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Our Staff

Barbara Anschuetz, EdD, RP, CTS
Ingrid Taylor, MSW, RSW, CTS
Melanie Williams, MA, RSW, CTS
Shirley Koblenz, MA, RP
Pauline Coogan, MEd, RP
Minni Sharma, BA, RP
Sheri Van Dijk, MSW, RSW
Janice LeBlanc, B.F.A (hons), B.Ed., RP. DTATI; RCAT
Stephen B. Stokl, M.D. FRCP(C)
Cecelia Arscott, drs., CPsych.Assoc.
Karen Simmonds, Grief/Bereavement Counsellor
Hannah Rockman, Psy.D., C. Psych.
Joddie Walker, MS, RP, CTS, D.A.A.E.T.S.
Renee Edwards, Classical Homeopath
Alisha Jiwani, RP, Clinical Counsellor
Veronica Hyatt, Art Therapist, BFA  DTATI
Lyndsey McKeown, MSW, RSW
Joanne Alexander, Office Manager

The Trauma Centre

Barbara AnschuetzBarbara Anschuetz, EdD, RP, CTS


Barbara, the Clinical Director at The Trauma Centre, is a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario, and holds a Doctorate Degree in Counselling Psychology. She has provided clinical therapy, supervision and consultation in trauma and grief assessment and treatment for children, adolescents,and adults for over 25 years. As a Certified Trauma Specialist, Certified Traumatologist, Diplomat of the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress and Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress and Certified EMDR Therapist. Barbara has provided trauma response and presentations provincially, nationally and internationally on grief, trauma, PTSD and resilience. In addition, Barbara has extensive experience working with first responders and military after critical incidents and operational stress injuries, both in the area of psychological first aid, as well as treatment for posttraumatic stress.

"My approach to therapy is client-centred and multi-disciplinary as each client comes with unique needs and abilities to cope with anxiety, grief, depression trauma or other life circumstances. A trusting therapeutic relationship is of first importance to me. Employing evidence-based strategies in CBT, CPT, EMDR and IPT, as well as supportive therapy approaches, provides the tools to help clients rebuild their sense of trust in self, others and the world."

"As I continue to observe the indomitable will of the human spirit as clients work through their journey of healing, I am humbled by their courage and strength to overcome life's adversities. Every day I have the privilege of learning from them.

"In order to balance my work, I enjoy time with family and friends, sports, travel, cooking, gardening and reading."


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Ingrid Taylor
Ingrid Taylor, MSW, RSW, CTS


Ingrid is a registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW) and a Certified Trauma Specialist with the Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists (ATSS).

Ingird's approach in working with individuals is collaborative, strength-based and client-centered utilizing evidence-based treatments in order to ameliorate emotional distress and suffering. She specializes in trauma assessment and treatment, stress and anxiety management, intimate partner violence, depression, grief and loss issues. Ingrid was trained in CBT (Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy); EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing); TFT (Thought Field Therapy); TIR (Traumatic Incident Reduction) and Narrative Therapy.

In addition to Ingrid's adult psychotherapy practice, she also provides Corporate Crisis Consulting and onsite crisis intervention support to organization who have experienced a critical incident/traumatic event in the workplace.

"I have been privileged to work as a clinical social worker for over 25 years. It has been an honour to companion people in the midst of profound pain while witnessing the resilience of the human spirit."

Outside of my work I enjoy spending time with those who have special meaning in my life. I am trying to find more time to travel and to improve my golf swing!"


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Melanie Williams
Melanie Williams, MA, RSW, CTS


Melanie is a registered Social Worker with the Ontario college of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW). For 25 years Melanie has enjoyed providing clinical social work services, addressing the effects of trauma for people with a history of childhood abuse, work related traumatic incidents, motor vehicle accidents, and traumatic losses. Her work has also included self-injury, dissociation, anxiety, depression, grief and loss issues for children, adolescents, and adults. In addition she consults with families and professionals in the area of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.

Many people who come to therapy have endured troublesome childhoods, which can lead to fragile sense of self worth and deep feelings of shame, discrimination and oppression, which can contribute to a person's difficulty in life. Melanie uses a collaborative approach and together with her clients, she explores their personal stories and the way the world around them has shaped their sense of self. Her aim is to support individuals to achieve relief from emotional pain, resolution of trauma and resolve the problems and issues standing in the way of their moving forward in their life in a way that has meaning for them.

