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Office Locations & Languages

Our main clinic is located at Bay and Gerrard near Sick Kids Hospital in downtown Toronto. We also have other office locations in The Annex, Roncesvalles/Dundas West, Queen West, Midtown, The Danforth, The Beaches, North York, Etobicoke, Scarborough, Mississauga , Newmarket/York Region and Oakville. All of our therapists speak English. Some of our therapists can provide services in other languages. We also offer online video therapy.



 

Main Office (Bay St. & Gerrard St.)

Meet Dr. Paul Kelly, Clinical Director

  • Founder of The Mindfulness Clinic
  • Meditator for the past 40 years
  • Psychologist, Ph.D. University of Waterloo, 1985
  • At Toronto General Hospital, 1988-1997, over 1,000 patients participated in his mindfulness group program
  • Instructor, University of Toronto Faculty of Social Work

Dr. Paul Kelly, Clinical Director

Meet Laurisa Dill, M.Ed., Director

  • Director at The Mindfulness Clinic
  • Masters in Counselling Psychology From University of Toronto
  • Advanced training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Recent training from Stanford University in Compassion Cultivation and Mindfulness
  • Focus on approaches that promote positive change and self-acceptance
  • More than ten years experience helping people with anxiety, stress, social anxiety, performance anxiety, self-esteem, depression and relationship issues
  • Experience teaching Yoga and integrating Yoga Philosophy into counselling
  • Daily personal practice in Yoga and Meditation

Laurisa Dill, M.Ed., Director

Meet Jennifer Monforton, PhD

  • PhD in Clinical Psychology from Ryerson University
  • Over 6 years of experience providing therapy (individual and group-based treatment) and psychological assessment in a variety of clinical settings
  • Extensive training in treating individuals struggling with insomnia, anxiety (e.g., obsessive compulsive disorder, social anxiety, excessive worry), and depression
  • Approach is grounded in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) techniques and may integrate mindfulness and relaxation strategies
  • Conducts and has published research examining the role of repetitive, unhelpful thinking in the maintenance of anxiety

Jennifer Monforton, PhD

Meet Dr. Terra Dafoe (on leave)

  • PhD in Counseling Psychology from OISE/UT
  • Person-centred and compassionate approach to therapy
  • Active personal meditation and yoga practice
  • Trained in relaxation/guided imagery, mindfulness-based approaches, motivational interviewing, relapse prevention and cognitive-behavioural therapy
  • Experienced in working with complex mental illness, trauma, depression, anxiety, and many other issues

Dr. Terra Dafoe (on leave)

Meet Crystal Styles, MA, RP

  • Master’s degree in Transpersonal Counselling Psychology from Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado
  • Meditation practitioner for over 10 years
  • Utilizes mindfulness practices and skills training in therapeutic interventions
  • Can work with grief, anxiety, depression, anger, guilt and shame, life stress, trauma, unhealthful substance use, disordered eating behaviors, panic attacks, insomnia, and chronic medical issues
  • Background in mindfulness, CBT, DBT and other approaches

Crystal Styles, MA, RP

Meet Nazihah Niazi, MA, RP

  • Master in Clinical Psychology from University of Canberra, Australia.
  • 10 years of experience in psychological assessment and providing therapy.
  • Specific experience includes helping people with issues related to stress, anxiety, depression, abuse, trauma and relationship issues.
  • Therapeutic approaches used include psychoeducation, supportive counselling, person-centered approach and mindfulness practices, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT).

Nazihah Niazi, MA, RP
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Meet Greg Samuelson, RN, RP

  • Registered Nurse and Registered Psychotherapist with a specialty certification in Mental Health Nursing and a Certificate in Mindfulness and Psychotherapy.
  • Training in Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Interpersonal Psychotherapy.
  • Experience treating Anxiety, Panic, Depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Psychotic Disorders and Personality Disorders.
  • A practitioner and teacher of Zen Meditation.

