OUR TEAM

decades of experience
exemplary service

Please explore our team's bios to help you find the right practitioner.  As a collective of professionals, some of our team members maintain their own websites or emails accounts, identified, by an underlined name, click on their name to explore their services further.  Though we charge a fee for services, services may be covered by insurance and employee health benefits.

MARY JO FRANCHI-ROTHECKER 

Mary-Jo is an alternate Dispute Resolution Specialist

Mediator, Parenting Coordinator and Member of the Reintegration Team 

 

She has a  Law Degree and an MBA from the University of Alberta.  She completed her Mediation Training with Dr. Barbara Landau and her Parenting Coordinator Training with Dr. Barbara Fidler.  She continues to attend training courses, conferences, and seminars in order to inform and align her practice with current information, research and best practices.  She is an active member of the AFCC and FDRIO.

 

Her primary goal, in providing these services to families, who are transitioning through separation and divorce, is to keep families out of Court.  This reduces the acrimony, the duration of the negotiations, the financial burden and serves to focus the separating parents’ attention on their children.  The goal is to reduce or eliminate the risks and damage to the children and to return the family to a new normal as soon as possible.

ANNE STEEVES

RSW, MEd(counselling), R.P., PhD( counselling)

Phone 905-278-0647

As a  registered Social Worker  and Registered Psychotherapist  Anne's principle areas of psychotherapy  highlight:

Individual therapy

Couple therapy -including same- sex couple therapy

Anxiety disorders 

Counselling specific to survivors of childhood sexual abuse

Focusing- oriented psychotherapy 

Feminist counselling 

Personal enhancement  counselling 

Counselling  for individuals pursuing mediation and family integration 

ANNA NOSKO

MSW RSW

 

Anna is Clinical Social Worker, Psychotherapist, & Registered Marriage and Family Therapist, practicing for over 35 years. 

Anna "s principal areas of Expertise includes: 

  • Individual psychotherapy

  • Couple & Family Therapy

  • De-traumatizing Therapy

 

Her Practice Focus includes: 

  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Detraumatizing work including interventions such as EMDR (eye movement, desensitization and reprocessing), Brainspotting, EFT (emotional freedom techniques).

  • Anxiety and Anxiety Disorders

  • Depression

  • Dealing with Grief

  • Dealing with Self-esteem issues

  • Anger management

JOHN FRANCHI

MA, (Psych Counselling).

 

John takes a pragmatic approach. He treats this enterprise as a vocation. He engages compassionately and authentically in a practical fashion with individuals, couples and families. He has an affinity for cases involving transitional difficulties - failing at university, losing a job, or traversing other crises. He employs analytical skills to find the path from the dilemma to its resolution by defining the problems and concerns, then assisting with the choices and decisions that will deliver success, satisfaction and meaningful quality of life. This allows him to assist in the crafting of relevant and fulfilling solutions for life's difficulties.

 

His extensive work with anxiety relief and obsessive compulsive disorder have led to the development of two effective programs.  The first is to stem anxiety and the other, to quiet obsessions and compulsions. These programs promote understanding of the dilemmas, teach lessons and strategies that aid relief, introduce mindfulness for management of onsets, and cultivate approaches that limit negative impacts and expand abilities to address concerns. 

 
 

GREGORY KOVAL

MSW, RSW

Gregory has been a practicing registered social worker practicing psychotherapy and psychiatric social worker for the past 47 years.  He has extensive clinical experience in individual, couple/marital and family therapy.  He has consulted extensively with patients and clients in hospitals, medical centers, social work agencies, Family Court and private practice.  He has provided far-reaching services as a consultant therapist, lecturer, mental health teacher and management consultant in a variety of health-related settings and educational institutions. His practice focus has always been in psychotherapy and he has spent the past four decades honing his skills and expertise in that regard.

Greg’s principal areas of expertise include:

  • Individual Psychotherapy

  • Couple Therapy

  • Family Therapy

  • Crisis Intervention / Trauma Therapy

  • Parental Coordination

  • Short Term Disability Insurance Issues
     

Greg’s practice focus includes:

  • Individual, Couple and Family Issues

  • Mediation of Parenting Issues

  • Mediation of Separation and Divorce Issues

  • Reintegration Assessment and Therapy

  • Child Custody and Custody Assessments

  • Major Affective Disorders

  • Chronic Pain and Fatigue Disorders

  • Stress Disorders

  • Anxiety Disorders

  • Palliative Care / Grief Counselling

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders

  • Teaching, Lecturing, Practice Consultation

SHAZEEDA HAROON

BSW, MSW, RSW.

