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Meet the renowned experts of addiction treatment:

Our Team

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Trafalgar Addiction Treatment Centres is CARF accredited. CARF is the international mark of quality in the field of mental health and addiction treatment.

A treatment provider is only as good as its clinical team. Our members are regarded as experts and leaders in the field of addiction treatment and mental health.
Know that our team will treat you or a loved one as our “most important client”. Expect the most comprehensive treatment & best possible care, attention, and support.

Our Clinical Team Are Registered With The Following Colleges & Associations

  • College of Psychologists Ontario
  • Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers
  • College of Registered Psychotherapists
  • The Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists
  • The Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation
  • Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • College on Nurses of Ontario
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Dr. Christine Courbasson

Clinical Psychologist & Senior Clinical Advisor

Dr. Christine Courbasson

Clinical Psychologist & Senior Clinical Advisor
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Nathaniel Israel MA, RP

Clinical Director, Outpatient Program

Nathaniel Israel MA, RP

Clinical Director, Outpatient Program
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Kinga Marchment, MA, RP

Clinical Director, Residential Program

Kinga is a Registered Psychotherapist with a Master’s Degree in Spiritual Care & Psychotherapy and a multitude of training in addictions, couple & family therapy, trauma therapy; specifically, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Solution Focused Therapy (SFT), Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for PTSD, Satir Transformational Systemic Therapy and Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) for Couples. Kinga is an EMDRIA approved therapist.
Before studying psychotherapy, Kinga completed a 4-year yoga therapy training program and taught yoga for over 8 years. This has trained her to be calm, non-judgmental, present and integrate mindfulness in her work. As the Clinical Director, Kinga oversees the clinical functioning of both residential facilities and ensures that the CARF policies related to clinical functioning are being adhered to.

Kinga Marchment, MA, RP

Clinical Director, Residential Program
addiction treatment counsellor

Bryan Grant, CCAC, CCSW, CBI

Client Care Coordinator

Bryan Grant, CCAC, CCSW, CBI

Client Care Coordinator
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Nicole Masil, MSW, RSW

Clinical Therapist, Outpatient Program

Nicole is a Master’s level social worker, with an undergraduate in both psychology and social work from York University in Toronto.
Nicole has dedicated her career, spanning 25 years, to the field of mental health and addiction treatment. She has worked both in community-based and hospital settings.
Nicole’s therapeutic approach draws from evidence-based treatment modalities including CBT, DBT, EFT and mindfulness.
Nicole works with individuals, couples, families and groups and is a registered member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers.

Nicole Masil, MSW, RSW

Clinical Therapist, Outpatient Program
addiction counsellor

Jennifer Cagney

Operations Manager, Outpatient Program

Jennifer Cagney

Operations Manager, Outpatient Program
addiction treatment counsellor

Ruth Reich, BA, MSW, RSW

Clinical Manager & Therapist, Residential Program

Ruth Reich, BA, MSW, RSW, is a clinical therapist who comes to us with clinical experience from the United States with specific trauma training in New York City’s foster care system and at the United States Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centre.

Ruth’s specialization in addiction counselling and post-traumatic stress disorder informs her approach with an emphasis on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Psychoanalysis, and S.M.A.R.T Recovery. Ruth’s work with Active Duty and Retired military personnel brings specialization to clinical work with our individuals from the Armed Forces.

Ruth Reich, BA, MSW, RSW

Clinical Manager & Therapist, Residential Program
addiction counsellor

Jody Vandooren, BA/BSW, MSW, RSW

Clinical Therapist, Residential Program

Jody is a Registered Social Worker with over 15 years of experience providing therapy to individuals and families in a variety of settings including private practice, hospital, residential and community agencies.

As a second-generation social worker, she developed early respect and passion for the profession and the values it adhered to – including a commitment to social justice, the inherent worth of all individuals and a desire to walk alongside people as they overcome significant challenges in their lives. Jody has particular skills in working with mental health, addiction and trauma using CBT. Solution Focussed, Family Systems, Narrative and Mindfulness-based therapies. The privilege of witnessing the strength and resilience of individuals and families in her work has continued to fuel Jody’s belief that change is possible and achievable.

Jody Vandooren, BA/BSW, MSW, RSW

Clinical Therapist, Residential Program

Adam Kostiw, Hons. BA Psych., MDiv., RP

Clinical Manager, Residential Program

Adam is a Registered Psychotherapist who is both compassionate and caring with a heart for assisting others to make positive changes in their lives. He spent much of his early career working with non-profits before returning to York University where he received his undergraduate honour's degree in psychology.

