About Our Team

Sonya Watson (Lem)
Clinical Director, Registered Psychotherapist and Canadian Certified Counsellor 

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I provide individual, group and clinical supervision for therapists.

Individual Therapy and ADHD Coaching

I will work with you to help you start to feel better and overcome your struggles.  I am passionate about working with post-secondary students and young adults who struggle with anxiety, ADHD, depression, stress, self-esteem, body image or transition issues, relationship or friendship problems.  Since 2002, I have been counselling people in the post-secondary setting and have focused on providing therapy to people who had ADHD, Learning Disabilities and Mental Health Concerns.  I am not new to online therapy and have yars of experience providing phone and secure video counselling.  As a former high school teacher, college professor,  and a certified Learning Strategist, I can provide therapy with a focus on academics to hlep you achieve success during the semester.

Therapeutic approaches in counselling and supervision

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)

Narrative Therapy

Mindfulness

Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)

Motivational Interviewing

Strength Based Approach

Clinical Supervision

I am not at a point in my career where I want to give back to my profession by supervising Registered Psychotherapists, RP(Qualifyings) and MSW's. In supervision, I believe you are the expert of your own journey.  I will work with you and help you set your own professional goals for supervision and help you achieve them.  I create a supervision environment where you can feel comfortable talking about difficult situations in your sessions or struggles you may have, but I also focus on your strengths, achievements and wins.  My uniques skill set, which combines psychotherapy and teaching allows me to incorporate a variety of techniques into supervision sessions.  I have a flexible approach and am able to tailor your supervisions sessions to meet you needs.

My Clinical Supervisor Role Includes:

Discussing cases and providing direction

Exploring legal and ethical issues

Signing supervision forms, as required by CRPO

Creation of supervision agreement 

Examining safe and effective use of self 

Encouraging self-care

And more...

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Experience

  • 19 years experience counselling adolescents, post secondary students, young adults and adults

  • 19 years experience providing counselling to students who had ADHD and/or Learning Disabilities 

  • Experience counselling in post-secondary institutions, private mental health clinics and private practice

  • Extensive experience providing in person and virtual counselling via phone and secure video 

  • Qualified to provide clinical supervision according to CRPO requirements

  • Registered Psychotherapist and Canadian Certified Counsellor

  • Certified Learning Strategist

  • Certified Secondary School Teacher

  • Experienced High School Teacher and College Professor

 

 Professional Associations

  • Registered Psychotherapist - College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario(CRPO) License #006241

  • Canadian Certified Counsellor - Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) #2141

  • Ontario College of Teachers (OCT) Reg #431944

Education

  • Master of Education (Counselling Psychology), Memorial University of Newfoundland

  • Post-Diploma Certificate Learning Disabilities Specialist, (Learning Strategist for Learning Disabilities), Cambrian College

  • Bachelor of Education & Bachelor of Science, (Honours Science: Biology & Geography, Intermediate- Senior), York University

Professional Development

  • Clinical Social Work Supervision Certificate, University of Calgary

  • Case Writer For Peer Circles (CRPO)

  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)

  • Mental Health First Aid Canada

  • SMART Recovery Facilitator Training: "Get smart Fast" Training Program

  • Positive Space Training, Queen's University

  • Threat Assessment Training, Canadian Centre for Threat Assessment and Trauma Response

  • Walking the Walk: Compassion Fatigue Workshop, Francoise Mathieu

  • Dancing or Wrestling? Key Strategies in Enhancing Motivation for Change, Queen's University 

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Melissa Gummeson
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)
 

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I provide individual and couples counselling for young adults and adults.

Individual and Couples Counselling

I am passionate about working with young adults, adults and fellow 2SLGBTQIA+ folks and our allies who are struggling with stress, anxiety, depression, burnout, procrastination, time-management, self-esteem, and eating and relationship issues. I aim to provide a warm, supportive, non-judgmental environment where you can feel accepted, respected, and safe to share your experiences. I work to provide practical strategies for building communication skills, managing anxiety, and feeling better to both individuals and couples through virtual counselling services. You are the expert of your own experience, and I am here to guide you through the process of creating a more enriched life.

Therapeutic approaches in my counselling sessions

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Mindfulness
Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
Motivational Interviewing
Strength Based Approach
Gottman Method Couples Therapy


Experience

•    1 year counselling young adults and adults with a wide range of mental health concerns. 
•    1 year experience volunteering at a mental health organization to manage crisis calls, assess risk, and connect individuals to various counselling services and resources. 
•    Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), College of the Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO), License #10745
 

Education

•    Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology, Yorkville University 
•    Bachelor of Human Kinetics (Honours), University of Ottawa

 

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Sammi Marriner
Registered Psychotherapist
 

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I provide individual and group counselling for teens and young adults.

 

Individual and Group Counselling

I am passionate about working with this age group and work to provide a non-judgmental, safe and brave space during individual and group counselling sessions.  I have been specializing with this age group for five years in a high school/post secondary setting.  I assist teens and young adults who are struggling with anxiety, depression, stress, self-esteem issues, confusion about what they want to do in life and relationship issues to develop tools, strategies and coping in order to feel better.

 

Therapeutic approaches in my counselling sessions

 

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)

Narrative Therapy

Mindfulness

Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)

Motivational Interviewing

Strength Based Approach

 

Experience

5 years experience working with high school aged youth and young adults with complex needs

MACP Intern through Yorkville University

 

Education

Bachelor of Arts – Psychology, Laurentian University (cum Lauds)

Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology, Yorkville University

 

Professional Development

Working with Oppositional, Defiant & Explosive Children and Adolescents

LGBT Awareness and Education

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)

Mental Health First Aid Canada

CPI Non-violent Crisis Intervention Training

Brain Story Certification

Telehealth 101

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Sarah Palma
Registered Psychotherapist

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I provide individual counselling for teens, young adults, and adults.

 

Individual and Group Counselling

 

I am passionate about working with teens, young adults, and adults who are struggling with their self-esteem, self-confidence, anxiety, and interpersonal relationships. I have had experience providing tools, manageable steps, and practical strategies to build assertiveness skills, manage anxiety, and create a positive sense of self to individuals both in-person and through virtual counselling services. You can expect a supportive, empathetic, confidential, and judgement-free zone in every counselling session with me. I am genuinely interested in getting to know you and helping you to achieve a life that is meaningful and authentic to you.

 

Therapeutic approaches in my counselling sessions

 

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)

Narrative Therapy

Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)

Motivational Interviewing

Strength Based Approach

Mindfulness

 

Experience

  • 2 years counselling teens, young adults, and adults with a wide range of mental health concerns.

  • 4 years experience working at a mental health organization to manage crisis calls, assess risk, and connect individuals to various counselling services and resources.

  • Experience counselling in a public mental health clinic, an Employee and Family Assistance Program, and private practice.

  • Experience providing in-person and virtual counselling via phone and secure video.

  • Experience with co-facilitating a Violence Against Women group for female domestic abuse survivors.

  • Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

 

Professional Associations

  • Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) - College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) License #009313

 

Education

  • Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology, Yorkville University, 2020

  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) - Psychology and Criminology, Wilfrid Laurier University, 2017

 

Professional Development

  • Crisis Intervention Skills Certificate

  • Suicide Prevention Training

  • Mindfulness 101

  • Addictions 101

  • Motivational Interviewing Training

  • Anxiety Practical Intervention Strategies Workshop

  • Narrative Therapy Training

  • Skills for Psychological Recovery Workshop

  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy Training

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