Seonida Andrews, M.Sc.Psych., Registered Psychotherapist
Ms. Andrews has extensive working experience as a psychotherapist for adult survivors of all forms of childhood abuse and life traumas. She has learned to safely guide survivors through the challenging process of recovery from sexual, physical, emotional and verbal abuse, including survivors of such profound abuse as child pornography and prostitution. She has helped survivors manage the many symptoms of abuse such as flashback, eating disorders, self-injury, nightmares, depression, panic attacks, and dissociation. She helps survivors discover the many benefits of healing such as higher self-esteem, greater control of life, peace of mind and better relationships.
Through her 26 years of association with the Sexual Assault Centre Kingston, she gained extensive knowledge of the symptoms and treatment of the effects of sexual violence and other forms of abuse. She was employed as a psychotherapist by SACK from March 1992 until Jan. 2008, when she moved to the new Centre for Abuse and Trauma Therapy full-time. She also worked part-time as a psychotherapist at Bertha’s Cooperative Counselling Centre from their opening in September 1996 until their closing five years later.
Ms. Andrews has been trained in Marriage and Family Feminist Counselling. She studied treatment of Dissociative Identity Disorder at the Royal Hospital in Ottawa. She has counseled abuse survivors in the Prison for Women and supported HIV+ individuals when she worked for the Kingston AIDS Project.
Her continuing education includes several college courses, as well as numerous workshops and conferences on therapy relevant to treating survivors of violence, sexual assault, trauma and all forms of childhood abuse. She is committed to staying current on all aspects of abuse and trauma recovery. She makes good use of the internet and exploring new books to continue these studies and to improve her knowledge and skills as a psychotherapist. She is a member of an ongoing international study group online for therapists of severe childhood abuse.
Ms. Andrews is a member of the College for Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario and a Clinical Member of the Ontario Society of Psychotherapists. These associations provide insurance, professional development, and collegial support.
Joan H. Boyd, B.S.T., B.A., Registered Psychotherapist
Joan Boyd is a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapist of Ontario and a Clinical Member of the Ontario Society of Psychotherapists. She has worked in community mental health; adult and youth criminal justice; as well as women and men’s issues since 1999, focusing on mental health, trauma and crisis work. She has experience working with individuals and groups. For two years, Joan co-facilitated Turning Point a men’s healing group for male survivors of sexual violence through the Sexual Assault Crisis Centre in Kingston.
With respect to Joan’s professional background, she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Social Development Studies, which focuses on psychology and social work, from the University of Waterloo. She also earned her Behavioral Science Technology with Distinction from St. Lawrence College. Her education and experience include study in psychodynamic, Cognitive-Behavioral, Client-Centered, Feminist, Dialectical behavioral, Trauma-Focused, Solution Focused, Motivational Interviewing, and Experiential models.
Her therapeutic approach utilizes strength-based interventions tailored with respect to the client’s needs, moving the process forward in a balanced manner. Most importantly, the foundation of her work is based on developing a trusting and confidential relationship with the client. Joan’s current interest is on trauma recovery. Traumas can include recent events or past traumas that are negatively impacting an individuals’ current functioning (e.g. childhood abuse including survivors of child pornography and prostitution, neglect, divorce, grief, relationship issues, or illness in the family).
Her goal as a psychotherapist is to create a comfortable, non-judgmental, casual and friendly environment to assist individuals to heal wounds from the past and achieve a stronger sense of self by empowering individuals to create the life they want for themselves.
Roberta Abbott, M.A. Counselling
Roberta is a recent graduate of the Master of Counselling program at the University of Calgary. Roberta completed her practicum placement at the Centre, under the supervision of Seonida Andrews, during which she received comprehensive training in abuse and trauma therapy. This is a second career for Roberta who worked for the Department of National Defence for many years as a political analyst. This career change marks an important shift away from strategic work and toward a more fulfilling vocation of helping individuals in a very immediate and personal way. In addition to therapy focused on trauma recovery and memory processing, Roberta employs Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Mindfulness techniques, as well as other initialized and creative approaches to wellness and positive mental health.
Tracey Taylor, BAH, BHSc, M. A. Counselling Psychology, Registered Psychotherapist
Hello! My path to becoming a psychotherapist followed a somewhat unusual route. I completed a Bachelor of Arts Honours from Queen’s University with a special interest in gender and sexuality. Following that, I graduated with a Bachelor of Health Sciences with Honours in Midwifery from Ryerson University. While training to be a midwife, many clients shared with me their personal stories of trauma, whether related to past childbearing experiences, past abuse as a child or in a relationship, loss of a loved one or some other traumatic event. Inspired by these clients, I pursued a Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology through Yorkville University. Today, I am a member of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario and of the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists, and Psychotherapists. I feel very privileged and honoured to do this work.
I work with adults and older adolescents to help clients overcome fear, anxiety, depression and other symptoms that have roots in past traumatic experiences. You will find me to be a gentle and client-centered clinician who takes a collaborative and mutually respectful approach to treatment. That means that I see you, the client, as the expert on your life, and that I am a professional guide, helping you along your journey of healing, growth, and a clearer understanding of yourself. My job is to help you thrive! I take an integrative approach to treatment, meaning that I draw from different theories and models of therapy to find what works for the individual client. I honor client differences and work from a feminist approach that affirms clients of all sexualities and genders.
Brittany Burns, BSc, MC, Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)
I am a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) through the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. I recently graduated from the Master of Counselling program through the University of Calgary. After completing my practicum placement at the Centre for Abuse and Trauma Therapy, I was excited to accept an opportunity to stay on as a staff member. Before working with clients at the Centre, I completed intensive training focused on providing therapy to individuals who have experienced trauma and abuse. I consider learning to be a lifelong process and I am continually seeking opportunities to develop my clinical skills and knowledge through workshops, seminars, conferences, articles, books, and consulting with colleagues.
My goal as a therapist is to create a safe environment in which I can work collaboratively with clients to address the impacts of trauma and make the changes necessary to live the healthy and fulfilling life that they want for themselves. I understand that each client is unique, and I aim to adapt my approach to each individual. I work from a client-centered and trauma-informed framework and integrate techniques from a variety of therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Feminist Therapy, and mindfulness practices.
Donna Milton, HSC, R.S.S.W, Registered Psychotherapist
Donna is a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario and a member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. She taught college part-time for two years in both the Social Service Worker and Child & Youth Programs. She has worked in the shelters in Toronto and in southern Ontario. Donna has twenty-five years of experience working in the field of counseling, working with people from preteens to seniors. She spent eleven years working with the Ministry of Children & Youth Services in a clinical role and eight years part-time with the Elizabeth Fry Society of Kingston.
Donna has experience in community mental health, youth and adult criminal justice, young teens, men’s and women’s issues. She has experience working with different cultural and diverse backgrounds and those who have recently immigrated to Canada. She has facilitated treatment programs for substance abuse, has knowledge of twelve-step programs and substance disorders. Donna has experience dealing with trauma and grief and has done crisis work. Her clinical experience includes gambling addiction, depression, family conflict, sexual abuse, domestic violence, mood disorders, child pornography, childhood abuse, poverty, relationship issues, and workplace stress.
Her therapeutic approach is focused on trauma recovery and memory processing by applying Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Client-Centered, Feminist, Trauma-Focused, Solution-Focused, and Dialectical Behavioural. Donna’s goal as a psychotherapist is to offer a comfortable, non-judgmental, friendly environment to support individuals thru healing from recent or past traumas and empower individuals to achieve the life they want for themselves.