Ruth Linnen is the founder and director of Certified Professional Counseling Centre (CPCC). She is Registered Psychotherapists, a Certified member of OACCPP, and is a Certified EMDR Therapist. Ruth has worked in private practice since 1996 and for the Canadian Mental Health Association since 1999. Ruth has developed a specialty in the area of trauma through her training at the Trauma & Resiliency Centre ( Hincks DellCrest Centre) in Toronto, and the Traumatic Stress Services in London. She has studied in the areas of personality development, psycho-therapeutic modalities and family systems therapy. She has additional training in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Critical Incident Stress Management ( CISM), Violence Threat Risk Assessment ( VTRA), and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. Her work with individuals challenged with moderate to severe mental health issues has provided her with a solid foundation in assessment and treatment.
Ruth provides services to individuals, families and groups who have experienced or been exposed to traumatic events. She provides consultation and training to community service providers and organizations in the area of trauma. Ruth is also a trainer for safeguards-Children's Mental Health Ontario.
Leanne Carter is the founder of Aspire Counseling Services. She is a registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and has been specializing in trauma. Leanne has many years of experience working with children, youth, and families, as well as other vulnerable populations. Leanne has been trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and has experience using this modality with individuals suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Merrilynn Downey is a behavior and parenting specialist offering individual as well as group services for caregivers. She is a certified facilitator of Circle of Security Parenting and CONNECT Parenting. She has extensive experience providing training for service providers, school staff, and caregivers of youth with severe emotional and behavioural challenges including developmental trauma. Merrilynn also works in a community based agency providing intensive home-based support to families and consultation to schools and child welfare agencies.
Eileen Kilbride is the founder of Kilbride & Associates, a unique private practice in children's mental health. She is a certified psychological associate, registered with The College of Psychologists of Ontario since 1997. With a background in Clinical Psychology, she has over 25 years of experience providing state-of-the-art services and programs to children, youth and families. Eileen has a specialty in trauma and attachment, and a particular interest in the use of animal-assisted therapy (AAT) with high risk/hard-to-engage youth. Professional development includes training through the Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute, Circle of Security International, as well as training in The Strange Situation (ABCD), Violence Threat Risk Assessment (VTRA), the use of Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) with children, and Critical Stress Incident Management (CISM). Eileen works as a trainer with Safeguards - Children’s Mental Health Ontario. Eileen also works as a psychological consultant in children’s services within a community based mental health agency, where she is recognized as a leading resource to many frontline children’s services staff. She provides clinical consultation, training and capacity building to front line workers and community partners. Eileen provides assessment and collaborates with multi-system treatment teams to wrap around youth/families with complex needs. She developed a Complex Children's Mental Health Consultation Clinic, co-developed an Attachment Clinic to support caregivers to strengthen relationships with their children, and co-developed an AAT based family group for youth with complex mental health challenges. Link to Eileen's Resume here and Link to professional development here.
Eileen currently has a limited private practice and provides consultation and training to service providers and organizations regarding issues related to complex child/youth mental health.