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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), Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), 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), Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), 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
Erin Vivian has over 20 years of clinical experience supporting individuals in the areas of mental health and substance use. This includes outpatient community counselling, residential programs focused on trauma, anxiety, self-regulation and substance use.
Erin understands that unaddressed concerns such as anxiety, loneliness, trauma, depression, ADHD, social disconnection, loss, anger, stress and burnout can lead people to seek ways of coping that are less helpful in the long run when they don’t see other options. She believes in finding brave spaces to talk about how life can be difficult and believes everyone is doing the best they can, based on the experiences, resources and skills they currently have.
Erin walks alongside her clients in their therapy journey, compassionately encouraging clients to address their concerns from a place of curiosity rather than shame in order to find alternative ways of coping. While Erin works with clients with a variety of presenting concerns, she is particularly passionate about working with clients who are using substances and would like to explore this in a non-judgmental way. She understands people engage in unhelpful coping for a variety of reasons, none of which are to have it take over their life.
As a Registered Social Worker, Erin is able to offer psychotherapy to her clients. Her
eclectic approach to therapy allows for person-centred treatment aligning with your goals and needs. In addition to having her Master of Social Work from Wilfrid Laurier University, Erin has completed training in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Dialectic Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Emotional Freedom Technique (Tapping), EMDR, and Solution Focused Therapy.
Catherine is focused on providing the highest quality counselling to individuals and groups. She has a client centred approach that guides clients in addressing and releasing unwanted emotional or behavioural after-effects of challenging life events or traumatic incidents. (PTSD, grief and loss, assaults,accidents, relationship difficulties, sadness, disturbing memories, anxiety, guilt, low self esteem, job/career concerns, health issues, fear of the future and other painful experiences) Whatever the issue, Catherine's techniques seek to bring clarity to troubling personal issues.
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Dedicated to developing her skills as a somatic trauma psychotherapist, Dayle is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO). She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy (2002) and an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology (2018), with a minor in Child & Family studies, both from the University of Guelph. She also holds a Master of Arts degree in Counselling Psychology (2021) from Yorkville University. She also received certification in telehealth counselling from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (2020). She is currently working with the Attune Centre under the supervision of Christine McCormack
A member of the Oneida First Nation, Dayle works to incorporate multicultural sensitivity and awareness into her practice with all clients. She currently works with adults experiencing a variety of concerns including stress, depression, anxiety, burnout, life transitions, and parenting and relationship issues. She has particular interest in working with Highly Sensitive Persons (HSPs) and those coping with the psychological impact of chronic health concerns.
Dayle integrates a variety of psychotherapeutic tools and skills from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectic Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Internal Family Systems (IFS), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), Compassionate Inquiry, as well as self-compassion and mindfulness-based strategies. As working with the mind-body connection is a personal passion of Dayle’s, she is also a registered yoga teacher (RYT-200) with Yoga Alliance. Her clinical work is trauma-informed and anti-oppressive, with a goal of providing a safe space for all clients to share their stories while feeling heard, seen, and better understood
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.