauma, grief or loss? If so, seeking counselling services combining Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) strategies and interventions can assist you in understanding and overcoming these mental health concerns and issues.
Individual Therapy for Adolescents: Adolescence is a challenging and difficult transition period. Struggles often arise with regards to anxiety, depression, body image and eating disorders, self-esteem, anger, relationships or simply with not feeling like oneself. In order to optimize and improve an adolescent’s mental health, individual counselling for teens in conjunction with emotion coaching for parents may be beneficial in providing strategies to successfully identify and voice the thoughts, feelings and behaviors associated with their experience.
Prenatal and Postpartum Counselling: The transition into parenthood can be emotionally and physically challenging. Prenatal and postpartum difficulties are often ambiguous as a result of the overlapping symptoms within the realm of normal adjustment, such as fatigue. If you are concerned about how you, a partner, a friend, or a client is feeling during the postpartum period, please seek guidance, advice or reassurance. If left untreated, prenatal and postpartum depression and anxiety may increase in severity or lead to chronic difficulties.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is an Evidence Based approach that involves looking at emotional experiences and responses within a five factor model, which includes a situation, your feelings, thoughts, behaviors, and physical responses. Intervention points focus on the later three components to effect change (e.g., looking at the way you are thinking, altering behaviors or using techniques to reduce the physical symptoms). Unlike other therapies which can take years, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is briefer and time-limited and focuses on the collaborative and Socratic approach between the therapist and client to address the difficulties at hand. Learned patterns of behaviors, thoughts and physical reactions are addressed during sessions and practiced between sessions to achieve the goals outlined.
Emotion Focused Therapy: Emotion Focused Therapy is an Evidence Based, collaborative and empathically responsive approach in which emotional experiences are used as signals in need to be accessed, understood, used and processed in a healthy way in order to derive new meaning and growth opportunities, reduce emotional distress, overcome difficulties, and increase interpersonal connections. It can often be very helpful when dealing with cycles of unwanted negative and maladaptive emotional challenges, such as depression, traumatic response, anxiety, shame, couple conflict, interpersonal problems, unresolved emotions towards significant others in our past or current lives, grief and helplessness. An Emotion Focused Therapist seeks to understand with the client how their learned early and current experiences with situations of abuse, trauma, neglect, or invalidation results in intense emotional experiences and guides them through the process of healthy emotional processing and response to achieve an emotional understanding of their needs and goals and increase their resilience to future adversities.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I seek help for my difficulties?
A stigma is place on seeking help for emotional difficulties. What if psychotherapy was considered a normal and health process of self-optimization and skill learning. This is an interesting video addressing barriers to seeking treatment.
How do I make an appointment with Marianne?
To book an appointment or for further information, simply call me at 416-262-3621. During your phone call, I will walk you through the intake process, provide you with information pertaining to my services, obtain a brief description of your concerns and set up your first appointment. You can also send me an online request for information.
Do I need a referral from my doctor?
Although referrals from health care practitioners are welcomed, they are not necessary in order to make an appointment. However, in order to obtain extended health care reimbursement for psychological services, some providers will require a referral.
What are Marianne's session fees?
Session fees are $190.00 per 55 minute sessions. If you have any concerns or questions with regards to fees, please do not hesitate to contact me to discuss further. I reserve a few appointment slots per month for reduced rate clients.
Are sessions covered by OHIP or extended health benefits?
Unfortunately, my services are not covered by OHIP. However, given that I am supervised by clinical psychologists Dr. Marla McGregor and Dr. Maria Antoniou, most extended health benefit companies provide partial or full coverage for sessions, similar to dental or physiotherapy. Moreover, additional session fees not reimbursed by extended health benefits may be claimed as a tax deduction on your income tax as a medical expense.
How is payment processed?
Payment is due at the time of treatment. Payment methods include cash, debit, cheque, and most major credit card companies. After payment, you will be provided with a receipt for each session including my name and the supervising psychologist's name. You can submit the receipt to you insurance company, if applicable, and use the receipt for your income taxes.
What is Marianne's cancellation policy?
Clients are required to give at least 24 hours notice if they are unable to attend a session. If 24 hours notice is not provided, clients may be charged the full session fee. Insurance companies will not reimburse for missed appointments.
How long are each sessions?
Sessions fees include 55 minutes of session time + 5 minutes of my time to write session notes and reflect on your treatment plan.
When is Marianne available for appointments?
Appointments are available on Mondays (11 - 8), Wednesday (11 - 8) and Friday (10 - 3) at The Therapy Centre in Oakville and Thursdays (9 - 5) at The World of My Baby in Milton.
What should I expect from my appointments?
During our appointments, I will conduct an assessment of your needs. In partnership with you, goals for treatment will then be established. I will inform you of your options for treatment and describe the type of therapy I do. I will also discuss the benefits and risks of the treatment options. We will discuss your progress on a regular basis.
How does confidentiality and privacy work?
Strictest confidentiality is very important to me. Everything discussed and shared in therapy is confidential and remains between you and I. During our first appointment, confidentiality will be described in details as it relates to the Personal Health Information Protection Act, 2004 (PHIPA). Information about yourself may be released with your consent or under rare circumstances without your explicit consent.
What if I can't attend face-to-face sessions?
If you have difficulties attending sessions due to physical disabilities or residing in a different or remote city, Skype sessions are available. Moreover, prenatal and postpartum clients seen through the World of My Baby may request a home visit.
How does Marianne's clinical supervision work?
Sessions are regularly reviewed and discussed with my clinical supervisors, Dr. Marla McGregor and Dr. Maria Antoniou. If at any point you have any concerns you may discuss them directly with me or my clinical supervisors.