CSW, CCP, CPC, GPP, BCC
Offices: Burlington and St. Catharines
Focus: Individuals, Couples, Family, Relationships, Marriage, Separation, Divorce Recovery, Parenting, Conflict Resolution, Self-Esteem, Communication Skills, Spiritual Issues, Stress and Anxiety, Social Skills, Life Transition, Life Skills
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.
Rev Chad Tomlinson
MTS, MEd, MA, OCT
Offices: Hamilton and St. Catharines
Focus: Couples, Individuals, Teens, Self-esteem, Forgiveness and Letting Go, Anger, Anxiety, Depression, Dating, Marriage, Pornography, Communication, Teen-Parent Relationships
With over 14 years’ experience, three awards for my work as a therapist, three
Masters degrees, and a published book on relationships, I have 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 with 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 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.
Clinical Counsellor and Certified Addictions Counsellor
Offices: Burlington and St. Catharines
Focus: Individual, Addiction, Partners of Addiction, Betrayal Trauma, Affair Recovery, Anxiety, Life Skills, Building Resiliency and Empowerment
I work with clients to help overcome life’s challenges and to create positive life changes. I offer understanding, personal experience, and knowledge in a safe, authentic, and non-judgemental atmosphere. Through lived experience as a mother, wife, daughter, sister, friend, student, and professional, I have learned skilled and effective counselling and coping methods. I want to see you succeed and I have the tools to help. Therapy provides hope, skills, and guidance to help you live your best life. My passion in life is helping others on their journey of self-discovery and healing.
“Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It’s a relationship between equals. Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others. Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.” - Pema Chodron
Office: St. Catharines
Focus: Individual therapy, Couple’s therapy, Addictions, Grief and Loss recovery, Emotional regulation (e.g., anger, depression, anxiety), Criminal justice issues, Trauma, and Existential issues
Behold thy telling face doth cast from tethered moments still.
A longing gaze in mournful stage; for hope’s sake rescue heart and will!
I dare ask – What would you wish for to improve your personal sense of wellness and fulfillment? Or, perhaps further – What is preventing you from experiencing a more fulfilling life? Your response to such questions would undoubtedly expose the presence or absence of something or someone that is inhibiting the quality of your life. “What then can be done to improve it”, you ask?
Life can be personally satisfying and fulfilling, to be sure; but when seasons of change bring torrents of pain by way of health issues, relationship struggles, or traumatic events, there must be a life-affirming response, a passage through, a destined sanctuary of relief.
You are not alone. We all face personal challenges and would benefit from the caring support of others in times of stress and vulnerability.
Therapy can be a revealing exploration of the complex world inside as you engage with the ever-changing world outside. A voyage of discovery where life’s meaning, purpose and soulful longings appear – beneath pain, behind trauma, beyond the narrative of time.
As a correctional chaplain and psychotherapist my clinical training and experience offer a supportive and integrative approach that can help you resolve personal, relational, or even spiritual struggles that are preventing you from living a more fulfilling life.
As your therapist I will be a reflective mirror, a supportive presence and a skilled clinician to help you achieve your therapeutic goals.
Together we can enhance, restore and recover your health and wellbeing. Let’s get started!
Nozomu (Naz) Ozaki
MA and PhD (Family Therapy)
Offices: St. Catharines
Focus: Individual, Couples, Marriage Counselling, Family Therapy, Grief and Loss, Anger Management, Depression, Addiction, Anxiety and Stress, Trauma and Abuse
I believe that you have the ability to make the change you want to see in your life. I will carefully listen to your story and understand the unique circumstances in which your issues and challenges came about within yourself or with other people. At the same time, I explore your strengths and resources for change. By taking account of your strengths and resources, I explore with you steps and possibilities, tailored to you.
I take one session at a time, making sure that each session counts. Imagine yourself breaking through your issues and challenges, whatever they may be, and you’re thriving in life… I can assist you with that. I offer individual, couples, and family counselling for a variety of issues and challenges.
For nearly a decade, I have helped many people making meaningful, long-lasting changes. I understand that it takes great courage to discuss issues and challenges that you are facing. I feel privileged to hear about my clients’ lives and am grateful to be able to witness their change and growth, as they work through their challenges. This is what keeps me going as a therapist. I believe there is nothing like being a counsellor that gives me the satisfaction.
I obtained a Master’s degree and a Ph.D. in Family Therapy from Nova Southeastern University, located in Florida, U.S. As a doctoral-level therapist, I have extensive training in a collaborative, strength-based approach to individual, couple, and family therapy, and practiced in various settings (university clinic, psychiatric unit, family strengthening program, homeless shelter, and counselling program for grade, middle, and high school students). I deliver therapy both in English and Japanese. I am also an experienced presenter, researcher, and author in systemic family therapy.
