Compassionate, safe and professional counselling & psychotherapy services

Meet Our Team of Psychotherapists Counsellors in Ontario

All of our psychotherapists have a Masters degree or its equivalent and are able to use CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) along with other counselling models. In addition to counselling, we offer creative approaches to therapy.  We have counsellors in Ontario offices located in Brantford, Cambridge, Kitchener and Burlington. 

Contact GreenValley Counselling Services

Offices in Brantford, Cambridge, Kitchener, and Burlington, Ontario
Text: 226.916.5309
Call: 888.699.7817
Email: [email protected]

Amelia Ballak, MMT, MTA, RP

Accredited Music Therapist, Registered Psychotherapist

Children/Teens/Women

  • Anxiety/Depression
  • Anger Management
  • Trauma & Loss
  • Relational Struggles
  • Sense of Self

Amelia uses music therapy as a way for you to express yourself creatively and authentically. Music therapy is an engaging and motivating way to address life challenges and meet your goals. No musical experience or training is needed in order to benefit from music therapy.

As an Accredited Music Therapist and Registered Psychotherapist, she uses creative approaches to help children and teens work through emotions and struggles both verbally and nonverbally. Her approach aims at building strengths and resilience and nurturing healthy relationships with self and others.

Amelia is passionate about working with children and teens in an environment that offers a safe space for sharing and expression.

Not Currently Accepting New Clients.

Michelle Bayer, MDiv. RP

Registered Psychotherapist

Children/Teens

  • Coping with ADHD
  • OCD
  • Learning to Regulate intense emotions
  • Anxiety/Depression
  • Family changes like divorce, moving, new partners
  • Loss/Grief/Transitions
  • People Pleasing/Boundaries

 

Women

  • Adult ADHD
  • Anxiety/Depression
  • People Pleasing/ Boundaries
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Relationship Challenges
 

Michelle’s priority in session is to create a safe space so that the client can feel seen, cared for, heard and supported.  Through a variety of research-based approaches, Michelle invites her clients to consider how their brain and body can work together to reach their goals. She helps clients learn the process of emotional regulation which involves allowing the body to sit with uncomfortable emotions, utilizing coping skills to lessen distress, and gaining insight into important information emotions convey. 

 

Often, women and adolescents with conditions such as ADHD have felt shame and confusion about why life can feel so difficult. Michelle educates her clients with the knowledge needed to have self-compassion and tools needed to gain order in what can feel like a chaotic life. 

 

With a combination of gentleness, fun and compassion, Michelle meets children where they are and allows them to feel seen and heard. Through play and art based approaches, Michelle allows children to express themselves through a language more familiar to children than words – play. For a parent, it is incredibly difficult to see your child struggle. Michelle values parents’ insight and involves them in the process so that they feel informed and equipped.


Clients appreciate Michelle’s ability to understand and empathize with difficult and complex concerns.

Brantford Office & Virtual 

Bora Ju, MDiv. RP

Registered Psychotherapist

Couples

 

  • Communication
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Sexual Difficulties

 

Children

 

  • Learning to identify and verbalize feelings
  • Emotional and behavioural regulation
  • Learning new ways to cope

Tired of arguing? Not feeling heard, appreciated or connected the way you once did? Bora works with couples, helping them learn how to communicate more effectively, reducing arguing, anger and negativity, helping them have the relationship they long for. She also works sensitively to help couples with their sexual health.

Bora takes a creative counselling approach in her work with children.  She has always had a natural affinity to communicating with children and focuses on creating safe spaces for children to learn how to cope and regulate their emotions.

With a non – judgmental stance, she will listen wholeheartedly and walk with you and your loved ones to navigate through the difficulties, to know that you are not alone and to reach a better place. 

Clients appreciate Bora’s warm, inviting presence and ability to connect and empathize with their struggles. 

Burlington & Cambridge Offices & Virtual

Benjamin MacMillan, MACP, RP (Qualifying)

Benjamin MacMillan

Registered Psychotherapist, (Qualifying)

Adults

 

  • Grief
  • Anger
  • Stress/Anxiety/Depression
  • Life Transitions
  • Parenting 

 

Teens

 

  • Coping with Life Challenges
  • Peer relationships and/or social skills
  • Navigating intense emotions
  • Building resilience and confidence
  • Anxiety/Depression

Is stress, fear or thoughts about the past weighing you down? Do you struggle to experience meaning and satisfaction in your daily life?  Benjamin offers a calm and encouraging space to explore your concerns in a way that is both wholistic and practical.

He enjoys helping people to connect the dots in their lives and ensures that every person feels seen and known.  Using CBT (cognitive behaviour therapy) and psychodynamic therapy, he helps people to discover hope and the tools to face even the hardest times.

Benjamin also works with teens who are feeling overwhelmed by anxiety, depressed thoughts, anger, and uncertainty.  He utilizes humour, empathy, and relatability and provides tangible ways to feel better and move forward.

Clients find Benjamin easy to connect with, warm and authentic.

