On this page, you will find a list of trauma professionals, therapists and counsellors in Ontario who have announced to Badge of Life Canada the availability of their services to assist those who connect with us. We do not endorse one professional over another, as it is always a matter of personal choice, so we will list as many trauma professionals, therapists and counsellors as we can to help you choose the best professional to address your needs. Individuals have a responsibility to investigate their own treatment or self-care strategies and the associated literature or research involving those treatments or self-care strategies. To see the criteria they must meet to be listed Therapist Criteria
Dr. Richard Amaral
Dr. Richard Amaral is a registered psychologist in Markham, Ontario working with adolescents, adults, and families. His goal is to help clients overcome any mental, emotional, and behavioural obstacles that are preventing them – and their family – from reaching their full potential. He utilizes evidence-based practices to provide clients with tools and strategies to use in their day-to-day life.
Dr. Amaral’s training is in the areas of CBT (cognitive-behavioural therapy), psychodynamic therapy (developing insight and meaning from interpersonal relationships), hypnotherapy (using suggestion to create change and insight), and EMDR (eye-movement desensitization reprocessing). Ultimately, the goal of every session is to create a safe, comfortable, non-judgemental working relationship where clients can openly discuss anything they’d like.
Here are his areas of interest:
- Addictions (to drugs and other behaviours like gambling)
- Anxiety (constantly worrying about things)
- Anger Management (feeling like you have a ‘short fuse or temper’)
- Depression (sad, disinterested, finding difficulty being motivated)
- Domestic violence (helping people heal from all forms of abuse)
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (helping people resolve past and current traumas)
- Dr. Amaral is also an approved provider with Health Canada for First-Nations people, having worked in First Nations communities for over five years.
Dr. Amaral received his Ph.D. from the University of Calgary in applied psychology, specializing in counselling. He received a Master of Arts degree in counselling psychology from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon and specialized in adolescents and addictions. His undergraduate degree is from the University of Toronto at Mississauga where he completed an honours degree in philosophy and psychology. Dr. Amaral has over 15-years of experience in providing counselling and psychotherapy services.
For more information, please call (905) 472-9658. One of the Markham Psychologists’ administrative assistants will call you back within the day. Additionally, you can visit his website at www.PsychologyForGrowth.com
STEP Psychotherapy Services
1032 Brock St. South., Suite 7 Whitby, Ontario L1N 4L8
9889 Highway 48, Suite 211 Markham, Ontario L6E 0B5
Phone: 905-472-9658, ext. 219
Barbara L. Anschuetz
Registered Psychotherapist, EdD, RP, CTS
Barbara, the Clinical Director at The Trauma Centre, is a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario, and holds a Doctorate Degree in Counselling Psychology. She has provided clinical therapy, supervision and consultation in trauma and grief assessment and treatment for children, adolescents,and adults for over 25 years. As a Certified Trauma Specialist, Certified Traumatologist, Diplomat of the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress and Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress and Certified EMDR Therapist. Barbara has provided trauma response and presentations provincially, nationally and internationally on grief, trauma, PTSD and resilience. In addition, Barbara has extensive experience working with first responders and military after critical incidents and operational stress injuries, both in the area of psychological first aid, as well as treatment for posttraumatic stress. “My approach to therapy is client-centred and multi-disciplinary as each client comes with unique needs and abilities to cope with anxiety, grief, depression trauma or other life circumstances. A trusting therapeutic relationship is of first importance to me. Employing evidence-based strategies in CBT, CPT, EMDR and IPT, as well as supportive therapy approaches, provides the tools to help clients rebuild their sense of trust in self, others and the world.” “As I continue to observe the indomitable will of the human spirit as clients work through their journey of healing, I am humbled by their courage and strength to overcome life’s adversities. Every day I have the privilege of learning from them.”
