Our Counsellors

Mariela Rivera

Mariela Rivera, BSW holds a Bachelor in Social Work from Ryerson Polytechnic University. She is an ordained minister with the Church of the Nazarene. Mariela is currently taking courses towards the Master of Arts in Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy from Martin Luther University College (Wilfrid Laurier University).

 

Mariela’s goal is to journey alongside individuals and families to inspire hope, growth and healing in their lives. She takes a spiritually-integrated approach using solution-focused, narrative and psychodynamic therapies. Mariela offers an empathic, genuine, non-judgmental space in which clients can gain new insights while addressing their concerns and challenges. Mariela is fluent in English and Spanish and offers therapy in both languages.

Jane Miller Voll

Jane Miller Voll is completing a Master of Arts degree in Theology, Counselling and Spiritual Care at Martin Luther University College, Wilfrid Laurier University. She is working towards becoming a Registered Psychotherapist (RP) with training in Psycho-Spiritual Therapy through the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care/Association canadienne de soins spirituels.


Jane is a Certified Focusing Professional with the Focusing Institute in New York, a Certified Facilitator in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) with the Centre for Mindfulness Studies in Toronto, a Reiki practitioner, and she is in the final stages of certification in Somatic Experiencing (SE). Her background includes working with individuals and groups to foster wellness, trauma healing and recovery.  


Jane has a body-based, multi-cultural orientation to psycho-spiritual wellness.  Her person-centered, humanistic and integrative practice includes solution-focused, mindfulness-based, cognitive-behavioral, somatic, psychodynamic and transpersonal approaches to supporting clients, depending on their needs and preferences.   

Shola Oludipe

Olushola Oludipe (preferred name: Shola) is completing his graduate degree in Masters of Pastoral Studies and is working towards becoming a registered psychotherapist. Shola integrates spirituality into his counselling and psychotherapy work if desired by the client. Shola uses a client-centred, strength-based approach in his work with people. Shola is skilled at active listening, being supportive in journeying with people as they navigate various life challenges and has experience in career coaching. He has experience as a spiritual care provider in a hospital setting.

 

A native of Nigeria, Shola has worked as a marketing professional for up to 15 years during which he had the privilege of living in different parts of the world such as Singapore and the United Arab Emirates before immigrating to Canada. Shola loves to hike and go camping during the summer.

Sneha Jeyaseelan

Sneha Jeyaseelan, MA Ed

Sneha’s kindness, care and compassion are strengths that she offers in journeying with her clients towards wholeness and healing. Her primary goal is to allow people to talk through their feelings and emotions. She supports her clients through strength-based and solution-focused therapy. If a client desires, Sneha explores life’s challenges through the lens of Biblical stories to provide encouragement, hope and personal development through the various struggles of everyday life.

Sneha is fluent in English and basic conversational Tamil. Sneha’s spirituality provides her with strength and guidance to be resilient through the most challenging circumstances. Sneha is pursuing a degree in Theology and Discipleship.

Mike Burns

Mike Burns, MDiv holds a Master of Divinity degree from Knox College at the University of Toronto and is an ordained minister in The Presbyterian Church in Canada.  Mike uses a holistic, person-centred, strengths-based approach in working with people and seeks to provide a safe, caring, non-judgemental space. He has experience in grief, loss, anxiety and trauma. Mike works with clients using an integrated approach with Narrative Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Mindfulness Techniques, Family Systems theory and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. 

Mike serves as a fire chaplain with a volunteer fire department where he works with firefighters and their families as well as with victims and witnesses. He is currently completing his Master of Pastoral Studies from Knox College and is pursuing registration as a registered psychotherapist with training in Psycho-Spiritual Therapy through the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care/Association canadienne de soins spirituels. 

John-Paul Markides

John-Paul Markides, MDiv, MTS

"The most insightful lesson I have learned as a Psychotherapist is that our past, our trauma, doesn't have to define us. There is life after trauma. We can be happy and live again. The journey to that life can be hard and we may always carry scars, but with good professional assistance, healing from trauma is achievable." John-Paul Markides

My experience is in Spiritually-Integrated Psychotherapy, a holistic approach to therapy that does not just engage the mind, but the emotions and inner life as well. A holistic approach provides a helpful framework to understanding the true self and its relation to others. Therapeutic modalities that I incorporate into my therapeutic practice are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, Sexuality and Gender based affirming talk therapy. Are you tired of surviving life rather than living it? Are you ready to start the work towards becoming the you that you were meant to be? Feel free to contact me and let's get to work.

Laura Molinaro

Laura Molinaro, BA focuses on collaboration with her clients and strives to provide a safe, non-judgmental and compassionate environment. Laura combines genuine curiosity with empathy and positive regard as a way of being with clients. Laura uses the therapeutic modalities of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Solution Focused Therapy. She has experience working with people with substance use issues, grief, anxiety and depression. 

 

Laura has completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in both psychology and thanatology (the study of death and losses) from the University of Western Ontario. She has also completed an Addictions Careworker Diploma from McMaster University. Laura is currently completing her Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology through Yorkville University and will be registering as a registered psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario.

Kristine Ridler

Kristine Ridler, MTS

My goal is to walk alongside people and collaborate with them to inspire hope, growth, and healing on their journey towards wholeness. I work from a person-centred, strength-based, trauma and attachment-informed lens and offer an empathic, genuine, non-judgmental, and safe space for clients to discuss their concerns, rediscover their strengths, and overcome their challenges. 

 

My primary experience has been working with adults and couples who are navigating varying challenges related to mental health and wellness. My work includes supporting individuals/couples who have experiences of childhood and adult trauma, chronic pain, PTSD, depression, anxiety, and personality disorders. I work with clients using the following therapeutic modalities: Emotion Focused Therapy for Individuals (EFIT), Emotion-Focused Therapy for Couples (EFT-C), Client-Centered Therapy, Strength-Based Therapy, Motivational Interviewing (MI), and Solution-Focused Therapy (SFBT).

 

I am an avid reader who is enthusiastic about learning. I enjoy physical activity, moments of solitude, and spending time in nature.

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