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 counselled 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 includes 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 heal wounds from the past and achieve a stronger sense of self by empowering individuals to create the life they want for themselves.
Martha Doughtery, M.A. Counselling, Registered Psychotherapist
Having served in public education for twenty years and private practice for five years, Martha is happy to have finally found her dream job! Martha brings a diversity of experience and training to the Centre. She prefers a client-centered, psychodynamic approach and uses different modalities depending on the clients’ needs. Martha has a B.A from University of Ottawa (Psychology and Ethics) an M.A from St. Paul’s University (Individual Counselling) and a B. ED from the University of Ottawa. She has continued her professional development preparing her for work in trauma care. Martha has completed EMDR (part 1) and has provided Equine Assisted Psychotherapy for five years. Further she has designed and facilitated several workshops on anxiety (for teens) and self care for women. Martha believes that people have the capacity to heal regardless of their situation. You have everything to gain when you ask for the appropriate help.
Trina Martin, M.A. Counselling, Registered Psychotherapist
Trina is a member of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario and of the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists. After graduating from Queen’s University with a BAH, she pursued her passion for counselling and earned her Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University. Since entering the field, Trina has had the privilege of working as a crisis support worker and as a therapist with the Sexual Assault Centre Kingston, as well as working as a group counsellor at the Providence Care Personality Disorders Service. She has received extensive training in Trauma-Focused therapy for adult survivors of childhood abuse, including survivors of child pornography and prostitution.
Trina offers an integrative approach to therapy, drawing from mindfulness, cognitive behavioural, dialectical behavioural, client-centered and trauma-focused modalities. For Trina, the therapeutic alliance is of the utmost importance and ensuring the client’s complete comfort with all aspects of the therapeutic process is her primary concern. She maintains the idea that every client knows themselves best, and focuses on empowering clients by providing them with a safe space in which to share their story and work towards healing in a mutually respectful and collaborative manner.
Shannon Parsons, M.S.W., Registered Social Worker
Shannon is a registered Social Worker and is a member in good standing of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. She received her Master’s degree in Social Work from Carleton University in Ottawa, ON and has over 7 years of experience in working with children, youth and adults who have experienced violence and/or marginalization in both a direct practice capacity as well as advocacy related roles. Her clinical experience has expanded approximately 3 years, and has led her to work with a variety of client experiences including anxiety, depression, substance use, emotional regulation, family conflict, suicide, trauma and abuse, mood disorders, and personality disorders. Shannon has a particular interest and aptitude for working with children and youth who live with these experiences. Her approach is client centred and client driven: Shannon is committed to working with individuals in a safe, ethical, and empathetic way so as to support and empower them to live whole, healthy lives.
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, M. A. Counselling, Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)
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-centred 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 honour client differences and work from a feminist approach that affirms clients of all sexualities and genders.
Myra Meier, M. A. Counselling, Counsellor