BRIA is designed to support those trying to conceive, pregnant, postpartum and in the menopause transition (age 18-60).

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MINI Mental Health Assessment

Get started with BRIA's MINI Mental Health Assessment. One of our Care Coordinators will gather information about your symptoms, your stress levels, and other background information. Then, you will get a personalized Care Plan to outline the next steps of treatment, so you can begin your journey to feeling better. Please review your insurance coverage and benefits prior to your MINI so we ... Read More

Get started with BRIA's MINI Mental Health Assessment. One of our Care Coordinators will gather information about your symptoms, your stress levels, and other background information. Then, you will get a personalized Care Plan to outline the next steps of treatment, so you can begin your journey to feeling better.

Please review your insurance coverage and benefits prior to your MINI so we can make treatment suggestions that will work best for you.


MAXI Mental Health Assessment

If our Care Coordinator recommends further mental health evaluation after your MINI, you will be referred to the MAXI Mental Health Assessment. This is a more detailed mental health assessment by a mental health care professional.

Please review your insurance coverage and benefits prior to your MAXI so we can make treatment suggestions that will work best for you.


MEDI Health Assessment

If our Care Coordinator recommends a comprehensive midlife assessment after your MINI, you will be referred to the MEDI Health Assessment. The MEDI Assessment is a thorough assessment will assess your concerns and symptoms as you go through the menopause transition. The MEDI can also assess other hormonal concerns, such as those related to PCOS, contraception methods that may affect mood or anx... Read More

If our Care Coordinator recommends a comprehensive midlife assessment after your MINI, you will be referred to the MEDI Health Assessment. The MEDI Assessment is a thorough assessment will assess your concerns and symptoms as you go through the menopause transition. The MEDI can also assess other hormonal concerns, such as those related to PCOS, contraception methods that may affect mood or anxiety, severe premenstrual symptoms, or premature ovarian failure. Please review your insurance coverage and benefits prior to your MEDI so we can make treatment suggestions that will work best for you.


ADHD Services

If our Care Coordinator recommends further mental health evaluation after your MINI, you will be guided towards the M-ADHD Assessment. This is a more detailed mental health assessment by a nurse practitioner with expertise in mental health, including ADHD. We also offer counselling to support those who would like to develop strong strategies to manage organization and executive functioning. ... Read More

If our Care Coordinator recommends further mental health evaluation after your MINI, you will be guided towards the M-ADHD Assessment. This is a more detailed mental health assessment by a nurse practitioner with expertise in mental health, including ADHD. We also offer counselling to support those who would like to develop strong strategies to manage organization and executive functioning.

Please review your insurance coverage and benefits prior to your M-ADHD so we can make treatment suggestions that will work best for you.


MD Care Team

BRIA MDs are experts in women's health and mental health. Our team of psychiatrists and gynecologists are available to assess and treat certain concerns across reproductive life stages. These services can only be booked by BRIA Care Coordinators.


Individual Therapy

One-on-one talk therapy with a BRIA trained counsellor can help you learn strategies and tools to deal with your personal issues. BRIA therapists are trained in a variety of modalities that can help you navigate your challenges. Although therapy may feel scary or too vulnerable at first, people often feel better when they address their struggles with the support of an expert therapist.


Couples Therapy

People often assume that couples therapy signifies the end of a relationship, so they are afraid to take part. In reality, it is a helpful way for a couple to communicate openly, in a private and confidential setting, and in the presence of a neutral third-party. Our BRIA therapists are trained to help you and your partner improve communication, and learn coping strategies for the future.


Supporting Partners Therapy

When one member of a couple is struggling with mental health issues, the other partner is impacted as well. Getting personal therapy can help each person process their own emotions and learn how to cope through a difficult time, at any life stage.


Sex Therapy

Are you, or you and your partner, struggling with sexual challenges or having difficulties achieving the kind of sexual intimacy you would like? If so, you may benefit from BRIA sex therapy services.


Sleep Support

Sleep is fundamental for our overall health and well-being. It impacts mood, behaviour, focus, emotional regulation, coping skills and relationships. Jess approaches sleep challenges with a trauma-informed, collaborative and strengths-based lens, utilizing evidence-based theory from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) and Solutions Focused Therapy.


Decision-Making Support

Making complex health decisions can be overwhelming and distressing. This experience can challenge our personal values and lead to internal conflict and unrest. Sometimes, we have questions about the right thing to do and have uncertainty when there is more than one way to proceed. Working with a BRIA bioethicist can help reduce the stress and burden of making difficult decisions. Decision-maki... Read More

Making complex health decisions can be overwhelming and distressing. This experience can challenge our personal values and lead to internal conflict and unrest. Sometimes, we have questions about the right thing to do and have uncertainty when there is more than one way to proceed. Working with a BRIA bioethicist can help reduce the stress and burden of making difficult decisions. Decision-making support will allow you to develop confidence and comfort with your personal health choices.


