Kim Christink, M. Div., D. Min.
Bayridge Family Center Director
Focus: Couple Therapy Individual Therapy, Family Therapy, Corporate Coaching, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
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!
excites me more than witnessing the miracle of love restored
empowers me more than finding a way when it seems there is no way!
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!
is more sacred to me than providing another person a listening and
touches my soul as when I see in the eyes of a person, that they too, now see
the wonderful person I see!
brightens my day like seeing the dark clouds of depression fade away!
sends my emotions soaring as when I see someone emotionally grow in leaps and
allows me to sleep at night like knowing that I have fulfilled my calling again
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
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.
Gina Buchelli, BA Psychology
Focus: Child and Youth Psychotherapy specialized in Play Therapy; Childhood development issues; Behavioral issues; Sexual abuse recovery; Separation and Divorce recovery; Adults seeking recovery from trauma and a profound understanding through psychoanalytic psychotherapy.
Offices: Oakville, Burlington
In all that you dream and you dare
Taking time to help others find their dreams as well,
Being ready to give and to share
Success is enjoying the pathways you’ve chosen,
And feeling so glad to be you,
Helping others to feel self-fulfillment,
and joy, and real pride in whatever they do.
Success is discovering new ways to reach higher
And reach out to those all around
For only through caring
And helping and giving
Can life’s true successes
Languages: English and Spanish
“What is success?
Success is believing in all you can be,
This is a quote that has guided me through the years. For me, helping my clients re-gain their self-esteem and thrive is the most satisfying experience.
Life is not always easy. Families are not perfect. Babies don’t come with instructions. Through emphatic listening and some psychoeducation together we will find alternatives. Despite all difficulties loving and caring will always get you through.
Over 20 years in the mental health field I have gained a vast experience treating problems such as: Child development issues (feeding problems; toiletry training; sleep disturbances); school phobia; gender identity issues; divorce; blended families; separation anxiety and attachment disturbances; discipline and anger management; depression; grief; abuse and trauma. I have worked and volunteered at very different settings: Agencies; Hospitals; Schools; Correctional institutions, etc. always advocating for children suffering from any type of abuse. Since I was trained abroad I did my internship and final thesis at the Sexual Abuse Clinic of the Children’s Psychiatric Hospital in Mexico City, I received an award on my thesis because I was a pioneer on the subject. I graduated and continued my formation as a Child and Youth Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist. I started my private practice always reserving space for children victims of abuse. My studies have been assessed as equivalent by University of Toronto, I am a Registered Psychotherapist and a member in good standing with OACCPP.
Recently I have worked helping adult clients recovering from MVA, and conducting CBT groups for women victims of Domestic Violence. Recovery from trauma can be tough. My consistency and caring patience has helped me and my clients to achieve that recovery even in some very difficult cases.
I welcome the opportunity of sharing your story, your suffering and your successes overcoming life’s turns, just give me a call.
Jon Christink, B.A., M.Ed, Psychotherapist
Focus: Adolescent Specialist and Young Adults; Anxiety, Depression, Life Stress, Behaviour, Relationships
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.
BTh., MDiv. Registered Psychotherapist
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, Registered Psychotherapist
Focus: 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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Brigitte Diggins, Hon. B.A. Psych. Registered Psychotherapist
Specialties: Individuals and Couples. Self-Esteem, Anxiety, Grief and Loss, Stress Management, Desensitization, Depression, Anger, Chronic Pain, Functional Recovery, Relationship Conflict; Interpersonal Communication, Career/Work Conflict, Psychometrics.
Things for us aren’t always easy. We’ve all been there. As a registered psychotherapist, I specialize in helping adults and couples work through the tough stuff.
For many of us, it takes courage to “go get help.” Often, it isn’t until the burden of pain, sadness, fear and shame becomes debilitating, that we find ourselves taking a cautious step toward change.
As a professional with 18 years’ experience, I never lose sight of how privileged I am to have earned the trust of those who would share with me their intimate and individual perspectives. I can always assure that my clients will be able to tell their story with dignity, in a safe, non-judgmental environment.
Whether the issues are described as anxiety, depression, adjustment, conflict, or fear, my focus is to help individuals and couples find clarity, self-acceptance, and resolution. Through cognitive-behavioural- based therapy, my goal is to ensure that the individual voice is heard and that communication barriers are safely and respectfully redefined. The reward for me is in seeing the smile that comes from people taking back control, and regaining quality of life.
