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A treatment provider is only as good as it’s clinical team.
Our clinical team is highly experienced, and are regarded as experts and leaders in the field of addiction 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 (CPO)
  • Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW)
  • College of Registered Psychotherapists (CRPO)
  • The Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists (OACCPP)
  • The Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation (CACCF)
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Dr. Christine Courbasson

Clinical Psychologist & Senior Clinical Advisor

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Laura Demoe, BA (Hons), MSW, RSW, CSAT

VP of Clinical Services

 

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Laura is dynamic, warm and insightful practitioner who holds a Master of Social Work degree, Undergraduate degree in Psychology, Certification in Sex Addiction Therapy (CSAT) and is finalizing her Certification in Emotion-Focused Couple Therapy. Laura is a Registered Social Worker in good standing with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW). Laura joined the Trafalgar Clinical Team in 2015, bringing with her experience in working with couples, trauma survivors, addiction work and in academic research settings. Laura manages the clinical teams at each of our 4 locations, as well as provides presentations on our services to external agencies.Close –

Dr. Lori Weisberg, BSc(Hon), MD, FRCPC

Psychiatrist

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Katie Patchett, RPN

Nurse, Residential Program

Katie Patchett is a full-time Registered Practical Nurse (RPN), she completed her diploma at Durham College and is good standing with College of Nurses of Ontario.

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Katie brings to the Trafalgar Team a compassionate, kind and gentle nursing approach to complement the treatment program. Katie joined Trafalgar Residence in 2016, and since that time has been a warm welcome addition to the clinical team, commonly referred to as the centres ‘ray of sunshine’. Katie’s previous experience was in a hospital setting focusing on mental health.Close –

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Nathaniel James MA, RP

Clinical Therapist, Outpatient Program

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Bryan Grant, CCAC, CCSW, CBI

Client Care Coordinator

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Souha Bawab, M.A., R.P.

Clinical Manager & Clinical Supervisor

Souha is an empathetic and experienced Registered Psychotherapist (R.P.) in good standing with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) and has a Masters degree in psychology with a clinical emphasis.

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With meticulous attention and care to her clinical work, Souha manages the outpatient clinical team and supervises clinicians in our three sites. Souha has ten years of clinical experience with adults seeking help for substance and process addictions, personality disorders, mood disorders, anxiety, and trauma. She relies on the eclectic approach including behavioural, cognitive-behavioural, interpersonal, mindfulness-based relapse prevention, and psychodynamic interventions. Souha has co-authored several publications in scientific journals and taught courses at the university level.Close –

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Kinga Burjan, BSc (Hons), MA, RP (Qualifying)

Clinical Therapist & Manager, Residential Program

Kinga’s approach to therapy is mindfulness-based and client-centred. She believes that part of recovery means rediscovering oneself and finding new meaning and purpose in life.

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She has completed a Master’s Degree in Spiritual Care & Psychotherapy with extra training in addictions, and couple & family therapy. The psychotherapeutic techniques she uses in therapy are Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused Therapy, Object Relations Therapy, Family Systems, The Satir Model, and Mindfulness. Prior to joining Trafalgar Residence, Kinga was part of a family health team addressing simple to concurrent mental health disorders. Before studying psychotherapy, Kinga completed a four-year yoga therapy training program, and has taught yoga for over 6 years. This has trained her to be calm, non-judgmental and present during her therapy sessions.Close –

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Monica Stark, MSc, BSW, RSW

Clinical Therapist, Residential Program

Michelle Gonsalves, MSc, MSW, RSW

Clinical Therapist, Outpatient Program

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Amanda Warr, BA (Hons), MSW, RSW

Clinical Therapist, Residential Program

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Shona Steele, CACC, ADS, CH, CA

Shona utilizes 14 years of personal and professional experiences with mental health and addiction treatment within her workplace. Prior to working in the field Shona encountered many experiences which had lead her to her chosen career path of supporting individuals to gain health and stability.

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Shona received her Addiction Counselling diploma, with high honours in 2003. She comes to Rice Lake Residence with an extensive background in the field of Addictions and Mental Health, working with a variety of clients incorporating but not limited to addictions, mental health, domestic violence, behavioural issues and sexual assault.

Shona has 10 years experience working in public sector residential treatment. During that time she also held positions supporting individuals in the Methadone Maintenance program and within a Mental Health Crisis facility.

Shona left the public sector after 10 years and began working within the private sector. This was a great learning experience where she learned about transitional housing and how important it is for long term sobriety.

 

Shona has been a CACC member since 2015, is a National Detoxification Specialist, Certified Hypnotist, and most recently a Certified Aromatherapist.Close –

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Marinela Trickett, Hon.B.Sc., MACP, OACCPP

Clinical Therapist, Residential Program

As a University of Toronto alumnus, I have extensive training as a Behaviour Therapist, and years of experience working with people suffering from Borderline Personality Disorder with CAMH and private practice.

