Our years of experience enable us to offer effective outpatient, individualized, psychotherapeutic and psychological care. At our office, we treat a number of mental health disorders, and provide a safe and secure ground for individuals, children, families, and couples to grow and transform. We also work with highly qualified Registered Psychologists to provide psychological counselling.
We also contribute to the profession by providing supervision/internships to student counsellors & psychotherapists to help ensure that competent support is increasingly available to the public.
Please take advantage of our no obligation FREE 1/2 hour consultations. These consultations give you an opportunity to make an informed decision before committing to treatment. We want to empower you.
REACH OUT, its the first step to feeling better!
Shauna Switzer, MCP, MA, Registered Psychotherapist #006934, EMDR Child, Adolescent and Adult Therapist, Family & Couple Therapist, Clinical Supervisor
Our focus is to help individuals and families heal, energize, and become aware of their inner strengths. We achieve this by providing cognitive, mindfulness, behavioural, emotional, somatic, and spiritually therapeutic approaches, while listening to your or your children's concerns, customizing an evidence based treatment plan right for you.
We promise to be there for you every step of your journey. Our goal is to help you grow from your struggles, heal from your pain, and move forward to where you want to be in your life.
Depression, fear, and anxiety are some of the most common and uncomfortable physical, memtal and emotional states that people may experience at some point in their lives. We use Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR), mindfulness, emotional, sensorimotor, and cognitive therapies to help you recover motivation, perspective, and the joy that you once had in your life.
Treatment for childhood and adult trauma is Shauna Switzer’s specialty. As a result of overwhelming situations such as accidents, sudden loss, verbal, psychological, physical or sexual abuse and assaults or neglect encountered during childhood or adulthood, many children and adults experience destabilizing symptoms associated with the aftermath of those painful and traumatic circumstances. Difficulties with relationships and connection, dissociation, avoidance, anxiety, fear, depression, anger, and hopelessness are a few emotions and physical and mental states that can linger for a lifetime. In addition, reliving previous traumatic incidents, flashbacks, and intrusive negative thoughts and images often undermine the individual’s ability to cope with everyday life, leave the past behind, and embrace their future. Trauma therapy helps those individuals overcome symptoms and guides them through the process of healing. Shauna Switzer’s approach combines Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), a successful and acclaimed evidence-based trauma therapy, interventions from Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Internal Family Systems (IFS), and interventions informed by Theraplay® (see below for more information). Dr. Stephen Porge’s Safe & Sound Protocol (SSP) music therapy is an adjunct treatment used prior to therapy to help individuals suffering from trauma to access a physiological state conducive to well-being, positive engagement with others, and growth in learning. The SSP not only addresses anxiety and fears associated with trauma, but also reduces anxiety related to ADHD and Autism. It often leads to dramatic changes in one’s ability to engage socially with more openness and feelings of safety in connection to others.
Relationship, parenting, family counseling and play therapy, based on the prinicples of
Theraplay®, can be beneficial to couples & families who are looking to strengthen their emotional connections in all stages of their relationships. Step-families and blended families often struggle with loss and grief for their previous family structure, while adjusting to new bonds and relationships. Families experiencing divorce and those coping with children managing learning disabilities, depression, ADHD/ADD, or social phobia, often benefit from counselling. Parents gain new parenting strategies and learn how to support their children‘s mental health during a significant and difficult life event or time in their life. Counselling is a supportive and safe place to discuss these issues and find solutions.
Women need support and care during different life stages and transitions: marriage, bearing children, fertility concerns, coping with menopause, aging, death of a partner, or recovery from abuse, trauma, disordered eating and divorce. Some of the most common and uncomfortable experiences for women occur during particular points in their lives, such as post-natal depression after giving birth and the confusing depression and anxiety that often occur during menopause. Through counselling and treatment, we are able to help you heal and thrive as you move forward in your life once again.
Men face unique issues throughout their lives, often struggling with career problems and stressful work environments, fatherhood, marital distress, aging, illness, and hidden depression and anxiety. The male gender role often prohibits men from developing the emotional engagement and connectedness they deserve and desire. We can help you overcome and solve these problems and guide you through the counselling process.
