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Meet our mental health specialists

We take great care in hiring mental health specialists who share our values for patient-centric, human care. Our registered specialists are available for appointments on the Akira by TELUS Health app, and all bring a different background and skill set so our patients can get help from someone that best fits their needs.

Please note that some of our specialists may not be available at the time you are looking to book an appointment. Speak with your Akira Intake Coordinator to confirm who would be a good fit for you based on your needs and their availability.

Caroline Champagne, MSW

Quebec | French | Family, child, adolescent and adult

Caroline Champagne is a Registered Social Worker and a member of the OTSTCFQ. While in university, she had the chance to work at the CISSS-CA for several years, taking on different mandates and working with various clienteles. Her experiences have allowed her to develop expertise in mental health issues that range from mood disorders to psychotic disorders and personality disorders.

Transient adjustment disorders such as depression, burnout, anxiety and separation are some of the subjects that Caroline masters in her interventions. Added to her expertise are family issues and relationship challenges, such as separation conflicts, parent-child / adolescent relationships, behavioral issues and development of children under 5 years old. Her approach focuses on needs, strengths, and empowerment.

Tamara Childs, MA, Registered Clinical Counsellor

National | English

Tamara is a Registered Clinical Counsellor, insured to provide online counselling for anyone across Canada. She works with clients of all ages and has extensive experience with those between the ages of 18 to 35. With over 15 years of experience in counselling and social work, Tamara is equipped to help clients living through anxiety, stress, depression, grief & loss, career and life transitions, addiction, relationship issues, trauma and difficulty incorporating health-promoting behaviors into daily life.

Tamara draws from different approaches, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, solution-focused, and mindfulness, depending on client needs and preferences. The highly evidence-based pillars of Positive Psychology also inform Tamara's approach towards helping her clients live their best lives. Clients working with Tamara can expect to be deeply heard, held in an emotionally safe space, empowered toward making change and restored towards health and wholeness.

Francois-Pierre Decoste, MSW

Quebec | English and French | CBT, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), mindfulness and nonviolent communication (NVC); Teenagers, adults, elderlies, veterans and first responders

Dynamic and easy to approach, François-Pierre Decoste is a social worker who will help you take control of your life. He specializes in issues that affect mood (anxiety, depression, grief, burnout, posttrauma) and the quality of your relationships (communication, couple and family issues). His approach promotes better self-esteem, techniques to develop assertiveness, and healthy management of emotions.

Marco DiCroce, MSW

Ontario | English

Marco is a Registered Social Worker. He has worked extensively in community mental health and has counselled individuals experiencing depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and borderline personality disorder. He views therapy as a partnership and likes to work collaboratively with clients to find what works for them. He often utilizes CBT, brief solution-focused, and narrative approaches to therapy.

Tiffany Dookhan, MSW

Ontario | English

Tiffany Dookhan is a registered Social Worker. Her experience includes providing psychotherapy to individuals with depression, anxiety, panic, OCD, eating disorders, family and relationship issues, substance abuse, and job-related issues. She is experienced in utilizing various methods such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance/Commitment Therapy, and Mindfulness. Tiffany supports patients by using a strengths-based and solution-focused approach.

Jessica Gledhill, Registered Psychotherapist

Ontario | English

Jessica is a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Psychotherapists of Ontario and a member with the Ontario Association of Mental Health Professionals. She has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Psychology from Carleton University and a Master of Education in Counselling Psychology from the University of Ottawa. Jessica has been working in the mental health field for five years, providing individual therapy for active military members and veterans of the Canadian Armed Forces, and is now specializing in maternal mental health. Jessica is experienced in utilizing various treatment methods, with a focus on Narrative Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and Cognitive Processing Therapy in order to treat a wide range of mental health concerns that include anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship concerns, and more.

Jacqueline Griffith, MSW

Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Ontario | English

Jacqueline has been a Registered Social Worker for 15 years and has gained a broad range of experience working in health care settings, primary care and in a non-profit community setting. Jacqueline has a Master of Social Work degree from Dalhousie University, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and a Bachelor of Social Work degree both from the University of Regina.

Jacqueline specializes in working with people who are struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship difficulties, grief, adjustment to a family member’s illness or their own, and general life stressors. She has also spent many years of her career helping families through the very emotional, challenging and sometimes traumatic experience of having a baby who was hospitalized in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Jacqueline utilizes a holistic, strengths-based model and believes that the client is the expert in their own life. She primarily draws from therapeutic approaches such as CBT, DBT, mindfulness, and motivational interviewing, depending on her clients’ needs.

Dave Hodgson, MSW

Ontario | English

Dave is a registered member of the OCSWSSW with a Masters degree in Social Work. Currently licensed to practice psychotherapy in Ontario, he has worked extensively with a wide range of individuals from ages 11-65. Dave is certified in working with clients who struggle with substance use and mild to severe anxiety, and has provided therapy and counseling for many other mental health diagnoses. Drawing from a variety of evidence-based therapeutic approaches, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused Therapy, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Dave strives to collaborate with each client to discern methods of managing life’s challenges. He understands that seeking support and therapy can be a difficult decision and attempts to provide a comfortable, supportive atmosphere. As he interacts with clients, Dave attempts to explore their past and current struggles and discover strategies to manage their future.

