Certified Members

Lois Hart, RP, (Cert) OACCPP

Summary of experience/professional expertise:

Lois Hart is a certified EMDR Therapist, and recently relocated to Northern Ontario from my Practice in Southern Ontario. Hart's practice is in Bruce Mines, a small town on the North Shore, about one hour from Sault Ste. Marie and three hours from Sudbury. Hart treats trauma, PTSD, depression, anxiety, grief and has over 30 years experience helping individuals and families negotiate life’s transitions and stressors. Hart is a registered Psychotherapist and a graduate of the Department of Family Studies, University of Guelph, Ontario.

Contact Information:

Office Location: Bruce Mines, Ontario
Telephone: 519-369-2662
Email: lghart@bell.net


Kathleen (Kali) Hewitt-Blackie, MA, RP, (Cert) OACCPP 

Summary of experience/professional expertise:Kali Hewitt-Blackie, MA (c) OACCPP

Kathleen Hewitt-Blackie has over 25 years of clinical experience as a psychotherapist. Initially, she specialized in sexual abuse, women's issues and eating disorders. In the early 90s, she did doctoral course work in feminist psychology and community organizing. She feels she can only be present for others to the extent that she has a commitment to my own learning and development. She has expertise in work with individuals, couples, and families-- focusing on relational issues to help my clients discover balance-in-relationship.

Hewitt-Blackie is a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario, (RP#002467)

Her methods are at once challenging, direct, and supportive.


  • 2004-2007 Gestalt Institute of Toronto, Toronto, ON
    • Advanced Training in Gestalt Leadership and Therapy. Graduated from the Gestalt Therapist Training Program
  • 1990-1995 Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, Toronto, ON
    • Community Psychology Department: Feminism and Community Change
    • Doctoral program (Ed.D). Course work complete, dissertation pending
  • 1990s Psychodrama Institute of Toronto, Toronto, ON
    • Completed intensive week-long trainings in the application of psychodrama to therapeutic interventions throughout the 1990s while doing academic work at O.I.S.E.
  • 1986-1988 Antioch University, San Francisco, California
    • Master of Arts, Somatic Psychology and Education
    • Valedictorian address
  • 1982-1986 Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec. Bachelor of Arts, Major- Philosophy
    • Graduated with distinction
  • 1981 John Abbott College, St. Anne de Bellevue, Quebec. D.E.C., Health Sciences

Hewitt-Blackie continue my academic and experiential learning by on-going continuing education classes throughout the years. In the past three years she has attended the following:

  • October 24, 2008 OACCPP Professional Development Conference
    • Non-Traditional Family Support (4 credits)
  • October 24, 2008 OACCPP Professional Development Conference
    • Freedom to Engage (4 credits)
  • October, 2008 Gestalt Institute of Toronto, Student Clinic
    • Sarah Sheard and I designed and co-led an experiential 2-hr workshop on Pitfalls Encountered by New Therapists
  • November 5-7, 2009 OACCPP Annual Conference
    • Process of Regulation: An Update on the New College of Psychotherapy & the Transitional Council (9am-12noon)
  • May 22-24, 2009 Gestalt Institute of Toronto, weekend workshop
    • (Friday night, Saturday & Sunday)
    • Sensory Awareness with Lee Lesser
  • October, 2009 Gestalt Institute of Toronto, 3hr workshop
    • Designed and led workshop entitled: How I get in my own way. -- An exploration of self-sabotage
  • February 8, 2010 Gestalt Institute of Toronto
    • I designed and led a workshop for Gestalt Therapists on Working with Eating Disorders from a Gestalt Perspective. 2hr experiential/didactic workshop
  • May 28-30, 2010 Gestalt Institute of Toronto, workshop (Friday night, Saturday and Sunday)
    • Sensory Awareness with Lee Lesser
  • June 2-6, 2010 Gestalt AAGT Conference, Philadelphia, USA
    • Continuity and Change: Gestalt Therapy Now (20.5 credits)
  • November 4-6, 2010 OACCPP AGM & Conference (11 hrs. continuing education credits (listed below))
    • Comparisons & Contrasts in Alternative Modalities in Treatment. (2 credits)
    • Facilitated Equine Experiential Learning. (1 credit)
    • The Hungry Ghost: A Biopsychosocial Perspective on Addiction. (4 credits)
    • When the Body Says No: Mind/Body Unity and the Stress-Disease Connection. (4 credits)

