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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.

 

Nikki Bianchi

RP
Chair, Connect Committee
(formerly the Membership Committee)

Nikki Bianchi has been a writer, editor and music journalist for more than a decade.

Located in Toronto, she is currently completing her Masters in Counselling Psychology at Yorkville University. Nikki feels privileged to join the OSRP’s Board as Chair of the Connect Committee and hopes to bring her passion for sharing stories about the human condition to her work with the OSRP.

Contact Nikki: connect@psychotherapyontario.org

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Kimberly Cato

RP
Member-at-Large

Kimberly Cato has been an advocate for change, acceptance without judgement, and the dismantling of systems of oppression all her life. Moved into action by the emotional or physical pain of others, Kimberly established True Roots Counselling Services (True Roots) in 1996 to address issues of struggle within the community she served. For decades, Kimberly provided psychoeducational support through True Roots, on the side of her full-time work with Youth (Children’s Aid Society), Seniors (Long Term Care Facilities), Palliative Care Clients (Community-Based Hospice), Mental Health & Addictions Clients (Canadian Mental Health Association), and a multitude of other institutions.

After decades of providing services through various institutions, Kimberly discovered a wealth of resources, services and supports that were designed and developed by and for non-racialized individuals while racialize people were left out of the arena for assistance. In 2015, Kimberly prioritized True Roots and became intentionally focused on finding Culturally-Adapted Therapeutic Resources to address the issues of racialized, intergenerational, untreated trauma she had seen, and personally experienced, within the BIPoC community.

By studying with Dr. Joy Degruy (Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome), Resmaa Menakem (My Grandmother’s Hands, Education For Racial Equity), Dr. Jennifer Mullin (Decolonizing Therapy), and the Community Healing Network & Association of Black Psychologists (Emotional Emancipation Circles (SM)), Kimberly began cultivating a strategy of support for Black and Brown people who have felt left out of the therapy healing room as they struggle for identity within a  societal system of structural racism designed to erase them.

Empowered by this wisdom, Kimberly now provides therapy for members of the BIPoC community who are blindsided & overwhelmed by life-altering circumstances to transform their trauma into triumph as her Full-Time practice at True Roots while providing Diversity Equity & Inclusion and Anti-Black Racism Consultation to institutions and organizations on the side.

Ultimately, Kimberly Cato is excited about creating spaces where Black, Indigenous, People of Colour (on either sides of the proverbial therapy couch) feel welcome and safe to explore and re-define mental health / wellness outside of the oppressive imprint.

Kimberly is very excited about returning to OSRP at this time of global racial reckoning, particularly after seeing the opportunity for inclusivity through the Mentorship Program, BIPoC Bursaries and intentional policies for organizational change. She has very fond memories of participating on the OSRP Board as Chair of Professional Development in 2018 and is delighted to join the move toward a diverse pool of psychotherapists that represent the Ontario we serve.

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Andrea D'Onofrio

RP
Chair, Advocacy Committee

Andrea is a therapist in private practice in Toronto, focusing on a holistic and integrative approach in her work with individuals.

Prior to becoming a psychotherapist, Andrea had a career as a buyer in the fashion retail industry, working for many major retailers. After following the call to seek more meaningful and fulfilling work, Andrea completed a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology at the Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago. Adler’s holistic approach, focusing on mind-body connection, wholism and community spirit, resonated with Andrea and informed the development of her current multi-modality practice focused on whole person health and healing.

Committed to social change, justice and strengthening communities, Andrea began volunteering with RoncyWorks in 2012 and remains committed to helping others. She values proactivity and efficiency and was compelled to join the OSRP based on the commitment demonstrated to the profession by its members, as well as the impressive advocacy accomplishments surrounding important issues affecting the practice of RPs. She looks forward to contributing and taking action towards the advancement and resolution of practical issues affecting the profession.

Contact Andrea: advocacy@psychotherapyontario.org

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Hazel Da Breo

RP
Chair, Diversity, Equity and Inclusions Committee

Hazel is a psychotherapist, lecturer, author, consultant, and runs an NGO @sweetwaterfoundation.ca.

She lives with her family and three German Shepherds, and enjoys horseback riding, kayaking and traditional archery. She feels very privileged to serve on the board of the OSRP.

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Rachel Fulford (she/her)

RP
Member-at-Large

Rachel Fulford has been working psychodynamically with clients since 2013. She is a graduate of the Centre for Training in Psychotherapy.  She works with adult individuals seeking to understand deeper patterns in their psyches which affect their lives.  She enjoys working with people in creative fields, or who seek to become more creative, and enjoys various artistic pursuits of her own.  Rachel is thrilled to join the Board after serving for over a year on the OSRP’s HST committee, a cause about which she feels passionately.  

