Edward is a clinical psychologist registered in the provinces of Ontario, New Brunswick, and British Columbia. Prior to entering private practice, he was a member of the Ontario Provincial Police, retiring in 2003 at the rank of Detective Sergeant with the OPP Behavioural Sciences Section. In addition to his work as a clinical psychologist, between 2007 and 2013, Edward was a member of the Parole Board of Canada, having been appointed to the Parole Board by the Governor-General in Council on the recommendation of the Office of the Prime Minister. Edward has also worked as the staff psychologist in a closed custody forensic assessment unit in Burnaby, British Columbia and he has taught psychology and criminology at the university level. Both of Edward’s doctoral dissertations addressed the topic of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and as part of his private practice he provides psychological services to police officers, soldiers, intelligence officers, crown attorneys, firefighters, correctional officers, probation officers, and paramedics. Edward is also an ordained minister in the United Church of Canada.
Edward holds the following qualifications:
In addition, Edward is continually updating and refining his professional skills by participating in ongoing academic and professional courses, seminars, individual case consultations, and supervision, and group case conferences.
Wanda is certified as a Software Specialist/Business Systems Analyst and studied through St. Lawrence College. Prior to establishing her own Administrative Assistant Services business, Wanda worked fifteen years in the Corporate world. She was an Information Technology Specialist for five years and then worked with the management team as a Quality Standards Specialist, implementing provincial standards and legislation as well as being the Privacy Officer. Early in 2019, Wanda decided to leave the corporate world and pursue her passion of helping others. In her personal life, she has experienced a great deal of trauma and understands Postraumatic Stress and the importance of counselling to help you through it. Between her personal life and work experience, this change in career has been a great fit to fulfill her passions. As well, Wanda sits on the Board of Directors for her local women’s shelter. She is also a wife and mother of four grown children and a Nana to seven grandchildren.
Michaela is a Registered Psychotherapist (Q) with the College of Registered Psychotherapist of Ontario. Prior to establishing her own private counselling practice, Michaela worked at Brown Counselling Therapy Services where she worked with individuals and families struggling with a variety of interpersonal and life challenges. Michaela obtained her Master’s of Counselling Psychology degree from Yorkville University.
Prior to working as a psychotherapist, Michaela was a police officer with the Ottawa Police Service. She worked with the Service as a police constable on general patrol, responding to calls for service in the South end of the city. Prior to this, Michaela was an investigator with the RCMP’s National Child Exploitation Coordination Centre where she investigated child sexual exploitation and abuse cases.
Michaela is skilled in a number of therapeutic modalities. While working with others, she maintains a client-centered approach. As a former law enforcement officer, she specializes in working with First Responders as they face the various stresses that these occupations can present, including addictions, infidelity, marital difficulties and other mental health illnesses such as Postraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Michaela is both a wife and mother of three children and is therefore also passionate about working with adults as they encounter family conflicts, parenting challenges, divorce and postpartum transitions. Based on her personal, professional, and educational experience, she has a solid understanding of trauma and its impact on individuals and those close to them.
Michaela holds the following qualifications:
* She is a registered psychotherapist (Q).
* She holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Yorkville University.
* She holds an Honours Degree and thesis in Criminology and Psychology from Carleton University.
* She is a member of the College of Psychotherapists of Ontario, registration no. 8103.
* She has received postgraduate training in:
* Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy
* Postraumatic Stress and Growth among Military Members.
Michaela is continually building and refining her professional skills by participating in academic and professional courses, conferences, individual/group case consultations and supervision.
Ian is a minister in the Presbyterian Church and has served 38 years ordained and of that 17 years as a Chaplain with the Canadian Forces both as Regular Force and the Reserves. Much of the time dealing with grief, traumatic psychological injury including moral injuries.
Prior to ordination Ian spent 5 years as a private soldier and another year as a first responder with an ambulance service and in private security.
In 2013 wanting to sharpen his skills in dealing with the aftermath of Trauma he enrolled in a masters program in Counselling and Spirituality at St. Paul University where he graduated in 2015. Ian, during the two years of his Masters’ degree, he completed his internship at Saint Paul Counselling Centre.
Ian’s passion for supporting trauma victims and survivors comes from his experience with soldiers and police who needed a safe space and support to deal with some of the issues they face.
Ian holds the following qualifications:
He has received postgraduate training in:
In addition, Ian is continually updating and refining his professional skills by participating in ongoing academic and professional courses, seminars, individual case consultations and supervision.
Hal received his undergraduate degree in Psychology from Carleton University in 2003, and served his country as a Federal Correctional Officer for two years before transitioning into policing. Hal worked as a police officer for 16 years, before deciding to pursue his passion in helping others as a therapist. Hal completed his Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University and has worked extensively with clients who have faced a variety of major adversities in their lives, including trauma, anxiety, and depression. While working with others, he focuses on helping clients develop the necessary skillsets needed to overcome their presenting challenges, such as emotional regulation strategies, mindfulness meditation, and cognitive behavioural-based practices. Outside of counselling, Hal is an ultramarathon runner, and also enjoys sharing his expertise on the topic of resiliency as a professional keynote speaker. Hal is a happily married father to four energetic children.
Jim joined the Cardinal Fire Department in July 1966, which became the Edwardsburgh/Cardinal Fire Department in January 2001. During his career spanning 50 years in the Department he worked as a Firefighter, Pump Operator, Fire Prevention Officer, Lieutenant, Deputy Chief, Chief and Chaplain. In 1981-1984 & 1987, he served on the board of directors of the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs. Jim served on the Leeds & Grenville Psychosocial Trauma Response Team from 2006 to 2009. For several years he fulfilled the duties of President of the Leeds & Grenville Mutual Aid Fire Services Association. Retiring from active duty in September 2016, Jim still serves as Chaplain to the Edwardsburgh/Cardinal Fire Department and the Leeds & Grenville Mutual Aid Fire Services Association.