Therapy from anywhere, when you need it

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 TELUS Health Virtual Care app, and all bring a different background and skill set so our patients can get help from someone that best fits their needs.

At this time, our mental health specialists do not offer neurodevelopment disorder assessments (learning disability, ADHD, autism spectrum) through TELUS Health Virtual Care.

Speak with your TELUS Health Virtual Care Care Manager to confirm who would be a good fit for you based on your needs and their availability.

Takia Angus, PSYC

Alberta and Ontario | English

Clientele: Ages 8+

Takia is registered as a Psychologist in both Alberta and Ontario. She is currently enrolled in the Doctoral program in Clinical Psychology at California Southern University. Takia received her Master of Counselling degree specializing in Counselling Psychology from the University of Calgary. Takia has been working in the human services and counselling field since 2007 and has experience working with individuals of all ages. She has offered mental health services in multiple settings including government and community agencies. Takia sees herself as a catalyst helping individuals reach their maximum potential. She believes every individual is unique, resilient and has the capacity to grow and reach their full potential given the right support.

Takia’s theoretical orientation is trauma informed and primarily Cognitive-Behavioural theory based. She uses evidence-based treatments backed by scientific research. Takia tailors her therapy towards client needs and incorporates various other approaches when clinically indicated such as Solution Focused Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and Play Therapy. Takia is trained in EMDR for trauma treatment for both children and adults. She emphasizes a collaborative and client-centered approach and closely works together with the client on their journey to healing.

Takia offers psychotherapy for children, adolescents and adults with various presenting concerns. She has a special interest in working with children and members of the Canadian Armed Forces. Her areas of practice and experience include psychotherapy for anxiety, ADHD, ASD, child behavioural problems, depression and mood disorders, emotion regulation, low self-esteem, parenting support, relationship issues, stress, substance use, and trauma. 

Lixian Bao, PSYC

Ontario | English, Mandarin

Clientele: Ages 18 +

I am a Registered Psychologist in Ontario, Canada. I have been providing psychological services for approximately 18 years. These services include both Psychological Assessment and Psychotherapy. My areas of practice are Clinical Psychology and Counselling Psychology.

My practice focuses on assisting individuals who struggle with depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship difficulties, unresolved grief, work-related problems, phobias, and stress, by applying evidence-based approaches and techniques that include mindfulness therapy, EFT (Emotionally Focused Therapy), meaning therapy, and cognitive-behavioural therapy. My goal is to create a safe, warm, and non-judgmental space for you to determine how best to move forward.

Halyna Batsoura, RP

Ontario | English, Ukranian, Russian

Clientele: Ages 18 +

I am a Registered Psychotherapist with a Master of Counselling degree in Counselling Psychology. I specialize in helping individuals to address anxiety, stress, depression, personal growth, relationship difficulties, work-related issues, burnout, bipolar disorder, life transitions, and more.

Psychotherapy is my second career and my calling. My approach is integrative and holistic. I adjust it to the unique needs of each client by integrating ideas and methods from across a variety of counselling models. I consider not only the psychological and emotional, but also the spiritual, political, and bodily concerns of my clients.

I believe in the power of commitment, compassion, and collaboration in the therapeutic process. Through my diverse life experiences, including my academic and professional pursuits, I've come to understand and appreciate the variety of ways that people organize their lives and create meaning for themselves. Through my own life challenges, I've developed a strong ability to empathize with my clients, along with a firm belief in our capacity to heal and grow.

Lucie Bégin, RP

Québec | French

Clientele: Ages 16 +

With a keen interest in helping relationships and psychology, I obtained my bachelor's degree from Laval University in 2008, following a series of certificates all oriented in social science. I also hold a psychotherapist's permit issued by the Ordre des psychologues du Québec (OPQ). 

If you are going through a difficult period with emotional or affective difficulties that are affecting your well-being, professional help adapted to your needs could make a difference. 

Stress, anxiety, depressive episodes, adjustment difficulties, burnout, separation, difficulties in managing emotions, feelings of vulnerability/low self-esteem, difficulty letting go of aspects of your life that no longer suit you, etc., can represent obstacles to your well-being. My therapeutic approach is generally cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), based mainly on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) whose effectiveness is recognized by the scientific community. 

Move forward...choose yourself!

Hélène Belzil, PSYC

Québec | French

Clientele: Ages 16 +

I am a psychologist and psychotherapist, member of the Ordre des psychologues du Québec. I have a Master's (MA) in guidance counselling. My university education was initially oriented towards the science of counselling and psychology. Following the completion of a specialization in occupational psychology in Paris, at the postgraduate level, I became a member of the Ordre des psychologues du Québec (OPQ). I have accumulated many years of experience as a psychotherapist with adults. I have been supervising doctoral students in psychology since 2014. I am recognized for my skills of empathy, patience, listening as well as my sense of responsibility and judgment. I gained experience in assessment and intervention related to several problems such as anxiety, ptsd symptoms, adaptation disorder, relationship problems, depression, employment difficulties, bereavement, difficulties in managing emotions , addictions etc. The therapeutic approaches I use are: existential / humanistic and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). In addition to working at a clinic, I also work as a school psychologist.

Maria Bennaceur, PSYC

Québec | French

Clientele: Ages 18 +

My name is Maria Bennaceur, and I am a Francophone psychologist in Quebec recognized by the Ordre des Psychologues du Québec. I studied psychology in Bordeaux, France, specializing in dependency and addiction issues from a psychodynamic and psychosociological perspective. I then moved to Quebec to complete a master’s degree in criminology at Université de Montréal, with a focus on sexual assault and psychopathy. During this time, I also worked in a crisis centre with people experiencing an existential or suicidal crisis.

I went on to complete my training in psychology by doing an equivalency internship in the oncology, radiation oncology, and palliative care departments of the Centre Hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM). This required me to intervene with respect to cancer diagnosis, its treatment, and remission, or the loss and grief that this involves. Existential questioning, crisis management, and therapeutic tools for managing the illness and its impacts were at the heart of the psychotherapeutic follow-ups.

Since 2018, I have been working with an employee assistance program (EAP) where I have been able to assess a number of workplace related difficulties (burnout, depression, anxiety, workplace bullying, etc.) and provide support through various therapeutic perspectives.

Since 2021, I have been working in a private clinic where I encounter a range of issues that I treat with various therapeutic approaches that I was trained in during my previous experiences: psychodynamic therapy, existential therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).

The diversity of issues I have encountered during my career has allowed me to develop an array of skills that I believe will meet your needs.

Myriam Bérubé, SW

Québec | French

Clientele: Ages 14+

I am a social worker and member of the Ordre des travailleurs sociaux et des thérapeutes conjugaux et familiaux du Québec (OTSTCFQ). Being passionate about mental health, I enjoy helping you regain your life balance. Recognizing that mental health can be taboo in our society, I strive to demystify and normalize it. We all want to preserve our mental health and are not immune to its variations, which is why I like to help people accept themselves for who they are and regain ownership of their aspirations. Whether your situation has to do with a preoccupation with food, stress, fatigue, exhaustion, relationship issues, addictions, or work-family balance, I adapt accordingly and offer you treatment approaches that are tailored to you!

I have a CEGEP diploma, a bachelor’s degree, and a master’s degree in social work and am fascinated with social intervention and human complexity. I have been working in the field of psychosocial intervention since 2014. Whether in the public sector, a community health environment, or my independent practice, I have primarily worked with adolescents and adults experiencing mental health, emotional balance, and interpersonal development difficulties. In my private practice and in the eating disorders clinic of the Centre de pédopsychiatrie de Québec, I have worked with adolescents and adults who have disordered eating behaviours and body image challenges. I also focus on the management of emotions, relationship issues (tension, communication, etc.), mental health (depression, burnout, anxiety, etc.), and various life stressors.

Zanele Bhebhe, RSSW

Ontario | English, Zulu

Clientele: Ages 14 +

I am a registered member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (in good standing), Registered Social Worker in Nigeria, an Associate Member of the National Association of Social Workers of Zimbabwe, and Graduate Member of the Association of Counselling Psychology in Nigeria. I hold a BA in Psychology, Social Service Worker PGD, Msc Counselling Psychology ’22 (in view). My passion for psychology and counselling has boosted my eagerness to provide this service to you from the comfort of your own home. Through my education and work experience, I have gained an enormous amount of knowledge in the field, which I hope to use, in order to help improve the mental wellness of the populace. My goal is to give back to my community while simultaneously getting rid of both social and self-stigma associated with mental illness and health. I use therapeutic approaches such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), psychodynamic, and humanistic approach. I utilize a client-centred approach with individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, suicidality, low self-esteem, burnout, communication issues, marital issues, addiction, and anger problems.

Maude Bouchard, SW

Québec | French

Clientele: Ages 8+

Maude Bouchard has been a member of the Ordre des travailleurs sociaux et des thérapeutes conjugaux et familiaux du Québec (OTSTCFQ) [Quebec Order of Social Workers and Conjugal and Family Therapists]since 2011, and has been practicing as a social worker for over 10 years.

Ms. Bouchard has the ability to quickly put people at ease during counseling sessions. She works mainly with adult clients facing temporary and transitory challenges (crisis situations, relationship conflicts, bereavement, self-esteem/self-confidence problems, adaptation to a new reality creating psychological stress). She has worked for nearly six years in the public system, where she has mainly intervened with people experiencing a major mental health problem (depression, anxiety disorder, borderline personality disorder) and whose symptoms could affect their daily functioning. She also worked in general services for short-term intervention, which enabled her to develop her analytical skills, and to effectively target and prioritize the needs and issues expressed by the people she met in her practice.

Mme Bouchard is also trained as a family coach, which has enabled her to develop skills and competencies in the field of family intervention (for parents, adolescents and children aged 8 and over).

She favors a collaborative approach centered on the individual and/or the family, adapted to each person's needs, and is available for individual or family sessions. She uses intervention tools based on various psychosocial intervention approaches, such as the systemic approach and brief, solution-oriented intervention.

Finally, Ms. Bouchard strives to take a holistic view of her clients' situation, identifying personalized strategies tailored to their pace and desired changes.

Constance Boutet, PSYC

Manitoba | English

Clientele: Ages 10+ 

Dr. Boutet is a fully registered member of the Psychological Association of Manitoba. She has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Manitoba (1994) and is also a certified school psychologist (1999). Dr. Boutet has extensive experience with the education system in Manitoba in her roles as psychologist, clinical supervisor, student services manager and psychology consultant for Manitoba Education.

Over the last six years, Dr. Boutet has resumed her passion for providing direct psychological services within the community. She approaches therapy from an ecological model, exploring the balance/imbalance between life demands and personal resources which can result in emotional distress, physical health symptoms, relationship issues, work difficulties and high-risk behaviours. Within this model, external and internal stressors are addressed, along with teaching specific coping and symptom management strategies.

Dr. Boutet’s treatment interests include children and youth experiencing learning, behaviour, social- emotional and mental health difficulties and adults experiencing daily life challenges including stress management, anxiety and depression. She uses a range of strategies to move her clients toward improved functioning. including tools from cognitive behaviour therapy, solution-focused therapy, mindfulness, emotion-focused therapy and acceptance and commitment therapy.

Dr. Boutet recently relocated to British Columbia and offers virtual treatment for residents of Manitoba.

Inverpal Braich, PSYC

Ontario, Alberta | English, Punjabi, Hindi, Urdu

Clientele: Ages 12 +

Dr. Inverpal Braich is a psychologist in Ontario and Alberta. He is a member of the College of Alberta Psychologists and the College of Psychologists of Ontario. Dr. Braich has completed the following degrees: Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D) in Clinical Psychology, Master’s of Counselling (MC) in Counselling Psychology, Master’s of Education (MEd) in Post-Secondary Studies, and Master’s of Business Administration (MBA). He has over a decade of experience in the mental health field in a variety of roles.

Dr. Braich has experience working with a wide variety of populations and presenting concerns. He specializes in helping individuals with depression; anxiety; stress/burnout; domestic violence; anger management; substance abuse and addictions; trauma; grief and loss; life transitions; relationship issues; parenting issues; men’s issues; BIPOC issues; mood disorders; performance issues; immigrant & culturally-sensitive issues; workplace burnout and more. He works with individuals, couples, and families. In terms of age groups, he works with virtual clients from all age groups 12+.

Dr. Braich utilizes cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), solution-focused therapy (SFT), and person-centered therapy practices. He believes every client is diverse and unique. As a result, his philosophy is to create a collaborative environment where the therapist and client can embrace diversity to work together towards achieving the client’s goals. Dr. Braich currently provides services in English, Punjabi, Hindi, and Urdu.

Manuel Cabelguen, PSYC

Québec | French

Clientele: Ages 18 +

I am a clinical psychologist and have been a member of the Ordre des psychologues du Québec since 2009. In 2006, I graduated from Université de Rennes (France), with a Ph.D. in Psychology Research, specialized in legal psychology. Throughout my years of clinical practice, I have integrated various psychotherapeutic approaches, including those inspired by psychodynamic models and more specifically cognitive-behavioural models.

My professional experience has been primarily focused on working with adult clients in correctional settings. As a clinical psychologist, I have acquired expertise in recidivism risk assessment, screening, and diagnosis and treatment of a variety of psychopathological disorders such as anxiety, depression, personality disorders, stress management problems, criminogenic issues, substance use disorders and sexual disorders.

As a passionate professional, I attach great importance to keeping my knowledge up to date in fields related to my practice such as behavioural neuroscience, psychophysiology, cognitive psychology, and neuropsychology. My practice is driven by my desire to create a safe and confidential space for my clients, where they can feel comfortable expressing their concerns and emotions.

Caroline Champagne, SW

Québec | French

Clientele: All ages

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.