Clinical Social Worker, BA, BSW, MSW, RSW, CTTS, CTR
Ms. Antoniazzi has been a registered Social Worker in the Province of Ontario since 1989. She worked as an Adult Protective Services Worker, including public trusteeships, and as an individual, marital, and family therapist with a Family Service Bureau before working for 17 years in the field of child protection and abuse treatment. She has taught various college courses in the Developmental Services Worker, Social Services Worker, Police Foundations, and Law and Security programs for Sheridan College, and has been called upon as an expert witness in the Halton and Hamilton Family Courts on child protection matters. For more than 25 years, Ms. Antoniazzi has personally treated persons victimized by childhood sexual, physical, and mental abuse, as well as rape, cult/ritual abuse, domestic violence, military trauma, and life-threatening events such as severe accidents. She has been instrumental in the development and ongoing training of Peer Support Teams to assist Children’s Aid Society staff in the event of traumatic incidents, and she has provided therapy to victims of abuse and trauma, including firemen, police, and veterans. Ms. Antoniazzi holds an MSW from McMaster University, a BA in Sociology (with studies in Psychology and Criminology), and a BSW from the University of Windsor. She is also internationally certified in the areas of Trauma Assessment and Treatment, Critical Incident Response, and Clinical Hypnosis.
Dr. Anna Baranowsky
Dr. Anna Baranowsky, Ph.D., C.Psych., is the CEO of Traumatology Institute (Canada), the official Canadian provider of Traumatology Institute programs in Canada. She provides psychotherapy, trauma training and other clinical services specializing in trauma assessment and therapy; stress and anxiety management; the Accelerated Recovery Program (ARP) for Compassion Fatigue; Psychosocial Oncology; Health psychology and couples therapy. Dr. Baranowsky works with individuals, couples, groups and organizations to alleviate emotional distress, reduce blocks to fulfilling one’s potential, and enhance feelings of wellness. Dr. Baranowsky serves on the Board of Directors of the Academy of Traumatology’s Commission on Certification and Accreditation. She has been recognized by the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress with Diplomate status and is a Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress. Her accomplishments include international presentations on the Compassion Fatigue, Post Traumatic Stress, PTSD Trauma assessment, Trauma Therapy and community/organizational consultation. She has been published in the areas of Secondary Traumatization, Compassion Fatigue, Trauma Therapy, and therapeutic relationships (the Silencing Response). Dr. Baranowsky is also the author of the best seller Trauma Practice: Tools for Stabilization & Recovery (2010, 2nd Ed., Baranowsky, Gentry and Schultz). She recently released Recovery Now TRAUMA, her new Audio CD and downloadable MP3 series which includes self-help audio materials on Trauma.
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Dr. Baranowsky provides assistance to the Board of Directors for Badge of Life Canada as a member of the Advisory Board. Bio
Address: 45 Sheppard Avenue East, Suite 419, Toronto, Ontario Canada M2N 5W9
Phone: (416) 229-1477 ext. 335
Dr. Lisa Berger
Registered Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Lisa Berger is a Clinical, Counselling, and Rehabilitation Psychologist. She has worked with first responders and military personnel throughout her career providing comprehensive psychological services including clinical/diagnostic assessments and treatment for acute and chronic experiences. In the past, she has focused extensively on treatment and recovery. More recently she has had the privilege of working within the policing community to actively prevent operational stress injuries. Lisa works with both members and their families. She has had a longstanding interest in working to help people mend their lives and enable them to live more fully in the present.
Dr. Beverley Bouffard
Dr. Bouffard is a Doctoral Level Registered Clinical Psychologist in Ontario. Dr. Bouffard completed her graduate training-Master’s and PhD-in Clinical psychology at York University, Toronto, and undertook a Postdoctoral fellowship at Sunnybrook & Women’s College Hospital/WCRI, University of Toronto.
At her private practice in Toronto and York Region she provides comprehensive psychological services including clinical/diagnostic assessments, crisis intervention and support, and evidence-based treatments for first responders experiencing Operational Stress Injuries from acute /chronic trauma (PTSD), and other co-related psychological/psychiatric disorders.