Greg Samuelson, RN, RP

Meet Jana Brankov, MSc, RP, RMFT

  • Master of Science in Couple & Family Therapy from the University of Guelph. Registered Psychotherapist and Registered Marriage and Family Therapist.
  • Can help with relationship challenges, parenting dilemmas, blended family issues, empty nest feelings, caregivers in their day-to-day experience, or fertility and adoption challenges.
  • For individuals, can help with anxiety, depression, grief, divorce pros and cons, and influence of the family they grew up in on their relationships today.
  • Trained in Solution Focused, Narrative, Emotion Focused and Dialogic therapy approaches. Practices a strength-based, person-centered perspective, offering a non-judgmental, safe and supportive environment for healing and growth.
  • Enjoys presenting seminars on Parenting With Mindfulness and Connections.

Jana Brankov, MSc, RP, RMFT

Meet Fiona Holding, M.Psych.

  • Master’s Degree in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy from the Auckland University of Technology in Auckland, New Zealand
  • An integrative psychodynamic, warm, and compassionate approach
  • Additional training in DBT, mindfulness, and trauma models of therapy
  • Experienced in working with grief, loss, trauma, survivors of sexual assault and abuse, difficulties in relationships, life transitions, existential crises, depression and anxiety, anger, guilt, shame, envy, self esteem, sexuality difficulties, couples and parents
  • Extensive work with LGBTQ communities

Fiona Holding, M.Psych.

Meet Rae Dolman, MASc, RP, RMFT

  • Master’s degree in psychology from the University of Waterloo, Ontario
  • Registered psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO)
  • Clinical member of the Ontario Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (OAMFT)
  • Board of Examiners in Sex Therapy and Counselling in Ontario (BESTCO) Certified Sex Therapist
  • Specializes in working with individuals and couples who are struggling with sexual concerns or relationship issues
  • Affiliated with Mount Sinai Hospital since November 2002

Rae Dolman, MASc, RP, RMFT

Meet Lindsay Kochen, MSc, MSW, RSW

  • Registered Social Worker with a Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work
  • Informed by Jungian psychology, Narrative Therapy, Art-based therapies, Attachment Theory, Solution-Focused Therapy, and EMDR (which draws from mindfulness to neutralize traumatic memories and fears).
  • Warm and compassionate approach to both exploratory and goal-directed work
  • Experienced at working with anxiety, anger, depression, guilt & shame, grief & loss, illness, work-related stress, burnout, food and substance addictions, PTSD, childhood traumas, sexual abuse, family relationships, life transitions, existential issues, and crises of meaning
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Lindsay Kochen, MSc, MSW, RSW

Meet Alicia Yurichuk, MSc, RP

  • Masters of Science in Couple & Family Therapy from the University of Guelph. Registered Psychotherapist.
  • Works with Individuals, Couples, and Families.
  • Training in Narrative, Solution-Focused, Emotion Focused (EFT), and Dialogic Therapy.
  • Experience working with relationship challenges, improving communication, balancing parenting and relationship needs, intimacy concerns, life transitions, separation, anger, anxiety, depression, stress, grief and loss, and increasing self-confidence.
  • Strengths-based, person-centred, nonjudgmental approach to therapy.

Alicia Yurichuk, MSc, RP

Meet Mark Bunten, MEd, CCC

  • Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology (University of Toronto)
  • Meditation practitioner for over 15 years
  • Certified Canadian Counsellor by the CCPA (Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association) since 2011.
  • Experience helping people with stress, anxiety, depression, life and career transitions, family and relationship issues, and self-esteem.
  • Training in Solution-Focused, Emotion-Focused, Narrative, and Cognitive-Behavioural approaches. Practices a holistic, person-centered approach based on meeting clients where they are and helping them reach their goals.

