Meet the Team

Meet Our Team

Clinical Directors

Julia van der Werf, Ph.D., C.Psych.

Dr. Julia van der Werf provides comprehensive assessment and integrative therapy for children, adolescents, and families.

Dr. van der Werf has experience treating a wide range of challenges and diagnoses, including (but not limited to) anxiety, depression, trauma/loss, relationship and identity issues, parenting challenges, and behavioural regulation difficulties.

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Nadia Barakeh, M.Psy.
Child and Family Therapist

Nadia has a background in psychology and training in several therapeutic modalities. With over 20 years of experience that is shaped by a strong multicultural, client-centred and strength-based model, Nadia's approach is guided by the belief that with the right knowledge and support, every individual can develop their own strategies to cope with life’s challenges and overcome barriers. 

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Sophia Labonte, M.A.
Registered Psychotherapist

Sophia's educational experience includes a B.A. (Bachelor of Arts) in Psychology, a B.Ed. (Bachelor of Education) and a M.A. (Master of Arts) in Counselling Psychology. Sophia is a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario and has been working as a therapist for over 10 years.

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Clinical Associates

Cathy Hibbert, M.Ed.
Parent and Education Consultant

Cathy’s educational experience includes a B.A. (Bachelor of Arts) in Psychology, a Diploma in Counselling and a Masters of Science in Education. She has over 17 years of experience in the education and mental health field.


In her teaching career, she has been a middle school teacher, guidance counsellor, athletics director and vice principal.

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Tara Pouyat, MSW, RSW
Registered Social Worker

Tara is a trauma-informed therapist and has over 10 years' experience working with people from diverse backgrounds who are struggling with issues such as anxiety, depression, stress, emotion regulation, grief and loss, low self-esteem, unhealthy relationships, family issues, sexual violence, a life transition, racism/discrimination, and trauma/PTSD related to childhood or adulthood.

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