Dominique Chénard, Occupational Therapist, RP

Québec | French

Clientele: Ages 18 +

I graduated from Université de Montréal in 1988 with a bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy, and I am a member of the Ordre des Ergothérapeutes du Québec. In 2016, I obtained my psychotherapy permit from the Ordre des Psychologues du Québec.

I have spent most of my career providing services for mental health issues, working with a variety of clients in various settings. I practice individual and group psychotherapy with an adult clientele. The approaches I use are mainly dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), including a third wave cognitive behavioral therapy: acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT).

I help people improve their self-awareness, assertiveness, self- esteem, stress management, emotional regulation, interpersonal relationships, and acceptance of their own and others’ emotions, thoughts and behaviors. I am also interested in burnout prevention, compassion fatigue, and difficulties associated with work and medical leave. I offer services to people living with anxiety, depression, and borderline personality traits. Finally, I am increasingly integrating mindfulness into my practice as well as in my own life, which helps to live one’s life in a more conscious, non-judgmental, and effective way.

I believe in teamwork between the therapist and client, in the importance of having your experiences validated, and in the virtues of kindness and humor.

Tamara Childs, RCC

All Provinces except Ontario and Quebec | English

Clientele: Ages 18 +

Tamara is a Registered Clinical Counselor providing individual counseling for adults of all ages.

With over 15 years of experience in counseling and human services work in a wide variety of settings, she is equipped to help clients experiencing anxiety, stress, depression, grief & loss, career and life transitions, addiction, relationship issues, trauma and difficulty incorporating health behaviors into daily life.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused & Mindfulness are among approaches she draws from depending on client needs and preferences. Positive Psychology also informs Tamara's approach.

Clients working with Tamara can expect to be deeply heard and held in an emotionally comfortable space accommodating genuine conversation, honest discovery and positive change for reaching Client goals.

Marjory Clermont-Mathieu, PSYC

Québec | French, Creole

Clientele: Ages 15 +

Marjory is a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist with a PhD in clinical psychology research/intervention from Université de Montréal. She has been working for over 20 years with families, adults, children, and adolescents with mental health difficulties and problems. Marjory has multifaceted experience in the field of intervention. In Haiti, her country of origin, she worked with survivors of the January 2010 earthquake. She has developed expertise in precarious, stressful, and insecure situations. Marjory has also worked in child and adolescent resilience.

She works in the educational sector where she intervenes with immigrant children and families.

Marjory is also trained in multicultural intervention, which allows her to consider the culture, history, and experiences of individuals while taking into account their migration process. She is particularly sensitive to cultural differences and advocates that they be taken into account in therapeutic accompaniment.

Marjory has an integrative approach, applying the most appropriate and helpful techniques and practices given the problems encountered and the client’s personality.

Marjory specializes in mood disorders, depression, anxiety, panic disorder, behavioural problems, work-related stress/burnout, self-esteem, relationship, and attachment problems.

Line Croteau, PSYC

Québec | French

Clientele: Ages 18 +

Line Croteau is a clinical psychologist and an organizational psychologist. She has more than 20 years of practice as a clinical psychologist with adults in health and community settings, and with clients suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. In addition, she worked for nearly 15 years as a manager in the health and education and research network. Holder of an MBA in organizational analysis, she is also specialized in organizational intervention with both managers and workers. She specializes in various challenges related to the labor market (burnout, career transition, professional assessment, organizational development, professional support and coaching, etc.).

She has developed an approach to managing emotions and managing anxiety (5 A process). In addition, she uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), the trauma treatment approach (Gaston, 1997 & Brillon, 2017), the humanistic approach, and the strengths-based and solution-focused approach.

Charles Dahan, PSYC

Québec | English

Clientele: Ages 14 +

Over the past 15+ years, the primary focus of my practice has been to assist individuals (i.e., teens and adults of all ages) and couples explore and process personal challenges and obstacles in their lives. By working together, the hope is that clients will discover the healthiest means with which to move forward and reach objectives, both personal and professional. I typically employ a cognitive behavioural and solution focused approach in therapy. I am currently licensed to work with clients residing in Quebec. 

The clients I work with generally present the following clinical phenomena: work stress, relationship and marital stress, generalized anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive behaviour, social phobia, anger management issues, drug and alcohol addiction, life transitions, communication issues, low self-esteem, and burnout. I also provide vocational and academic counselling.

Evelyn Dales, SW

Ontario | English

Clientele: Ages 18 +

I obtained my Master of Social Work from the University of Toronto and my BA and BSW from York University. As a social worker I am registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. I have additional certification in Narrative Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, and Emotionally Focused Couple and Family Therapy.

With over 25 years of experience in various mental health settings I provide psychotherapy services to individual adults and couples. I have worked with people experiencing depression, anxiety, postpartum depression, grief, and compassion fatigue.

My commitment to you as your therapist is to build a trusting relationship based on compassion. As human beings we are all vulnerable to emotional pain, and sometimes we become overwhelmed and overloaded, making coping a challenge. I believe that every individual has the resources to find their way to a more content and emotionally fulfilling life. My job is to help you access these inner resources as we work together toward your desired relationship with yourself and others.

Ashley Davidson, SW

Ontario | English

Clientele: Ages 12 +

Ashley is a Registered Social Worker who has been practising psychotherapy for six years and has experience working with a variety of populations including adolescents, transition-aged youth, undergraduate students and adults. Ashley utilizes an integrative and client-centered approach to therapy for folks struggling with depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, suicidality and emotional dysregulation. She has been trained in numerous therapeutic modalities including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness, Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Solution-Focused therapy.

Francois-Pierre Decoste, SW

Quebec | English and French

Clientele: Ages 14 +

*Not accepting new patients*

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.

Steve DeGraaf, SW

Ontario, Alberta, Nova Scotia, Saskatchewan | English

Clientele: Ages 12 +

Educational training and professional experience: Master’s degree in Applied Psychology, Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences, Post-Diploma in Human Resources Management. Registered Social Worker and Certified Psychotherapist in Ontario. Also licensed to practice Social Work in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Nova Scotia. Educational training and professional experience include trauma assessment &therapy, substance abuse assessment & treatment, family therapy, relationship therapy, individual counselling , solution-focused therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, separation/divorce mediation, crisis management/critical incident response, suicide assessment & treatment, anger management, conflict resolution, stress management, communication skills, etc.

Current clinical practice: I have a very diverse background working with Employee Assistance Program (EAP) agencies, children & parents mental health facilities, adults with developmental delays, many years in private practice, working with all ages, genders, cultures, individuals, couples, groups, and problem types including communication skills, conflict resolution, anger management, anxiety & depression, self-regulation skills, etc. Recently, the bulk of my work has been CBT with clients on disability leave.

Additional information: For eight years I taught a full course load as a Professor at Career Development Institute (CDI College), training adults in basic psychology, counselling skills, and addictions & substance abuse treatment. Many of my former students are now working in the field, several of them in supervisory positions.

Basic beliefs include the inherent self-worth of all clients as being deserving of respect, through empowering clients to live their best lives, in the belief that people can change and improve, and can make their own best choices for their lives with the fullest guidance, information, resources, referrals, and support I can provide. The work is my passion, and I have had a lifetime of diversity of lived experience, and adversity that I have overcome and prevailed.

Julie Demarble, PSYC

Québec | English and French

Clientele: Ages 18 +

Dr. Julie Demarble is a clinical psychologist who works with adults. She holds a doctorate (Ph.D.) In psychology (clinical psychology) from the University of Montreal since 2017 and has been registered in Quebec, as a member of the Ordre des Psychologues du Quebec. She did her thesis on gender differences in the dissociation and distress among crime victims, and their risk to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

In addition to her work on PTSD, she has experience with the treatment of a variety of psychological concerns including anxiety, depression and anger or emotion management difficulties. She has worked as a clinical psychologist in penitentiaries, first in the greater Montreal area and then in British Columbia, which has allowed her to acquire experience with a varied clientele presenting a wide array of personality issues and psychiatric problems. Her expertise also covers relational difficulties and childhood traumas.

Julie is trained both in the cognitive-behavioural approach and humanistic approach, allowing for an integrative approach in psychotherapy which focuses primarily on the therapeutic relationship with the client, as her main tool. Her interventions are then based on the clients needs, presentation and personality. She uses emotion focused-therapy, mindfulness-based interventions, trauma-informed care and schema therapy.

Finally, Julie is pleased to offer services in French and English and has an advanced level in Spanish allowing for Hispanics to express themselves in their native language, although therapy would be conducted in French or English, according to their preference.

Marie-Eve Desjardins, PSYC

Québec | French

Clientele: Ages 18 +

Marie-Ève Desjardins is a psychologist in Quebec and has been a member of the Ordre des Psychologues du Québec since 2018.

She has a bachelor’s degree and a doctorate in clinical psychology (PhD R/I) from Université de Montréal.

Her career path has enabled her to develop expertise in the assessment and treatment of psychotic disorders and psychosis-related disorders. She is a psychologist at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute where she intervenes with an adult clientele with complex symptoms and relationship problems.

During her studies, she also specialized in chronic pain management and illness-related psychological problems and worked for one year in the pain management clinic at Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont.

She provides psychological assessment and individual psychotherapy services in French to adult clients who consult for a variety of reasons (anxiety, stress management, depression, bipolar disorders, psychotic disorders, relationship problems, grief, coping with a difficult situation).

Her therapeutic approach integrates the psychodynamic approach, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), and dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT). She is committed to providing support adapted to the client’s needs, based on empathetic listening and a thorough assessment of their current situation.

Julie Desmarais, PSYC

Québec | French

Clientele: Ages 18 +

I have a doctoral degree in psychology and have been a member of the Ordre des psychologues du Québec [Quebec Order of Psychologists] since 1996. My expertise is with adults and while my training focused on a psychodynamic approach, I have, via additional training in cognitive- behavioural and experiential therapy, perfected my skills in order to build on an integrated approach to psychotherapy. My professional background has allowed me to consolidate extensive experience in the area of mental health, primarily through work with individuals facing concurrent challenges (various mental illnesses, personality disorders, dangerousness, and substance abuse). Part of my practice is also devoted to the support of individuals wanting to develop a better understanding of their interpersonal and professional relationships, in order to make realignments in their private lives, seek conflicts’ resolution, and feel more in sync with their value systems. Based on my experience, I fervently believe in the decisive influence of the quality of the therapeutic relationship, the importance of validation, and the ability to safely express one’s needs in order to build the motivation necessary for change.

Marco DiCroce, SW

Ontario | English

Clientele: Ages 18 +

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.

Élise Dionne, PSYC

Québec | French

Clientele: Ages 18 +

*Not accepting new patients*

I completed a bachelor degree in psychology and a doctoral degree in clinical psychology (Psy.D) at the Université de Montréal. I have been practicing as a psychologist in Quebec and have been a member of the Ordre des Psychologues du Québec for 3 years. During my training, I also worked as a counsellor with women victims of domestic violence and people struggling with suicidal thoughts. I offer assessment and psychotherapy services in french to adults who seek help for different issues such as anxiety, stress management, depression, relationship difficulties, bereavement, adaptation to a hard situation). I specialize in the treatment of chronic pain, somatization, adaptation to an illness / disability and illness anxiety. The sessions are interactive and my priority is to create a safe and compassionate atmosphere, necessary in order to carry out therapeutic work. The approaches I use are mainly inspired by cognitive-behavioral therapies.

Tiffany Dookhan, SW

Ontario | English

Clientele: Ages 18 +

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.

Justin-Claude Dumont, PSYC

Québec and Alberta | English and French

Clientele: Ages 13 +

*Not accepting new private patients. Only accepting new LifeJourney patients*

A member of the College of Alberta Psychologists (CAP) and the Canadian Counselling & Psychotherapy Association (CCPA), Justin-Claude works as a registered provisional psychologist and Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) with 12 years of clinical experience. Over the course of his career, he has worked with over 3,500 clients and conducted over 12,000 hours of therapy. He runs a private practice in Canmore, within Alberta's Rocky Mountains. Justin-Claude offers bilingual psychological services (English & French) to teenagers and adults and meets with individuals, couples and families, but also travels the country to offer workplace crisis interventions and trauma response services.

His practice is guided by the principles of humanistic psychology, evolutionary psychology, and cognitive-behavioural therapy. Over the course of his career, he has come to see that while the stories clients tell may vary, the lessons learned are the same. Indeed, while our experiences are unique, the lessons we learn and the discipline we come to embody are the same across all human beings. Based on the life lessons Justin-Claude has learned and helped others understand, he is able to offer insights about behavioural habits, emotional reactions and thought patterns that trap us in the past and prevent us from moving forward. 

 By making clear observations, providing timely insights and exposing open wounds, Justin-Claude supports clients recognizing the causes for the difficult situations they are dealing with and the reasons for the problems they are facing. Just as much as the physical body needs to be grounded in reality in order to heal and function optimally, the mind requires facts to be silent and think clearly. Therefore, a common session goal is to distinguish fact from fiction and contrast your current reality from the one the mind is projecting. Justin-Calude's intent is to assist clients in recognizing their human potential and point them toward the tools they may need to embody what they can be.

Kehinde Ekpudu, SW

Alberta, Ontario, British Columbia, Northwest Territories | English, Pidgin English, Yoruba

Clientele: Ages 18+, Couples

Kehinde Ekpudu is a registered social worker with a master’s in social work (Clinical specialization). She graduated from the University of Calgary with a Master of Social Work in 2019. She is experienced in working with individuals, couples, families, and groups. Her area of specialization is in supporting individuals in navigating identity, interpersonal and relationship issues. She utilizes solution focused and strength-based approaches. Her practice is informed by the following therapeutic modalities Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Narrative Therapy.