Mark Bunten, MEd, CCC

Meet Dr. Jan Fleming

  • Psychiatrist and Clinical Associate with The Mindfulness Clinic
  • Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto
  • Psychiatric Consultant in the Anxiety Disorders Clinic at CAMH (the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health)
  • Dr. Fleming is co-author of The Mindfulness and Acceptance Workbook for Social Anxiety and Shyness
  • Dr. Fleming will be co-facilitating Social Anxiety Groups at The Mindfulness Clinic; she is not currently seeing clients for one-to-one therapy
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Dr. Jan Fleming

Meet Julie Giroux, MEd, OT Reg.(Ont.)

  • Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology (University of Toronto)
  • Registered Occupational Therapist since 2001
  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Teacher since 2010, and personal meditation practice since 2004
  • Experience helping people with anxiety, depression, stress, life transitions, insomnia, chronic pain & concerns particular to the LGBTQ community
  • Psychotherapy grounded in mindfulness & person-centred therapy including components of other approaches such as existential therapy, Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Experience in teaching relaxation and guided imagery for stress and anxiety

Julie Giroux, MEd, OT Reg.(Ont.)

Meet Marco Mascarin, PhD

  • PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy--dissertation focused on systemic and integrative approaches to health and healing.
  • Over 20 years of meditation practice and 15 years as a meditation teacher
  • Clinical expertise working with anxiety, stress, depression, self-esteem concerns, spiritual growth & life transitions, existential issues, identity and development
  • Trained in solution-focused, grief & trauma models, Creative Therapy and systemic-integrative approaches. Mindfulness approaches inlcude mindfulness-based addiction recovery (MBAR), mindfulness-based trauma recovery (MBTR) and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT).
  • Extensive training in Medical Qigong and somatic approaches to healing

Marco Mascarin, PhD

Meet LeeAnna Deringer, MA

  • Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from the University of Victoria
  • Meditation practitioner
  • Client and relationship-centred practice informed by mindfulness, somatic psychotherapies, narrative therapies, attachment theory
  • Compassionate approach that is strengths-based and holistic
  • Experience working with: trauma including intergenerational, relationships, chronic stress and anxiety, career counselling, sleep problems, family systems, addictions, self esteem, life transitions, existential issues and meaning-making, identity development including gender and sexuality, decolonization, loneliness and isolation
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LeeAnna Deringer, MA

Yonge & Carlton

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Meet Cara Lussier, MA, RP

  • Works with relationship Issues, affairs, separation, anxiety, stress, depression, creating boundaries, grief & loss, self-esteem, anger, parent-child relationships, extended family relationships
  • Client-centred approach with a background in ACT (acceptance and commitment therapy), CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy), EFT (emotionally focused therapy), and Gottman Couples therapy
  • In-person or Skype sessions

Cara Lussier, MA, RP

The Annex

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Meet Dr. Wendy Carter

  • Clinical and Health Psychologist
  • Worked with both men and women who have struggled with a range of difficulties, including depression, anxiety, trauma, and relationship problems
  • Expertise in the areas of women’s mental health and health psychology
  • Trained in a number of different psychotherapy approaches
  • Treatment is collaborative and compassionate

Dr. Wendy Carter

Meet Madelaine Roig, M.A. RMFT

  • Over 25 years as a therapist
  • Registered Marriage and Family Therapist
  • Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University
  • Stress management, relationships, self-esteem, career and creativity
  • Mindfulness-based and Solution Focused Therapy
  • Experienced meditator and meditation instructor

Madelaine Roig, M.A. RMFT

Meet Orlando Frizado, M.S.W.

  • Master Degree in Social Work from New York University
  • 17 years of yoga, meditation practice, and Buddhism studies.
  • Experienced in working with chronic and terminal illness, loss, grief and bereavement, sexual abuse, childhood trauma, addictions, depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder, and concerns particular to the LGBTQ community, including transgender and gender identity processing.
  • Trained in mindfulness, psychodynamic, motivational interviewing, CBT, attachment theory, harm reduction, emotionally focused therapy approaches.

