Anita Federici, PhD, CPsych, FAED
Dr. Anita Federici is a Clinical Psychologist and the Owner of The Centre for Psychology and Emotion Regulation, a private Clinic specializing in the assessment and treatment of eating disorders, personality disorders, and trauma. Anita has an established reputation for her work as a therapist, clinical trainer, researcher, program director and consultant. A distinguished Fellow of the Academy for Eating Disorders, Anita is a recognized authority on eating disorder treatment and dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT). Her work has been presented at international conferences and published in peer-reviewed journals and invited book chapters.
Dr. Federici is a registered member of the College of Psychologists of Ontario and the elected Co-Chair for the Suicide and DBT Special Interest Group for the Academy for Eating Disorders. In 2019, she was awarded Business Woman of the Year by the Meridian Women of Excellence Committee for her outstanding contributions to the community and to the province. Anita has had a considerable impact on the field through her leadership and expertise. Over the past ten years, she has developed a robust training program, a wide network of allied health professionals, and a treatment centre in an underserved and rural region of Ontario. She has provided more than 100 lectures, workshops, and invited talks on eating disorders, DBT, the adaptation DBT for EDs, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), and personality disorders. Known for her engaging and authentic style of training, Anita has become a highly sought-after consultant for numerous hospitals and community based organizations across North America who are seeking to improve treatment programs or expand access.
When she is not training and consulting to other clinical professionals in her field, she’s working at her private practice providing supervision and support to her team. In addition to DBT and CBT, Anita is also intensively trained by the developers of Cognitive Processing Therapy. Recently, Anita started an online petition to raise awareness about the lack of treatment for eating disorders in Canada. As of December 2020, the petition has more than 21,000 signatures. Midland community members, Dr. Federici’s colleagues, National Eating Disorder Information Centre, WaterStone Foundation, F.E.A.S.T., and Body Brave support the petition, and it has received coverage by Simcoe.com and NEWSTALK 1010 Radio. Dr. Federici hopes that through leading this movement, she can affect positive change by increasing treatment access for her clients and the 2.8 million Canadians who suffer from eating disorders.
Fayssoux Bombardier, MSW, RSW
Clinical Social Worker/Therapist
Fayssoux works with a compassionate inquiry approach toward a collaborative relationship where you can safely explore and manage issues in your life. With training and experience in a variety of evidence-based approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Narrative, Attachment models, Solution Focused and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction techniques. She is also trained in Traumatic Incident Reduction, a systematic method to locate, review, and resolve traumatic events.
With over 15 years of experience in the field including within hospitals, family systems work, community clinics and social service settings Fayssoux brings a wealth of understanding and skill toward inspiring mental wellness. She completed her BSc in Psychology and Women’s Studies while working in various youth and family program initiatives on a military base in Nova Scotia. Following that she obtained a Masters Degree in Social Work and keeps current with numerous additional clinical trainings and certifications. She is also an experienced facilitator who has taught mental health awareness to both clinical and corporate environments tailored to meet the needs of each unique group.
Her passion is therapy and the awareness and peace of mind that can come out of this important work. Together with her partner, she is raising a young family here in Georgian Bay, exploring the beauty of the area and taking time to enjoy the simple things in life.
Rachel Gerow, MA, RP
Diane H. Aiken
Diane H. Aiken is a Registered Psychotherapist who provides individual and couples counselling. She is also a certified Imago couple’s counsellor.
Recently relocated to Midland from Toronto, she holds a Masters in Counselling Psychology from OISE/University of Toronto as well as amassing ten years of research in the area of trauma and wellness at the University of Wales. She previously worked for Sherbourne Health Centre for over thirteen years as well as for Saint Michaels’ Hospital before that, amassing over eighteen years of service in mental health. Using clinically tested and evidenced-based interventions, she has worked with countless couples and individuals since 1999 in her Toronto based private practice. She is trained in Gestalt, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and Brief Solutions Focused Therapy with a strong focus on psychoeducation. Her experience includes working with marginalization, diversity and LGBTTQ issues, grief, anxiety and depression, among other challenges. She was a weekly featured guest of the Flo 93.5 radio and appeared on Television programs such as CTV’s Canada AM. Her greatest reward as a therapist is helping clients explore ways to be empowered individuals, who can overcome personal obstacles, improve their relationships, and make the changes in their lives that will allow for hope. She believe that we all need someone to talk with who will really listen and accept us as we are, without judgment. Therefore, she provides clients with a warm, nonjudgmental environment, creating a safe place to explore the issues that may be preventing them from living the lives to the fullest.
