Our Team

Amelia Perri, Registered Psychotherapist, RP, RN, BScN, MCAmelia Perri, Registered Psychotherapist, RP, RN, BScN, MC (Vaughan and Tottenham locations)

Amelia Perri is a Registered Psychotherapist and the owner and founder of Therapy Heals Psychotherapy and Counselling Services.  She developed Therapy Heals in 2007 to offer people high quality counselling services that are respectful of each person as a unique individual with his/her own needs, preferences, strengths and abilities. Over the past 10 years, Amelia has provided therapy and counselling to individuals, couples, and families for a range of problems, for example, eating disorders, couples counselling, anger and stress management, anxiety, depression, addictions, grief, trauma, self esteem issues, relationship problems, and more.  Amelia also provides supervision for therapists and meets the CRPO standards to provide supervision.

Amelia’s experience includes a combination of work in psychotherapy, counselling, and nursing, which allows her to provide her clients with a distinctive perspective.  She has been a Registered Nurse for 20 years, and it was in her nursing role where she began to develop her counselling skills. Amelia holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Ryerson University in Toronto, and a Master of Counselling Psychology degree from Athabasca University in Edmonton.  Amelia has also received specific education and training in narrative therapy, cognitive behavior therapy, attachment therapy, the Gottman method for couples, and emotion-focused therapy.

Amelia has been described as compassionate, warm, and easy to talk to. She practices a non-judgemental approach in which she believes that people have good reasons for acting as they do.

Amelia focuses on the client’s priorities and uses various therapy modalities to help clients make the improvements they want. She aims to cultivate a sense of empowerment in the client so that they can grow both during and beyond therapy.  Amelia believes that the Client is the expert of their own life and accesses the client’s knowledge (e.g. about their experience, feelings, needs, etc.) and combines this with her expertise as a counsellor/therapist in order to help clients achieve the change they desire. In this way, Amelia supports Clients in finding realistic solutions that suit their life and who they are.

She aims to cultivate a sense of safety and security for Clients so they feel comfortable speaking their mind and therefore can obtain maximum benefits from the therapy sessions. Throughout and at the end of therapy Amelia will help Clients to assess their progress by reviewing goals and achievements which will further reinforce their strengths and progress.

Flora Svinarenko, Registered Social Worker, BSW, MSW, RSWFlora Svinarenko, Registered Social Worker, BSW, MSW, RSW (Vaughan location)

Flora Svinarenko is a Registered Social Worker and has provided psychotherapy and counselling services for  over 15 years.  She  works  with individuals, couples, families, and groups. Flora is a Registered Social Worker with OCSWSSW (Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers) and OASW (Ontario Association of Social Workers).  She holds a Master of Social Work degree from York University. Flora is also a Founding Member of the Canadian Association of Cognitive Behavioral Therapies (CACBT).

Flora has advanced training in cognitive behavior therapy, narrative therapy, trauma therapy, emotion-focused therapy, mindfulness, and harm reduction.

She specializes in the areas of depression, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), eating disorders, stress management, anger management, relationship issues, and addictions. Flora also speaks Russian fluently and is able to provide counselling in Russian upon a client’s request.

Flora believes that each person is unique, bringing their own personality, experience, and perceptions into the therapy. Therefore, her approach is holistic and client-centered. Flora aims to be very flexible and open minded, providing a safe environment for clients to share their stories. Flora works together with clients, helping them regain their strengths and empowering them on their journey to recovery and healing.

Frances Carullo, Registered Social Worker, BA (Psych), MSW, RSWFrances Carullo, Registered Social Worker, BA (Psych), MSW, RSW (Woodbridge location)

Frances Carullo is a Registered  Social Worker with the OCSWSSW (Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers) and OASW (Ontario Association of Social Workers). Frances holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree from York University and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Toronto.

Frances has been providing psychotherapy and counselling services for over 5 years and has received education and training in various therapy modalities such as cognitive behavioural therapy, trauma-focused cognitive behavioural therapy, enhanced cognitive behavioural therapy, dialectical behaviour therapy, narrative therapy, brief solution focused therapy, family therapy, crisis intervention and cyber counselling. She  is committed to expanding her knowledge of various therapies through research and participation in training workshops.

Frances has provided psychotherapy and counselling services to children, adolescents, adults, couples and families for a range of issues such as anxiety, depression, postpartum depression, sexual abuse, poor body image, eating disorders, addictions, low self-esteem, loss and grief and other mental health concerns.

Frances believes that each person is a unique individual with their own personality, thoughts, feelings, and experiences. In therapy, she views her client as the expert of their life. It is her responsibility to attentively listen to the client in a non-judgemental way and provide time and a safe space for them as they share their thoughts, perceptions, feelings and experiences with her. Frances believes that each person has strengths and the capacity to make changes in order to improve their overall well-being. By working collaboratively with the client, Frances assists the client in recognizing their strengths, gaining insights, enhancing existing skills and learning new skills that will allow the client to overcome challenges , resolve their own issues and heal. Frances believes that recovery is possible.