Aleef Esmail, SW

Ontario | English

Clientele: Ages 16 +, families, groups

As a Registered Clinical Social Worker and Psychotherapist, I provide professional support to individuals, families, health teams, and organizations. For 20 years I have worked with individuals at critical points in their lives. Coping with difficult life transitions can be challenging for many reasons. People often seek therapy as a means to navigate these circumstances and understand why they feel the way they do. The work towards change is driven by you. Helping you find motivation and/or clarity is driven by both of us. I am here to help, regardless of complexity - let us start together.

Through my experience, I have provided treatment for severe and chronic mental disorders, ASD, intellectual delay, ADHD, trauma, anxiety, depression, caregiver/family support and difficult life transitions. I can provide specific standardized assessments, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solutions-Focused Therapy and Suicide Intervention. I practice from an Anti- Oppressive and Trauma-Informed lens.

I realize that seeking support can be a difficult step. I am here to help you feel comfortable with your decision in the context of a warm, trusting, professional and accessible service - regardless of complexity. Your well-being and goal-attainment are my first priorities. Please do not hesitate to contact me.

Anushka Fernandes, SW

Ontario | English

Clientele: Ages 6 +

I am a Registered Social Worker through the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. I graduated with a Master of Social Work Degree from Carleton University and have experience working in community mental health and child and adolescent mental health. My areas of speciality include working with individuals who are experiencing anxiety, depression, OCD, stress, grief and loss, anger, behavioural concerns, and trauma. Additionally, I have experience working with individuals (including children 6 years and older) who are neurodivergent. In my work with people, I use a variety of approaches to inform therapy including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Trauma Focused CBT (TF-CBT for children), Emotion Focused Family Therapy (EFFT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), and Narrative Therapy. I approach therapy from a trauma informed, and attachment-based lens, and place a large focus on the therapeutic relationship being a catalyst for change. When working with children, I often incorporate my love of art and play into sessions to make treatment age and developmentally appropriate for them. When working with me, you will be met with non-judgement, unconditional positive regard, genuine empathy, and a sense of humour.

Crystal Gerlach, RP

Ontario | English

Clientele: Ages 12 +, couples, family

Crystal brings 20+ years of experience working in community mental health organizations, family health teams and clinical hospital social work. Crystal is a Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSSW) and Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) and she has extensive experience working with people from all walks of life.

Her education includes a Bachelors of Arts from the University of Guelph and a Bachelors of Social Work (Honours) from Ryerson University. Crystal has training is in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Crystal also has post-graduate training in Couple and Family therapy from the University of Guelph and recently completed an Emotionally Focused Therapy externship in Couples and Family therapy.

Crystal has had experience treating a wide variety of mental health issues including anxiety, depression, emotional regulation, stress, grief and loss, self-esteem, family transitions and eating disorders. Crystal also provides support to individuals exploring gender identity and LGBTQ+ individuals and couples. Her areas of special interest include burnout, infertility, adoption, childless and child free couples, strengthening family and couple’s communication and adjusting to health issues. She enjoys working with individuals, couples and families and works with all ages including teens.

Jacqueline Griffith, SW

Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Ontario | English

Clientele: Ages 18 +

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.

Christina Groth, PSYC

Alberta | English

Clientele: Ages 5+

I am a Registered Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists and a Certified Art Therapist and member of the Canadian Art Therapy Association. I completed my Masters of Counselling Psychology through Athabasca University and Advanced Diploma in Art Therapy at the Vancouver Art Therapy Institute in 2014.  I have an amazing range of experience that I bring to the counselling relationship. For several years, I have connected with clients in school, residential, community, and private-practice settings. My areas of expertise include Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), trauma, attachment, self esteem, relationship issues, self harm, family and art therapy. I am also very skilled in helping individuals navigate the “usual suspects” of depression and anxiety and work with clients from all walks and stages of life. I take a client-centered approach, and infuse cognitive-behavioural therapy, solution-focused, narrative, and art-therapy principles and techniques into my work. I would be thrilled to be invited to work with all of my clients as they move towards easier and more enjoyable living!

Anne-Sophie Guay, Doctorate in Psychology, under the supervision of Dr. Anouk Latour-Desjardins

Québec | French

Clientele: Ages 18 +

I completed my bachelor’s degree, and I am currently finishing my doctoral studies in psychology at Université du Québec à Montréal. During my studies, I worked with individuals with suicidal thoughts. I then began my clinical practice as a PhD student in psychology at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute in the Psychotic Disorders Program. In addition to this clinic, I am currently practicing in a private clinic in St- Lambert. My therapeutic approach integrates elements of cognitive behavioural therapy, psychodynamic therapy, and schema therapy based on the client’s needs, problems, and personality. I provide psychological services in French to clients aged 18 and over living in Quebec who consult for a variety of problems (anxiety, depression, stress management issues, emotional management problems, relationship problems, grief, coping with a difficult situation, life transitions, psychotic symptoms). My practice is based on collaborative meetings in a safe, caring, authentic, and empathetic space.

Akil Gulamhusein, CSW

Alberta | English

Clientele: Ages 18 +

I am an Edmonton based counsellor born in London, Ontario. I completed my Bachelor degrees in Psychology and Social Work, before pursuing a Masters in Social Work with a Clinical Specialization from the University of Calgary in 2009. I am a member in good standing with the Alberta College of Social Workers.

In my practice I have worked with clients from all walks of life, which has assisted me in building insight and a practical perspective regarding the struggles people face in their personal and professional life. My specialties include depression/anxiety, addictions/behavioural challenges, interpersonal conflict, and relationships. I work with adults and mature minors and I provide services in English.

My approach towards supporting my clients focuses largely on empowerment, that is fostering feelings of confidence and capability in regard to managing life. I encourage my clients to focus on the variables that they can control. This generates optimism, hope, and the understanding that each individual has the ability to positively impact their life.

Candice Hague, RCC

British Columbia | English

Clientele: Ages 18 +

Candice completed her Masters of Education in Counselling Psychology at the University of Victoria in 2004, and is a BC Registered Clinical Counsellor.  She has worked with diverse populations across Canada and has been offering virtual therapy since 2007 in her private practice. She has also worked in numerous other settings including but not limited to colleges, universities, government, private residential treatment, and other private sectors. 

Candice offers a non-pathologizing approach utilizing many evidenced based interventions but tends to use CBT, Solution-Focused, Mindfulness, and Acceptance Commitment Therapy the most.  She works with a variety of presenting issues, although her current practice and areas of specialization include anxiety disorders, stress- management, self-care, relationship issues, professional burnout, and women’s health issues.  

In addition to the specific counselling approaches listed above, Candice would describe her style and what she brings to the therapeutic relationship as compassionate, direct, authentic, logical, and collaborative. She also enjoys and encourages the practice of acceptance, humour, and human humility. 

Candice’s natural and genuine ability to connect and establish a trusting and professional therapeutic relationship with diverse clientele has been a strong asset throughout my career. Her authentic care for client growth and learning, and her desire to provide a positive and supportive experience that encourages clients to achieve their goals and build capacity has resulted in a thriving private practice for almost 20 years. 

Wendy Haley, SW

Alberta, British Columbia | English

Clientele: Ages 10 +

Hello, my name is Wendy Haley and I am a Registered Social Worker with a Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Victoria. I am registered to practice in both Alberta and BC with the BC College of Social Workers and the Alberta College of Social Workers. As well, I am a member of the BC Association of Social Workers. I am a generalist practitioner and so serve all individuals from 10 years old to end of life, couples, families, groups, teams and corporate crisis response. I specialize in trauma, with training in EMDR as well as a post- graduate certificate in Traumatic Stress Studies, but also work with all of life’s ups and downs including grief and loss, LGBTQ2, anxiety, depression, mood disorders, careers and relationships. I am well versed in CBT, solution focused therapy, motivational interviewing, story telling, The Gottman Method, and anti-oppressive and client centered therapies, and I continue to expand my knowledge in Internal Family Systems, Somatic therapy, and Polyvagal Theory. I provide services in English only. I have been in social services since 2006 where I started as a Youth Outreach and Children Who Witness Abuse worker, and in 2012 moved to working with First Nations individuals as an Education Coordinator. When I obtained my Masters degree in Social Work in 2016 I worked for 5 years with the health authority in Acute Care, Crisis Response and In-patient Psychiatry. I started my private practice (Fisher Peak Counselling) 6 years ago and have been working with Telus Health as a staff member for the past 2.5 years. I am a single parent of one child on the cusp of adulthood, I have two cats and I spend my leisure time kayaking and golfing in the summer, skiing and karaokeing in the winter.

Alexa Harris, SW

Ontario | English

Clientele: Ages 14 +

Alexa Harris (She/ Her)- She Who Brings Flowers, MSW, RSW is a member of the Métis Nation of Ontario, originally from Thunder Bay; with ancestors originating from the Manitoba, Red River region.

Alexa holds a Master of Social Work degree from University of Toronto, an Honours of Social Work Degree from Laurentian University and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Lakehead University.

Alexa is a practicing Mental Health Psychotherapist who works within a holistic and narrative lens, who works to understand what the clients wants and needs are at the forefront of her practice. Alexa focuses on providing trauma informed care to individuals and communities by advocating for Indigenous rights, strength in mental health rights and education and resiliency for the LGBTQ2i+.

Alexa has extensive experience providing support to those who are experiencing trauma related symptoms, depression, anxiety and substance use. Alexa has specialization in treating trauma related symptoms by acquiring a comprehensive certification and training for Cognitive Processing Therapy. Alexa is skilled in CBT, DBT, Structured Relapse Prevention and Mindfulness.

Alexa provides support to individuals who reside within Ontario, who are between the ages of 14 to 65.

Dave Hodgson, SW

Ontario | English

Clientele: Ages 11-65 years

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.

Leeann Holroyd, RCC

All Provinces except Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Alberta | English

Clientele: Ages 16 +

I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor with a Master’s in Counselling Psychology. I am registered to provide counselling to individuals in British Columbia. I have 10 years working in the mental health field and have education in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), and deep-process trauma treatment methods. I have a keen interest in somatic based approaches and am currently completing additional training in those treatment methods. I believe in taking a person-centered approach to counselling and tailoring my counselling techniques to the presenting concerns of each individual.

Individuals can book an appointment with me to address any form of distress including anxiety, relationship-issues, self-confidence, boundaries, grief, loss, and past traumas. I am trained to respond supportively to those who are in emotional crisis. I aim to provide a supportive and non-judgmental environment where I can support individuals with reaching their personal goals.

Gerrit J. Hultink, PSYC

Ontario and Alberta | English

Clientele: Ages 8 +

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.

Staci Illsley, PSYC

British Columbia | English

Clientele: Ages 18 months +

For over 25 years, Dr. Illsley has continued to hone her therapy skills and weaves cognitive- behavioral, developmental, attachment-based, neurological, mindfulness and somatic approaches into her therapy. She prefers to work collaboratively with her patients and focus on “what is working” in their lives, as well as what is not. Her therapeutic expertise lies within the areas of: anxiety and mood difficulties (i.e., dysregulation), relational/developmental trauma, chronic pain, stress and coping, relationship issues, parental support and child management. ​

Dr. Illsley completed her undergrad at Concordia University and received her Master’s and PhD from McGill University. She further completed a Post-Doctorate in Pediatric Psychology at Montreal Children’s Hospital and taught at McGill. Since 1995, Dr. Illsley has worked privately with adults, children and families and consulted at hospitals, schools and development centers. Her research focuses on parent training and the treatment of children with behavior problems. She is also published in professional journals and has presented at national and international conferences. Dr. Illsley is licenced to practice in British Columbia and is a member of the College of Psychologists of British Columbia and the British Columbia Psychology Association.

Ngozi Ivare, SW

Alberta, British Columbia, Nova Scotia, and Ontario | English and Igbo

Clientele: Ages 18 +, couples

Ngozi Ivare is very passionate about the work she does. She believes people do not need to go through their overwhelming life challenges alone and be feeling worthless, hopeless, pessimistic or a failure because people are bigger than their problems! She is passionate about working with individuals living with mental health challenges-anxiety, depression, stress, insomnia, grief, PTSD and many more. She believes that people are the experts of their lived experiences and knows what they need best to navigate their challenges.

Her goal is respective collaboration with clients to empower each person with renewed insight that will allow healing and help people see hope for a better tomorrow. Ngozi’s practice approach is meeting clients at where they are and provide them with unbiased, and respectful safe space needed to allow collaboration and healing.

Ngozi Ivare graduated from the University of Dalhousie Nova Scotia with a Master of Social Work in 2019. She uses the Person-Centered Approach, Strength Based Approach, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Tree of Life Methodology, Trauma Informed Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Anti-Oppressive Approach, just to mention but a few approaches she uses in her work.

She also offers spiritual and culture-informed therapy and is passionate about the mental well-being of immigrants and refugees. Healing is possible for a better tomorrow with renewed insight!

Cassandra James, RCC

All Provinces except Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Alberta | English

Clientele: Ages 14 +

Cassandra is a registered member of the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC) and the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) and has been practicing counselling since 2018. Cassandra works with women, men, adolescents, and groups. Her area of specialization is trauma, specifically around sexualized assaults, and historical traumas.

Cassandra has experience with multiple therapy modalities including Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Emotion-Focused Family Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Relational Life Therapy. Cassandra also understands the important connection between our mind and body and has taken training on Yoga and the Polyvagal Theory.

Cassandra is passionate about supporting individuals during their healing process. She sees the strengths each individual brings with them into therapy with compassion and unconditional positive regard for you, the client. Let Cassandra help you live a life that is in alignment with your core values and beliefs.

Tarik Kadri, SW

Ontario | English

Clientele: Ages 16 +

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 specialized in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

Christina Kahlou, SW

Ontario | English

Clientele: Ages 10 +

Christina is a therapist of 15 years experience. Working in international contexts, she comes with an understanding of multicultural and 'first generation' experiences. 

