Mind Matters Psychotherapy & Creative Education
101 Dundas Street West
Whitby, ON L1N
Christine Johansen - Found/Clinical Director
RP, MACP, OAMHP, 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.
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 believe 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 our work together and 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.
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Mindfulness Teacher
Tihana Deanovic is a compassionate individual with a passion to work with people to improve their health and wellness. She uses an integrative and strength-based approach that look’s at behavioural, psychological, diet, nutrition, and mindfulness-based techniques – providing strong emotional support and empathy to clients in a safe environment. Tihana’s qualifications range from being a registered psychotherapist, certified nutritional practitioner, certified clinical hypnotherapist, and certified meditation and mindfulness teacher. Tihana offers a wide range of professional experience and a supportive approach to therapy that enable her clients in the further development of skills and strategies for dealing with and maintaining their personal goals.
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.
Jennifer Preston Garibaldi
MACP Candidate, Intern
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, I believe that as the client, you are the expert steering the boat called life; I am merely a passenger helping you to navigate through these stormy waters. I serve to be a gentle reminder that with every storm there is a calm.
Currently, I am offering individual therapy sessions in-person and online. I admire the strength and vulnerability that it takes to reach out for support, and I look forward to hearing from you to begin your healing journey.
MACP Candidate, Intern
Elizabeth is dedicated to providing support to children, youth, and adults having a broad range of abilities, skills, and needs. With an understanding that healing begins with connection, Elizabeth is committed to providing holistic support and work to create an open, supportive, and trusting environment in which an integrative client-centered, solution focused approach to therapy is provided.
Drawing upon evidence based approaches that include motivational interviewing, brief narrative, cognitive therapies (CBT, DBT, CPT), and multiple therapeutic techniques, Elizabeth is committed to tailoring support to uniquely assist each individual to experience a sense of empowerment, achieve their goals, tap into their resiliency, and increase their wellness.
MACP Candidat, Intern
Your mental health is the driving force behind the decisions you make every day and how you interpret your personal experiences, as well as the world around you. Whether it is stress, self-esteem issues, anxiety, depression, PTSD, or the uncertainty of exactly what you’re experiencing, you should commend yourself for taking the first step in recognizing that your mental health matters. My passion and enthusiasm as a mental health professional is focused on helping you be your own best version of yourself. The therapeutic relationship and your well-being are my priority, and I strive to create a safe, non-judgmental, and trusting space for us to have open and honest conversations where you can feel comfortable exercising your authenticity and autonomy. I view my role as an opportunity to walk alongside you and support you as we navigate through the challenges you have faced or may be currently facing. Providing therapy through a client-centered and humanistic approach, I believe therapy is a personal venture and offer services tailored to your personal needs with your active involvement.
Courtney is currently completing her M. A. in Counselling Psychology through Yorkville University and holds a B.A. Honours degree in Criminology and Justice Studies from Ontario Tech University, as well as a Human Resources Graduate Certificate from Durham College. Courtney has always had a passion for helping others and through her 10+ years of professional experience working in the broader public sector, she decided it was time to turn that passion into a reality