The Couch Counselling

            and Support Services       

The Couch

Here to Help 

Lori McDonell (owner and Therapist)  is a Registered Psychotherapist who specialises in Play Therapy, CBT, and SFT. Lori has been working with the First Nations community for the past seven years and has been supervising clinical workers for the last four years. Lori is a Play Therapy specialist with many years experience working with First Nations children Lori also has trauma informed, SFT, CBT, and Children's Grief and Bereavement certified. Lori is currently working on specializing her skills in SFT around Play Therapy.
"I am a client focused therapist and I do this work because I care about people and blessed that clients allow me to be a part of their healing path. I am the owner and operator of The Couch Counselling and Support Services and proud to offer client a variety of therapist who can fit their needs. We are truly Here to Help."

Karisa is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. Karisa is also a professional member of the OACCPP (Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists, and Psychotherapists). Karisa worked for five years as a crisis worker with women who had crisis pregnancies, suicide risk, complex trauma, child apprehension, grief, domestic violence, and addiction concerns. Karisa wrote her thesis on the emotional effects of abortion and has specialized training in abortion grief. Karisa’s therapeutic experience is working within Cognitive Behavioural and Solution focused models of therapy. Karisa works from a strength based person-centered perspective believing that each person is the expert in their own reality; a neutral safe space and encouragement to use their strengths to reach their full potential by nurturing well-being and positive thinking.

Kaitlyn Hillier is a Certified Counsellor with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association; and a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. Kaitlyn is also a professional member of the OACCPP (Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists, and Psychotherapists).
Kaitlyn Hillier is a
Ph.D. Candidate in General Psychology at Walden University; and Kaitlyn acquired her Masters of Counselling Psychology degree via Athabasca University. Kaitlyn Hillier is published in the Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy for her research on voluntarily childless couples and on BDSM. Kaitlyn Hillier has experience working with the LGBTQi community as well as issues relating to Sexuality and Alternative sexual lifestyles. Additionally, Kaitlyn  has experience working with relationship issues, issues of sports injury, Anxiety, Social Anxiety, Grief, Depression, Seasonal Affective Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Oppositional Defiance Disorder, self-harm and others.
Kaitlyn specializes in work with adults but also works with children and youth. Kaitlyn Hillier is psychodynamic and typically adhere to the practice of Time Limited Dynamic Psychotherapy.

"I am greatly moved by the theories of Carl Jung with regard to individuation, dreams, shadow work, and synchronicity. I am also familiar with Solution Focused and Positive Psychology. I am committed to anti-oppressive practice, freedom from judgment or marginalization and, empowerment."

Noel Dibe's comes from antiracism family of origin belief system; born in Spain (speaks fluent Spanish), with Asian (Syrian and Korean) parental influences. Throughout her psychology undergrad degree and RSSW diploma (member in good standing with the OCSWSSW) and M.A. in Counselling Psychology (MACP), she maintained a high level of curiosity when it came to any area involving Stress. Noel has served as a counsellor in multicultural centres and a clinician in a trauma treatment centre. With certification and plans to be listed on the EMDRIA sites; Noel continues to accumulate consultation hours, as her continued focus is on the extensive pioneering of Francine Shapiro’s Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) holistic approach. Noel's training and experience also involves various evidence-based, client-centred (Humanistic, Existential, Cognitive and Behavioural) psychotherapies, such as Brief Solution-Focused, Strength Based Mindfulness Practice (MBSP), Emotional Freedom Therapy (EFT – tapping), Neuro/Bio-Feedback, Trauma processing via art therapy etc., Resourcing via Guided Meditations (with DAS), Narrative, Ordinal, CBT and DBT strategies to address triggers and dysfunctional cognitions. Noel has  created various solution focused Coaching and Self-Regulation Modules, with a culturally sensitive framework, catering to all ages, genders and cultures. For years, Noel has provided clients of South Ontario with a wide range of psychological services. Catering to the unique cultural needs of the individual. Noel specializes in the treatment of trauma, with an eclectic interweaving of various evidence-based, holistic approaches.

"Life can be overwhelming and sometimes even exhausting, but I’m here to guide you through any obstacles you may face. My goal is to help."

Lissa Lavallee is an Anishnaabe-kwe, Ojibway who comes from a tiny satellite community named South Bay (Doogaaning) which is located on the Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve on Manitoulin Island. In 2006, Lissa graduated from the Native Human Services – Honors Bachelor Social Work program from Laurentian University and in 2010 she graduated from the Master of Social Work program from Wilfred Laurier University. Lissa is registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. Lissa brings with her ten years of experience in frontline/administrative/management in the areas of Social Work. Lissa is well versed in Indigenous history, culture, protocols, and values. She has also taught in the areas of Social Work and Social Welfare at the post-secondary level. She also has been an internal/external reviewer and have co-authored articles for the Native Social Work Journal.

Tammy Luciow is a registered social worker with a college diploma in social service work, a BA honours in psychology and an MSW in Social Policy. With thirty years of experience in mental health. Tammy has worked for and with First Nations communities in Northern British Columbia and now Ontario. Additional background and experience includes critical incident stress management, employee and family assistance counselling, clinical supervision, crisis intervention, team leadership for multidisciplinary and cultural teams, case management and policy planning. After three years spent working with residential school survivors and their families in BC, Tammy is comfortable learning new and different cultural approaches to healing and she welcomes all people who would like to try counseling. 

“I’m very excited to be continuing this journey of serving people. I keep all of my work informed by my values of service, help, hope and healing and previous clients have told me that they benefited from my relaxed , open and non judgmental approach. I love to hear people speak their own truth and I believe that change can always happen for all of us.”