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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
Past President
Chair, Advocacy 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: past-president@psychotherapyontario.org

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Christina Becker

BFA, MBA, Dip Analytical Psychology, RP
Secretary, Acting Co-President

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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Wendy Mae Kirk

M.Div., RP, CIT
Acting Treasurer

After her undergraduate studies, Wendy worked extensively in social services in the Deaf Community. She currently still works part-time as an American Sign Language/English Interpreter, primarily in the court system, but also in the community at times. Throughout the years in social services, Wendy was taught to do bookkeeping and worked regularly with the auditor for the organization. When she was running group homes, she used to do the tax returns for about 20 clients each year. She ran group and foster homes for deaf and hard-of-hearing clients across Ontario, who had additional differences (deaf-plus). She also ran interpreting services for south-central Ontario, and specialized programs for niche gaps in the deaf community. Wendy has worked extensively with government at different levels and also managed the administration of a summer camp. She has continued to do her own bookkeeping and taxes in private practice, and assists many family members and friends with theirs each year. She have been through three HST audits with CRA and lived to talk about it.

In the mid-1990s, Wendy returned to graduate school at the Ontario Theological Seminary, now Tyndale Seminary, and graduated with a Masters of Divinity in counselling. Shortly afterward, she joined OSP, now OSRP, and has been dodging being on the Board ever since. After careful consideration, she decided that she could probably manage the Treasurer’s position.

Wendy initially trained in what we called Cognitive Therapy at the time, now considered Talk Therapy, and, in many ways, the training was relational. Since then, she has certified as an Imago Therapist, and will be certified as a Relational Life Therapist in early April next year. She has trained in Trance Therapy with Adam Crabtree and done extensive training with Gabor Maté, Esther Perel, as well as some with the Gottmans and Richard Schwartz from Internal Family Systems. She reads extensively.

In the spring of 2019, Wendy attended the Intensive Sex Therapy Training Program at the University of Guelph to solidify the work that she’s been doing all along, and to add to that expertise. She came from a home where sex and sexuality were common topics at the dinner table and she has always felt comfortable in this area.

Currently, Wendy sees her practice as a bespoke practice, which draws on the broad background of training that she’s been exposed to, to craft a made-to-measure approach for each client as she encounters them. Her background helps her to be creative in how she approaches different individuals, couples or others in relationship, and helps them to blossom into the fullness of their lives. Wendy has many clients that come back sometime later in life, when things come up for them again. She has been involved as an interpreter for many years in the LGBTTISA community and is also currently writing a book about my life and healing — not losing hope..

Contact Wendy:  treasurer@psychotherapyontario.org

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Liz Phillips

RP
Chair, Membership Development Committee (formerly the Membership Committee), Acting Co-President

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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Erin Griffin

BFA, MA, CCC, RP
Chair, Membership Support Committee (formerly the Ethics 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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Sonya Gotziaman

RP
Chair, Strategic Direction Committee

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 Bold 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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Andrea D'Onofrio

RP
Member-at-Large

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.

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Liane Wood

RP
Member-at-Large

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: Liane@ReThinkMe.ca

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