Board of Directors
Sue Tassé, RP, B.A., (Cert)OACCPP
Sue Tassé is a Registered Psychotherapist from Sudbury Ontario and a graduate from Laurentian University. She recently joined the management team at Canadian Mental Health Association Sudbury/Manitoulin as Manager of Clinical Services expanding her knowledge in the field of adult mental health and addictions.
Sue’s previous experience includes 15 years in a variety of programs within the Children’s Mental Health Sector as a bilingual clinician. She has worked extensively with local school boards, child Psychiatrists, as well as many other community agencies.
Sue is a Master Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Trainer (ASIST) with Livings Works and had provided training to a number of northern community agencies/individuals. She is also the Secretary/Treasurer of the North East Ontario Suicide Prevention Network (NESPN), a local non-profit multi-agency committee dedicated to suicide prevention initiatives in Northern Ontario.
James Whetstone, RP, M.A., (Cert)OACCPP
Past President / Chair - Nominations
James holds a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology and received his baccalaureate in Psychology with studies in learning theory. He is a practicing Psychotherapist and has a distinguished career in the driver behaviour and safety education fields.
James is qualified as a Certified Psychotherapist by the Ontario Association of Counsellors, Consultants, Psychotherapists and Psychometrics, (OACCPP). The Ministry of Education (MOE) granted him Ontario Certification for Teaching in Driver Education.
Suzanne Dennison, RP, DCS. (Cert)OACCPP
Vice- President / Chair - Public Policy Committee
Suzanne Dennison is a Registered Psychotherapist in private practice and has worked in both the private and public sector. She has a wide range of experience in working with adults and families undergoing individual and relationship difficulties.
Her clinical work provides both brief and longer term therapy dealing with assessment consultations, ongoing relationship issues as well as chronic pain, stress management, workplace issues and various diagnosed disorders (anxiety, depression, bi-polar, ADD/ADHD). Her therapeutic approach is eclectic allowing her to make the most appropriate use of her training and experience to best address the client need presented relying most often on cognitive behaviour therapy, interpersonal relationship therapy and mindfulness.
Suzanne received her Masters level equivalent degree in psychology (Assessment and Counselling) from the Institute of Child Study (OISE) at the University of Toronto and is registered with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO). She is an associate member of the American Psychological Associations (APA) and a member of Academy of Cognitive Therapy (ACT). She is recognized as an “expert witness” in individual and family therapy by the provincial court system in Ontario, continues to publish and is available for clinical supervision, public talks and training workshops.
Jane E. Alway, RP, M.A. (Cert)OACCPP
Vice President / Chair - Governance & Risk Management Committee
Jane received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Brock University and her certificate in Mediation, with a focus on Family Mediation, from York University. She obtained her Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University. She has a certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy from OISE/University of Toronto/Hincks-Dellcrest Centre.
She is a trained facilitator and public speaker who has many years of professional and volunteer experience working with people who have special needs and has several years of experience working within medical clinics; she provides psychotherapy at York Medical, in Newmarket. Jane also has a private practice in Richmond Hill, where she provides psychotherapy to individuals, couples and families.
She has worked within a variety of programs at Family Services York Region (FSYR) - counseling individuals, couples and families, along with assisting those who have survived domestic abuse. She continues to provide group counseling at FSYR. She has also developed and facilitated programs with Eating Disorders of York Region (EDOYR) and does community presentations to raise public awareness about the risk factors and serious health effects of Eating Disorders. She is passionate about learning and has served as a Teaching Assistant for graduate students within the Faculty of Behavioural Sciences at Yorkville University.
Holly Kretschmer, RP, Psychology B.A., (Cert)OACCPP
Holly is a Psychotherapist who has been in private practice since 2005, offering individual, relationship therapy to adults and adolescents and parent consultations. Her clinical practice specializes in emotion focused/deep emotion therapy that supports individuals to heal from past and present trauma and abuse, addictions, anxiety, depression, unhealthy eating, unhealthy relationships. Holly has a degree in Psychology from York University, is a member of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario and is a certified member with the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists in the area of Counselling Psychotherapy.
Chair - Ethics & Professional Conduct Committee
Mary-Ann Saltstone is a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists in Ontario. She received her Ph.D. in Psychology from York University. She is Executive Consultant for Advanced Measures, a company which specialises in evaluation, testing, measurement, and assessment for organisations and individuals. As a Senior Researcher with the Corporate Research Services Unit for the Ontario Ministries of Correctional Services and the Solicitor General, she worked on the development of the Justice Partners Serving Victims project, the Spousal Assault in Ontario report, the Ontario Northern Strategy for Victims, the Ontario Organized Crime Strategy, the Sex Offender Registry, and in designing a performance measurement and evaluation strategy for the Transformation of Correctional Services in Ontario. In private practice since 2001, she assesses, and is a psychotherapist for, adults, adolescents and children, specializing in PTSD in police officers and other front-line workers. She is a Diplomate Member in Professional Psychotherapy at the International Academy of Behavioral Medicine, Counseling and Psychotherapy. She has worked for the Clinical Rehabilitation and Evaluation Unit (CREU) at the Northeast Mental Health Centre (NEMHC) and continues to work with patients in, and consult to, hospitals, colleges, and community agencies.
