Welcome to Church Wellesley Counselling and Psychotherapy

As a community-minded organization, we sincerely believe that emotional healing and personal growth are within your reach.

Through a trauma-informed, anti-oppressive lens, we offer individual therapy for issues related to anxiety and depression, gender and sexuality, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and trauma.

If you live in downtown Toronto, identify within the LGBTQ2 community, or simply seek positive change, get in touch with us today.

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Our Services

Gender Affirming Surgery (GAS) Secondary Assessments

Group Counselling

Individual and Couples Counselling and Psychotherapy

Licensed Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO) Provider (License No. SP17170)

Registered Health Claims for Auto Insurance (HCAI) Facility (Registry No. 121091)

Employment Opportunities

Thank you for exploring employment / practicum opportunities with Adam Terpstra Psychotherapy Professional Corporation.

At this time we are not hiring - thank you for expressing your interest for working with Church Wellesley Counselling and Psychotherapy / Queen Spadina Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Practicum opportunities for the 2018/19 academic year have been filled. Practica begin every September and run until the prescribed end date of your institution with the possibility of extension until mid August.

Applications for practica are accepted between January 15 - February 15 with interviews/practicum offers being made by end of February.

Interested applicants are invited to send their cover letter and CV to Adam Terpstra at info@cwcp.ca.

Specialties and Focus

    Addiction
    Anxiety
    Behaviour management
    Body image
    Career counselling for educators
    Coping skills and strategies
    Depression
    Dysphoria
    Eating Disorders
    Educational issues
    Frustration
    Gender identity
    Gender transition
    Grief
    Interpersonal skills
    Life transitions
    Men's issues
    Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
    Relationship counselling
    Separation divorce
    Sexuality (LGBTQ2)
    Spirituality
    Stress
    Trauma
    Women's issues

Gender Affirming Surgery (GAS) / Sexual Reassignment Surgery Secondary Assessments

For individuals seeking GAS secondary assessments, limited sessions are available for scheduling with Nate Freeman (MSW/RSW) by emailing Nate (nate@cwcp.ca).

Base secondary assessments require a minimum of one 50 minute session and subsequent time for the clinician to write the report at a total cost of $250. If you have extended health benefits and are covered for Registered Social Worker services, you may be eligible to submit your invoice to your benefits provider for reimbursement.

If additional sessions are necessary and you agree to meet for those sessions, an additional $100 will be added for every session to the base amount of $250. If you decide to postpone further appointments, you will only be required to pay $100 at the conclusion of your initial session understanding that Nate will not create any secondary assessment report until future appointments or full fee is made.

Contact us (info@cwcp.ca) for further information or Nate (nate@cwcp.ca) to schedule an appointment.

Group Sessions

Anxiety and Stress Management
$15 / Waitlist
khuraman@cwcp.ca

Weekly meetings in the Church Wellesley neighbourhood for individuals to meet and learn more about their anxiety and stress, develop management techniques, and gain support in an inviting group environment. Contact Khuraman, using the button above, for further information and to sign up. Interested participants are invited to contact us (khuraman@cwcp.ca) for more information.

Depression Management
$15 / Waitlist
khuraman@cwcp.ca

Weekly meetings in the Church Wellesley neighbourhood for individuals to meet and learn more about their anxiety and stress, develop management techniques, and gain support in an inviting group environment. Contact Khuraman, using the button above, for further information and to sign up. Interested participants are invited to contact us (khuraman@cwcp.ca) for more information.

TransPositive - Beyond Gender
$15 / Waitlist
nate@cwcp.ca

Providing a safe space for trans and non-binary individuals to meet on a weekly basis to discuss / explore / learn about relevant issues. Psycho-educational and psycho-emotional support-based approach. Contact Us using the button above, for further information and to sign up. Interested participants are invited to contact us (nate@cwcp.ca) for more information.

Your First Session

Your first session can take anywhere between 50 - 80 minutes. During this session, you and your clinician will discuss your presenting concerns (i.e., why have you reached out for counselling services), your background (e.g., family, medical, social, etc.), gain a general understanding of what you seek from counselling, and identify how our services might support your process. You and your clinician will decide on how frequently you will meet (e.g., once or twice a week at 50 or 80 minutes), which can change as necessary.

