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Clinical Associates at Schuler Counselling & Consultation are comprised of highly skilled, compassionate and experienced professionals who are inspired by research and treatment excellence. Each Clinical Associate has been carefully selected based on their clinical skill, training and expertise, and compassion as a practitioner. As a clinical centre, Schuler Counselling & Consultation has also fostered a collaborative network with other health professionals (psychiatry, psychology, social work, and psychotherapists) and community agencies/partners (local hospitals, outpatient clinics, child and family support services, and educational programs). Schuler Counselling & Consultation also supports student training and professional development, and as a result can provide some clinical services at a reduced rate. Our Clinical Associates include:

Anna Coutts, M.Ed, RP, CCC

Anna earned her Master’s Degree in Counselling from the University of Ottawa. She is a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario and also holds a certificate in Couples and Family Therapy from the University of Guelph. Anna has extensive experience specializing in working with youth, young adults and their families dealing with high-risk issues such as self-harm and complex trauma, as well as mental health issues such as depression and anxiety. She has an eclectic approach that draws on her training in a variety of therapeutic modalities, including Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy and Trauma-Focused Therapy. Anna also currently lectures in the topics of counselling/therapeutic approaches at Durham College and provides online therapy both privately and for an Employee Assistance Program.

Shelley Kavanagh R.C.A.T., RP

An Art Therapist for more than 20 years, Shelley has presented locally and internationally on the use of Expressive Arts in treating trauma. She is presently on faculty at the Toronto Art Therapy Institute and Humber College’s Child and Youth Worker Program and is a Consultant with theToronto District School Board. Since 2003, Shelley has facilitated numerous art exhibits at the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Arts, combining elements of mindfulness practice, art therapy, ceramics and community development. Several years ago, she began integrating DBT into her clinical practice. She pursued DBT training within internships inThe Centre for Addiction and Mental Health’s (CAMH) DBT skills group and now through supervised clinical practice. Shelley uses expressive arts and other mindfulness-based practices to provide assessment and treatment services to children and youth who have experienced trauma.

Andrew McKenzie, MSW, RSW

Andrew McKenzie holds a Masters in Social Work, and has practiced as a therapist since 2009 where he worked within adult Federal Corrections. In 2007, Andrew worked as a Guidance Counsellor for young adults looking to study in Canada/US, and held this position while in Morocco.

Andrew’s professional practice within Corrections led to his clinical interest and practice with young males who have sexually harmed, as well as victims of sexual abuse. Since then, Andrew has developed a broad clinical practice through his practice at several accredited mental health agencies. He has consulted and presented on how Attachment Theory informs practice across the lifespan, and in particular how to develop single-session interventions according to the service user’s age and stage of development. Andrew is an evidence-based clinical therapist, and uses such interventions as Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy, with input from Narrative, Attachment-Focused Family Therapy, and Gestalt practices.

Andrew has a particular clinical and research interest in men’s emotional health and well-being. Several years ago, Andrew created a parenting group specific to fathers of children with a mental illness, and since then has continued to learn and respond to the specific mental health needs of males as part of his practice.

Peter Lebuis, CYW, MA CYC-P, RSW

Since 2000, Peter Lebuis’ work has focused on a relational school-based practice where he has supported students from Kindergarten to Grade 12.  He has had great success helping children and youth enhance their self-regulation skills by facilitating the development of personal coping strategies.  Whether individually or using a ‘boys group’ format, Peter blends the principals of Collaborative Problem Solving, Narrative Therapy, and Zones of Regulation through a trauma-informed lens to create individualized approaches to help young people manage life’s stressors.  In 2006, Peter began working with young people exposed to domestic violence through Child Development Institute’s ‘Here to Help’ Program.  As part of his graduate studies at Ryerson University in the Child and Youth Care Program, Peter conducted research on using humour as a teachable tool to counter the destructive and harmful effects of homophobia and transphobia on today’s queer youth.

David Cho, DTATI, RP

David is a therapist with more than 9-years of clinical experience supporting children, youth, and families. David incorporates a multi-modal, client-centered approach to his practice with his clients. He is a registered psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario, as well as, a trained art therapist. David’s experience also includes working with individuals who have experienced trauma in regards to both assessment and treatment. Currently, David is a faculty member at Humber College within the School of Community and Social Services.

David’s experience with families impacted by intimate partner violence has led to his clinical interest in fathering, trauma informed care, and working with young men. He utilizes an attachment focused approach within family counselling to foster nurturing, attuned relationships between caregivers and children. As an art therapist, David utilizes expressive arts practices to facilitate self-exploration, understanding, and increase expression.

Will Tanner, CYC-P, MSW Candidate

Will is a Masters of Social Work candidate at the University of Toronto specializing in mental health. He holds two degrees from Humber College: an Advanced Diploma in Child and Youth Work and a Bachelor of Child and Youth Care with Honours. He is also a full professional certified member of the Ontario Association of Child and Youth Care. Will has worked and trained in shelters, day programs, addiction treatment, community mental health agencies, assertive community treatment teams, and inpatient psychiatry units.

