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More About Our Team


We believe that no matter where you are today, you can build on your strengths, and move forward with hope, direction, and meaning. We care deeply about our clients and the work we do. Our approach is compassionate, effective, and proven. We have completed thousands of hours of education and training so that we can assist YOU with the challenges you face. We are a group of Registered Psychotherapists, Psychologists, and Psychological Associates, who provide psychotherapy, psychological assessment, and consultation services. Our goal is to come alongside of you to help you find solutions to improve your emotional health and bring joy to your life.

Alessia Ottaviani
B.A., Dipl., Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) - RP(Q)

You are struggling to keep it all together. Life and its challenges keep you feeling overwhelmed, stuck and confused, like heavy boulders in your way. Perhaps, something in your life just isn’t working, and you want to know how to improve things. You are smart, resilient and determined to make the changes needed to get the most out of your life. 

I am a firm believer that you hold the answers you are searching for. My expertise in psychotherapy allows me to shine a light on the parts of your life that have been ignored or forgotten. I will guide and support you in gaining clarity and self-awareness to facilitate the changes you are searching for. I, like yourself, am on my own journey. I too have felt alone, misunderstood, and stuck. I did not know how to make opportunities out of the challenges I faced, and this caused pain and confusion. I am continuously learning new ways to embrace and use the bumps and forks in the road to get the most out of life. 

As your therapist, I am compassionate and relatable. My approach is holistic and integrative, as I employ a variety of techniques and therapies. I offer a non-judgmental space where you can feel heard, acknowledged and supported. We will work with your strengths to develop strategies to transform the obstacles you’ve encountered into opportunities for growth and change. Through this process, I will assist you by using practical and useful tools drawn from psychodynamic therapy, interpersonal psychotherapy, relational therapy, mindfulness-based therapies, guided imagery, and narrative therapies.

I provide psychotherapy to adolescents (15+) and adults.

 

Katherine Schmidt
B.Sc., M.A., C.C.C., Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) - RP(Q)

Life can be difficult sometimes. It can be exhausting, challenging, unfair, and full of pain and loss. Sometimes we feel anxious, depressed, confused, stressed out and we don’t know how to handle it. Maybe you feel lost, at your wits-end, stuck and unsure how to carry on. Maybe you’re looking for a way forward, or skills and tools to help you manage. Maybe you’re hoping to uncover the strengths you already have, to make change in your life, or just someone to lend a non-judgmental ear.  

As a psychotherapist, I am empathetic, caring and authentic. I use a non-judgemental, compassionate, collaborative, person-centered approach that puts you in the driver’s seat. I too have been in the client’s seat in a therapy room, and I know how vulnerable it can feel. I strive to provide a space where you feel safe and comfortable, as well as supported, heard and acknowledged. I also believe that psychotherapy is like physiotherapy, that is, it is the most beneficial when you practice what we discuss between sessions. We will work together to determine which tools and techniques fit best for you, and I typically use elements of cognitive behaviour therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, dialectal behaviour therapy, narrative therapy, solution-focused therapy, and mindfulness techniques. 

I completed my training and Master of Arts at the University of Western Ontario, and have experience working with adults (18+) with various presenting concerns. I am constantly amazed and humbled by the resilient individuals I have the privilege to work with, and the meaningful change they are able to implement in their lives. I am passionate about helping people to see their strengths and working with them to facilitate growth. 

 

Richa Ahuja
M. Phil., C. Psych. Assoc. - Supervised Practice

People often ask me how difficult it is to hear narratives of pain and suffering. I always tell them that I feel privileged that someone can trust me to share their distress. The faith they place in me to help them emerge out of their suffering is heartening. I have always believed that taking the step to reach out to a psychologist is a courageous one. To admit to a need for help is tough. This gives me a sense of great responsibility toward people who come to me. 

Over the years, I have worked with adults and adolescents with various anxieties, stress, OCD, depression, anger management, self esteem and coping difficulties. People often come to me experiencing overwhelming stress, the pressures of never-ending expectations, a fear that no one understands, difficult relationships and so much more.  I understand the emotional turmoil they feel when they have tried everything, but nothing has worked, or when they feel totally disconnected with others or even their own selves. 

In the accepting and non-judgemental environment of therapy, we walk together through the difficult but achievable process of letting go of certain beliefs and behaviours in order to give place for something new to be built. We work towards facilitating changes and helping you to reach your goals.  I will support you to acquire skills to face the challenges that life will continue to throw.  In my therapeutic work, I use an integrative approach drawing from psychoanalytic, cognitive behavioural and humanistic therapies. I also use mindfulness-based therapy and solution focused therapy. I understand the cultural influences in our lives and am sensitive to it in my therapeutic approach.

I completed undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Delhi. Prior to arrival in Canada, I gained extensive clinical experience working at the Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences (IHBAS) and at Max Healthcare in Delhi, India. 

I am proficient in English and Hindi languages, and I have comprehension with limited expression in the Punjabi and Urdu Languages.