Contact Information:

Office Location: 502-170 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, ON M5A 0M4
Telephone: 416-992-2123
Email: kalihewittb@gmail.com
Hours of Operation: Alternate Saturday and Sunday. Monday - Friday 10:00am-5:00pm. Tuesday/Thursday/ Friday Evenings.


Allan Hirsh, BSc, MA, (Cert) OACCPP 

Summary of experience/professional expertise: Allan Hirsh, B. Sc., M.A.

Allan has extensive experience in:  helping adult survivors of childhood abuse or indifference; anxiety, panic attacks and fear; stress and burnout; separation and grief; recovery and wellness; relationship counselling. Professional and experienced therapy based on respect, support, compassion and creativity.

Workshops offered on humour and stress management.


  • University of Saskatchewan Graduate School of Psychology. M.A., Saskatoon Campus, 1974. Course Concentration: Clinical Psychology
  • McGill University, Montreal, Quebec. B.Sc., 1971. Major: Psychology, Minor: Mathematics


  • Getting Along: The ABC`s of Human Relations. Wood Lake Books. 1993. Co-author.
  • Humour and Psychotherapy. G.P Psychotherapist. Volume 6, No.2, 1995.
  • RELAX FOR THE FUN OF IT: A Cartoon & Audio Guide to Releasing Stress. Caramal Publishing. 2001.
  • Relaxation Training, A Personal Perspective. Psychologica. Volume 23, Number 1, 2003.
  • Dealing with professional demands and expectations; Course curriculum. Professional  Development for Educators Inc. 2003
  • Coping, Counselling and Cartooning. Psychologica. Volume 26, Number 1, 2006.
  • Moving to Powassan. Psychologica. Volume 32, Number 2, 2010

Contact Information:

Office Location: 348 Fraser, Suite 203, North Bay, ON P1B 3W7
Telephone: 705-476-2219
E-mail: relax@allanhirsh.com 
Website: www.allanhirsh.com 
Hours of Operation: Monday-Thursday 8:00am-4:00pm


Jennifer Hosten, MA, RP, (Cert)OACCPP

Summary of experience/professional expertise: 

Jennifer Hosten is a Registered Psychotherapist (MACP), with a private practice in the Oakville area. Her background includes many years in the Public Service (Federal) and Private sectors and in the field of communications.  She has lived and worked in many parts of the world and is therefore able to connect with clients from many cultures, including Native peoples.  Her strength is in developing strong therapeutic relationships, and helping clients recognize and build on their strengths when overcoming adversity.


  • Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology (MACP), Yorkville University, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada, 2011.
  • Master of Arts (MA), (Political Science), Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada (1992, with distinction).
  • B. A. (Hons), (Political Science major), Carleton Univ., Ottawa, 1990.
  • B.A. (Soc. Sc.), Ottawa Univ., Ottawa, 1989.
  • Additional training:
    • Emotional Focused Therapy (EFT) Certification & Participation in Couples Interventions Therapy Led by Sue Johnson, EdD, April, 2016
    • Dialectical Based Therapy (DBT), Certification & Participation, October, 2015.
    • Safe & Effective Use of Self, based on the teachings of Virginia Satir with Sandra Finkelman, Certification & Participation, Summer 2015.
    • Techniques of Grief Therapy, Certification of Participation, October, 2014.
    • Treating Anxiety and Depression: CBT Certification, November, 2013; 
    • Trauma workshopLeading Edge seminars, 2012
    • Violence Against Women Workshop, Certification & Participation, York Region, October, 2012
    • Registered with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario, 2015.