"One of the therapys that I use in my practice is EMDR (Eye Movement Desentization and Reprocessing). Traumatic experiences tend to stay locked in our bodies and minds until they can be released. EMDR has been found to be particularly effective at facilitating healing and growth. It is remarkable for its ability to move disturbing memories into the past so they no longer affect you. It is focused on bringing together the images, thoughts, feelings, and body sensations of your experience. Working with the body and mind together is key in overcoming trauma. I received my Level II training in 2009."

"In addition to my life as a therapist, I enjoy traveling, reading, chocolate and I am a life long learner. My passion for learning supports me and sustains me in my work as a clinician. l am moved daily by the courage I witness in my work with clients."


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Heather LawrenceShirley Koblenz, MA, RP


Shirley holds a Masters of Clinical Psychology and is a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario, and a professional member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA). She has over 8 years of experience working with individuals coping with emotional and mental health challenges such as eating disorders, depression, anxiety and post traumatic stress. In recent years, Shirley has specialized in providing trauma-informed psychotherapy to youth and adult survivors of sexual assault and abuse and of intimate partner violence.

Shirley views her clients' knowledge of themselves as the most essential resource in the therapy she provides them. She honours the specific context and impacts of individuals' life circumstances and unfortunate adversities on the development of their perspective and values, coping strategies, wishes and needs. Shirley invites her clients to safely explore their areas of concern and build on their existing skills and resilience towards their identified goals. She utilizes Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Narrative Therapy and psychodynamic psychotherapy in her practice.

"I aspire to maintain humanism, openness, compassion and a sense of humour both in my professional and personal life. I am inspired by the people around me, including my clients, who teach me time and again the meaning of resilience and courage. I find balance and satisfaction in my life through close relationships, my yoga practice, and my love for art, music, film and good food."


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Pauline CooganPauline Coogan, MEd, RP


Pauline is a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO). She holds a Masters degree in Counselling Psychology and a Specialized Honours degree in Psychology. She has received post-graduate certification in Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT), Mindfulness-Based Meditation in Clinical Practice, Gestalt Therapy and Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT).

Pauline has been practicing psychotherapy since 2006. In addition to her private practice, she has worked for a university counselling centre, an employee assistance program and a multidisciplinary pain clinic. She is a member of the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists (OACCPP).

Pauline takes the time to really understand her clients, not just by listening to their words, but by seeing them holistically—inclusive of mind, body and spirit, within the context of their life stories. She is alert to and acts upon opportunities that will deepen their understanding of themselves. She helps her clients to process unresolved grief, loss and trauma and to become aware of and disengage from old patterns of behaviour that are no longer useful to them.

Pauline honours the trust her clients place in her and is inspired by their ability to grow and adapt, even under challenging circumstances. She continues to engage in her own journey of self-discovery and growth, which enhances her ability to meet her clients with authenticity, presence and compassion.

"I see the choice of engaging in psychotherapy as a way of reaching for the possibility of a better life. My approach is respectful, mindful and compassionate. I slow my clients down so that they can hear what they are saying to themselves. I value and work with the emotional memories my clients hold and honour and support their inner wisdom and strength."

"In my leisure time, you will find me outside walking, hiking, cycling, canoeing, skiing or skating, depending on the season. I also play tennis and enjoy a round of golf every now and then. I continue to develop my own inner wisdom and strength through daily meditation and yoga practice and by attending retreats from time to time."


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Minni SharmaMinni Sharma, BA, RP


Minni Sharma is a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO). She has an Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Toronto and completed her graduate training in psychotherapy at The Transformational Arts College.

Minni has been of service to the community for over 20 years including working at a women's shelter, rape crisis centre, high schools, and hospices. Minni specializes in working with clients in the areas of divorce/separation, grief/bereavement, blended/step-families, crisis counselling, youth, cross-cultural issues, women's issues and healthy relationships. She has extensive counselling experience with individuals, youth, groups and couples using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and mindfulness strategies. Minni works with her bereaved clients to understand the emotions related to grief and loss and supports them through their grief journey. She works with families and couples to help improve communication and develop healthy relationships. With childhood trauma, Minni uses Gestalt techniques and "inner child work" to assist in healing.

With her solution-focused approach, Minni guides her clients to build their own "tool box" with skills and tools to assist them through difficult emotions and situations. Minni is also a collaborative family professional and supports families through the process of separation and divorce. She is a contributing author of the book "Empowering women to Succeed: From burnout to Victory." Minni had also appeared on Rogers Daytime television and ZoomerTV as a divorce and relationship specialist.

"I believe that self care is very important and I'm working on incorporating that into my everyday life, as I encourage my clients to as well. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, meditation and exploring different international cuisines and travelling."


