B. Theology, MDiv. OACCPP
Offices: Brampton/ 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.
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.
Focus: Individual, couple, family and group therapy, anxiety, anger Management, career Issues, childhood related issues, depression, grief, partner abuse, post traumatic stress disorder, relationship challenges, self-esteem, trauma
Gagan holds a Master of Social Work Degree from the Windsor University, 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 working with diverse populations on a wide spectrum of issues. Gagan has many areas of expertise and excellent clinical skills.
Counselling aims to help you deal with and overcome issues that are causing emotional pain or making you feel uncomfortable. Gagan strives to provide a safe and compassionate space for you to talk and explore difficult feelings, to support you and respect your views. She believes you are the expert of your life and can help you find your own insights into and understanding of your problems. Change is not easy, it helps to have a supportive and skilled associate to help navigate the next steps as chaos starts to dissipate and you feel free to shape up your life, experience joy, get connected to and trust your inner wisdom.
Gagan uses mindfulness based approaches, emotionally focused therapy and the sensorimotor psychotherapy techniques to access the body’s organic intelligence and restore balance after trauma.
Most Extended Health Insurance Plans will cover the cost of services for a Registered Social Worker.
BSW, MSW, RSW
Offices: Brampton/ Mississauga
Focus: Individual, anxiety/depression, stress, youth, women, domestic violence, safety planning, self-esteem
“In helping others we shall help ourselves, for whatever good we give out completes the circle and comes back to us” -Flora Edwards. My name is Ramneet Lotay, I was born in Toronto and raised in the Peel Region to immigrant parents from Punjab, India, who stressed the value of hard work, dedication and being focused. Above all they taught me to be a good human being, to help those in need and to always see the best in people. This led me to pursue a career in social work, where I had the most amazing opportunities to work with and support individuals who were experiencing barriers. I recognized that even though individuals might be struggling and feeling hopeless, they hold in themselves strength and resiliency. Each one of us is an expert in our own lives and my passion lies in helping individuals recognize their strengths and abilities.
I am a registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW) and with the Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW). I hold a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Windsor with a focus on health, and a Bachelor of Social Work with Honours from York University. Having worked primarily in Violence against Women Prevention Programs in Peel, I have supported individuals impacted by trauma, caused by violence and sexual abuse. In addition to this, I have worked with youth struggling with depression, anxiety and mental health as a result of duality of cultures. Working primarily from a feminist and anti-oppressive practice lens, I use strengths-based, narrative approaches during sessions with clients. I recognize the importance of building a deep connection with those I am working with and find this to be incredibly valuable. In addition to the English language, I am verbally fluent in Punjabi, Hindi and Urdu and able to provide counselling in those languages. I can identify the importance of language as being a tool of strength, whereby I am able to successfully connect with clients. Being a first generation South Asian Canadian woman, I am aware of barriers faced by young women due to culture and I am able to bring a unique perspective to practice, while providing a safe and comforting environment.
Currently, I sit on the executive committee of a non-profit in the Peel Region and I am a community champion on the Regional Diversity Roundtable. The ultimate goal is to utilize my skills and abilities to make a difference in the community. I would be privileged to hear your story and support you in overcoming any challenges you may be having in your life.
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
Office(s): Burlington/ Mississauga
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
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.
Focus: Individual, Couple, Family therapy; Depression; Anxiety, Grief and loss, Anger management, Christian counselling
I am here for you
You might be overwhelmed by difficult or challenging situations like: chaos at home with your partner, your children, your in-laws or other family members, stress at work or in school, or dreadful relationships with others which makes you feel hurt or irritated. You might feel stuck, lost, devastated, ashamed, guilt-stricken, or lonely, with no motivation nor interest in life. You might have been experiencing depression, anxiety, anger, or other emotional or mental struggles. If that is the case, you are certainly not alone. We all wrestle with life’s difficulties and challenges. I am here for you and will work alongside you in psychotherapy.
We will talk through the presenting problems. I will guide you to explore your thought process and access your deeper emotions. We will form a better understanding of the underlying causes of the problems. Together, we will find the best solution to your troubles and concerns. In addition, our time together will help you develop valuable skills and equip you with effective tools, both of which will help you become a stronger and more resilient person.
This will be achieved by creating a safe, trusting, and non-judgmental psychotherapeutic environment for you, integrating various leading edge psychotherapy approaches for you, and empowering you by helping you recognize and tap into your own personal strengths. There are countless options out there. However, you are unique and different from everyone else. Thus, we will work together to find the effective approaches and strategies that are specially tailored to you.
I also provide counselling/psychotherapy services in Mandarin.
