WHO WE ARE

 
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NIkki carter, msw, rsw
owner

Nikki has focused her training and experience on cognitive-behavioural and mindfulness-based approaches to managing anxiety, mood, obsessive-compulsive and related difficulties. During her Masters of Social Work at the University of Toronto, she was trained in the assessment and treatment of anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorders at the Anxiety Treatment and Research Centre (ATRC), as well as mood disorders at the Mood Disorders Program (MDP) at St. Joseph's Hospital, Hamilton. In addition, she trained at McMaster Family Practice.

Nikki was employed at McMaster University's Student Wellness Centre before engaging in private practice full time, where she worked as an individual and group psychotherapist for undergraduate and graduate students. Previously, she has worked in a hospital setting at the ATRC as an individual counsellor and was also involved in research. In addition, she has worked at a community agency as an individual, couple, and family counsellor. Nikki was involved in research at the Offord Centre for Child Studies at McMaster Children's Hospital, where she engaged in home-based child and parent mental health assessments. Before opening up her own practice, she worked at a group private practice in Hamilton for several years where she provided counselling to youth and young adults struggling with anxiety and related difficulties, while receiving consultation and supervision from seasoned psychotherapists at Locke Psychotherapy Group.

Nikki enjoys working with emerging adults struggling with relationship, mood, and anxiety and related difficulties such as perfectionism and procrastination. She has a special interest in the treatment of paediatric and adult obsessive-compulsive disorder and related OC difficulties, worry, social anxiety, as well as sleep difficulties such as insomnia. Nikki also enjoys working with individuals who have experienced adverse childhood experiences.

continued professional development

Engaging in training and supervision opportunities allows Nikki to remain up-to-date in the latest and most evidence-based psychological approaches. Nikki's training has focused on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for anxiety, obsessive-compulsive, mood, and sleep disorders, Mindfulness-Based approaches including Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and becoming a certified teacher in Koru Mindfulness for emerging adults, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Schema Therapy, and others. Nikki continues to participate in individual and group consultation.

professional memberships and associations

  • Canadian Association of Cognitive & Behavioural Therapies (CACBT)

  • International OCD Foundation (IOCDF)

  • Ontario Association of Social Work (OASW)

  • Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW)

 
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rachel gibbs, msw, rsw
associate

Rachel is a graduate of the Masters of Social Work program at the University of Toronto. During this time, she was trained in the assessment and treatment of anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorders at the Anxiety Treatment and Research Centre (ATRC) at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Hamilton. She co-facilitated cognitive-behavioural (CBT) based groups and provided individual counselling. In addition, she trained in the Child & Youth Outpatient Mental Health program at the Oakville Trafalgar Hospital, where she provided both individual and group psychotherapy within a multidisciplinary team.

Rachel currently holds a social work position at the Anxiety Treatment and Research Centre (ATRC) where she facilitates numerous CBT groups such as Youth-Focused CBT for Mood and Anxiety, Social Anxiety, Panic, Generalized Anxiety and OCD, and CPT for PTSD. She continues to specialize in the treatment of youth.

Rachel has been with Valley Centre for Counselling since September 2017. She enjoys working with youth and emerging adults, particularly with individuals struggling with anxiety, emotion dysregulation, and other related problems. Rachel has a keen interest in healthy relationships and their importance to our wellness. Rachel uses a collaborative approach and strongly believes in beginning with a foundation of rapport-building with clients.


Professional Memberships & Associations

  • Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW)

  • Ontario Association of Social Work (OASW)

  • Canadian Association of Cognitive & Behavioural Therapies (CACBT)

 
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scott page, m.div., rp
associate

Scott was employed by several hospitals in therapeutic roles before turning his practice to community based psychotherapy. Currently Scott works as a director for Wesley, a social service agency in downtown Hamilton. At Wesley he provided therapy for individuals to help establish a new normal after the traumas of refugee resettlement. He also counselled individuals using a harm reduction approach to substance use disorders, and helped individuals find their strength to address mental illness while also coping with the compounding challenges of poverty. Currently Scott works at Wesley in a management capacity, helping his staff practice better compassionate care. Scott began his training to be a therapist at Princeton Seminary, where he studied religion, spirituality and meaning making. After his Master’s Degree Scott did a residency with St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, in the Spiritual Care Department, where he received training and supervision in person centered counselling for moments of grief and loss. He has previously done raining at Pine Rest, a psychiatric hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He has also received post graduate training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) at the Clinical Behavioural Sciences program at McMaster University.

Scott enjoys working with emerging adults and adults who are struggling with depression, anxiety, feelings of displacement, anger, hopelessness and experiences of grief and/or loss. He continually holds a high value for spirituality and meaning making in the therapeutic process. He particularly
enjoys being a part of a person’s story as they build a new normal after trauma, or grow to address depression, anxiety, or substance use.

CONTINUED PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Scott engages in supervision and continued course work to stay up to date in the latest approaches to therapy and to continue enhancing his abilities. Scott has received graduate level training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Narrative Therapy and Brief Solution Focused Therapy. He also continues to learn from each client he sees at VCC, both in how resilience grows anew and how he can continue becoming a better therapist.

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS

  • Canadian Association for Spiritual Care (CASC)

  • The College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO)

 
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riley j. strom, ma, rp
associate

Riley has focused her training and experience on working with those who have experienced relational and single incident trauma. During the completion of her Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology and since then, Riley has obtained training in several therapeutic modalities including, cognitive behavioural therapies (CBT), emotion focused therapy (EFT) for individuals and couples, attachment based trauma processing modalities, crisis response and suicide prevention, and eye-movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR). 

Since completing her studies, Riley has worked as a Registered Psychotherapist in numerous settings such as several university campuses, private practice, rehabilitation clinics, and in the medical setting. Riley has a particular passion and the necessary training for working with young people and concerns related to sexuality and sexual violence. 

Currently, Riley is employed at CBI Health Group, where she works as a psychotherapist with those who are recovering from trauma and working to manage and overcome mental health difficulties such as anxiety, mood disorders, chronic pain, and relational difficulties. Riley is committed to completing ongoing supervision and training in order practice out of the most evidence-based psychological approaches. 


PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS & ASSOCIATIONS

  • EMDR Canada/EMDRIA

  • Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists, and Psychotherapists

  • The College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO)