Nat Roman is a Registered Psychotherapist and a Registered Marriage & Family Therapist with a Master of Science (MSc) in Couple and Family Therapy and a BA in Psychology. He has training in individual, couple, and family therapy, and specializes in an integrative approach that draws on effective therapy practices from multiple models tailored to the needs of each client. In addition to his academic and clinical background, Nat has in-depth training in Nonviolent Communication (NVC), restorative conflict circles, mindfulness meditation practices and Buddhist psychology.
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Nat was first introduced to both therapy and meditation practice twenty years ago within the context of his own therapeutic journey and since that time has studied, practiced and taught mindfulness based practices in Canada and the US. Nat has taught and mentored others within the context of traditional Buddhist retreats, workshops on mindfulness and compassionate communication practices, and individual, couple and family therapy sessions.
Nat has also explored these above themes in his academic work having conducted experimental psychological research on the effects of mindfulness and emotional awareness in reducing aggressive responses to goal threats as well as exploring how somatic awareness and embodied mindfulness practices can be integrated into couple and family therapy.
Nat's clinical interests include understanding the role of attachment processes and trauma in interpersonal development; language and systems of meaning; and strategies for challenging internalized social and cultural messages that get in the way of experiencing the freedom, connection and safety that we all long for as human beings.
Nat has training in systemic family therapy models (Family Systems, Contextual, Structural, and Strategic), social constructionist approaches to individual, couple and family therapy (Dialogic, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and Emotion Focused Therapy), and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Process Experiential and Mindfulness-based psychotherapies. Nat has been influenced by the Integral frameworks of Ken Wilber, the Metaframeworks model proposed of Breunlin, Schwartz, and Kune-Karrer, and the emerging T.E.A.M approach from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) pioneer David Burns. All of these approaches are attempts to move beyond the one model treatment approach for all clients and all problems, and move toward a conscious integration of the most effective practices from various models, tailored to the specific needs of each client.
In an earlier stage of life Nat worked as a professional musician and strongly believes that creativity is an essential part of life, whether one is engaged in a formal creative discipline, problem solving, or attempting to get kids off to school in the morning.
Benjamin Gibson is a Registered Psychotherapist with a Master of Science (MSc) in Couple and Family Therapy and a BA in Psychology. He has significant experience working with individuals, couples and families, and takes pride in his ability to connect in a genuine way with a variety of clients, tailoring his approach in a way that best honours each client’s unique preferences, values, strengths and goals.
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Benjamin is trained in and comfortable working from a variety of clinical models, including Solution-Focused, Cognitive-Behavioral, Emotionally-Focused and Narrative. He takes a person-centred approach, and believes that the therapeutic relationship is built on trust, respect, compassion, acceptance, validation and understanding. In his work, he consistently demonstrates attentiveness to engaging his clients’ internal resources and their potential to create positive changes in their lives. Through insight, self-awareness and the acquisition of tools geared towards coping with life’s challenges, he believes that the therapeutic process is invaluable in nurturing and supporting healing in his clients’ lives and relationships.
Benjamin’s professional training and personal experiences allow him to offer a non-judgmental environment, sensitive and intuitive insight, and solid therapeutic skills that help clients to move forward in their lives.
Benjamin understands that some of the issues clients bring to therapy may be private, difficult to talk about, embarrassing, or painful. He has worked with people on many difficult issues and aims to provide a safe space for clients to talk about their concerns.
Benjamin can help you:
- Find solutions for family, couple & workplace conflicts
- Improve communication at home
- Manage stress, anxiety, anger and moods
- Cope with grief and loss
- Resolve trauma and past hurts
- Increase confidence and self-esteem
- Find sexual intimacy
- Be the parent and family member you prefer to be
Emily Tousaw is a Registered Psychotherapist with a Master of Science in Couple and Family Therapy, a Master of Arts in Conflict Studies, and a Bachelor of Arts in French and Global Studies. Emily's clinical training and experience is with individuals, couples, and families and she practices from relational, postmodern, and systemic perspectives. Her clinical approach draws on Emotionally Focused Therapy while integrating aspects of Dialogic, Narrative, Solution Focused, and trauma- and feminist-informed modalities. In addition to her clinical training, Emily is trained as a mediator and third party neutral with the Canadian Institute for Conflict Resolution.
