Meet our Therapists

Welcome to the Family Counselling Centre of Niagara. Our services are completely confidential and we are fully accredited by the Canadian Centre for Accreditation. We are proud to employ professional therapists who have a wide array of skills and qualifications to serve you better. Please take a moment to meet our therapists.

John McLachlan, MSW, RSW

Qualifications:
  • Registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Services Workers
  • Master of Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University
  • Hon. B.A., Psychology (Brock University)
Practice Approach:
  • Brief Solution-Focused Therapy
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Solution Focused Therapy
  • Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy
  • Trauma-informed Therapy

Renate Giesbrecht MSW, RSW

Qualifications:
  • Registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers #778554
  • Master of Social Work – Wilfrid Laurier University
  • Bachelor of Arts Psychology (Honours) – University of Winnipeg
Practice Approach:
  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioural therapy
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Family Systems Theory
  • Structural Family Therapy
  • Duluth Power & Control Model
  • Trauma Recovery Models
  • Exposure Therapies
  • Brief Solution Focused Therapy
  • Play Therapy techniques
  • Strengths Based Empowerment
  • Harm Reduction
  • Motivational Interviewing

Tina Marie Hardman, MA, RP, MSW, RSW – CRPO# 007188 – RSW# 835480

Clinical Services Manager
Qualifications:
  • Registered with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario
  • Registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Services Workers
  • Master of Arts, Psychology, Brock University
  • Honours, Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, Brock University
  • Master of Social Work, University of Windsor
Practice Approach:
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Emotion-Focused Therapy
  • Trauma Informed Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Family Therapy: Experiential and Structural
  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
  • Motivational Therapy

Jesse Mudie, MSW, RSW

Qualifications:
  • Registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers
  • Master of Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University
  • Bachelor of Arts, Sociology, York University
Practice Approach:
  • Strengths Based
  • Trauma-Informed Therapy
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Parenting Support
  • Family Violence
  • Child Development
  • Expressive Arts
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Support

Dee Neuman, MSW., RSW.

Qualifications:
  • Registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers
  • Master of Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University
  • Hons.BA Sociology/Psychology
Practice Approach:
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Strengths Based Therapy
  • Brief Solution Focused Therapy
  • Trauma Informed Therapy
  • Structural Family Therapy

Owyn Persia, MSc, Registered Psychotherapist 

Qualifications:
  • Registered with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO #009943)
  • Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counselling, Niagara University
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Brock University

Practice Approach:

  • Trauma-Informed Therapy
  • Strengths-Based Therapy
  • Brief Solution-Focused Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy

Aksana Kavaliova, MACP, MMT, RP, MTA

Qualifications:
  • Registered with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario
  • Master of Arts, Counselling Psychology, Yorkville University
  • Master of Music, Music Therapy, Colorado State University
  • Bachelor of Music Therapy (Hons.), University of Windsor

Practice Approach:

  • Trauma-Informed therapy (children and adults)
  • Integrative Trauma and Attachment Treatment Model (ITATM)®
  • Brief-Single Session therapy
  • Music Therapy and Psychotherapy
  • Child Development
  • Special needs
  • Family Violence
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

Kathryn Kovacevich, M.A, Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) 

Qualifications:
  • Registered with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO)
  • Master of Arts: Psychotherapy and Spiritual Care, Wilfrid Laurier University
  • Bachelor of Arts: Psychology, Brock University

Practice Approach:

  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy & Dialectical Behavioural Therapy
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Trauma-Informed Therapy
  • Athlete/Sport Counselling
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
  • Emotionally-Focused Therapy

Carolyn Fish, MSW, RSW

Qualifications:
  • Registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Services Workers (RSW# 803983)
  • Master of Social Work (Carleton University)
  • Hon. B.A., History and Women’s Studies (Queen’s University)

Practice Approach:

  • Brief solution-focused therapy
  • Strength-based therapy
  • Cognitive-behaviour therapy
  • Trauma-informed therapy
  • Group facilitation
  • Domestic violence
  • Working with children/youth