Interested in scheduling your intake session? Refer to the clinician biographies below (e.g., Adam, Haley, Khuraman, Volha, etc.), visit the online scheduling system, select your preferred clinician from the STAFF option, select 1.5 Hour Intake Session, and follow the subsequent prompts. You will receive an automatic verification email once you schedule the intake session, then your clinician will send a confirmation email with further details in regards to your first session.

Hourly Rates

in
take
    $130
    $90
    $90
    $125
    $90
    $90
    $125
    $0
    $90
    $125
    180
    Adam Terpstra
    Alexandra Canzonieri
    Anastasia Assura
    Anastasia
  • Couple Rate
    Haley Moore
    Volha Shelepava
    Volha
  • Couple Rate
    Master Level Student
    Post-Graduate Student
    Post-Graduate
  • Couple Rate
    Doctoral Level Student
50
minutes
    $130
    $125
    $125
    $125
    $125
    $75-$125
    $125
    $160
    180
    Adam Terpstra
    Alexandra Canzonieri
    Anastasia Assura
    Haley Moore
    Volha Shelepava
    Master Level Student
    Post-Graduate Student
    Post-Graduate
  • Couple Rate
    Doctoral Level Student
80
minutes
    $195
    $187.50
    $187.50
    $240
    $187.50
    $187.50
    $240
    $110-$187.50
    $187.50
    $240
    $270
    Adam Terpstra
    Alexandra Canzonieri
    Anastasia Assura
    Anastasia
  • Couple Rate
    Haley Moore
    Volha Shelepava
    Volha
  • Couple Rate
    Master Level Student
    Post-Graduate Student
    Post-Graduate
  • Couple Rate
    Doctoral Level Student

Sliding rates are discussed upon intake session.

Cancellation Policy

When you book a session, your clinician reserves their time for you. In the event that you will be unable to keep an appointment, please notify your clinician at least 24 hours in advance, so that someone else may utilize the time. Similarly, when your clinician is unable to keep the appointment with you, they will give you more than a 24-hour notice and rebook to another date and time.

In the case whereby you are unable to provide 24-hour cancellation notice (e.g., you cancel an appointment on the day of the appointment [i.e. the same day] or do not show up for a scheduled appointment), unless for emergency reasons (e.g., medical or family emergencies), you will be charged the fee for your session and payment will be required at your next scheduled session.

Note: Employee Assistance Programs and other insurance-based programs will not reimburse you, the client, for missed appointment costs.

Our Clinicians

Below is a list of our clinicians. To view or hide their details, touch their portrait.

Portraits in black and white represent a clinician currently not available for accepting new pateints.

To book an appointment, find an available clinician from the list below and tap on the "Available" button beneath them. This will bring you to the booking site for that clinician.

Returning Patient?

Access our booking directly here

Director: Queen Spadina
Adam Terpstra
Registered Psychotherapist
Registered Social Worker
Unavailable
English
Clinic Director

I completed a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from University of Victoria in 2009, a Bachelor of Education in Social Sciences from University of Victoria in 2013, and a Master of Education in Adult Counselling and Psychotherapy in 2016 from University of Toronto, OISE campus. I am a Registered Social Worker (RSW), a Registered Psychotherapist (RP), a Certified Canadian Counsellor (CCC), and a registered teacher in British Columbia, Ontario (OCT), and the Yukon Territory. I am a Certified Member of the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists (OACCPP) and a voluntary member of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF).

Growing up in rural Ontario and living in mid-to-large cities across Canada, I have worked with a variety of populations ranging from hard-to-reach inner city clients, adult survivors of childhood trauma, and the LGBTQ2 community, which has fostered a sincere understanding of the various daily life challenges and struggles.

Practicing from an eclectic therapeutic model, drawing from such modalities as Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Internal Family Systems (IFS) model, and Schema Therapy, the focus of my clinical experience has been directed toward the age range of 21 - 65 with presenting issues relating to depression and general anxiety, childhood physical, psychological, and sexual trauma, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and gender/sexuality-related issues.

