Our Team

Our team members come from diverse backgrounds and know the importance of collaboration in creating individualized treatment plans. We are a LGBTQ2IA+ friendly and culturally inclusive clinic with a client centered approach.

Meet our team below.  

 

Andrew Alkenbrack (He/Him)

MA, Registered Psychotherapist

Andrew Alkenbrack MA,
Registered Psychotherapist

College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (Reg. No.001878)

Member – Canadian Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies

Member – Canadian Association of Anger Solutions Professionals (Certified Trainer)

Clients: Children, adults, couples 

Types of Therapy: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Neurofeedback 

Issue Focus: Depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, conflict 

Life can throw us curve balls, causing us to become overwhelmed, lost, and desperate to find the help we need. Sometimes in these situations, we are too close to the problem we are struggling with and a fresh perspective can help us move forward. My approach to therapy is client-focused and holistic. I believe free choice and self-determination are key components in growth and self-compassion. My hope is for my clients to feel supported, heard, and to help them on their journey to wellness.  . 

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Andrew has an undergraduate degree from York University and a Master of Arts in Counselling from Yorkville University. He has worked in the mental health field for over 20 years in both private practices and in a hospital setting. 

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is Andrew’s preferred modality of therapy, which is often identified as one of the most effective forms of therapy for dealing with mood and anxiety problems. As a member of the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte, Andrew can also utilize a First Nations perspective on mental and overall health, with a focus on balance in various aspects of one’s life. Andrew has also received training in Solution Focused Brief Therapy and Anger Solutions. 

Short or long-term therapy and counselling is available

Michael Whiteman (He/Him)

MA, Registered Psychotherapist

Michael Whiteman MA,
Registered Psychotherapist

Client: Individual, couple, families 

Types of Therapy: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy 

Issue Focus: Mental health, interpersonal relations 

Over the past 30 years, I have been assisting others through behavioural interventions, counselling, and psychotherapy tailored to individual, couple, and family needs. I have experience as a clinician in hospital, community, private, and various school settings. I am passionate about helping others to better understand, control, and improve their personal mental health and interpersonal relations.  

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Michael is a member with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario and has completed a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology, along with a Graduate Certificate in Psychological Assessments.  A lifelong learner, Michael is well versed in Adlerian, cognitive behaviour, narrative, acceptance and commitment, and brainspotting therapeutic modalities. 

In addition to clinical work, Michael loves spending time with his best friend and partner, three sons, and many other friends and family who share his love of life, soccer, billiards, curling, and practically every other game or sport one can play.  He also enjoys coaching and volunteering when he can find the time or right opportunity. 

Joanne Carriere (she/her)

Registered Psychotherapist 

Joanne Carriere,
Registered Psychotherapist 

Clients: Individual, Couple, Families 

Types of Therapy: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution-focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), Dialectal Behaviour Therapy, along with psychodynamic existential philosophies 

Issue Focus: Anxiety, depression, stress, trauma, personality disorders, life transitions, bipolar disorder, grief/loss, women’s issues, child and adolescent behavioural, emotional issues 

Throughout my 18+ years of working with clients all over the country, I have witnessed the incredible resilience of people and the unique potential each individual inherently possesses. I feel grateful to see the learning and growth that occurs throughout the therapy process. There is a level of empowerment that comes as one processes and makes meaning from specific events. I choose an integrated and flexible approach utilizing client-centered, trauma-informed, and strengths-based approaches. Infusing creativeness and curiosity into my practice allows me to teach mindfulness and self-compassion. Authenticity, trust, reciprocated respect, and effective communication is at the forefront of my practice.  

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Before receiving her Master of Counselling Psychology at Yorkville University in Fredericton, Joanne earned her BSc in Psychology at Trent University in Peterborough. Joanne is a Professional Member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) and Ontario Society of Registered Psychotherapist. With experience working with Indigenous populations (First Nations, Metis, and Inuit), providing services involving domestic violence, and loss to suicide survivors, Joanne is a well-rounded resource for support. 

Living in all corners of Canada (Ontario, Alberta, Northwest Territories), Joanne has a great understanding of transition and travel. She values the importance of enjoying the here and now. 

Lauren Armstrong (She/ Her)

MSW, Registered Social Worker

Lauren Armstrong (She/ Her)

MSW, Registered Social Worker

Clients: Children, Youths, Adults, Couples

Types of Therapy: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy

Issue Focus: Depression, Anxiety, Trauma, Life Transitions, Interpersonal Stress, Grief

Lauren has a Masters of Social Work from the University of Toronto and is registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers. She has experience working within developmental services, child welfare and the mental health sector. She works with individuals experiencing depression, anxiety, emotion regulation issues and other challenging life situations. Lauren uses techniques from various therapeutic modalities, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and solution-focused therapy. She appreciates that each person is unique and aims to provide an individually tailored approach to best suit your personality and needs. 

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Her goal is to create a safe space to build strengths to navigate personal obstacles and help clients reach their full potential. She is committed to creating an open, trusting and non-judgmental relationship with any client she encounters.

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