I am a Psychological Associate registered for supervised practice with the College of Psychologists of Ontario.

 

Karey Wilson
M.A., C. Psych. Assoc.

Sometimes it’s hard to know if things could be different. Better.
 
Perhaps you need to make a problem more manageable, improve a valuable relationship, make an important decision, or simply get through a very difficult time. Psychotherapy can help you to create the positive changes you want for yourself.
 
I am an experienced psychotherapist trained in Clinical Psychology specializing in the treatment of depression; relationship issues; obsessive-compulsive symptoms; stress; trauma; abuse (past or recent); grief and loss; addiction or issues with alcohol or substance use; self-esteem; and different types of anxiety (such as generalized, social and performance, worry, panic attacks and physical anxiety, health anxiety).

I work with adults (individuals over 18 years of age).
 
I integrate Cognitive-Behavioural (CBT), Humanistic, and Brief Psychodynamic/Interpersonal approaches to help you work toward your goals.
 
As a therapist, I have been described as warm and relatable. I will work very hard to ensure that as a client you feel heard and accepted. I believe that respectfully challenging you to move outside your comfort zone may be necessary to facilitate growth and change. Finally, I care about your sense of progress and your experience in therapy, so I will encourage us to talk openly about such things as we work together. 
 
I completed my Master’s degree in Adult Clinical Psychology in 2006 at the University of Windsor. Since then, I have worked in private practice, university counselling centre, and community agency settings providing psychotherapy. Currently, I am a Psychological Associate registered for practice with the College of Psychologists of Ontario.

 

Edna Aryee
Edna Aryee, Ph.D. (Psychology), Clinical Associate

Areas of Expertise:
Trauma (Childhood, PTSD, Cultural, and Historical)
Bipolar Disorder
Addictions
Interpersonal Difficulties
Stress Management
Depression and Anxiety

“Obstacles do not have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.” Michael Jordan. My primary objective is to help individuals reach a greater understanding of themselves in a safe, confidential, and supportive environment. Those who desire to succeed and achieve their fullest potential are most likely to benefit from my integrative approach. I am an authentic and compassionate clinician, dedicated to providing practical treatment for individuals from all racial, religious, gender, and cultural backgrounds. I use empirically supported techniques from cognitive behavioural, trauma-informed, emotion-focused theories, dialectical behavioural, and interpersonal theories

I help people experiencing depression, anxiety, interpersonal challenges, crisis management, work-life balance, lifestyle issues, stress management, trauma, cross-cultural struggles, and interpersonal difficulties, grief, anger management, marital intimacy, communication and emotional attachment. I have extensive training in forensic risk assessments, immigration assessments, HIV counselling, addictions and substance abuse counselling, sexual offender counselling and rehabilitation.

I completed my doctoral degree in Clinical and Counselling Psychology, and an adjunct doctoral degree in Gender and Women’s Health at the University of Toronto. My research has focused on the sexual behaviour of young women in Africa. I completed my residency and forensic training with the Correctional Services of Canada and Forensic Behavioural Services in Kingston Ontario. I have completed externships at world-class sites in North America and Africa, and worked in psychiatric and forensic hospitals, correctional facilities, outpatient clinical settings and private practices where l received specialized training forensic risk assessments, cognitive assessments and diverse treatment modalities.

I have received several academic awards and prestigious credentials in recognition of my contributions towards research and community development. I have three published peer-reviewed papers in scholarly journals and one book chapter. I am currently completing clinical supervision to pursue autonomous practice as a psychologist.

 

Dr. Ralph Lubbers
PhD, C. Psych.

You may be reaching for help because you feel trapped or lost, struggle with a problem or decision, or generally feel anxious and overwhelmed. I know that psychological support can make an actual positive difference. I am amazed by the strength of people who rise up and thrive despite crushing problems. With careful examination of your problem and circumstances, you can regain a sense of hope, control, direction, and purpose. I will work closely with you to help you understand the barriers you face, cope with strong emotions (e.g., despair, worried, frazzled), and set a course to make desired changes.

I use cognitive behavioral and client-centered approaches to treat depression, anxiety, posttraumatic stress, chronic health problems, relationship issues, workplace stress, and other emotionally troubling issues. I believe that positive change is possible by directly facing your emotional struggles and day to day problems. I work to help clients bring about desired changes through goal setting, active interpersonal support, and skill building.

After completing studies in theology and related work, I pursued a career in psychology. I am a registered psychologist authorized for autonomous practice by The College of Psychologists of Ontario. I completed my Ph.D. at the University of Toronto and have been admitted to the Canadian Register of Health Service Psychologists (CRHSP). I am owner and clinical director at Advance Health. My areas of competency include clinical, counselling, and rehabilitation psychology with adolescents, adults, and couples. I provide assessment and treatment for psychological disability, trauma-related injury, and psychovocational functioning. Please contact me or one of the other clinicians listed on our website for help or more information.


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