He then received his Master of Divinity in Clinical Counselling while focussing on family systems theory and couples therapy. Adam spent numerous years working on a Trauma Focussed Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (TF-CBT) project as part of a research team at York University. Adam considers the therapeutic alliance (bond) between the client and therapist to be the cornerstone of the therapeutic process. Everyone needs and deserves a safe and trusting place and with this, the healing process can begin. Adam strongly believes in a collaborative approach to therapy and that all clients have the strength to achieve their goals. Areas of treatment include Depression, Anxiety, Individual, Couples Therapy, Family Therapy, Self-harm, Trauma, Anger Management, Parenting, Child and Adolescent. Adam believes that everyone is an individual and each therapy session must be specifically designed for that individual. For this reason, Adam can utilize a variety of different therapeutic approaches which include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Trauma Focussed Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (TF-CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Solution-focused therapy, and Couples and family systems therapies. Adam believes that education and awareness involving mental health is important for each and everyone one of us and is an integral part of developing a stronger community. Adam’s goal is to collaborate with the client in achieving their goals and overall well-being.

Adam Kostiw, Hons. BA Psych., MDiv., RP

Clinical Manager, Residential Program
addiction counsellor

Alyssa Mulrain, RP, MACP

Clinical Manager, Residential Program

Alyssa is a deeply empathetic and compassionate therapist that works collaboratively with clients to aid in their empowerment, belief in the self, and ability to create positive change to enhance their quality of life. Alyssa has a Master's degree in Counselling Psychology and has acquired over 5 years of experience facilitating individual, couples and family therapy with adolescent and adult populations encountering a multitude of mental health disorders as well as addictions. A significant amount of clients she has worked with had experienced anxiety and mood disorders, personality disorders, and complex trauma. Alyssa utilizes a holistic and eclectic approach within her therapeutic work with clientele, including modalities such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, EMDR Therapy, Psychoanalysis, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, and Family Systems.

Alyssa Mulrain, RP, MACP

Clinical Manager, Residential Program
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Nancy Latimer, M.Ed., RP (Qualifying)

Clinical Therapist, Outpatient Program

Nancy Latimer is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying).
She comes to her work with a Master’s in Counseling from the University of Toronto.
While she is eclectic in her therapeutic methods, she is influenced by Rogerian, CBT and Solution Focused Modes of inquiry and treatment.
Nancy comes to this role with experience in acute mental health practice, dual diagnosis treatment and addictions.

Nancy Latimer, M.Ed., RP (Qualifying)

Clinical Therapist, Outpatient Program

Raymond Moore, ICADC

Program Director, Residential Program

Raymond has more than 10 years of counselling experience and he is an internationally certified addictions counsellor. Raymond has worked with numerous treatment facilities and he is a well-respected member of the recovery community.

Raymond Moore, ICADC

Program Director, Residential Program

Jess Gionet

Addiction Counsellor, Residential Program

Jess Gionet

Addiction Counsellor, Residential Program
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Samantha Wiendels

Clinical Therapist, Outpatient Program

Samantha is a clinical therapist, who obtained a Master in Counselling Psychology from Western University. She completed her undergraduate degree in psychology and criminal justice.

She has a deep passion for working with individuals with concurrent disorders and has researched improving continuity in care using evidence-based practices and client-centred approaches. Samantha is passionate about client advocacy and adopts an anti-oppressive, trauma-informed approach in her clinical work.

Samantha's training and experience include working with post-secondary students, adults, and families who wish to increase their resiliency and heal from addiction, anxiety and depression, trauma, and loss. Samantha has also supported individuals through life transitions, identity development, and feeling a greater sense of belonging and connectedness.

Samantha adopts an integrated therapeutic approach, using CBT, DBT, MI, and Solution-Focused modalities. Samantha aligns with her clients and bears witness to their lived experience, emphasizing strength, resiliency, and self-compassion.
Carrie began her work in the domestic violence shelter program and later moved onto the residential programs for addiction and mental health.
Carrie believes in empowering individuals to make their own choices that will evoke change and build confidence step by step. She provides a compassionate, non-judgmental approach to helping individuals and families not only heal from the effects of substance use and mental health symptoms but to gain an understanding of how it impacts all that are involved.
Carrie uses motivational interviewing, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, family systems, relapse prevention, solution-focused and mindfulness as pathways to connect with her clients and to motivate them to engage in the change process.

Carrie brings to the team a great knowledge of woman’s issues along with domestic violence and personal and professional experience in navigating the mental health system.
The belief of everlasting change is to create a life that it is easier not to use and where one can live a life free of violence and with a purpose in order to maintain a life of recovery.