Brantford & Burlington Offices & Virtual

Brian Martin, MDiv. RP

Registered Psychotherapist

Adults

  • Anxiety/Stress
  • Depression
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Relationship Challenges
  • Cross Cultural Workers

Couples

  • Communication
  • Affair Recovery
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Increasing Intimacy

Children/Teens

  • Grief/Loss/Life Changes
  • Anger and Behavioural challenges
  • Anxiety/Fears
  • Depression
  • Regulating Intense Feelings

Do you want an empathic ear and a voice that instills hope in times of stress, anxiety and depression? Brian offers a safe and non-judgmental space to work through the things you are facing.

Brian also works with couples looking to improve their communication. He is skilled at finding each person’s love language, improving conflict resolution and helping couples connect.

Brian also works with children and preteens using both a child centered play therapy approach and incorporating CBT, solution focused and other theoretical orientations into my play based work. My first goal is to help children and youth feel comfortable, enabling them to process their challenges in a creative way that is attune to their unique way of processing.

 

Brian is passionate about helping people improve their relationships and live happy and healthy lives. He offers a compassionate and supportive space to face and overcome challenges.

Kitchener Office & Virtual

Crystal McCarty, MDiv. RP

Registered Psychotherapist

Individuals & Teens

 

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Domestic Violence
  • Trauma
  • Self-Esteem/Self-Image

Are you burdened with intrusive thoughts from your past? Anxious and overwhelmed looking at present circumstances or with thoughts about the future? Crystal will work with you to explore the root cause of your struggle, offering fresh perspectives and new strategies to help you move forward.

Using a client-centered approach, Crystal works with both teens and adults who are navigating difficulties with anxiety, depression, self-image, trauma, and loss. Crystal is trained in basic EMDR and advanced protocols for Recent Trauma and Group Trauma events.

Crystal provides a compassionate, well-grounded presence offering you a safe environment to explore difficult issues and intense emotions.

Not Accepting New Clients.

Heidi Neu, DTATI, MDiv. RP

Registered Psychotherapist

Founder and Director

Professional Art Therapist

Children

 

  • Grief/Loss
  • Anxiety
  • Anger/Behaviour Issues

 

Women

 

  • Grief/Loss
  • Anxiety/Depression
  • Relationship struggles/Boundaries
  • Attachment 

Heidi uses creative approaches in her work with women, children and families. Art and play therapy help children express and process their emotions. Young children need an approach that is developmentally appropriate for them. As a Professional Art Therapist, she uses art and play therapy to help children express what they may have trouble verbalizing. She partners with parents to tailor an approach that is attune to their child’s needs.

She also works with women needing a warm and supportive place to process a variety of life issues.

Heidi is gentle, intuitive and accepting in her approach and has worked as a psychotherapist for over 20 years.

Not Accepting New Clients.

Inge Packull, MSW, RSW

Registered Social Worker

Older Teens/Adults

 

  • Grief/Loss
  • Loss through Suicide
  • Anxiety/Depression
  • Childhood Sexual Abuse
  • Anger management
  • Relationship with Adult Children
  • EMDR for trauma treatment

Couples

 

  • Communication
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Family of Origin Work
  • Building Intimacy

With over 25 years of experience, Inge offers compassionate listening, a calm presence and a place of trust, promoting positive personal growth for clients who are seeking help to address emotional, behavioural and relational difficulties. 

She has a special interest in helping people who have experienced grief, trauma and loss, including loss by suicide as well as people who have experienced childhood sexual abuse. Inge supports clients in overcoming fear and shame by helping clients identify their strengths and needs. She enjoys working with couples focusing on communication, active listening, anger management and family of origin work.

Inge has experience in working with parents of adult children who have experienced broken relationships with their children.  She provides a safe, supportive presence in managing the pain of this rupture and exploring options to repair these relationships.

Clients have expressed they appreciate feeling respected, connected and able to move to a place of hope in their future.

Cambridge Office & Virtual

Jisca Rodriguez, RP (Qualifying), MMT, MTA

Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)
Accredited Music Therapist

Jisca offers a warm and engaging environment where clients can discover strengths, overcome challenges, and work towards goals in a safe creative space. She focuses on providing creative mediums like music and play as a compliment or alternative to verbal therapy, aiming to open up many possibilities for communication, expression, and growth.  

Jisca is a certified music therapist, a qualifying psychotherapist, and has also completed training in child-centred play therapy. She works with children, preteens, and teens, using music and play in a child-centred approach to give them a language to connect and work through presenting issues. Jisca also offers support to women looking for a safe space to explore issues like anxiety, depression, grief, loss, and life transition. Clients do not need to have any previous musical experience or training to engage in music therapy.

Clients have expressed that they appreciate Jisca’s gentle demeanour, authentic interactions, and innovative approaches.

Cambridge & Kitchener Offices & Virtual

Sophia Sharara, MDiv, MA, RP (Qualifying)

Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

Children/Teens

 

  • Anxiety
  • Grief/Loss
  • Anger/Behaviour challenges
  • Depression
  • Peer Relationships

 

 

Adults

 

  • Postpartum Depression
  • Addictions

Are you worried about your child and how they are coping? Has your child’s behaviour changed recently?  Sophia is passionate about helping children thrive.  She offers a play-based approach to challenging situations.  She sees children coping with grief, loss, life transitions, anxiety and anger.  Sophia is trained in Child Centered Play Therapy and use this along with a directive approach as needed. Children generally enjoying coming to therapy and engage easily with creative interventions, leading to important changes. 

