Our Team 

Qualia is built on a team approach to psychotherapy. Bringing together our unique specializations on topics such as mental health, play based cognitive behaviour therapy, crisis management, gender identity and many others, we work together to offer the support that best serves your needs.

The Qualia Team

Every one of our psychotherapists has specialized training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, pairing their individual passions with a proven approach to effective mental wellness. Contact us today to find out more about how our team can support you, or learn more about Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

Administrative Staff

Office Managers: Alison G & Ashley K

Administrative Assistants: Andrea B-H, Kendra C, Patricia W, Katie G, Heather P,  Katie S, Johanna S & Brenda B.

Clinical Staff

Charity Fleming, BA, MSW, Registered Social Worker

Favourite Book: “Wherever You Are My Love Will Find You” by children’s author Nancy Tillman
Favourite Place: Beach of La Concha, San Sebastian, Spain
Favourite Quote: “It is part of our condition as mortal beings to sometimes feel as though we are surrounded by darkness. We might have lost a loved one; a child might have strayed; we might have received a troubling medical diagnosis; we might have employment challenges and be burdened by doubts or fears; or we might feel alone or unloved. There may be some among you who feel darkness encroaching upon you. You may feel burdened by worry, fear, or doubt. To you and to all of us, I repeat a wonderful and certain truth: God’s light is real. It is available to all! It gives life to all things. It has the power to soften the sting of the deepest wound. It can be a healing balm for the loneliness and sickness of our souls. In the furrows of despair, it can plant the seeds of a brighter hope. It can enlighten the deepest valleys of sorrow. It can illuminate the path before us and lead us through the darkest night into the promise of a new dawn.” – Dieter Uchtdorf

Thomas Brown, BMTh, MSW, Registered Social Worker

Favourite Book: “The Gifts of Imperfection” by Brené Brown
Favourite Place: My cottage on the Bruce Peninsula.
Favourite Quote: “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…”

Jenny Powell, BA, BSW, MSW, Registered Social Worker

Favourite Book: “Guess how much I love you” by Sam McBratney
Favourite Place: Hatchet Lake, Nova Scotia…skipping rocks and roasting marshmallows by the campfire.
Favourite Quote: “The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.” – Amelia Earhart

Sarah Gross, BA, MSW, Registered Social Worker

Favourite Book: “Love You Forever” by Robert Munch
Favourite Place: Anywhere that my family is with me.
Favourite Quote: “Every sixty seconds you spend upset is a minute of happiness you’ll never get back.”

Saria Reynolds, MSW, Registered Social Worker

Favourite Book: “Ishmael” by Daniel Quinn
Favourite Place: Right here, right now.
Favourite Quote: “The thought manifests as the word; the word manifests as the deed; the deed develops into habit; and habit hardens into character. So watch the thought and its ways with care, and let it spring from love born out of concern for all beings. If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.” – Buddah

Meriam Rizkalla, MSW, Registered Social Worker

Favourite Book: “The Giver” by Lois Lowry
Favourite Place: Anywhere with my family, fresh air and trees
Favourite Quote: “You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending” – C.S Lewis

Hanneke Verbeek, MDiv., Registered Psychotherapist

Favourite Book: Daring Greatly ” by Brene Brown
Favourite Place: Anywhere..spending time with my family
Favourite Quote: We are all imperfect, vulnerable, and sometimes afraid, but that does not change the truth that we are also brave and worth of love and belonging.” Brene Brown

Gillian Martel, MSW, Registered Social Worker

Favourite Book: “A Long Way Gone” by Ishmael Beah
Favourite Place: on the back of a horse
Favourite Quote: “Only in the presence of compassion will people allow themselves to see truth” by Gabor Mate

Emily Gaede, BSW, MSW, Registered Social Worker

Favourite Book: “The Secret Life of Bees” by Sue Monk Kidd
Favourite Place: Vancouver Island and anywhere with my family.
Favourite Quote: “Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.'” – Mary Anne Radmacher

Sarah Courtney, MDiv in Counselling, Registered Psychotherapist

Favourite Book: “I Know This Much Is True” by Wally Lamb
Favourite Place: At my grandparents’ farm surrounded by family, good food and fresh air!
Favourite Quote: “Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.” – African Proverb

Ezra Branderhorst, BSW, Clinical Resident

Favourite Book: Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling
Favourite Place: On a golf course
Favourite Quote: “There will come a time when we must choose between what is easy and what is right.” – Prof. Albus Dumbledore 

Gillian Leeming, MSW, Registered Social Worker

Favourite Book: Harry Potter series – J.K. Rowling
Favourite Place: My cottage in Temagami
Favourite Quote: “The paradox underlying much of the push-pull ambivalence
in human relationships is that we are wired both for self-protection and
for connection” – B.Atkinson

Jennifer Hackbart, BASc, MSW, Registered Social Worker

Favourite Book: “Into the Wild” by Jon Krakauer
Favourite Place: Crane Lake, Muskokas
Favourite Quote: “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Bridget O’Hagan, BA, MEd, Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

