MEET THE TEAM
Clinic Director [DMin, RP, RMFT]
For the past 2 decades, I've been dedicated to delivering mental health care that is truly transformative. Our clinical focus includes narrative therapy, emotionally focused therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy. These models are some of the most effective in creating long-term change.
In addition to being the Clinic Director at Kiru Wellness Clinic, I am a mental health consultant, public speaker and media expert for sources such as Chatelaine, the Toronto Star and the Globe and Mail and appeared on a national TV show for close to a decade.
My goal each day is to laugh with my husband and inspire my daughter.
Clinical Supervisor [MDiv, RP, RMFT]
Ellis Nicolson comes with 17 years of clinical experience and expertise in individual, couple and family therapy. Ellis is a Registered Psychotherapist and Registered Marriage and Family Therapist with advanced training in Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples (EFT) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Ellis is passing along his unique skill set to the incredible team at Kiru Wellness Clinic as a Clinical Supervisor.
Clinic Coordinator [BA, Psych.]
Asking for help can be difficult, or even a bit scary. I’m here to help. My goal is to guide you through the process and make your journey with the Kiru Wellness Clinic easy and comfortable.
I passionately believe that therapy should be as simple and accessible as possible. I take great pride in making sure every step towards receiving your most ideal treatment is met with respect, understanding, and compassion.
When I’m not working I enjoy spending time with my husband and animal family (two dogs and two cats). I can also be found singing with my band at local venues, or enjoying the outdoors on one of the many surrounding hiking and walking trails.
I look forward in supporting you in your journey towards transformative wellness!
Registered Psychotherapist [M.A.]
I have a passion for long-term change in mindset, thoughts and core beliefs. Crippling negative self-talk fuels low-confidence, anxiety, depression, eating disorders and other mental health challenges that leave us feeling stuck: keeping us angry, alone and unable to reach our potential. A negative mindset impedes communication style, causing us to feel disconnected and destroys our personal relationships.
I work with individuals from an evidence based cognitive behavioural perspective, while integrating emotions focused and narrative therapy. A healthy mindset is essential for emotional regulation, personal growth, healthy relationships and overall success!
I work with couples from an emotion focused perspective and have a special interest in helping couples understand the unique conflict cycle and individual attachment styles that are keeping them stuck in painful patterns of communication. This type of therapy can be intense, but is also deeply rewarding and proven to be extremely effective in creating sustainable change for couples.
My clinical background includes Private Practice, Mental Health Worker and Crisis Counsellor, serving multifaceted populations through one-on-one counselling, programming and group facilitation. I love facilitating therapeutic art based workshops! In addition to a Master’s level degree in Counselling Psychology, I hold a degree in Psychology as well as a diploma in Social Service Work.
I am curious, constantly learning and always seeking out new knowledge and research in this ever changing field!
Outside of the clinic, you will typically find me with a cup of tea, moving from one creative project to another. I love spending time with my husband, family and friends and enjoy being outdoors.
I’m excited to work with you to facilitate change and growth!
Registered Psychotherapist [M.A.]
I am committed to using a collaborative, individualized approach throughout the therapeutic process, supporting individuals, couples and families experiencing emotional distress, social isolation, grief/loss, and relationship issues. I strive to ensure that you feel heard and can comfortably express your concerns. My goal is to help you recognize your strengths and maximize the resources and tools available to you.
I began my therapeutic career by working with trauma victims abroad. This passion led me to work with children and families with Autism Spectrum Disorder as a behaviour therapist providing IBI (intensive behavioural intervention) and ABA (applied behavioural analysis) services. Over the last 5 years I have also worked at the Telecare Distress Line and the Canadian Mental Health Association supporting individuals on their road to recovery.
In addition to a Master’s level degree in Counselling Psychology, I also hold a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology.
I am an avid traveler and enjoy spending my spare time exploring the wonders of the world. I look forward to supporting you towards greater emotional and relational health!
Associate Therapist [M.A.]
I am committed to using a non-judgemental and client centred approach throughout the therapeutic process, supporting individuals, couples and families experiencing emotional distress, anxiety, low self-esteem, perfectionist tendencies, and other life challenges that leave you feeling stuck and defeated. I strive to ensure that you feel heard and can comfortably express your concerns. My goal is to help build your strengths, develop positive coping skills, and assist you to live up to your full potential!
My approach is holistic, while using an evidence based cognitive behavioural perspective and narrative therapy perspective. I believe long lasting change happens when challenges and strengths are validated in a supportive and therapeutic space.
I began my therapeutic career by working with adolescents with eating disorders, mood disorders and personality disorders at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences. I have spent many years working at the Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre supporting adults on the inpatient mental health and addiction unit facilitating group therapy.
