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Virtual Couples Counselling During COVID-19

Here’s a look at some of the effects that a pandemic can have on relationships. Psychological science helps to explain how relationships may grow stronger after overcoming adversity together.

For couples having a more difficult time navigating the crisis, Dalton Associates has 70 experienced therapists providing couples counselling online. Services are available via secure video conferencing.

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Jennifer McDermottB.A.(Hons.), M.A, R.S.W. Registered Social Worker

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Jennifer is a registered Social Worker and is a member of the College of Social Work.  Jennifer holds a Masters in Counselling and is a member of the Ontario Association of Counsellors, Consultants, Psychometrists, and Psychotherapists.  Since 2003, she has been actively engaged in community agencies and private practice.  Jennifer has gained extensive experience in addictions, concurrent disorders (mental health issues & substance misuse), and codependency while working at a Mental Health and Addiction Centre.  Jennifer has also obtained experience working as a Mental Health Counsellor on a Family Health Team supporting a broad scope of clientele and has most recently provided therapy to ‘troubled youth’ and their families in a private school setting.

While working in private practice, Jennifer has assisted couples and families cope with relationship issues, establish healthy boundaries, and build effective communication skills.  She has also helped clients with mood/anxiety disorders and low self esteem reach achievable goals.   In addition, Jennifer has a special interest in supporting families cope with infertility as she has personally experienced this challenge and understands the emotional impact of this issue.  Jennifer was fortunate to give birth to twin girls in 2007 after experiencing a high risk pregnancy.  She also had a son in 2012. She now enjoys spending any spare time being active with her family.

Jennifer uses a client-centered and holistic approach while working with her clients to achieve optimal results.  She has been trained in various modalities such as cognitive behaviour therapy & motivational interviewing to help individuals reach their goals & enrich their lives with positive change. Through continuous professional development that has include training in narrative therapy and brief solution focused therapy, she strives to meet her client’s needs with sensitivity and compassion.

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Stephane SefterB.Sc., B.Eng. Civil, M.A., Registered Psychotherapist

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Stephane Sefter, B. Sc., M.A., R.P.,  supports individuals and couples to identify and understand their challenges, and to develop functional skills to deal with them effectively.

Stephane trained in Counselling at the University of Toronto and the Adler School, and uses a Cognitive-Behavioural (CBT) approach in counselling: a shorter, solution-oriented therapy based on helping the client develop functional and effective coping skills.

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June LamM.A., B.A. (Social Work), Child and Youth Worker, Registered Psychotherapist

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June has worked in the field of Employee Assistance Programs for over 12 years. Prior to this, June worked with street youth, women in domestic violent situations and adults with mental health issues.

June’s focus in her current work is in the area of anxiety and depression as well as family and couple work. She also does workshops on stress management, parenting and eldercare issues for corporate clients.

June’s approach to counselling is to recognize the whole person which includes the emotional, cognitive, behavioural and relational aspects of your life as important components towards a greater quality of life. She believes that kindness and compassion can go a long way and that the focus of therapy is to address your hopes as well as develop greater kindness and compassion towards yourself.

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Elizabeth GauldB.A. (Hons.), M.A., Registered Psychotherapist

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Elizabeth has a Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology from the Adler School of Professional Psychology and an Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree from York University majoring in Psychology. She is a member of the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists (OACCPP) and the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario.

Elizabeth provides psychotherapy and counselling services to individuals, adolescents, couples, and families. She offers individual counselling in the areas of anxiety, depression, interpersonal relationships, stress, grief/loss, substance abuse/addiction and personal growth.  She also works in the rehabilitation area helping individuals cope and recover from trauma and pain. Elizabeth has over 15 years of business experience in the Human Resources field providing counselling and mentoring to employees and managers.  This experience extends her counselling to areas such as career development, conflict management in the workplace, and leadership development.

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Stephen DouglasB.A., M.A. Certified Member of OACCPP., Registered Psychotherapist

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Stephen Douglas has provided healing and support for individuals, couples, and families for over twenty-five years as a family counsellor and psychotherapist.

In addition to traditional forms of psychotherapy, including Gestalt Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Relational and Satir Family Systems, Stephen has integrated Indigenous teachings and Buddhist philosophy concerning mental health and holistic well-being into his practice.

Stephen offers an effective model of change for clients who have emotional or relationship blocks leading to depression, anxiety, and chronic anger. He also provides insightful marriage and family therapy, validating every family members’ needs and helping each learn to communicate effectively without blame.

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Shirley KatzM.A., Ph.D., Registered Psychotherapist

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Shirley is a Canadian Certified Counsellor and Registered Clinical Counsellor (BC) with a Ph.D. in Counselling , who provides psychological services under the supervision of a Registered Psychologist. Shirley is also a member of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario.

Shirley has experience working with many issues that affect people and bring them to counselling, as well as to career counselling.  She specializes in issues related to anxiety, disordered eating and body image, and creative careers/educational paths.  She has provided workshops to professionals in mindfulness and stress management, diversity sensitivity and career transition. 

Shirley works collaboratively to help clients build upon their strengths, to solve issues of concern to them, and to learn new and more effective ways of coping with things that are not so easy to change. 

Working with her in psychotherapy, clients will strengthen their ability to manage stress and to make desired life changes.  She offers a genuinely caring healing space where clients can be heard, understood, supported and directed towards goals.  Therapeutic techniques are personalized to the unique situation, integrating physical, cognitive, emotional, and social needs of each person. 

Shirley works with couples to achieve better communication and insight towards more meaningful relationships.  Whether a couple is in conflict, or simply desiring to achieve a deeper connection, couples therapy can improve the way people relate to one another and to other members of the family.  Couples therapy draws from each person’s strengths, and helps develop more collaborative understanding, as well as the ability to accept, appreciate, and live with differences.   Skills that are learned in couples’ therapy are life-lasting.

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Bozena TutajM.A., Registered Psychotherapist

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Bozena is a registered psychotherapist who provides individual, couple and family therapy to pre-adolescents, adolescents and adults. She is a member of College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario and a member of Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists. With her Master’s Degree in Psychology and extensive professional training in multiple areas related to psychotherapy, Bozena offers solid theoretical knowledge, a broad spectrum of skills and more than 20 years of clinical experience.

Over the years, Bozena has helped many clients with a variety of issues and challenges, including depression, anxiety, excessive anger, grief, trauma, self-esteem issues, life transitions, relationship problems, and addiction related issues. She provides a wide range of treatment services including solution focused brief therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, narrative therapy, schema therapy, mindfulness based stress reduction, and trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy. She incorporates elements of dialectical behavior therapy (i.e., mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotional regulation and interpersonal effectiveness) into her work with clients.

Bozena has always been committed to providing the best possible service, genuine caring and support, and a safe environment for her clients. She always goes an extra mile to support them. Her clients report that they always feel heard, understood and validated. Her approach has been described as very respectful, non-judgmental, caring and honest.

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