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Sheri Van DijkSheri Van Dijk, MSW, RSW


Sheri is a Social Worker, registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. She has been working in the mental health field since 2000, the last seven years spent both in private practice and at Southlake Regional Health Centre, working with clients with mental health problems. Sheri has had extensive training in mindfulness, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and cognitive-behavior therapy (CBT), and has been running DBT-informed groups for the past seven years.

Sheri is the author of The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook for Bipolar Disorder and Don’t Let Your Emotions Run Your Life for Teens, and is co-author of The Bipolar Workbook for Teens. The focus of her books is teaching clients how to use mindfulness practice and DBT skills to help them live emotionally healthier lives. Sheri is the winner of the R.O. Jones award for her research on using DBT with bipolar disorder, presented at the Canadian Psychiatric Association Conference in September, 2010.

"When I’m not working, I love to travel, spend time with my family and my dogs, scuba dive, play squash, and read."




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Janice LaBlancJanice LeBalanc,
BFA (hons), B.Ed., RP. DTATI; RCAT


Janice is a graduate of the Toronto art Therapy Institute and registered Canadian Art Therapist with the Canadian Art Therapy Association and a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. Janice has been working in a variety of agencies and private practice since 2001. She has also been an educator in the secondary school system in the area of Visual Arts and Special Education for over 20 years.

Art therapy is especially effective for those who may find it difficult to verbalize emotions surrounding trauma. Clients do not need any art experience or skill, just a willingness to express through the art.

Art therapy combines art and psychotherapy in a way that provides for a safe and gentle way to express the inner self. The artwork becomes the container for intense feelings, making it possible to step back and address the self. "I have witnessed first hand the power of art to transform by empowering clients to take control over their issues and challenges."

"I work with children, adolescents and adults. In particular, my experience includes working with those dealing with trauma such as abuse and domestic violence, family breakdown, as well as self harming behaviour and mental health issues. I also work with individuals in the area of using art to promote overall wellness. I also have specialized experience working with people with special needs, including those individuals on the autism spectrum, Cerebral Palsy, Acquired Brain Injuries and those with developmental and learning disabilities."

"In addition to my work as an art therapist and educator, I continue to learn about and experience art as a means of expression by taking ongoing classes in art at the Haliburton School of the Arts. My new and evolving passion is encaustic painting (painting with wax). I also thoroughly enjoy gardening and traveling."


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Stephen B. StoklStephen B. Stokl, M.D. FRCP(C)


Stephen Stokl, is the consulting psychiatrist for The Trauma Centre. Dr. Stokl has been a Staff Psychiatrist and was the Chief Psychiatrist from 2009 to 2016. Currently Dr. Stokl is a Staff Psychiatrist at Southlake Regional Health Centre and an Associate (Adjunct) Professor, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto., in addition to maintaining a private practice and conducting seminars for medical professionals. He graduated from the University of Toronto in medicine. After interning at McMaster University Medical Centre and completing locums in Northern Ontario, he practiced emergency medicine in Houston, Texas. Dr. Stokl returned to the University of Toronto to specialize in Psychiatry.

Dr. Stokl is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada. He lectures at the Faculty of Medicine, Dept. of Psychiatry, University of Toronto and is a Medical Examiner for the Medical Council of Canada. He was also the psychiatry team lead of a Canadian Trauma team that responded to 9/11.

Dr. Stokl is also the author of an award winning book entitled Mentally Speaking. His book offers valuable insights on human behaviour and perspective on the basics of why and how we think and act the way we do.

"When not working, Dr. Stokl enjoys spending time with his wife and three sons."


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Rhona CharneyCecelia Arscott,
drs., CPsych.Assoc.


Cecelia is a registered Clinical Psychological Associate with the College of Psychologists of Ontario, specializing in the areas of clinical and counselling psychology with children, adolescents and families. Cecelia’s has been practicing for some 15 years providing psycho-diagnostic assessments and psychotherapy services to clients in a variety of settings including hospitals, children’s mental health centres, day treatment and private psychology clinics. Cecelia is also a trained psychotherapist who is proficient in several treatment modalities including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Client Centered Therapy, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Family Therapy, Play Therapy and Eye Movement and Desensitization Therapy (EMDR). Additionally, Cecelia provides supervision and consultation services to various mental health practitioners.

"When not practicing, I can be found enjoying the company of my husband and three children. In addition to travelling near and far, I enjoy good food, a good book, getting together with friends, going to the gym and spending time outdoors."