As a previous Midwife, Christina employs an attachment-based perspective in her work with all clients. Recently, Christina has been focusing on the under-serviced population of (new) dads and husbands as well as working with adult children of narcissistic parents.

As a trauma therapist, Christina is trained in EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing), and this modality is proven highly successful in online therapy formats.

Christina has specialized experience working with foster/adoptive children and their caregivers, as well as child/youth trauma, anxiety, depression and the struggles for parents of high needs or gifted children.

Suzanne Kassian, CSW

Alberta | English

Clientele: Ages 12 +

Suzanne is a registered Clinical Social Worker with the Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW) and has been working and volunteering in the mental health field since 1999 and in Corrections since 1995. She was registered with the ACSW in 2003, received her clinical designation in 2012 and has been running a part-time private practice and is currently working at a junior high school. She received her Bachelor of Arts with a specialization in Psychology from the University of Alberta, Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Calgary, Masters in Clinical Social Work at Yeshiva University and is currently enrolled in the PhD in Social Welfare program through Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Yeshiva University. For more than 15 years she has been providing care and support to youth, adults, couples and families as they work through difficult issues such as attachment disorders, grief and loss, managing difficult emotions and conflicted relationships. 

Suzanne provides services in English and uses a trauma-informed practice. She is trained in a number of therapeutic techniques including Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)- Advanced training, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Fundamentals of Bereavement (Levels I & II), Spousal Assault Risk Assessment (SARA), Short Term Assessment of Risk & Treatability for Youth (START), and the Psychopathy Checklist Revised (PCL-R) (Level I). Suzanne has a passion for working with forensic youth and program development and works closely with colleagues trained in Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT).

Martina Koisova, PSYC

Québec | English

Clientele: Ages 8+

Current clinical practice: School psychologist: counselling, interventions, and preventions; assessments for Learning Difficulties, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders, Intellectual Disabilities, anxiety, and depression; often providing screenings for autism spectrum disorder and other mental health disorders.

Private practice: psychotherapy applying problem or client-oriented focused therapy, mostly using Cognitive-Behavioral and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. My main approach is using the Polyvagal theory which focuses on understanding of the neural regulation of the autonomic nervous system that emphasizes the bi-directional communication between brain and visceral organs.

Additional information: I offer courses in meditation, mindfulness, breathing, relaxation, and energy techniques applied in my psychotherapy approach as well. These techniques are close to my heart, and I practice them myself as a part of my lifestyle.

Julie Carr (Kruglenko), RCC

All Provinces except Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Alberta | English

Clientele: Ages 18 +

Julie is a Registered Clinical Counsellor offering services to individual adults with a variety of concerns. In addition to a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology, Julie has formal training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Internal Family Systems Therapy.

Julie uses an integrated approach to therapy, drawing on theories from Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, theories of trauma, attachment, and Somatic Therapy. Julie has worked with a variety of presenting concerns including but not limited to trauma, anxiety, depression, work stress, grief and loss, interpersonal and intrapersonal conflicts and gender identity struggles. Julie’s core area of passion is trauma, yet she is comfortable and confident with all the aforementioned concerns.

Julie hopes to offer a space to gain insight into yourself, your relationships, your thoughts, feelings, and beliefs. Julie strives to help identify areas where you desire healing or change, desire to gain psychological education, problem-solving skills, develop coping strategies, and set personal goals.

Krishowthana Kugan, SW

Ontario | English, Tamil

Clientele: Ages 18 +

Krishe Kugan is a Registered Social Worker with the OCSWSSW. She holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Windsor and a Bachelor’s degree in Honours Psychology from York University. While currently licensed to practice in Ontario, Krishe has extensive experience providing counselling and psychoeducational services to the Bariatric population. Krishe provides therapeutic support for persons who are struggling with depression, anxiety, emotional eating, binge eating and relationships issues. She embraces a weight-inclusive, evidence based, person centered, strength-based and solution focused approach in practice. CBT and DBT modalities are the therapeutic approaches Krishe uses to provide clients with tools and strategies for better mental health outcomes.

Chantal Lacombe, PSYC

Québec | English and French

Clientele: Ages 18 +

I have a master’s degree in psychology and have been a psychologist in good standing with the Ordre des Psychologues du Québec (OPQ) since 1991. I offer services in English and French. I work mainly with adult clients, based on cognitive-behavioural approaches. As each person is different, it is important to carefully consider which tools and guidance will be helpful for the process. Over the years, complex dynamics have been central to my practice, including addiction issues, violence in multiple contexts — and risk assessment of this violence — mental health issues (including but not limited to depression, suicide/self-harm, and anxiety), and post-traumatic stress. I have also accompanied clients facing major changes in their lives (jobs, family, couple, or bereavement, for example), difficulties with self-esteem, and relationship issues of all kinds. I am equally able to provide mentoring in a professional and managerial context. I firmly believe in a goal-oriented approach within a patient-centred context of trust and empathy. Helping people with their challenges, no matter what they are, is a great privilege for me.

Shally Lakshminarayan, SW

Ontario | English

Clientele: Ages 12 +

I am a Registered Social Worker with a Master of Social Work degree and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. I help clients in the areas of depression, anxiety, stress management, perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, life transitions, burnout, work-life balance, and relationship difficulties.

I am registered and in good standing with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers, and the Ontario Association of Social Workers. I work with clients ages 12 and up and I am registered to practice in the province of Ontario.

I believe in collaborating with my clients, where we work together toward the client’s goals, and ultimately helping guide them to be the best version of themselves. I use an eclectic approach, using therapy modalities such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, among others.

I have been practicing since 2010 and have worked in various settings in addition to private practice, which include: hospital, non profit, and teaching at the college and university levels.

I am honored to work with clients toward a stronger resilient version of themselves and through whatever challenges they may be facing.

Louise Lambert, PSYC

Quebec | French

Clientele: Ages 18 +

I have been a psychologist since 1986 and in private practice since 1990. I have been practicing since then at my office in Quebec City at the Jardins Mérici in downtown Quebec City and in a medical clinic in Levis, including 22 years at the Clinique médicale St-David and since 2014 at the Clinique médicale Lévis-Métro. 

I offer services to an adult clientele. I work mainly with the systemic approach, solution-oriented brief therapy. Cognitive-behavioral and humanistic approaches are also part of my tools depending on the needs and issues of the clients. 

I have worked in the past for various employee assistance programs and offered rehabilitation services (return to work assistance for clients on disability) for 20 years with the firm Solareh in Montreal. I still work for the employee assistance programs of various provincial ministries, as well as for the assistance program of the Ordre des médecins du Québec. 

My expertise covers mood and anxiety disorders, workplace difficulties (questions and burnout, conflict situations at work, as well as support for the return to work following a period of disability), couple difficulties (one-on-one only), relationship problems, life transition periods, and bereavement and support for caregivers.

Please note that I do not offer couple therapy, nor do I treat addiction problems.

Dominique Lapierre, PSYC

Québec | English and French

Clientele: Ages 18 +

I am a psychologist and member of the Ordre des Psychologues du Québec since 1996 after completing my doctorate degree in psychology. I provide therapeutic services to adults struggling with various difficulties, such as (but not limited to) emotional dysregulation, interpersonal issues, depression, anxiety, work-related issues, grief, violence as well as vulnerability to suicide and self-harm. I use different intervention strategies based on the needs of the individual, derived mainly from the cognitive-behavioural approach, DBT skills training, acceptance and commitment therapy as well as mindfulness. I believe in an authentic and non-judgmental approach that balances validation for my clients’ struggles while supporting them in making concrete changes in how they deal with these struggles in order to reach their personal goals.

Kathleen Larion, PSYC

Ontario and Nova Scotia | English

Clientele: all ages (adult clients will be seen by Kathleen under the supervision of Dr. Marguerite Lengyell)

Kathleen is a Psychologist working with children, adolescents, and adults to help address their needs and improve on their strengths. Kathleen has extensive experience working in community mental health services as well as elementary, secondary and post-secondary schools. She provides both counselling and assessments to identify and treat mental health problems and improve psychological well-being.

She can support clients with a variety of concerns including anxiety, mood, stress, learning and executive functioning, relationships, social skills, and regulating behaviour and emotions. Kathleen can also meet with parents to help them support their child’s treatment goals. Parental involvement is often necessary when providing treatment to young children.

Kathleen’s approach to counselling involves fostering self-esteem, building confidence, improving personal wellness and setting goals for future success. Some of the psychotherapeutic techniques she utilizes include cognitive behavioural therapy, mindfulness meditation, motivational interviewing, and dialectical behaviour therapy.

She has a Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology from Western University and is registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario.

Nathalie Lavoie, SW

Québec | French

Clientele: Ages 16 +

Nathalie Lavoie has been a social worker for twenty years and is a member of the Ordre des travailleurs sociaux et des thérapeutes conjugaux et familiaux du Québec (Quebec order of social workers and marriage and family therapists). Passionate about the study of human behaviour, she obtained a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1994 after completing a bachelor’s degree in social work in 1990. Nathalie has worked in several programs of the Réseau de la santé et des services sociaux, including a dozen years in the field of mental health, helping adults who struggle with symptoms of anxiety and depression. She has accompanied people facing bereavement, job loss, burnout, illness, and loss of autonomy, as well as marital and family difficulties. Nathalie has also worked in the field of intellectual disabilities (CLSC and CRDI), as well as for the Curateur public du Québec (public trustee). She provides support and advice to individuals for the homologation of a protection mandate and the establishment of protective supervision. Nathalie uses a psychosocial approach that focuses on the individual in relation to their environment. She is also inspired by mental health self-management and self- development, a humanistic approach. Clinical follow-up includes the acquisition of knowledge and tools to better manage stress and emotions.

Josee Leblanc, PSYC

New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island | English and French

Clientele: Ages 18 +

Dr. Josee LeBlanc is a clinical psychologist who completed a Ph.D. in Psychology at the Université de Moncton in 2014. Her doctoral thesis explored intergroup relations, more precisely the factors that influence the relationship between perceived privilege and prejudice towards minority groups. She also completed a 1-year postdoctoral research training in 2017 at the Université de Moncton in which she worked on numerous studies that explored among others youth mental health, multi-ethnic identity and internal consistency reliability.

Since 2015, Dr. LeBlanc has been a licensed member of the College of Psychologists of New Brunswick and her clinical experience has been mostly with adults in diverse community-care settings. She uses evidence-based practice, more specifically she has been trained in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical-Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Solution-Focused approaches. Depending on the collaborative case conceptualisation, integrative therapy may be used. Her general approach to therapy is trying to find a balance between acceptance and change; in other words, using empathetic listening to validate the client’s emotions and experiences with also a focus on the mastery of skills to help manage mental health issues in the long-term. Interventions are client-centered and strength-based as much as possible.

Dr. LeBlanc specializes in treating people suffering from anxiety disorders (i.e., Panic Disorder, Agoraphobia, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Social Anxiety, Specific Phobias), anxiety-related disorders (i.e., Health Anxiety, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, perfectionism), low self-esteem, as well as anger and emotional dysregulation. She also has experience working with the LGBTQ+ community, in particular working through internalized homophobia and the coming-out process.

Mélanie Levesque, Occupational Therapist, RP

Québec | French

Clientele: Ages 17 +

I graduated from the Université de Montréal in 1997 with a bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy and I am a member of the Ordre des Ergothérapeutes du Québec. I have been a registered psychotherapist under the Ordre des psychologues du Québec since 2012.

For the past 25 years, I have been working in adult mental health with a variety of clients, and over the years, I have specialized in therapy for clients with borderline personality traits. In my practice with Telus Health, I am open to seeing people with any mental health problem, though I am less comfortable with psychotic disorders. I use the dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT) and cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) approaches to psychotherapy.

I promote acceptance of oneself and one’s reactions, and at the same time, the achievement of certain goals for change, such as adopting a healthier lifestyle, building more satisfying relationships, developing meaningful roles, accepting and expressing one’s personal boundaries, balancing obligations and pleasures, etc. I can help clients return to work after a medical leave and clients who need to adapt to living with chronic pain.

I have a warm approach to people and, with their collaboration, I guide them towards a life worth living.

Andrea Lobsinger, SW

Ontario | English

Clientele: Ages 6+

Andrea Lobsinger is a registered Social Worker with more than 15 years of front-line experience working with child, youth, individuals and families. Andrea has a bachelor’s degree in Sexuality, Marriage and Family, as well as a Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Social Work. Andrea has a wide variety of work experience from child welfare, community development programs, youth justice, respite support, community mental health services and outpatient hospital support.

Andrea is experienced in a variety of clinical approaches, including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Trauma Focused Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Mindfulness, Brief Therapy, and Strength-Based Therapy. Andrea has provided counselling to both individuals and families dealing with a variety of mental health concerns, including depression, substance use, anxiety, self-injurious behaviours, trauma, emotion regulation, family conflict, parent support, and boundary setting.

Andrea believes that people are innately resilient. They are able to withstand adversity, bounce back from life challenges, and flourish. Being resilient does not mean that you will never feel stress, be emotionally overwhelmed or suffer. Being resilient means having the courage to climb the mountain, embracing the journey of vulnerability and having the strength to heal. On the other side of this experience is self-awareness, meaningful connections with others, purpose, and improved emotional and physical health.

Anne-Marie McGurrin, PSYC

Quebec | French

Clientele: Ages 18+

I have been a psychologist for 25 years. I have experience in various workplace settings. In healthcare, I worked at two rehabilitation centers and internally with the employees at Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont. I have provided coaching on workplace issues, thanks to my prior experience in telecommunications. My approach is cognitive and humanistic; however, I adjust depending on the issues clients bring up. Often, clients consult me for anxiety, depression, couple problems, and issues in relationship communication. Finally, what makes me stand out is my ability to make people feel comfortable talking about their problems.

