Executive Director of the Bayridge
M. Div., D. Min
Offices: Burlington/ Muskoka
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!Nothing excites me more than witnessing the miracle of love restored
Nothing empowers me more than finding a way when it seems there is no way!
Nothing causes me to dance inside like when I have helped someone overcome their fear of driving again after the trauma of a motor vehicle accident!
Nothing is more sacred to me than providing another person a listening and non-judgmental ear!
Nothing touches my soul as when I see in the eyes of a person, that they too, now see the wonderful person I see!
Nothing brightens my day like seeing the dark clouds of depression fade away!
Nothing sends my emotions soaring as when I see someone emotionally grow in leaps and bounds!
Nothing allows me to sleep at night like knowing that I have fulfilled my calling again today!
That's why I do what I do. I just may have the greatest job in the world! It certainly is the greatest job in my world!
My mission is to provide people just like you the safety and tools to overcome the challenges of life so that you may become more than you are and all that you can be!
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.
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BA, MA Therapist, Psychotherapist
Offices: Burlington/ Hamilton
Focus: Individual, Couple Counseling, Anxiety/Depression, Anger Management, Pre Marital, Communication, Sexual Issues, Trauma
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.
Offices: Burlington/ Hamilton
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.
Offices: Burlington/ Hamilton / Kitchener
Focus: Individual and Couple Therapy
"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).
BSc (Hons.), DHS, ACS
Offices: Burlington/ Hamilton/ St. Catharines
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
M.A. Counselling Psychology
Offices: Burlington/ Grimsby
Focus: Individuals (adults and teens), Relationships, Communication, Premarital, Affair recovery, Anxiety, Depression, OCD, Self-esteem, Abuse recovery, Eating disorders, Spiritual issues.
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
Offices: 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.
B.A., Clinical Counsellor.
Offices: Burlington/ 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
Offices: Burlington/ Hamilton
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).
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
Therapist / Psychologist
Offices: Burlington/ Kitchener
Focus: 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, Anger, Mood Disorders: depression, bi-polar, Anxiety, PTS, OCD, ADD/ADHD, Eating Disorders, Divorce Recovery, Affair Recovery, Life Issues/Transitions, Woman Empowerment, Abuse, Addiction, Self-Esteem, Education
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
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)
Dr. Mitchell Harris
Therapist / Psychologist
Offices: Burlington/ Kitchener
Focus: Adults, Families, Couples
Dr. Mitchell Harris is a registered psychologist who has been in outpatient private practice since 1985. A native of New York, and long time resident of California, he has recently relocated to Ontario with his Canadian wife.
Dr. Mitchell has extensive clinical experience, and has worked within multiple settings and with a wide range of clients – including in hospitals, college and university student health centers, child and family counseling centers, veteran treatment centers, and immigrant detention facilities. As a result he is skilled in working with many different mental health issues and life situations. At Bayridge, he currently focuses on working with adults, couples, and families facing both traumatic and more ordinary stresses in life. He also likes to help those who wish to integrate their spiritual life with their psychological healing process.
Particularly, Dr. Mitchell specializes in healing trauma, using Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprogramming (EMDR) which is a powerful tool to treat not only trauma, but addictions, anxiety, depression and many other challenges. It can also be used for performance enhancement in business, entertainment, and sports.
Dr. Mitchell has also provided clinical supervision to doctoral psychology students, Critical Incident debriefings for traumatized employees, human resource consultations and pre-employment evaluations for businesses in his community, forensic services and expert witness testimony for courts, consultation and education for pastors and their congregations, inpatient group therapy in psychiatric hospitals, and psychiatric emergency evaluations at local general hospitals.
Focus: Individuals, Couples, Teens, Stress, Anxiety, Depression, Corporate/Career Advancement, Life Coaching, Relationships issues, Parenting, Anger, Self-esteem/Self-confidence
The reason I became a therapist was to help others lessen the time they spend in emotional pain, discomfort, and/or uncertainty. I have spent many years working in the corporate world only to feel compelled to help others overcome problems that were preventing them from living life the way they wanted. I went on to complete my Masters in Counselling. My thesis focused on early childhood messages and their influences in adult decision making and was nominated for a Gold medal. It is a topic I continue to research and evolve today.
I view my role as a facilitator in the process of helping others achieve their goals and creating a life that is meaningful for them. I utilize a solution-focused approach to help create effective strategies to achieve the desired outcome and incorporate other therapeutic strategies to help identify what beliefs, thoughts, and/or behaviours are the root cause of the problem(s).
I have worked with individuals on personal matters including depression, anxiety, self-esteem/confidence, parenting, etc., helped couples with relationship/marital issues, coached individuals through work-related problems, provided career/vocational guidance, and helped others to overcome core identity issues that kept them stuck for many years.
I have been described by my clients as being deeply caring and understanding. I give the utmost respect and confidentiality to this work and am committed to helping others create lasting, positive change.
Alison Powell Pereira
Focus: Individual, Young Adults, Teenagers, Family Therapy, Couples, Grief, Anger Management, Depression, Anxiety Disorders, Sexual Assault, Trauma and Abuse
“Yes, I am imperfect and vulnerable and sometimes afraid, but that doesn’t change the truth that I am also brave and worthy of love and belonging.”
Brené Brown, Author, The Gifts of Imperfection.
My goal as a psychotherapist is to create a relationship with my clients based on mutual honesty and respect, while also bearing the compassion and sensitivity that are fundamental to healing. I will strive to ensure you feel supported and heard, help you learn new coping skills, and begin letting go of behaviors that aren’t serving you in a positive fashion.
I have a passion working with young adults and parents. Teens see me as a confidant and mentor not as an authoritative adult. I still speak 18-year-old fluently living with two teens in my household. I’ve spent the last 20 years working with adolescents and creating a safe space where they can contemplate their thoughts, feelings and actions out loud, with no judgement or being told what to do. I support and help them in their efforts to change and grow towards their strengths and dreams. I also bring a unique background with over 15 years of professional experience, counselling adolescents in various settings including young adults at the high-school and university levels.
As a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist, CBT focuses on the way people think ("cognitive") and act ("behavioural"). The concept behind CBT is that our thoughts about a situation affect how we feel (emotionally and physically) and how we behave in that situation. I treat a wide variety of issues, including anxiety, depression and mood disorders, relationship difficulties, adjustment problems and life transitions, stress management, family conflict, and communication difficulties. I am well versed in several counseling techniques including Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Transdiagnostic Behaviour Therapy (TBT). I am a Graduate Student at McMaster University, in the Cognitive Behavioural Sciences Program.
I am very passionate for improving the lives of others within my own community, where I have worked and volunteered with women’s shelters, teen parents, abused children, suicide prevention and families in crisis for the past 20 years. I take great pride in calling myself a Clinical Counselor and wholeheartedly love the work I do. Whatever is holding you back, now is the time to move beyond that limitation. You have the power to change your life, you just need to know how.
Masters in Counselling (Candidate), Cognitive Behavioral Sciences Program, McMaster University; CBT, BA, Honors in Psychology from the University of Western Ontario.
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PhD. CCP, CYD, FMC
Office(s): Burlington, Hamilton, 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.