Will’s clinical practice is highly relational in nature and focuses on the development of a strong therapeutic relationship through warmth, empathy, and compassion. As a clinician, he utilizes a client-centred and eclectic approach to support recovery goals. Will has received training in modalities such as cognitive-behavioural therapy, dialectical behaviour therapy, and acceptance and commitment therapy. His work is also informed by the values of anti-oppressive practice, trauma-informed care, and youth empowerment.

Will is particularly interested in the intersection of technology and radical youth work and the potential for transformative practice, having focused his senior-level thesis research on the co-authoring of mental health identities in digital spaces. He has also worked on the development of a mental health app which delivers evidence-based interventions via smart phone. Will is a passionate and dynamic clinician who believes in using creative new solutions to life’s challenges.

Lynn Sommer, MSW, RSW

Lynn obtained her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Toronto. The focus of her postgraduate education was on children and families. While working toward her masters degree, Lynn also gained experience working with individuals faced with mental health concerns and substance misuse problems.

A member of both the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW) and the Association of Ontario Social Workers (OASW), Lynn’s approach is anchored by values of diversity, trust, equity, and respect. She has experience working within an anti-oppressive framework and has worked with a diverse range of individuals and families from various backgrounds. Lynn uses a variety of modalities and therapeutic approaches including Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy and Mindfulness-Based Therapy to guide her practice with clients.

Before obtaining her Master of Social Work degree, Lynn spent several years teaching children and youth ranging from 3 – 17 years of age. As a teacher, Lynn planned and modified instruction, games and activities and guided students individually and in groups. Beyond providing academic instruction, Lynn fostered positive relationships between parents and the school, and connected students and families to community-based resources based on individual needs. In past summers, Lynn spent several years working as Guidance Director and Parent Liaison at a sleep-away summer camp. In this role, Lynn acted as a confidant and facilitator while she provided mediation, conflict-resolution, counselling, and problem solving for children and staff.

Openness and flexibility are at the core of Lynn’s approach with all her clients. Among other areas of clinical practice, Lynn is interested in developing sound clinical interventions for boys and young men.

Deborah Meehan, M.Ed., RP

Deborah holds a Masters in Education, focused in Counselling Psychology, from the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education, at the University of Toronto, as well as an Honors Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Western University. Also, she is a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontari‎o. Deborah has over five years of experience specializing in clinical and psychometric assessments and treatment of children and adolescents. This includes specialization with adolescents who have sexually harmed; children who have engaged in concerning sexualized behaviour; children and adolescents who have experienced all forms of child maltreatment; intrafamilial sexual abuse; and mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress. Deborah has training in a number of modalities and may use therapeutic approaches such as Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Therapy, and Trauma-Focused Therapy. Deborah also consults to Thrive, Child & Youth Trauma Services and works as a Clinical Therapist/Psychometrist at Radius Child & Youth Services..

Peter Hoag, B.A., Dip C.S., CYC-P

Peter Hoag’s clinical practice has been heavily informed by his roots in residential practice, developmental theory, and trauma informed care. Peter considers himself privileged and fortunate to have been mentored and supervised by a variety of clinical experts with a wide variety of approaches and skills. Peter received a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) from the University of Manitoba, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Child Study (Assessment & Counselling) from the Faculty of Education, University of Toronto. Peter has clinically practiced for more than 30-years with children, adolescents, and adults/families, and he has presented workshops across Canada and in the United States within his area of clinical interest. Peter has a particular clinical interest in working in the area of men’s emotional health (through the lifespan), family violence and trauma, relationship dynamics, couples and marriage counselling, and fathering. Currently, Peter is a full Professor in the Child and Youth Care (CYC) Program at Sheridan College where he has developed and currently teaches courses on group work, working with trauma, and other courses with Child and Youth Care practice and theory.

Michael Davis, MSW, RSW

Michael Davis, MSW, RSW, is a Clinical Therapist at Radius Child and Youth Services and currently works as a consulting clinician at BOOST, Child and Youth Advocacy Centre where he provides consultation and clinical intervention services to children, youth and families who have experienced abuse. Michael has over 25 years experience working with adolescents who have sexually offended, children and youth who have experienced sexual abuse, and children under the age of 12 with sexual behaviour problems and their families in both assessment and treatment capacities.

Further, he teaches part-time in the Social Service Worker program at George Brown College. He has also worked extensively with at-risk youth in community, residential, and day treatment programs including working as a Probation Officer with the Ministry of Children and Youth Services.  In addition to his clinical work, Michael has experience providing training to Youth Justice and various community agencies throughout Southern Ontario.  In his current private practice, Michael works with men and women regarding emotional health, relational issues and parenting.  Further he has an interest in working with parents, children, siblings and partners of those with Borderline Personality Disorder or other emotional dysregulation issues.

