• About us

    Miranda Rylance ` B.A. Hons (Psych), MSW, RSW – Owner and Psychotherapist

    Approach

    Miranda approaches her work from an anti-oppressive practice, attachment based, and trauma-informed stance. She is a strong advocate and takes a holistic, collaborative approach to the health and well-being of her clients. Miranda believes strongly in person-centring her work and employs an eclectic approach to best meet the needs of her clients.

    Qualifications

    Miranda completed her honours undergraduate degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of Waterloo and her Clinical Master of Social Work at Wilfrid Laurier University. She received her group facilitation certification from Community Justice Initiatives in Kitchener and her trauma certification from Wilfrid Laurier University’s Professional Development Program. She has training in multiple trauma therapy approaches, mindfulness-based therapies, cognitive behavioural therapy, several somatic-based approaches, the gentle persuasive approach to working with dementia, and narrative therapy, amongst others.

    Experience

    – 15 years experience working in mental health with individuals, couples, families, and groups.

    – More than 30 years of experience practicing mindfulness.

    – Proficient in working with a range of concerns including but not limited to depression, anxiety, trauma, traumatic birth, pregnancy/prenatal/postpartum issues, sexual assault, interpersonal violence, the effects of oppression based on race/gender/sexuality/religion, grief and loss, and caregiver stress.

    – Pioneered the rollout of the Ontario Common Assessment of Needs in her role as Education Coordinator for the Canadian Mental Health Association – Grand River Branch (CMHA-GRB)— and taught CMHA clinicians and staff about the recovery approach to mental health support.

    – Pioneered the rollout of a rural Outreach program with the Rural Wellington Community Team and worked as sole Outreach Worker for the Upper Grand Family Health Team (Centre Wellington).

    – Several years of experience working as a psychometrist for 2 clinical psychology practices.

    – Several years of experience working as an Associate Psychotherapist for two Clinical Psychology practices.

    – Head-hunted by University of Waterloo’s Counselling Services to provide long-term complex trauma therapy to students.

    Sarah Laye – B.A. Psych, B.S.W., M.S.W., R.S.W. - Please join us in sending Sarah best wishes as she leaves our practice for her parental leave!

    No longer accepting clients.

    Sarah is a skilled and compassionate therapist who has a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Toronto and a psychology degree from York University. Previously, she had a career as an Early Childhood Educator and Behavioural Therapist for neurodiverse children and youth. Sarah practices from a client-centred, strengths-based, trauma-informed, and anti-oppressive stance.

    In her work, Sarah helps clients to discover and reinforce their strengths. Compassionately acknowledging the uniqueness of every individual, she works as a team with her clients to find the specific approaches that best helps them to improve their health and well-being.

    Sarah is an eclectic therapist which means she draws from several therapy modalities in order to meet her specific clients’ needs. Some of these therapies include cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), emotion-focused therapy (EFT), mindfulness, and compassion-focused therapy.

    Sarah has a background in working with adults, children, youth, and their families in a variety of settings, including school, hospital, and private practice settings. She supports her clients in learning effective ways to manage their stress, anxiety, navigate issues at school, social difficulties, depression, understand and regulate their emotions, develop self-esteem, navigate life transitions, and heal from trauma. She has a deep understanding of and extensive experience with supporting neurodiverse children and youth. She helps parents learn new and helpful ways of understanding and responding to their children’s challenging behaviours.

    With her caring, non-judgemental, and collaborative approach, she strives to develop a strong therapeutic bond with each client. Acknowledging that coming to therapy can be difficult, Sarah provides a supportive and compassionate environment in which clients can share their experiences, learn life skills, and gain confidence.

    She is a registered social worker in good standing with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW), and she holds membership with the Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW).

    Dorraine Mitchell B.A. (Psych), M.S.W., R.S.W.

    Dorraine is a passionate therapist with a Master of Social Work degree from Wilfrid Laurier University and an undergraduate degree in Psychology from York University. Dorraine consistently works from a client-centred and anti-oppressive perspective. She has spent much of her career working with children, youth, and families who have experienced various forms of trauma, and as such, approaches her practice with a trauma-informed lens.

    Dorraine works eclectically, drawing from several therapy modalities in order to meet her clients’ unique needs. Her areas of expertise include working with individuals, couples, and families who have experienced mental health concerns (i.e. anxiety, depression, bi-polar disorder), family conflict, and substance misuse. In addition, Dorraine is competent in working with individuals to help regulate complex emotions and develop their self-esteem.

    Dorraine is passionate about helping people and assisting them in achieving their goals. She is a strong advocate, and enjoys case management, which means she is knowledgeable about community resources (particularly within the GTA) and can help connect you to other community organizations to assist in addressing your concerns.

    As a first-generation Black Woman, Dorraine is aware of various forms of systemic oppression that people from different social locations face and as such, feels that dismantling these forms of injustices through her work is crucial.

    Dorraine has experience running substance misuse group therapy sessions and has found that great healing occurs within a supportive peer environment alongside others who have shared similar life experiences. It is our hope at Willow Grove Counselling Center for Transformation to begin a substance misuse group in the near future so please contact myself or Miranda if this is of interest to you.

    Dorraine is a registered social worker in good standing with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW) and holds membership with the Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW).