Our Counsellors

 

 

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., CCTP-II, 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. Joan is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional-II (Complex Trauma).
Her education and experience include study in psychodynamic, Cognitive-Behavioral,
Client-Centered, Feminist, Dialectical Behavioral, Trauma-Focused, Sensorimotor, Internal
Family Systems parts-work, mindfulness strategies, 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,
dissociation, grief, relationship issues, or illness in the family, traumatic attachment, and
unresolved shame, fear, and anger.
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.

Brittany Burns, BSc, MC, Registered Psychotherapist 

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.

Kayla Walsh, BA, MA, Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

Kayla Walsh is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists
of Ontario as well as a member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. After
completing a practicum for her Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology, she accepted a therapist
position with this agency. She is excited to continue working with clients on their road to recovery from
trauma and abuse.
Kayla has over five years of experience working in the field of mental health and addictions. She has
experience as a counsellor in a substance abuse treatment centre, as well as providing counselling for
various mental health and addiction concerns. Kayla’s educational background includes a Bachelor of
Arts in Gender Studies where feminist issues and awareness was studied, as well as experience working
and volunteering for feminist organizations supporting survivors of violence against women and sexual
violence.
Her goal as a psychotherapist with this agency is to provide individuals with a safe place to recover.
Using a collaborative approach with each unique individual, she aims to provide a warm environment
where individuals will be heard, understood, and supported in their healing. She will work with each
individual to support them in recovering from their experiences of trauma and abuse as well as assisting
them in reconnecting to the life they want to live.

Pamela Hall, MC, RP (Qualifying), CCC
 
Pamela is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario, as well as a Canadian Certified Counsellor with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. She completed her Masters degree in Counselling Psychology at the University of Calgary. Prior to working at the Centre, Pamela completed thesis research on the relationship between coping strategy use and trauma symptom severity among Canadian Veterans. Following this, she spent several years working with Veterans and their families who live with trauma. Further, Pamela has experience supporting individuals in the general community who are experiencing anxiety, depression, low self-worth, grief, and life transitions. 
 
Pamela works to help you recover by taking an integrative approach unique to your individual needs. She applies the Tri-Phasic Trauma Processing Model, and techniques from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and Narrative Therapy. She recognizes the courage it takes to reach out for support, and truly feels it is a privilege to sit with you along your journey. Providing a space where you are treated with compassion and respect, Pamela works with you to unpack your story. She believes that you are the expert in your life and draws on your strengths to help you reach your goals for therapy. Pamela looks forward to connecting with you.

 

 

 

The Centre for Abuse and Trauma Therapy is not a Crisis Centre. 

If you are in distress, please contact the 24/7 crisis line at 613-544-4229 or the Sexual Assault Crisis Line at 613-544-6424.  If this is an emergency, please call 911.