Everyone needs to feel significant, valued, and important to their loved ones and friends. Yet, kids and teenagers often have experiences, such as school or cyber bullying, that undermine their confidence and shape a sense of low self-worth. Other socially generated threats to their sense of self-worth can lead to depression and anxiety in children and adolescents. Counselling, psychotherapy, and family and play therapy builds and supports your child’s positive sense of self-worth and resilience, reduces depression and anxiety, and increases confidence and self-acceptance.
The mind naturally integrates disturbing or incongruent experience - we think about it, talk about it, and even dream about it. However, this process can fail when experiences are too upsetting, overwheming or we have no one to support us and talk to us about it - it cannot be taken in and understood. We may not even perceive fully what happened, as we often feel a strong urge to avoid the pain. We also naturally tend to experience ourselves as different parts of self, which often store painful memories outside of our awareness until something triggers them to come into mind or express them through our behaviour. As such, although we may do our best to avoid remembering and work hard to keep various parts of self out of mind, our mind will continually push associated emotions, sensations, and negative thoughts about ourselves into our awareness. We may unwittingly and repeatedly act out experiences, which reflects an effort of the mind to achieve healing. EMDR, IFS, and interventions from Sensorimotor Psychotherapy build resilience and positive coping resources and efficiently helps adults and children process painful memories held in the body and mind, leading to positive resolution. In fact, healing results in new emotional expression, beneficial physiological changes, constructive new meanings, positive thoughts, contentment, and freedom from the past. In some cases, particularly with children, play is incorprated into the treatment using interventions based upon the principles of Theraplay®. Using step by step processes, trauma treatment connects up one’s positive experience to one’s negative experience, transforming painful memories into growth and learning, turning the suffering into something from the past that one no longer feels the need to avoid, fear, or relive
Our approach is not only a powerful treatment for trauma, it is a method that addresses anxiety disorders, and personality, mood, and depressive disorders and symptoms. Call us, healing is just around the corner.
The evidence is out! Increasing your capacity to accept and observe your inner and outer experience calmly and with neutrality leads to both mental and physical health and well-being. Mindfulness based therapy is a core treatment approach that we offer to support your peace of mind. In fact, we combine treatment approaches, such as emotion and compassion focused therapies, with CBT, EMDR, and mindfulness based therapies to help you cope with difficult emotions & transform the lens through which you view the world. See the world through new eyes today!
The powerful human needs inherent in our family & couple bonds often generate strong emotions and fears, leading to difficult relationship and parenting issues. Emotion-focused and experiential family, couple, and step-family therapy, often combined with play therapy based on the principles of Theraplay®, help families process their emotions, overcome their worries, and strengthen bonds, healing struggles between loved ones. We can help you establish peace and understanding in your home and relationships.
The Neethling Brain Instruments (NBI®) is a revolutionary battery of instruments that strives to develop whole-brain thinking in individuals, families, couples, children and in business. The NBI® diagnostic survey indicates your personal thinking preferences. Your thinking preferences influence the way you communicate, make decisions, solve problems and manage those around you. Understanding your thinking preferences can give you a new perspective on yourself, your family, children, friends and those others you interact with every day. These assessment tools will help you develop strategies to sustain positive whole-brain parenting and relationships, choose meaningful careers and enhance creativity and positive thinking in your personal and professional life. You will also be able to identify the essence of your problems & apply creative solutions immediately.
What will the NBI® tell me?
The NBI® gives an indication of how you:
• communicate, act towards other people or in certain situations
• do business, learn, teach
• would manage in a certain career
• solve problems, make decisions
The NBI® enables you to:
• develop effective families, parenting strategies, and relationships
• resolve conflicts in your personal and professional life
• receive the best guidance in choosing a new career, best course of study & best study practices
You are still in control! We use hypnotherapy and the power of mental imagery to help individuals cope with negative emotional states, such as stress, anxiety, pain, fatigue & mood disorders. We also help them break bad habits or achieve other positive changes, such as weight loss. Mental imagery and soothing verbal repetition ease the individual into a relaxed peaceful state of mind. Once relaxed, our minds are more open to transformative change.