Shalyn Dussiaume, Registered Psychotherapist, BA, MA (Vaughan and Cambridge locations)

Shalyn is a Registered Psychotherapist and is currently working with a wide variety of clients and life issues, using a CBT (Cognitive Behavior Therapy) and DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) framework. Some of the problems Shalyn is currently working with include, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, anger management, addiction and more.

Shalyn has worked with children, teens, and adults from various walks of life in Ontario. At the beginning of her career she was a counselor in school settings, helping children with traumatic brain injuries, varying degrees of mental illness, family issues, and identity disorders, providing them with support and guidance, and helping them to cope, heal, and move on to become healthy, functional adults.

A large portion of Shalyn’s career has been spent working in Residential Counselling environments helping teens and children with varying degrees of mental illness and developmental delays, using techniques such as music and play therapy. She has also worked with adults with Schizophrenia and criminal backgrounds in residential environments.

Shalyn obtained a Bachelor Honours Degree in Women Studies and Psychology from Laurentian University and completed her Master of Counselling Psychology Degree through Yorkville University.

Shalyn’s vast experiences with a varied population of clientele and her continuing education have equipped her with a valuable and unique skill set. Along with her empathy and passion, her drive to help others enables her to be a dedicated, effective, and successful Psychotherapist.

Trish McLean, Registered Psychotherapist, PhDTrish McLean, Registered Psychotherapist, PhD (Tottenham location)

Trish McLean is a Registered Psychotherapist. She has a PhD in theology from Edinburgh University in Scotland and specialized graduate level training in Spiritual Care and Pastoral Counselling from the University of Toronto. She also has additional graduate level training in Marriage and Family Counselling from the University of Guelph. Trish is committed to ongoing professional development and regularly attends workshops and courses to improve her knowledge and skills as a therapist.

Trish has specialized training in spiritual care and is able to provide a spiritual perspective if that is what a client is looking for. However, she does not practice from a religious perspective unless specifically asked to by a client, and works with clients of all faiths and spiritualties, as well as those with no particular faith or spirituality.

Trish has been providing psychotherapy and counselling services for the past 5 years and has worked with individuals, couples and families experiencing a wide range of issues including mood disorders, anxiety, bereavement, relationship issues at home and at work, and addictions. She also has extensive experience working with clients in crisis, whether dealing with suicide ideations, domestic abuse or other relationship or mental health crises.

Trish’s main approaches to individual therapy are cognitive-behavioural (CBT) and dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT), both of which focus on beliefs, thoughts and actions. With both approaches the aim is to get to the root of the problem and make lasting change. Trish draws on a number of different family system models when working with couples and families, including the Gottman method for couples therapy.

Trish recognizes how hard it can be to take the initiative to see a therapist. Knowing that, she provides a safe and nurturing environment for people to begin to look a little more closely at what is troubling them. Trish works with clients to help them gain a deeper understanding of the situation that brought them to therapy and to help them begin to identify small changes that can be made to their lives, that will gently shift the trajectory of their lives in a more positive direction. Trish prioritizes working collaboratively with clients, recognizing clients are the experts on their own lives, and moving at the pace they set for therapy.

Samantha Mirarchi, Registered Social Worker, BA (Psych), MSW, RSW (Tottenham, Bradford and Vaughan locations)

Samantha Mirarchi is a registered Social Worker with the OCSWSSW (Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers) and the OASW (Ontario Association of Social Workers). She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with Honours in Psychology from York University, and a Master of Social Work degree specializing in Mental Health from the University of Toronto.

Samantha has received education and training in various therapeutic modalities such as cognitive behaviour therapy, narrative therapy, solution-focused therapy, trauma therapy, crisis intervention, psychodynamic therapy, and the Gottman method for couples. She is also committed to seeking ongoing learning and training opportunities to expand her counselling orientation and knowledge as a therapist.

Samantha has experience working with a diverse range of clients, on various issues including anxiety, depression, trauma, self-esteem, grief and loss, relationship issues, emotion-management, and life skills among others. Her journey as a therapist began as a helpline crisis counsellor, where she provided individuals with emotional support, crisis intervention, and resources. She has also provided counselling services at an agency that supports victims of domestic violence, and at a university where her clients included students who were facing academic and mental health-related challenges.

Samantha takes a non-judgemental approach to counselling, and highlights the strengths of her clients in order to build self-esteem and foster a safe, positive environment for effective change to take place. She believes that each client is the expert of their own life, and works collaboratively with every individual to tailor her counselling approach to their needs. Throughout the counselling process, Samantha empowers her clients and provides them with the tools necessary to help them overcome challenges and achieve the goals they set for therapy.

Louise Parkinson, Registered Psychotherapist, BA, BEd, MA (Woodbridge location)

Louise is a Registered Psychotherapist and her education includes a Bachelor of Arts Degree, a Bachelor of Education and a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology.

Louise’s areas of interest include increasing happiness and well-being, general disenchantment, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, conflict resolution, cancer, serious illness, stress including work related, anger management, grief / loss, low self-esteem and personal growth. She also has extensive experience, both personal and professional, with gender issues and can help support parents with children identifying with gender dysphoria.

Louise applies various treatment approaches and techniques such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), mindfulness, motivational interviewing, compassionate counselling and positive psychology to guide clients toward their individualized goals. Empathic and trustworthy, Louise tailors her work to most appropriately meet each client’s unique needs. Engaged and attentive, she works collaboratively with clients and their families to identify meaningful goals to facilitate inclusive service delivery.

Through psychotherapy Louise helps clients to identify unhelpful thinking patterns, recognize the relationship between thoughts, feelings and behaviours, and to understand that our thoughts are what influence our emotions and behavioural responses. Mindfulness is a treatment approach Louise regularly integrates into treatment planning. Rooted in cognitive behavioural therapy, it incorporates newer psychological strategies such as mindfulness meditation which combines the idea of cognitive therapy with meditative practices.

Sensitive and compassionate, Louise values a client centred, integrative approach considering it a privilege to assist clients through their hardships, working carefully to enhance their well-being and quality of life.

Megan Karas, Registerd Social Worker, BASc, MSW, RSW (Woodbridge location)

Megan Karas is a Registered Social Worker who has been providing psychotherapy for over five years. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Applied Science from the University of Guelph-Humber, and a Masters of Social Work from the University of Windsor. Megan has training certificates in CBT, Narrative Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Trauma-Informed Treatment. Megan also completed an intensive training program in DBT treatment.

Megan has provided psychotherapy for children, youth, adults, and families with a wide range of mental health concerns. She specializes in the areas of anxiety, fears/phobias, depression, anger, problematic behaviour, coping skills, relationship concerns, chronic stress and eating disorders.

Megan views emotional challenges as a normative process of life, and takes a holistic approach to treatment. Megan values the opportunity to support clients on their journey of personal growth, and comes from a non-judgmental and empathetic perspective.

Mary McClenaghan, Counsellor, BA, MA, CHRL (Bradford and Tottenham locations)

Mary is a member of the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists and is currently applying to be a qualifying member of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. She is a member of the Human Resources Professionals Association and holds the designation of Certified Human Resources Leader. Mary has a Bachelor of Arts degree from McGill University in Humanistic Studies, a Master of Arts degree from Yorkville University in Counselling and Psychology and a Human Resources Management certificate from York University.

Mary has experience working with a diverse group of client issues that include depression, anxiety, bereavement, low self- esteem and emotional dysregulation. Mary has done specialized work with clients who have been victims of domestic violence, homicide and has had training on crisis intervention, including for suicide. In addition to this, Mary has experience in working with families or individuals dealing with an ADHD diagnosis.

Due to her ten years of working in Human Resources, she is highly familiar with the challenges that occur at workplaces and has considerable skill identifying and resolving interpersonal conflict, communication differences, work-life balance concerns and exploring career development. In addition to that, her previous career in banking has given her expert knowledge in understanding financial matters and the impact they can have on couples and families.
Mary has been trained in a variety of modalities including Cognitive based therapy, Emotional focused therapy, Solution focused therapy and Narrative therapy.

Mary’s approach to counselling is one that is person centered. Her core belief is to first understand the client from their unique biopsychosocial approach. To her, the client is the person who is the expert in their own life and her job is to provide a neutral, open and empathetic space for them to share their story. She feels humbled and honored that clients are willing to give her their trust and is committed to meeting them where they are at in their life with a focus of providing non-judgmental listening and support.

Natalie Colecchia, Office ManagerNatalie Colecchia, Office Manager

Natalie is the Office Manager at Therapy Heals and she has an Executive diploma in Office Administration. Natalie has a background in communications, customer service, sales, and marketing.

In her role as Office Manager, Natalie oversees all of the administrative tasks and functions for Therapy Heals. She assists clients and potential clients in scheduling appointments, providing information about our services, answering questions, and more.

Natalie is invested in helping others lead a happy, healthy life and in spreading joy and positivity.

The Therapy Heals counselling team provides psychotherapy and counselling services in York Region including Vaughan, Woodbridge, Concord, Maple, and near Kleinburg, Thornhill, Richmond Hill and Toronto areas. In addition the team provides psychotherapy and counselling services in New Tecumseth, including Tottenham, and near Alliston, Beeton and surrounding areas, including Nobleton, Orangeville, Schomberg, Bolton, and Newmarket. New office locations include Bradford, convenient for people residing in Bradford, Newmarket, Innisfil, Cookstown, Beeton, and Bondhead, and Cambridge, in Galt Cambridge, convenient for people residing in Cambridge, Paris, Brant, Kitchener , and Brantford.