Clinical Staff

Dr. Christine Courbasson – Clinical Advisor

Dr. Courbasson, the Clinical Advisor of Trafalgar Residence is a registered Psychologist and has worked in a variety of settings from the small community health centre to the largest mental health and addiction treatment center in Canada. Dr. Courbasson’s background includes, Head of the Eating Disorders and Addiction Clinic, Director of Training: Clinical Psychology Practicum Training Program at CAMH, assistant professor with the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto (U of T), and Adjunct Faculty at several universities in North America and Europe. She is involved in the training of clinicians in assessment and the application of various treatments for mental health and addiction problems. She conducts workshops for professionals, is the author of a number of scientific articles and book chapters and has lectured on a variety of topics related to her clinical and research interests. She has also appeared in various television and radio programs.

Laura Demoe, BA, M.S.W., RSW – Clinical Manager & Therapist

Laura Demoe holds an Honours degree in Psychology from Brock University, a Master in Social Work degree from Wilfrid Laurier University, has completed Advanced Core Skills Training in Emotion-Focused Couples’ Therapy Training and currently completing Certification in Sex Addiction Therapy. Laura’s interest in addiction began during her undergraduate degree, and she completed a thesis exploring the neurological relationships of individuals with high sensation seeking, impulsivity with risk-taking behaviours. Laura’s counselling and therapy experience in couple’s work in 2010, working alongside a Family and Marriage therapist facilitating couple’s workshops and retreats. Laura’s interest in couple’s work led her to a graduate program during which she conducted a Master’s thesis examining perceptions of marital therapy, and presented these findings of her thesis at Wilfrid Laurier’s research forum. Prior to Laura’s transition to Trafalgar Residence, she was working primarily with trauma survivors of domestic and/or sexual abuse struggling with comorbid addiction issues at the Haldimand & Norfolk Women’s Shelter. Laura’s treatment approaches are eclectic, they include Cognitive Trauma Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Emotion-Focused Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, CSAT Sex Addiction Therapy model and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

Nathaniel James, M.A., R.P. – Registered Psychotherapist, Psychometrist

Nathaniel is a counsellor and a psychometrist that has been working in the mental health and addictions field for over five years. He has worked as a psychometrist at a private practice completing neuropsychological and psychological assessments and counselling sessions. He has also worked as a research assistant at a major mental health and addictions hospital working with clients with concurrent eating and substance use disorders, completing studies regarding systematic reviews and meta-analyses on alcohol dependence and all-cause mortality, and facilitated presentations on the etiology and treatment of various substance use disorders.

Souha Bawab, M.A., R.P. – Registered Psychotherapist

Souha is passionate about supporting people in their quest for well-being. She has a Masters degree in psychology and has worked with adults seeking help for mental health difficulties and addictions for over five years in a general mental health hospital setting and a specialized addiction centre. Souha’s work included individual therapy, support groups, and group therapy.

Shane Smyth – Registered Psychotherapists

Shane is a registered psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) and a member of the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists (OACCPP). Born in Ireland and qualified initially as a mechanical engineer he became interested in psychotherapy through personal growth and engagement in his own journey. This lead to gaining a masters in youth and community work and an honors degree in psychotherapy. He has worked in the areas of mental health, addiction, homelessness and children mental’s health for over ten years. Shane is trained in several areas of humanistic and integrative psychotherapy including dialectic behavior therapy, cognitive behavior therapy, narrative therapy, emotionally focused therapy, motivational interviewing, transactional analysis, family systems therapy, Prevention and Management of Aggressive behaviour (PMAB), Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI), Mindfulness, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) and gestalt therapy.

Marinela Trickett B.Sc. MACP.OACCPP – Clinical Therapist

As a University of Toronto alumnus, I have extensive training as a Behaviour Therapist, and years of experience working with people suffering from Borderline Personality Disorder with CAMH and private practice. The complexity of BPD is such that neccessitates acquiring additional knowledge of and experience with various Axis I disorders. I have experience working with poly-substance and behavioural addictions, which have highest comorbidity rates with BPD.

Paitra Surerus-Marsh, MA Psych – Registered Psychotherapist

Paitra is a Registered Psychotherapist with the CRPO and a member of the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists, and Psychotherapists (OACCPP). She has extensive experience in providing individual therapy and support to adolescents and adults with anxiety, developmental disorders, depression, trauma/ PTSD, self-esteem issues, substance abuse/ addictions and relationship issues. She believes in using an eclectic approach that integrates ideas from various theoretical frameworks such as Client-Centered, Psycho-dynamic, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Behavior Modification, Solution Focused and Emotion Focused therapies. Her experiences in the field have provided her with a personal insight into issues along the continuum of care for individuals and their families, emphasizing the importance of providing needs-sensitive services.

Raymond Moore, ICADC – Supervising Day Counsellor

Raymond Moore is an internationally certified alcohol and drug counsellor with 8 years of experience. He began his career at Renascent in 2007 and has worked in other addictions centres across the GTA. Raymond is a well-respected member of the addiction community and is known for his ability to connect with the clients he is working with. Raymond is a member of the CCACF which holds addictions counsellors to standards that are designed to provide the best quality of care possible. Raymond is in the process of obtaining his registered psychotherapist credential through the CRPO.

Jennifer Page, D.T.A.T.I, B.F.A. – Art Therapist

Jennifer is a professional Art Therapist who supports people in recovery by encouraging personal expression through the creative arts. Art therapy allows for people of all ages to be an expert in their own story, to honour their experiences and ascertain control over their own lives. Engaging in the arts and the creative process can be a powerful way to heal as well as recognize and build personal strengths. Her enthusiasm for the creative process encourages her clients to tap into their own playfulness and curiosity.

Paula Mazzarolo, MASc, RNCP, CNHP – Director of Operations

Paula graduated with an honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto. After eighteen years working within the pharmaceutical industry, she decided to return to school where she became a Registered and Certified Nutritionist and received her Masters of Applied Science. She also holds a Certificate in drug and alcohol addiction from McMaster

Alisha Arnold – Yoga Instructor

Yoga has been a passion of Alisha’s for many years. She be-came a 200RYT in 2014 and since has been teaching many community based classes, as well as, at the Grand Valley In-stitute for women. Alisha also works as a Neighbourhood Support Worker and a Deep Nature Connection Mentor in the Guelph area. She loves guiding folks on long meditation hikes and doing

Timothy McHugh – Chef

Chef Tim McHugh hails from Toronto where he worked in such landmark restaurants as Monsoon, Stonegrill and Le Saint Tropez. Bringing his knowledge of fine dining to our residence, he now lives by the philosophy that healthy food doesn’t have to be bland or boring. With over twenty years experience, he is fully dedicated to making everyone he serves full

Annie Bowker – Yoga Instuctor

Annie was born and raised in Oakville, Ontario and had the good fortune of discovering yoga in her early teens. She was a competitive ski racer and, found yoga to be a good way to balance rigorous weight training and a busy schedule. She attended Wilfrid Laurier University for psychology and has had a keen interest in linking ancient principles of yoga

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