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Board of Directors

To represent the interests of psychotherapists, to advance the standards of psychotherapy practice and to promote effective and efficient service.

CLAIRE WATSON

M.Sc., Dipl. TIRP, RP
President
Co-Chair, Advocacy and Public Liaison Committe

Claire is a relational psychotherapist with a private practice in Toronto and the Lead Trainer and developer for the Psychology Foundation of Canada’s birth to three “Make the Connection” programs. She uses attachment theory and neuroscience to inform her educational and psychotherapeutic work.

Contact Claire: president@psychotherapyontario.org

Contac Claire:  public-relations@psychotherapyontario.org

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Ted Leckie

RP
Executive Vice-President
Co-Chair, Advocacy and Public Liaison Committee

Before becoming a psychotherapist, Ted was a serial entrepreneur, founding three successful companies. He sold his first company, Sienna Software, Inc., to Space.com in 2000 but stayed on for a time as president, reporting to a board of directors that included Sally Ride and Neil Armstrong. Subsequently, he founded Berkeley Medical, Inc. and Ironic Software, Inc., two companies that focused on electronic medical records and document management.

In 2009, Ted decided to switch gears to pursue what had always held a fascination for him: understanding relationships. With the same passion he had invested in his companies, Ted pursued several training programs in order to develop his skills in individual and couples therapy. Before he even graduated, Ted founded High Park Psychotherapy and is now a well-established couples therapist in Toronto working in private practice. Ted trained at the Toronto Institute for Relational Psychotherapy (TIRP), a comprehensive training program in the theory and practice of relational psychotherapy. Ted also trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for couples with the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT).

In 2016, he went on to found Therapists Connect with board members Liz Phillips and Erin Griffin, to bring psychotherapists traditionally working in isolation into social and professional contact. Since then, Therapists Connect has grown to almost 300 therapists who meet regularly in person and online for social events, workshops, book clubs and other types of support.

In 2019, Ted will be starting a relationship-focused therapy practice called Relate Psychotherapy, also with Liz Phillips and Erin Griffin.

Ted brings his entrepreneurial spirit and experience, along with 30 years of organizational skills, to the Ontario Society of Registered Psychotherapists. Ted believes that the OSRP should represent the political, clinical and economic interests of the province's psychotherapy profession, and intends to fiercely advocate for, and defend the rights of, Registered Psychotherapists in Ontario. To this end, Ted's vision is to help grow the OSRP into the leading professional organization for Registered Psychotherapists in Ontario.

Contact Ted:  vice-president@psychotherapyontario.org

Contact Ted:  public-relations@psychotherapyontario.org

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Christina Becker

BFA, MBA, Dip Analytical Psychology, RP
Acting Secretary

Christina Becker is a diplomat Jungian Analyst from the C. G. Jung Institute in Zurich Switzerland and a Clinical member of OSP. She completed her training in 2002 and returned to Canada to establish a private practice in Toronto, working primarily with individuals and couples. Her services include psychotherapy, dream work, Jungian analysis, astrology, spiritual counselling and executive coaching.

Christina is a senior training analyst with the Inter-regional Society of Jungian Analysts and the author of the recently revised Heart of the Matter: Individuation as an Ethical Process, which explores, by the ethics of being a psychotherapist, the psychodynamics of living a life with integrity.

Prior to becoming a Jungian Analyst she had a long career as an organizational consultant to non-profit organizations. She is the principal in a family business providing professional services to this sector. In this part of her life, she provides workshops and facilitates group process with conflict resolution and strategic planning.

Contact Christina:  secretary@psychotherapyontario.org

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Sharlene Friedman

BFA, RP
Acting Treasurer

Sharlene has been in independent practice since 1989 as a Registered Canadian Art Therapist. She was born in South Africa and came to Canada to study Art Therapy. In South Africa, she was part of the Rape Crisis Centre called POWA (People Opposing Woman Abuse) and was responsible for group training and crisis counselling.