Dr. Bouffard was both honored and privileged to work intensively with the York Regional Police during the launch of their “Project Safeguard” programme ─only the second police force in Canada to include psychologists to provide “Safeguard” services directly to the organization including suitability assessments for both sworn officers and civilians entering high risk positions (i.e., Internet Child Exploitation [ICE], Special Victims Unit, Forensic Identification Unit, Homicide, Domestic Violence, Collision Investigation and Communications Units); and directly to the members–diagnostic assessments for WSIB, crisis intervention, treatment, psychological accommodations and return to work planning, as well as clinical consultation to their newly created Peer Support Team through in–house training workshops on suicide education and prevention, stress management, and resiliency training.
Working closely within the police subculture, or “blue fraternity” allowed her to experience firsthand the multiple layers of both organizational and job/unit-specific challenges that sworn and civilian members face-the complexity of which often contribute to stigma and treatment seeking barriers. She witnessed firsthand the disabling impact of suicide, and other mental health issues on the officers, their co-workers, and their families.
In 2015 Dr. Bouffard was invited to present at the Ontario Psychological Association’s first Cultural Competency in Psychological Services for Police-a training workshop for Ontario psychologists, as well as to present the role of psychologists working with first responders at the Annual OPA Reception at Queen’s Park. She has contributed to suicide prevention training modules for the Canadian Police Knowledge Network (CPKN).
Dr. Bouffard is currently on the Badge of Life Canada Advisory Board.
Address: Midtown Toronto: #507, 586 Eglinton Avenue East Toronto M4P 1P2
York Region: #200, 372 Hollandview Trail Aurora, ON L4G 7M6
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Michele is a registered Social Worker in the Province of Ontario with over 17 years experience. This experience has provided her with insight and knowledge of people and the life adversity they face. Michele believes in a client centred, non-judgemental, systems approach to assisting individuals, couples and families to overcome their personal challenges. Michele has experience working in family court as a mediator, custody and access assessor at the Office of the Children’s Lawyer, and has done numerous workshops for the Ministry of the Attorney General. Michele entered in to private practice in 2010, and has had her practice evolved with a strong focus on the impact trauma has on front line responders. While Michele emphasizes working with police offices, corrections officers, 911 dispatch, veteran, military personal, paramedics and fire fighters, she also welcomes working with spouses and family members of these professions.
Michele’s style of therapy is the belief that all clients are strong functioning individuals who need a safe and non-judgemental environment to help process the challenges they face. She approaches the journey of healing and the individual’s she works with from the perspective of a holistic, multi-modality perspective. Michele’s approaches include cognitive therapy, trauma focused cognitive behavioural therapy, and solution focused therapy. Michele also considers emerging therapies such as EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), Energy Psychology and Hypnosis. Michele is dedicated to remaining current on a wide variety of therapies.
Michele welcomes the opportunity to discuss your path to healing.
Rebecca Brown has a Masters Degree in Social Work and her career has spanned 30 years within medical social work, trauma, child welfare and domestic violence fields. The majority of her career was in the child protection system as a Supervisor and Coordinator of the Critical Incident Debriefing Team. She was a Provincial Trainer for the Ont. Association of Children’s Aid Societies and taught the curriculum on Wellness and Self-Care. Her experience in resilience building and Lifestyle Medicine is incorporated into her private practice of Health & Wellness Counselling. Rebecca continues her work in Crisis Management Response, and provides onsite psychological first aid (CISM) following workplace traumas. Rebecca is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine, Western University and Associate with the Tend Academy delivering workshops and conferences throughout North America on the topics of PTSD, Vicarious Trauma, Compassion Fatigue and Resilience to professionals in the trauma and health fields. Rebecca’s most recent passion is “Healing Through Horses” and provides Equine Assisted Therapy for trauma survivors and a variety of mental health conditions. Certified by the Global Standard EAGALA model, Rebecca and her therapeutic teams ensure the highest level of evidence-based, experiential trauma counselling for first responders, their families and anyone impacted by life’s traumatic events.
Three EAGALA Certified stables in South Western Ontario provide a wide variety of programs to meet clients’ specific needs:
Carolynn R. Campbell
Social Worker, MSW RSW
Carolynn is a clinical social worker with 30 years experience specializing in grief, loss and trauma. She holds a Master of Social Work degree, and a certificate in palliative care. She is trained in the use of cognitive behavioural therapy, hypnotherapy, and is an EMDR certified therapist. In her earlier years, she worked primarily with both physical and mental illness in hospital and community settings. Now in her Ottawa private practice she provides assistance to individuals and couples living with PTSD. Having grown up in a military family, she is very proud of her work with members of the Canadian Armed Forces, assisting in their recovery from operational stress injury.