Amanda Jordan, MSW, RSW
Clinical Social Worker/Therapist
Amanda Jordan is a Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. Amanda has a Drug and Alcohol Counsellor Diploma from Canadore College, a Bachelor of Social Work Degree from Laurentian University and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Carleton University.
Amanda has been honoured to accompany individuals on their journey of self-discovery and recovery for the past twenty years. Her primary areas of focus include; trauma recovery, substance use disorders, insomnia, mood disorders and the treatment of eating disorders. Amanda has completed specialized training in Cognitive Behavior Therapy, CBT for Insomnia, CBT-E for Eating Disorders, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, DBT skills for Adolescents and Families and Cognitive Processing Therapy.
Amanda’s engaging and caring approach is centered on client needs with an emphasis on strengths, activation strategies and enhancing access to inner wisdom. Amanda offers a compassionate environment where exploration, learning and growth are supported and encouraged. A life worth living is possible; Amanda can support you with identifying what might be getting in the way of your overall well-being and developing a plan to overcome these obstacles
Carla Katsuno, MACP, RP (Qualifying)
Victoria Weatherston, MACP, RP
Victoria has completed her Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology through Yorkville University and is working under the supervision of Dr. Federici towards full registration with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. Victoria has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Laurentian University and wrote her undergraduate thesis on body image related to perfectionistic traits. Following this, she completed a post-graduate program in Addictions: Treatment and Prevention through Georgian College.
Victoria has worked as an addiction counsellor in both inpatient and outpatient treatment centres for both adults and youth over the last several years. She has intensive training in Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for post-traumatic stress disorder, as well as comprehensive training in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), including specialized training in providing CBT for adolescents, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), including specialized training in providing DBT Skills group to adolescents and their families, Motivational Interviewing (MI), and Enhanced Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT-E) for eating disorders. She has a wide array of clinical interests including substance use, trauma, eating disorders, borderline personality disorder, and general emotion regulation. She also enjoys facilitating the DBT Skills groups offered at the centre.
In Victoria’s spare time, she can be found spending time with her cat, playing board games, building puzzles, or taking photos.
Megan Bolt, MA
Megan has completed her Masters in Applied Psychology from Laurentian University. She is currently under the supervision of Dr. Federici as she works towards registration with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Laurentian University, as well as an Advanced Diploma in Fitness Leisure and Business Management from Cambrian College. Megan is also a Certified Personal Trainer with Canadian Fitness Professionals Inc. Megan completed her clinical practicum under the supervision of Dr. Albiani in the Outpatient Addictions and Gambling Program at Health Sciences North in Sudbury.
Megan has training in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), and Brief-Solution Focused Therapy (SFBT) and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). She provides a non-judgemental and client centred approach which focuses on individual strengths and motivational factors. Megan is passionate about understanding client experiences, offering a supportive, compassionate and collaborative environment where curiosity, learning, and self-exploration are celebrated and encouraged.
Megan was born in Newfoundland and has lived in the Georgian Bay area for nearly all her life. She is proud to be working in the community as she continues to learn and develop as a professional.
Originally from the UK, Charlotte brings a wealth of experience in CBT, Motivational Interviewing, DBT, and Solution Focused Brief Therapy. She earned her MSc in Applied Psychology through the University of Liverpool, UK, a Post Graduate Certificate in Addictions: Treatment and Prevention from Georgian College, and a HBASc degree from Lakehead University, Orillia (joint major in Psychology).
Charlotte has worked in a wide range of Mental Health and Addiction work settings: Withdrawal Management, Residential Addictions Treatment, CTO planning, Early Psychosis Intervention, Crisis Services, Eating Disorders, Case Management, Outpatient Addictions Counselling, providing therapy for the LGBT2SQ population, and more specifically Trans Health Services over the past year.
She works from a very client centred approach, and strives to provide a safe, non-judgemental space for people needing support. She is down to earth, and seeks to work with clients in a collaborative way, realizing that people’s situations and needs are unique. Charlotte has a specific interest and expertise in providing services for marginalized populations who have the highest rates of significant mental health, suicide, and who tend to fall through the cracks of the system.
Rosalyn Kieft, BA, BSW, MSW, RSW
Registered Social Worker
Rosalyn Kieft is a Registered Social Worker & Psychotherapist with the Ontario College of Social Workers & Social Service Workers. She completed her Masters of Social Work with the University of Toronto, a Bachelor of Social Work with McMaster University, and a Bachelor of Arts in English with McMaster University as well.