Orlando Frizado, M.S.W.

Queen West (Queen St. W. & Dufferin St.)

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Meet Simone Moir

  • Gestalt psychotherapy—uses mindfulness and awareness of your feelings and experiences in the body
  • Completed Sutryana Seminary in the Shambhala Buddhist Lineage
  • Certified Yoga Instructor specializing in addressing stress, anxiety, insomnia and habit change
  • Visual and performing arts background
  • Experienced in working with depression, anxiety, loneliness, grief and loss, self-esteem, couples and relationship work, life transitions, sexuality, LGBTQ issues, addictions and trauma
  • Simone works out of an office near Queen and Dufferin

Simone Moir

Roncesvalles/Dundas West

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Meet Oona Fraser, MA, RP

  • Master’s Degree in Transpersonal Counselling Psychology from Naropa University
  • Graduate of a Buddhist seminary and meditation instructor training, a four-year program of study
  • Over 15 years of meditation practice, and 10 years as a mindfulness educator
  • Clinical expertise includes working with adult survivors of childhood abuse, trauma/PTSD, depression, anxiety, stress, anger, self-esteem, relationships, and life transitions
  • Special training in the treatment of trauma, including EMDR
  • Warm, compassionate, person-centered approach – informed by Mindfulness and Acceptance, Gestalt, Existential, and Somatic psychotherapies

Oona Fraser, MA, RP

Midtown

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Meet Nat Roman, MSc. RP. RMFT

  • Master of Science in Couple & Family Therapy from the University of Guelph
  • Registered Psychotherapist and Registered Marriage & Family Therapist
  • Integrative, strength-based, and mindfulness-oriented psychotherapy approach
  • Works with Individuals, Couples and Families
  • Training in Narrative, Solution-Focused, Cognitive Behavioural (CBT), Emotion Focused (EFT), and Person-Centred approaches to therapy
  • Experience conducting training and workshops in Nonviolent Communication (NVC), Human Rights, and Restorative Conflict processes
  • Over 15 years of meditation experience and 10 years teaching meditation, Buddhist psychology, and mindfulness-based practices

Nat Roman, MSc. RP. RMFT

Meet Katrin Mizrahi, M.A. LMFT

  • Licensed and Registered Marriage & Family Therapist and Clinical Associate with The Mindfulness Clinic
  • Masters in Clinical Psychology from Phillips Graduate Institute with Specialization in Postmodern Therapies
  • 14 years of experience working with clients of all ages struggling with anxiety, depression, relationship problems, family conflict, stress and anger management, loss and grief, trauma, abuse, life transitions and parenting.
  • Personal meditation and yoga practice for over 20 years

Katrin Mizrahi, M.A. LMFT
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Meet Ben Gibson, M.Sc.

  • Master of Science (MSc) degree in Couple and Family Therapy from the University of Guelph
  • Trained in working from a variety of clinical models, including Solution-Focused, Cognitive-Behavioral, Emotionally-Focused and Narrative therapy
  • Can help to: find solutions for family, couple and workplace conflicts; improve communication at home; manage stress, anxiety, anger and moods; cope with grief and loss; resolve trauma and past hurts; increase confidence and self-esteem; overcome unwanted substance use or addictive behaviours; find sexual intimacy; and, be the parent and family member you prefer to be
  • Ben offers a positive space for all clients, supportive of diversity, including cultural and racial diversity, gender diversity and sexual diversity

Ben Gibson, M.Sc.

North York

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Meet Shirley Katz, PhD

  • Ph.D. in Counselling Psychology from UBC. Taught in the graduate program at UBC.
  • Trained in the use of the arts in therapy.
  • Special knowledge and skills in the area of womens’ relationship to the body and food, anxiety, identity and career issues.
  • Effective, goal directed and respectful of diversity, including gender, sexuality, lifestyle, culture and race.