Also at Queen Spadina
Alexandra Canzonieri
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)
Unavailable
English
Spanish

I completed a Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto in 2015, specializing in Psychology and minoring in Buddhism, and a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from Western University in 2018. I am a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) as well as a Canadian Certified Counsellor with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA).

During my academic years, I was actively involved with my community by providing psychosocial support to adult populations who have experienced difficulties with addiction, anxiety, depression, grief, significant loss and transitions, as well as childhood sexual trauma and recent trauma. Working with individuals who seek change ignited my passion to support clients find their inner strengths and resources in pursuit of identifying the barriers that impede the process of change.

Using a client-centred and trauma-informed approach, I work collaboratively with clients in pursuit of fostering change and achieving their goals. My psychotherapeutic practice utilizes techniques from different therapeutic modalities including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectal Behaviour Therapy (DBT), and Motivational Interviewing and Solution-Focused Therapy.

Anastasia Assuras
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)
English
Couples Counselling

I completed my Master of Counselling Psychology (MCP) at Adler University in Vancouver, B.C., and am a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO).

I have experience counselling youth, adults, couples, and families struggling with addiction and substance use, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, past or current trauma, personality disorders, sexual abuse, relationship issues, and other mental health issues. I practice from an eclectic therapeutic model as I adapt treatment to fit my clients’ goals and needs. I practice from a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) framework and I have experience using Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Family Systems Theory, and other modalities from a trauma-informed lens.

My therapeutic approach includes an acknowledgment and understanding of discrimination and oppression faced by my clients. My goal as a therapist is not to challenge the discrimination or harmful life experiences my clients may have faced, but rather to challenge the meaning that is often internalized from such occurrences. I aim to develop a foundation of safety and trust within the therapeutic relationship to evoke change and to develop or restore feelings of self-worth, strength, and hope while holding a non-judgmental space.

Also at Queen Spadina
Haley Moore
Registered Social Worker

I completed a Bachelor Degree in Social Work at Ryerson University in 2017 and a Master of Social Work, specializing in Gerontology, at the University of Toronto, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work in 2018.I am a Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (831821).

I practice from an anti-oppressive lens, valuing dignity, diversity, and self-empowerment. My educational and clinical experience has included working with individuals to overcome individual, societal, and systemic factors and enable growth and healing. I work using tenants of Narrative Therapy and Internal Family Systems (IFS), and focus on self-healing and therapeutic approaches to care. My experience ranges from work with children and adolescents to work with older adults and their support systems, with presenting concerns of low income and poverty, homelessness, addictions and mental health.

Volha Shelepava
Registered Psychotherapist
English
Russian
Couples Counselling

I completed a Bachelor of Psychology from the Belarusian State University in 2004 and a Bachelor of Clinical Psychology from the joint program of the Belarusian State University and Lateran University (Pisa, Italy) in 2004. I received my certification as a Gestalt Therapist from the Moscow Gestalt Institute in 2004 and again from the Gestalt Institute of Toronto in 2016. I am a Registered Psychotherapist (RP) and a member of the Canadian Association for Psychodynamic Therapy (CAPT).

From 2004 to 2008 I worked in private practice as a psychotherapist in Minsk, Belarus, and have been working as a counsellor in Toronto since 2013. I work with adults from a Gestalt therapy perspective on a range of issues, such as anxiety and depression, psychosomatic and eating disorders, grief and loss, relationship issues including LGBTQ2, career challenges and self-esteem. I am also a part of the Survivor of Suicide Loss program at the Distress Centres of Toronto working with people who have lost loved ones to suicide.

My professional focus has been directed toward supporting clients (i.e., individuals and couples) as they establish the balance and strength in difficult situations in pursuit of broadening their available choices during moments of crisis and everyday life. One way I support clients in the achievement of this goal is to explore feelings, sensations, thoughts and ways of relating that might currently be outside of their awareness, and that contribute to the difficulties they currently face.