Psychotherapy: anxiety, grief/loss, trauma
EMDR Certified Therapist, CBT, Hypnotherapy
M.A., DCEP, Registered Psychotherapist
Growing up in a first responder home Charlotte has developed a unique perspective when working with clients with PTSD and work related stress issues. Charlotte is a psychotherapist, counsellor and wellness coach who received her Master of Arts Degree in Counselling Psychology from the Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago. Charlotte has experience in a variety of treatment modalities and has worked in private practice, hospital and school board settings. She is an advanced PSYCH-K®️Facilitator and has also completed the Diplomate Certification in Comprehensive Energy Psychology (DCEP). Charlotte utilizes a variety of energy psychology techniques to increase her client’s sense of health and well-being.
Energy psychology (EP) is a mind-body approach to understanding and improving human functioning. EP focuses on the relationship between bioenergy systems, neuro and electro physiological processes, and mental functions involving thoughts, emotions, sensations, and behaviour. By working with the whole body-mind system, energy psychology facilitates rapid positive change and optimal psychotherapeutic outcomes, and is aligned with the latest finding from neuroscience and traumatology. Currently, Charlotte is providing therapy services in Milton and on-line through Secure Video and can be reached through the email link on her website: www.psychandthecity.co
CD1, M.A., RP (Qualifying)
Shelley Colter, M.A. is a psychotherapist, couple, and family therapist. She has over 20 years experience as an officer with the Canadian military in operational environments. Shelley works individuals (16 years of age and older), couples and families work through problems and issues. Shelley’s therapeutic goal is to assist clients to be heard and validated, to empower clients to discover and develop their unique strengths, and support clients in the resolution of issues or conflicts.
Shelley has a special interest in assisting current or retired military personnel, first responders and their families who have been effected by work related stress, personal trauma, PTSD, loss and grief. Shelley understands the challenges individuals, couples, and families face with operations, deployment and reintegration into the family and community.
As your therapist, Shelley is compassionate in assisting individuals, couples or families understand and explore issues associated with sexual and/or gender identity and related challenges they may face. She also works with trauma, including sexual trauma in childhood and adulthood, post traumatic stress, depression, anxiety and anger.
Call today to book an appointment for therapy or leave a confidential message for Shelley. She is accepting new clients.
Dr. Tasleem Damji
Registered Clinical Psychologist
Ever since I was young, I knew I wanted to help people. I just didn’t know in what capacity. Throughout the years, I have had different experiences that eventually led me to a professor who inspired me to obtain my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. Through these experiences, I have had the fortune to contribute towards public and officer safety in my career within the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, as well as to help people in my private practice. My goal is to help people realize that they have the power to create the world they want to live in. Life has many hardships. However, it is possible to either see the world a little bit differently or to behave in a different manner where the opportunities for joy are greater. By working together, we can find these opportunities.
I work with a highly diverse clientele, both individuals and groups from the general public and various organizations (private and public), including first responders (e.g. RCMP, Ottawa Police Service, DND, EMS). Here are some of the reasons people have come to see me:
Mood: Depression, Anxiety, Panic, Anger, Self-Esteem, Loneliness
Relationships (personal and professional): Conflict, Abuse, Emotional Withdrawal, Infidelity, Assertiveness, Intimacy
Life Transitions: Grief and Loss, Separation, Post-divorce, Retirement, Parenting, Leaving Home
Trauma: Childhood, PTSD, Car Accidents, Bullying, Harassment, Pain Management
Stress: Stress Management, Workplace Burnout, Learning to Relax
Dr. Jonathan Danson
C.Psych – Clinical and Counselling Psychologist
Jon provides treatment to individuals and groups experiencing a wide range of difficulties, with a particular interest and expertise treating those (including police officers and others first responders) suffering from symptoms of trauma and PTSD. He also works to address related problems such as marital discord, anxiety/panic, and depression. Jon received his Ph.D. from The University of Toronto, where his research focused on the processing of traumatic memories through writing. He is certified as a Quality-Rated provider of Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), an evidence-based treatment for trauma. He also has training and experience in using other evidence-based treatment approaches such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT), and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). Jon currently works as a staff psychologist on the Academic Family Health Team at St. Michael’s Hospital. He has also trained and worked in the Traumatic Stress Clinic at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences and the Psychological Trauma Program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.
