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.

In addition to working in person, online sessions are available for clients who cannot access the office and for clients who prefer online therapy.

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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, 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.

Service fees are covered by extended health programs if you are covered for psychotherapy, psychology, or social work (MSW / RSW).

Our Clinicians

Adam Terpstra
Registered Psychotherapist Registered Social Worker 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 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.

Speaks English
he/him

Adam is the clinic director of all clinic locations.

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.

Alexandra is currently not accepting patients at Church Wellesley. Please find her at Queen Spadina.
Speaks English, Spanish
she/her

Alexandra practices at Church Wellesley and Queen Spadina.

Anastasia Assuras
Registered Psychotherapist

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.

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. After travelling and working around the world, including many Canadian cities, I learned to meaningfully communicate via technology and I recognize the impact of culture and geography in healing opportunities and challenges.

I am passionate about empowering adults who are experiencing addictions, anger, anxiety, burnout, stress, trauma, and other mental health and relationship issues. I am here for you, virtually. Video counselling is a convenient and effective way to connect, do the work, and explore changes in your life from the comfort of your safe place.

We will work together to seek manageable next steps to turn the desire for change into healing, peace, and growth. My approach is directed by your needs and aims to hold an open, non-judgmental, and curious space to share experiences and thoughts, while incorporating mindfulness and cognitive strategies. I remain trauma-informed and anti-oppressive while engaging in therapeutic modalities such as Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and Solution-Focused Therapy.

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 grew up in a smaller city east of Toronto and moved to Toronto in 2013 to pursue higher education. 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.

In my practice, I work from an eclectic approach using tenets of Narrative Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Schema Therapy, and Internal Family Systems (IFS). My experience ranges from work with children and adolescents to work with older adults and their support systems, with presenting concerns such as mental health, addictions, interpersonal conflicts, and intrapersonal issues such as self-esteem, motivation, and

Speaks English
she/her

Haley practices at Church Wellesley, Canadian Online, Parkside and Queen Spadina.

Nolan Blodgett
Registered Social Worker

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 Nolan 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.

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.

Speaks English
he/him

Parker practices at Church Wellesley and Queen Spadina.

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 have recently completed my Master’s Degree of Arts in Counselling Psychology through Yorkville University.

Practicing from an eclectic model that includes Schema Therapy, Internal Family Systems Theory (IFS), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Therapy and Positive/Strength-Based Psychology, my counselling interests include anxiety, addictions, career aspirations, depression, grief / loss, relationships, self-exploration, life transitions and trauma. I am also interested in helping couples navigate areas of uncertainty within their partnership.

In terms of my therapeutic approach, I view the alliance between therapist and client as being most critical in pursuit of establishing / strengthening the foundation of healing so optimal mental health can be achieved.

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

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.

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.

Speaks English
he/him; they/them

Christopher only practices at Church Wellesley. Sliding rates are discussed upon intake session.

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.

Khuraman is currently not accepting patients at Church Wellesley. Please find her at Queen Spadina.
Speaks English, Turkish, Russian, Azerbaijani
she/her

Khuraman practices at Church Wellesley and Queen Spadina.

Nalwanga Musisi
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

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.

Speaks English
she/her

Nalwanga only practices at Church Wellesley. 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.