Samantha Wiendels M.A., B.A., R.P. (Qualifying)

Clinical Therapist, Outpatient Program
addiction counsellor

Troy Evans, RSSW

Addictions Counsellor, Residential Program

Troy Evans is a social service worker from Sheridan college. Prior to working at Trafalgar Addiction Treatment Centres Troy worked in the transportation industry.

He discovered a passion for helping others, which led him to Sheridan College where he began his education to better serve people who were struggling with Mental health and Addiction issues. Troy initially began as a volunteer at Trafalgar and very soon after he was hired. He currently is the lead evening shift counsellor at Trafalgar. Troy openly shares about his own history with addiction and inspires clients to enhance the quality of their lives, while at the same time understanding the struggle. Troy is best known for his knowledge on the 12 steps and for providing to those that may want to use the steps to enhance their recovery. Troy is currently one of our lead counsellors and is striving to grow in the field.

Troy Evans, RSSW

Addictions Counsellor, Residential Program

Frank F. Mazzawi, CCAC, CSW

Continuation of Care Program Manager & Addictions Counsellor

Frank Fadeel Mazzawi, CAAC, is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counsellor in Canada. He graduated from Everest College, with a diploma in Addictions and community service worker. He graduated from Ryerson University, with a certification in psychology, with a Concentration in Addiction Studies.

Frank continues to Advance his education by pursuing his B.A. in Psychology. He has a passion for his profession and recovery and has been working in the recovery field since 2011. He has been clean and sober since 2009. Frank is a dedicated Addiction Counsellor with years of experience working for many outstanding treatment centres and considers Trafalgar Residence one of the best. His passion lies in helping people identify their self-defeating behaviours and learning to let them go. Frank gives the tools to use emotions instead of the emotions controlling you. He is a client- centred clinician, who is known for his excellent rapport building skills, his warmth and caring nature with clients, and his accurate empathy skills. Frank has committed his life to working with and supporting those seeking recovery.

Frank F. Mazzawi, CCAC, CSW

Continuation of Care Program Manager & Addictions Counsellor
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Samira Khan, M.Sc., Ph.D. Candidate

Clinical Therapist, Oupatient Program

Samira completed her Master’s of Science at Queen Mary University of London (Barts School of Medicine & Dentistry) in Mental Health with a concentration in Psychological Therapies. Samira is a doctoral student in the Ph.D. program in Counselling and Psychotherapy. Samira is a professional member of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO). She is also a Certified Neurofeedback Practitioner and Effectiveness Coach. Through this training, she is equipped to work with individuals who have challenges with addiction, anger, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, sleep difficulties, fatigue, stress and emotional imbalance.

Samira has a wide range of experience working in a variety of settings across the globe, including NHS(UK) and Tokyo University of Science. She believes that primarily her role as a Psychotherapist is to help empower her clients as they discover, accept their challenges, and take responsibility for their needs by accessing the necessary resources to help move forward and live more satisfying lives.

Samira Khan, M.Sc., Ph.D. Candidate

Clinical Therapist, Outpatient Program
addiction counsellor

Abigail Ajodha

Addictions Counsellor, Residential Program

Abigail Ajodha

Addictions Counsellor, Residential Program
addiction counsellor

Ramond Phipps, CACCF Member

Counseling Supervisor, Residential Program

Ramond Phipps, CACCF Member

Addictions Counsellor, Residential Program
addiction counsellor

Julieta Cervantes

Operations Manager, Residential Program

Julieta Cervantes

Operations Manager, Residential Program
addiction counsellor

Jasmine Meza

Administrative Assistant, Residential Program

Jasmine Meza

Administrative Assistant, Residential Program
addiction counsellor

Judite Laurenco

Head Chef, Residential Program

Judite Laurenco

Head Chef, Residential Program
addiction counsellor

Shane Saltzman, MMPA, CPA.CA

Chief Executive Officer

Shane has been part of the Trafalgar Residence team since its inception and has developed a deep understanding of our treatment programs and the sensitivity and care those suffering from addiction require.
Having helped friends and loved ones with their own recovery from addictions, Shane has developed a passion for ensuring the highest level of treatment and care can be provided to every single client of Trafalgar Addiction Treatment Centres.

Shane is a Chartered Professional Accountant (2002) and a graduate of the Masters of Management & Professional Accounting Program from the Roman School of Management at the University of Toronto (2000).

Shane enjoys spending time with his wife and three kids and sometimes can be spotted playing guitar and music at the residences with our clients.