Sarah McKay, RCC

All Provinces except Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Alberta | English

Clientele: Ages 12 +

Sarah is a Registered Clinical Counsellor, providing online counselling across Canada and offers services to all individuals of all ages. She has experience supporting individuals looking for support with trauma, depression and anxiety, grief and loss, eating disorders/body image concerns, self-harm, sports psychology and performance, addiction, relationships, and goal setting.

Sarah uses a variety of methods in her approach, including Narrative Therapy, CBT, Solution Focused, and Brief Therapy. Sarah strives to establish a non-judgmental environment in order to create a safe space for meaningful and beneficial conversations to be had.

Marcia McKay, CSW

Alberta, Ontario, Nova Scotia | English

Clientele: Ages 12+

My approach to therapy includes walking alongside you as together we explore the current barriers that are getting in the way of living the life you deserve. I have an undergraduate degree in Social Work (HBSW) from Lakehead University and a Master’s degree from the University of Calgary (MSW) with clinical designation. I also have achieved the clinical designation (RCSW). I have over 15 years working with adult and emerging adults, experience specifically addressing anxiety, depression, personality disorders and trauma. I practice Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR). I hold registrations in Alberta, Ontario and Nova Scotia.

Michael McNally, SW

Ontario, British Columbia | English

Clientele: Ages 14 +

Michael McNally is a registered social worker with over 20 years front line experience working in acute hospital settings as a crisis specialist, as a social worker on a forensic mental health unit, and as a leader of a community-based multidisciplinary team of mental health professionals in Toronto’s east end.

He has a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor’s degree from Okanagan University College in Kelowna. He trained at the Center for Addiction and Mental Health and graduated from the MSW collaborative program of Alcohol, Tobacco and other Psychoactive Substances.  

Michael is licensed in both BC and Ontario and provides services in English. He is registered with the BC College of Social Workers and the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. He is also a member of the BC Association of Social Workers.

He enjoys helping individuals and families with anxiety, depression, and concurrent disorders. Interests include counselling for anger management, substance use, and family challenges. He has studied in cognitive therapy, trauma, therapeutic family medication, and dialectical behavior therapy. 

Michael lives in Gabriola on one of BC’s Gulf Islands.

Meredith Moore, SW, RP

Ontario | English

Clientele: Ages 18 +

Meredith is a licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist. She has worked extensively in the social service field since 1999 and as a licensed social worker since 2003.

Meredith has also earned a degree in addiction work as well as certifications in cognitive behavioral therapy, trauma counseling, and mindfulness.

She provides counseling and psychotherapy to individuals dealing with a wide range of issues such as addiction, anger and emotion management, relationship issues, depression, anxiety, trauma, and critical incident stress.

Noémie Morin, SW

Québec | French

Clientele: Ages 2 +

I have a degree in social work from Université de Sherbrooke and have been a member of the Ordre des travailleurs sociaux et des thérapeutes conjugaux et familiaux du Québec (OTSTCFQ) since 2021. I am currently studying zootherapy to become a zootherapist and integrate animals into my practice.

My experience is mainly with a clientele experiencing anxiety, burnout, self-questioning issues, and depression, among other things. I also have experience with parental and family support, bullying, violence, academic issues, and behavioural difficulties in children and adolescents.

I work with clients in a caring manner and believe that it is important to respect each person’s pace. Rights’ advocacy, the belief that every individual has the potential to succeed, and working on an equal basis with the client, are values that guide my practice. I work in a non-judgmental way, use playful approaches with children, and my primary goal is to make my clients feel comfortable and safe.

I have received training in attachment, child development, bullying, anxiety, and more. I love learning new things; so education is an integral part of my career path.

Vanessa Morneau, SW

Québec | English and French

Clientele: Ages 18 +

I am a social worker and a member of the OTSTCFQ, I have a bachelor's degree in social work and a graduate of the University of Quebec at Rimouski. I have a little over 7 years of experience in different areas of intervention which have allowed me to develop a good capacity for analysis and assessment of situations. I have various intervention skills that allow me to adjust according to the person in front of me.

My practice is mostly virtual: I work with adults and young people from the age of 18. I help and support people in various issues related to life changes, situations of imbalance and stress, interactions with others and many others. I generally work with a solution-centric approach and an ecological approach. Nonviolent communication, mindfulness, and psychological education are some of the tools I use the most.

Michelle Ndlovu, SW

Alberta | English

Clientele: Ages 18 +

I am a registered social worker, with a Master degree of Social Work. I am currently practicing as a psychotherapist in Calgary, Alberta. I have gained varying life experiences working both locally and internationally assisting individuals overcome varying life obstacles since 2014. I have worked extensively with non-government organizations funded by the United Nations, providing counselling services to children and adults affected by gender-based violence, whilst combating varying forms of systemic oppression. I presently provide therapeutic services to individuals experiencing symptoms of anxiety, depression, Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), adjustment difficulties, work related stressors, amongst many other mental health concerns. I currently practice utilizing varying clinical approaches, with the primary being cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), whilst always applying a client focused approach. I base my principles on the ethical standards grounded on transparency, reciprocity, and mutual respect with my clients. With these values l aim to equalize decision making power, with the goal of empowering my patients. My expertise allows clients to develop their own perspective of problem solving and empowers individuals to make the changes required in order to achieve their personal goals.

Tom Nguyen, SW

Ontario | English

Clientele: Ages 16 +

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).

Hawa Nimaga, SW

Québec | French

Clientele: Ages 7 +

Hawa Nimaga holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and has been a member of the Quebec’s Order of Social Workers, Family and Marriage Therapists (OTSTCFQ) since 2018. She works with people with mental and/or physical health issues. She also offers psychosocial assessment and follow-up services for children, adolescents, adults and families with relationship problems or dealing with complex situations such as conflicts at work or at home, bereavement, separation, a newly diagnosed disease, the arrival of a child, anxiety, depression, trauma and emotion management.

She uses a cognitive behavioural approach based on the individual’s own strengths and she is solutions-oriented.

She is known for being accessible and a good listener, as well as for her ability to develop a good alliance with the people she works with.

Nathalie Normand, SW

Québec | French

Clientele: Ages 8+ for individuals, 4+ in a family context

My name is Nathalie Normand, I am a social worker, member of the Ordre des travailleurs sociaux et des thérapeutes conjugaux et familiaux du Québec (OTSTCFQ). I provide services in French in Quebec to children, adolescents, and adults.

I began my academic career in special education. I then decided to study developmental psychology, followed by a bachelor’s degree in social work and a master’s degree in mental health, which I am currently in the process of completing. Given my thirst for learning, I am continually taking various training courses related to my different areas of interest (childhood, adoption, attachment, anxiety, child and adult mental health, etc.).

I have also had the privilege of working with different clientele, both in the public network and my private practice. As an adoptive and biological mother of seven children, I am passionate about families, which has led me to work in the field of adoption, development clinics, anxiety, etc.

Lucia Onyeakazi, PSYC

Alberta | English

Clientele: Ages 10+

Lucia Onyeakazi is a Registered Provisional Psychologist and a Certified Canadian Counsellor with a master’s degree in counselling.

Lucia is passionate about helping people improve their psychological well-being while navigating life challenges. She supports her clients by providing a safe space to unpack, encouraging active participation on their therapeutic journey, and collaborating toward goal setting. Lucia has worked with children, adolescents, young adults, and older adults from different intersections. Lucia is trained in modalities such as EMDR, CBT, DBT, and TEAM-CBT (with Dr. David Burns). She has extensive experience with treating, but not limited to, anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, domestic violence, stress, and relationship issues and is experienced in both individual and group therapy.

Lucia enjoys cooking, playing brain games, and watching movies in her spare time.

Lucia is registered with the College of Alberta Psychologists, Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association, and a member of the Psychologists’ Association of Alberta.

Abimbola Oyeyinka, SW

Ontario, British Columbia | English, Yoruba, Igbo, and Pidgin English

Clientele: Ages 10+, couples

My name is Bola Oyeyinka. I have a master’s degree in Social Work, and I am a Registered Clinical Social Worker in Ontario and British Columbia, with 5+ years of experience working as a counselor.

Have you noticed that you can’t keep up with your daily routine? Are you emotional and or anxious for some reason? Do you have family dynamic distresses? Are your fears keeping you awake at night? Or do you feel people do not understand you? Do you have self-hate or low self esteem? If you experience any of these symptoms, I can help you overcome them.

I am an empathetic, warm, and interactive counselor with a strong sense of positive regard for clients. Using a client-centered approach with the mindset that clients are in control of their lives; can make changes to become better. This approach is a mixture of Motivational Interviewing, Experiential, and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, counseling.

I work with individuals who are 10+ years and couples who have concerns in areas such as depression, anxiety, marital issues, parenting stressors, postpartum disorders, grief counseling, trauma, and transitioning seasons of life. As a parent, I understand the stress of raising successful and responsible children while working outside the home. I would love to help you in your successful life’s journey.

Christine Pagé, PSYC

Quebec | French

Clientele: All ages

I have been a member of the Ordre des psychologues du Québec for 17 years and have been in private practice for 20 years. 

I have completed a bachelor's degree and a doctorate in psychology at the Université du Québec à Montréal. I can see clients from all over Quebec, in French. 

I use an integrative approach according to the needs and personality of my clients. I have worked in child psychiatry, youth mental health and school settings for the past 16 years and have expertise in child and adolescent psychological assessment and play therapy. 

In recent years, I have been trained in positive psychology psychotherapy and ACT acceptance and commitment therapy. 

Charles Paradis, Couples and Family Therapist

Québec | French

Clientele: Ages 16+

Charles Paradis is a couple and family therapist and a member of the Ordre des travailleurs sociaux et des thérapeutes conjugaux et familiaux du Québec (OTSTCFQ). He has a master’s degree in counselling and spirituality from Saint Paul University in Ottawa. He practices in Quebec with an adolescent and adult clientele in individual, couples, and family therapy. He provides services in both French and English and has clinical experience in a variety of issues such as assertiveness, career change, mood change, self-awareness, depression, anxiety, grief, communication difficulties, relationship issues, breakups (separation), self-esteem, existential questioning, stress, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety disorder and forgiveness. In individual therapy, he adopts an existential-humanistic approach. In couples and family therapy, Charles uses Family System theory as well as Emotionally Focused Couple and Family Therapy. For several years now, he has been interested in the dynamics of forgiveness as a path to personal growth.

Bijumon Peter, SW

Ontario | English, Malayalam

Clientele: Ages 6 +

I have been a registered social worker with Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service workers in good standing since 2012 with a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree and bring an overall 15+ years of experience supporting children, adolescents and their families to navigate their complex needs in Canada and abroad. I also have experience working with adult clients in the past with various mental health challenges. In therapy, along with various evidence-based treatment modalities such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Therapy, DBT informed interventions, Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Narrative Therapy and Positive Parenting Program (PPP), I utilize a collaborative, goal directed, client centered, and strength-based approach in achieving positive treatment outcomes and experiences for my clients and their families. My areas of expertise include working with individuals who are experiencing severe anxiety, depression, low mood, ADHD, school or work-related stress, grief and loss, anger, phobia or fear, behavioural issues, low self-esteem and trauma. I believe in building strong therapeutic connections with my clients and in meaningfully engaging them in the treatment process. I am very compassionate, non-judgmental and supportive in my work.

Stephanie Poirier, SW

New Brunswick | English, French

Clientele: Ages 6+

I obtained my bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of Moncton in 2020. I am registered with the New Brunswick Association of Social Workers, and the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. I am able to offer services in both French and English.

I have training in the following therapeutic modalities, including: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing, and more. I have experience in working with individuals of divers ages, who may need support in the following: anxiety, depression, OCD, emotional dysregulation, difficult family dynamics, communication and boundaries, anger management, etc. I also provided psychotherapy in schools from kindergarten to grade 12. I value a client-centered approach to therapy and am a firm believer in meeting clients where they are at. Here is an analogy that explains this well: As your clinician, I am in the passenger seat helping guide you on your journey; you are in the driver’s seat. This allows me to truly have the clients best interest at heart.

Looking forward to hearing from you soon!

Catherine Proulx, PSYC

Quebec | French

Clientele: Ages 18+

I have a bachelor’s and master’s in psychology from Université Laval and have been practicing for more than 20 years. At the start of my career, my focus was occupational skills enhancement and guidance, professional attitude development and counselling, as well as workplace reintegration. In private practice, these pursuits have led to tremendous collaborative endeavors with various employee assistance programs to support my clients in regaining well- being and quality of life despite various challenges. My areas of specialization are mood disorders, such as depression, anxiety disorders, stress and emotion management, burnout, professional challenges, relationship and personal problems, separation, and self-esteem issues. I primarily use a cognitive-behavioral approach in my work.

Anne-Marie Racine, PSYC

Québec | English and French

Clientele: Ages 14+

I am a registered psychologist with the Ordre des psychologues du Québec, offering bilingual (English and French) individual psychological sessions to adults and adolescents (14 years old and above).

My current psychotherapeutic approach consists of brief intervention through coaching and counseling sessions to increase well-being and fulfilment, essentially based on Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) principles. The emphasis is on mindfulness (being in the present moment), self-compassion and actions guided by one’s core values and purpose.

I have been working as a psychologist for twenty years, in the private sector and for the Government of Canada. I have also led workshops and therapeutic group programs focused on emotion management, social reintegration, violence prevention, cognitive skills and psychological flexibility. I completed a Masters in Counselling Psychology and a post-graduate Diploma in Human Relations and Family Life Education. I also completed several doctoral courses and professional training, and over the last 8 years I specialised in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

Jenna Redden, Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC)

All Provinces except Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Alberta | English

Clientele: Ages 18+

A member of the Canadian Counselling & Psychotherapy Association (CCPA), Jenna (she, her, hers) is a Certified Canadian Counsellor (CCC) who holds a Master of Counselling Psychology degree from McGill University. She has experience helping individuals with anxiety, depression, stress, trauma, emotional regulation, and grief among other difficulties.

