Bowmanville Location

Mind Matters Psychotherapy & Creative Education
200 King Street
Suite 205
Bowmanville, ON L1C

Christine Johansen - Found|Clinical Director|Clinical Supervisor
Registered Psychotherapist, MACP, PsyD Candidate

Christine has been working in the field of mental health for over 10 years and is passionate about treating children, youth, and families. She has experience working in a variety of different therapeutic settings such as group homes, youth detention centers, community programs, not-for profit agencies, and private practice. Christine is passionate about meeting her clients where they are at and designing a treatment plan that is best tailored to the clients unique strengths and challenges. Christine practices through a psychoanalytical lens, while incorporating an expressive arts approach to therapy. She is also passionate about incorporates elements of play therapy while working with children and youth. Additionally, having 3 small boys of her own, Christine loves any opportunity to work with parents who might be seeking parental supports or support with family dynamics.

She is passionate about working with clients to get to the root of their emotions and working through challenges by utilizing a trauma informed- client-centered approach. Christine works to incorporate mindfulness strategies, relaxation techniques, and develop coping skills with clients where appropriate.

Christine is passionate about supporting the LGBTQ+ community and has experience working with transgendered children/teens, and supporting parents through the transition. Christine is also passionate about working with teens who are struggling with self-harm and suicide ideations. She is also certified in Crisis Intervention Response and works with Durham Regional Police to support survivors of crime.

Christine has an (hons) BA in Criminology, an (hons) BA in Psychology, Diploma in Youth Corrections & Interventions, Masters Degree in Psychotherapy, and is currently working on her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. While having a passion for learning, Christine also has a passion for teaching, and has been teaching Forensic Psychology and Developmental Psychology at Durham College for 7 years.

Connie Cancellara
MACP, Registered Psychotherapist| Clinical Coordinator

Connie grew up in Ajax and developed a passion for helping individuals which has led her to become a dedicated mental health advocate!

Connie always knew that she was meant to pursue a career in the mental health industry. She majored in Forensic Psychology and minored in Criminology at UOIT (Honours) and completed a Masters Degree in Counselling Psychology at Yorkville University.

Aside from being an Instructor Therapist at One Care Inc. for a brief period, Connie volunteered at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences within two departments: OSSEP Vocational Services where I tutored patients over the age of 21 in various subjects, and the Forensic Assessment Unit. Connie is an active volunteer with a non-profit community organization called The Sidewalk Talk; this involves travelling as a group of listeners throughout the city aiming to offer free listening in order to enhance human connection. Additionally, Connie is a new volunteer with Kids Help Phone supporting children and youth who are struggling with the current pandemic.

Connie has experience in working with clients who have struggled with anxiety, depression, and life stress. Connie is passionate about supporting these clients in becoming self-aware, and feel motivated to make life changes to work towards optimal wellness. Connie is also passionate about offering Family Therapy and offers supports to families who are struggling with conflict, transition, loss, and substance abuse.

Connie is passionate about utilizing her knowledge in Client-Centered Therapy, Mindfulness, and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to support her clients and their families. Striving for positivity, gratitude, and wellness are all important factors to Connie when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle. For fun, Connie enjoys watching Netflix with family and friends, cooking, working out, travelling, singing, and participating in mindfulness meditation on a daily basis.

Katherine Stewart
BFA, DTATI, Registered Psychotherapist

Katherine is a professional Art Therapist and a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) who passionately believes in the restorative power of art-making and the creative process. Katherine is dedicated to helping others uplift their physical, mental and emotional well being through personal discovery, insight and exploring creative resources. Katherine earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree (BFA) in Photography and Drawing and Painting from the Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCADU) in 2012. After discovering art therapy and the positive benefits it can have on mental health, Katherine decided to pivot her artistic background and education towards helping others on their journey. Katherine enrolled in the Toronto Art Therapy Institute and graduated in 2019. Katherine has had the honour to present at three conferences over the past few years. In 2016, she co-presented on the effectiveness of art therapy at the Ontario School Counsellors’ Association and CREATE, both in Toronto, ON. In 2018, Katherine presented her thesis at the Canadian Art Therapy Association (CATA) conference in Montréal, QC. Katherine has completed the Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), 2018, and the Non-Violent Crisis Intervention (NCI) Training, 2019. Katherine currently volunteers as a Crisis Responder for the Kids Help Phone.