Anne Marie Bourgeois, M.A.
Chair - Professional Development
Anne Marie currently works as a child and family counsellor and art therapist in private practice in Ottawa.
Liana Palmerio-McIvor, RP, (Cert)OACCPP
Chair - Certification
Liana is a psychotherapist who had been in practice since 1994, specializing initially with teenagers, family mediation, and stress and anxiety disorders. She holds a degree in psychology from McMaster University and done graduate work in the Clinical Techniques of Counselling as well as intensive Sex Therapy Certification from Guelph University. Liana has also pursued professional clinical training practicums in sex medicine at Women’s College Hospital (Toronto) since 2006.
Liana's expertise includes stress and anxiety, panic, bi-polar and depression, sexual dysfunction and concerns, marital and intimacy issues and self-esteem enhancement. She is a motivational speaker on the topics of Resiliency in Children and Teens, the Science of Stress and is currently launching a Technophilia workshop on ‘understanding how our love of technology may be affecting our connection with people'.
Liana has her advanced certification in Critical Incident Stress Management, and she is a Certified Psychotherapist with the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists (OACCPP) and has been the Clinical Coordinator working with teachers and unions associated with the Halton District School Board over the last 12 years.
Laura Liebrock, RP, (Cert)OACCPP
Vice Chair - Communications
Laura Liebrock is a mental health professional working in the field since 1989. Her areas of specialization include: program development, grant writing, adult education and teaching, seniors fitness, tobacco cessation policy development, privacy training, accreditation and quality improvement. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in both Psychology and Gerontology, and a Master’s Degree in Health Studies. Community involvement is important to Laura. She is an active member of 100 Women Who Care Windsor Essex and sits on the Board of Community Support Centre Essex County. Laura regularly participates in community mental health events, which usually involve exercise. Both in and out of her community involvement Laura loves to keep active!
Although Laura moved away for University, she returned to her childhood hometown of Belle River 18 years ago to raise her two children, Eric and Sarah, and energetic Jack Russell Terrier, Lizzy, with her husband Jeff.
Laura’s current interests are working with staff towards the implementation of the National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the workplace, as well as facilitating all processes designed to improve health outcomes and health system performance towards full accreditation with Accreditation Canada.
Directors At Large
Helen Ilios, M.A., OACCPP
Helen completed a Master of Arts degree in psychology, specializing in rehabilitation and working with individuals and families with special needs. She also received a certificate in rehabilitation counselling services and holds a certificate in life skills coaching. She is certified through the American Board of Forensic Professionals to conduct Catastrophic Impairment Rating Evaluations.
Since 2004, Helen has been in private practice, where she provides counselling to adults, children, and families. In addition, she has a supervised practice where she provides assessments to children, adolescents and adults in a number of different settings.
Helen has extensive experience in working with individuals that suffer with issues around chronic pain, trauma, depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, infertility grief and loss, life skills, anger, separation and divorce, confidence and work related stress.
Sakina Qasim, PhD. (Candidate), RP
OACCPP (G), elected Director-At-Large: Governance & Risk management Committee (GRMC).
Sakina Qasim has been in the field of Clinical Psychology for over 13 years. Her research combines Neurological Disorders, Personality and Psychological Assessment Methods to investigate the relationship between them.
Sakina has been in her supervised private and public practice since 2001. She incorporates Psycho-social issues and client need specific therapies into her professional psychotherapy practice while using an eclectic approach. She is regularly involved in continuing professional development.
She also facilitates groups, workshops and has had presentations on various Psycho-social issues for community awareness.
Alina Repede, MA
Naseema Siddiqui, M.A., (Cert)OACCPP
Advisor/ Chair - Legislation
Naseema has over 25 years of experience providing a wide range of psychological services to children and adults who are developmentally delayed and behaviourally challenged.
Naseema offers extensive assessment, counselling and treatment services. Provided consultation services to clients, parents, teachers, physicians, Public Health Nurses etc. Consulted wit
h general practitioners and other medical specialists regarding psychological conditions including dual diagnosis and pharmacological concerns and questions. Conducted workshops on Change Management. Presented at the Canadian Cancer Society (Ontario Division) Annual meetings workshops on Stress Management and Stress and Dealing with Change.
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