She draws from a variety of therapeutic approaches which allows for her to meet the needs of each individual client. She has training and experience working with CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), the Psychodynamic approach, ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), and Mindfulness-Based Practice, and is an ally to the LGBTQ2IA+ community.

Jenna places an emphasis on the building of a safe space and a strong therapeutic alliance with her clients to ensure a non-judgemental and collaborative space for exploration and growth.

Mélanie Renaud, PSYC

Québec | English and French

Clientele: Ages 18 +

Dr. Mélanie Renaud works with adult and senior clients. A member of the Ordre des psychologues since 2005, she holds a doctorate (Ph.D.) in psychology (neuropsychology). She did her thesis on the effects of physical activity on the cognition of seniors and worked in a research group on the modulating factors of cognitive changes observed in the elderly (lifestyle, cognitively stimulating activities, physical health and nutrition). Over the years, she has worked as a clinical neuropsychologist in various hospitals in the greater Montreal area (Jewish General Hospital, CHUM and Cité de la Santé de Laval), which has allowed her to acquire experience with a varied clientele presenting different neurological and psychiatric problems. She is also trained in the cognitive-behavioural approach and 3rd wave therapies and she works with clients who are facing various problems such as anxiety, depression and relational difficulties. 

Lindsay Reynolds, RP

Ontario, Manitoba, New Brunswick | English

Clientele: Ages 15+, couples

Lindsay Reynolds is a Registered Psychotherapist with 20 years of experience providing treatment to people with mental health and substance use concerns. She holds a Master’s Degree in Education, with Concentration in Mental Health and Substance Use Counseling from Cambridge College in Massachusetts. She is a Certified Health Executive and has certification in Advanced Clinical Supervision from University of Calgary. She provides psychotherapy for adolescents (15 and older) and adults. Her approach is to lead with warmth and empathy that fosters behavioral change, processing of past trauma, handling of conflict or loss of trust, coping with low or anxious mood and grief. She draws from evidenced based treatment modalities such as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Motivational Interviewing and other client-centered approaches. Sometimes it can feel overwhelming to make change all on your own. Partnering with someone can help on the path toward your dreams!

Manreet Riar, PSYC

Alberta | English

Clientele: Ages 5+

Dr. Manreet Riar is a Registered Psychologist, licensed to practice in the province of Alberta. She has over 24 years of experience in the mental health field working in hospitals, schools, community and non-profit settings providing psychotherapy, psychological assessment and case consultation. She has completed a Doctorate and Master’s in Psychology.

She is trained in cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), EMDR, solution-focused therapy, collaborative problem solving (CPS), multidimensional family therapy, neuro-sequential model of therapeutics (NMT) by Dr. Bruce Perry and introductory hypnosis training.

Areas of special interest are mood, anxiety, trauma, ADHD, grief & loss, stress & anger management, interpersonal & work/organizational stress, parenting support, childhood disorders and learning disabilities. Psychotherapy is provided with a collaborative, client-centered, non-judgmental, developmental and trauma-informed lens.

She has experience in counselling adults and children along with cross-cultural competence. She is able to provide service in English, Hindi, Punjabi and Urdu. Dr. Manreet Riar is a member of Canadian Psychological Association and College of Alberta Psychologists.

Katherine Ridolfo, SW

Ontario, Alberta | English, Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian

Clientele: Ages 16+

As a Social Worker/Psychotherapist/Sex Therapist, I am committed to helping you to explore and manage anxiety, depression, trauma / PTSD, intimate relationship issues, sadness, anger, guilt, addiction issues, and disturbing memories. I also specialize in working with individuals with developmental disabilities, along with caregivers at various stages of the life cycle to assist in navigating these stages.

Life can be overwhelming at times and as we journey through it, it is not uncommon to experience anxiety, depression, stress and trauma along the way. This can unravel our lives in dramatic ways affecting not only us but all of our relationships and hold us back from achieving happy and fulfilling lives. I am passionate about bringing hope, healing and life balance to you using a client centered, collaborative and strengths-based approach. Let me walk your path with you to help lift the weight of life’s struggles and help you to overcome the obstacles that may be holding you back.

Therapy is tailored to your needs and I am trained in many different modalities including: Trauma Incident Reduction (TIR), Life Stress Reduction (LSR), Pre- marital Counseling Preparation and Enrichment, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Hypnotherapy and Sex Therapy. I’m also a certified facilitator of the Craving Change program.

Claude Robitaille, SW

Québec | French

Clientele: Ages 5+

We interact with them every day. We learn from them as much as they learn from us. They are a source of endless reflection and soul-searching. They are your children. They want answers and as parents, sometimes we run out of steam. We do not always have the answers. We look for solutions and a sense of well-being. And this is where I come in.

I have a bachelor’s degree in social work from the Université du Québec à Montréal and a post-graduate diploma in mental health. I am a member of the Ordre des travailleurs sociaux et des thérapeutes conjugaux et familiaux du Québec (OTSTCFQ). I have also studied occupational therapy at Université de Montréal and have an artist diploma from McGill University.

My experience with young people, my sense of ease, and my approachability allow me to quickly develop a relationship of trust with children. Together we set measurable and meaningful goals using a collaborative approach that focuses on their needs rather than a one-size-fits-all approach. If your child is going through a difficult time that is of concern to the family’s well-being, the psychosocial approach I use, as well as techniques focused on solutions and your child’s strengths, could make the difference with a few short virtual meetings.

I look forward to working with you!

Justine Rousseau, SW

Québec | French

Clientele: Ages 5+

My name is Justine Rousseau, and I am originally from Quebec, where I now practice my profession in French. I currently hold a bachelor’s degree in social work, a certificate in youth intervention, and I have been a member of the Ordre des travailleurs sociaux et des thérapeutes conjugaux du Québec since 2015. Being also a yoga teacher, I use various tools associated with this discipline and mindfulness to assist people of all ages to find well-being and balance in the various areas of their lives. I specialize in marital difficulties of all kinds, anxiety, depression, and psychological distress. In addition, I help women who have experienced domestic violence to regain control of their lives. Pain management in relation to intestinal and other diseases is also one of my areas of expertise. My professional background helping families in difficulty has provided me abilities to work with parents of teenagers or young children. My diverse professional background enables me to help a variety of people no matter what their problems are.

François Roy, PSYC

Alberta | English and French

Clientele: Ages 16 + for individuals, 5 + in context of families

François has been a Registered Psychologist in Alberta since 1991. He is a trauma specialist, addiction specialist, Certified Bioenergectic Therapist, and Self-Regulation Therapist. He is a certified practitioner of EMDR.

François has a Masters Degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of Alberta; a Bachelors from Faculté St. Jean (U of A); and a Bachelors in Theology. He is fluent in English and French.

François has been working as a counsellor/psychologist with individuals, couples and families for 33 years. For the past 25 years, François has:

  • Facilitated trauma debriefings for work-place related fatalities and injuries

  • Worked as an Employee and Family Assistance Counsellor

  • Worked with military personnel and veterans

François’s practice is spiritually-informed. He is a member of the Qi Gong meditation group in Edmonton. François loves to sing and play guitar. He believes that singing helps us handle the more difficult things in our lives.

Sylvie L. Roy, PSYC

Quebec | French

Clientele: Ages 18+

I studied at Université Laval in Québec City (QC). First, I earned a license in specialized education and a Bachelor's degree in education (orthopedagogy), and then completed a Master in clinical psychology.

I am a generalist humanistic psychologist who works in a collaborative way with the patient and uses an integrative approach. This approach is the culmination of my experience in teaching, psychology, and specific training in areas including Solution Focused Based Therapy (SFBT), Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy (CBT), bereavement and trauma therapies, and mindfulness.

I have worked in different regions and settings, including the public health and social services (réseau de la santé et des services sociaux) of Quebec. In parallel, I have built a private practice clientele in addition to holding mandates with the SAAQ, CNESST, and IVAC, and partnerships with several EAPs.

Although the list is non-exhaustive, these fields of practice led me to develop expertise in stress management strategies, anxiety and/or depression disorders, issues relating to professional burnout, adjustment disorder, self-esteem/confidence, physical illness, pain management, post-trauma, loss and bereavement, and life transition.

I am known for my kindness, creativity with adapted strategies, and sense of humour. I believe that it is essential to develop the ability to take care of ourselves daily and during difficult times.

Johanna Salvanos, SW, RP

Québec | English and French

Clientele: Ages 18 +

Johanna Salvanos is a licensed social worker of over 24 years with the OTSTCFQ. She also holds a permit as a psychotherapist with the OPQ. Johanna has years of experience working with adults, elderly and families as a social worker and clinical coordinator in hospital and community health care centers. Johanna currently works in private practice offering individual, couple and family therapy in areas related to couple or family relationships difficulties, family of origin issues, anxiety, stress, depression, grief and loss, aging, coping with illness, caregiver burn out, and career and life transitions.

Depending on the client’s needs, Johanna uses an integrative approach with her clients, drawing different evidenced based interventions approaches. It is Johanna’s philosophy that everyone’s challenges are unique and she therefore values a client-centered, collaborative approach, rather than a one-size-fits-all.

Genevieve Sanscartier, SW

Québec | French

Clientele: Ages 6+

I am a trained social worker and member of the Ordre des Travailleurs Sociaux et Thérapeutes Conjugaux du Quebec since 2016. I primarily work with couples, families, and young children. I have many years of experience with the child welfare system and in the schools, and offer services across Quebec to French-speaking clients of all ages.

In my professional practice, I have developed the expertise to assist and support individuals, couples, and families with conflict resolution. I employ systemic clinical approach, mediation, and solution-oriented approach to provide me with a holistic view of my clients and thus propose personalized strategies tailored to their individual needs.

Lastly, whether it be personal, family, or marital problems, I am quickly able to adapt my interventions in order to help you get through the challenges and achieve your full potential.

Cécile Sauvageau, PSYC

Quebec | French

Clientele: Ages 10+

I am a professional member of the Ordre des psychologues du Québec. I have worked with various clienteles for more than 40 years. My interest in language development disorders, autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, intellectual delays, and behavioural problems are longstanding. For 30 years, I essentially worked with children, teens and their families in school and rehabilitation settings. I offered support, training, work team coordination, assessments, and therapy. For the past 10 years, my professional involvement in private practice has become more diversified and includes adults in general.

My approach is inspired by cognitive behavioural and existential humanistic theories. In addition to the problems already listed above, I guide people who are suffering from depression, adjustment and mood disorders, social communication disorder, stress- anxiety, life stages, etc.

Dana Sauvé, SW

Ontario and Nova Scotia | English

Clientele: All ages

Dana is a registered social worker with over 20 years of experience in mental health counselling. She has supported children, youth, and adults in her role as a mental health clinician in an outpatient hospital setting as well as community-based care.

Dana uses a variety of methods in her approach including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness, compassion-focused therapy, and trauma-informed care.

Dana offers a person-centered and strengths-based approach to establishing rapport and trust within the therapeutic relationship. Together with her clients she assists them in setting measurable and meaningful goals.

Dana provides counselling to individuals and families dealing with a wide range of issues such as depression, anxiety, stress, family and relationship challenges, school-related concerns and learning disabilities, self-esteem, grief and loss, and life transitions. 

Dana obtained her Master of Social Work from Wilfred Laurier University. She is a registered social worker in good standing with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers and the Ontario Association of Social Workers.

Lindsay Smart, SW

Ontario | English

Clientele: Age 16 +

*Not accepting new patients*

Lindsay takes a compassionate and accepting approach to therapy. She understands that talking to a therapist can feel difficult at first and prides herself on working collaboratively with you to help you meet your goals and start feeling better. She always strives to create a caring, nonjudgmental, and respectful space that will make you feel comfortable and heard. Lindsay works to provide you with insight and strategies to cope with difficult thoughts and emotions so you can get back to focusing on what you really care about. Her aim as a therapist is to support you, and help you achieve goals you are proud of while creating a life that feels meaningful. She strongly believes that people can thrive when they discover their strengths. Lindsay is a Registered Social Worker and Psychotherapist with over 10 years of experience in the field of Adult and Adolescent Mental Health. Lindsay is a regulated mental health professional registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW), as well as the Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW) and the Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW). Lindsay is an ally to the LGBTQ2IA+. Populations Served: Residing in the Province of Ontario, ages 16+

Kimberly Stanyer, SW

British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Alberta | English

Clientele: Adults (19+), Couples

Kimberly Stanyer is a registered social worker with over 15 years of experience working in mental health, with individuals and couples. She obtained her Bachelors of Social Work in 2003 at Okanagan University College. In 2014 Kimberly obtained her Masters of Social Work, at the University of British Columbia. She has a history of working with Employee Assistance Programs, providing counseling to clients, as well as running her own private practice for 7 years. Her experience includes providing treatment to individuals with depression, anxiety, panic, family, couples, and job-related issues. Kim is a registered member of the BC College of Social Workers, the BC Association of Social Workers, the Alberta College of Social Workers, the Saskatchewan College of Social Workers and the Canadian Association of Social Workers. She uses a blend of trauma focused, traditional cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), biological therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), strengths based, and Cognitive Processing Therapy. Kimberly uses a compassionate, direct, and sometimes humorous approach to teach effective new tools to help clients manage their mental health challenges.

