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Christine Johansen
Founder | 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 utilizes an expressive arts approach to therapy and 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
Registered Psychotherapist, MACP | 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.

Donna Sherman
Registered Nurse Psychotherapist

Donna is registered nurse and therapist with nearly 20 years’ experience in the healthcare sector. She is passionate about people and their overall wellbeing and firmly believes one’s mental health directly impacts every facet of one’s life. Donna works with young adults who are transitioning from one phase in life to another (i.e. high-school to college/university) and who are finding the change overwhelming and sometimes difficult to manage. She also work with individuals, families, and couples who are facing some of life’s tough realties such as the breakdown of a relationship, divorce, loss, grief, and bereavement. In addition, Donna also supports people with a wide range of other mental health challenges like depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, addictions, emotional regulation, and trauma.

Donna holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) and Masters of Science Degree both in Nursing, from York University in Toronto. . Donna has extensive training in cognitive behavioral therapy (diagnostic specific) from the University of Toronto and the Centre for Addictions and Mental Health (CAMH) as part of one of the therapist in the Mindability Program through Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences. Other treatment approaches employed in practice include talk therapy, motivational interviewing, emotion-focused family therapy (EFFT), emotion-focused couples therapy (EFT-C), mindfulness, trauma informed therapy, and bereavement counselling. Donna works from a client-centered and collaborative approach, where the client’s voice is at the very centre of her work and is necessary in providing holistic and truly client-centered therapy.

Aside from Donna’s career accomplishments and passion as a therapist, she is a mother, a wife, a sister, and a daughter who absolutely loves to travel and seek out exciting new adventures. Donna is a music fan without apology, where music festivals are sought out as entertainment in her household. If she is not providing therapy to others, her two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels provide her with her own form of self-care.

Taylor Saunders
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MACP

Taylor understands that searching for support at times can feel challenging or overwhelming and she is committed to supporting you to regain your confidence, strength, and well-being. Taylor’s intention and commitment when working with you is to provide a welcoming, collaborative, non-judgmental and supportive environment where you can thrive and achieve your wellness goals. Taylor’s approach is trauma-informed and unique in that it meets the needs of her clients and utilizes strategies from diverse approaches such as mindfulness and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). She also integrates a psychodynamic approach to explore your thoughts and feelings. Taylor believes that in therapy it is important to include all aspects of you and highlights a biopsychosocial approach emphasizing the mind, body and your environment.

Taylor grew up in Oshawa and completed a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Trent University, a Graduate Certificate in Addictions and Mental Health at Durham College and a Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology at Yorkville University. Taylor has experience working with youth and adults with anxiety, depression, self-esteem issues, stress management, and trauma. Not only has Taylor spent time working with individuals, but she has also spent the last two years running CBT groups for youth with anxiety and autism spectrum disorder (ASD). She has also and worked in an intensive behavioural intervention (IBI) clinic at Lake Ridge Community Support Services and completed an internship with Dr. Angela Fountain & Associates running day programs and group therapy. Outside of therapeutic services, Taylor has experience working in homeless shelters for youth and single women in York Region.

When Taylor isn’t in the office, she likes to spend her time with friends and family, out in nature for walks, hikes, or with her horse. She also likes reading, working out, traveling, and practicing yoga and meditation.

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 believe that as the client, you are the expert steering the boat called life; ad Jennifers role as the therapist is to merely be a passenger helping you to navigate through these stormy waters. Jennifer strives to be a gentle reminder that with every storm there is a calm.

Jennier admires the strength and vulnerability that it takes to reach out for support, and enjoys working along side clients in their healing journey.

Amanda Bernard
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MACP

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. 

Marcie Menzies
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MACP

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

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. 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

Kristy DaSilva
Intern, Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MACP Candidate

Kristy is currently completing her M.A. in Counselling Psychology at Yorkville University. She holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) with a specialization in Life Sciences at Queen’s University.

Kristy has extensive experience supporting children and youth in a variety of different roles and settings, including non-profit organizations, schools, camps, and hospitals. She volunteered as a Crisis Responder with Kids Help Phone during the height of the pandemic and has worked within the school system for the last four years – both inside and outside the classroom supporting domestic and international students. Through these experiences she has developed a thorough understanding of the problems school-aged children and youth face in today’s competitive academic landscape, combined with the complexity of peer relationships and debilitating socioeconomic pressures – not to mention the added challenges that come about during these critical years of development and identity formation.

Kristy is passionate about helping children, youth, adults, and families navigate the complexities of life and supporting them in achieving life-enhancing outcomes. Kristy utilizes a culturally sensitive, client-centered approach that integrates theories and evidence-based strategies from various modalities including Humanistic, Psychodynamic, Cognitive-Behavioural, Experiential and Strengths-Based. In collaboration with the client, a treatment plan will be created that is tailored to the client’s unique strengths, needs and goals.

Sarah Ologun
Intern (Christian Counselling at the Canada Christian College Candidate)

Sarah holds a Master’s degree in Psychology from the University of Lagos, Nigeria, and she is currently completing her Master’s in Christian Counseling at the Canada Christian College, Whitby, ON.

Sarah currently volunteers as a crisis responder at the Distress Center Durham, where she provides emotional and listening support to callers in crises or distress. She had previously worked at the Lagos state Domestic violence and sexual assault referral center, providing psychosocial support to survivors of domestic and sexual violence.

Sarah believes there is a way out of every complex and challenging situation, and she is passionate about assisting people (young and old) in finding the way.

Sarah believes in nurturing hope and is passionate about guiding clients to find the answers to their challenges using eclectic, client-centered, and cognitive behavioral therapeutic interventions.

She has experience in trauma, individual, couple, and group family, and marriage counseling. Sarah is a calm, patient listener who loves dancing and helping people.

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.