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Counselling Services

Individuals & Couples
Trauma
Relationship Issues
Grief and Loss
Anxiety and Fears
Depression
Personal Growth
Parents & Teens
Stress Management

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Our Counsellors

 Our professional counselling team consists of individuals who are all experienced and capable of helping.  We are all Social Workers, who are registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers and have acheived a Master of Social Work degree.  Our receipts may be used with your extended health benefits if you have coverage for social workers, and are able to be included on your income tax return as a part of your medical expenses for the year.
 

Joy Lang, M.S.W., R.S.W. Certified EMDR Therapist

Joy started in the field of social work after graduating from Ryerson University in 1995 with a Bachelor of Social Work degree.  She moved to the Waterloo Region in 1997, where she was employed by Family and Children’s Services of the Waterloo Region as an intake worker.  In July 2000, she became a child protection supervisor.

Joy returned to school and achieved her Master of Social Work degree from Flinders University (Australia) in 2009.  She is a member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW) and the Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW).  

Joy has continued her to develop her skills and knowledge by taking courses in couples counselling, Criticial Incident Stress Management, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, (certification completed in July 2013) and addictions.

During the course of her career, Joy has worked with a variety individuals, couples and families and groups, including families of diverse backgrounds and ethnicities, including same-sex couples.

Joy is particularly interested and experienced in working with individuals who have experienced trauma, couples struggling with marital difficulties, stepfamilies, and individuals who are looking to make changes in their lives.

Joy is currently able to offer appointments during the daytime.

Betty Finnie, M.S.W., R.S.W.

Biography coming soon: Appointments available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in the daytime and evening.

Sarah Tkaczuk, M.S.W., R.S.W. Certified in CBT

Biography coming soon: Appointments available on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in the daytime and some evenings.

Sue Gallagher, M.S.W., R.S.W.

Sue graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University in 1984 with her Master of Social Work degree.  She is a member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW) and the Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW).  Over the course of Sue’s career, she has worked in a number of settings including post-secondary education, child welfare and with the Waterloo Region Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Treatment Centre. 

Sue brings a warm and calming presence to her work with clients.  She enjoys working with a variety of clients, including teens and their families, women who have experienced trauma and individuals who are experiencing depression and/or anxiety.

Sue is currently able to offer appointments before the regular workday begins, in addition to during the day and early evening.

Cookie Leach, M.S.W., R.S.W.

Cookie graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University in 2003 with her Master of Social Work degree.  She is a member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW) and the Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW).

Cookie has worked in a variety of settings over the course of her career, including with the Waterloo Region Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Treatment Centre, St. Mary’s Hospital and Community Justice Initiatives. 

Cookie enjoys working with individuals and couples.  She tries to provide helpful strategies to her clients so they are able to work on their difficulties outside of their sessions. Cookie’s practical, warm and direct style is a great match with clients who want to get to the heart of the issues.

Cookie is currently offering daytime and evening appointment times.

Andrea Borden, M.S.W., R.S.W.

Andrea graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University in 2006 with her Master of Social Work degree.  She is a member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW) and the Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW).

Andrea has worked in a variety of settings during her career. She has experience with child welfare, addiction treatment and working with individuals experiencing mood disorders.

Andrea enjoys working with families, couples and teens.  She is particularly interested in providing support to families where one (or more) of the members has depression, anxiety and/or bipolar disorder. She is able to work with individuals experiencing these issues on an individual basis also.

Andrea is pleased to offer appointment times in the evening.

Cynthia Reinhart, M.S.W., R.S.W.

Cynthia graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University in 2008 with her Master of Social Work degree. She is a member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers, as well as a member of the Ontario Association of Social Workers.

Cynthia has worked in a number of settings. She has experience working with child welfare, probation, mental health and adults with special needs.

Cynthia is interested in working with individuals who are experiencing anxiety, depression, and grief and loss. She also enjoys working with couples who have a variety of issues and stresses in their relationships.

Cynthia is pleased to offer Saturday appointment times at present

Michael Letts, M.S.W., R.S.W.


Michael graduated from from Queens University in 2001, with an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Sociology.  He continued his education at Wilfrid Laurier University, graduating in 2004 with his Master of Social Work degree.  He has also completed a Master of Public Administration from University of Western Ontario in 2012.  He is a member of the Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW) and the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW).

Michael has worked as a social worker since 2004 and has experience with a wide range of clients experiencing issues such as addictions, domestic violence, anger management, neglect and child abuse, and mental health issues.  Michael has worked with individuals of diverse backgrounds and ethnicities.

Michael has recently completed training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and has been using it in his practice with individuals through the lifespan.  

He is currently offering daytime and evening appointment times from Monday to Thursday.

Rose Singh, M.S.W., R.S.W.

Rose has a multidisciplinary educational foundation including a Social Service Worker Diploma and Human Resources Management Post-Graduate Certificate from Conestoga College; an Honours Bachelor of Arts, Diploma of General Studies in Social Work, and Certificate in Studies of Child Abuse from the University of Waterloo; a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Victoria; and, a Master of Social Work from Dalhousie University.

Rose is member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW), an Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW) member, and an Ontario Association of Child and Youth Care (OACYC) member as a Full Professional Certified Child and Youth Counsellor.

Rose is deeply committed to helping others reach their full potential. Rose brings over fifteen years of experience working with persons of all ages and from all walks of life, with a focus on supporting youth and adults living with mental health concerns, disabilities, dual diagnoses, concurrent disorders, substance use, violence, abuse, family conflict and relationship issues.

She is currently available for evening appointments.

Erin Schreiter, M.S.W., R.S.W.

Erin graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 1997 with an Honours Bachelor of Science in Psychology followed in 1999 by a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Wilfrid Laurier University.    She is a member in good standing with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. 

Following her education, Erin worked in the Child Welfare sector and the Violence against Women Sector.  In these fields Erin’s learning expanded to include child development, attachment, trauma and abuse, parenting, mental health and addictions.

Erin offers a compassionate and safe space where you can reflect and process your life experiences.  She is passionate about honoring choice and respecting individuality, while supporting people to achieve their goals, wellness and potential.  She enjoys working with a variety of people of diverse backgrounds including teens, women and men. 

She currently offers Wednesday evening appointments.

Rick Defoe, M.A.C.P., R.S.W.

Biography coming soon: Appointments available Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in the evening. 

John Thompson, M.S.W., R.S.W.

John attended the University of Waterloo and obtained his B.A. in 1989.  He graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University in 1993, after completing a Master of Social Work degree.  He has been employed both as a social worker and a social work supervisor at Family and Children's Services of the Waterloo Region.  In 1998, he joined the clinical panel of the Office of the Children's Lawyer and began working in private practice. 

John is a member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers, the Ontario Association of Social Workers, and the Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario.  He has had extensive training and experience in helping parents and children deal with separation and divorce.  

John offers a number of services through Cardinal Counselling and Mediation; Section 30 Assessments, Mediation, Parenting Coordination, and other Alternative Dispute Resolution services as required.

John has extensive experience working with families of diverse backgrounds and ethnicities, including same sex couples.

 

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