Juliette St-Denis Turcotte, PSYC (supervision)

Quebec | French

Clientele: Ages 18+

I am currently a supervised doctoral student and am registered with the Ordre des psychologues du Québec, under the supervision of Raquel Da Silva Luis, psychologist. I am nearing the end of my doctoral studies in psychology and have a bachelor’s degree in psychology from UQÀM. My doctoral dissertation focuses on generalized anxiety disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder. I have been working as a doctoral student and providing psychotherapy services for two years.

I focus my practice on addressing my clients’ difficulties in the here and now, while paying attention to their underlying roots and sources. Taking a mainly cognitive and behavioural approach, I use tools and strategies to help reduce my clients’ symptoms while addressing their identity and relationship issues. I place particular importance on the therapeutic alliance I create with my clients and adapt my interventions to each client’s needs and expectations.

I offer psychotherapy services to adult clients and can help them with obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety, depression, personality issues, relationship issues, self-esteem, adjustment disorder, etc.

Jill Steever, SW

New Brunswick, Ontario, Manitoba, Prince Edward Island | English

Clientele: Ages 5 +

Jill is a registered member of the Manitoba College of Social Workers, the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers, the New Brunswick Association of Social Workers and the Prince Edward Island Social Work Registration Board. She has a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Gerontology and a Bachelor of Social Work both from St. Thomas University. Jill has spent over 13 years working in frontline and clinical social work positions. During this time, she has worked in home health care, including palliative care and end of life planning, treating sleep disorders, Addictions and mental health with children, youth and families, and most recently has been proudly serving our veterans and RCMP.

Jill is comfortable in working with children ages 5 and up, covering several areas of practice. She has experience working with issues surrounding incarceration, learning disabilities, coping with family members mental health struggles and with transition and advocacy challenges. She specializes in treating depression, anxiety, trauma and sleep issues (insomnia). Jill employs evidence-based therapies in her approach, including, Cognitive Behavioural therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Prolonged Exposure Therapy, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia.

Aurora Stevens, RCC

All Provinces except Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Alberta | English

Clientele: Ages 18+

Since 2006, Aurora has been working as a Counsellor with several organizations including Hospice, WorkBC, & The Ministry of Children and Families.   

Aurora offers support for grief, anxiety, depression, anger management, relationship building, or other challenges you may be experiencing.  

Each session is tailored to your needs, using an integrated therapeutic approach, including Mindful Cognitive Behavioural and Person-Centered Therapy. 

Work together with Aurora to heal, strengthen relationships, achieve authentic goals, and navigate towards a healthier future. It’s an honour to be a part of your journey.

Danika Syrja-McNally, SW

Ontario | English

Clientele: Ages 18 +

Danika is a Registered Social Worker in Ontario and has provided crisis intervention and psychotherapy since 2013. Danika’s approach includes identifying issues and implementing strategies to improve life situations and improve ability to cope as soon as possible. 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 extra certificates in DBT Training from Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), Trauma Counselling for Frontline Workers from Hincks Dellcrest and Canadian Perinatal Mental Health Training Program.

Areas include but not limited to: life transitions and stress, relationship issues, work stress and burnout, crisis intervention, depression, anxiety disorders including GAD, OCD, infertility, mental health issues and stress during pregnancy, postpartum depression/anxiety/OCD/PTSD.

Haley Syrja-McNally, SW

Ontario | English

Clientele: Ages 10 +

Hello! Haley Syrja-McNally, MSW RSW has been a primarily pediatric registered social worker since 2014 in Ontario. She holds a Bachelor and Master of Social Work. Haley specializes in seeing children and adolescents, and also has extensive experience working with adults. While challenges can come in all shapes and sizes, Haley believes you can learn new tools and skills to help you deal with them.

She has worked for the past 9 years in adult and pediatric inpatient and outpatient mental health services in the hospital system. She has training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP for OCD), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy and Trauma-Informed Practice. She uses skills from Mindfulness, Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and encourages clients from a Somatic (body-based regulation, Polyvagal) perspective. Part of her therapeutic process is making a unique plan with each client to address their needs.

While Haley works with clients of any age, her areas of focus are working with young people who are experiencing mental health concerns and/or wellness concerns, including depression, anxieties, mood disorders, ADHD, PTSD, bereavement/ grief or loss, and caregiver and child relationship issues. She can also help to build skills in areas when someone is struggling with school, family changes, self-esteem, bullying, anger, and other relationships. Haley also has a specialty in working with 2SLGBTQ* children, youth and families.

Haley always aims to center reconnecting to joy in therapy and believes that laughter is important to healing. Primarily ages 10+ through adulthood.

Nicole Tkachuk, SW

Saskatchewan | English

Clientele: Ages 5 +

Nicole Tkachuk is a Registered Social Worker with a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Regina. She speaks English and is certified to provide service to clients living in Saskatchewan.

Nicole works with children, adults and seniors and has experience with such mental health issues as Anxiety, Depression, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Bipolar disorder, Oppositional Defiance Disorder, Emotional dysregulation, self esteem issues, etc. She provides therapy to individuals, couples and groups. Nicole can provide therapy for family and relationship conflict.

Nicole has been a practicing Social Worker since 2015. She has accrued great experience in mental health and crisis intervention with diverse populations. Nicole’s primary therapeutic orientation is Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), supported holistically by other approaches and theories including Psychodynamic, Family Systems Theory, Existential, Feminist Theory).

Odette Tremblay, RP

Québec | French

Clientele: Ages 16 +

I have over 30 years’ experience helping people. For the past 20 years, I have worked with adults facing mental health problems. I rely on my presence, humanism and empathy to build a relationship of trust. The expertise I have acquired over the years and the many training courses I have completed ensure high-quality interventions focused on restoring balance and encouraging personal fulfillment.

I advocate an approach that aims to identify, understand, explain and correct psychological problems by focusing on thoughts and behaviours (CBT). I believe in using people’s strengths and mindfulness to guide change and personal growth. I also use therapeutic hypnosis techniques as needed to help optimize the process.

I am a member of the Ordre des psychoéducateurs et psychoéducatrices du Québec (permit 15650-02), the Société québécoise d’hypnose, and the Registre des psychothérapeutes of the Ordre des psychologues du Québec (permit 61098-15).

If you are experiencing stress, anxiety, difficulty being assertive, low self-esteem, depression, relationship difficulties, post-traumatic stress or an eating or sleep disorder, I would be happy to accompany you on your journey to wellness.

Benoit Turcotte, RP

Québec and Ontario | French and English

Clientele: Ages 18 +

I have worked as a psychotherapist for more than 20 years, with a psychotherapist permit issued by the Ordre des Psychologues du Québec. I previously worked for the Ministère de la sécurité publique as a peace officer for 12 years. I also worked for the Correctional Service of Canada for 5 years as a correctional program officer, facilitating programs on various topics for federal offenders. Since 2015, I have worked as a full-time, self-employed psychotherapist and consultant. My approach to psychology is cognitive and behavioural (CBT). I studied at Université de Montréal (B.Sc.) and Université de Sherbrooke. I have a specialized graduate diploma (DESS) with a specialization in substance abuse. I am currently working towards my master’s degree in Substance Abuse Intervention with the Faculty of Medicine at Université de Sherbrooke. I have expertise dealing with dependencies and comorbidities, meaning using habits (drugs, alcohol, gambling) and mental health. I work with an adult clientele.

I primarily treat anxiety disorders, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, adjustment disorder, phobias, relationship problems, and other issues. I am a person who listens, and I am empathetic and dedicated to my clientele. Don’t hesitate to reach out with the problems you need to resolve or for advice. Free yourself of your burden.

Sabrina Tuzi, SW

Ontario | English

Clientele: Ages 18 +

Sabrina Tuzi is a Registered Social Worker with over 15 years of experience treating individuals who struggle with mental health, mood disorders, loss, grief and bereavement, life transitions, and relationship difficulties. She has extensive experience providing psychological first-aid to individuals, especially first responders and healthcare workers, after critical incidents and operational stress injuries.

Sabrina's aim is to provide a warm caring and non-judgmental space for clients to share their life experiences and struggles.  She uses a client-directed therapy approach, drawing on various counselling modalities based on the specific needs and goals of the client.  Counselling modalities include, but are not limited to, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, trauma-informed care, Solution-Focused Therapy, and Dialectical-Behavior Therapy.  Sabrina will offer support, skill development, and education as the client works towards their healing and growth.

Sinead Unsworth, PSYC

British Columbia | English

Clientele: Ages 18+

Sinéad is a Registered Psychologist. She focuses on issues of anxiety, depression, stress management, grief, self-worth issues, and post-traumatic stress. She uses a mindfulness-based approach and techniques from Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

Marina Ursa, RCC

All Provinces except Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Alberta | English

Clientele: Ages 16 +

Marina Ursa is a Registered Clinical Counsellor and member of the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors. Having worked in the counselling and social services field for over 15 years, she has helped people experience personal growth and make effective changes when struggling with a variety of stressors such as everyday coping demands, difficult life events or circumstances, relationship problems, and mental health conditions. As well, additional training, experience, and dedication in specific areas for Marina include: Addictions, Anxiety/Panic, ADHD, Personality Disorders, Communication, Depression, Grief and Loss, Life transitions and Coping, OCD, Peri/Post Natal Concerns, PTSD, Parenting and Co-Parenting Skills, Self-Esteem, and Trauma. Also, her lived experience as a Canadian-born daughter of immigrants has informed her practice when providing services to those affected by immigration and refugee experiences.

Using a trauma-informed and culturally sensitive practice, Marina applies specialized training along with evidence-based strategies and interventions from a variety of therapy modalities. These modalities include: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), and trauma-specific approaches (Seeking Safety, Trauma Focused-CBT, EMDR, TIR-Traumatic Incident Reduction).

Marina has offered counselling services in a variety of locations, ranging from formal office settings, to hospital wards and ER departments, to a fishing boat located on a remote traditional territory, and to speaking with someone virtually while they sit comfortably in their own living room. She hopes to continue helping others improve their quality of life, finding more joy and connection with themselves and those around them. Marina currently provides remote therapy services in BC or any other unregulated province.

Jeff Vander Meulen, PSYC

Alberta | English

Clientele: Ages 16+

Jeff Vander Meulen is a Registered Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists.  He has a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and has over 12 years of experience counseling individuals 16 years and over. He provides counselling in English.  He specializes in Emotion Focused Therapy and has been training and practicing in this approach since 2010. When appropriate, he also applies Dialectical Behavioural Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy strategies.

Jeff specializes in helping people who experience depression, anxiety, low self-confidence, and painful feelings in current or past significant relationships. His work involves assisting people to make sense of their emotional reactions and supporting them to use this information to make wise decisions for their life. At other times, he helps people alleviate their painful emotions by using techniques that change unhelpful emotion states to more invigorating emotion states. Jeff believes in practicing as a culturally competent therapist, striving to be knowledgeable, open and respectful of the cultural beliefs and practices of all people.

Amy Warren, RP

Ontario | English

Clientele: Ages 15 +

Amy is a Registered Psychotherapist with 20 years of experience in the field of Mental Health and Addictions. She recognizes the courage it takes to reach out for support when life can feel heavy and overwhelming. Amy specializes in supporting adults, youth and couples that are struggling with their day to day that can include: depression, anxiety, employment and relationship strain. Amy’s compassionate and empathetic approach can help you feel comfortable opening up about your personal struggles. She will work with you and meet you where you are at in your journey to living your best life!

Amy graduated with her Bachelor of Health Sciences. She specializes in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Motivational Interviewing.

Her balance of clinical expertise, experience and education can help people find new paths for change from a variety of lenses.

A little tip from Amy to get started – We all have the strength within us to make changes. Sometimes we just need someone to help clear the cobwebs and align us to a new path!

Sheila Waterman, SW

Nova Scotia, Newfoundland & Labrador, Ontario | English

Clientele: Ages 19 +

I received my Master of Social Work from Wilfrid Laurier University with a specialization in Individuals, Families, and Groups.

I have a Career and Work Counsellor Diploma which supports my interest in career and life transitions.

I also spent several years in a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy training program which provided me with a strong foundation in understanding child development.

Over the past thirty years I have worked across a variety of settings (child welfare, custody and access, hospitals, schools, EAP, and community mental health clinics) helping children, adolescents, and adults with anxiety, attachment, depression, burnout, childhood trauma, communication problems, emotional dysregulation, grief, low self-esteem, stress, and relationship issues.

My therapeutic approach is drawn from Attachment theory, Brief Psychodynamic, Cognitive Behavioural (CBT), Emotion Focused, Narrative, and Trauma therapies. I focus on the therapeutic alliance in working with clients to better understand their emotions and work through unresolved feelings related to mental health issues, trauma, and relationship challenges in their daily lives. I listen deeply to clients with a keen appreciation that they need empathy, respect, and understanding in the therapeutic relationship to help them address the problems in their lives. I find that clients benefit from a supportive therapeutic relationship to help them move through the internal and external barriers in their lives.

Sabrina Young, RP

Ontario | English

Clientele: Ages 18+

Sabrina Young is a Registered Social Worker and a Registered Psychotherapist who obtained her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Toronto. She is a member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW), the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) and the Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW). Sabrina is licensed to practice in the province of Ontario and she can provide care in English.

Sabrina is certified in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT). She brings 15+ years of experience specializing in providing individual therapy to adult clients experiencing depression, anxiety, trauma-related difficulties, relationship issues, and low self-esteem. She also has a passion for providing therapy to women and other birthing people during pregnancy and the postpartum period. She believes in offering a safe space to untangle difficult emotions, to overcome fears and to improve overall well-being. Sabrina caters her therapy approach to best fit each client’s personal needs with her own down-to-earth personality, sense of humour and compassionate nature.

Sabrina enjoys spending time reading, travelling and enjoys a variety of sports including boxing and biking.

Dylan Zambrano, SW

Ontario and Alberta | English

Clientele: Ages 16 +

*Not accepting new patients*

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.