  • Presentations for Addiction Services for York Region (ASYR) on Addiction and Problem Gambling to Welcome Centres of York Region in 2012, 2013 and 2014.
  • Healthy Life Styles: Presentation to New Canadian families for Family Services of York Region in 2012 and 2013 on Healthy Lifestyles.
  • Problem Gambling and Addiction: Group facilitation for Kerr Street Mission (KSM), Oakville.
  • The Grief Journey: Group facilitation for KSM, 2014, 2015.

Contact Information

1359 White Oaks Blvd., Oakville, ON L6H 2R8.
Email: jennifer@counsellingsolutions.co
Web: http://www.counsellingsolutions.co/
Telephone: 647-787-6417


Catherine Howson, RP, MA, (Cert) OACCPP

Summary of experience/professional expertise: 

Catherine Howson, M.A., (C)OACCPP

Catherine is employed full-time as Team Leader with the Family Counselling & Family Group Conferencing Team at Catholic Family Services in Hamilton, ON.

She completed her Master of Arts Degree in Counselling Psychology at Adler University. She has completed additional training in cognitive-behavioural therapy, couples counselling (Gottman Level 1), Trauma Assessment and Treatment, Addiction Studies, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, as well as Critical Incident Response, CyberCounselling and Clinical Supervision.

Catherine has experience assisting clients in better managing symptoms associated with stress, anxiety, depression, anger, trauma issues, low self-esteem, problematic substance use, abusive relationships, bereavement, general parenting issues, and issues related to separation/divorce. She provides single session walk-in counselling, as well as more intensive treatment protocols for addressing trauma symptoms and anxiety/mood concerns.  She also provides clinical supervision to therapists and Master's degree clinical placement students.  

She enjoys working collaboratively with adults, teenagers, children, families, and couples. She embraces anti-oppressive practice and seeks to respond sensitively to the unique needs of individuals who identify as part of the LGBTQ community, as well as seeking ongoing learning regarding how to to provide culturally sensitive counselling services.  

Catherine has previous experience as a Sessional Instructor and curriculum developer with McMaster University, in the Addiction Studies Program. She is currently a certified Mental Health First Aid instructor with the Mental Health Commission of Canada.  

Contact Information

Catholic Family Services 
447 Main Street East, Unit 201
Hamilton, Ontario L8N 1K1
Direct: (905) 527-3823 ext. 237


Marylou Johnston, RP, RN, BScN, MA, (Cert) OACCPP

Summary of experience/professional expertise: Marylou Johnston, Psychotherapist

Marylou is a registered psychotherapist and educator working in Norfolk County (Port Dover). Marylou has over 30 years experience working in the health care system as a nurse, teacher, trainer, supervisor and administrator. She has been in private practice for 14 years and works with individuals, couples, families and children over the age of 8.

Areas of practice include: addictions, stress, anger, depression and anxiety management, relationships, trauma and abuse, coping with chronic illness, intergeneration commitments, communication that works, grieving and loss, life transitions, women's issues and parenting skills.


  • RN Diploma from St. Joseph's School of Nursing, Toronto
  • Bachelor's Degree in Mental Health Nursing from Ryerson University, Toronto
  • Master's Degree in Arts & Education from Central Michigan University
  • Education credits are too numerous to mention and ongiong, some include:
    • Certificate in Trauma Counselling Level 1 & 2, 2010
    • Gottman Method Couples Therapy Level 1, 2008
    • Cognitive Begavioural Training, 2005 and ongoing
    • Critical Incident Stress Management Level 1, 2004
    • Solution Focus Therapy, 2004

Contact Information:

Office Location: 38 Galinee Trail, Port Dover Ontario  N0A 1N9
Phone: 519-583-1804 (confidential voicemail)
Fax: 519-583-3599
Email: mj.ccservices@gmail.com
Hours of Operation: Days, Early Evening