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Rhona CharneyKaren Simmonds,
Certified Grief Counsellor,
Bereavement Educator


Karen is a certified grief counsellor and bereavement educator and a member of the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists Karen also provides bereavement training and does inspirational speaking across Canada.  Her personal journey and educational accreditation have unified her philosophy of "companioning through grief".  For over a decade her inspirational teachings have touched individuals, communities and National audiences through respecting and honouring the multifaceted needs of those experiencing difficult life situations due to loss. 

"It is my goal  to create a “safe place” for people to embrace their feelings of profound loss.

It is my priviledge To listen to children, teens, adults and families as they teach me the impact loss has had on their lives.

To provide myself with work/life balance I enjoy time outdoors, family, and going for long walks with my dog."


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Rhona CharneyHannah Rockman,
Psy.D., C. Psych.


Hannah Rockman, Psy.D., C. Psych. is a certified member of the College of Psychologists of Ontario (Clinical Psychologist).  She is qualified to practice clinical psychology and perform psychological assessments and related evaluation and treatment of general mental health problems.  She has conducted assessments for Medical/Rehabilitation, Disability and Catastrophic Impairment for Independent Medical Examination purposes and insured clients since 1991.  She has experience in different healthcare environments including hospital institutions, private clinics and universities.  She has worked in different countries and has been practicing in Canada since 2001.  Dr. Rockman has experience performing assessments and therapy with clients involved in personal injury, motor vehicle and work-related accidents. She has specialized in the treatment of depression and posttraumatic stress disorder.  Having practiced on three continents, she is experienced in dealing with populations from diverse cultural backgrounds. 

"I strongly believe that when people are truly seen they can reach their full potential and that it takes true courage to ask for help when we need it"


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Rhona CharneyJoddie Walker,
MS, RP, CTS, D.A.A.E.T.S.


Joddie holds a Masters of Science in Forensic Psychology and is a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario, and a Certified Trauma Specialist from National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children. She holds Diplomate status with the American Academy of Traumatic Stress and is a National (USA) Credentialed Advanced Advocate . Joddie has 25 years of experience with domestic violence, child sexual abuse, sexual assault, adult survivors of child abuse and families of homicide. In addition, she aided first responders as part of two critical incident stress teams.

Joddie’s philosophy to treatment is the use of evidenced-based and trauma-informed practices in a strength-based, multi-disciplinary approach. With vast experience working in the criminal justice system, she understands the secondary victimization that compounds the primary trauma and thus integrates a multi-system approach to her work to minimize such. Helping clients become empowered in their own healing, Joddie is trained in TF-CB, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), and Structured Intervention Trauma-Child and Adolescent (SIT-CAP). She specializes in trauma assessment and treatment, grief and loss, stress and anxiety issues for children, adolescents and their parents. Additional areas of expertise include a sub-specialty with first responders and their families, and other professionals who are in the helping profession who may be experiencing PTSD or secondary traumatic stress.

In addition to Joddie’s clinical practice, she conducts trainings throughout the USA and Canada on topics such as line of duty death, victimology issues, sexual offenders , secondary traumatic stress and multi-disciplinary team approach to child abuse response and treatment.  

"Outside of work, I enjoy the gift of laughter with family and friends. Special interests include golfing and writing."


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Rhona CharneyRenee Edwards,
Homeopath, Hom, BFA

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Renee Edwards is a Homeopath trained in Classical Homeopathy from the Canadian College of Homeopathic Medicine. She also has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from York University. Homeopathy has been a passion of hers for over ten years, using it effectively for her young family as a complementary medicine for supporting their health. Studying homeopathy at an accredited college was important to help spread her knowledge of homeopathy and help others to heal.

Homeopathy is a holistic, natural system of medicine that uses small doses of a substance, which is called a remedy, to stimulate the body’s own ability to heal itself.  When the body becomes out of balance it produces symptoms which demonstrates its attempt to correct the problem.  Homeopathy works with the body, to give it a little reminder of its innate ability to heal, allowing it to bring itself back into balance.  This allows freedom from symptoms and better overall health and vitality.

Homeopathy can be used for a wide range of ailments from acute situations such as colds, flu's, traumas, ear infections, to more chronic illnesses like arthritis, asthma, fibromyalgia, digestive issues, autism, ADHD, depression, anxiety, women’s issues and so on. It may also be used to enhance wellness to prevent future health problems.

“My approach is to use principals set out by Hahnemann, the founder of homeopathy. This includes taking an in depth case of the whole person to get a good understanding of their feelings, physical symptoms, diet and lifestyle in order to match the most properly indicated remedy to their individual experience. This form of individualized medicine is what makes homeopathy unique as it doesn’t just treat a disease; it treats a person with a disease that has their own personal symptoms and outlook on life.”

