Our Counsellors

Dalia Wood, BA, MA, RP

Registered Psychotherapist

Dalia’s primary therapeutic focus aims at creating a safe and comfortable space for clients to feel heard and supported facilitating the unfolding of stories. She believes that clients are the authors of their own story. Some of Dalia’s strengths are active listening, positive regard to the client’s journey and history, and prioritizing resiliency and client’s strengths.

Dalia specializes in working with individuals who are experiencing concerns related to depression and anxiety, life-changing transitions, intimate partner violence, school difficulties, bullying and self-image issues.

Dalia’s work is informed by modalities such as Narrative Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Solution-focused brief therapy.

She offers counselling in both Arabic and English. Dalia has completed a Master’s Degree in Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy. She is a full member of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario, CRPO.

Gabrielle Wilson, MSW, RSW

Registered Social Worker, Psychotherapist

Gabrielle believes that clients possess expert knowledge of themselves and she listens closely to their unique insights to guide the treatment goals and process. She works collaboratively with clients to develop an individualized program best suited to their needs. Gabrielle believes in the importance of a strong therapeutic relationship and approaches all clients with compassion, respect and warmth.

Gabrielle specializes in working with children, adolescents and families. She is passionate about fostering enhanced wellbeing through expressive art and play-based approaches. In her work with adult clients, she incorporates this same playfulness and creativity.

Gabrielle’s work is informed by a variety of therapeutic modalities including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Play Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness and Structural Family Therapy. Outside of her work as a counsellor, Gabrielle is a musician/songwriter and she incorporates this knowledge into her work by developing narratives with clients to explore personal history, thoughts and emotions.

Gabrielle has worked in a variety of settings including women’s shelters, schools, community-based children’s mental health agencies and residential treatment homes. These experiences have led to a strong foundation in working with clients who have experienced trauma. She specializes in working with children and youth facing anxiety, depression, behavioural challenges, aggression and social difficulties. She also provides support for parents and works towards enhancing parent-child attachment.

Gabrielle completed her Master of Social Work at the University of Toronto. She is a Registered Social Worker and is a member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers and the Ontario Association of Social Workers.

Mawdah Albatnuni, MA(Q), RP(Qualifying)

Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

Mawdah believes deeply that her role as a counsellor is to create a warm, non-judgmental, safe space where her clients feel heard and validated. She values offering a client-centred, cultural lens and through this supportive and collaborative stance, her clients are encouraged to become more aware of their strengths, values, and self.  She believes that every person has a story to tell.

Mawdah is an English and Arabic speaking counsellor with the Refugee and Vulnerable Newcomers program. Through a client informed process, Mawdah tailors her approach to best suit her clients’ individual needs. Using an integrative approach she draws from various therapeutic models including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Positive Psychotherapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Whatever the techniques used, Mawdah works from a trauma-informed lens as well as a cultural frame. Mawdah works with adult individuals, families, youth, and children. Her areas of interest include identity formation, anxiety, self-esteem, behavioural difficulties, grief, and depression.

Shannon LaValley, M.Ed., RP, CCC

Registered Psychotherapist

Shannon’s work with clients is guided by the understanding that all individuals and families strive to do well. Shannon collaborates with clients to assess what is currently challenging in their life at home, school, or work and to build or access valuable skills to meet these challenges. As a family therapist, Shannon supports families in rebuilding connectedness and understanding for one another.

Shannon provides compassionate and playful therapy to children, youth, adults and families. Shannon works with therapeutic approaches such as Collaborative Problem Solving, Narrative Therapy, Play Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Strength Based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. She integrates neuroscience in her work with clients who have been impacted by trauma.

Shannon is experienced in working at community-based children’s mental health agencies and schools. She specializes in addressing severe emotional, social, and behavioural difficulties for children and youth and supporting parents in problem-solving with their children. Shannon is a therapist with the Centre for Children, Youth, and Families and JFS Ottawa’s mental health program supporting Syrian refugees and vulnerable newcomers.

Shannon completed her Master in Education at the University of Ottawa. She is a Canadian Certified Counsellor and a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario.

Stacey Young, M.Ed., RP, CCC

Registered Psychotherapist

Stacey’s overall therapeutic approach to counselling is multi-faceted. She assesses each client’s needs and then provides the support and guidance to help them reach their potential and improve their quality of life. This type of client-centered approach involves focusing on solutions and finding attainable goals.

Stacey’s experience in the field of counselling has involved working with clients struggling with depression, trauma, anxiety, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, autism spectrum disorder, separation/divorce, custody and access issues, and anger management. She has practiced in the field of psychology for more than eighteen years and has gained extensive experience counselling children, adolescents and adults, including work with families. Cognitive Behavioural techniques are frequently used with clients and have been found to be helpful in making positive changes.

Stacey has also provided student support, both within a school setting and as a consultant to students, teachers and parents. She has assisted students and their families with a variety of difficulties, such as school-related concerns; behavioural difficulties; emotional issues; family dysfunction; loss; and, separation/divorce.

A graduate of the University of Toronto and the Ontario Institute for Studies of Education, Stacey has her Master in Psychology. She is a Registered Psychotherapist and a Canadian Certified Counsellor.

A graduate of the University of Toronto and the Ontario Institute for Studies of Education, Stacey has her Master in Psychology. She is a Registered Psychotherapist and a Canadian Certified Counsellor.

Valerie Repta, MA, MSW, RSW

Registered Social Worker, Psychotherapist

One of Valerie’s greatest strengths is her ability to connect with clients, understanding their perspective, to create a safe and trusting therapeutic relationship. In this warm and nonjudgmental atmosphere, Valerie works with clients to develop a toolbox of strategies to support them toward their goals.

Valerie has taught mindfulness since 2004 which remains a cornerstone of her practice. She uses mindfulness to increase awareness, acceptance and self-compassion, and to support mental health when shown to be effective. She also draws on dialectic behaviour therapy, emotionally-focused therapy and interpersonal therapies. Valerie currently works in the Ontario Structured Psychotherapy (Mindability) program providing cognitive behavioural therapy to people dealing with anxiety, depression, panic, avoidance, obsessive-compulsive disorder and trauma. She works with individuals of all ages, including children, adolescents, adults and families. She values diversity, including working with people across the gender spectrum.

Valerie holds a Master’s Degree in psychology (neuroscience), in which she studied the effects of mindfulness on health and well-being. She also holds a Master’s Degree in social work. She is a member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers, and the Canadian Association of Social Workers.