Gerrit J. Hultink, M.A., C. Psych, R. Psych.

Ontario and Alberta | English | Clinical psychology, counselling psychology, school psychology

Gerrit Hultink is a registered Psychologist in Ontario and Alberta, recognized by both provincial Colleges to provide services to clients in the areas of Clinical psychology, Counselling psychology and School psychology. His primary therapeutic orientation is Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), although he borrows from other approaches (e.g. Solution focused, Dialectical/Mindfulness, Existential) depending on the needs of his client.

Tarik Kadri, MSW, RSW

Ontario| English

Tarik provides structured counselling and psychotherapy in treating clients experiencing anxiety, depression, emotional dysregulation, struggling with shame, decreased self-esteem/confidence, trauma, couples conflict, family issues, LGBTQ2+ and substance use concerns. Tarik served 18 years in the Canadian Armed Forces, recently retiring as a Captain - Social Work Officer. He specializes in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Gottman’s Method Couples counselling.

Alexia Maman, MSW

Quebec | English and French | Family, Couple, Maternal Mental Health, Conjugal Violence

Alexia Maman is a Registered Social Worker and and a member of the OTSTCFQ. She has five years of experience in providing counselling to various clienteles in different settings, including youth protection, hospitals, and community support.

Alexia is specialized in perinatal mood disorders, maternal mental health, conjugal violence situations, family issues, and relationship challenges, and has extensive experience working with a Jewish clientele. She is certified in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and uses a collaborative and strengths-based approach to support individuals with reaching the goals that are meaningful to them.

Most importantly, Alexia is a mom who is living through similar daily life challenges as other mothers and is here to listen without judgement, to support, and to cheer you on towards living your best life.

Elise Millett MSW, RSW

Ontario and British Columbia | English

Elise is a Registered Social Worker who works with individuals of all ages and has particular experience with youth, young adults, new parents and caregivers. Elise helps people who are dealing with stress, overwhelm, grief & loss, difficult life transitions, issues with work-life balance, burn out, anger and big questions.

Her approach is holistic, collaborative, and attuned to the unique strengths and background that each individual brings to therapy. She endeavors to make therapy a supportive and safe space for clients to create meaningful change in their lives. Elise draws from Solution-Focused Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, mindfulness, neuroscience and trauma-informed approaches.

Tom Nguyen, MSW, RSW

Ontario| English

Tom is a registered social worker in the province of Ontario (OCSWSSW). He provides psychotherapy to help support individuals dealing with various concerns such as anxiety, depression, substance use, stress management, grief/bereavement, adjustment to life changes, interpersonal concerns (low self-esteem, conflict with others, isolation), chronic pain, risky behaviours (self-harm, impulsivity) and limited social supports. Tom’s therapeutic approach is eclectic and draws from various psychotherapeutic modalities based on his clients’ goals (Solution-Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy).

Lindsay-Lee St-Martin, RSW

Quebec | French, English

Lindsay is an accomplished registered social worker who, since 2013, has been specializing in crisis intervention, social gerontology, and counseling. Her main focus is individuals with mental health concerns such as depression, anxiety, personality disorders, and substance use. Using solution-focused therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy and motivational interviewing skills, Lindsay is experienced in helping her clients adjust to challenges in their lives such as job loss, illness, relationships, and other difficult life events. Genuine, caring, and easy to talk to, she helps her clients achieve their goals and become more resilient to their hardships.

Danika Syrja-McNally, MSW

Ontario | English

Danika is a Registered Social Worker in Ontario and has worked as a counsellor in a hospital setting since 2013. Danika’s approach includes identifying issues and then coming up with solutions to improve one’s functioning and life situation. Danika creates a treatment plan unique to the patient while drawing on concepts from Interpersonal Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy and Trauma-Informed Practice. Danika has a certificate in DBT Training from Centre for Addition and Mental Health (CAMH) and in Trauma Counselling for Frontline Workers from Hincks Dellcrest.

Dylan Zambrano, MSW

Ontario and Alberta | English | CBT, DBT, mindfulness

Dylan Zambrano is a Registered Social Worker and Psychotherapist with several years of university education in Social Psychology and Clinical Social Work. He has experience in providing psychotherapy and counselling to adolescents and adults using evidence-based treatments that suit the needs of his clients. Dylan provides psychotherapy for a variety of concerns including stress, anxiety, depression, anger, behavioural issues, self-esteem, and more, and specializes in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and Mindfulness.

Dylan has worked in hospital, school, and community health care settings supporting individuals with their unique needs, and can support patients in overcoming their personal difficulties, reaching their goals, and finding solutions for living a meaningful life.