Meet our Registered Dietitians

Diet and nutrition play a crucial role in maintaining a healthy lifestyle and dietitians are the regulated health professionals who are responsible for using food to create and maintain that healthy lifestyle.

Registered Dietitians (RD) undergo comprehensive and rigorous training to be qualified to practice, and they must be registered with the dietitian regulatory body in the province in which they practice.

Work with one of our Registered Dietitians to develop a realistic nutrition plan based on your needs, limitations, lifestyle, and food preferences. They will help you acquire the necessary knowledge to make the right food choices, adopt healthy eating habits, and help you achieve your goals.

Fiona Aris, RD

Ontario | English

Clientele: all ages

Fiona is a Registered Dietitian with a Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition from Ryerson University in Toronto and a post-graduate dietetic internship at Sick Kids Hospital. Licensed with the College of Dietitians of Ontario (CDO), Fiona is also a member of Dietitians of Canada (DC).

Fiona has over 30 years of experience as a dietitian, with a wealth of experience in diabetes, chronic disease management, digestive disorders, weight management, food allergies/intolerances, pre- and postnatal nutrition, women’s health, senior’s health, and pediatric nutrition. She believes in combining whole foods, fresh ingredients and simple cooking, along with a joyful approach, in achieving clients’ best health outcomes. She understands how to translate medical and nutritional evidence into real-life, enjoyable eating plans for clients.

Amani Al-Asmar, RD

Quebec | English, French, Arabic

Clientele: all ages

Amani is a Registered Dietitian who has been practicing clinical nutrition in the public and private sectors in Montreal, Quebec since 2018. She holds a master's degree in public nutrition from the University of Montreal and is an active member of the Ordre des diététistes-nutritionnistes du Québec. Currently working in two family medicine clinics with varying patient demographics, she has consulted for patients from different socioeconomic backgrounds. As part of a multidisciplinary team, she helps provide nutrition education and counseling to adult and pediatric patients. She has gone to great lengths in her practice and clinical approach trying to shift from a mindset of dieting and following meal plans/calorie counting to adopting healthy eating habits and lifestyle, for lasting results. Fluently trilingual and working in a multicultural environment, she can provide nutrition education, counseling and assessment in English, French and Arabic and uses all available tools to optimize communications for patients with language barriers.

Jasmine Asad, RD

Nova Scotia | English, Arabic

Clientele: all ages

Jasmine is a Registered Dietitian with the Nova Scotia Dietetic Association and is also currently a member of Dietitians of Canada. Jasmine has completed her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition at Acadia University and her Dietetic Practicum with the Nova Scotia Health Authority. She has been trained and has experience in various nutrition-related areas including heart health, diabetes, Kidney Health, Menopause, Dysphagia, and PCOS.

Jasmine supports her clients in building a positive relationship with food by empowering and motivating them to become more informed and in control of their nutritional health and overall wellbeing. She practices from a Health at Every Size approach and specializes in intuitive and mindful eating practices. As a registered Dietitian, Jasmine is committed to providing her clients with the most up to date, evidenced based information and uses a client-centred approach to meet her clients’ needs.

Tanya Choy, RD

British Columbia | English, Cantonese

Clientele: all ages

Tanya is a Registered Dietitian in British Columbia with over 13 years of experience helping clients experience the positive results of nourishing their bodies. She is focused on translating evidence-based nutrition to effective practical solutions tailored to individual nutrition needs. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Food, Nutrition, and Health with Honours from the University of British Columbia and continued onto a career as a dietitian caring for patients in both the hospital and community setting. She is a member in good standing with the College of Dietitians of British Columbia. Her passion in teaching and learning about nutrition has led her to become a Certified Diabetes Educator, to be regularly invited as a nutrition speaker and writer in the media, and stay actively engaged in ongoing nutrition-related research. As a Clinical Instructor at the University of British Columbia, she is passionate about sharing her knowledge on the topics of food, nutrition and health.

Clients working with Tanya can expect to be welcomed in a safe and non-judgmental space to talk about food and health. She believes in a feel-good, balanced approach to eating well where there are no 'good' or 'bad' foods. She is well equipped to provide professional guidance and clarity whether you are looking for a session to boost your nutrition, or to address a specific health concern such as diabetes, heart or kidney conditions. Her mission is to work with you to create a comprehensive plan of action and to empower you to achieve your nutrition goals.

Audrey Couture, RD

Quebec | French

Clientele: all ages

Nutritionist and member of the Ordre des diététistes-nutritionnistes du Québec (ODNQ) since 2017. I completed my bachelor's degree in nutrition at Université Laval, followed by my master's degree in business administration.

My approach combines my passion for food and cooking with my desire to help others in their journey to achieve their health or performance goals. Being a resistance and endurance sports enthusiast myself (CrossFit, triathlon, trail running, and cycling) helps me understand the reality of athletes and provide personalized advice. Because of my experience working with a variety of client groups at CIUSSS de la Capitale-Nationale, I can help you if you suffer from a chronic condition (cardiovascular disease, type-2 diabetes, etc.) or if you simply have no appetite.

I can guide you if you have bowel disorders. I am currently finishing specialized training from Monash University on the FODMAP diet. I can also help you if you are having trouble getting pregnant (infertility) or are experiencing hormonal problems (such as PCOS). I can also support you if you want to adopt a vegetarian diet (as a flexitarian, vegetarian, or vegan). My approach with clients is warm, flexible, and respectful, focusing on gradual, SUSTAINABLE, and LONG-TERM changes!

Mariel Fajer, RD

Alberta | English, Spanish

Clientele: all ages

Mariel is a Registered Dietitian originally from Mexico and Canadian at heart. Mariel has a Master’s degree from the University of Alberta in Human Nutrition and has been a Dietitian for over 10 years. Mariel specializes in providing evidence-based counseling in a variety of areas such as: prenatal nutrition, infant feeding, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Mariel celebrates body diversity and focuses on a behavioral approach to make a positive impact on their clients’ health. Mariel can provide nutrition counseling to Albertans in both English and Spanish.

Nancy Faraj, RD

Quebec | English, French

Clientele: all ages

Nancy is a bilingual (French and English) dietitian who has worked both in the US and Quebec. She is a lifestyle nutritionist, specializing in helping people of all ages discover mindful and healthful eating. She obtained an undergraduate and a master’s degree in nutrition in Hawai'i and has been a registered dietitian with the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics since 2005. Nancy also holds the equivalence in Quebec with L’Ordre des diététistes-nutritionnistes du Québec.

Clients can expect to reach their goals and feel their best. They will improve their health by understanding what, why, and how much food they need. Nancy was a vegetarian for 20 years while she lived in Japan and India and can help clients incorporate a plant-based diet into their lifestyle. She has also played Ultimate Frisbee for 25 years and understands the athlete’s nutrition needs. Lately Nancy has done a lot of research on the emerging field of the microbiome. Correlated with stress, immunity, digestion, and disease, Nancy can help clients nurture their microbiome with a few simple lifestyle changes. Nancy embraces a holistic approach including sleep, hydration, activity, relaxation, and nutrition to help clients improve their health. Whether it is digestion, diabetes, low energy, or learning to cook, Nancy can help clients understand their unique nutrition needs and how to optimize their well-being with the tools they have.

Drew Hemler, RD

Ontario | English

Clientele: all ages

Drew (he/him) is your go-to LGBTQ+ dietitian who resides in Toronto and practices in both Ontario and the United States. He is a member of Dietitians of Canada, the College of Dietitians of Ontario, and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. With a bachelor of science in Dietetics, a master of science in Adult Education, and certificates in Nutrition Counselling and Remote Teaching, Drew has been helping adults and couples approach, adopt, and achieve sustainable health goals for 5+ years. He specializes in weight management, cardiovascular health, plant-focused lifestyles, as well as sports performance nutrition. He provides client-centred nutrition care in English.

In his spare time, Drew loves to travel, explore cuisines and architecture, enjoy the outdoors with a hike or swim, watch an action or comedy film at the cinema, and dance the evening away at a festival or concert.

Samantha Holmgren, RD

Ontario | English

Clientele: all ages

Samantha Holmgren is a dietitian, registered with the College of Dietitians of Ontario. In addition, she can see clients located in Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Labrador. She completed her Bachelors of Science in Nutrition from the University of Saskatchewan in 2013, Since then, she has been working with clients across the lifespan from prenatal to palliative and across a wide variety of health concerns.

Samantha blends mindful and intuitive eating principles with nutrition science to help you build better habits and support your health goals. She has extensive experience helping people with chronic disease management such as hypertension, type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, celiac disease, IBS, and more.

Shauna Lindzon, RD

Ontario | English

Clientele: all ages

Shauna Lindzon is a Registered Dietitian with over 28 years of nutrition experience. She worked as a Clinical Dietitian at Sunnybrook Health Science Centre in Nephrology and Neurosurgery for 12 years. Since leaving the clinical setting, she has been working in the community as a Culinary Dietitian.

She is a program developer and nutrition leader at Wellspring Cancer Support Network in Toronto and enjoys seeing clients virtually and doing corporate wellness lectures. Over the years, she has been a food industry consultant, recipe developer, and media spokesperson for a variety of companies.

Most recently, she has developed cooking demonstrations that combine scientific knowledge with culinary education for her clientele. Her demonstrations are inspirational, educational, and entertaining. You can find a list of her nutrition classes and recipes at

Jiefan (Poppy) Ma, RD

British Columbia, Saskatchewan | English, Mandarin

Clientele: all ages

I am a Registered Dietitian with the College of Dietitians of British Columbia and a member of Dietitians of Canada. I have a bachelor’s degree in Nutritional Sciences and a master’s degree in Eating Disorders and Clinical Nutrition. I have gained a broad range of experience working with both adult and pediatric populations in primary care centres and community settings. My experience includes providing nutrition counseling to clients with diabetes and gestational diabetes, chronic diseases, PCOS, eating disorders, and irritable bowel syndrome. I believe that food choice is multifaceted and it represents one’s culture, beliefs, values, and so much more. I am passionate about providing personalized and culturally-adapted nutrition services to empower my clients to make positive lifestyle changes. I also practice a non-diet approach that emphasizes making realistic and sustainable changes to achieve holistic wellness.

Mélanie Morin, RD

Quebec | French

Clientele: all ages

*Not accepting new patients*

Melanie Morin is a registered dietitian and a member of the Professional Order of Dietitians of Quebec. She received her undergraduate degree in Nutrition from the University of Moncton.

Melanie has been working as a dietitian for more than 8 years, and has gained a broad range of experience in both, private and public sectors.

She specializes in chronic diseases such as the management of diabetes, high blood pressure, dyslipidemia as well as obesity. However, she also deals with conditions such as anemia, celiac disease, irritable bowel, gastrointestinal issues, gastric reflux, food allergies as well as weight loss, mass gain or nutritional requirements for exercise.

She is currently working as a clinical dietitian in the Quebec health network. She also practices as a private consultant.

Melanie uses evidence-based treatments that meet the needs of her clients. Her approach consists of identifying the problems and then proposing solutions to improve eating and lifestyle habits.

She is well experienced in using prevention approaches, as well as treatment-based therapy to achieve favorable nutritional and health outcomes.

Overall, Melanie has great skills to communicate in a concrete and adapted way. She enjoys supporting her clients with a natural and pure professional motivation.

Outside the office she enjoys preparing delicious recipes, and staying active with outdoor activities such as kayaking, hiking, and cycling.

Clarissa Smith, RD

Nova Scotia | English

Clientele: all ages

Clarissa is a Registered Dietitian and member of the Nova Scotia Dietetic Association who has been practicing for over 4 years with a variety of populations in her community. She has seen clients with a variety of chronic health conditions, and has a specific interest in gut health disorders, pediatric and family nutrition, and women’s health conditions (including prenatal nutrition, pregnancy, PCOS, endometriosis, etc). Clarissa believes that having a healthy relationship with food is key in a long term healthy lifestyle, and loves to help people develop this relationship while also working on their health needs. She is also expanding her knowledge in Eating Disorder Nutrition Support to help those and their families struggling in this area.

Solange Vilcherres-Sifuentes, RD

Quebec | English, French, Spanish

Clientele: all ages

*Not accepting new patients as of October 30, 2022 until Feb 1, 2024*

I am a clinical nutritionist, member of the Ordre des diététistes nutritionnistes du Québec. Holder of a Bachelor of Science with a Dietetics Major from McGill University since 2014, I have over 7 years of experience as a nutritionist in the public health sector in hospital settings and external clinics in Mauricie, Montréal, and Montérégie. I specialize in working with clients that have cardiovascular diseases, type 2 diabetes, chronic pulmonary obstructive disease), prediabetes, high cholesterol level, high blood pressure, cardiac failure, weight management, diverticulosis, irritable bowel syndrome and malnutrition. I am passionate about promoting healthy eating habits while taking into consideration individual preferences and food traditions. I practice motivational interviewing with my clients. My approach focuses on active listening, empathy, and the pursuit of wellbeing.

Mia Yuan, RD

British Columbia , Nova Scotia , New Brunswick , Newfoundland & Labrador, PEI | English, Mandarin

Clientele: all ages

Mia is a Registered Dietitian and a Certified Diabetes Educator. She has been working as a dietitian for 6 years after graduated from McGill University. She is a member of College of Dietitians of British Columbia (CDBC). Her areas of expertise include chronic disease (such as heart disease, diabetes, hypertension) prevention and management, female nutrition (preconception, pregnancy and post partum nutrition), infant nutrition, weight management etc.

Mia is currently taking the International Olympic Committee (IOC) diploma in sports nutrition. If you are looking to lose fat, gain muscle or improve sports performance, she will be the right person to help you! Outside of work, she enjoys hiking, training for marathon running, testing out new recipes and browsing new food items in grocery stores.