In conjunction with her private practice — where she focuses on work with individuals, couples and supervision — Sharlene is on faculty with the Toronto Art Therapy Institute as the Group Art Therapist. She has also worked with numerous agencies including women’s shelters, addiction treatment programs, The Rape Crisis Centre of Peel Dufferin County, the Peel Collaborative and the Barbara Schlifer Clinic in Toronto, where her work focused on working with trauma, recovery and personal growth.

In 1996, Sharlene was instrumental in creating and co-facilitating an open group for women who have survived childhood sexual abuse and trauma and she facilitated this group for over seven years.

She is the co-author of the manual Weaving Our Voices (an open group for women who have survived childhood sexual abuse and trauma), Group Leaders' Manual and was responsible for training agencies in Peel, Guelph and Toronto in this model.

Sharlene also practises and teaches self help Jin Shin Jyutsu®, an art of harmony —body, mind and spirit. She joined OSP in 2013.

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Erin Griffin

BFA, MA, CCC, RP
Chair, Ethics and Complaints Committee

Erin has 10 years experience working as a therapist in a variety of settings including palliative, in-patient psychiatry, public school and rehabilitation centres. Since 2015, Erin has focused primarily on building her private practice in west Toronto.

Her therapy education began with psychodynamic art therapy (MA, Concordia University) and has evolved to include training in Jungian Sandplay (CAST) and Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (OISE). She was introduced to emotion-focused therapy through the study of EFT-M (Mount Sinai Psychotherapy Institute) and has since pursued studies in EFT with Les Greenberg at York University.

She has previous experience as the membership Chair for the l’Association des Arts Thérapeutes du Québec (AATQ), and as Treasurer for the Creative Arts in Counselling chapter of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA).

Erin looks forward to strengthening the RP community through her contribution as Chair of Ethics and Complaints for the OSRP.

Contact Erin: ethics@psychotherapyontario.org

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Liz Phillips

RP
Chair, Membership Committee

Liz Phillips is a therapist in private practice with two decades of previous experience in communications writing and organizational administration. Throughout her career, Liz has focused on social change, primarily in not-for-profits. She believes that social change starts with people who feel good about themselves. That’s why she moved into working therapeutically. Liz believes that people who are supported to heal old pains and grow empathy for themselves and others can respond to human struggle with flexibility, curiosity and compassion.

Liz has trained in relational psychotherapy (at the Toronto Institute for Relational Psychotherapy), trauma-informed sensorimotor psychotherapy (Levels I and II) and couples therapy (Emotionally Focused Therapy). Her current practice includes a mix of couples and individuals. She is starting a relationship-focused practice called Relate Psychotherapy with OSRP Board members Ted Leckie and Erin Griffin in 2019.

Liz brings member orientation and retention experience to her role as Chair of OSRP’s Membership Committee. As Leasing Coordinator at the Centre for Social Innovation (CSI) for almost a decade (CSI is a group of co-working spaces in Toronto that co-locates and cross pollinates social entrepreneurs), Liz focused on getting new members into each of the three buildings, providing member orientation workshops and ensuring she met ongoing member needs through a variety of touch points.

In the same entrepreneurial spirit, but with a goal of connecting therapists to each other and to the supports they need, Liz joined forces with Ted Leckie and Erin Griffin in 2016 to create Therapists Connect. A community-support network for therapists in private practice, Therapists Connect offers peer-led workshops and much-needed social events to help alleviate the professional and social isolation that can occur in private practice. Since its inception, Therapists Connect has grown from 90 to 250 members and continues to grow. One of the defining and best-loved features of Therapists Connect is an active email listserve where members share event information, referrals and other content pertinent to therapists in private practice.

Liz believes that creating this networking group has been a great training ground for learning about what resources therapists most need. Liz not only brings to the OSRP Board her strength in connecting people to each other and to the events that best suit members’ interests and needs, she also brings her decades of writing and editing experience, allowing her to clarify, strengthen and enliven important messages for maximum connection and impact. She is looking forward to building on the great accomplishments of the OSRP and to creating more supports for Registered Psychotherapists in Ontario. Liz believes that psychotherapists who feel secure in their community and professional support have the resources to do the hard and rewarding work of helping others.