Our Student Clinicians

From 10 September 2018 to 31 August 2019, we will be offering sliding scale counselling services by students enrolled in Counselling and Psychotherapy graduate programs through University of Toronto (OISE) and Yorkville University. Intake sessions (80 minutes) with these students is no-fee and the 50 minute hourly rate ranges from $75 to $125. Email (info@cwcp.ca) for additional information.

To schedule an intake session with a student clinician, visit the online scheduling system, select your preferred student clinician (i.e., Enrique, Khuraman, Parker, or Stephen) select 1.5 hour intake session (no-fee for Parker and Stephen, $90 for Enrique, and $180 for Khuraman), and follow the prompts. For additional information, get in touch via email (info@cwcp.ca) or phone at 647-358-5815.

Note: In support of professional development, all sessions with student clinicians are audio and/or video recorded with strictest adherence to confidentiality, which will be discussed during the intake session.

Christopher McKinnon
BSc (Hons)
M.A. Candidate

I completed my Honours Bachelor of Science at the University of Toronto in 2006, with a double-major in biological sciences and philosophy. I am currently completing my Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology through Yorkville University.

Prior to beginning my training as a psychotherapist, I spent nearly two decades working in the not-for-profit arts and the public sector, in a range of roles that supported community development and engagement. In that time, I became an experienced community organizer and facilitator of difficult conversations in the worlds of arts and culture, urbanism, and our LGBTQ2S communities.

As a therapist, I am interested in working with you to overcome the challenges that you are facing, whether they relate to depression, anxiety, thoughts about suicide, chronic illness or disability, interpersonal or relationship issues, cultural identity, gender identity, sexual orientation, grief and loss, or difficult emotions. As a queer mixed-race person, I am drawn to this work in order facilitate healing and growth after trauma, especially intergenerational trauma. I have a particular interest in providing self-affirming service to people from Indigenous, Black and racialized communities, LGBTQ2S communities, folks who have non-normative family structures or sexual practices, and individuals who may experience layered intersections of marginalization. I am committed to creating a safe and non-judgmental space in which we can work together to chart the course of your healing journey.

Enrique Garcia
M.Sc., M.A.
Post Grad Candidate
Unavailable
English
Spanish
Catalan
Couples Counselling

I completed a Master of Arts (M.A.) from Columbia University in 1996 in international relations, completed a Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Humanistic Psychotherapeutic Counselling in 2016, and am currently enrolled at the Toronto Institute for Relational Psychotherapy. I have been trained in four humanistic psychotherapeutic approaches: Existential and Relational, Gestalt, Person-Centred, and Transactional Analysis, all of which are utilized in accordance with your presenting issue(s) or circumstance(s).

I have experience providing psychotherapeutic counselling in English, Spanish, and Catalan to a variety of populations including: couples, immigrants and refugees, LGBTQ, newcomers, people affected by HIV, seniors, and women. Some of the presenting issues I have worked with include academics / school, anxiety, bereavement, employment / work, low self-esteem, medical diagnoses, relationship problems, and substance abuse.

My goal as a therapist is to help support and guide your perspective into a healthy and productive understanding. Whether the presenting issue is your career, relationships, or anything else that is important to you, I will help guide you through my integrative approach to develop the habits and skills that will increase your ability to effectively deal with the challenges, changes, and emotional moments you encounter. I believe in working from a safe, non-judgmental, and harm reduction perspective creating an empathic and trustful relationship.

Also at Queen Spadina
Khuraman Mamedova
M.A., B.A.
Ph.D Candidate
Unavailable
English
Russian
Turkish
Azerbaijani

I completed a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology in 2014 and am currently in the final year of a Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology, both at York University. I have completed two hospital practicums (i.e., Brampton Civic Hospital and Toronto General Hospital, Bariatric Surgery program) where I worked with clients presenting with the range of difficulties, such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and interpersonal problems. I have been trained in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT), and Motivational Interviewing (MI).

As a clinician, I adopt the style that works best for the client and enjoy building a collaborative relationship where clients can share their experiences and struggles in a warm, non-judgmental and safe environment. My goal as a therapist is to help clients see how strong and resilient they are and instill hope that they can overcome any challenge.

