Sandra L. Tenus, B.A., B.Ed., M.A.
- Masters of Arts Degree in Counselling - Adler Institute of Professional Psychology in Chicaco, Illinois .
- Bachelor of Education with an additional 1 year specialization in "Guidance and Counselling" - Brandon University, in Brandon, Manitoba.
- Bachelor of Arts Degree – Psychology major - York University, in Toronto., Ontairo.
- Member of OACCPP (Ontario Association of Counsellors, Consultants, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists) in good standing since 1988
- Intensive Sex Therapy Certification – University of Guelph, Ontario.
PERSONAL STATEMENT: I have over 20 years experience as a psychotherapist. Although trained as an Adlerian Psychotherapist, I approach life’s difficulties from an integrative framework which is individually tailored to each of my clients. In addition to Adlerian psychotherapy, your treatment may include cognitive behaviour therapy [CBT], Rogerian therapy, reality therapy, attachment theory, brief solution-focussed therapy, dream analysis, life-style diagnosis and art therapy (particularly useful with children, teens and those too traumatized to articulate their feelings and beliefs).
My overall approach is very down-to-earth, goal-directed and non-judgemental. In counselling, we may look at the past (depending on the issue) only to understand how you got to be where you are today and to undo the thoughts and beliefs you formed when you were young that are causing you problems today (called "cognitive restructuring). Unlike many kinds of therapy that dwell on the past, our focus is on movement forward – where you are right now and where you want to be when the problems are resolved. This will enable you to lead a healthy and productive life, not be distressed by the things that are currently weighing you down.
Adlerian Psychotherapy is a holistic psychotherapy -- meaning we look at the whole person, not just the symptoms you are experiencing. This includes the personal relationships in your life, your current home atmosphere, your upbringing, your current & past socio-economic class, your culture, your religious beliefs, your physical condition (including any illnesses or disabilities), your environment as well as your career and work situation. All of these things have shaped your personality and outlook on life, your interpretation of events, your physical and psychological reaction to events and your ability to cope with various situations.
Whatever your reason for counselling, we will explore these issues in a calm, caring, warm and relaxing environment where you set the pace. I look forward to working with you.
Lisa Zemanovich, B.A, MSW, RSW.
- Master of Social Work Degree – University of Toronto
- Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology- McGill University
- Member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW)
Over the last three years, I have worked within various multi-disciplinary teams in Psychiatry. I have experience working with children, adolescents, adults and families with a variety of mental health related issues, including, depression, anxiety, trauma and somatization. Prior to beginning my Masters, I worked at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute as a Clinical Research Coordinator in Montreal.
During this role, I worked with an adolescent population who were diagnosed with depression and/or concurrent disorders. During my Masters I completed various internships in mental health at Women’s College Hospital and The Hospital for Sick Children.
My therapeutic approach is client-centred, eclectic and strength-based. Furthermore, I utilize a
trauma informed lens and evidence-based practices when working with clients. I am keen on fostering a non-judgemental, empathetic and collaborative relationship with individuals in order to establish trust and create a safe space. I believe this is crucial in order to establish a strong therapeutic alliance, which is one of the key components for a successful therapeutic outcome. Lastly, through a holistic perspective, I am oriented in supporting both individuals and their families, as families are often affected by their loved one’s distress and provide an additional safe space for recovery.
I use an integrated therapeutic model, which draws on cognitive behavioural therapy, narrative
therapy, relational psychotherapies and mindfulness. Through a CBT lens, I help clients self-explore how past experiences affect current cognitions, feelings and behaviour in order to create cognitive restructuring. Furthermore, through a narrative approach, I am motivated to stimulate an individual’s outlook for how they see themselves, in order to create alternative self-stories and to foster greater self-gratification.
Kelsey Feinstein, B.A., MSW., RSW.
- Masters of Social Work – Wilfird Laurier University
- Honors Bachelor Degree Sociology and Criminology – University of Guelph
- Member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers
- Member of the Ontario Association of Social Workers
I am a passionate individual who approaches therapy with authenticity, light heartedness, humor and creativity. I am always proud of my clients for just showing up and their willingness talk about their concerns. The idea of therapy is often overwhelming for people but if you are thinking about the process I invite you to give it a try! My casual and conversational approach helps clients to feel comfortable in the session. I offer therapy for adults, children, adolescents, couples and families working through a variety of concerns live happier and more fulfilling live.
I have worked in schools, clinics, in the community, day treatment and residential programs. I am well known for my ability to meet clients where they are at and develop meaningful connections to my clients. I will work with you at your pace to create a space for healing where you can develop your ability to cope with stress and adversity. My empathic approach has been fostered through my professional and personal experiences. I have experienced my own mental health struggles, sought out therapy, and achieved growth. I recognize the place you are in, as I too have been there before and know that healing is possible.
My therapy is client centered, holistic and trauma informed. I use an eclectic approach to tailor treatment to your needs. I have worked with people experiencing at variety of challenges such as trauma, substance use, depression anxiety, relationship struggles, stress management, divorce, loss, child development, anger management, and other life transitions. My therapeutic specialty is working with adolescents, young adults and families. In family work I help to repair family connections and improve relationships in the home. Adolescents and young adults are in a particularly challenging life stage where they are figuring out who they are, navigating relationships, impacts of social media, career changes and making decisions that will impact the future. Emotional support is the key to the success for young people.
I am grateful to work with you through this awakening experience. I am committed to my clients and love the work that I do.
Harbourfront Psychotherapy • Beaches Psychotherapy • Toronto