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Gulin Aydin

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Hello, my name is Gulin Aydin. I am a Clinical Social Worker and Therapist, who specializes in EMDR trauma and PTSD therapy. In fact, I am not just a practitioner of this technique but also a teacher of it; I serve as an EMDR consultant to fellow therapists. Based in Waterloo, I have used EMDR in my work as a Success Coach to improve the performance of professionals in various fields. I hold a Master of Social Work degree from Wilfred Laurier University that is complemented with advanced EMDR Training, Part I, received at Holyoke Medical Center in Boston, MA and EMDR Training, Part II, received at EMDAR HAP, Chicago, IL.

As a holistic Trauma and EMDR Therapist and Success Coach, my goal is to help you uncover true potential by improving your confidence and instilling a higher level of self-awareness. By applying complementary therapeutic approaches and techniques, we will unearth the long-standing behavioural patterns and negative perceptions that may be preventing you from experiencing a more fulfilling and meaningful life. I want to provide you with the tools to find success and happiness, on your terms. 


If you’re looking for extra support and guidance through a challenging situation or you are just ready to move in a new direction in your life, I’m here.

Experience

 

My background includes more than a decade of experience in various clinical and counselling settings as a Psychotherapist.  I will bring the experience I have accumulated from psychotherapy sessions and workshops with hundreds of diverse clients and patients from over 40 countries.  My primary areas of expertise are as follows: childhood trauma, sexual abuse, war trauma, psychosomatic diseases, chronic pain, depression and anxiety treatment

 

I worked in the Waterloo Region Nurse Practitioner Clinic and Woodstock Area Community Health Centre and Individual, family and couples counsellor at Carizon Family and Community Services and Lutherwood Family Counselling. I also have experience as an Addiction Counselor, working with the Addiction Services Program of Thames Valley (ADSTV).

 

Education

  • Master of Social Work, Wilfred Laurier Univeristy

  • EMDR Training, Part I, Holyoke Medical Centre, Boston, MA

  • EMDR Training, Part II, EMDR HAP, Chicago, IL

 

Orientation and Modalities

  • EMDR

  • Brain Wise

  • Eclectic

  • Humanistic

  • Wholistic

  • Energy Psychology

  • Positive Psychology

  • Existential
     

Professional Associations

  • Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers

  • EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Program, HAP

  • Alumni Association: Wilfrid Laurier University

  • Alumni Association: Conestoga College

  • Alumni Association: METU

  • International Society for Mental Health Online

Education

  • EMDR Part I, Holyoke Medical Center, Boston, MA

  • EMDR Part II, EMDR HAP, Chicago, IL

  • Advanced Individual, Family and Group Therapies, Wilfrid Laurier University

  • Marriage and Couple Therapy, Wilfrid Laurier University

  • Play Therapy and Art Therapy, Wilfrid Laurier University

  • Trauma Training, Waterloo Region Social Services

  • Suicide Intervention and Prevention, Lutherwood Family Counselling Services

  • CAFAS Training, Lutherwood Family Counselling Services

  • Trauma and Attachment, Lutherwood Family Counselling Services

  • Sir Richard Bowlby, Attachment, Wilfrid Laurier University

  • Single Session Therapy Training, Lutherwood Family Counselling Services

  • Depression as a Chronic Disease, Science of Medicine, McMaster University

  • Bipolar Disorder, Science of Medicine, McMaster University
     

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Frank Kakarelis

EMDR Trained Psychotherapist

Frank Kakarelis is a Registered Kinesiologist and Counsellor, who completed an undergraduate degree in Kinesiology and Health Science from York University, in 2015. He also completed the Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology (MACP) degree from Yorkville University and is an EMDR trained clinician. He has specialized his kinesiology and psychotherapy practice to focus on traumatic occurrences, PTSD, and other sequalae that arise from the event or events. With his diverse experience as a registered kinesiologist and experience identifying and treating traumatic injuries relates to motor vehicle accidents, he brings this knowledge of the brain/and nervous system into his work as a psychotherapist. This allows him to specialize in trauma and traumatic injuries along with anxiety, depression and a range of other mental health issues. He has experience working with both the adult and children/youth demographics, who have suffered traumatic experiences. He is a member in good standing with the College of Kinesiologists of Ontario. He is also a certified Metriks Functional Ability/Capacity Evaluator and Physical/Job Demands Assessor.

 
 
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Jennifer Ackford

EMDR Trained Psychotherapist

Hi, my name is Jennifer. I am a Registered Psychotherapist (RP) and I look forward to meeting and working with you!
Life is challenging and it is easy to begin to feel overwhelmed by situations, relationships, life events and world events that just seem (or sometimes truly are) out of our control. Sometimes, even the strongest people among us need a little bit of help to work through some of life’s challenging problems. Everyone has battles to fight and hurdles to overcome at some point. Finding hope again is possible!