Shirley Katz, PhD

Don Mills/Eglinton

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Meet Anna Woo, MEd

  • M.Ed. in Counselling Psychology from The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto.
  • Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario
  • Over 18 years of expereince working with individuals with depression, anxiety, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, stress-related problems, grief and loss, pain management, anger managment and interpersonal problems.
  • Special interest in working with individuals struggling with second generation issues and cultural conflcits
  • Approaches include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, client-centred, relaxation and Imagery techniques, Mindfulness and behavioural interventions
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Anna Woo, MEd

Danforth

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Meet Cara Lussier, MA, RP

  • Works with relationship Issues, affairs, separation, anxiety, stress, depression, creating boundaries, grief & loss, self-esteem, anger, parent-child relationships, extended family relationships
  • Client-centred approach with a background in ACT (acceptance and commitment therapy), CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy), EFT (emotionally focused therapy), and Gottman Couples therapy
  • In-person or Skype sessions

Cara Lussier, MA, RP

Etobicoke

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Meet Rebecca Pedersen, MA, RP

  • Registered Psychotherapist with a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology from York University
  • Over 14 years of psychotherapy experience treating adults struggling with painful emotions, anger, depression, anxiety, trauma, impulsive behaviours, and relationship issues
  • Extensive training and experience in Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) for individuals and couples, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
  • My approach to therapy is grounded in an atmosphere of safety, empathy and collaboration. I am effective at adjusting my style of therapy depending on the nature of the issue and what the client wants. I am an empathetic and non-judgmental listener. I can help clients better cope with distress, process difficult emotions, change problematic thought patterns, learn new interpersonal skills, increase productivity and make critical decisions. I look forward to helping clients create positive change in their lives.
  • Office is a 2-minute indoor walk from Islington subway station and close to inexpensive parking

Rebecca Pedersen, MA, RP

Meet Jana Brankov, MSc, RP, RMFT

  • Master of Science in Couple & Family Therapy from the University of Guelph. Registered Psychotherapist and Registered Marriage and Family Therapist.
  • Can help with relationship challenges, parenting dilemmas, blended family issues, empty nest feelings, caregivers in their day-to-day experience, or fertility and adoption challenges.
  • For individuals, can help with anxiety, depression, grief, divorce pros and cons, and influence of the family they grew up in on their relationships today.
  • Trained in Solution Focused, Narrative, Emotion Focused and Dialogic therapy approaches. Practices a strength-based, person-centered perspective, offering a non-judgmental, safe and supportive environment for healing and growth.
  • Enjoys presenting seminars on Parenting With Mindfulness and Connections.

Jana Brankov, MSc, RP, RMFT

Online Video Therapy

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Meet Dr. Alan McAllister

  • Psychologist with the Bancroft Family Health Team and Consulting Psychologist with Links toHealth, Eastern Ontario
  • 35 years providing psychological services, 20+ years as a Psychologist
  • Education includes a Ph.D. in psychology from York University; a Diploma in Child Studies, University of Toronto and a Ph.D. in philosophy, University of Toronto
  • Author of The Attentive Mind Workbook: Self-healing Through Meditation.
  • Meditation-based treatments for anxiety, depression, stress, trauma, and chronic pain
  • Hypnosis for relief of chronic pain
  • Dr. McAllister is available for telephone and video eTherapy sessions.

Dr. Alan McAllister

Meet Sarah Housser, M.A. (maternity leave)

  • Director and psychotherapist at The Mindfulness Clinic
  • Masters Degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of British Columbia
  • Over 1000 hours of meditation practice
  • Experienced in working with depression, anxiety, stress, self-esteem, life transitions, relationship difficulties, parenting and family issues, career-related problems, anger and addiction
  • My approach to therapy combines mindfulness, cognitive-behavioural and person-centred therapies
  • 15 years program and business management experience

Sarah Housser, M.A. (maternity leave)

