Dakota Forman – Registered Psychotherapist

Laura Fess – Registered Social Worker

Laura Fess has over a decade of experience working with youth, families and couples as they navigate various life experiences. She is an attachment and trauma-informed therapist with an advanced diploma in Child and Youth Work, as well as both an Undergraduate and Masters degree in Social Work (RSW). She has been trained in many modalities including: the Gottman Method, CBT, ACT, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness and SFBT.

As a social worker, Laura sees individuals, couples and families as a holistic system; one that includes history, family, experiences, location and cultural expressions. Her goal is to work with both the micro and macro elements of each system, utilizing evidence based interventions to support clients as they process the roots of their needs as well as develops skills and tools to navigate various symptoms.

Laura is kind, bubbly, compassionate and committed to creating a judgement free environment where individuals, couples and families can safely explore how they experience the world, and they ways in which they want that to change. Laura is also a digital native and is proficient with the HIPPA compliant Jane App for virtual therapy sessions, and welcomes both in-person (Covid policy compliant) as well as virtual bookings.

When not in the office, Laura spends her free time with her hubby of 14 years and two kiddos; engaging in coffee snobbery, playing at the park and eating yummy cheese.

Marcelina Malinski – Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

Marcelina Malinski is a Qualifying Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. She holds a Masters Degree in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University and an Honours Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from the University of Toronto.

Marcelina’s therapeutic approach is one that is holistic, empathetic, and uniquely tailored to the client’s individual needs and goals. She utilizes evidence-based psychotherapeutic treatment modalities including Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), to promote clients’ mental well-being and improved quality of life. Her approach is one that is eclectic and integrative of various evidenced strategies.

She fosters a non-judgmental, nurturing environment in which clients feel safe, supported, and genuinely understood. Marcelina values the collaborative nature of the therapeutic relationship and treatment planning. She understands that each client’s experience is unique, and approaches treatment in a manner that is all encompassing of the individual.

Marcelina works with clients in the treatment of symptoms related to anxiety, depression, stress, relationship conflict, communication problems, poor self-esteem, anger management issues, emotional dysregulation, social anxiety, adjustment issues, and body image issues. She offers compassionate therapy that is flexible, and client centered.

Marcelina is currently accepting new clients for virtual, phone, and in-person sessions.

Rucha Patel – Registered Psychotherapist

Rucha is a Registered Psychotherapist (RP) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO). She has a Master’s of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counselling, through which she completed 2 years of supervised internships. In addition, she has received specialized training and completed workshops for Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), trauma therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), and Gottman Method Couples therapy.

Rucha has over 10 years of experience working in the social service industry and over 5 years of experience providing individual, couples, and group psychotherapy. She specializes in depression, anxiety, stress, self-esteem, and women’s issues. She is skilled in understanding her client’s needs and assisting them to reach their goals. Rucha has a warm, calm, compassionate, and welcoming demeanor.

Rucha believes in living a balanced life. When she is not working, she enjoys spending quality time with her family, going out for meals with her friends, and engaging in outdoor activities such as camping. Rucha has gone through her own share of challenges in life. She gets her strength and resiliency from meditating, practicing positive affirmations, reading books, painting, and reaching out to her support system. Rucha hopes to help her clients identify their goals and strengths to live their authentic life and achieve their vision of life.

Stephanie Kerr – Registered Social Worker

Stephanie is a Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers and achieved her Master of Social Work in 2013. Stephanie has been working in the Social Work field for over 10 years with people from various backgrounds.

Stephanie provides a focus on mental health work with adults and teenagers along with preteens, and marriage counselling with couples utilizing various practice modalities some of which include: solution-focused therapy, narrative therapy, Gottman methodology, cognitive-behavioural therapy, and a mindfulness/body awareness approach.

Stephanie has been fortunate enough to find her passion working with and helping others. She truly believes that change is possible, and the first step is overcoming apprehensions and making the call for support. Stephanie believes that through using various practice modalities along with working at the client’s pace, that true change and growth are possible, and those learned skills can be carried forward long-term to evoke positive change and self-discovery. Stephanie works to create a safe-space that is non-judgemental, empathetic and where clients are free to discuss their specific goals and tell their story.

You are important, and Stephanie is able to assist you in developing skills to better your quality of life. Stephanie works to ensure that clients feel confident in utilizing the skills they have learned in order to live more full and enriched lives.

Stephanie works from an anti-oppressive ABR lens and understands the difficulties clients are experiencing.

Maureen – Registered Social Worker

As both a provider and consumer of therapy services, Maureen appreciates the courage it takes to seek out support and the comfort offered in having someone journey with us as we navigate life’s inevitable challenges. She offers a compassionate, judgement-free environment in which clients can explore what is meaningful and rewarding for them and identify what is less fulfilling in their lives, at a comfortable pace.

Maureen’s approach to therapy is strengths-based and collaborative in nature. She believes that, given the right conditions, all people move toward healing, growth, and well-being. By joining her own clinical insights with a client’s unique strengths and resources, Maureen strives to assist clients in developing greater self-awareness and gaining insight into their interactions with the world. Through this process of exploration, clients will uncover pathways for resolving difficult emotions or experiences, feel able to face and overcome current obstacles; and, move naturally toward growth and well-being.

Maureen holds a master’s degree in counselling psychology; and, bachelor’s degrees in psychology and social work. She is a member of the Canadian Association of Social Workers; and, a member in good standing with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. She has offered therapy services for over 13 years and has worked in various settings including crisis services, community practice, and family health. Maureen uses an integrative approach that draws on a range of evidence-based therapy techniques uniquely tailored to the client’s individual needs. These include: solution-focused, narrative, cognitive-behavioural, and emotion-focused, in addition to others. She is experienced in supportive individuals moving through a wide range of life experiences including: life transitions, grief and loss, gender identity, sexual identity, separation and divorce, retirement, change in health status, chronic pain, chronic health conditions, experiences of interpersonal violence, depression, anxiety, self-esteem, disordered eating, substance use disorders, sexuality, emotion regulation, anger management, relationship difficulties, and more.