EBT3 – Evidence-Based Therapy, Training, and Testing
Addictions, problem gambling and working with police officers and their family members are areas of particular interest to me. I also provide help with trauma, lifestyle change, everyday “stuff” (problems) or whatever is troubling you. I believe in the ability of individuals and families to recover from active addictions and to maintain successful recovery. It is a privilege to be able to help facilitate the process.
I was employed in a residential treatment program working with individuals, families and employers with substance abuse, problem gambling and trauma issues beginning in 1987. Later, I was part of the team developing a new problem gambling treatment program and became responsible for the ongoing design and delivery of the content. I was actively involved in the addictions aftercare program, its delivery, management and design. Facilitating group therapy sessions and fee for service individual therapy were included in my responsibilities.
My experience working for over 25 years with the law enforcement community and their family members is a highlight of my career. I helped establish and continue to facilitate an ongoing, weekly, confidential support/therapy group for sworn police officers. Known as the H.E.A.R.T (Heart) group (founded in 1999, a weekly, confidential support/therapy group for all police officers, active, retired or suspended) it is now in its 17th year and is fully supported by the Toronto Police Association. I appreciate their confidence in me.
Dr. Jonathan Douglas
Ontario Psychological Association – Past President Dr. Jonathan Douglas is a clinical psychologist, in private practice in Barrie, ON. His practice has evolved with a strong focus on trauma, particularly in veterans and first responders, but also including childhood trauma. He enjoys introducing innovative techniques while guiding the treatment with the consistent measurement of outcomes to ensure treatment progress. He is a passionate advocate for access to mental health services. Practice focused on: Police officers, firefighters, EMS professionals, 911/EMS dispatchers,active military and veterans.
Dr. Douglas provides tremendous professional insight as a new member of the Badge of Life Canada – Board of Directors.
Social Worker, MCA, RSW
With over 25 years in the field, Glen is a very professional, mature & experienced practitioner and is specialized in providing services to individuals experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder, marriage difficulties and personality disorder. He is both a Forensic Criminologist and a certified Social Worker. He experience includes forensic psychiatric case management unit in a remand facility. He employs Dialectical Behavioural, Solution Focused, Cognitive Processing, Motivational Interviewing and CAMS in assisting his client to realize their goals and finding a life worth living.
Live In Light Counselling Services
Address: 36 Trowbridge Street East, Meaford, ON N4L 1G1
Website: live in light counselling
Dr. Ferguson is a board certified clinical psychologist (ABPP) who provides assessment and treatment (specifically, Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy focused) in the area of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and other Anxiety Disorders, primarily with injured workers and first responders at the Centre For Addiction and Mental Health (Work Stress and Health Program). Clinical research interests and areas of specialty include concurrent disorders, particularly in the area of anxiety disorders and or co-morbid depressive disorders with gambling pathology (in areas of assessment and intervention). Dr. Ferguson has published research in problem gambling and has worked with clients in the area of gambling addiction. Dr. Ferguson has also published articles in the area of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.
Registered Psychotherapist, BSc., MSc
I love working with individual, teens, and families who experience stress and discomfort due to anxiety, depression, a traumatic experience, relationship issues, and self-esteem issues gain a better understanding of what they are going through.
I specialize in working with Emergency Responders (i.e. Police Officers, Fire Fighters, Paramedics, and ER personnel) and family members of suicide victims
My passion for working with trauma victims stems from two very important and personal life lessons. The first one is my own traumatic experience and shopping for “the perfect therapist” to help me battle my inner demons. I tried many different paths, have been guinea-pigged on by an intern experimenting with her own self-taught therapy, and finally ended at the doorstep of my last therapist. Her enthusiasm for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and the effect it had on me finally gave me the chance to make peace with my past and live my life to its full potential.