These things are possible.
Education: Brigitte is Registered Psychotherapist with an undergraduate degree in Hon. B.A. Psychology from McMaster University. She has over 18 years’ experience working in an interdisciplinary environment. Her specialty is working with adults in the treatment of complex medical, psychological-psychiatric cases including those surviving serious injury, suffering pain and trauma, and with couples suffering marital and intimacy difficulties.
Emma Vanderkruk, Clinical Counsellor
Specializations: Child & Adolescent; Individual; Addiction; Depression/Anxiety; Christian Counselling
When I was a little girl, I had a tough day. Then I had another. And another. At first, I thought they were nothing. Then, suddenly, they were everything. It wasn’t until I reached out to my guidance counsellor that I realized how much I wanted, and needed, help. Some time later, when the tough days were becoming increasingly rare, I was able to recognize that the counsellor to whom I had been referred had saved my life. More than that, I knew that if I wanted to feel accomplished in this life, I would use my own experiences with depression and anxiety in order to help those who came after me.
I have spent years studying counselling and working within the mental health and addictions fields and while my experiences have helped teach me and change me, the one thing they have not changed is my desire to work with and support individuals. Working with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Brescia University College and a Masters in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University, my counselling focus often reflects the beginning of my own journey as I seek to support children and adolescents who may be experiencing their own string of tough days. In this way, I strive to make individuals feel safe as they share their stories, so that we can work together to identify and build on the skills and qualities they already have to overcome their struggles. Though I do most of my work in cognitive behavioural therapy and narrative therapy, I also have experience with and enjoy working with exposure therapy, attachment therapy, family systems therapy and Christian therapy.
If you are experiencing your own struggles, I would love to meet you and work with you so that you can overcome the struggles that are so uniquely yours. Hope to hear from you soon!
Offices: Oakville, Hamilton
Barb Kirkham, BA, MA Therapist, Psychotherapist
Focus: Individual, Couple Counseling, Anxiety/Depression, Anger Management, Pre Marital, Communication, Sexual Issues, Trauma
Offices: 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.
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.
Maryam Rahat Registered Psychotherapist
Focus: Anxiety and Depression, Assessment, Individual Counseling
From a young age, we all start taking gradual steps towards growth, maturity, development and meaning; a journey that looks different for each individual and brings about both happiness and pain. We find ourselves faced with challenges and obstacles along the way, we develop many skills, competencies, strengths, friendships and companions. We also learn how to express and manage a wide range of feelings, desires and needs. In other words, we become experts of our own lives, and learn how to play various roles effectively.
On this journey, there will be times when we all need support and help from others to overcome an obstacle, adapt to a new change, handle overwhelming emotions or to make sense of an unfortunate event. At these times, seeking help from trained professionals would provide you and your loved ones with the support that can make all the difference.
Growing up, I experienced the support of a counsellor on a personal basis and developed a passion for counseling. I started role-playing as a counselor to my peers and later on in life chose psychology as a profession. After graduating with a Master’s degree, I was lucky enough to start working with families and children in school settings for seven years. My focus was on helping children adapt to daily stressors, challenges and milestones of growing up, while collaborating with their families to ensure that their needs are met. I went on to work with adults in a therapeutic setting focusing on challenges that arise from tackling Anxiety and Depression for two years. I am currently working towards promoting mental health and well-being of vulnerable populations who have experienced loss, trauma and displacement.
Although I am eclectic with my approach to counseling, most of my formal training has been in the CBT framework. I am a Registered Psychotherapist, a member of OACCPP with good standing and am working towards registering with CPO.
Sabrina Fruci M.S.W, R.S.W
Focus: trauma, anxiety, depression, self – esteem, partner abuse, anger/aggression, grief/loss, relationship issues, parenting stress, work stress, life issues
Office: St. Catharines
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.
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.
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
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 VanOfwegen, B.A. (Psychology), M.Div.
Focus: 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
Focus: (for couples, individuals, teens) self-esteem, forgiveness & letting go, anger, anxiety, depression, dating, marriage, pornography, communication, teen-parent relationships
Offices: Hamilton, St. Catharines
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
Focus: 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 well being.
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
Michelle Powers B.A. (Psychology)
Rehabilitation, Vocational and Life Coach for the past 16 years, I have worked
with youth and adults (at risk and not at risk) to assist them in finding their
career or life path. I believe that as a coach, I have an obligation to assist
my clients in attaining their personal and professional goals. Coaching is not
for everyone, but if you are ready to make a change and move forward in your
life, coaching may be for you.