我可以为您（或您们）提供普通话服务。 希望能够帮助您（或您们）面对生活中的挣扎和难处， 走出低谷，或困境。 或者是帮助您更好地了解自己，开发自己的潜能，提高解决问题， 应对困难，或与人更好地相处的能力。
Introduce myself to you
I hold a MDiv degree in Clinical Counselling and am a member of OACCPP (The Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists). Besides that, I possess over 25 years-worth of extensive work experience in many industries and professions, such as manufacturing engineer, manager for production planning, marketing, sales, and customer services. I immigrated to Canada in 2003. After more than four years of hardships, I started a new career in IT consulting field. Now, I am looking to embark on the career of my passion as a psychotherapist.
Such work and life experiences provide me the ability to hopefully better understand you and your situations, as well as use my strong competencies in working more effectively with you. I am passionate in helping people because I was helped by many others when I was in difficult times and I would not have gotten nearly this far without their help.
Focus: Individuals, Adolescents, Children, Families, Couples, Self-esteem, Bullying, Identity, Parenting, Transitions, Anxiety/Depression.
You have come a long way already. At this moment, you have built up your many strengths and ways of coping with life’s triumphs and disasters. You have developed these on your own, from within yourself. And now you are looking for help, to become even stronger and to find other ways of coping. I would be honoured to help you with this work. Let’s work together to discover and experience your most capable, best self.
I am a daughter, sister, aunt, wife and a mother. I know the joys and the pressures of being counted on in all of these different relationships. I know the expectations that I place upon myself can be the toughest of all. If you are feeling that your relationships have become unbalanced, take heart. We can work together to find a rhythm that makes each day a little easier.
I will work with you to discover the approach that best suits you – I believe there is something out there for everyone! I have worked with children, adolescents, adults using an experiential approach and making use of Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy (CBT) techniques where appropriate for anxiety and depression. I also see couples and families and I have training in Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) which is highly effective for many clients. Just as every person and issue is unique, I try to be flexible in my approach and find the right fit for you.
Education & Training
I have a Bachelor’s in Honours Psychology from University of Ottawa (2003) and a Master’s in Counselling Psychology from Trinity Western University (2007). I am a member of the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychotherapists and Psychometrists (OACCPP). I have lived and worked for nearly a decade in the Middle East and now enjoy working with clients, couples and families in the GTA.
I know that it can be so difficult to take the steps to seek help. You’re not alone in this feeling. And you don’t need to cope alone anymore, either. It’s such a relief to feel heard and be helped.
Therapist / Counsellor
Focus:Individual, Couple, Family therapy; Communication & Conflict resolution; Anxiety, Depression, Grief; Trauma/Survivor of Abuse; Bullying; Self-esteem; 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. and my M.Div. in Clinical Counselling, I approach psychotherapy from a strength-based perspective. Our thoughts, feelings, and behaviour interact in a way which informs how we make sense of our lives. As we explore the concerns that weigh you down, we will look at developing clarity and gaining perspective so that we can revisit and build upon strategies and skills that have worked for you in the past.
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 counselling tools to establish a safe space for partners to share their thoughts and feelings with one another. Developing greater intimacy in your experience with your partner allows you to journey and experience life 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.”
Focus:Individuals, Couples, Families and Group Counselling, Relationships, Marriage, Parenting, Work-Life Balance, Stress, Grief, Anxiety, Depression, Anger Management, Midlife Issues, Meaning Crisis, Career Reinvention, End of Life Resolution, Life Transition (Marriage Preparation, Job Loss, Separation, Divorce Recovery)
Why Seek Counselling?
Welcome or not, change is a fact of life. Change may pose some degree of threat to most of us, be it a life transition, loss, separation, etc. Whether you are at the crossroads of critical choices, in the midst of emotional despair suffering from anxiety, depression, anger, grief, or simply want to speak with a professional to sort through overwhelming issues, I am here for you.
As your counsellor, I will provide the necessary support that you require to overcome your present challenges. You will be able to find light in tough situations. Hardships and setbacks in life have the potential to make us stronger and more resilient. I will walk alongside you on this journey to positive changes.
Individual Therapy with Joyce
I adopt an integrated and holistic approach to therapy which involves the concept of acceptance, understanding, and commitment, meaning-making and re-telling of one’s story. When you come for individual counselling, I will support you through your journey towards healing and growth by applying interventions that are most appropriate for your circumstances. I will respect your views and feelings; together, we’ll seek understanding of your anxiety, depression, hurts, disappointments, fears, frustrations, compulsions, traumatic experiences, etc. and explore ways to turn brokenness to blessings.
Couple Therapy with Joyce
Each person comes with his/her unique strengths, weaknesses and emotional needs. Usually, a couple initially attract each other by their strengths and develop conflicts over time when their weaknesses become exceedingly annoying, broken promises occur, or their differences in approaching life cause them to drift apart. These conflicts can build up to a point where pains and hurts high-jack their love for each other. I help couples rebuild the foundation of their relationships and utilize interventions to translate negatives into positives. Along the way, I equip couples with tools to communicate and address their needs better, resolve problems more effectively and build trust, respect, peace, and harmony. I will support you in rekindling your intimacy, enjoying each other and promoting growth through the process.