Parker Garrod
B.A.
M.Ed. Candidate
Unavailable
English

I completed my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology at Western University in 2015. I am currently completing my Masters of Education in Adult Counselling and Psychotherapy at University of Toronto. I have worked the last three years as a Mental Health Worker and have experience in working with anxiety, depression, gender identity, and sexual orientation. My clinical approach to support work and counselling is largely centered around mindfulness, self-acceptance, and a collaborative partnership that encourages self-actualization. I mainly utilize Emotion Focused, Internal Family Systems, and Schema therapies in my therapeutic practice.

Stephen Buzzelli
N.D., B.Sc.
M.A. Candidate

I graduated from the University of Guelph in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science, in 2015 from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine with a Doctor of Naturopathy, and am currently completing my Master’s of Arts in Counselling Psychology through Yorkville University.

Practicing from an eclectic model that includes Internal Family Systems Theory (IFS), Schema Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and Positive/Strength-Based Psychology, my counselling interests include anxiety, career counselling, depression, grief, loss and bereavement, stress and life transitions, and behavioural / emotional issues pertaining to anger, shame, guilt, low self-esteem, fear, pain, worthlessness and trauma. In terms of my therapeutic approach, I view the therapeutic alliance as being most critical in pursuit of establishing / strengthening the foundation of healing so that optimal mental health can be achieved.

I identify as a gay, cis-gender male and am eager to contribute my knowledge to the LGBTQ2+ community and allies.

To book an appointment, find an available clinician from the list below and tap on the "Available" button beneath them. This will bring you to the booking site for that clinician.

Returning Patient?

Access our booking directly here

Director: Queen Spadina
Unavailable
English
Clinic Director
Adam Terpstra
Registered Psychotherapist
Registered Social Worker

I completed a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from University of Victoria in 2009, a Bachelor of Education in Social Sciences from University of Victoria in 2013, and a Master of Education in Adult Counselling and Psychotherapy in 2016 from University of Toronto, OISE campus. I am a Registered Social Worker (RSW), a Registered Psychotherapist (RP), a Certified Canadian Counsellor (CCC), and a registered teacher in British Columbia, Ontario (OCT), and the Yukon Territory. I am a Certified Member of the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists (OACCPP) and a voluntary member of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF).

Growing up in rural Ontario and living in mid-to-large cities across Canada, I have worked with a variety of populations ranging from hard-to-reach inner city clients, adult survivors of childhood trauma, and the LGBTQ2 community, which has fostered a sincere understanding of the various daily life challenges and struggles.

Practicing from an eclectic therapeutic model, drawing from such modalities as Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Internal Family Systems (IFS) model, and Schema Therapy, the focus of my clinical experience has been directed toward the age range of 21 - 65 with presenting issues relating to depression and general anxiety, childhood physical, psychological, and sexual trauma, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and gender/sexuality-related issues.

Also at Queen Spadina
Unavailable
English
Spanish
Alexandra Canzonieri
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

I completed a Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto in 2015, specializing in Psychology and minoring in Buddhism, and a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from Western University in 2018. I am a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) as well as a Canadian Certified Counsellor with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA).

During my academic years, I was actively involved with my community by providing psychosocial support to adult populations who have experienced difficulties with addiction, anxiety, depression, grief, significant loss and transitions, as well as childhood sexual trauma and recent trauma. Working with individuals who seek change ignited my passion to support clients find their inner strengths and resources in pursuit of identifying the barriers that impede the process of change.

Using a client-centred and trauma-informed approach, I work collaboratively with clients in pursuit of fostering change and achieving their goals. My psychotherapeutic practice utilizes techniques from different therapeutic modalities including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectal Behaviour Therapy (DBT), and Motivational Interviewing and Solution-Focused Therapy.

English
Couples Counselling
Anastasia Assuras
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

I completed my Master of Counselling Psychology (MCP) at Adler University in Vancouver, B.C., and am a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO).

I have experience counselling youth, adults, couples, and families struggling with addiction and substance use, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, past or current trauma, personality disorders, sexual abuse, relationship issues, and other mental health issues. I practice from an eclectic therapeutic model as I adapt treatment to fit my clients’ goals and needs. I practice from a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) framework and I have experience using Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Family Systems Theory, and other modalities from a trauma-informed lens.