 

Shazeeda Haroon has been in social work practice since 2000. After completing a BA in psychology, Shazeeda went on to complete her Bachelor's of Social Work, and later, obtained her Masters degree.

 

Shazeeda has worked in the public sector, in child welfare and education, working with children and families. Currently, she continues to work in the education sector, with the Office of the Children's Lawyer and as a clinician in private practice. Her scope of practice has expanded in recent years, particularly in private practice, and she now offers a wide range of services to children, teens, individuals and families.

 

Since her empanelment to the Office of the Children's Lawyer in 2013, Shazeeda continues to focus her private practice on services supporting children and families experiencing high conflict separation and divorce. To this end, she offers a range of services to address the challenges families face during this difficult time, including:

  • section 30 assessments

  • Voice of the Child assessments

  • co-parenting supports and training

  • parenting plans

  • family reintegration/reunification services

 

Shazeeda also provides therapy services to individuals and families whom are experiencing difficulties. Though Shazeeda regularly engages in ongoing professional development and education to support her clinical practice, she does not ascribe to a singular therapeutic approach. Rather, her clinical interventions are informed by narrative therapy, cognitive behaviour therapy, solution focused therapy, and family systems therapy.

STEPHANIE VATRI

MA, (PSYCH COUNSELLING).

 

Stephanie is a Registered Psychotherapist providing psychotherapy and resilience coaching to individuals. Through her strength-based therapeutic approach she helps clients improve their relationships and build personal resilience.

Her therapeutic philosophy is informed by positive psychology, Adlerian psychology and neuropsychology. Her areas of training include neuroscience, mindfulness, cognitive behavioural therapy, and meditation. She is passionate about learning and continually builds her body of knowledge around new therapeutic modalities that help support her clients. Stephanie is committed to providing a safe and compassionate environment for working together with clients, and using client-centred and holistic approaches to create positive change. She believes all individuals have a unique set of skills and abilities to overcome obstacles, and assists clients in discovering and utilizing this personal resilience toolkit.

She is passionate about helping clients rediscover their inner strengths and regain the confidence and courage to face life’s challenges.

Stephanie provides talks and workshops teaching resilience both personally and professionally in the corporate setting.

 

Areas of practice:

Anxiety 

Depression

Communication and Relationships

Parenting Teens

Adult Children of Parents with Dementia

Low Self Esteem

Stress Reduction

Group Psychotherapy

 

JENNIFER NUNES

MSW, RSW.

 

Jennifer Nunes is a registered social worker providing clinical social work to individuals, couples and families. Professional experiences in acute care and rehabilitation hospital, community mental health agencies, school board social work and motor vehicle collision (Trauma) have provided Jennifer with a broad experience base and clinical skill set.

Understanding that an individual’s journey with mental wellness and illness impacts those around them, informs Jennifer’s holistic and systemic approach to care with families. 

Jennifer’s Areas of Expertise Include:

  • Individual Therapy

  • Couples Therapy

  • Family Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

  • Parenting Advocacy, Consultation and Support

  • Caregiver Support

 

Jennifer’s practice focus includes:

  • Individual, Couple and Family Issues

  • Chronic illness and Disability Issues

  • Caregiver stress and burnout

  • Parent and Child Advocacy

  • Stress 

  • Anxiety Disorders

  • Palliative, Anticipatory Grief and Bereavement Counselling

  • Depressive Symptoms

  • Trauma Recovery

 
 

HINA MIRZA

Hina aims to create a warm and supportive space in her practice, where clients are enabled to seek positive change through building self compassion and resilience. 

 

Her work is rooted in the fundamental principles of adaptability and growth, which encourages clients to use tools to navigate their unique challenges while framing treatment planning with cultural sensitivity, religious values and an awareness of their needs.  

 

Her role is to help clients overcome emotional distress, behavioral issues and navigate conflict, using strategic talk therapy to understand their problems, assess their condition, and create a treatment plan through personal strengths, and reinforcing positive feelings and behaviors.  

 

She works with individuals, couples and families overcoming mental health concerns by using psychotherapy concepts which can include a faith-based lens and multi cultural awareness to create a respectful space in counselling.