Meet Dr. Ann-Marie Golden

  • Psychologist and Mindfulness and Self-Compassion Teacher
  • Cognitive scientist working in Cambridge at the Cognition and Brain Science Unit with Mark Williams and John Teasdale, the founders of MBCT Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy
  • Approaches include: Mindfulness-based Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Compassion Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Cognitive Processing Therapy.
  • Can help with negative feelings like shame or guilt, destructive behaviours, grief/loss, chronic pain, illness, life transitions, cultural issues and much more

Dr. Ann-Marie Golden

The Beaches

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Meet Jane Delamere, MSc, RP

  • Works with families, couples and individuals
  • Experienced working with parenting issues, communication difficulties, recovering a relationship after an affair, and conflict resolution in relationships
  • Can help individuals with depression, anxiety, stress, anger management, and those struggling with a history of abuse or trauma
  • Draws from a variety of approaches, including Family Systems, mindfulness techniques, attachment theory in relationships, CBT, EFT
  • Has a personal meditation practice

Jane Delamere, MSc, RP

Scarborough (Scarborough Town Centre)

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Meet Vaishnavi Nadesu, M.A.

  • Master’s degree in Psychology from Adler School of Professional Studies in Toronto, and Certified Sex Addiction Therapist from the International Institute of Trauma and Addiction Professionals.
  • Worked with diverse clientele, and have a vast understanding of cultural differences.
  • Experience working with individuals presenting with depression and anxiety, as well as substance abuse, addictions, trauma, gender, anger management, relationships, and self-esteem concerns.
  • Believe in taking an empathic and eclectic approach to counselling, incorporating strategies and techniques from various theoretical approaches to suit the needs of each client.
  • Specialized training in Trauma Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution-focused therapy, mindfulness, and relaxation techniques.

Vaishnavi Nadesu, M.A.

Newmarket/York Region

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Meet Greg Samuelson, RN, RP

  • Registered Nurse and Registered Psychotherapist with a specialty certification in Mental Health Nursing and a Certificate in Mindfulness and Psychotherapy.
  • Training in Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Interpersonal Psychotherapy.
  • Experience treating Anxiety, Panic, Depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Psychotic Disorders and Personality Disorders.
  • A practitioner and teacher of Zen Meditation.

Greg Samuelson, RN, RP

Mississauga

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Meet Mariola Malasinski, MSW

  • Master of Social Work from the University of Toronto and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from York University.
  • Provides therapy to clients who experience depression, anxiety and relationship difficulties. Also works with survivors of trauma, childhood and spousal abuse.
  • Uses a variety of therapeutic approaches including CBT, solution focused, emotionally focused (EFT) as well as art therapy, focusing and mindfulness techniques.
  • Has facilitated a meditation group for women, as well as anger management, partner assault and survivors of trauma groups.
  • Can provide therapy in Polish.

Mariola Malasinski, MSW

Oakville

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Meet Jennifer Brighton, M.S.W., R.S.W. (Maternity leave)

  • Masters Degree in Clinical Social Work from Wilfrid Laurier University; Post Masters in Personal and Executive Coaching from The College of Executive Coaching.
  • Over 15 years working in the mental health field; Over 8 years learning and practising Mindfulness Meditation.
  • Experienced in working with depression, anxiety, eating disorders, self-harm, major life transitions, divorce, grief and loss, self-esteem concerns, anger management, all addictions and relationship challenges.
  • Experience using a broad range of approches, including CBT, Emotion Focussed Therapy, and EMDR.

Jennifer Brighton, M.S.W., R.S.W. (Maternity leave)

Other Languages

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Meet Katrin Mizrahi, M.A. LMFT (in Farsi)

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Katrin Mizrahi, M.A. LMFT (in Farsi)

Meet Nazihah Niazi, MA, RP (in Urdu)

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Nazihah Niazi, MA, RP (in Urdu)

Meet Orlando Frizado, M.S.W. (in French)


Orlando Frizado, M.S.W. (in French)


 

 

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