The second one stems from my working experiences as (a) a socio-therapist at a forensic psychiatric hospital coaching rehabilitated detainees with a mental health disorder back to society, and (b) as a trauma therapist for the United Nations in Haiti. For this last one, myself and a team of other mental health professionals were responsible for the welfare of more than twelve thousand UN personnel, including civilians, UN police, UN firefighters, and UN military personnel.
In my sessions I use an eclectic approach combining Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, Narrative Therapy and Acceptance Commitment Therapy.
Psychotherapist and Certified Trauma Specialist (CTS) CEO
Lori Gill, founder and lead therapist at the Attachment and Trauma Treatment Centre for Healing is a Psychotherapist, Certified Trauma Specialist (CTS) and Trainer, and former Psychology Professor with 15 years of experience working with children, youth, and adults. Lori currently maintains membership with the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists (OACCPP).
Lori has experience working within various professional organizations specializing in child, youth, and adult counselling. Treatment focus areas include trauma, attachment, mental health, addictions, eating disorders, wellness, and education. Services provided include comprehensive trauma and attachment assessments, trauma intervention, reconciliation therapy, attachment enhancing therapy, compassion fatigue prevention and treatment, training, Employee Assistance Program therapy, and clinical supervision. Lori provides consultation and supervision services as well as wellness therapy for helping professionals to prevent compassion fatigue. Lori has been providing trauma intervention for several years to children through to adults inclusive of individuals with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with great success. Lori has provided trauma therapy within the following clinical settings: hospital out-patient eating disorders program, addictions counselling, foster care residential settings, in developmental services organizations, and in private practice. Single and historical trauma experiences treated varied from military involvement, abandonment, attachment, physical, sexual, and emotional abuse, domestic violence, rape, women in the industry, addictions, and loss. She has worked with children ages 2+ through to adults of all ages, many of which have a history of complex trauma (more than 4 significant trauma events).
Lori is an engaging and sought after presenter and facilitates a variety of training workshops including Creating a Trauma-Informed Workplace; Trauma’s Impact on Learning and Behaviours, Trauma-Informed Child Welfare; Healing the Helper: Compassion Fatigue Prevention and Intervention; Suicide Prevention, Intervention, and Postvention; Stress; Attachment and Conscious Parenting; Eating Disorders; and Creative Counselling Approaches. Lori is a certified trainer, consultant supervisor, and presenter for the National Institute for Trauma and Loss and provides the following training: Trauma and Addiction; Children of Trauma; Structured Sensory Interventions; Counselling at Risk Youth; and Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Trauma. Allow us to create a custom training to meet the needs of your workplace, community event, or parent group
Attachment and Trauma Treatment Centre for Healing (ATTCH)
Address: 239 Four Mile Creek Rd., St David’s, Ontario Canada L0S 1P0
Phone: 905- 262-0303
Jeff is a Designated Addictions Counsellor and a member of the Canadian Addiction Counsellors Federation. Jeff holds a Trauma and Addiction Certificate from Algonquin College, a B.A. in Sociology and an Honours B.A. in Psychology from Carleton University. Jeff has worked in a residential treatment setting and has worked extensively with individuals who have been exposed to trauma and violence. Jeff’s past experience allows him to understand the intricacies and challenges encountered by first responders, which can result in Operational Stress Injury.
Jeff adopts the belief that addiction does not exist in isolation and effective therapy should reflect individual needs. Behavioural change is only part of the recovery process. Exploring and understanding the principle causes of addiction may help to promote long lasting recovery.
Westboro Addiction Counselling
Address: 376 Churchill Avenue N., Suite 205 Ottawa, Ontario Canada K1Z 5C3
Phone: (613) 440-0812
MACP, Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)
Nick completed his undergraduate degree in Psychology, and then went on to receive his Masters of Counselling Psychology. He is a Registered Psychotherapist (Q), and is the Founder of After The Call, an organization offering free mental health resources for First Responders. He also has extensive training in Applied Suicide Intervention Skills (ASIST), Mental Health First Aid, and Critical Incident Stress Management. Nick currently teaches at Sir Sanford Fleming College in Peterborough, ON, and also provides counselling therapy.
