Seonida Andrews, M.Sc.Psych., Registered Psychotherapist
Ms. Andrews has extensive working experience as a psychotherapist for adult survivors of all forms of childhood abuse and life traumas. She has learned to safely guide survivors through the challenging process of recovery from sexual, physical, emotional and verbal abuse, including survivors of such profound abuse as child pornography and prostitution. She has helped survivors manage the many symptoms of abuse such as flashback, eating disorders, self-injury, nightmares, depression, panic attacks and dissociation. She helps survivors discover the many benefits of healing such as higher self-esteem, greater control of life, peace of mind and better relationships.
Through her 26 years of association with the Sexual Assault Centre Kingston, she gained extensive knowledge of the symptoms and treatment of the effects of sexual violence and other forms of abuse. She was employed as a psychotherapist by SACK from March 1992 until Jan. 2008, when she moved to the new Centre for Abuse and Trauma Therapy full-time. She also worked part-time as a psychotherapist at Bertha's Cooperative Counselling Centre from their opening in September 1996 until their closing five years later.
Ms. Andrews has been trained in Marriage and Family Feminist Counselling. She studied treatment of Dissociative Identity Disorder at the Royal Hospital in Ottawa. She has counselled abuse survivors in the Prison for Women and supported HIV+ individuals when she worked for the Kingston AIDS Project.
Her continuing education includes several college courses, as well as numerous workshops and conferences on therapy relevant to treating survivors of violence, sexual assault, trauma and all forms of childhood abuse. She is committed to staying current on all aspects of abuse and trauma recovery. She makes good use of the internet and exploring new books to continue these studies and to improve her knowledge and skills as a psychotherapist. She is a member of an ongoing international study group online for therapists of severe childhood abuse.
Ms. Andrews is a member of the College for Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario and a Clinical Member of the Ontario Society of Psychotherapists. These associations provide insurance, professional development and collegial support.
Joan H. Boyd, B.S.T., B.A., Registered Psychotherapist
Joan Boyd is a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapist of Ontario and a Clinical Member of the Ontario Society of Psychotherapists. She has worked in community mental health; adult and youth criminal justice; as well as women and men’s issues since 1999, focusing on mental health, trauma and crisis work. She has experience working with individuals and groups. For two years, Joan co-facilitated Turning Point a men’s healing group for male survivors of sexual violence through the Sexual Assault Crisis Centre in Kingston.
With respect to Joan’s professional background, she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Social Development Studies, which focuses on psychology and social work, from the University of Waterloo. She also earned her Behavioral Science Technology with Distinction from St. Lawrence College. Her education and experience includes study in psychodynamic, Cognitive-Behavioral, Client Centered, Feminist, Dialectical behavioral, Trauma focused Solution Focused Motivational Interviewing and experiential models.
Her therapeutic approach utilizes strength-based interventions tailored with respect to the client’s needs, moving the process forward in a balanced manner. Most importantly, the foundation of her work is based on developing a trusting and confidential relationship with the client. Joan’s current interest is on trauma recovery. Traumas can include recent events or past traumas that are negatively impacting an individuals’ current functioning (e.g. childhood abuse, neglect, divorce, grief, relationship issues, or illness in the family).
Her goal as a psychotherapist is to create a comfortable, non-judgmental, casual and friendly environment to assist individuals heal wounds from the past and achieve a stronger sense of self by empowering individuals to create the life they want for themselves.
Andrea Grieves, M.A. Psych.
Trina Martin, M.A. Counselling, Registered Psychotherapist
Trina is a member of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario and of the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists. After graduating from Queen's University with a BAH, she pursued her passion for counselling and earned her Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University. Since entering the field, Trina has had the privilege of working as a crisis support worker and as a therapist with the Sexual Assault Centre Kingston, as well as working as a group counsellor at the Providence Care Personality Disorders Service. She has received extensive training in Trauma-Focused therapy for adult survivors of childhood abuse, including survivors of child pornography and prostitution.
Trina offers an integrative approach to therapy, drawing from mindfulness, cognitive behavioural, dialectical behavioural, client-centered and trauma-focused modalities. For Trina, the therapeutic alliance is of the utmost importance and ensuring the client's complete comfort with all aspects of the therapeutic process is her primary concern. She maintains the idea that every client knows themselves best, and focuses on empowering clients by providing them with a safe space in which to share their story and work towards healing in a mutually respectful and collaborative manner.
Laurie Hooke, M.A., Registered Psychotherapist
Laurie Hooke is a registered member of the College of Psychotherapists of Ontario; and is a member in good standing of the OACCPP. She received her Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University and has over five years of experience working with both adults and youth in the field of psychology. Her experience has led her to work with a variety of client issues including anxiety, depression, substance use, emotional regulation, suicide, trauma, and abuse, personality disorders, and psychotic disorders. Her approach is eclectic and utilizes a wide range of methodologies to assist clients. She has received training in Trauma-Focused Therapy for children and therapy for adult survivors of childhood abuse. Laurie is committed to providing a safe, ethical, and compassionate environment so as to enhance the well-being of her clients and her practice.