Can I Come Alone?
“What if my partner is not willing or ready to come for counselling? Will there be benefits if I come to see you by myself?”
The answer is yes. I’ve seen dramatic improvement in relationships when only one partner seeks help through counselling. When there is a shift in perspective in one partner, positive changes in thinking, attitude, or behavioral pattern can improve the relationship dynamic. When the unwilling partner experiences the change, he/she will likely be more receptive to seeking help or responding more positively.
Family Therapy with Joyce
All families (whether nuclear, blended, or divorced) face conflicts at some points. Individual family members each contribute to the dynamics within a family. Concerns identified by one family member will have a ripple effect on another member or the family unit as a whole. In family therapy, I work with the family unit, involving all members, to bring healing and resolution. The goal is to promote understanding of the issues, shed light from various perspectives, address past hurts, remove obstacles, and restore stability and harmony to the family. Interventions are designed to allow the free flow of emotions and cultivate an open environment for individual members to draw on their strengths. Effective Family Therapy is powerful since a strong family forms the best support system to weather the storms against the turbulent currents of society.
Why Seek Life Coaching?
Are you satisfied with your overall well-being, job, career, marriage, or relationships? Are you living a meaningful life and feeling fulfilled? If you are struggling with any of the above, coaching can lead to your breakthrough in living a life with purpose and passion.
People seek coaching at different junctures of their life journeys. As your life coach, I can help you clarify your goals, explore options at critical crossroads, manage your life transitions effectively, and/or strategize a roadmap for living out your unique calling.
Life Coaching with Joyce
My passion is to empower my clients to become the best they can be, enjoy harmony in their relationships, and live meaningful and fulfilling lives.
My faith background is Christianity. My worldview is shaped by the teaching of the Bible. I will respect your own belief system and will not impose my worldview on you during our interactions. Learning about your worldview is an important asset for me to help you effectively.
Don’t dwell on your problems alone. Seek help now. I can help you live more freely, fully, and become who you want to be.
Therapist / Counsellor / Registered Social Worker
Focus: Depression, Anxiety, Grief/Loss, Anger Management, Couple Issues – Emotional/Sexual Intimacy, Relationship Challenges, Affair Recovery, Partner Abuse – Current/Past Abuse or Violence, Parenting Challenges, Managing Relationships With Extended Family, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Childhood/Adult Sexual Abuse/Assault, Life Transitions – Separation/Divorce Recovery, Career Issues/Medical Stress Leave, Stress
Sonia holds a Bachelor Degree in Social Work from McGill University and also has a Master of Social Work Degree 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 working with diverse populations and with a wide spectrum of issues. She works with diverse cultural, ethnic, religious backgrounds as well as varied family configurations.
As a therapist with over 25 years of experience, Sonia offers individual, couple and family therapy. She has many areas of expertise and excellent clinical skills. Sessions are confidential and are held in an atmosphere which is compassionate, caring, supportive and non-judgemental.
Sonia’s approach to therapy is to empower you through life’s storms, helping you navigate to a place of calm. She helps you to identify what ails you and assists you to enhance the quality of your life, creating a life that enables you to live in a more joyful and meaningful way. Moreover, Sonia helps you to identify your personal goals for change and provides strategies to help you achieve success.
Sonia‘s approach to therapy is to work from a strength based model, always believing in the resiliency of her clients, knowing that change is always possible no matter how deep the pain. She is tenacious in working with your strengths to create confidence, hope and a belief that all dreams are possible. Allow Sonia to guide you in your healing journey to find purpose, stability, passion and happiness in your life.
Most Extended Health Insurance Plans will cover the cost of services for a Registered Social Worker.
“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!”
Melissa Di Fonzo
HBSc, HBSW, MSW, RSW
Registered Social Worker
Offices: Mississauga/ Oakville
Focus: Individual Psychotherapy, Children, Adolescents, Adults, Eating Disorders, Self-Harming & Cutting, Addictions, Emotional regulation (e.g., anger, depression, anxiety), Low Self-Esteem, Depression
Masters of Social Work from Laurier University , Honours Bachelor of Social Work from Lakehead University, Honours Bachelor of Science from The University of Toronto
Do you experience issues with food, weight, and shape and low self-esteem? If so, you are not alone.
I have dedicated my life to helping to support individuals overcome eating disorders and other mental health and life challenges that often occur alongside it. I recognize that eating issues are expressions of deeper emotions and pain. I am passionate about helping people understand the root causes of the disordered eating behaviours and helping you to get out of the cycle and gain control of your life again. We will work together to help you learn strategies and tools to help you cope with your emotions and behaviours and also explore the deeper feelings, beliefs, thoughts, and experiences underlying them.
My approach is client-centered and collaborative. I consider compassion and understanding as being essential for building a safe therapeutic relationship. Remember you are never alone on this journey of life and if you feel like you or someone you love might be struggling with an eating disorder, there is help available and FULL recovery is possible.