Thea Dorsey, MSW, RSW

Thea Dorsey is a Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW). She also holds a Master’s of Social Work Degree from Wilfred Laurier University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Child and Youth Care from Ryerson University. Thea has extensive experience specializing in working with complex at-risk children/youth and their families in a variety of settings such as youth justice, residential, in home, day treatment, and in the community. Thea’s clinical practice has been deeply rooted in Trauma Informed Care, Family Systems Theory and a Strengths-Based Relational-Based Philosophy of Care, all with the belief that the client is the expert in their life. Thea has worked with individuals who have experienced complex trauma and a variety of mental health concerns. She utilizes multiple approaches such as Trauma Focused Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Emotional Focused Therapy and Play/Art based techniques. Thea has a particular interest in advocating the impacts of trauma among youth in the Juvenile Justice System. In addition, Thea currently works as a Child and Family Clinician at Peel Children’s Center.

Aarti Dhanda, MSW, RSW

Over the last 10+ years, Aarti has excelled at working with adolescents/young adults and their families with complex mental health issues, trauma, anxiety, depression, self-harm, emotion dysregulation and parent-teen conflict. She has a Masters in Social Work, is a registered social worker, and has extensive training in dialectical behaviour therapy, motivational interviewing, and trauma/attachment informed therapy. She also holds additional certificates in addiction studies, cognitive behaviour therapy and emotion focused therapy. Her approach to therapy is holistic, evidence based and non-judgemental. She meets her clients where they are at and works at helping them heal and experience sustainable change. Aarti has consistently received positive feedback from clients and supervisors about the success of their treatment.

Additionally, Aarti has held positions including clinical lead for a residential care facility, clinical therapist for homeless youth with co-occuring mental health and substance misuse/abuse, trauma therapist for complex PTSD, and anger management counsellor. She has also been a faculty member at Humber College and currently works at George Brown College as a counsellor.

Kate Terry, MSW, RSW

Kate Terry holds a Master of Social Work (MSW) from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Bachelor of Arts in Counselling Psychology from York University. She is a Registered Social Worker through the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW). Kate has 20 years of experience working with children, adolescents, young adults, and families within youth justice, children’s mental health settings, courts, and schools. She has specialized experience in assessment and treatment of adolescents who have sexually harmed, child/youth who have experienced abuse and children with concerning sexual behaviour. Kate currently works as a Clinical Investigator for the Office of the Children’s Lawyer providing court ordered custody/access reports, voice of the child reports and clinical assistance to legal counsel for children. In private practice, Kate has an interest in working with children, youth and their families regarding interpersonal trauma, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, separation and divorce, social skills, self-esteem/self-worth, PTSD, anger, and coping skills.

Amanda Neves, Bsc. MSW, RSW

Amanda Neves is a Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW), as well as the Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW). She holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Psychology from the University of Guelph, and a Master of Social Work from the University of Toronto.

Specializing in children’s mental health, Amanda has worked individuals and families facing many challenges including depression and anxiety, substance use, family struggles, identity issues, suicidal thoughts, grief, and those in crisis. Amanda’s professional framework is deeply rooted in trauma-informed, attachment-focused practice, while considering the client’s individual needs. She utilizes multiple approaches, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectic Behaviour Therapy, Emotionally Focused Family Therapy, and Mindfulness. Currently, Amanda holds a practice servicing adults in the Vaughan area, and is a faculty member at the University of Guelph-Humber, teaching in areas of mental health, addictions, and crisis intervention in the Family and Community Social Services program.

Associate Opportunities

Clinical professionals, those with a Master’s degree in social work, counselling psychology, or related fields interested in associate opportunities at Schuler Counselling & Consultation should contact Dr. Siegi Schuler directly.

Network Professionals

Dr. Dana Costin, Ph.D., C.Psych.

Dr. Dana Costin is a registered Clinical and Forensic Psychologist and full-time Professor in the Child and Youth Care degree program at Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, where she primarily teaches courses regarding Counselling, Abuse, Trauma, Professional Practice, and Relational Practice and Intervention with Children and Youth. Since 1999, Dr. Costin has specialized in the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents who have experienced trauma; children exhibiting sexualized behaviours; adolescents who have sexually offended; youth in conflict with the law; children and youth dealing with emotional, social, behavioural, and mental health concerns; and their families. Dr. Costin regularly provides consultation, training, workshops, and conference presentations regarding clinical assessment and treatment, and she has co-authored several book chapters and documents related to her work. Dr. Costin maintains a private practice in the Toronto area and regularly conducts court-ordered Section 34 assessments, as well as provides assessments and consultation for various Children’s Aid Societies. Additionally, Dr. Costin consults to various programs in and around the Toronto area: Turning Point Youth Services, Youth Connections Residential Program, and the Hospital for Sick Children’s Tele-Psychiatry Program. Several times per year, Dr. Costin provides training at the Ontario Police College in the Investigating Offences Against Children course. Dr. Costin is also qualified as an expert witness in the area of childhood trauma/abuse and family violence. Dr. Costin believes strongly in strength-based approaches to assessment and counselling with children, youth, and families, as well as collaborative, interdisciplinary, and evidence-informed practice. Dr. Costin lives in Toronto with her husband and three children.

Community Collaborations

Schuler Counselling & Consultation has fostered long standing, close community collaborations and partnerships for its clients and family members. Community networks with psychiatry, educational, developmental, orthopedic and sports medicine, residential and other outpatient mental health services help to support a continuity of service for all clients within our clinic.

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