Sophia believes that supporting children in their emotional development and early intervention can prevent more serious problems at a later life stage. Children, teens and parents find her easy to open up to.  She would be honoured to walk with you and your children to support wholeness and change.

In addition to her work with children and teens, Sophia works with new mothers experiencing post partum depression, and adults looking to break free from addictions.  Sophia has a special interest in addiction and has had good success in employing research driven approaches. 

In addition to psychotherapy, Sophia worked for many years as a nurse with various populations. 

Clients appreciate Sophia’s warmth, kindness and wisdom.

Not Accepting New Clients

Joel ten Brinke, MDiv, MTS, RP, CPC

Registered Psychotherapist

Couples

  • Communication

  • Conflict resolution
  • Infidelity 
  • Parenting

Adults/Teens

  • Depression
  • Anxiety/Stress
  • Trauma
  • Low Self-Esteem
  • First Responders / EMTs
  • Veterans

 

Children (11 years and up)

  • Anxiety
  • Anger and behavoural challenges
  • Managing Intense Emotions
  • Family Changes/Separation/Divorce
  • Parenting 

Are you having trouble communicating in your relationship?  Do you feel unheard and unable to navigate conflict and resolve difficulties?  Joel helps couples understand their struggles, improve their communication and connect again to the love that brought them together.  

He works with individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma and work-related stresses.  In addition to using trauma informed approaches, he is a very client centered therapist.  This means that he emphasizes acceptance, unconditional positive regard and a non-judgmental stance in his work with clients.

Joel has experience with veterans as well as EMTs dealing with PTSD and complex trauma, job related stress and relationship difficulties caused by job commitments. 

He also connects well with teens struggling with low self-esteem, anxiety, depression or peer related concerns. He  offers a creative approach to help teens connect and work through their difficulties and come to a healthier place.

Joel is trained in play therapy and uses creative approaches to support children going through a variety of transitions, having difficulty managing intense emotions and their behaviour.  Children enjoy Joel’s humour, acceptance and care in the way he works with them.   

Clients appreciate Joel’s authenticity, humour and ability to offer practical tools to help them achieve their goals.

Cambridge & Brantford Offices & Virtual

Nicole Wrightson, MSW, RSW

Registered Social Worker

Teens & Children (10-12 years)

 

  • Academic Underachievement
  • Anxiety/Stress
  • Depression
  • Conflict & Anger
  • Peer Issues

 

Young Adults

 

  • Relationship Issues
  • Life Direction Decisions
  • Stress/Anxiety/Depression

Is your child or teen showing signs of anxiety, depression, behaviour problems or social withdrawal?  Nicole is a social worker with a special interest in youth.  She has a natural ability to relate to children and teens, identify the roots of problems, help them find solutions and move forward.  Nicole offers a safe and non-judgemental space to talk and work through issues.

She also works with young adults, helping them manage the stress that working, living independently or higher education presents. Nicole specializes in assisting individuals, who are navigating this stage of life, work through the issues that surface at this time.

As a Registered Social Worker, she is often covered under Extended Health Benefits. 

In addition, to talk therapy, Nicole offers creative approaches.  Nicole is a warm, dynamic and attuned therapist who puts her clients at ease.

Not Accepting New Clients

Masters Level Psychotherapy Intern

Seeing a Psychotherapy Intern can be a more affordable option for those seeking services who may not have insurance coverage. Our Interns have completed the majority of their course work and regularly participate in clinical supervision. 

Nathan Reimer, BTh. MDiv (Candidate)

Young Adults

  • Relationship Issues
  • Life Direction Decisions
  • Stress/Anxiety/Depression
 
Adults
  • Stress / Anxiety
  • Low mood  / Depression
  • Work Life Balance
  • Loss & Adjustment
Nathan is available at our clinic on Fridays in Brantford and also sees 
clients virtually. 

Office Staff

Kim Scicluna

Office Administrator

Kim works as our office administrator.  She joined GreenValley Counselling Services after years of providing administrative support to a non-profit organization.  Clients and staff appreciate Kim’s warm and kind manner.

Diane Zimmerman

Administrative Assistant

Diane provides office administrative assistance.  Prior to joining our team, she worked in a variety of settings including Early Years Programs.  Diane has a natural ability to help people feel comfortable and supported. 

Cambridge Office:

24 Queen Square Cambridge, ON. N1S 1H6

Brantford   Office:

99 Wayne Gretzky Parkway, Brantford, ON. N3S 6T6

Kitchener Office:

 900 Guelph St. Unit 210, Kitchener, ON. N2H 5Z6

Burlington Office:

 1401 Plains Rd E #1, Burlington, ON L7R 0C2

 

We can usually set up an appointment quite quickly.  To get more information on fees, insurance coverage, available appointment times, or to schedule an appointment, please:

 

Call: 888.699.7817

Email us at: [email protected]

Text: 226.916.5309