NEWS!!

A big welcome to our new therapists, Patricia, Lise and Ronak. They come with several years experience and various specialties.

Please see their detailed bios in the Therapy Team tab  and see below for quick reference and booking:

Ronak is a children's therapist working Saturday afternoon. Book here:

https://oab.owlpractice.ca/pcounselling​/6/calendar

Patricia sees couples and adult individuals on Thursday evenings. Book here:

https://oab.owlpractice.ca/pcounselling/5/calendar

Lise sees adult individuals for substance use, trauma, depression and anxiety on Monday evenings

https://oab.owlpractice.ca/pcounselling/4/calendar

Stefanie- https://oab.owlpractice.ca/pcounselling/1/calendar

 (current therapy clients only, please contact Stefanie directly for assessments and reports)

You will need to create an account and then you can book or change your appointments. 

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Strengthening Individuals, Families & Couples Through Therapy, Assessments and Planning.


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Welcome to Peachey Counselling & Family Support 

Peachey Counselling & Family Support provides professional services for individuals, couples, families, and children experiencing challenges and changes in their lives. Services are provided in downtown Burlington with some travel available for assessments.

Services include Therapy for individuals. couples and families, including children from the age of 5. Custody & Access Assessments, Voice of the Child Reports, Parenting Plans, and Workshops. Get in touch to see if we can help! 

Meet Stefanie Peachey MSW, RSW​

Stefanie graduated from the University of Toronto in 2010 with a Master's Degr​ee in Social Work. Since this time, she has worked in various corners of Social Work with a special interest taken in trauma, domestic violence and separation & divorce. As a Therapist, Stefanie has helped clients who have experienced numerous issues such as depression, anxiety, stress, various levels of trauma, relationship issues and self esteem. She is comfortable working with children, adolescents and adults of all backgrounds, and orientations. Stefanie is also a member of the Office of the Children's Lawyer Clinical Panel, provides counselling through the Victim Quick Response Program with the Halton Regional Police, and is training to be a Family Mediator. Stefanie is a member of the following associations:

-Ontario College of Social Workers

-Ontario Association of Social Workers

-Association of Family and Conciliation Courts

-Ontario Association of Family Mediation (Associate)

Therapeutic Services 


Trauma Therapy

Trauma of various forms has significant impacts on our lives. The way we think, feel and behave can change drastically after experiencing trauma. Therapy can make a big difference in minimizing trauma symptoms. 

Divorce Counselling for Adults and Children

Separation and Divorce are difficult for the whole family. Stefanie offers various support in this area including individual support and support for parents together to learn how to support their children during this transition.

Domestic/Intimate Partner Violence 

Stefanie has extensive experience working in this area. She has worked with survivors of this type of abuse, perpetrators (both men and women) and children who have witnessed and been impacted by domestic violence.

Depression & Anxiety

Depression and Anxiety are some of the most common and serious concerns that people attend counselling for. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy has been found to be extremely effective in a short period of time. 

Parenting Skills

Parenting is the toughest job that anyone can do and most people need support or guidance from time to time. Regardless of you child's age, there's always more to learn.

Couples Counselling

Successful relationships and marriages don't just happen, they take a lot of work and maintenance. If you're looking for a tune up or are dealing with a significant event, counselling can help. 

Services related to Separation & Divorce 

and Family Court

Custody and Access Assessments

Section 30 of the Children’s Law Reform Act allows a judge to order a custody and access assessment in certain circumstances, or for parties to agree to have one completed. These circumstances vary but generally involve serious clinical concerns by the judge such as the mental health of the child, parental alienation, or a concern that one or both parents are unable to care appropriately for the child(ren). The purpose of an assessment is to garner the observations and opinions of a qualified professional who will use this information to make recommendations in a formal report regarding the post separation custody and access of the child(ren). Please contact Stefanie to discuss this type of assessment in more detail.


Voice of the Child Reports

Voice of the Child Reports are one technique to ensure that children have the opportunity to be heard in custody proceedings. It may be ordered by a Judge when there is a contentious matter involving parenting, or may be requested by either of the parties involved in the matter. Such a report, sometimes known as the Views of the Child Report, provides information about what the child thinks about his or her life and the issues in dispute between the parents to the court to assist in the decision making process. The Clinician's role is to ascertain the independent views and preferences of the child and to provide these views in a formal report to the court.


Psycho Educational Session for Separating Parents

This 2 hour session is for parents who are planning to separate and would like to know how to support their children through this major life change. Learn how to tell your children about the changes in the family, how to support them through the transition and what to look for post separation. While this is helpful to each individual parent, it is also helpful in setting the tone of the separation moving forward to ensure that your children's need are of the utmost priority and so you can feel confident in supporting them throughout the process and afterwards. 