Favourite Book: “Why suffering? Finding meaning and comfort when life doesn’t make sense” by Ravi Zacharias and Vince Vitale
Favourite Place: My cottage on Mephisto Lake. Hearing the loons while watching the sunset.
Favourite Quote: “Out beyond ideas of wrong doing and right doing there is a field. I’ll meet you there.” – Rumi

Raquel Sutherland, BA, MSW, Registered Social Worker

Favourite Book: On the Night You Were Born, by Nancy Tillman
Favourite Place: Lake Huron and new found love of Exploit Islands (NFLD) – really anywhere my family is and clean and vibrant energy
Favourite Quote: “Love would never leave us alone” ― Bob Marley

Kate McLeod, BA, Registered Social Worker

Favourite Book: “A Handful of Time” by Kit Pearson
Favourite Place: Cottage on Methuen Lake, Kawarthas
Favourite Quote: “Allons-y”

Kurtis Wright, M.Div, Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

Favourite Book: “The Inner Voice of Love” by Henri Nouwen
Favourite Place: Haliburton Ontario
Favourite Quote: “We choose to go to the Moon! We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard; because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one we intend to win, and the others, too.”

Tanya Wright, MSW, Registered Social Worker

Favourite Book: “Beautiful Risk” by Dr. James Olthuis
Favourite Place: Tobermory (in the off season)
Favourite Quote: “The best way out is always through” – Robert Frost

Crystal Colbourn, MPsyc Candidate, BA, CDP

Favourite Book: “Care of the Soul” by Thomas Moore
Favourite Place: In the sun with a cup of coffee
Favourite Quote: “Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” – Helen Keller

Karen Suk, MSW, Registered Social Worker

Favourite Book: Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Favourite Place: The woods
Favourite Quote: “Write your own story”

Dawn Hill, MSW, Registered Social Worker

Favourite Book: The Inconvenient Indian, A Curious Account Of Native People In North America” by Thomas King
Favourite Place: Anywhere with my family
Favourite Quote: “Beyond your wildest dreams-the best is yet to come.”

Darlene LaForme, MSW, Registered Social Worker

Favourite Book: You Can Heal Your Life” by Louise Hay
Favourite Place: With family together
Favourite Quote: “If you have no control of it, it’s not yours.”

Robert Tansley, MSW, Registered Social Worker

Favourite Book: Of the books I have written, my favourite is “Predisposed,” published by the Key Publishing House, Toronto
Favourite Place: Is the side of my house. It’s my sanctuary
Favourite Quote: My favourite quote is from my father, Joseph Tansley. He said “Anything worth doing is rarely easy.”

Jenny Jonker, BSW, Registered Social Worker

Favourite Book: Catcher In The Rye” by J.D. Salinger
Favourite Place: That’s a tough one…. Kenya or Vietnam
Favourite Quote: “Let your faith be greater than your fear.”

Destinee Hiscock, Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

Favourite Book: Contact” by Carl Sagan
Favourite Place: My Grandparents farm in Quebec
Favourite Quote: “I’m not what happened to me, I’m what I choose to become.” -Carl Jung

Lesley Sprickerhoff, MSW, Registered Social Worker

Favourite Book: The Stone Diaries” by Carol Shields
Favourite Place: Star gazing at the rim of the Grand Canyon
Favourite Quote: “By small and simple things are great things brought to pass.

Susan Reid, MSW, Registered Social Worker

Favourite Book: The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini
Favourite Place: Capri Italy or Los Cabos Mexico
Favourite Quote: “I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death.

Brittany Atlee, BSW, Registered Social Worker

Favourite Book: Tuesdays with Morrie: An old man, a young man and life’s greatest lessons” by Mitch Albom
Favourite Place: Forests -any and all forests
Favourite Quote: “The Oak fought the wind and was broken; the Willow bent when it must and survived” -Robert Jordan

Christina Bendo, MSW, Registered Social Worker

Favourite Book:  “1984” by George Orwell
Favourite Place: My family cottage that overlooks the lake
Favourite Quote:The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all” – Disney’s Mulan

Maria (Pina) Barbieri, MSW, Registered Social Worker

Favourite Book:  “Charlotte’s Web” by E. B. White
Favourite Place: My home
Favourite Quote: “Be the change you wish to see in the world” – Ghandi; “Leap and the net will appear” – John Burroughs

Holly Livingstone, MSW, Registered Social Worker

Favourite Book: “Girl, Wash your Face” by Rachel Hollis
Favourite Place: With my friends and family!!!
Favourite Quote: Grow through, what you go through.”

Rebecca McKinlay, MSW, Registered Social Worker

Favourite Book: “The Princess Bride” by William Goldman
Favourite Place: At the stable with my horse.
Favourite Quote: Don’t allow your wounds to transform you into someone you are not.”

Melanie Read, Registered Occupational Therapist

Favourite Book: Game of Thrones series by George R. R. Martin
Favourite Place: Sitting on a log in the woods in England, surrounded by Bluebells, with the sun shining through the new Spring leaves on the trees.
Favourite Quote: “We may not be responsible for the world that created our minds, but we can take responsibility for the mind with which we create our world – Gabor Mate



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