Shane Saltzman, MMPA, CPA.CA

Chief Executive Officer
addiction counsellor

Angie Beninato

Chief Operating Officer & Executive Director

Angie Beninato

Chief Operating Officer & Executive Director
addiction counsellor

Kate Emas

Vice President of Administration

Kate Emas

Vice President of Administration
addiction counsellor

Elena Silanteva, CPA.CGA

Chief Operating Officer & Chief Compliance Officer

Elena Silanteva, CPA.CGA

Chief Operating Officer & Chief Compliance Officer
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Natasha Bowman, MSW, RSW

Clinical Therapist, Outpatient Program

Natasha Bowman holds a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Toronto with a specialization in mental health.

She is a registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers, as well as a member of the Ontario Association of Social Workers.

Natasha's training and experience include working with adults, families, and transitional-aged youth to attain healing from addiction, anxiety disorders, borderline personality disorder, and psychological trauma. She takes a non-judgmental, trauma-informed, and client-centred approach to her practice. She works primarily from a Cognitive Behavioral approach while integrating aspects of other evidence-based therapies (e.g., Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and mindfulness-based approaches) when appropriate.

At Trafalgar, Natasha provides evidence-based group and individual therapy to clients and their families who have goals around overcoming addictions and building lives worth living.

Natasha Bowman, MSW, RSW

Clinical Therapist, Outpatient Program
addiction counsellor

Scott Jones

Community Liaison

With over 25 years of experience in both public and private treatment for substance abuse and concurrent disorders, Scott joins the Trafalgar Addiction Treatment Centres team with a unique approach to business development and client care.

Scott’s mandate at Trafalgar is to advocate for people suffering from addictions and mental health issues and for their health care providers as they seek effective, evidence-based and internationally accredited treatment. By tapping into over two-and-a-half decades of experience, training and education in substance abuse treatment management, program development and implementation, and as a counsellor, Scott is a highly effective and efficient colleague for therapists, physicians, employers, extended health care and disability benefit providers and their clients as they navigate the substance abuse and mental health treatment field. Scott believes that the transformational treatment opportunities at Trafalgar will result in increased stability, health and wellbeing for the client while offering a significant decrease in negative impacts to families and employers, the public health care system and extended health care providers. As a member of the Trafalgar Community Liaison team, Scott relies on his ability to create and encourage highly effective strategic partnerships for all stakeholders involved during the early stages of the recovery process.

Scott can often be seen hanging out with his family, at his son’s football game, at the gym or a golf course living up to his reputation as “3-putt-Jones”.

Scott Jones

Community Liaison

Orhan Gazi Kandemir

Digital Marketing Manager

Orhan Gazi Kandemir

Digital Marketing Manager
addiction counsellor

Allyssa Mojica

Office Manager, Outpatient Program

Allyssa Mojica

Office Manager, Outpatient Program
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Carole Eastman, BA, CCAC

Addiction Counsellor, Outpatient Program

Carole obtained her degree in psychology from York University. She is a professionally designated Canadian Certified Addiction Counsellor (CCAC), and member in good standing with the Canadian Addiction Counsellor Certification Federation (CACCF).

Carole also specializes in Anger Management and is a Certified Anger Management Specialist-II (CAMS-II) and Certified Domestic Violence Specialist-I (CDVS-I) & member of the National Anger Management Association (NAMA).

Carole counsels from a bio-psycho-social perspective and trained in many therapeutic modalities. She has several years of experience working within the mental health/addiction field. Having lived experience with addiction/recovery, she has a great passion and ability to help others that suffer from the disease of addiction and begin their recovery journey.

Carole Eastman, BA, CCAC

Addiction Counsellor, Outpatient Program

Megan Emerson

Yoga Teacher, Residential Program

Megs is a trauma-informed, 200hr certified yoga and meditation teacher. Her classes are designed to create balance in the body through breath and movement in a way that is accessible for all.

Recently she completed a 7hr additional certification course in Traumatic Brain Injury allowing her to facilitate one on one sessions for those in recovery. Through her work, she has seen first hand how yoga, meditation and mindfulness can create a positive change in one's life.

Megan Emerson

Yoga Teacher, Residential Program
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Tarren Vetere, BSc

Operations Manager, Residential Program

Tarren has joined Trafalgar with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and many years of customer service experience. Tarren is the warm welcoming face of Trafalgar Residence East and is excellent at supporting our clients and staff.