We offer the researched and evidence-based Safe & Sound Protocol (SSP) music therapy of Dr. Stephen Porges to help individuals initiate and access a physiological state conducive to well-being, positive engagement with others, and growth in learning. The treatment, administered over five consecutive days, was originally designed to support those with autism, but is now used for a variety of mental health issues. We use it as a pre-treatment for ADD/ADHD, enabling individuals to more effectively engage in therapies aimed at developing social skills and awareness, and often prior to trauma therapy. The SSP often leads to dramatic changes in one’s ability to engage socially with more openness and feelings of safety in connection to others. The SSP is administered at our office over the course of five consecutive days (one hour per day).
Shauna Switzer, RP #6934 is our Clinical Supervisor and Director. Shauna brings a wealth of experience, knowledge, and insight to clients, colleagues and students. She is dedicated to excellence in professional and competent client care.
Aishwarya specializes in adolescent as well as adult counselling. She has been providing psychotherapy to clients under Shauna's supervision since September, 2018. Ash brings caring and compassion to her clients and colleagues.
Abigail provides psychotherapy services and is a valuable member of our team. Abigail's strengths include solid therapeutic knowledge, understanding, and care for clients needs and growth.
PLEASE CONTACT US IF YOU ARE A REGISTERED PSYCHOTHERAPIST OR INTERN WHO WOULD LIKE TO JOIN OUR TEAM.
Kimberly is completing her Master of Counselling Psychology with an Honours BA in psychology. She approaches counselling with compassion and empathy. She works to create a safe, supportive, and collaborative therapeutic relationship that encourages positive change and personal growth.
Amy recently joined our team. She brings with her experience in administration and HR to support us in supporting you, our clients
We provide psychotherapy services under the regulations of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO). Please check your extended insurance plan for coverage for psychological services and/or psychotherapy services. EAP services are also provided, check with your provider.
Individual counselling services
Marital, cohabitation, same sex, dating, engaged, polyamous, or family relationships
We offer counselling by our supervised counselling psychology interns to individuals and children at reduced costs.
Harness the enormous power of your creative imagination to change your life, cope with personal issues or deal with problem behaviour such as over eating, smoking cessation, and more.
We work with highly qualified Registered Psychologists to provide psychological counselling services under the supervision of a Registered Psychologist. Please check your insurance coverage in the event that you wish psychological services. Fees vary based on the type of psychological services required such as comprehensive psychoeducational assessments or individual counselling.
Marital, cohabitation, same sex, dating, engaged, polyamorous, and family relationships
Individual psychological treatment.
Dr. Stephen Porges's SSP protocol to help individuals initiate and access a physiological state conducive to well-being, positive engagement with others, and growth in learning.
Protocol - 1 hour for 5 consecutive days ( 5 hrs in total)
(NBI®) is a revolutionary battery of instruments that s trives to develop whole-brain thinking. These assessment tools will help you develop strategies to sustain positive whole-brain thinking in your personal and professional life.
Understanding your thinking preferences can give you a new perspective on yourself your family, children, friends and those you interact with every day.
These assessment tools will help you develop strategies to sustain positive whole-brain parenting and relationships .
As a couple you will be able to identify the essence of your problems personally and in relationships and apply creative solutions immediately.
This is an excellent package to assist your adolescent to identify desired career and educational goals and preferences.
Identify your young children thinking learning preferences to enhance your parenting approach and support their learning and growth.
Use this group of assessments to assist you in choosing a meaningful careers and enhance creativity and positive thinking in your personal and professional life.
Create your own assessment package by choosing from our list of tools.
We realize that not all individuals and families can afford to receive services or insurance coverage. We work with you to provide a rate that you can afford and in some instances provide pro bono services. Please contact us for more information.
Please check with your provider to determine your coverage.
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