Integrating the past
Bringing awareness to the present
Re-authoring the future

We unpack and understand trauma, so people can make choices that feel more aligned with their values and who they want to be. We work to reintegrate one’s past into their current lives so they can make sense of what happened and who they are today. We recognize the impact of fear, shame, and guilt, and help people to understand these influencers on their perspectives when making decisions.

Services

Therapy

We offer individual therapy to adults (18+) who are interested in exploring the complexities of their past in order to understand who they are today. This work is connected to understanding the relationships around us, grief, and the way in which we see ourselves. We will also explore behaviours that may be getting in the way of leading the life you want, for example substance use, self harm, suicidal ideation/behaviours and harmful relationship patterns. We welcome people from various social locations, including from the queer/trans community, while using ARAO and AOP frameworks. We offer several modalities in addition to in-person counselling, including email, chat, and videoconferencing.

Supervision

I have been offering clinical supervision in the community for several years, working with therapists as they recognize what is getting in the way of them being effective during their sessions. Supporting others forces us to hold a constant mirror up to ourselves, and it’s important to give ourselves the space to process and understand what’s coming up for us so we can improve our clinical work and our wellness.

About Us

Head shot Lou Gallo

Lou Gallo, MSW, RSW
(pronouns: they/them. she/her)

I am a trans-identified clinical social worker who has been in the mental health field for over 20 years. I have worked in school settings, in the community with 2SLGBTQI youth, and within clinical mental health settings. I have a specialization working with young adults, adults and couples who have experienced trauma, including those who have experiences related to suicidality. I also have experience supporting people who struggle with Learning Disabilities and/or ADD/ADHD. Using mindfulness, DBT and system based theories within an ARAO framework, I support people in making choices that have a positive impact on their lives. Recently I have completed my training and certification in Family Mediation, and I am completing my membership for the OAFM.

Stephanie Mather, RP
(pronouns: she/her)

Hi, I’m Stephanie (she/her). I am a registered Psychotherapist providing therapy to individuals (16+) who are struggling to make sense of life, relationships, and the challenges they face. Over the course of my career, I have worked in private, community and hospital settings. My work focuses on exploring and integrating one’s past in order to better understand how those experiences have shaped who you are today. I primarily use Emotion-Focused Therapy and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy in my work. My approach is trauma-informed, strengths-based, integrative, and collaborate, meaning that we will work together to find the strategies and tools that best fit your needs and goals. Finding safety and meaning are at the core of this work.

Susan Bodolay M.A, R.P.
(pronouns: she/her)

I am a Registered Psychotherapist with 12 years experience working in the mental health field with children, parents, young adults and couples. My approach is collaborative, strength-based and trauma informed with elements of Relational Psychotherapy, CBT (cognitive behavior therapy), DBT (dialectical behavior therapy) and EFT (emotion focused therapy). I have experience and specialized training in parent- child attachment, trauma interventions, stress disorders, depression, anxiety, grief and the management of ADHD (attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder). I work from an anti-racist, anti-oppression framework. Additional spoken language: Hungarian.

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Erica Appiah, BA, CACCF.
(pronouns: she/her)

I am a Black and Queer Counsellor providing counselling services for over 9 years. I have worked in community health centres with 2SLGBTQIA youth, supportive housing programs and residential treatment programs. My specialities include working with people who have experienced trauma, addictions, substance use, dissociation and fragmentation. I use behavioural and trauma-informed modalities centred in intersectionality, decolonizing approaches, anti-racism and anti-oppression. I incorporate parts work informed by Internal Family Systems, mindfulness and somatic interventions to help people reconnect with their internal world, shift energies and live more in the present moment. I am a member in good standing with the Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation.

Emily Carreiro, BSW, MSW, RSW.
(pronouns: she/her)

Hi, my name is Emily (she/her) and I am a registered social worker and psychotherapist. Throughout my career, I have worked in health, mental health and trauma care settings. I primarily use cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), psychodynamic and internal family systems therapy (IFS) in my sessions. I have experience working alongside children (12+), adults and their families as they navigate life transitions, grief and bereavement. I specialize in the areas of medical trauma, end-of-life care and systems navigation. My approach is trauma-informed, strengths based and tailored to your needs, wants, and goals in therapy.


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