Desiree Jones, MSc, RP, (Cert) OACCPP

Summary of experience/professional expertise: Desiree Jones

Desiree has worked as a psychotherapist for a variety of different populations helping to guide them during their most challenging of times for a little over a decade.  As a psychotherapist, Desiree has facilitated therapy in a group settings, one-to-one in person, over the phone, and online.  Part of Desiree's experiences have included, working in long term care settings with persons with dementia, working for Employee Assistance Programs as both a Counsellor and Clinical trainer, working for a national children's hotline as a Manager of Counselling, and as a Clinical Services Supervisor overseeing Child and Family Clinicians at a leading Child and Youth Mental Health Agency.  Desiree has worked for both the Peel Region as well as Toronto.

Desiree specializes in Clinical Supervision, mental health, single session therapy, mindfulness, solution focused counseling and crisis, child and youth mental health.  Desiree believes deeply in critical reflection in order to engage those she supervises as well as those she is working with in therapy.  Desiree welcomes working with budding clinicians who wish to work on their skills.

Currently, Desiree continues to work in private practice with adult clients who require psychotherapy for a variety of life's challenges as well as mental health concerns.  Specialises in relationship difficulties, work place stress, crisis counselling, suicidality and adult mental health.  Desiree works with clients over the phone as well as in person.

Education/Professional Training:

  • Master of Science in Clinical Psychology : University of Wales, Bangor  2005
  • Bachelor of Science honors  in Psychology : University of Wales, Cardiff Metropolitan 2004
  • CAFAS certified 2015
  • Mindfulness in Clinical Practice : Leading Edge one year program
  • Project Management : Modules with ITU  2014
  • Safe and Effective Use of Self  2015
  • Solution Focused Brief Therapy and Solution Focused Brief Coaching 2014
  • Successful Clinical Supervision with Dr. Lawrence Shulman 2014
  • Clinical Supervision : Zur Institute  2015


  • Jones, D. (2003) Service users’ views on mental health services. Proceedings of The British Psychological Society, 11(2), 299. ISSN: 1350 – 472X.
  • Jones, Desiree; Sanders, Lalage (2004) The Users’ Voice: Self-Harm and the Mental Health Services.  The Psychologist in Wales, 17.

Contact Information:

Office Location: Peel Region
Telephone: 905-795-3509
Email: dmjones55@hotmail.com


Lori Kay

Summary of experience/professional expertise: 

Lori provides counselling and psychotherapy services to both adults and children. Lori has over twenty five years of experience.Lori's approach is holistic, utilizing strategies from different disciplines based on the client's circumstances and needs. Nutritional and psychological issues can be addressed individually or jointly, depending on the issue and the individual.


  • MA counselling psychology
  • Registered nutritional consultant
  • Touch for Health and PKP certified

Contact Information

Office Location: 445 Elizabeth Street. Burlington, ON  L7R 2L8
Telephone: 905-331-0750
E-mail: lori@lorikaycounselling.com 
Website: www.lorikaycounselling.com
Hours of Operation: Evenings and Weekends appointments available


Jean Keating, MEd, RP, (Cert) OACCPP

Summary of experience/professional expertise:

  • Quebec Ministry of Child and Family Services (Adolescents: Life Skills Training/anger management)
  • Ceridian EAP Services (telecounsellor)
  • Private Practice (supervised) at The Clinic on Dupont
  • Women’s College Hospital- Trauma Therapy program (Individual counselling and groups programs)

Education/Professional training:

  • B.A. Applied Human Sciences (Concordia U)
  • M.Ed. Counselling Psychology (University of Toronto/OISE) 

Contact Information:

Office Location: 3- 39 Alvin Avenue
Telephone: 647-836-5460
Email: jean@jeankeating.ca
Website: www.jeankeating.ca (under construction)
Hours of Operation: varied-including some evenings and weekend hours, if specially requested.
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Bruce Kelly, MA, RP, (Cert) OACCPP