Your first appointment, the first step toward the meaningful, long-lasting change, is only a phone-call away.
アメリカのフロリダ州にあるノバ・サウスイースタン大学にて家族療法の修士号、博士号を取得しました。またアメリカの家族療法に携わる専門家の機関、American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy にてPre-Clinical Fellow のメンバーシップを保有しています。またオンタリオ州にてRegistered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) (心理療法を行う認可)を州の規制機関から受けました。
尾崎 望 (おざき のぞむ)
BASc (Family and Social Relations)
Therapist and Seminar Facilitator
Offices: Hamilton and St. Catharies
Focus:Children who have been bullied, Youth and Young Adults who Feel Anxious, Couples with Poor Communication, Blended Families, and Professional Women managing stress
From the time I was a teenager, I loved to help people. It is my second wind.
People have described me as genuine, a natural coach and supportive.
Almost 30 years ago when I was working on my undergraduate degree in Family and Social Relations at the University of Guelph, a teaching assistant and classmates in one of my counselling courses tapped me on the shoulder, telling me that I had a natural ability in counselling. They all encouraged me to pursue this field. Shortly after this, I made the decision to become a therapist, focusing on helping children, adolescents and their families. To this day, this decision has been supported by every supervisor I have ever had.
As I worked in the social work field starting in the early ‘90s, I began focusing my counselling training in Play Therapy. I attended training courses in both the USA and Canada, learning from prominent leaders in the field. I loved every minute of it! So, if you come into my office, please forgive me, but you will see games, kids’ books, puppets, sand tray, art supplies, and playdough. Of course, you are always welcome to play with any of the above!
In 2005, I successfully completed a Master’s in Divinity in Counselling at Tyndale University College and Seminary, where I expanded my counselling training to include working with adults, couples and families. Eventually, I augmented this learning with additional couple and family therapy courses at the University of Guelph’s continuing education department.
As time continued, I had to respect the fact that I also was developing a specific interest in working with couples. As I was completing a Solution-Focused Training certificate over 10 years ago, a mentor of mine encouraged me to pursue my second love of working with couples. Shortly after receiving this support, I immersed myself in related specific training and working with couples.
At this point in my career, I have worked with many different presenting issues. Even though my first loves are issues with the younger generations and couples, I have grown to be well-versed in working with those struggling with issues surrounding young adulthood, workplace, addictions, depression and anxiety. In other words, if you need a listening ear for whatever you are trying to sort out, whoever you are, no matter your age and how many people are with you, I will try my best to be present and walk with you as you, hopefully, gain clarity and a sense of you again.
Patricia “Zafire” Hernandez-Fierro
PhD. CCP, CYD, FMC
Offices: Burlington, Hamilton and St. Catharines
Langue: English, Spanish
Focus: Couples, Adults, High Risk Youth, Trauma, Life Transitions.
I am the bridge between you and your ideal life, the one you can’t find the way to reach. Are you feeling tired or frustrated or that you have lost the passion for your dreams and that ideal life? Is there a trauma holding back your power and happiness? How can you step out of old patterns and create new, empowering habits?
Think of having a life legacy architect with the most up-dated tools and innate skills to co-create beside you. Whether your story comes from trauma or discontent; today is the day to start understanding why you are where you are and how to build the bridge between today and a life of passion, joy, inner peace and freedom, which you so much desire and deserve. Together we will rise above your story, so you may stand upon it to be empowered, rather than crushed by it.
My approach is eclectic and tangible. I have been where you are today throughout my life and have come from victim to warrior myself. I have the tools, knowledge and skills to help you attain that ideal life. My life’s purpose to be that aiding bridge between your past and your amazing, joyful and radiant future. Reach out and take back your power today! Our co-creation will be profound and worth it.
With a PhD in Clinical Psychology and more than 15 years of experience, I have been humbled to have helped thousands of people both young and old, couples and teens. I have had the pleasure of helping others find inner peace and empowerment by their own stories. I have worked in the private sector, government sector and educational setting. It is my belief that everyone can use a little push now and again. I also believe that absolutely no one need suffer in pain alone.
The power behind the domino effect is tremendous, when you choose to heal. It starts with you and escalades into all of those that surround you; your family, loved ones, friends, co-workers and even people you had no idea where watching can and will be beautifully moved by your choice to heal. When you heal, those around you heal.
Although trauma, high-risk youth and couples are my primary focus, my 15+ years of experience has allowed me to delve into many areas, with my sole purpose to help others co-create a life of expansion, inner peace and abundant joy from a manageable and easily accessible state of beauty of contentment.
When you heal the child inside, the empowered/healthy/strong/victorious adult emerges.