Renee works with patients of all ages. Since homeopathy is very gentle, it can be used for infants, children, pregnant women, adults and seniors.

"On a personal note, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, gardening, cooking, painting, mountain biking and walking in the forest."


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Alisha JiwaniAlisha Jiwani,
RP, Clinical Counsellor, BA Honours


Alisha Jiwani received her Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour and completed her Master of Clinical Psychology concurrently with a certificate in Psychometric Assessments. Alisha is a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO), as well as a member of the Ontario Psychological Association (OPA) and the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists (OACCPP). Prior to commencing her master's degree, Alisha conducted psychological assessments regarding motor vehicle accident claims, WSIB, personal injury and disability claims, in addition to medical malpractice claims and immigration cases. Since then, she has worked with individuals struggling with alcohol and drug addiction, specifically through providing therapy in both individual and group settings at various rehabilitation centres. In addition, Alisha has provided counselling and therapy to individuals who contend with depression, anxiety, trauma, and marital discord.

"I became a therapist to help people discover their inner strengths through their struggles. I believe in universal resiliency; that we all have varying degrees of resiliency, and that this makes the impossible possible"

"I feel the most fulfilled when I am practicing yoga, running, and spending time with loved ones."


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Veronica HyattVeronica Hyatt,
Art Therapist, BFA, DTATI


Veronica Hyatt is a professional member of the Canadian Art Therapy Association. She has a Fine Arts Degree and a graduate diploma in Art Therapy. She has more than 15 years experience working as an art therapist in a variety of settings and in private practice with children, youth and adults dealing with issues including eating disorders, substance abuse, family breakdown, cancer, trauma, anxiety and depression.

Art therapy integrates psychotherapy and the creative process. In a safe, supportive environment, a wide variety of art materials are used to express feelings and experiences. The process of making and discussing art helps the client to clearly see the context of a situation as well as the strengths that are brought to current challenges.

The language of art is distinct to each person and creates a landscape for exploration, discovery and moving towards desired change.Veronica's approach incorporates cognitive behavioral and psychodynamic elements.

People ask if they need to be good at art to be able to benefit from art therapy. This is not the case. Sometimes clients are surprised by how they express themselves with the art materials. Art offers the opportunity to tell the story with images and symbols. Art can convey what words cannot.

I am honoured to witness the strength of the people I work with. They express their feelings with honesty, courage and creative resourcefulness.

"In my personal life I spend a lot of time with family and friends. I enjoy many kinds of visual art, gardening and, recently, learning about and working with bees"


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Lyndsey_McKeowntLyndsey McKeown,
MSW, RSW


Lyndsey McKeown is a Social Worker, registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW) and holds a Bachelor of Social Work and Masters of Social Work degree. She has been working in the mental health and trauma field since 2006, working in areas of Early Psychosis Intervention, interpersonal trauma and childhood sexual abuse as well as anxiety, depression and life transitions. Lyndsey has been co-facilitating Trauma groups for child sexual abuse and interpersonal trauma for adults and teens, CBT for depression and anxiety groups, Mindfulness and Mindfulness Self Compassion Groups and has been running DBT-Informed groups.

Horses have always been a major role in her life growing up and as an adult. Facilitated Experiential Equine Learning (FEEL) / Equine Facilitated Therapy (EFT) have allowed her to fuse together traditional therapy and experience with her passion and love for horses to offer a unique opportunity for transformative healing. Horses connect us though a deeper mind, body and spiritual connection to discover our own authentic self and stories. Come see what a horse as your teacher can offer you!

"I truly believe in the alternative based healing that horses provide which is achieved through the creation of a sacred and supportive space that is heart-centered and soul led with the horse playing the role of an integral partner in this process. Horses offer humans a sense of strength, freedom, vitality and compassion. I have seen and received the teachings and transformations horses can offer and hope to share this with you. Come experience this journey with a horse teacher, and embrace a new way of being. Radiate your brilliance and stand in your shining!"

"Outside of my work I enjoy spending time with my horses, the farm and reconnecting with nature as my healing and quiet time!"


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Joanne AlexanderJoanne Alexander, Office Manager


Joanne has been with The Trauma Center since October 2007. She started her career as an Administrative Assistant in the advertising industry, and has over 25 years experience. She is proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Quickbooks. Joanne handles all accounting matters for the centre, acts as administrative assistant for the therapists, and runs the office in an organized and professional manner.

"I enjoy spending family time with my husband, son and dog and cats."


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