She has a longstanding passion for helping others and knew at a young age that she wanted to be a therapist. Over the years she has provided mental health counselling in a variety of areas, including addiction, youth work, and First Nations mental health. She specializes in providing trauma treatment to first responders and military members, and is trained in a number of therapies including: Cognitive Processing Therapy, Prolonged Exposure Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. Additionally, she is able to provide couples’ counselling and is trained in Level 1 of the Gottman Method Couples Therapy. Using a strengths-based emotion-focused approach, she finds purpose in supporting her clients to make sense of their emotions, thoughts, and traumatic experiences.
Outside of work, Rosalyn enjoys reading, cooking new recipes, and taking her rambunctious dog Stevie for long walks in nature
Trent is a Registered Psychotherapist with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Counselling (Indigenous Studies emphasis) from Tyndale University and Seminary. Trent brings diverse personal, educational and professional experiences to the room, having received his first Master’s Degree in 2002 in Community Economic Development, spent time in over 25 countries and was born and raised in the Philippines. He also worked for five years as a Family Services Worker for the Children’s Aid Society, ten years as an Associate Pastor of a local church, where he became an ordained minister, and three years at Chigamik Community Health Centre as a therapist and team manager.
Trent has extensive training and experience in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and provider status for Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT). He has additional training and experience with Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Narrative Therapy. He specializes in working with PTSD, anxiety and mood disorders.
While Trent brings some training and experience in the area of therapy and counselling, you are the expert on your life. Therapy is a collaborative process in which your experiences (both positive and negative) and strengths combine with the skills a therapist has learned to move you towards becoming the person you were meant to be.
Trent has lived in this community for nearly 20 years. When not in the office, you might find him enjoying time with his lovely wife of over 20 years, or their 2 boys. Or you might see him on the soccer pitch trying to kick a ball in a net.
Dr. Mengran Xu
Clinical and Counselling Psychologist
Dr. Xu received his PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Waterloo and is registered as a clinical and counselling psychologist with the College of Psychologists of Ontario.
Dr. Xu specializes in the assessment and treatment for adults presenting with Eating Disorders, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, and related conditions, using a variety of evidence-based interventions (such as Enhanced Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy). He is a certified provider of Cognitive Processing Therapy.
In addition to his work with The Centre for Psychology and Emotion Regulation, Dr. Xu works full-time as a clinical psychologist at Canadian Forces Base Borden and provides mental health services to current members of the Canadian Armed Forces. He also works as an adjunct faculty for the psychology department at the University of Waterloo and an undergraduate thesis supervisor for the psychology department at the University of Guelph-Humber.
Dr. Xu has previously held a number of positions at both outpatient and inpatient mental health settings, including Campus Wellness at the University of Waterloo, the Waterloo Psychology Group, and the Eating Disorders Program of Homewood Health Centre. Dr. Xu completed his pre-doctoral residency at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton. During his residency year, he worked at the Eating Disorders Program as well as the Borderline Personality Disorder Clinic, and received extensive training in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy.
In addition to clinical practice, Dr. Xu has extensive research experience in anxiety disorders and mindfulness-based interventions, and has published a number of peer-reviewed journal articles in these areas. He has also written extensively on topics related to eating, weight, trauma, and emotion regulation through publishing books, developing online courses, and conducting presentations.
Dr. Xu is also fluent in Chinese and can provide assessment and treatment in Mandarin.
Nicole Turner is a registered dietitian with the College of Dieticians of Ontario. She completed her Bachelor of Applied Science in Nutrition and Food from Ryerson University and her Masters of Public Health from The University of Waterloo. Nicole then completed her dietetic internship at Hamilton Health Sciences. Her experiences include working in the neurology department at McMaster Children’s Hospital and working in the eating disorder unit at Southlake Regional Health Centre.
Nicole lives in Innisfil with her young family and two big dogs. She would like to continue to serve the eating disorder population and help to provide further access to care.
Anne Williams received her Bachelor of Applied Science in Nutrition from the University of Guelph and pursued her graduate clinical internship at Sunnybrook Health Sciences. She was privileged to work for 11 years with clients experiencing kidney failure and dialysis in Oshawa, Oakville and Mississauga.
