Our Psychotherapists

Registered Psychotherapists in Vaughan, Ontario

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What makes InnerSight Psychotherapy different from other mental healthcare centres?

Choosing a psychotherapist is an important step: it is easy to get lost in the sea of information about different therapeutic modalities and select which route will address your concerns most effectively. We took care of that for you.

Professional growth is one of the cornerstones of our team. While we grow as a team whose members hold each other other accountable for excellence, we recognize and value individual strengths. InnerSight Psychotherapy offers comprehensive and effective counselling and psychotherapy support for children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. You will be paired with a psychotherapist who is the best fit for your unique circumstances, challenges, personal preferences, beliefs and goals. If, at any time, you feel that your relationship with your psychotherapist is not conducive to healing or achieving your goals, we will work with you in a positive way to address your needs.

Unlike most other psychotherapy providers, you are not completely reliant on one individual psychotherapist. We follow a collaborative process whereby your case is reviewed by more than one psychotherapist, to ensure that you are receiving the care and treatment plan that is right for you. All of this is done with full respect for your privacy. All of our psychotherapists are committed to maintaining the highest standards of confidentiality.

This collaboration extends beyond our clients. Our psychotherapists are skilled in different modalities and specialities, and they are eager to learn from one another, and to help each other become even better than they already are. Through peer meetings and educational workshops, they research new psychotherapy methods and constantly strive for professional development.

Meet Our Psychotherapists

Phil Azer, Registered Psychotherapist Qualifying) Phil Azer, RP (Qualifying) – Registered Psychotherapist, Qualifying

Phil is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with the CRPO (College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario), under Svetlana Antonyshyn’s supervision. He believes that in order to change the way we live, we must change the way we think. Phil works with people facing a variety of challenges, such as depression, anxiety, anger management, grief and more. He utilizes various approaches to help clients, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Solutions Focused Therapy. Phil strives to provide clients with the right support, guidance and skill set development to foster perspective, acceptance, growth and resilience to meet each client’s individual needs.

Book an appointment with Phil today.

Carol McDowell, RP (Qualifying) – Registered Psychotherapist, Qualifying

When I was young, I wanted to be a writer. I went into journalism and that’s where I figured out why I was so obsessed with stories. True stories heal us!

I have spent the last 30 years, both personally and professionally, in the field of addiction. I became increasingly sad as I witnessed the suffering that goes along with substance abuse and behavioural addictions. I learned as a volunteer and mentor that helping people uncover their true story also creates healing. So, I went to Yorkville University and obtained a master’s degree in counselling psychology.

Along the way I found inspiration in several theories. The right intervention depends on what happened to you, and what you told yourself about it.

I have found these techniques work well for addiction but in many other circumstances including disordered eating, depression, and anxiety.

The best part is every story can have a new ending.

Book an appointment with Carol today.

Zainab Mahdi, RP (Qualifying) – Registered Psychotherapist, Qualifying

Zainab is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) registered with the CRPO (College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario). Zainab works with individuals coping with a range of psychological issues including but not limited to; anxiety, depression, trauma and grief & bereavement. Zainab applies different approaches to therapy including; Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy to accommodate her clients’ diverse and specific needs. By integrating these approaches holistically, Zainab believes that the journey towards positive change is possible and achievable!

Book an appointment with Zainab today.

Alicia Aquino-Mandel, RP (Qualifying) – Registered Psychotherapist, Qualifying

Alicia holds a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology and is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with the CRPO (College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario). Something that Alicia values most about therapy is providing each client with a safe space to be themselves. Therapy is about slowing things down and to begin doing things that we don’t do outside the therapy room. The goal is to serve each client with individualized care and help them take part in the process of becoming a more mindful and aware person. Alicia works with individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, OCD, grief, postpartum and perfectionism. Modalities such as Psychodynamic, Internal Family Systems, Emotionally Focused therapy, and acceptance-based work, are used with clients depending on their needs. Alicia looks forward to joining you on this journey and guiding you through it with a better sense of self.

Book an appointment with Alicia today.