People often ask me the difference between a coach and a counsellor. The basic difference is that a coach is not a therapist. Coaches focus mostly on looking forward towards your future, rather than dealing primarily with your past.
When looking for a life or career coach, you need to find a coach that has the following qualities:
1.) A great communicator and listener.
2.) Energetic and motivating clients. Someone who will listen to the needs of the client.
3.) Having excellent intuition to be able to get a good read or “gut feeling” about their clients and situations.
4.) Having a positive attitude and promote encouragement.
5.) Empowering clients to make the changes they desire.
6.) Asking the right questions.
7.) Refining job search skills.
8.) Recognizing talents and skills in a client and tapping into your true potential.
9.) Being organized.
10.) Looking at the “big picture”.
My role as your coach is to assist you in uncovering whatever is holding you back from achieving the ideal vision of yourself and setting yourself up to take action to achieve your vision. I will be there to support you throughout this process and keep you accountable. I believe that we all have stepping stones to walk through in order to reach our goals. My commitment to you, is to tell the truth in order to see that goals are met and your success is obtained. I am committed to working with my clients to discuss not only the things they can do, but things they may need to avoid in order to reach their true potential. I am willing to be honest, understanding and direct in order to assist you reach your goals.
I have a post-graduate Career Development Practitioner Diploma from Mohawk College and I am a Registered Rehabilitation Professional (RRP) with the Vocational Rehabilitation Association of Canada, as well as a member in good standing with the College of Vocational Professionals (CVRP). I obtained my Bachelor of Arts Degree from Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, ON and a Bachelor of Adult Education Degree from Brock University, St. Catharines, ON.
Throughout my career, I have worked with hundreds of injured workers that have been seeking re-employment. I have also worked with Veteran’s Affairs, Ontario Works, Ontario Disability Employment Supports, long- and short-term disability and with major insurance companies. I look forward to working with you and helping you with your stepping stones to a happy and healthy future.
Nancy Wall, M.A. Counseling Psychology
Focus: Individuals (adults and teens), relationships, communication, premarital, affair recovery, anxiety, depression, OCD, self-esteem, abuse recovery, eating disorders, spiritual issues.
Offices: 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.
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
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
Offices: 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.
Keleigh Anderson B.A., Clinical Counsellor.
Focus: Individual, Addiction, Partners of Addiction, Betrayal Trauma, Affair Recovery, Anxiety, Life Skills, Building Resiliency and Empowerment
Office: Burlington, St. Catharines
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
Kevin-Joel Coupland Therapist
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.
Office: St. Catharines, Burlington
Focus: Teens, adults, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, depression, career counselling, faith issues, self-harm, self-esteem issues, addictions, professional burnout.
Since as far back as I can remember my passion has always been for people and helping them.
Everyone has a story. A story that shapes who you are. Oftentimes people don’t feel permission to share their story. My hope is to create an environment where you are able to share freely without feeling like you are being judged or like you are the only one who has struggles. My goal is for you to better understand yourself, and also to learn tools for how to become more confident in who you are created to be. Sharing our stories helps us understand who we are, what drives us, and where we need to go. I would be honoured to listen to yours.
If you're reading this and have an underlying anxiety that therapy is for the weak or “weird” let me assure you that we all have imperfections and our own struggles. My hope is to create a safe place for you to share these imperfections. Getting counselling is not a sign of weakness, but it is a sign of strength. Admitting that you can’t figure it out alone is a bold step in gaining breakthrough in your life. When we humble ourselves to ask for help and decide to be vulnerable we are almost always rewarded in unexpected ways.
Please feel free to contact me as I would be happy to connect with you. It would be my joy to help you live your life, and live it to the fullest.
|| Michelle Pennells, HBA, DTATI (Thesis Pending)
Art Therapist / Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Focus: 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.
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.
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.
William Stokeld , Psychotherapist
Focus: 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
Offices: Burlington/St. Catharines
Focus: 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
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.
Dr. Cathryn Harris, Ph.D.
Therapist / Psychologist
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
RSSW/Certified Life Coach
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
- Mood Disorders: depression, bi-polar, Anxiety, PTS, OCD
- Eating Disorders
- Divorce Recovery
- Affair Recovery
- Life Issues/Transitions
- Woman Empowerment
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)