Therapy Team

At Peachey Counselling & Family Support we have a team of Therapists, both Registered Social Workers and Registered Psychotherapists who are here to help. Each therapist has their own specialties, modalities and experience. If you see a therapist that you think may be a good fit, please get in touch with us. If you're not sure who would best suit your concerns or schedule, please contact Stefanie and she will guide you. 

Lise Fitzsimmons R. Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

Lise has worked in the mental health field for over 18 years in various capacities, including a psychiatric hospital for 5 years. She is registered with the College of Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO), and is a Certified Canadian Counselor (CCC) with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA). She earned a Bachelor’s degree (Honors) in Psychology and a Master's degree in Psychology from Governors State University in University Park, Illinois.

Lise specializes in working with Adults experiencing difficulties with substance abuse, addictions, trauma, anxiety, depression, life transitions, and relationship issues. She has training in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Trauma Informed Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Mindfulness.

"Having experienced many life events, I sought therapy to get me through the challenges I was experiencing. Being a mom of 3 children, having gone through a divorce and the death of my former husband, I understand how overwhelming life can be at times, and how important it is to have support going through the journey"

Lise sees clients at Peachey Counselling & Family Support on Monday evenings and is accepting new clients. Please contact [email protected] or call 905.599.5934 to book with Lise.

Patricia Ramos R. Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

Patricia has a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology degree from Yorkville University and an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. During her Masters, she focused her training in cultural diversity, addictions, and couples and family systems. Patricia is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with the College of Registered Psychotherapist of Ontario (CRPO) and member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA).

As a therapist, Patricia welcomes clients in a positive, empathetic, compassionate manner; and maintains this approach in the therapeutic process. She counsels with a non-judgmental stance to ensure clients feel safe and comfortable within the therapeutic environment. She works with clients collaboratively to address any challenges or concerns they are facing by building up their strengths, working towards concrete goals, decreasing their anxiety and stress, and improving their life satisfaction. Clients meet their therapeutic goals through the use of interventions that work best for them.

Patricia applies an integrative approach during therapy, utilizing techniques from Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), Narrative Therapy (NT) and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT).

Patricia is passionate about helping and supporting multicultural communities. She has previous experience working with survivors of domestic violence, as well as clients with anxiety, depression, chronic pain, relationship conflict, family crisis and emotional difficulties. Patricia counts with over ten years of volunteer experience working with multicultural populations, minority groups, and refugees. 

If you're interested in booking with Patricia, please contact [email protected] or call 905.599.5934

Ronak Jamali RP

Since 2012 I have helped children, youth and families struggling with issues of general anxiety, social anxiety, ADHD, grief and loss, trauma, changes in family dynamics and depression.

I have been dedicated to the field of children and youth mental health for the past decade- working as a Clinical therapist and rehabilitation therapist in both the private and public health-care sectors since 2008.

I have a BA in Psychology and Masters in Clinical mental health counselling and I am a Registered Psychotherapist in good standing with the Ontario College of Psychotherapists. I have received training and certifications in "assessment and treatment of children adolescents and families" from Sick Kids Community Mental Health.

Through therapy and training, my clients benefit from self-awareness and expression exercises aimed to establish required skills to develop social recognition cues, communication skills, stress tolerance and coping skills to manage their day to day challenges at home and schools as well as their developmental transitions.

Natalie LaFleur MSW, RSW

Natalie is a clinical social worker and psychotherapist with 10 years of experience working with individuals and children. With an extensive trauma background, she specializes in working with people who have experienced abuse; or who struggle with self-esteem, anger management, communication and conflict resolution in their relationships. Natalie's approach to therapy is versatile, goal-driven, and rooted in efforts to cultivate a welcoming, collaborative and non-judgmental space to allow for open discussion and emotional processing.

Whether you’re a veteran of the counselling process or entirely new to therapy, you’ll have ample opportunity to determine a direction for your work together.

Finding the right fit with a therapist is a vital element of succeeding in any counseling setting. If you think you might be ready to take the next step, call for a free phone consultation!

Contact Natalie directly to book! 

[email protected] or at 289-768 7740

Fees

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Counselling

60 Minute sessions are $140

90 Minute sessions are $195

Many extended health benefit programs will cover the cost of counselling with a Registered Social Worker. Additionally, services provided by a Registered Social Worker are tax deductible as a medical expense. 



Custody & Access Assessments

An hourly rate of $250 is applied to all assessment related work and a $6000 retainer is required. Additional fees include travel time, mileage and administrative costs. Custody and access assessments generally require approximately 35-40 hours to complete depending on various factors. 



Voice of The Child Report

Voice of the Child Reports are billed at $250 per hour and generally require approximately 10 hours to complete. A retainer of $1000 is required.