In his 10 years as a firefighter, Nick has extensive experience in the First Responder field. Having been exposed to many traumatic and stressful scenarios as a firefighter, he is able to relate to others going through similar challenges. This compassion drives him to better serve the First Responder community, and assist with much-needed resources. Seeing the gap in the services needed and the services available is one of the key factors as to why Nick pursued a career in Psychology.
Nick has experience in a wide range of mental health sectors including clinical hospital settings, crisis settings, Child Welfare, and more recently in the addictions sector. He offers therapies that are tailored to the individual, allowing for seamless, client-driven sessions. From a strengths-based approach, Nick understands that regardless of Mental Health diagnosis or struggles, each individual should be able to continue to work in the field they love.
Nick works with clients who are currently struggling as well as those being proactive with their mental health, helping them to grow their resilience, and function as their personal best. This is accomplished through individual sessions, as well as community outreach to reduce mental health stigma.
Nick provides presentations and consultations on a wide range of mental health issues for First Responders. He has also written articles for Straight Tip, Utah Valley State University Fire magazine, as well as been a contributor to Uniform Stories and FireRescue1. Nick is also the author of “Mental Health Awareness for First Responders and their Families“, available in digital and physical formats, and continues to write, research, and publish articles.
Connect with Nick on Facebook at After The Call, or on Twitter at @afterthecallMH.
Dr. Katy Kamkar
Ph.D., C. Psych. Registered Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Katy Kamkar, Ph.D., C. Psych., is a Clinical Psychologist at the Work, Stress and Health Program/Psychological Trauma Program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). She is an Assistant Professor within the Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto. She is also the Medical Advisor to the Board of Directors – Badge of Life Canada (BOLC). She does private practice and is a Staff Associate at CBT Associates of Toronto.
Dr. Kamkar provides evidence-based psychological assessment and treatment for Injured Workers and First Responders (Police officers, Firefighters, EMS professionals, 911/EMS Dispatchers, Active Military and Veterans) experiencing Mood and Anxiety Disorders, Operational Stress Injuries (OSI) and Trauma and PTSD, grief reaction related to loss injury, pain, sleep related conditions and other conditions that may interfere with daily functioning as well as on psychological distress/stress/depression and anxiety in the workplace.
Dr. Kamkar is a member of the College of Psychologists of Ontario, Ontario Psychological Association, the Canadian Psychological Association, and Credentialed and Founding Member of the CACBT (Canadian Association of Cognitive Behavioural Therapies)
Dr. Kamkar also provides education/workshops to Ministries and Organizations on Workplace Mental Health.
One of her greatest interests is to provide education to the public to promote mental health and well-being, reduce stigma attached to mental illness, and focus on prevention and early intervention. She has written numerous articles for various comprehensive public resources in particular on Trauma and PTSD and has provided numerous Public Relations / TV Media Work, including launching mental health series, being a former Health Blogger for CTV Health News and currently a Mental Health Blogger for CP24 and CAMH.
Dr. Paulette Laidlaw
Clinical, counselling and rehabilitation psychologist
Dr. Laidlaw provides individual treatment (counselling and assessment) to adults 19 years of age and older who are experiencing difficulties related to their psychological and/or emotional health or well-being. Models of therapy that Dr. Laidlaw finds helpful include cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), solution-focused therapy and brief psychotherapy. Dr. Laidlaw has specialized training and experience in critical incident stress, posttraumatic stress disorder and the psychological difficulties of first responders and others in the caregiving professions. She recently worked for the Ontario Provincial Police as Manager, Psychological Services in order to provide advice and consultation to the EAP program and to restructure the psychological assessment and personnel selection process. Dr. Laidlaw currently provides pre-employment personnel selection assessments to the RCMP, the OPP and other police services and has received trainings on conducting psychological autopsies from the American Association of Suicidology.