Dr. Kristen McLeod is the founder of the Attune Trauma and Regulation Centre..
Dr. Kristen McLeod is a registered clinical developmental psychologist who received her MA and PhD from the University of Guelph. While in Guelph, Dr. McLeod worked in various clinical settings serving the needs of children and youth with complex mental health concerns. Dr. McLeod moved to Nova Scotia in 2007, where she spent her first five years working at the IWK Hospital, initially in residential treatment and then in outpatient treatment with children in the care of the child welfare system. After leaving the hospital in 2012, Dr. McLeod set up a private practice in Truro, Nova Scotia that specialized in trauma-based consultation and support to caregivers, and to helping children and youth recover from traumatic life experiences. Dr. McLeod has now returned to her old home and is looking forward to once again being a psychologist in Guelph.
Much of Dr. McLeod’s focus is on better understanding the neurodevelopmental impact of trauma and neglect, and the challenges this impact creates for traditional methods of intervention and caregiving. A strong advocate of the need for trauma-informed care, Dr. McLeod provides regular workshops and trainings across Canada on developing trauma-informed approaches to diverse groups including early interventionists, early childhood educators, schools, medical and mental health professionals, and parents and prospective parents.
Christine McCormack treats a variety of issues with over 30 years of clinical experience. She has a particular interest in working with women and their life stages, specializing in working with women who are preparing themselves to be parents, or who want to be the strongest people that they can be in parenting young or adult children. She treats anxiety, depression, bipolar, trauma related disorders, grief and loss, burnout, compassion fatigue, and spiritual /existential distress.
Christine holds an undergraduate degree in psychology, a Master degree in counselling, a Diplomate in Logotherapy, is a Clinical Trauma professional, a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, trained in suicide intervention, and holds several advanced training certifications in therapy modalities such as Family of Origin Work, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Emotion Regulation Therapy (ERG). She also offers group therapy for women who have experience trauma.
Christine is an artist who has shown her art in group and individual shows, published her designs in Canadian Living Magazine, writes articles and presents in various venues on mental health, relationships and spirituality.
Shadi Ramez has over 15 years of clinical experience working with parents and children in the areas of attachment, positive parenting and trauma. She has a particular interest in working with parents who are survivors of childhood trauma (emotional, physical, sexual, neglect, poverty, and parental conflict/divorce) who struggle with the impact of their childhood experiences in parenting their own children. The bulk of her experience has been working with culturally diverse families. She runs various group including Circle of Security Parenting Group, trauma, anxiety and mindfulness groups. Shadi offers individual and couples counselling as well as familial therapy, including offering parents home visits where through observation she provides practical parenting and relational feedback.
Shadi has a Master's degree in Social Work from Wilfred Laurier University, is a certified Circle of Security Parent Educator and is trained in a variety of counselling modalities including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Emotion Regulation Therapy (ERG). She has done extensive training in trauma and attachment and continues to expand her learning in the field at Doctor Bruce Perry's Child Trauma Academy.
Shadi has been a regular guest on various TV and radio shows and has written several articles on attachment and parenting in different journals and media outlets. She is fluent in English, Farsi and Dari and has international experiences working with families impacted by war, genocide and political persecution
Eileen Kilbride is a psychological associate registered with the The College of Psychologists of Ontario since 1997. As the founder of Kilbride & Associates, practice in children's mental health, she has over 25 years of experience providing state-of-the-art services and programs to children, youth, and families. Eileen has a background in clinical psychology and a special interest in attachment, trauma and the use of animal-assisted therapy with hard-to-engage youth.
Eileen is recently retired as a psychological consultant in children's services within a community based mental health agency, providing consultation and assessment regarding complex children's mental health and developmental issues. She has provided services to youth and families for many years, co-developed an attachment clinic and an animal-assisted thertapy family group.
Her professional development includes training in: The Attachment, Self-regulation, Competency (ARC) model and Sensory-Motor Arousal Training (SMART) through the Trauma Centre at Justice Resource Institute; Circle of Security International; The Strange Situation (ABCD); Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR); Critical Stress Incident Management (CISM) and Violent Threat Risk Assessment (VTRA).
Eileen provides training in clinical practice and organizational development and has been part of the Safeguards Training Team for many years. Currently Eileen offers clinical consultation services to agencies as well as clinical services including parenting support and animal assisted therapy for youth with chronic dysregulation and related challenges.
Samantha began her own yoga practice in 2008 and has since completed her YTT in the fall of 2014.
Yoga has helped Samantha find physical, spiritual, and emotional balance, and continues to do so to this day. With the merging of her two passions, yoga and children, she uncovered her calling. Her classes include Ashtanga style yoga, Hatha, Vinyasa flow, basic yoga, gentle restorative, family yoga and yoga for children. It is through yoga she hopes to create a safe, peaceful and healing space for her students while empowering the individual. With a long-term goal of becoming a Yoga Therapist for children facing emotional, mental and developmental disabilities, Samantha plans to continue her yoga therapy training. She embraces every opportunity to share her practice with the world, and to spread the wisdom of yoga to those in need. Samantha focuses on going inward and connecting breath to movement. Her passion is to help each student connect to yoga in their own way, to grow, and to find what feels right for them one breath at a time.
Rachel works with our clients to answer questions, schedule appointments, and a variety of tasks to keep the practice running smoothly. Rachel worked for many years in the animal healthcare field, including managing a busy veterinary practice. She is very enthusiastic to bring her skills and experience to the Attune Centre. Rachel holds a diploma in Animal Healthcare from Sheridan College, has completed a Human Relations for Management certificate through Conestoga College, as well as Business Management training through the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association. Her volunteer experience includes co-facilitating a parent outreach group, where parents support other parents, and volunteering with an outreach children and youth program.