Support your Children through Separation 

This 2 hour psychoeducational workshop is $300. You will be provided with receipts to submit under your extended medical plan for counselling with a registered social worker. 



Workshops

Please speak to Stefanie directly to discuss your desired workshop as it will be tailored to your needs and audience. Fees will include prep time, travel and time for the presentation.




Mediation

Family Mediation services will be available in the near future. 








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Address

414 Pearl St. Unit 11

Village Square

Burlington ON L7R2M1

Contact

Phone: 905.599.5934

Fax: 289-812-4027

[email protected]

Hours

Mon 9am-8pm

Tues 9am-4pm

Wed 9am-4pm

Thurs 9am-8pm

Fri 9am-12pm

Sat: 10am-5pm
Sun: Closed

Social

Everyone is Welcome at Peachey Counselling & Family Support.


Our Blog

An ongoing series of short, informational topics 

Why do Women Stay? Understanding the Cycle of Violence

August 4, 2019

Yelling and screaming are bad right? Name calling is bad right? Hitting and pushing are definitely bad right? So why do women (and men) stay in these relationships? This is a question that most people have pondered. It seems so simple, so black and white. "If my partner did that I would definitely leave!" Would you? How sure are you?


The Cycle of Violence is very simple yet very confusing to be immersed in. There are four general stages in this cycle

1. the Honeymoon phase

2. the Build up

3. An incident or use of abusive behaviour

4. REPEAT


The Honeymoon: The honeymoon phase is just that, like a honeymoon. It's similar to the start of a relationship that can be filled with romance, kind words, and loving gestures. The abused party likely feels great. This is the stage of the relationship that they are striving for and enjoy the most. They often feel that if they work hard enough, they can make this phase of the relationship last longer term.


The Build Up: Tensions are rising, the honeymoon phase is over and various stressors are taking the focus. The abused party may start to feel tense or fearful, but remain hopeful that they can manage the situation, and their partner. The abused party may be working overtime at this point, trying to please their partner in hopes of both returning to the honeymoon phase and avoiding things escalating to an abusive incident. 


The Incident or Use of Abuse: Explosion. The abused party is threatened, yelled at, called names, hit, pushed, manipulated and so on. There are so many forms of abuse and each are equally confusing and harmful to a person and the relationship. This is the phase where things may seem black or white, right or wrong. 


REPEAT: This is by far the most confusing stage of abuse, the repeat in to the honeymoon phase. This phase can occur as quickly as seconds after the abusive incident. The abuser may feel instant regret, fear of police intervention, fear of family intervention, or worry that their partner will leave them. This return to the honeymoon is what keeps women or men in their abusive relationship. It returns to the positive, the relationship that they want and seemingly real apologies and promises to change. A partner may be begged for forgiveness, reminded of the good times and guilted in to giving their partner another chance. 


I want to be clear, the use of abusive behaviours is a choice and help is available for those who find themselves using abusive behaviours but it not the abused partner's job to help their abuser stop abusing them. This has to be an independent decision made. The mental, emotional and physical welling of you and your child(ren) if applicable, are critical.


As someone who has worked with both those who have been abused by intimate partners and those who have used abusive behaviours, I can tell you that the cycle of abuse is very complex. Help is available at Peachey Counselling & Family Support for both of these types of clients. Please get in touch to learn more. 


Choosing the Right Therpist

April 22, 2019

How do I know who is the right fit for me?

Have you found yourself asking this? Most people searching for a therapist will relate to this. Finding the right therapist can be tricky, but it's doable! 

When you are interested in working with a specific therapist, ask them for a free telephone consultation prior to booking. Be sure to ask them what they specialize in so you know if they are capable of helping you. Not all therapists can support all areas of need. Also ask them how long they've been in private practice. Working in private practice is not to be taken lightly. Only experienced clinicians should be working privately as recommended by the College of Social Workers. Also ask them what College they are registered with. This is not only critical for your insurance coverage but will also tell you a lot about their credentials. Many people use the terms "counsellor" or "therapist" but these are not regulated terms. One counsellor could have completed a 6 month online Coaching Program vs. another who has completed both an Undergraduate and Master's degree.  When it comes to true therapy, education matters. Once you feel confident that you're meeting with a qualified and experienced therapist, book your session and attend. Sometimes clients book multiple sessions with multiple therapists and I generally discourage this. Usually, when you're attending therapy, it's to discuss a difficult matter. Explaining this difficult situation several times may add stress to your life rather then relieve it. If you feel that someone is not the right fit for you after 2-3 sessions it's okay to say this to the Therapist. We know that our approaches may not be what you're looking for and we can either change our approach or can recommend another therapist to you. These sessions are for you, not for us, so it's critical that you feel that you are being helped!