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

Individual and Couples Counselling and Psychotherapy

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

Registered Clinician for Indian Residential Schools - Resolution Health Support Program (IRS RHSP)

Registered Clinician for Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) - Mental Health Counselling (MHC)

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

Employment and Practicum Opportunities

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

At this time we are not currently hiring, although interested applicants are still invited to send their cover letter and CV to info@cwcp.ca

Practicum opportunities for the 2019/20 academic year have been filled.

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

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
    $125
    $125
    $160
    $125
    $160
    $125
    $125
    $125
    $160
    $125
    $160
    $0
    $180
    Adam Terpstra
    Alexandra Canzonieri
    Anastasia Assuras
    Anastasia
  • Couple Rate
    Elise Meertens
    Elise
  • Couple Rate
    • Haley Moore
      Parker Garrod
      Stephen Buzzelli
      Stephen
    • Couple Rate
      Volha Shelepava
      Volha
    • Couple Rate
      Master Level Student
    Doctoral Level Student
50
minutes
    $130
    $125
    $125
    $125
    $125
    $125
    $125
    $125
    $75-$125
    $180
    Adam Terpstra
    Alexandra Canzonieri
    Anastasia Assuras
    Elise Meertens
    Haley Moore
    Parker Garrod
    Stephen Buzzelli
    Volha Shelepava
    Master Level Student
    Doctoral Level Student
80
minutes
    $195
    $187.50
    $187.50
    $240
    $187.50
    $240
    $187.50
    $187.50
    $187.50
    $240
    $187.50
    $240
    $110-$187.50
    $270
    Adam Terpstra
    Alexandra Canzonieri
    Anastasia Assuras
    Anastasia
  • Couple Rate
    Elise Meertens
    Elise
  • Couple Rate
    • Haley Moore
      Parker Garrod
      Stephen Buzzelli
      Stephen
    • Couple Rate
      Volha Shelepava
      Volha
    • Couple Rate
      Master Level Student
    Doctoral Level Student

Sliding rates are discussed upon intake session.

Do you have extended health benefits? If your coverage includes psychologists, psychotherapists, or social workers, you may be able to claim our services through your health benefits. Check your coverage and email info@cwcp.ca for more details.

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

Clinic Director

Adam Terpstra

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 Canadian Certified 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.

Only practices at Queen Spadina

Alexandra Canzonieri

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.

Only practices at Church Wellesley

Anastasia Assuras

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 practices at Parkside

Elise Meertens

English
Couples Counselling

Elise Meertens

Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

I completed a Master of Counselling in Counselling Psychology at Athabasca University in 2018 and am a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO).

I aim to empower individuals who are experiencing addictions, anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, and other mental health and relationship challenges through trauma-informed counselling and an anti-oppressive framework.

I work collaboratively with clients to explore manageable next steps to turn the desire for change into healing and growth. My approach is directed by the client's needs and aims to hold an open, non-judgmental, and safe space to share their stories. I take an integrated approach, incorporating Mindfulness, Solution-Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and Narrative Therapy as appropriate.

Also practices at Queen Spadina & Parkside

Haley Moore

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 tenets 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.

Only practices at Church Wellesley

Nolan Blodgett

English
Secondary Assessments to Gender Affirming Surgery

Nolan Blodgett

Registered Social Worker
B.Sc., MSW

I completed a Master of Social Work, specializing in Mental Health, at the University of Toronto in 2019 and am a Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (833175).

I have experience working with youth and adults with an emphasis on trans and gender diverse folks, the LGBTQ2S community, Indigenous folks, and people affected by eating disorders. I have supported clients with a range of presenting issues, including anxiety and depression, body image, eating disorders, gender/sexuality-related issues, personality disorders, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and substance use / misuse.

My approach is grounded in a trauma-informed, intersectional anti-oppressive framework and I aim to foster resilience and empowerment to support individuals in their journeys towards healing, change, and personal growth. Practicing from an eclectic therapeutic model, I draw on elements of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), and mindfulness-based therapy.

Secondary Assessments for Gender Affirming Surgeries (GAS) require an initial 80-minute consult. If Nolan identifies only one session is necessary, a payment of $200 will be required at the end of this session and he will produce the secondary assessment report a week following the intake session. Payment can be made through cash, debit, or credit card.

If further sessions are necessary and you agree to meet for those sessions, an additional $75 will be added for every 50-minute session to the base amount of $200. If you decide to postpone further appointments, you will only be required to pay $125 at the conclusion of session understanding that Nolan will not create any secondary assessment report until future appointments are scheduled and the full fee is paid.

Note: If you have extended health benefits, you will be able to submit the receipt for this service to your provider for reimbursement if you are covered for MSW/RSW services.

Also practices at Queen Spadina

Parker Garrod

Parker Garrod

Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

I completed my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology at Western University in 2015 and am currently in the final term of my Masters in Adult Counselling and Psychotherapy at University of Toronto, with graduation in June. I am a Professional Student Member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) and am currently awaiting registration with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO).

Over the past four years, I have worked with issues surrounding anxiety, depression, gender identity, and sexual orientation as a Mental Health Worker and a Counsellor. My clinical approach to counselling and support work is client-centered and trauma-informed, with a focus on mindfulness and a collaborative partnership with the client that encourages self-actualization. I mainly utilize Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS), and Schema Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) in my practice to encourage a healthy perception of self and greater emotional awareness.

As a queer person myself, my passion has always been to help the LGBTQ2S+ community as both an advocate and counsellor, to combat the internalized experience of oppression and discrimination. The therapy room can become a holding environment for stigmatized and fragmented aspects of self and a supportive space for self-exploration and growth.

Also practices at Parkside

Stephen Buzzelli

Stephen Buzzelli

Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

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.

Only practices at Church Wellesley

Volha Shelepava

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, select 1.5 hour intake session, 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.

Only practices at Church Wellesley

Christopher McKinnon

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.

Also practices at Queen Spadina

Khuraman Mamedova

Unavailable
English
Russian
Turkish
Azerbaijani
Couples Counselling

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.

Only practices at Church Wellesley

Nalwanga Musisi

Nalwanga Musisi

BA (Hons)
MA Candidate

I completed a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) at Makerere University, Uganda, in 2010 with a double major in Organizational Behaviour and Communication Skills, a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) at University of Toronto in 2016 with a major in Bioethics and a double minor in Human Biology and Philosophy of Science, and am currently completing a Master's in Counselling Psychology at Yorkville University. I have been trained in suicide alertness and intervention (safeTALK and ASIST), Psychological First Aid, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).

Rooted in ethnocultural understanding and empathy, my clinical approach to the therapeutic relationship centers around promoting authenticity of Self, compassion, and acceptance. I believe in genuine human connection and am committed to collaboratively engaging with you to address your concerns in a safe and non-judgmental environment. Together we will work to promote your individual wellbeing through a mindful working alliance based on compassion and trust.

In addition to having a broad base of experience working with students and young adults, I welcome the opportunity to work with recent immigrants, newcomers to Toronto and Canadian-born children of immigrants to address your issues relating, but not limited to, anger management, anxiety, childhood trauma, family generational conflict, feelings of inadequacy (including underachievement), hyper-criticalness, life-transitional issues, and self-identity.

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