Prior to becoming a full-time psychotherapist in private practice, Rachel worked for 19 years helping to develop the talents of screenwriters and their series for television.  Prior to that, she worked for various not-for-profits.  For four years she was honoured to be on the Board of the imagineNATIVE film + media arts festival where, as one of a minority of non-Indigenous Board Members, she worked to support the organization’s mandate as the world’s largest presenter of Indigenous screen content.  She was on the Board of the Barbra Schlifer Clinic, and was part of the collective behind The December 6 Fund, a rotating loan fund to support women leaving abusive situations.  She worked as a Junior Policy Analyst for the Ontario Advocacy Commission, an arm’s length provincially-funded group with the goal of protecting the rights of frail seniors, people living with disabilities, and psychiatric survivors.

Currently she is also a member of the Canadian Association of Psychodynamic Therapists, Therapists for Equity and Justice, and the Centre for Training in Psychotherapy Alumni Association, for which she has co-facilitated workshops on various topics.

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Carmen Kattan

RP (Qualifying)
Member-at-Large

Carmen Kattan is an RP (Qualifying) in private practice and a guest lecturer. She draws upon contextual evidence-based practice skills and treatment methods, while also being guided by evidence-based research. Her intention is to nurture coherence between therapeutic factors and the client’s unique needs, all the while focusing on the synthesis of mind, body, emotion and energy.

Carmen immigrated to Canada from the Middle East 15 years ago. She enjoys hiking, painting and learning to see the world through her son’s eyes.

She is excited and honoured to be advocating on behalf of fellow RPs as a Member-at-Large on the OSRP board.

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Deanna MacDonald

Member-at-Large

 

 

 

 

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Sarah Posh

RP (Qualifying)
Member-at-Large

Sarah is a mother to three energetic children and is currently completing her Masters degree in Counselling Psychology at Yorkville University. 
 
Helping others has always been a passion of Sarah's, whether someone is grieving and going through a loss or is on a journey of self-discovery. Sarah's mission is to empower her clients to take their first step towards positive change and well being.
 
Sarah's philosophy encompasses inclusivity and cultural awareness, which she believes is important in providing clients with a safe, non-judgmental space.
 
Sarah is excited to start a new chapter at the OSRP as a Member-at-Large and is also a member of the Advocacy Committee.

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Christina Williams

RP (Qualifying)
Member-at-Large

Christina Williams is a registered psychotherapist in Northern Ontario. She has recently completed a Masters of Science. She works in private practice and as a school counsellor and had previously worked in the inpatient/ outpatient psychiatric unit of her local hospital.

Christina works to service her local First Nations population, youth, women and those experiencing a variety of struggles including, but not limited to, trauma, adoption, anxiety and personality disorders. Though she takes an eclectic approach, she has experience in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, BRISC, Narrative Therapy and Spiritual counselling.

Christina is excited to be on the OSRP Board to advocate for RPs as they work to provide much needed services to their communities.

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Liane Wood

RP
Treasurer

Prior to making a career change to psychotherapy, Liane worked for over 25 years as a registered insurance broker, culminating in owning and operating her own insurance brokerage. She sold her business in 2016 with the intention of pursuing studies in psychology.

Liane is a Registered Psychotherapist (RP) who has combined her education in the mental health field with her own personal experiences. To pursue her passion for helping others, and after many years volunteering as a peer counsellor, Liane went back to school to study psychotherapy at a master’s level in Toronto, attending the Transformational Arts College of Spiritual and Holistic Training. She graduated from the Spiritual Psychotherapy program, which combines spirituality with psychotherapy in an innovative approach that addresses the needs of the soul and spirit, as well as the human experience.

Liane is also a Certified Havening Techniques Practitioner. The Havening Techniques®, which utilize current neuroscience, can help with many issues, including distressing memories, trauma, fear and pain. Havening is a psycho-sensory technique that uses the sensory input of touch, imagination and attention to create lasting change.

With the help of her service dog, Harley, Liane works at not only improving herself, but also at helping others who are searching for a path to mental vitality.

Liane is excited to be working with the RP community as a Member-at-Large on the board of the OSRP.

You can follow Liane on Facebook at @ReThinkMe.ca and on Instagram ReThinkMe.ca.

Contact Liane:  treasurer@psychotherapyontario.org

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