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Emily believes that 'meeting people where they are' forms the basis of a strong therapeutic relationship and she is skilled at creating a nonjudgmental, safe, and comfortable space where people can be themselves and talk about difficult issues. Emily is skilled at understanding what people are really asking for and explores how each person's unique skills and talents can be used to create positive and sustainable change.
Emily's clinical interests include understanding the role of attachment processes in relational issues, exploring the sometimes oppressive and restrictive impacts of cultural and societal discourses on well-being, working with people to access, express, and process core emotions and vulnerabilities, and helping people find ways to live as their preferred selves. Emily is attentive to issues related to equity, gender, and power, and truly believes that people are doing the best they can with the resources available to them. She uses a strengths-based approach to help people identify and expand their repertoire of available resources, and works from an understanding that letting go of the "shoulds" and accessing and expressing one's authentic self can be both liberating and healing.
Emily works with folks who identify with diverse relational, sexual, gender, and cultural identities on issues related to relational conflict, communication, trust, monogamy and non-monogamy, life transitions, sex and intimacy, self esteem, and past hurts.
Sarah Nobel holds a Master of Science (MSc) in Couple and Family Therapy, and a BA in Psychology with a minor in Social Justice and Peace Studies. She is a Pre-Clinical Fellow with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Sarah works collaboratively with individuals, couples, and families, with a special interest in working with youth. She draws on her training in multiple therapeutic approaches including narrative, solution-focused, emotionally focused couples therapy, and cognitive-behavioural therapy. In addition, Sarah is a practitioner of Zen meditation, and these philosophies and values inform the way she thinks about and works with the problems that arise in people's lives.
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Sarah's clinical training and personal style have guided her towards a focus on narrative and solution-focused therapeutic approaches. She believes that people have the inner resources necessary to deal with the problems they face, and that with appropriate support they can make profound changes in their lives. Sarah is skilled in:
- Working collaboratively with people to identify preferred visions for their lives, breaking down steps they can take to get there, and uncovering the knowledge and skills they have to support them along the way;
- Understanding how societal, familial, and social factors both influence and maintain problems;
- Inviting people to reclaim and accept parts of themselves that have been rejected due to influences such as trauma, oppression, or societal expectations.
When working with romantic relationships, Sarah views problems through an attachment lens. She believes that we have an innate desire for love and belonging, and that our fears and protective responses to our emotions can get in the way of connection in relationships.
Sarah works from an emotionally focused approach to help couples build safety and trust so that feelings and needs can be communicated and heard, and genuine connection can be made. Sarah sees how societal expectations of romantic love can create unrealistic ideals and get in the way of acceptance of one's partner and relationship--all the hard, messy parts that come along with the wonderful. She promotes "doing love"-- a more intentional, active approach to repairing, maintaining, or enhancing relationships.
Sarah has been a practitioner of Zen Buddhist meditation for 7 years, and sees personal growth as a difficult but essential part of life. From this view she practices from a place of compassion, acceptance, and non-judgment. This allows her to build strong relationships with clients and to create an environment in which people can feel safe to share and be vulnerable.
Sarah also helps clients to cultivate acceptance of and compassion for oneself and important others in their life, and believes that it is from this place that we are able to see clearly a way forward towards the life we want.
Being an advocate and ally with people who have been oppressed and marginalized has been an important part of Sarah's life, and she is passionate about promoting equality and inclusiveness in the community.
Client Intake Coordinator
Kyle Karalash holds a Master of Science (MSc) in Couple and Family Therapy, and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Sociology. Kyle has clinical experience with individuals, couples, and families and holds an understanding of the process of therapy. He has knowledge of various approaches such as Narrative, Solution Focused, Dialogic, Emotion Focused, CBT. Kyle believes in creating and maintaining safe spaces where clients can feel comfortable and supported, and will do his best to assist you with your inquiries and setting up therapy services.