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DANA LIBBY, MSW, RSW
I am the founder of Third Space Consulting, Inc. My commitment to the creation of Third Space has come from decades of consultation and counseling to individuals and families for over 30 years. I have specialized in infant mental health, attachment, and trauma. This has allowed me the privilege of working with people who have survived incredible pasts and are often facing devastating moments in their present experiences. I have always worked from a strength-based perspective, respecting the fact that people are the experts of their own unique lives. I believer through collaboration, visions for clients’ futures can become clearer and they can move forward to their fullest potential.
Following my Masters in Social Work, I continued working in mental health agencies focusing on children and adults. I began co-creating programs and groups for clients but also provided consultation and training for colleagues in mental health, public health, education, and child protection. Similar to clients facing complex challenges, colleagues doing complex work are often just surviving each day. Working with colleagues in the field has been an amazing opportunity to help both organizations and employees offer their best skills and strengths for the benefit of the clients they serve. This work is hard and I believe when we can identify our own values and beliefs as well as our limitations, we can design practices of self care that will keep us balanced and able to thrive in our work with others.
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I began practicing psychotherapy in 2015, after a 30-plus-year career which included work as a community organizer, sociologist, public health evaluator, public health manager, community mental health evaluator, and children’s mental health system coordinator. Throughout, I have been a student of psychology, working to understand human development and psychological distress as it shows up in the lives of individuals, families, organizations, and communities.
In my middle 50’s, I took a leap of faith and decided to pursue my long-standing desire to become a psychotherapist. The road not taken -- the unlived life – beckoned. I went back to school and earned a Master of Arts degree in Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy at Wilfred Laurier University in 2015.
My approach to psychotherapy is holistic and client-centred. I have been strongly influenced by depth psychology, especially that of Carl Jung. I take seriously the notion of “soul,” by which I mean the self-healing, self-correcting agency within each individual. From this perspective, symptoms such as depression and anxiety, dissatisfaction and boredom are very often communications from within demanding attention. Attending to these signals makes possible psychological realignment, resulting in renewed energy and a sense of meaning in life.
Other influences on my practice include the new science of neurobiology and mindfulness, and the closely related attachment and Internal Family Systems models, which provide powerful tools to help individuals learn to better regulate emotional distress, break the grip of old patterns, and increase choice, flexibility and life satisfaction.
Kylene Dube, BSW, MSW, RSW
Social Worker, Psychotherapist
Kylene Dube is a registered Social Worker with over 35 years of experience working in adult mental health and post-secondary education. Kylene offers individual counselling/psychotherapy services to adults (18+). Her areas of expertise include grief and bereavement, depression, anxiety, stress management and personal growth.
Early in her career, Kylene worked in inpatient and outpatient psychiatry. She was an Employee Assistance Program Counsellor/Manager for nearly 20 years, providing counselling/psychotherapy and workplace wellness services to various sectors including health care, education, government and industry. Kylene is currently employed in Social Work education.
Kylene’s approach to counselling/psychotherapy is based on a belief in the power of relationship to bring about hope, awareness, and positive change. She works alongside clients to identify their strengths and develop strategies to address the situations that led them to seek assistance. Within the warmth and safety of a confidential professional relationship, clients have an opportunity to share their story, be heard, and find ways to improve their quality of life.
Fatima Di Valenti, MSW, RSW
Social Worker/ Psychotherapist
It is my pleasure to offer a wholistic practice that encompasses both adult, child and family.
The stressors of life can feel overwhelming and the longer they go ignored, the weightier they feel. Challenging child behaviours, relationship conflicts, adoption issues, family conflicts, unaddressed childhood abuse, domestic violence or work stress can leave us anxious and unsure. I offer years of experience in addressing these issues, and use a narrative, client-focused, child-centred approach to help you build on your strengths to manage and address trauma and stress. If you're ready to begin the healing, I'm a call or text away.
Specializations: childhood abuse, trauma, attachment, adoption, EMDR and Sensori-motor competent.
I work from a trauma-informed, child centred, attachment focused, narrative therapy framework. I am an experienced practitioner of Somatic Experiencing, EMDR & CBT.
To book an appointment please log onto my online booking at: divalentin.janeapp.com
Or contact me at 519-200-6934 (text welcomed) to start your free telephone intake to ensure that my services are right for you.
James Playford, M.Ed., RP
James is a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. He earned his M.Ed. in Counselling and Psychotherapy from OISE at the University of Toronto in 2018. He has three years of experience working with individuals in a clinical setting.
James offers psychotherapy to individuals ages 16 and older. He works clinically with a wide range of presenting concerns including, but not limited to depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, behavioral symptoms, trauma, identity issues, interpersonal conflict, relationship communication challenges and life transitions. As a psychotherapist, James is committed to helping individuals find their way to a better and more meaningful experience of themselves and their lives with others.
In his practice, James draws on cognitive-behavioral, emotion-focused and psychodynamic therapeutic approaches to conceptualize and address client needs. He follows a person-centered, insight-based therapeutic approach, which calls for the establishment of a collaborative therapeutic relationship. He often assigns homework in-between sessions and encourages clients to spend time outside of sessions working on themselves. This might take the form of self-reflecting in a journal or experimenting with new and healthier thought and behavioral patterns.
James’ schedule is arranged to accommodate daytime, evening and weekend hours. He invites you to call or email him today to book an appointment.
M.Ed, Counselling Psychology, Registered Psychotherapist
I began my career as a Psychotherapist in 2010 in the field infant and children’s mental health. Working with children and their families, many of whom experienced early trauma, I developed a passion for better understanding the impact of our early experiences on our social, emotional, relational, and cognitive development. This led me to the field of neuropsychotherapy – that is, how our brain and biology influence our mental health and behaviour.
Our brain is the most important organ in our body - it determines what we think and feel, what we say and do, and how we perceive our world. Our brain is shaped by each and every experience we have, right from the moment it starts to develop. While our brain is responsible for a lot of good, it can also be the source of our struggles. Anxiety, depression, self-esteem, difficulties in relationships, struggles in parenting, all stem from the way our brain fires. Working from this perspective - combined with therapeutic approaches including cognitive behavioural therapy, narrative therapy, family therapy, mindfulness, attachment theory - we will work together to better understand the source of the struggle that brought you to seek support and work together to make positive change. Within the therapeutic relationship, we have the ability to be reflective of how the past can cause us to become stuck, how we may be so overwhelmed by the negative in the present that we are missing out on the good, and how fear and worry about the future can overwhelm us and get in the way of living the life we would like to be living.
This work can be hard and change takes time. I work from the perspective that results are achieved through small incremental changes and so we have to be patient with ourselves during this process. Within this caring and compassionate relationship, I can support you in starting this journey.
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