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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, President

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

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Christina Becker

BFA, MBA, Dip Analytical Psychology, President

Christina Becker, MBA, 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 explored by the ethics of being a psychotherapist but 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: past-president@psychotherapyontario.org

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Sharlene Friedman

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.

Contact Sharlene: treasurer@psychotherapyontario.org

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Sonya Gotziaman

Chair, Ethics Committee

Sonya Gotziaman has been in private practice for over 25 years and a Clinical Member of OSP since 1999. She has been a member of the Ethics Committee for several years and is currently the Chair of the Ethics Committee. She is also a member of the Advocacy 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.  

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

Contact Sonya: ethics@psychotherapyontario.org

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Kimberly Cato

RPC, MPCC, RP, Chair, Professional Development Committee

I am the Clinical Director for a Staffing Agency, working primarily within the Developmental Sector and I am an Adjudicator, participating on Hearing Panels that determine an individual’s capacity to consent to treatment. Life can become intense at times but I thrive when my hands are in a multitude of pots … I function best when I am not idle.

I came to know of OSP as a result of attending a PD Workshop back in 2015 that impressed me to become a member. When I saw the request for a Chair of the PD Committee, it resonated with me because it sits within my wheelhouse of experience. I am also a Committee Member of a Board that organizes workshops for front-line workers in the Mental Health and Addictions field for the Mississauga Halton LHIN.

I am truly looking forward to learning from and developing alongside everyone. I’m excited about the opportunities before us as a body of professionals to define who we are and how we positively impact and contribute to the wellness of the community around us. I am open to conversation and interaction so feel free to contact me to share your excitement, voice your interests and indicate your eagerness to participate in the Professional Development Committee!!!

Contact Kimberly: professional-development@psychotherapyontario.org

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Ingrid Jacobson

MA, RP, Chair, Public Relations Committee

Ingrid has been a therapist for over 25 years, initially in Toronto and for the last 18 years in Guelph. Originally trained and certified in Bioenergetic Analysis and with a Masters in Counselling Psychology from Vermont College, she has a deep interest in mind body connections, relational psychology, family of origin work, intergenerational patterns, therapeutic writing, and recently she has been immersed in studying couple therapy with the RLT Institute. Her past work history includes seven years as a therapist with Guelph Family Counselling and Support Services and, subsequently, another seven years with the Guelph Family Health Team. During this time she maintained a private practice that continues to this day. Ingrid is a native of New Zealand and has lived in Canada since 1977.

Contact Ingrid: public-relations@psychotherapyontario.org

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Barry Johnst0n-Spooner

BA, M.Ed., RP, Member-at-Large

Born in England — coming to Canada at age 8 — then having reached supposed adulthood in the late ‘60s, I came to realize that neither Physics nor Real Estate Appraising were going to work for me. So my beginnings in this field are way back in 1971 — when I worked first as a counsellor after a BA for three years. Following that, I obtaining a Master’s degree (McGill 1976). I’ve since worked — up to 2009 — in various therapist jobs at colleges, hospitals; the last one being what is now called MacKenzie Health in Richmond Hill. This latter job was what I “retired from” — now nine years ago…

However I probably work more now ;<>} and don't get to see my four grandchildren as much as I'd like to for two reasons:

  1.  I have an ongoing “book writing project” (it’s on a Taoist / Psychosynthesis approach to how we automate ourselves and our world!) but
  2. since 1980 I have also had a private practice at each of the locations I’ve been in as I have moved westward ever since leaving Montreal.

Now I live and also have a full private practice in London — while still fitting in time to see people back in Richmond Hill for one day every second week!

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Ted Leckie

RP, Member-at-Large

 

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Bill McLaughlin

MA, RP, Member-at-Large

 

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Margaret Mikkelborg

BA, MA, RP, Member-at-Large

Margaret Mikkelborg is a Jungian psychotherapist with a strong orientation to the body/mind connection, dream work, psychodynamic, and relational psychology. She has been in private practice for 24 years and became a Clinical member of the Ontario Society of Psychotherapists in 1996. She has a Masters in Counselling Psychology from Norwich University, and her Master’s thesis was on Archetypal Psychology and the Empowerment Process for Women. She is an international trainer in the Focusing Method (a body/mind psychotherapeutic orientation based on Eugene Gendlin’s work). Margaret completed a year-long teacher training with Yoga Centre Toronto, and though she no longer teaches, she continues to practice yoga and meditation on a daily basis. Her background in yoga has helped to shape and inform her understanding of the body-mind connection. She is also an associate consultant at Management Transitions.

Margaret has worked with individuals, couples, young people, and teens. She blends an understanding of dream work and depth psychology with an acute awareness of the energies held in the body. She has a special interest in helping people come to an understanding of how the felt sense in the body can become the trusted compass in life. Her passion is in helping clients learn to trust the direction and wisdom of their dreams and their deeply-felt inner guidance. You can visit her website at www.margaretmikkelborg.com or contact her at 416-892-5348.

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