Professional Confidential Insured
Congratulations for taking a step toward your mental health. Past and future events and worries have to be handled in the present. See a therapist who can help sort out your situation, clarify your goals and guide you through a healing process. You can call, text or email to start the process. That first contact will include a brief assessment of your situation to ensure we can provide what you are asking for. We use a scheduling and encrypted documentation service. Depending on your preference, we can email you an initial information form which will save you time in your first appointment.
Couples and/or Families
Sometimes there is no substitute for a fresh point of view. Communication styles, life stages, loss, sudden changes and emotions can be hard to navigate. Let a therapist guide you to a more peaceful cooperative place. If you are being referred, please let us know in your first contact so we can organize the correct paperwork.
Referrals and Insurances
We receive referrals from various Employee Assistance Programs, Victims Services, doctors and other health care professionals. We are NOT covered by the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP). If your private health insurance provider is not in our referral system, we provide you invoices that you can use for reimbursement.
Online Video Services
Our Online Video service meets all the privacy standards required in Canada for health care. No recording of the online session is made.
Meet the Lock 33 Team
MSW RSW PhD(c)
Sandy is a Registered Social Worker in the field of mental health and addictions, earning her MSW from York University in 2011. She has worked as an addiction social worker in a community agency, a mental health social worker in a hospital setting, and an EAP provider in private practice. Sandy is also completing a PhD at the University of Toronto conducting original research in the area of substance use stigma and she teaches social work at the university level. Grounded in a client-centered, recovery-oriented, and trauma-informed approach, she uses mindfulness, motivational interviewing, and cognitive and dialectical behavioural therapies to engage people in a journey of self-awareness and reflective action. Sandy strives to provide a gentle, respectful and compassionate presence in which nurturing, healing and recovery may unfold.
Alexandra has extensive experience working with individuals experiencing mental health and substance use concerns. She received her Master’s Degree in Social Work (MSW), from the University of Toronto in 2010 with a specialization in children and families. More recently she’s acquired her Certificate in Couple and Family Therapy Studies from the University of Guelph. Alexandra uses a humanistic, client-centered, trauma informed and compassionate approach informed by developmental and attachment theories. She integrates Mindfulness in all of her approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy. When working with couples and families, she also uses as systemic/structural perspective with a focus on family resilience. Alexandra currently works with clients ages 13+, adults, couples and families. Her goal is to create a safe, compassionate and respectful environment where connection and growth are possible.
MSW RSW FOP(cert)
Karla has over 25 years in the psychotherapy and counseling world. She uses CBT, DBT, Narrative Therapies, somatic approaches (Focusing Oriented Psychotherapy) and art therapy. In addition to her broad range of knowledge, she has specialised knowledge in Autism Spectrum Disorders, other neurological disorders including brain injury, aging and geriatric mental health, and issues affecting the queer community and its members. Karla welcomes clients over the age of 12, adults, couples and families.
Cordula Winkelaar RN,RP
Cordula sees people over the age of 18 years. She has many years of experience in treating post traumatic stress caused by recent and/or past events. Cordula is also qualified to work through many presenting concerns including abuse, addiction, depression, grief and shame. Her work includes brief solution focused therapy, cognitive - and dialectical behaviour therapy and relational psychotherapy. Her intention is to provide a fresh perspective and hopeful insight into crisis or conflict and to offer constructive support strategies to bring about change.
What does 'Registered Professional' mean?
In Ontario, and the rest of Canada, professionals are recognized as legally allowed to use the term 'Registered' if they have applied to and been accepted by a 'College'. To be accepted, they must prove their education, keep up to date by adding to that education yearly, keep all regulations and rules as made by their Colleges, and maintain a high standard of service. At Lock 33 Counseling, we commit to only having Registered Professionals in our team as well as having each therapist maintain professional insurance. Currently, we have 3 team members who belong to the Ontario College of Social Workers (and Social Service Workers), and 1 member who belongs to the Ontario College of Nurses and the College of Registered Psychotherapists. We believe that by maintaining our Registrations and insurance we provide ethical trustworthy service to our clients and our community.
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