She has practised as a dietitian in the eating disorders field for 18 years; 17 of these as a team member at the Eating Disorders Clinic at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton. Anne is trained in CBT and co-facilitated CBT groups for 17 years. She has some DBT training. She has enjoyed being part of an ED Community of Practice at the Hamilton FHT, as well as mentoring primary care RD’s regarding weight neutral care and disordered eating/eating disorders.
In recent years, Anne has also enjoyed facilitating nutrition groups and culinary nutrition groups for individuals experiencing cancer and other health challenges. Anne’s passion is translating nutrition, health and weight science into weight-neutral, equitable, fun and approachable language.
Anne enjoys gardening, hiking, cooking, music, reading and family time in her new home near the Beaver Valley. She has also recently added snow shovelling to her list of hobbies!
Paula has been a Registered Dietitian since 2009. She provides nutrition counselling services to adults, adolescents and children, specializing in: eating disorders/disordered eating; behavioural feeding issues; childhood obesity and picky eaters.
Paula has training in motivational interviewing (MI), cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT), all of which inform her practice.
She has worked in various hospital-based eating disorder treatment programs for many years, as well as inpatient general psychiatry, diabetes education centres and in long term care. She studied at the University of Toronto and University of Western Ontario and completed her dietetic internship at North York General Hospital.
Holly Dickinson, RP (Qualifying)
Holly Dickinson started working as a Registered Dietitian in the area of eating disorders 15 years ago after she obtained her bachelor of science nutrition degree from The University of Western Ontario and dietetic internship at The University Health Network.
Holly enjoys the rewards and challenges of working in mental health, specifically eating disorders. Holly uses a weight inclusive approach, helping clients recognize and learn the skills needed to improve and normalize their relationship with food.
Soon into her career Holly recognized the importance of having a strong therapeutic background as a Dietitian working within the field. She recognized that although she was working as a Dietitian, a lot of her time was spent offering emotional support through nutrition counselling. She decided to go back to school as she wanted to expand her counselling skills.
Holly completed her Masters of Education in Counselling Psychology at OISE, Toronto, Ontario. She then applied for membership at the College of Psychotherapists and is pleased to say she is now a Registered Psychotherapist, Qualifying Member as well as a Dietitian.
Holly has experience working in both an inpatient and outpatient setting and has completed extensive training in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT). She has experience running and co-facilitating a number of groups, including CBT and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy. She has experience working individually with clients using Motivational Interviewing techniques in order to help clients meet goals and facilitate behaviour change. During her schooling, Holly completed a practicum working in an individual CBT based relapse prevention program for those just completed intense treatment and working on maintaining their recovery goals.
Holly is thrilled to be a member of The Centre for Psychology and Emotion Regulation team.
Cortney Lacroix, MACP (Qualifying), MPC
Cortney is in the process of completing her Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology at Yorkville University. She is conducting her practicum under the supervision of Dr. Anita Federici and is working towards registration with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. Cortney has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Human Kinetics in Applied Sport Psychology from the University of Ottawa. Cortney has worked as a mental performance consultant (MPC) with athletes at various levels to improve their performance through the use of mental skills training (i.e., goal setting, motivation, intensity regulation). She has a range of clinical interests including eating disorders, anxiety and mood disorders, trauma, and emotion regulation. Cortney grew up near Midland and returned to the area upon completing her studies in Ottawa. She is grateful to be living near Georgian Bay and working in the community as she strives to establish herself as a professional in the field.
Jodi was born and raised in Midland and is a proud member of her community. She has an educational background in Office Administration. She is caring, compassionate and always eager to meet new people, which she does through her time volunteering with a variety of charities. Jodi also enjoys spending her time with her young family.
Rosie comes with 14 years of administrative experience working within a hospital setting. She has a passion for connecting with people, and believes helping clients feel comfortable starts from their very first phone call.
When not cheerfully answering the phone, this busy mom of two enjoys time spent in the great outdoors. Hiking, canoeing, snowshoeing, and scoping out new and exciting places to camp, are just a few of her favorite activities. Rosie enjoys baking, crafting, exploring the beauty in our area and beyond.
Rosie, her husband of 13 years, and their two daughters live in Wasaga Beach and share their hearts and home with two very lovable canine companions, Finn and their latest rescue, Ginger.
We are conveniently located in the newly renovated space at 267 King Street in Midland, Ontario. The offices are private, professional, and designed to ensure your confidentiality and comfort. Free parking is available behind the building where the main entrance is located. When you arrive, clients are invited to have a seat in our waiting room and to help themselves to fresh water, tea, or coffee.