Tarren Vetere, BSc

Operations Manager, Residential Program
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Maria F. Serrano, Hon.B.Sc., M.Div., RP

Clinical Therapist, Outpatient Program

I believe that in the refining processes of life, those critical moments where an individual’s sense of self is shattered and their vulnerabilities are revealed, every individual needs a genuine encounter with a person that would meet them in the weakest and most vulnerable point of their lives, to listen, encourage, and empower them to press on. A relationship whose value lies on the deeply rooted desire and determination to impart hope, foster growth and ignite the process of strengthening their sense of self.

My approach to Psychotherapy is client-centred and strength-based. I believe that the client, as an expert on their struggles and/or suffering, has the key to promote positive changes and achieve success despite the difficulties they face. Consequently, my focus is on the client’s ability to withstand adversity and further highlight their hidden potential to overcome challenges. My goal is to create a genuine connection that offers the possibility of change, healing, and growth. In this process, I use a variety of techniques from evidence-based approaches such as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Solution Focus Therapy, to help clients recognize their strengths. Struggles are part of life and they have the potential to shape and strengthen our character.

Maria F. Serrano, Hon.B.Sc., M.Div., RP

Clinical Therapist, Residential Program

Gillian Saunders-Drutz, MSW, RSW

Clinical Therapist, Outpatient Program

Gillian is a clinical therapist with over five years of experience working collaboratively with youth, adults and their families in a variety of settings. Being a Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service workers, a certified non-violent Crisis Intervention Instructor with the Crisis Prevention Institute and having a background in complex trauma and gender-based violence, Gillian comes to us with a set of well-rounded skills.

Gillian's approach to therapy is holistic and client-centred. She has completed a Master's Degree in Social Work with extra training in child abuse, historic trauma, gender-based trauma and the intersection between the criminal justice system and addiction. Her therapeutic techniques include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Trauma-Informed Approaches, Solution Focused Therapy and Mindfulness. Gillian has worked extensively with community-based organizations that have supported individuals in their journey with addiction paired with mental health, family dysfunction and the criminal justice system.

Gillian is a caring and empathetic service provider, understanding that clients are the experts in their own lives. She is a calm and non-judgmental professional who looks forward to working collaboratively with clients on their individual journey to recovery.

Gillian Saunders-Drutz, MSW, RSW

Clinical Therapist, Outpatient Program

Melissa Martin

Director of Community Partnerships & Business Development

Melissa Martin

Director of Community Partnerships &
Business Development
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Liana Marie Danese, B.A, MACP (in progress)

Addictions Counsellor, Residential Program

Liana holds an undergraduate degree in Thanatology and Psychology from the University of Western Ontario. She is currently completing her Masters in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University.

Liana is a dedicated addiction counsellor who is passionate about helping clients to gain the skills necessary to become the person they are striving to be. Liana dives deep into uncomfortable issues while treating clients. She uses a gentle and compassionate approach while incorporating current psychoeducation derived from Dialectical Behavioural Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

Liana is known for facilitating engaging group therapy sessions and her effervescent spirit.

Liana Marie Danese, B.A, MACP (in progress)

Addiction Counsellor, Residential Program
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Kosu Boudreau, MSW

Clinical Therapist, Outpatient Program

Kosu Boudreau, MSW, is a Registered Psychotherapist with over 16 years of experience in the healthcare sector. She draws from a variety of client-centred approaches, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Internal Family Systems (IFS), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Compassionate Inquiry (CI).
Kosu brings warmth, curiosity and authenticity into her therapy work and is known for her compassionate, no-nonsense approach.

Kosu Boudreau, MSW

Clinical Therapist, Outpatient Program

 

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Peggy Geddes

Clinical Therapist, Outpatient Program

Peggy Geddes, MA, RP is an experienced clinical therapist. Her comprehensive background includes crisis intervention and trauma response. She served as a social worker in child protection for over ten years. She lectured at the Ontario Police College on interviewing child abuse victims. In addition, she worked within a mental health treatment facility with highly aggressive women.

As head of The Child’s Beacon Inc., Peggy was responsible for a national project, funded by Health Canada, to design, develop and implement an innovative communication and investigative tool for interviewing alleged child sexual abuse victims. The tool was designed for use by police and child welfare professionals. Her work on this project provided the thesis for her Ph.D. dissertation, “Interviewing Alleged Child Sex Abuse Victims, 2006”.

Geddes co-authored the article, “Child Abuse Interview Guidelines for Physicians”, which was published in the International Journal of Academic Research (Nov. 2011).
She is licenced as a psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) Registration Number: 004912.

Peggy Geddes, MA, RP

Clinical Therapist, Outpatient Program

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