As a professional Art Therapist, Katherine uses a variety of approaches including humanistic, trauma-informed, client-centered and sensorimotor psychotherapy techniques to guide clients through an expressive art-making process. Katherine implements specific creative objectives focusing on increasing self-awareness, activating positive change, stress and anxiety reduction, understanding anger, resolving interpersonal violence, addressing social isolation and community integration. Katherine works with both individuals and groups, providing an open, empathic, compassionate and caring connection and atmosphere, tailored to each client’s needs. Fun fact! Katherine has lived in five different countries including Australia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, England and of course, Canada!

Amanda Bernard
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

Amanda recognized how courageous it is to take the frist steps to seeking help. She feels it is a privilege to be apart of her clients journey towards growth, healing, and self-discovery.

Amanda’s mission is to provide all her clients with a safe, nonjudgmental, compassionate environment in which they are free to share their experiences, explore their purpose, identify their strengths, and ultimately find their happiness. In therapy she works with her client to recognize that past may influence your present, however, it does not need to determine your future. By forming a therapeutic alliance, developed through empathy, support, warmth, and collaboration, realistic goals can be established, you can build resiliency, and develop effective coping skills that will help you manage your emotions, thoughts, and behaviours.

Amanda take an eclectic approach to therapy and modifies her methods to ensure that each clients unique needs, wants, and expectations are met. 

Jennifer Preston Garibaldi
Registered Psychotherapist Qualifying, MACP

Jennifer’s mission is to support and empower clients on their journey towards growth and healing. She is committed to promoting a safe, open, and non-judgmental space to deconstruct what you are feeling, what you have experienced, and your current situation. Jennifer strives to build a trusting therapeutic relationship with her clients through empathy, authenticity, and collaboration. Jennifer recognize that there is no “one size fits all” approach to therapy, and as such, she aims to tailor sessions based on your unique individual experiences and needs.

Following a client-centred approach, Jennifer believes that as the client, you are the expert steering the boat called life; and her role as a therapist to to be the passanger helping you to navigate through lifes stormy waters. Jennifer strives to be a gentle reminder that with every storm there is a calm.

Jennifer admires the strength and vulnerability that it takes  for clients reach out for support, and I look forwards to hearing from you to begin your healing journey. 

Barry Lydon
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

Barry is currently completing his M.A. in Counselling Psychology at Yorkville University.  He holds a B.Sc  Honours degree from Dublin Institute of Technology. He is a student member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association and is working towards becoming a Registered Psychotherapist. 

Barry currently volunteers for the Toronto Distress Centre and Candian Suicide Prevention Service. He has experience in working with a variety of mental health issues, including, but not limited to anxiety, depression, lonliness and trauma. He is interested in working with his clients to join them in overcoming the challenges they bring to therapy.  

Using a client-centred approach and psychodynamic approach to therapy, Barry enjoys being with people, hearing thier stories and coming alongside them as they seek greeater healing and wholeness for thier lives and relationships. 

Shannon Carr
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MACP, Certified Fertility Mind Body Coach

Shannon lives in Courtice with her husband and 7 year old twins. She holds undergrad degrees in Social Sciences from The University of Western Ontario and Commerce from McGill University, and enjoyed a long career in Marketing and Finance. Her lived experience and passion for mental health and supporting others led Shannon to pursue her current graduate studies as a student in the Masters in Counselling Psychology program.

Shannon is also a Certified Fertility Mind Body Coach, and uses her training and personal experience to support women and couples dealing with infertility and family building struggles.