As a psychotherapist, my goal is to walk with you for a period of time to help you to navigate through some of those difficult situations, life changes and events. Together we can find new ways to face the challenges and begin to move forward to live life with meaning, purpose and hope.

EMDR In My Practice
Early in my work as a Counsellor and Psychotherapist, I began to notice, that while so many of the people that I worked with came to me with serious concerns about anxiety, depression, relationship issues, addictive behaviours and so on, once we began really exploring the issues, there were often experiences of trauma lying beneath the surface. That recognition ultimately led me to training in EMDR. This has been life-changing for me in my practice of Psychotherapy and for my clients. EMDR is a powerful approach that allows you to process challenging situations and events that have occurred in your life in a gentle, yet powerful and effective way.
Using an EMDR approach also allows for the integration of other approaches to therapy as well. For me integrating elements of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Spiritually-Integrated Psychotherapy, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focussed therapy and Insight-oriented therapy (among other therapeutic modalities), allows me to meet the very unique needs of each client.
My personal background includes a Master’s degree (MA in Theology) as well as a Master’s degree (MA in Counselling). Professionally I have worked in Pastoral Ministry, as an Educator, in Psychological Services within a School Board and in Private Practice settings. My goal is to bring my education, professional and life experience to my interaction with you as a client in order to find ways to help you to identify and overcome the barriers that keep you from moving forward towards greater health, hope and authentic joyfulness in life.


 

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Razaw Nadir

EMDR Trained Psychotherapist

As a client-centered therapist my approach is one of collaboration. Working together we can begin to unveil the significant issues you wish to address in your life. With compassion, understanding, and trust established, we then begin to envision and prepare a personalized path that informs you who you are and leads you to meet your personal goals.

I work with:

  • complex trauma & PTSD

  • depression

  • anxiety and panic attacks

  • Family and work-place relationships challenges

  • life transitions

  • educational challenges

  • self-esteem

  • boundaries setting

  • cultural-adjustment

  • emotional stabilization

  • communication

  • parenting

  • overcoming fears that hold you back from attaining your goals

  • loss/grief

  • inter-generational challenges

My greatest reward is seeing clients connect deeply with their authentic self and begin to live their lives consciously from a place of personal strength, self-awareness, and meaningful purpose. I recognize the challenges related to dysfunctional relationships, gender, culture, sexual orientation and race. Some of this issues can be disempowering and keep you from realizing your full potential. As a counsellor and a human being with some of the aforementioned experiences I can help you be yourself to the fullest. 

I am trained in a variety of modalities, such as CBT, trauma-informed therapy, EMDR for PTSD and trauma, family system therapy, solution-focused brief therapy, emotionally focused therapy with a focus on attachment analyses, emotional processing therapy. I focus on each person’s uniqueness, needs and experiences, hence I will customize the type of therapy that best fits you.

I am also trained in the use of mindfulness-based psychotherapy geared toward self-compassion and emotional regulation. I believe in body-mind-spirit healing, and I am certified Master Holistic Wellness Coach.

Our conditioning experiences related to schooling, the environment we grow in, our beliefs, family dynamics, and other circumstances may lead to internal (interpersonal) and external (relationship) struggles. During these times, it takes courage and growth when we choose to seek help and guidance. Together, we can rediscover your full potential self on your path to healing.

Certifications, Memberships, Accreditations:

  • Certificate Training in EMDR Trauma Rocvery - Parts 1&2 completed - Hap – CT, USA

  • Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW)

  • Member of the Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW)

Education

• Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) - Ryerson University – Toronto
• Masters of Social Work (MSW) - Carleton University – Ottawa
• Certified Master Holistic Wellness Coach – International Association of Wellness Professionals – Wisconson - USA
• Mindfulness teacher certificate (in-progress) - Mindfulness Exercises school – San-Francisco – USA
• Bachelor in Science of Operations Research – Al-Mansour University College – Baghdad-Iraq

 
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Dan Rusu

EMDR Trained Psychotherapist

Dan has over 20 years of regional and international experience working as a Psychotherapist & Registered Social Worker in a variety of settings such as:  hospital (acute mental health unit), addiction services, family health team/ primary care, community counselling agencies, residential settings, and child welfare. He is registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers and is a member of Ontario Association of Social Workers.

His specialties include working with individuals ( teenagers and adults ) struggling with addictive behaviors, trauma, grief and loss, anxiety, depression, stress and burnout.

Dan provides psychotherapy using various modalities such as : Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR),  Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectic Behavior Therapy, Solution Focused, Motivational Interviewing and Mindfulness practice to support his clients in achieving their goals.

 

Education


Dan has a Bachelors of Social Work, from "Babes-Bolyai" University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania 
​and a  Masters of Social Work (Specialization: Individuals, Families and Groups) - from  Wilfrid Laurier University, Kitchener ON, Canada. 
Also, Dan has a  Professional Addiction Studies Diploma from McMaster University, Hamilton ON​, Canada ​