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Bill Jacyk MD

Dr. Jacyk graduated from the University of Manitoba and was full-time tenured member of the Faculty of Medicine holding teaching appointments in Internal Medicine and Psychiatry. He is licensed for independent practice in Ontario and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (Internal Medicine) plus a clinical certificate of the Medical Psychotherapy Association of Canada. Prior to coming to Ontario, he helped develop and co-ordinated the Physician Health Program for the Manitoba Medical Association from 1985 until he relocated to Ontario in 1999, assisting many physicians and health professional enter into their own recovery from substance abuse and other stress-related problems.

In 2002, Dr. Jacyk received the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal for his work in advocating for victims of abuse through the Canadian Centre for Abuse Awareness. He just recently retired as Chairman of the Board of that agency having served close to 10 years as a director and clinical advisor. He has been recognized as an expert witness in addictions having testified on numerous occasions in Criminal and Civil Court as well as Labour Arbitrations and the Human Rights Commission.

SANJaY govindaraj

Masters in Applied Environmental Studies from UW and a Master of Social Work from TISS, Mumbai

In our journey together, I will help you express your feelings, gain awareness, resolve conflict and help your perspectives and behaviour to evolve so that you can make mindful choices. Collaboratively, we will work to develop strategies and actions that will empower
you to take the lead in your own healing and recovery process.

I realize how deeply vulnerable sharing personal stories can be—especially experiences of trauma, illness, grief, addiction or depression. This is why throughout my 20 plus years of counselling/mentoring and supervising, my top priority has been to create a safe,
compassionate and respectful space; one where I provide guidance instead of judgement.

I started my Social Work career in the early 90’s on placement with the Mumbai police where I worked not only with victims of crime but also with police officers and their families on issues related to addictions, physical/emotional abuse, depression, anger and symptoms of complex PTSD. Started a not for profit rehab facility in 1996, for up to 60 children rescued from the sex trade who were between 8 and 14 years old, most were also HIV positive. The children were supported with intense trauma counselling along with rehabilitation.

I have 25 years of experience working in a variety of settings and helping roles.  I have worked in both non-profit and government positions as a Social Worker, and have been a private therapist for over 10 years.  Just over a year ago, I decided to focus my energy on my therapy practice. My areas of expertise include depression and anxiety, grief and loss, power and control issues within relationships, workplace issues, and empowering women and men to live their best lives.  My methods of intervention are based in CBT and DBT principles, solution-focused and goal-oriented strategies, along with the implementation of mindfulness work.  My professional designation is a Registered Social Worker with a Master’s Degree in Social Work.

MONICA beirith

kristy kirby

Kristy recognizes that each individual is unique and has their own story. In her practice, she strives to create an open and safe environment in which her clients feel comfortable and supported in self-exploration and self-expression. Kristy works with her clients to promote healing, growth, resilience and positive change.

Nicole is a Yoga Instructor, Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) and Child and Youth Counsellor as well as a member of both the Colleges of Registered Psychotherapist in Ontario (CRPO) and the Canadian Association for Psychodynamic Therapy (CAPT) with over 18 years of professional experience working with marginalized, vulnerable and oppressed communities, individuals, families and children. She has worked extensively with individuals and communities suffering from mental health, addictions, systemic poverty and profiling in order to therapeutically improve relationships with government programs and services. 

Nicole

Her approach recognizes the intimate relationship between the physical body and the psychological well-being of a person as she holds the view that the body is a resource for self-discovery and psychological healing. She has been trained in psychodynamic psychotherapy, trauma, addiction, and body-based psychotherapy practices including Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) as an adjunctive treatment to treatment-resistant PTSD and complex trauma.  She spent one year researching the 'deconstruction' around the "inner wounded child' concept of adult survivors of chronic childhood trauma, complex and developmental trauma and delivered her research May 2018 at the Ontario Psychotherapy and Counselling Educational and Training Program, Toronto, Ontario, where she is currently a Teacher Assistant part-time. 

 

Her work and services has currently been invited to the Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture and Victim Services of Waterloo Region. 

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