Clinical Associates at Schuler Counselling & Consultation are comprised of highly skilled, compassionate and experienced professionals who are inspired by research and treatment excellence. Each Clinical Associate has been carefully selected based on their clinical skill, training and expertise, and compassion as a practitioner. As a clinical centre, Schuler Counselling & Consultation has also fostered a collaborative network with other health professionals (psychiatry, psychology, social work, and psychotherapists) and community agencies/partners (local hospitals, outpatient clinics, child and family support services, and educational programs). Schuler Counselling & Consultation also supports student training and professional development, and as a result can provide some clinical services at a reduced rate. Our Clinical Associates include:
Anna Coutts, M.Ed, RP, CCC
Anna earned her Master’s Degree in Counselling from the University of Ottawa. She is a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario and also holds a certificate in Couples and Family Therapy from the University of Guelph. Anna has extensive experience specializing in working with youth, young adults and their families dealing with high-risk issues such as self-harm and complex trauma, as well as mental health issues such as depression and anxiety. She has an eclectic approach that draws on her training in a variety of therapeutic modalities, including Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy and Trauma-Focused Therapy. Anna also currently lectures in the topics of counselling/therapeutic approaches at Durham College and provides online therapy both privately and for an Employee Assistance Program.
Deborah Meehan, M.Ed., RP
Deborah holds a Masters in Education, focused in Counselling Psychology, from the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education, at the University of Toronto, as well as an Honors Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Western University. Also, she is a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. Deborah has over five years of experience specializing in clinical and psychometric assessments and treatment of children and adolescents. This includes specialization with adolescents who have sexually harmed; children who have engaged in concerning sexualized behaviour; children and adolescents who have experienced all forms of child maltreatment; intrafamilial sexual abuse; and mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress. Deborah has training in a number of modalities and may use therapeutic approaches such as Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Therapy, and Trauma-Focused Therapy. Deborah also consults to Thrive, Child & Youth Trauma Services and works as a Clinical Therapist/Psychometrist at Radius Child & Youth Services.
Shelley Kavanagh R.C.A.T., RP
An Art Therapist for more than 20 years, Shelley has presented locally and internationally on the use of Expressive Arts in treating trauma. She is presently on faculty at the Toronto Art Therapy Institute and Humber College’s Child and Youth Worker Program and is a Consultant with theToronto District School Board. Since 2003, Shelley has facilitated numerous art exhibits at the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Arts, combining elements of mindfulness practice, art therapy, ceramics and community development. Several years ago, she began integrating DBT into her clinical practice. She pursued DBT training within internships inThe Centre for Addiction and Mental Health’s (CAMH) DBT skills group and now through supervised clinical practice. Shelley uses expressive arts and other mindfulness-based practices to provide assessment and treatment services to children and youth who have experienced trauma.
Peter Hoag, Dip. C.S., CYC-P
Peter Hoag’s clinical practice has been heavily informed by his roots in residential practice, developmental theory, and trauma informed care. Peter considers himself privileged and fortunate to have been mentored and supervised by a variety of clinical experts with a wide variety of approaches and skills. Peter received a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) from the University of Manitoba, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Child Study (Assessment & Counselling) from the Faculty of Education, University of Toronto. Peter has clinically practiced for more than 30-years with children, adolescents, and adults/families, and he has presented workshops across Canada and in the United States within his area of clinical interest. Peter has a particular clinical interest in working in the area of men’s emotional health (through the lifespan), family violence and trauma, relationship dynamics, couples and marriage counselling, and fathering. Currently, Peter is a full Professor in the Child and Youth Care (CYC) Program at Sheridan College where he has developed and currently teaches courses on group work, working with trauma, and other courses with Child and Youth Care practice and theory.
Andrew McKenzie, MSW, RSW
Andrew McKenzie holds a Masters in Social Work, and has practiced as a therapist since 2009 where he worked within adult Federal Corrections. In 2007, Andrew worked as a Guidance Counsellor for young adults looking to study in Canada/US, and held this position while in Morocco.
Andrew’s professional practice within Corrections led to his clinical interest and practice with young males who have sexually harmed, as well as victims of sexual abuse. Since then, Andrew has developed a broad clinical practice through his practice at several accredited mental health agencies. He has consulted and presented on how Attachment Theory informs practice across the lifespan, and in particular how to develop single-session interventions according to the service user’s age and stage of development. Andrew is an evidence-based clinical therapist, and uses such interventions as Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy, with input from Narrative, Attachment-Focused Family Therapy, and Gestalt practices.
Andrew has a particular clinical and research interest in men’s emotional health and well-being. Several years ago, Andrew created a parenting group specific to fathers of children with a mental illness, and since then has continued to learn and respond to the specific mental health needs of males as part of his practice.
Michael Davis, MSW, RSW
Peter Lebuis, CYW, MA/CYC-P
Since 2000, Peter Lebuis’ work has focused on a relational school-based practice where he has supported students from Kindergarten to Grade 12. He has had great success helping children and youth enhance their self-regulation skills by facilitating the development of personal coping strategies. Whether individually or using a ‘boys group’ format, Peter blends the principals of Collaborative Problem Solving, Narrative Therapy, and Zones of Regulation through a trauma-informed lens to create individualized approaches to help young people manage life’s stressors. In 2006, Peter began working with young people exposed to domestic violence through Child Development Institute’s ‘Here to Help’ Program. As part of his graduate studies at Ryerson University in the Child and Youth Care Program, Peter conducted research on using humour as a teachable tool to counter the destructive and harmful effects of homophobia and transphobia on today’s queer youth.
Clinical professionals, those with a Master’s degree in social work, counselling psychology, or related fields interested in associate opportunities at Schuler Counselling & Consultation should contact Dr. Siegi Schuler directly.