I am excited to be a part of the Kiru Wellness team as I complete my requirements to become a Registered Psychotherapist. In addition to having completed all of my academic requirements for my Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology, I also hold a Bachelor’s degree in Therapeutic Recreation, with a specialization in Mental Health.
My passion has always been to help others overcome their shortcomings and improve their self love. Outside of the clinic, I enjoy keeping physically active as I believe movement connects the mind, body, and soul. I love being outdoors and spending time with my family (this includes a lot of laughter and delicious food). I look forward to supporting you towards greater emotional and relational health!
Rochelle Benny Gerard
Master’s Level Therapist [M.A., Cand.]
I use a client-focused approach throughout the therapeutic process, supporting individuals, couples and families experiencing relationship, identity, emotional and self-esteem issues and other life challenges. My goal is to help you develop healthy coping skills and habits that will improve your overall quality of life. I strive to ensure that you can comfortably express your concerns while building the confidence and independence you need to successfully handle future challenges.
I began my therapeutic career by working with diverse clients of all ages as a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy coach, helping individuals experiencing depression, anxiety and stress. This passion led me to work with many individuals over the last three years at the Canadian Mental Health Association supporting youth, adults and seniors through CBT.
I am excited to be a part of the Kiru Wellness team as I complete my requirements to become a Registered Psychotherapist. In addition to having completed all of my academic requirements for my Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology, I also hold an Honours Bachelor’s degree in life science.
I enjoy adventurous hobbies like hiking, swimming and outdoor activities along with reading and dancing. I have a passion for spending quality time with family and friends watching movies and travelling.
I look forward to supporting you towards your goals!
Master’s Level Therapist [M.A., Cand.]
I use a non-judgemental, collaborative approach throughout the therapeutic process, supporting individuals, couples and families experiencing anxiety, depression, difficulty regulating emotions, and other life challenges that cause mental and emotional distress. I strive to ensure that you feel heard and can comfortably express your concerns. My goal is to help you develop constructive coping skills, and utilize the resources and tools you have in order to help you reach your full potential.
My passion for mental health began 6 years ago as I had personal experience navigating mental health. This passion drove me to wanting a career as a counselor so I can help others enhance their mental health in a positive, successful manner.
I am excited to join the Kiru Wellness Team as I complete my requirements to become a Registered Psychotherapist. In addition to having completed all of my academic requirements for my Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology, I also hold a Bachelor Degree in Health Studies and Gerontology.
I enjoy travelling, staying physically active through activities such as yoga and Pilates, and practicing mindfulness-based activities, including painting, coloring, and guided meditation. I have a passion for learning about new cultures, my family and I like to travel to one new place a year and immerse ourselves in that culture through trying local foods, exploring beyond tourist attractions, and learning the cultures history and practices. I look forward to supporting you towards greater emotional and relational health!
Master’s Level Therapist [M.A., Cand.]
I am committed to a non-judgemental, client centered approach to support individuals and couples. I look forward to listening to your unique story and working collaboratively with you to find your inner strength, confidence, and resilience. I imagine your problems being carried around like a big heavy backpack that is weighing you down. I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and a Solution-Focused approach to help unpack that backpack and explore solutions together.
For the past three years I have worked as a Mental Health Nurse with hospitalized individuals and as a Crisis Nurse in the Emergency Department. This opportunity has allowed me to work with many people experiencing depression, anxiety, grief, addiction, situational crisis, and mood disorders.
I am delighted to join the Kiru Wellness team as I complete the requirements to be a Registered Psychotherapist. In addition to having completed all the academic requirements towards my Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology, I hold a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (BScN, RN).
I am from a bi-cultural family and I have been married for over 30 years with two grown children. This has given me an understanding of the many ups and downs of life and relationships. I enjoy travelling and have an interest in culture, food, and art. I love watching British comedy shows, writing, and hiking, but not at the same time!
Master’s Level Therapist [M.A.]
**Please note: Cecilia is not accepting new clients at this time.**
As a client-centered, strength-based therapist I am dedicated to supporting individuals, couples and families experiencing self-esteem issues, relationship conflict, parenting challenges, life transitions, and difficulty regulating emotions.
I practice from a cognitive behavioural perspective with a focus on acceptance, emotion regulation and mindfulness. I strive to create a safe, non-judgmental and compassionate environment where you feel heard and validated, and am committed to facilitating long-term change.
As a mother of two teenagers, I work hard every day to nurture the bond with my boys through laughter and honest communication. My deep love for nature and passion for adventure are shared with my partner. You will often find us hiking hidden trails, picnicking in front of a pond or lake, or camping in the woods.