My therapeutic approach includes an acknowledgment and understanding of discrimination and oppression faced by my clients. My goal as a therapist is not to challenge the discrimination or harmful life experiences my clients may have faced, but rather to challenge the meaning that is often internalized from such occurrences. I aim to develop a foundation of safety and trust within the therapeutic relationship to evoke change and to develop or restore feelings of self-worth, strength, and hope while holding a non-judgmental space.

Also at Queen Spadina
English
Haley Moore
Registered Social Worker

I completed a Bachelor Degree in Social Work at Ryerson University in 2017 and a Master of Social Work, specializing in Gerontology, at the University of Toronto, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work in 2018.I am a Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (831821).

I practice from an anti-oppressive lens, valuing dignity, diversity, and self-empowerment. My educational and clinical experience has included working with individuals to overcome individual, societal, and systemic factors and enable growth and healing. I work using tenants of Narrative Therapy and Internal Family Systems (IFS), and focus on self-healing and therapeutic approaches to care. My experience ranges from work with children and adolescents to work with older adults and their support systems, with presenting concerns of low income and poverty, homelessness, addictions and mental health.

English
Russian
Couples Counselling
Volha Shelepava
Registered Psychotherapist

I completed a Bachelor of Psychology from the Belarusian State University in 2004 and a Bachelor of Clinical Psychology from the joint program of the Belarusian State University and Lateran University (Pisa, Italy) in 2004. I received my certification as a Gestalt Therapist from the Moscow Gestalt Institute in 2004 and again from the Gestalt Institute of Toronto in 2016. I am a Registered Psychotherapist (RP) and a member of the Canadian Association for Psychodynamic Therapy (CAPT).

From 2004 to 2008 I worked in private practice as a psychotherapist in Minsk, Belarus, and have been working as a counsellor in Toronto since 2013. I work with adults from a Gestalt therapy perspective on a range of issues, such as anxiety and depression, psychosomatic and eating disorders, grief and loss, relationship issues including LGBTQ2, career challenges and self-esteem. I am also a part of the Survivor of Suicide Loss program at the Distress Centres of Toronto working with people who have lost loved ones to suicide.

My professional focus has been directed toward supporting clients (i.e., individuals and couples) as they establish the balance and strength in difficult situations in pursuit of broadening their available choices during moments of crisis and everyday life. One way I support clients in the achievement of this goal is to explore feelings, sensations, thoughts and ways of relating that might currently be outside of their awareness, and that contribute to the difficulties they currently face.

Our Student Clinicians

From 10 September 2018 to 31 August 2019, we will be offering sliding scale counselling services by students enrolled in Counselling and Psychotherapy graduate programs through University of Toronto (OISE) and Yorkville University. Intake sessions (80 minutes) with these students is no-fee and the 50 minute hourly rate ranges from $75 to $125. Email (info@cwcp.ca) for additional information.

To schedule an intake session with a student clinician, visit the online scheduling system, select your preferred student clinician (i.e., Enrique, Khuraman, Parker, or Stephen) select 1.5 hour intake session (no-fee for Parker and Stephen, $90 for Enrique, and $180 for Khuraman), and follow the prompts. For additional information, get in touch via email (info@cwcp.ca) or phone at 647-358-5815.

Note: In support of professional development, all sessions with student clinicians are audio and/or video recorded with strictest adherence to confidentiality, which will be discussed during the intake session.

Christopher McKinnon
BSc (Hons)
M.A. Candidate

I completed my Honours Bachelor of Science at the University of Toronto in 2006, with a double-major in biological sciences and philosophy. I am currently completing my Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology through Yorkville University.

Prior to beginning my training as a psychotherapist, I spent nearly two decades working in the not-for-profit arts and the public sector, in a range of roles that supported community development and engagement. In that time, I became an experienced community organizer and facilitator of difficult conversations in the worlds of arts and culture, urbanism, and our LGBTQ2S communities.