Shannon considers her counselling style as collaborative, and always strives to walk alongside her clients on their growth and healing journeys. She uses a strengths-based approach, to support and empower clients as they move through their mental and emotional health struggles and work towards their counselling goals. As a Master in Counselling intern therapist, she has been trained in various therapeutic approaches, and tailors the treatment approach that best suits the client needs.

Courtney Spence
MACP, Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

Courtney is dedicated to providing a safe, non-judgmental, and compassionate space for her clients to exercise their authenticity and autonomy. Viewing her role as an opportunity to walk alongside her clients on their healing journey, she strives to help her clients explore their own experiences and emotions, while identifying and breaking down barriers. Recognizing that your mental health matters is the best first step you can take on your healing journey and Courtney believes there is no “one-size-fits-all” in therapy. Working in a client-centered, psychodynamic approach, Courtney believes in the importance of the therapeutic relationship and working with clients from where they want to start. Incorporating approaches that best suit the needs and well-being of her clients Courtney enjoys supporting youth, adults, couples, and families.

Courtney holds an M.A. in Counselling Psychology, a B.A. (Hons) in Criminology and Justice Studies, and a Graduate Certificate in Human Resources Management.  Courtney brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience from various backgrounds in the broader public sector including investigations, training, and labour relations. Courtney believes in the importance of community involvement and has previously volunteered with such recognized organizations as Durham Girls Inc. and the Toronto Police Service.

Marcie Menzies
MACP Candidate, Intern

Marcie is currently completing her M.A. in Counselling Psychology at Yorkville University. She
holds a B.A. (Hons) in Psychology from Trent University. She is an advocate for mental health
and has long-standing ambition to become a counsellor. She is passionate about working with
children, youth and families and aspires to continue working with this population once
completing her degree.

Marcie’s passion for supporting children and youth stems from her extensive experience working
with adolescence within the nonprofit sector at both the Boys and Girls Club, and the YMCA.
She has seen the important role mindfulness and relaxation techniques can have on children and
youth and strives to incorporate this into her work when applicable.


Marcie works from a biopsychosocial, trauma-informed framework and believes that there is no
standard approach to therapy. She instead alters her approach to meet each individual client’s
experiences, goals, and needs. In addition, she believes attachment styles often play a role on
current struggles and, in understanding them, we can better identify root causes, or contributors,
of negative emotional experiences. Marcie wants to walk alongside her clients and support them
through hearing and understanding their stories and implementing coping mechanisms that will
best support them

Hannah Snider
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MACP Candidate

Hannah’s goal is to provide all her clients with a safe, supportive, and empowering environment to promote healing.  She knows that each client’s journey is different and reaching out to begin healing can be a difficult task.  For this reason, she believes that establishing a safe, and trusting therapeutic relationship is the first step.  She utilizes a client-centered, empathy-based approach, built around the client’s collaboration. 

Hannah is currently completing her M.A in Counselling Psychology at Yorkville University.  She holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology and Health Studies (Honours) from Queen’s University, where she also completed a Global Health and Disability exchange program in the UK.  As a new mental health professional, Hannah is looking forward to supporting children, youth couples, adults, and families on their healing journeys. 

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Leigh Vanderland
Client Care Specialist

Leigh is a vital member of the Mind Matters Team. She is responsible for all administraive aspects of client care, and connects with community partners and other health care professionals to ensure we can provide all clients with appropriate referrals for services they may need that are outside the scope of Psychotherapy. 
 
Leigh grew up as a competitive dancer, specializing in a variety of styles; ballet, hip hop, lyrical, jazz, tap and acro. She was also a competitor on So You Think You Can Dance Canada. Her dance career has offered her the lens of creativity and the art of dedication, all of which she brings to her position here at Mind Matters. 
 
Leigh is also a mama of 3 beautiful children. With that she values a lot of the same things we find our clients value; family, responsibility, stability, support, and compassion.