What makes us different from other mental healthcare centres?
Choosing a therapist 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. You will be paired with a therapist 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 therapist 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 therapy providers, you are not completely reliant on one individual therapist. We follow a collaborative process whereby your case is reviewed by more than one therapist, 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 therapists are committed to maintaining the highest standards of confidentiality.
This collaboration extends beyond our clients. Our therapists 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 therapy methods and constantly strive for professional development.
Meet Our Therapists
Svetlana Antonyhsyn, RP – Registered Psychotherapist and Relationship Counsellor
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.
Michelle Sher, RP – Registered Psychotherapist, NLP Practitioner, Certified Mindful Eating Practitioner
“Relationships are tough……Life can be challenging…..Every aspect of our lives is based on relationship. Your relationship with your partner, your parents, your kids, your friends and colleagues, and at the centre of it all is your relationship with yourself. These relationships affect everything else in our lives. How we work, how we exercise, how we eat, the choices we make and how we interact with others.
“No one can live without relationship. You may withdraw into the mountains, become a monk, a sannyasi, wander off into the desert by yourself, but you are related. You cannot escape from that absolute fact. You cannot exist in isolation” JK.
Everybody and every relationship can use the support and guidance of someone who will not judge but will help you find insight, gain greater clarity, and work with you to discover the perspective and tools to move forward and take charge of your life.
There are many different ways to achieve this peace of mind and for each of us, it is different. Each relationship and the circumstances surrounding them are unique. I have training and experience with DBT, Mindfulness, RODBT, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples; I am also a certified Mindful Eating Practitioner and can work with you to develop a healthy relationship with food and your body. Although I apply various recognized techniques during the discovery process, sessions are client centred and the approach chosen is not picked from textbook formulas but rather through engagement the ideas and appropriate modalities present themselves.
People are not inherently broken and you do not need to be fixed. As a therapist it is my role to be fully present with you at all times, to help you gain clarity, to support and assist you in taking the necessary steps in moving forward. You come to me with the hope that things can be different, and once you have taken that crucial first step, I take that glimmer of hope and walk into each session with the wholehearted belief that transformation is possible.
“I truly believe that if you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are, undergoes transformation.” Jiddu Krishnamurti.
Alexandra Gusinsky, RP – Registered Psychotherapist
Alexandra believes that all individuals have the right to be happy. She strives to help her clients reclaim happiness that has been eroded by trauma, false beliefs, unrealistic expectations and anxiety about the future. Alexandra provides clients with a safe environment in which they can explore the patterns in their lives that are holding them back, so they can be empowered to change them.
Laurentiu Sasarean, SW, RSW – Individual and Couple Counselling
As a social worker and cognitive behavioural therapist, Laurentiu is well equipped to help clients who suffer from anxiety, or who are struggling to overcome trauma or the difficulties that arise from major life changes. His goal is to make his clients feel safe and respected as they explore areas of their lives that cause them pain. Laurentiu uses a variety of therapeutic techniques based on the needs of the client.
Denice Muzzatti – Equine Assisted Therapy (sessions held at the ranch 20 min North of Vaughan)
Denice combines her passion for horses with solid training in psychotherapy to provide a unique therapeutic experience to clients to have experienced physical or emotional trauma. Having overcome a childhood trauma with the help of a horse, Denice can personally testify as to the healing power of these gentle, majestic animals. By facilitating a bond of trust between her clients and the horse, she helps her clients let go of negativity to allow room for love and healing.