Psychotherapy & Counselling

MEET THE TEAM

Elsia La Caria

Elsia La Caria

Registered Social Worker/Psychotherapist

I have twenty years of therapeutic experience working with individuals, families, adolescents and couples. My style is warm and informal and I provide my clients with realistic tools that inspire growth and change. I believe that all therapy should be rooted in a client-therapist relationship that is characterized by warmth, acceptance and trust.

My approach is informed by the following modalities; Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) – for the treatment of trauma,  Emotionally Focused Couples (and Individual) Therapy and perinatal mental health. I am highly influenced by attachment science and I get inspiration from the healing powers of connection and emotional security. 

I am committed to staying current on research and evidence-based treatments and I engage in ongoing psychotherapy training.

I believe that psychotherapy is an art that involves the “meeting of two minds”. I am committed to helping my clients feel better and I am honoured to witness the shifts that occur in their lives.

Treatment Specialties: adult & childhood trauma, attachment wounds, bereavement and loss; crisis and stress management; life transitions; identity exploration; relationship challenges, couples therapy, pre- and postnatal support; personal growth and value exploration; self-esteem and acceptance; assertiveness and boundary-setting; work-life balance; emotional regulation and distress tolerance; coping skills-building and capacity development.

Kerrie Trottier

Registered Social Worker/Psychotherapist

I have over 6 years of experience providing mental health services to families, children, adolescents and adults. I have a Master of Social Work from Wilfrid Laurier University and I am registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers.  

My approach is client-centred and strengths-based. I seek to create a safe place for my clients and I work from an anti-oppressive lens that meets the client where they are in their journey. I support youth, adults and families to develop tools to reduce/manage symptoms of anxiety, depression and distress through the use of Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (TF-CBT).

My specialties and passions include working with individuals who identify as having experienced a trauma, substance use challenges, anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation and self-harm. I also extensive experience working with youth and families involved in competitive sport. As a former athlete and mental health advocate for mental toughness in sport, I have first-hand experience about the mental pressures placed on athletes.  In addition, I have experience working with neuro-diverse children, youth and families who are experiencing mental health concerns.

Treatment Specialties: anxiety and depression; mood disorders; trauma; addiction treatment and recovery; bereavement and loss; crisis and stress management; identity exploration; self-esteem and acceptance; assertiveness and boundary-setting; emotional regulation and distress tolerance; coping skills-building and capacity development.

Jenany Jeyarajan

Registered Social Worker/Psychotherapist

I have over 10 years of experience working with adults (21+) with mental health concerns. I work from a person-centered, strength-based, anti-oppressive, attachment-oriented and trauma-informed lens. I have extensive knowledge in trauma-informed care from working with women who have fled abusive relationships and/or have experienced childhood trauma. My area of interest and speciality is in the treatment of depression, anxiety, panic disorders, bipolar disorder and other mood disorders.

I am trained in various evidence-based modalities, including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, as well as Solution-Focused Therapy. My understanding of one’s psychological health is also influenced by psychodynamic and attachment theories.

I have a special interest in and lived experience in prenatal and postpartum support.  My professional training combined with my personal experience in areas of fertility treatments, neonatal loss and grief as well as being a proud mommy of a rainbow baby, has led to my more recent interest in supporting women who are seeking perinatal therapy.

I offer virtual sessions for clients across Ontario and in-person sessions in Scarborough.

Treatment Specialties: adult & childhood trauma, attachment wounds, domestic violence & safety planning, chronic suicidality, longstanding anxiety and depression, bereavement and loss, crisis and stress management, fertility, pre-and postnatal support, self-esteem and acceptance, assertiveness and boundary-setting, work-related stressors, emotional regulation and distress tolerance.

Antonella Macri

Registered Social Worker/Psychotherapist

I have 15 years of therapeutic experience with youth and adults both in Italy and in Canada. My advanced assessment and treatment skills help me to support families and couples experiencing a wide range of social, emotional, and mental health concerns. My approach is informal, warm and genuine and it is informed by Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Trauma Focused CBT, strength based approach, solution focused therapy and mindfulness. 

I specialize in working with youth and adults who struggle with depression, anxiety, trauma, self-esteem issues, relationship issues, life challenges, and those in search of personal growth and parenting support. My passions lie in couples therapy and I have specialized training in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for couples. I believe in the value and importance of having a warm and authentic relationship with my clients, to inspire them and help them find their true path in life.  

I have a Master’s Degree in Social Work and I am registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and the Canadian Association of Social Worker.

I offer virtual sessions across Ontario. 

Treatment Specialties: anxiety and depression; mood disorders; trauma; bereavement and loss; crisis and stress management; life transitions; identity exploration; relationship challenges & couples therapy, pre- and postnatal support; personal growth and value exploration; self-esteem and acceptance; assertiveness and boundary-setting; work-life balance; emotional regulation and distress tolerance.

Sara Iyamu

Registered Social Worker/ Psychotherapist

I bring 14 years of experience as a Registered Social Worker offering clinical services to children, youth, adults and their families. I have developed my skills working in schools, residential and secure treatment facilities, youth justice, and community counselling programs. I have a particular passion serving families with children who are experiencing social, emotional and behavioural or legal challenges. My services include, individual behavioural and family counselling as well as parent coaching. In private practice, I have worked with a wide range of adults who are experiencing difficulties with their mood, emotional regulation and managing their anger. I have also developed a keen interest in parental and post-partum support. In sessions, in addition to talk therapy, I provide clients practical tools and strategies that can support the process of change.

I practice from a non-judgmental, anti-oppressive based framework, using client centered therapy; meaning one size does not fit all. I am flexible and work collaboratively to meet each clients unique needs, so that they know that they are heard. I offer services drawing on methods of CBT, DBT, Mindfulness and Solution Focused Brief Therapy.

Treatment Specialties: anxiety and depression; mood disorders; trauma; bereavement and loss; crisis and stress management; life transitions; identity exploration; relationship challenges/conflicts, pre- and postnatal support; personal growth and value exploration; self-esteem and acceptance; assertiveness and boundary-setting; work-life balance; emotional regulation and distress tolerance; coping skills-building and capacity development.