Contact Liz: membership@psychotherapyontario.org

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Sonya Gotziaman

RP
Member-at-Large

Sonya Gotziaman has been in private practice for over 25 years and a Clinical Member of OSRP since 1999. She has been a member of the Ethics Committee for several years and is also a member of the Big Move Task Force.

Sonya originally worked with children with exceptionalities and quickly realized she was spending a great deal of time speaking with parents about their children and/or their relationships and decided to train as a psychotherapist to help the parents she was working with. This led to her teaching ECE and psychology at Sheridan College and starting her private practice.

Sonya is a Certified Imago Relationship Therapist and has completed her EFT Externship. She works with individuals, couples and adolescents. She also counsels clients on parenting issues, and leads workshops on Sexual Abuse Prevention, Parenting Children With Anxiety, Loving Your Body, Career Counselling and Strategies for Committed Couples.

Sonya has volunteered for many organizations and has been on many committees in the past, including developing a Conscious Parenting Support Group, a Women’s Mind/Body Connection group. She also has extensive experience in Education Advocacy. Sonya helped create the original preschool programs for the Fairlawn Neighbourhood Centre in 1997 and is a Past Board Member of the Fairlawn Neighbourhood Centre.

Sonya grew up in Northwestern Ontario and loves to be outside canoeing, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. She currently lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba but maintains a practice in Ontario.

You can follow Sonya on Twitter at @sonyagotziaman or on Facebook at Sonya Gotziaman, Toronto Imago Therapist.

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Richard Lowery

MSW, Ph.D. incomplete (minus thesis presentation), RP
Acting Member-at-Large

A clinical psychotherapist in private practice forever (1984), Richard has a pro- and anti-Freudian/Jungian bent, with respect paid to a number of alternative modalities, particularly in the mind/body/spirit realm.

Originally and always a rooted and transplanted Saskatchewanite, he spends two days a week in active practice with individuals and families from the home he shares with his wife, Alexandra, in the Toronto Beach area, and the other five days at their country place near Marmora, where he loves the woods, water and wild life, writing and wool-gathering.

His reluctant ongoing awareness of glaring issues in our troubled world that are in need of social activism leave him little time for lassitude. His work with clients reminds him of how integral these issues are in this present time.

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Bill McLaughlin

MA, RP
Member-at-Large

Bill has been operating a private practice for eleven years, the focus of which is providing trauma-focused psychotherapy to professionals diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. A long time student of anthropology then psychoanalytic theory, he has been studying human consciousness for thirty-five years. In addition to being an accredited psychotherapist, he is a certified iRest instructor. iRest (integrative restoration techniques) is a meditation designed specifically to support people in how to manage and recover from PTSD. His current clinical and theoretical interest is applying the concept of ambivalence as a metric to examine both client and therapist resilience.

Beyond direct clinical work, he provides clinical supervision to psychotherapists and is a registered provider with the Ontario Medical Association.

As a Member-at-Large on the OSRP Board, his work has included helping with strategy and supporting Board members with portfolios. He is also working with the Registered Psychotherapists Insurance Committee (RPIC). We are currently in negotiations with the WSIB to make RPs registered providers.

His hobbies include coaching rugby, working out and meditating daily. He has a deep love for the art form of the novel. Still enchanted by last year’s award winning Lincoln in The Bardo, he is looking forward to the winter and finding new enthralling reads.

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Eric Pierni

CSAT, RP
Acting Member-at-Large

Eric Pierni is a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) and a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist with the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP). In 2016 he opened Men Therapy Toronto, which is a psychotherapy practice focused on improving men's mental health and aimed at making counselling services more accessible to all men. He earned a Masters degree in Psychotherapy & Spiritual Care from Wilfrid Laurier University.

In addition to his Masters degree, he also holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Marketing from Concordia University (John Molson School of Business) with an accomplished business background.

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