As a therapist, I am interested in working with you to overcome the challenges that you are facing, whether they relate to depression, anxiety, thoughts about suicide, chronic illness or disability, interpersonal or relationship issues, cultural identity, gender identity, sexual orientation, grief and loss, or difficult emotions. As a queer mixed-race person, I am drawn to this work in order facilitate healing and growth after trauma, especially intergenerational trauma. I have a particular interest in providing self-affirming service to people from Indigenous, Black and racialized communities, LGBTQ2S communities, folks who have non-normative family structures or sexual practices, and individuals who may experience layered intersections of marginalization. I am committed to creating a safe and non-judgmental space in which we can work together to chart the course of your healing journey.

Unavailable
English
Spanish
Catalan
Couples Counselling
Enrique Garcia
M.Sc., M.A.
Post Grad Candidate

I completed a Master of Arts (M.A.) from Columbia University in 1996 in international relations, completed a Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Humanistic Psychotherapeutic Counselling in 2016, and am currently enrolled at the Toronto Institute for Relational Psychotherapy. I have been trained in four humanistic psychotherapeutic approaches: Existential and Relational, Gestalt, Person-Centred, and Transactional Analysis, all of which are utilized in accordance with your presenting issue(s) or circumstance(s).

I have experience providing psychotherapeutic counselling in English, Spanish, and Catalan to a variety of populations including: couples, immigrants and refugees, LGBTQ, newcomers, people affected by HIV, seniors, and women. Some of the presenting issues I have worked with include academics / school, anxiety, bereavement, employment / work, low self-esteem, medical diagnoses, relationship problems, and substance abuse.

My goal as a therapist is to help support and guide your perspective into a healthy and productive understanding. Whether the presenting issue is your career, relationships, or anything else that is important to you, I will help guide you through my integrative approach to develop the habits and skills that will increase your ability to effectively deal with the challenges, changes, and emotional moments you encounter. I believe in working from a safe, non-judgmental, and harm reduction perspective creating an empathic and trustful relationship.

Also at Queen Spadina
Unavailable
English
Russian
Turkish
Azerbaijani
Khuraman Mamedova
M.A., B.A.
Ph.D Candidate

I completed a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology in 2014 and am currently in the final year of a Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology, both at York University. I have completed two hospital practicums (i.e., Brampton Civic Hospital and Toronto General Hospital, Bariatric Surgery program) where I worked with clients presenting with the range of difficulties, such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and interpersonal problems. I have been trained in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT), and Motivational Interviewing (MI).

As a clinician, I adopt the style that works best for the client and enjoy building a collaborative relationship where clients can share their experiences and struggles in a warm, non-judgmental and safe environment. My goal as a therapist is to help clients see how strong and resilient they are and instill hope that they can overcome any challenge.

Unavailable
English
Parker Garrod
B.A.
M.Ed. Candidate

I completed my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology at Western University in 2015. I am currently completing my Masters of Education in Adult Counselling and Psychotherapy at University of Toronto. I have worked the last three years as a Mental Health Worker and have experience in working with anxiety, depression, gender identity, and sexual orientation. My clinical approach to support work and counselling is largely centered around mindfulness, self-acceptance, and a collaborative partnership that encourages self-actualization. I mainly utilize Emotion Focused, Internal Family Systems, and Schema therapies in my therapeutic practice.

Stephen Buzzelli
N.D., B.Sc.
M.A. Candidate

I graduated from the University of Guelph in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science, in 2015 from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine with a Doctor of Naturopathy, and am currently completing my Master’s of Arts in Counselling Psychology through Yorkville University.

Practicing from an eclectic model that includes Internal Family Systems Theory (IFS), Schema Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and Positive/Strength-Based Psychology, my counselling interests include anxiety, career counselling, depression, grief, loss and bereavement, stress and life transitions, and behavioural / emotional issues pertaining to anger, shame, guilt, low self-esteem, fear, pain, worthlessness and trauma. In terms of my therapeutic approach, I view the therapeutic alliance as being most critical in pursuit of establishing / strengthening the foundation of healing so that optimal mental health can be achieved.

I identify as a gay, cis-gender male and am eager to contribute my knowledge to the LGBTQ2+ community and allies.

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