Our Mental Health Professionals

Bita Haghdadi, M.A., RP (Q)

Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

Bita has always been interested in psychology and western culture, which led her to immigrate to Canada to complete her graduate studies in Counselling and Psychotherapy. Her desire to connect with and help people makes being a therapist both professionally and spiritually fulfilling.

As a therapist, she provides a non-judgmental, empathetic space for her clients to explore, learn, and grow into mental wellness and their best selves. Furthermore, as a professional who has been educated in both non-western and western environments, she is positioned to assist her clients in mediating between their needs and the available resources.

Her psychotherapy approach is integrative. However, as a therapist, Bita believes the client is the expert on their journey. Bita and her client will determine the best psychotherapeutic techniques to explore together, addressing the client’s specific issues, the depth of the interventions, and the length of their engagement.

Some of the modalities that Bita applies in her psychotherapy services include Humanistic and Existential therapy, Logotherapy, Mindfulness, Trauma-informed therapy, Jungian therapy, Emotion-Focused therapy, and Cognitive-Behavioral therapy. Bita provides individual counseling and psychotherapy services for a range of issues, including anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship issues, emotional and intellectual disturbances, self-knowledge, self-love, and self-confidence.

Bita can provide services in both English and Farsi. She is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO)

Irene Salidis, MA, RP

Registered Psychotherapist

Irene is a Registered Psychotherapist who speaks both English and Arabic. Irene completed her Master’s Degree of Arts in counselling psychology through Yorkville University.

Irene’s approach emphasizes the mutual development of goals for therapy and the provision of ongoing evaluation of the therapeutic approach. She believes in working in partnership with clients to utilize their strengths to help them sort out their challenges and achieve their goals. She also realizes how important it is to identify all aspects of an individual’s life that impact their well-being in this process, including their physical health, support systems (family, friends, etc.), work or school environment, and faith/spirituality.
Irene loves working with individuals, couples, and families from various cultural backgrounds. She believes everyone should have a safe and healing place to work through life’s difficulties.

Michaella James, MA, RP

Registered Psychotherapist

Michaella aims to provide a safe and compassionate environment, one where empathy, unconditional positive regard and even humour, come together to help clients feel comfortable in the therapeutic relationship. Using this as a foundation, Michaella assists clients in gaining new insights into their experiences, generating new perspectives, and learning skills to foster their desired outcomes.

Michaella uses an integrative approach which draws on various modalities such as narrative therapy, cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and mindfulness, among others. In doing so, she is able to tailor her therapeutic approach to meet each client’s unique needs.

Michaella is experienced in working with individuals (aged 12+). Her areas of experience include helping people navigate life transitions, anxiety and depression, interpersonal relationships, self-esteem and stress. She also has experience working with individuals experiencing and/or healing from domestic violence and abuse.

Michaella received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour from McMaster University, and subsequently completed her Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology at the University of Ottawa. Michaella is registered with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) as a Registered Psychotherapist.