Robyn Klasner, RSW – Registered Social Worker, Relationship Counselling, Divorce Counselling, Mediation

Experiencing life challenges and turbulence can be overwhelming and daunting at times. Exploring emotions and uncovering the depth of the inner psyche can also be challenging when we are feeling paralyzed, stunted, stuck or confused. Building a therapeutic relationship based on the foundation of trust, void of judgment, guilt, shame and remorse can help us heal our past wounds. Therapy is an opportunity to have a safe holding environment to explore who you really are, why you are that way, and who you would like to become. Indeed, engaging in therapy is an intense process that can take time to enter into rejuvenated levels of healing, positivity, transformation and self-growth. It is Robyn’s passion to guide her clients to reclaim their universal birthright which may feel dormant at times but that is unbridled love and happiness.  We often find ourselves deprived of joy and happiness because of false beliefs, insecurities, unrealistic expectations and incredulous stress about our future. The therapeutic space is paramount to build ourselves from the inside out empowering you to create change in your life. Robyn believes that everyone has an innate strength and capability to capitalize and foster personal goals while accessing intrinsic resources. Her approach is holistic and is very much focused on her client’s strengths in an inclusive framework to cater to and address their individual concerns in a meaningful and helpful way.  

Robyn has a Masters of Clinical Social Work Degree from the Wurzweiler School of Social Work.  She has ample clinical experience working with individuals, couples, families and groups. Robyn approaches therapy from a humanistic perspective with person-centered therapy, incorporating mindfulness meditation, as well as writing and art healing. Her areas of interest in therapy include family systems, EFT, trauma, anxiety, compassion-focused therapy, depression, codependency, narcissistic wounding, mindfulness practices, domestic violence, and substance abuse. Robyn is a licensed Master of Social Work in the state of New York and a Registered Social Worker through the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Services Workers.

Book an appointment with Robyn today.

Alexandra Gusinsky, RP – Registered Psychotherapist

Joy and happiness are birthrights of every single individual on the planet. However, we often find ourselves deprived of these emotions because of unhealed wounds from our past, false beliefs, unrealistic expectations and constant worry for our future. Alexandra Gusinsky assists clients who want to reclaim that universal right, by providing a space where clients can safely talk about themselves with freedom from judgement, guilt and shame. This space is crucial for creating a therapeutic relationship, and it allows us to explore who we are, bring awareness to existing patterns and create a positive transformation. It doesn’t mean that you will never feel upset, it only means that you will be liberated from the quest of finding fulfillment outside of you. Through a blend of Western psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioural thinking and Eastern wisdom, Alexandra equips clients with daily skills and tools that empower them.

This highly discreet and confidential therapy can benefit you if:

  • You experience anxiety and/or depression
  • You experience a sense of lost direction
  • You feel disempowered in your life
  • You struggle to achieve your goals
  • You need help in marital or familial problems
  • You want to be a better parent but don’t know how
  • You experience a sense of disconnect with yourself and/or others

Book an appointment with Alexandra today.

Svetlana AntonyshynSvetlana Antonyshyn, RP – Registered Psychotherapist, Relationship Counsellor and Psychotherapy Supervisor

Svetlana is the founder of InnerSight Psychotherapy Inc., a Registered Psychotherapist, Relationship Counsellor and Supervisor for psychotherapy interns, with over 11 years of experience. She launched InnerSight Psychotherapy in 2019 as a psychotherapy clinic that not only provides comprehensive and compassionate mental health care, but also as a means for the next generation of psychotherapists to master their craft and further develop their skills under her professional supervision. 

Svetlana offers weekly supervision, providing guidance and mentorship for psychotherapists qualifying with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO). Working with her CRPO qualifying psychotherapy interns, Svetlana oversees all initial assessments and treatment plans for InnerSight clients seen by her staff. 

In addition to supervision, Svetlana also offers individual and group psychotherapy services. Svetlana’s choice to pursue psychotherapy arose from the pain of a deep personal loss. Intensive training in a variety of modalities combined with empathy borne from experience makes her a compassionate therapist with a true desire to help people. Her holistic approach is effective and empowering, resulting in life-long positive changes for her clients.

One of Svetlana’s specialties is relationship counseling.

Known for her authenticity, warmth and engaging personality, Svetlana’s ability to identify and help couples reach into the deeper layers of the psyche has transformed many lives. Using principles of Coherence Therapy (formerly known as DOBT), IFS therapy model and elements of IMAGO therapy, Svetlana has helped hundreds of individuals and couples resolve ongoing conflict, re-create emotional connection, strengthen sexual connection and improve communication skills in order to develop functioning and secure relationship.

In order to make the most out of couples counseling, here are some tips:

  • Shift your focus towards your marriage instead of worrying about divorce;
  • Be prepared to work on yourself as well;
  • Give it a few months – it takes time to repair relationships
  • Prioritize therapy
  • Have the same goal – having different agendas will make the process more difficult.

Book an appointment with Svetlana today.