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The complexity of BPD is such that necessitates acquiring additional knowledge of and experience with various Axis I disorders. I have experience working with  poly-substance and behavioural addictions, which have highest comorbidity rates with BPD.
I also work extensively with the behavioural and physiological manifestations of emotions as a tool to gain awareness and skills assessment. Effective skills coaching is also part of my practice.
In addition, through the Buddhist Psychology program offered by U of T , I have gained evidence based knowledge for the effectiveness of Mindfulness as yet another therapeutic modality for attention training, emotion regulation, and stress reduction, which I utilize regularly in my practice.Close –

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Paitra Surerus-Marsh, MA, RP

Clinical Therapist, Residential Program

Paitra is a Registered Psychotherapist with the CRPO and a member of the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists, and Psychotherapists (OACCPP).

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She has extensive experience in providing individual therapy and support to adolescents and adults with anxiety, developmental disorders, depression, trauma/ PTSD, self-esteem issues, substance abuse/ addictions and relationship issues. She believes in using an eclectic approach that integrates ideas from various theoretical frameworks such as Client-Centred, Psycho-dynamic, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Behaviour Modification, Solution Focused and Emotion Focused therapies. Her experiences in the field have provided her with a personal insight into issues along the continuum of care for individuals and their families, emphasizing the importance of providing needs-sensitive services.Close –

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Mary Ann Nafziger, MSW RSW

Clinical Therapist, Residential Program

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Breann Lavigne, BSW MSW RSW

Clinical Therapist, Residential Program

Breann obtained her Bachelor of Social Work at Laurentian University and earned her Master of Social Work at University of Western Ontario, specializing in mental health and addictions.

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While doing her MSW, Breann conducted her thesis requirement on examining the effects parental substance use has on the children/ dependents and she was invited to discuss her research at the 2016 National Canadian Association for Social Work Education Conference in Calgary Alberta. Breann is currently as Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Work and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW), and is trained in Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST). When working with individuals living with concurrent disorders Breann uses an eclectic approach which includes Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, the Humanistic Approach and Family Systems Theory. Her past employment has included residential treatment facilities, program coordination, and a private mental health and addictions hospital. Breann is currently in the process of publishing a book alongside her professional colleagues examining community practice and community theories in Canada.

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Haneen Aboshawish, BA (Hons), MACP, CCPA

Clinical Therapist, Residential Program

Haneen holds a Master’s degree in Clinical and Counselling Psychology and is a professional member in good standing with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA).

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Some of her experience includes working with clients dealing with addictions, family issues, grief, women’s issues, mood disorders, anxiety, self-esteem, stress, relationship issues, trauma, among other challenges.  As such, she uses a variety of culturally sensitive and linguistically appropriate approaches (e.g., extensive use of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Psychoeducation, Motivational Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Focused Family Therapy and Couple Therapy, to name a few)  to assist clients, depending on their individual and unique needs.

Haneen’s greatest reward as a clinical therapist is empowering individuals to overcome personal obstacles to improve their quality of life through self-reflection and exploring ways to make the changes in their lives that will allow them to look forward to the future with hope.  She provides clients with a warm, safe and non-judgmental environment to explore the issues that may be preventing them from living the life they want.

If you feel that you are ready to commit to bringing about positive change in your life, we encourage you to take that first step and contact us.Close –

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Fernanda Villanueva, MSW, RSW

Clinical Therapist, Outpatient Program

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Emily Whelan, D.T.A.T.I., B.A.

Art Therapist

Emily is an art therapist who practices through a trauma informed, anti-oppressive framework.

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She uses art as a means of holistic expression, and encourages self exploration through directives that allow for spontaneity, openness, and connection to oneself and others within the confidential art therapy space. Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy that allows for introspective experiences, as well as the externalization of thoughts and feelings through the art making process. Emily uses mindfulness and meditation in combination with the art making process to encourage each individual to explore their internal worlds, to heighten the experience of exploring ones unconscious, and it’s existence within every individual’s artwork. Emily acquired her post graduate diploma of art therapy from the Toronto Art Therapy Institute, and is continuing her studies currently at Laurier university, working towards her masters of psychotherapy and spirituality. She is currently pursuing registration with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario, as well as professional membership with the Canadian Art Therapy Association. She has experience with both group and one on one art therapy, working with varying populations. This includes working in addictions in a residential setting, with homeless populations in an open art studio, in a hospice setting working through anticipatory grief, bereavement, being a caregiver as well as being newly diagnosed, as well as in a hospital working in the long term care unit as well as with palliative care patients.Close –

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Timothy Deloughery, CCAC

Residential Program Manager

Timothy is a Certified Addictions Counsellor with the Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation and is currently employed as our Program Manager at Rice Lake Residence.

