Alana Tappin, Psy.D., C.Psych
Special interests: Consulting on issues of diversity and equity; parent support; the psychological impact of anti black racism/white supremacy; improving family relationships; Borderline Personality Disorder; complex trauma; intimate relationship struggles; emotion dysregulation; supporting marginalized groups/social justice; depression; anxiety.
I practice integratively - this means I have been trained in several treatment modalities, which allows me to provide an individualized treatment plan. I have been trained in psychodynamic/relational methods, emotion-focused therapy, attachment-informed methods, mindfulness-based interventions, dialectical behaviour therapy, family systems theory, and cognitive behavioural therapy.
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Founder of Trainings:
- Shame Resilience and Transformational Skills for White People
- Healing Internalized Anti-Black Racialization
- Power, Oppression and the Therapeutic Process
Ms. Natalie DeRose, MPsy
Sometimes the unexpected happens in life and we are left to pick up the pieces. We can be left feeling confused, lost, and not know where or who to turn to. Reaching out for help can be an intimidating experience, but you are not alone. I am fully present in helping to navigate your life stressors, create new and healthy coping skills, and assist in navigating the obstacles you may be facing. Through collaboration we will explore different life areas at a pace that is comfortable for you while creating a therapeutic environment that promotes feelings of safety and security.
In sessions, I practice with an integrative approach. This means that I use different treatment modalities to best assist each unique individual. This allows me to create an individualized treatment plan that enhances your strengths while detangling obstacles. The therapeutic modalities that I often utilize consist of Mindfulness based interventions, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Cognitive- Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and Emotion-focused therapy. All of these modalities are approached with trauma informed care. I have worked with adolescents and adults in a variety of settings. I have volunteered in hospital settings working alongside various healthcare professionals in the mental health inpatient and outpatient units. I have additionally gained experience conducting clinical assessments and individual therapy through clinical internships at various private practices in Toronto, Ontario. My education consists of an Honours degree in Psychology from York University and a Master of Psychology degree from Adler Graduate Professional School in Toronto.
My work is supervised by Dr. Alana Tappin, C.Psych.
Maya Dousti, MPsy
As a therapist, I focus on building a strong relationship with you based in openness and collaboration. I want to support you to develop skills in order to thrive. I believe that lasting, positive change comes from self-awareness and the use of concrete tools to work on your goals. I will work with you to understand your emotions, thoughts and actions. In therapy, I work using an integrative approach with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, trauma, anger, emotional dysregulation, self-esteem, life transitions, and interpersonal relationships. I have great interest and experience in working with concerns of diversity, improving family relationships, parenting support, interpersonal relationships, anxiety, and depression. I hold a Master of Psychology degree from the Adler Graduate Professional School, and my work is supervised by Dr. Alana Tappin.
Susie Schafer, H.B.A., MPsy.
Brené Brown, a renowned shame researcher has shared that, “owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest things we will ever do”. I support people to own their stories. I often work with people who have already done some personal growth work, talk therapy, and/or counselling but may still need to release their old patterns from the past.
For me, healing has been a journey of making sense of the past, learning, grieving, working with shame and unseating false self-beliefs. It involved releasing parts of myself previously stuck in the past and most of all, developing self-compassion and the capacity to tolerate disappointment.
Therapy can be life-changing when the client feels seen, heard, understood, and warmly accepted by the therapist, and when the therapeutic relationship is built on a foundation of safety, trust, respect, and collaboration.
My clinical approach is integrative, and I employ a variety of therapeutic modalities and interventions, including Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Emotion-Focused, Cognitive-Behavioural, Dialectical-Behavioural, Adlerian, and psychodynamic therapy, as well as Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Structural Dissociation theory and the Internal Family Systems model. I am in the final stages of certification for Brené Brown’s work of “Daring Greatly and Rising Strong.”
My education includes an Honours degree in Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario (Richard Ivey School of Business), and a Masters’ degree in Psychology from the Adler Professional Graduate School in Toronto.
My work is supervised by Dr. Alana Tappin
Therapy Areas: relationship difficulties, parenting, separation/divorce transitions, trauma, anxiety, depression, grief, professional/corporate wellness, and self-enhancement.
Ms. Connie Lee, MSW, RSW
I am an interactive psychotherapist providing individual therapy to adults of all different backgrounds and orientations. I engage collaboratively with clients with compassion, warmth and directness as I work together with you to identify, explore and set goals related to the presenting issue. I empathetically support my clients through their healing process from a strength-based, culturally sensitive and anti-oppressive lens. I view therapy as a tool to enhance the skills that clients already have.
I work primarily from Emotion-Focussed, Relational, Mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioural approaches. I am also trained in Trauma-Informed Care, Acceptance and Commitment, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Coaching techniques. I use an integrative model tailored to each client.
I am dedicated to the well-being of my clients and strive to destigmatize mental health. My goal in therapy is to facilitate authentic connection that allows for healing, validation, shame resilience, self-awareness and healthier coping skills. I look forward to connecting with you in the near future.
My work is supervised by Dr. Alana Tappin, C.Psych.