Summary of experience/professional expertise:

Registered Psychotherapist

Psychotherapy Services: Individual, Couples, Family, Group

Contact Information:

Office Location: 2 County Court Blvd., 4th Floor, Brampton, ON  L6W3W8
Telephone: 905-595-6808


Patricia Kelly, MA, (Cert) OACCPP

Summary of experience/professional expertise: Patricia Kelly, MA, (C)OACCPP

Patricia Kelly is a co-founder of New Realities Eating Disorders Recovery Centre and a psychotherapist focusing primarily on recovery from eating disorders and body image concerns. Combining traditional talk therapy with guided imagery, art, role play and body awareness techniques, Patricia helps individuals develop a trusting, peaceful relationship with themselves, their bodies and food.


  • MA, Counselling Psychology, 1995 Adler School of Professional Psychology, Chicago, Illinois
  • Psychodrama workshops
  • Authentic movement classes


  • Experiential training manual in the treatment of eating disorders
  • Intuitive Eating
  • Why Diets Don't Work
  • Eating Disorders

Contact Information:

Office Location: 9 Gloucester St. Toronto, ON  M4Y 1L8
Telephone: 416-921-9670
Email: newrealities@sympatico.ca
Website: www.newrealitiescan.com


Holly Kretschmer, RP

Summary of experience/professional expertise: Holly Kretschmer

Holly Kretschmer has been in private practice since 2005 offering individual and relationship therapy to adults and adolescents 16 years of age and older. Her clinical practice is based on emotion-experiential forms of Psychotherapy. 

Holly specializes in working with clients to heal from the effects of painful experiences related to past and present trauma, and childhood abuse. Holly’s personal and professional experience has taught her that we are born with the ability, and need, to fully and safely express our emotions of joy, fear, rage, hurt, despair, loneliness and grief. It is when we were not allowed to have our feelings as children that we learned to hold and repress them, and instead develop defenses and coping strategies for our buried pain. Holly supports individuals to open to their feelings and make sense of them so that they are freer to live more fully in the present.

Holly has had a long standing interest in supporting individuals so they may parent their own children more effectively and to meet the innate needs of their children. 

Holly is a member of the Board of Directors for the OACCPP and a registered psychotherapist of with CRPO.


  • Psychology BA, York University
  • Adult Training and Development Program, Ontario Institute of Studies in Education – University of Toronto
  • Certified Family Life Educator with Gordon Training International
  • Certified Family Life Educator with The Aware Parenting Institute
  • Conflict Mediation Certificate

Contact Information:

Office Location: 16 Mosley Street, Aurora, ON L4G 1G6
Telephone: 416-271-4638
Email: holly@hollykretschmer.com
Websites: www.hollykretschmer.com


Janos (John) Kovac

Summary of experience/professional expertise: Janos (John) Kovac

John Kovak believe that successful therapy begins with finding the right therapist for you. To help you accomplish this, during our initial consultation, he establishes whether you are comfortable with my approach to therapy, training and experience. He respects your right to ask any questions and find answers that are relevant to developing a strong, professional therapeutic relationship. Important aspects that will help you choose the right therapist are that they: can show you a relevant diploma or license to practice have completed training which includes theoretical perspectives and supervised practice listen and respect your feelings connect well with you


Marriage and Family Therapy Individual psychotherapy

In order for people to grow, change, heal, and thrive, they need to be treated with empathy, compassion, and dignity as a human being. This is why his treatment philosophy takes a humanistic and holistic approach to helping my clients improve their overall well-being. Kovac attempt to provide my clients what they need.

Contact Information:

Office Location: 942 Roundelay Drive. Oshawa, ON L1J 7S4
E-mail: John@WhitbyOshawaTherapist.com
Website: www.WhitbyOshawaTherapist.com


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