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Timothy provides a holistic approach that engages the emotional, mental, relational, spiritual and physical aspects of his clients, with a deep respect for their belief systems and cultures. His therapeutic orientations include: Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) Person Centred Therapy (PCT)therapy and Motivational Interviewing. He has over 15 years experience working in the Health Care Field and has served as President of The Pembroke, Ontario Chamber of Commerce in addition to several years on the Board of Directors. Timothy believes that counselling should provide a healing space for his clients to explore the feelings, thoughts, behaviours and relationships that cause difficulties in their lives.Close –

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Raymond Moore, ICADC

House Manager and Supervising Counsellor

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Troy Evans, RSSW

Addictions Counsellor, Residential Program

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

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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 residence and very soon after he was hired. He currently is the lead evening shift counsellor at Trafalgar residence. 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.Close –

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Frank F. Mazzawi, CCAC, CSW

Addictions Counsellor, Residential Program

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.

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Frank continues to Advance his education by pursuing his B.A. in Psychology. He has a passion for his profession and for 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.

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Nassrin Wahidi, BSc Psychology

Addictions Counsellor, Residential & Recreational Therapist, Outpatient Program

Nassrin Wahidi has been in the field of mental health and addictions for 3 years. She has graduated with an Honours BSc. in Psychology from York University with a post graduate certificate program in the Addictions.

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She is assisting Dr. Christine Courbasson and Laura Demoe as a research assistant, to further enhance the success of client experience. Nassrin is also a recreational therapist for the outpatient program at TR Addiction Treatment Centre and a full time counsellor at Rice Lake Residence. Nassrin works compassionately to make a difference in the lives of others suffering from the stigma of mental health, trauma, and addiction. Her main goal is to attain practical experience before she applies for her MA/Phd program in Clinical and Counselling Psychology. Nassrin brings a strong genuine passion for client recovery and believes in a client-centred approach.Close –

David Charlton, CCAC

Addictions Counsellor, Residential Program

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Randy Hurlbert, CCAC, CACCF

Addictions Counsellor, Residential Program

Almost thirty years ago Randy’s own spiritual path and personal recovery took place with 12-step support group meetings in addition to traditional spiritual practices.

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Reena Sandhu, BHS

Addictions Counsellor, Residential Program

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Stephen Wilson, RSSW, CCAC

Overnight Counsellor

Ramond Phipps

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Michael Bambrick

Addictions Counsellor, Residential Program

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Julieta Cervantes

Operations Manager, Erin

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Aleisha Booth, CPC

Operations Manager, Rice Lake

Jasmine Meza

Administrative Assistant, Residential Program

Chelsea Longland

Administrative Assistant, Residential Program

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Teresa Tate

Administrative Assistant and Driver, Residential Program

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Judite Laurenco

Head Chef, Residential Program

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Jeff Scott

Head Chef, Residential Program

Grant Wever

Chef, Residential Program

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Daniel Kemp

Chef, Residential Program

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Mila Matias

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Julie Howard

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Krista Schneider

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Alisha Arnold

Yoga has been a passion of Alisha’s for many years. She became a 200RYT in 2014 and since has been teaching many community based classes, as well as, at the Grand Valley Institute for women.

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Alisha also works as a Neighbourhood Support Worker and a Deep Nature Connecton Mentor in the Guelph area. She loves guiding folks on long meditation hikes and doing yoga with the trees. She teaches Hatha style classes in which she hopes to create a balanced union between asana,, breath and meditation.. She has done trainings in trauma sensitive yoga, as well as, yoga for mental health. Her passion is to use her skills as a Deep Nature Connecton Mentor and Yoga Instructor to help individuals with their own personal journeys.Close –

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Shane Saltzman, MMPA CPA.CA

Chief Executive Officer

Shane has been part of the Trafalgar Residence team since it’s foundation and has developed a deep understanding of our treatment programs and the sensitivity and care those suffering from addiction require.

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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.Close –

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Angie Beninato

Chief Operating Officer & Executive Director

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Kate Emas

Vice President of Administration

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Elena Silanteva, CPA, CGA

Director of Finance and Administration

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Jennifer Cagney

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Alyssa Seli

Marketing Coordinator

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Illia Cherednychenko

Digital Marketing Specialist

Web-savvy digital marketing expert with proven accomplishments in planning and executing web, SEO and social media campaigns with a view to create and maintain the company’s presence and image in the industry.

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Highly skilled in identifying trends and insights and optimizing performance, brainstorming new and creative growth strategies by using digital marketing docks. A committed individual who effectively evaluates end to end customer experience across multiple channels and touch points.Close –

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