Implications Counselling

Assessments and written reports are often required for select fertility treatments, such as IVF or “third party reproduction/conception”, the term used when an individual or couple uses donor eggs, sperm, embryos or a gestational carrier to grow their family. These BRIA services include a counselling session and one report. Patients will receive the report to share with their fertility clinic. ... Read More

Assessments and written reports are often required for select fertility treatments, such as IVF or “third party reproduction/conception”, the term used when an individual or couple uses donor eggs, sperm, embryos or a gestational carrier to grow their family. These BRIA services include a counselling session and one report. Patients will receive the report to share with their fertility clinic. (Extra time and fees may be necessary at times).

Pricing and session type will be confirmed via email in advance of any session.

Please note that these appointments need 4 business days' notice. If you need to be seen sooner due to clinic / personal constraints, please reach out to us at deanna@betterbria.com and sari@betterbria.com.


Registered Dietitian

BRIA's Registered Dietitians (RDs) are trained food and nutrition experts who specialize in women’s health issues such as PCOS, gestational diabetes, and helping women nourish their bodies through postpartum and perimenopause without diet shame or weight stigma. They are recognized experts in translating scientific, medical and nutrition information into practical healthy meal planning to opti... Read More

BRIA's Registered Dietitians (RDs) are trained food and nutrition experts who specialize in women’s health issues such as PCOS, gestational diabetes, and helping women nourish their bodies through postpartum and perimenopause without diet shame or weight stigma. They are recognized experts in translating scientific, medical and nutrition information into practical healthy meal planning to optimize mental and physical health.


Lactation Consultant

At BRIA, we believe that fed is best. Our Lactation Consultant will work with you directly to develop a comprehensive plan and provide breastfeeding support and education.


Parenting Consultant

BRIA's parenting coach specializes in toddlers’ transitions, such as accepting a new sibling, starting daycare/school, and toilet-training. She can also help with gentle sleep training for your children.


Pre-Recorded Sessions

At BRIA, we hold many live webinars, lectures, and classes. We want you to have access to these events and the expert content even after the event is over. Due to our system constraints, you book a "timeslot" to purchase, but you will receive the link to the class as soon as you book. If you have any issues purchasing a pre-recorded session, please reach out to hello@betterbria.com for assistance.

Michelle is a Registered Nurse (RN), International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and mental health care provider with over 20 years of experience working with perinatal populations. Her experience includes supporting families through labour and delivery, perinatal loss and grief, postpartum care and lactation, and she is a BRIA Certified Menopause Mental Health Provider. Her clinical focus and passion is helping individuals across the reproductive life stages gain timely access to the most appropriate mental health treatments and services. She also provides Behavioural Activation (BA) therapy for pregnant and postpartum individuals with anxiety and depression. At BRIA, Michelle is our Care Coordinator Manager - the lynchpin of our integrated care model. You will meet Michelle during an intro call, in a mini or maxi - assessment, or in the design of your care plan.

Michelle is a Registered Nurse (RN), International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) a... Read More

I am a warm and empathetic therapist who will work with you to help you gain a better understanding of yourself and recognize and resolve problem areas with which you struggle.I specialize in working in pregnancy and postpartum care. I have supported women and couples struggling with infertility, relationship stress and mood challenges related to the pregnancy and postpartum period at Mount Sinai Hospital for the past 10 years. I provide a safe and non-judgmental space in which you can explore your feelings and thoughts and unveil factors that may be holding you back. We would then work together to resolve these challenges and address painful feelings which can affect our well-being . My passion is to help individuals and couples free themselves of emotional distress and lead a more fulfilling, more joyful life. I am committed to staying current in leading therapy practices and have attended a variety of post graduate training courses. In my work I employ a range of evidence based approaches including Emotionally Focused Therapy, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Mindfulness, and am a BRIA Certified Menopause Mental Health Provider.

Mila Arsenijevic MSW, RSW offers Individual Therapy, Couples Therapy, and Supporting Partners Therapy, in English or Serbian/Croatian.

I am a warm and empathetic therapist who will work with you to help you gain a better understandi... Read More

Dr. Jennifer Blake is an experienced physician and respected leader with particular expertise in menopause. She is a Professor in the Department of Clinical Public Health at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, and an Adjunct Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Ottawa and the University of Toronto, and at McMaster University. Over her medical career, Dr. Blake has held several clinical, academic and leadership roles, including Chief of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Head of Women’s Health at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, and Chief of Pediatric Gynaecology at the Hospital for Sick Children. Dr. Blake served nine years as is Chief Executive Officer of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC), which is a leading authority on women’s sexual and reproductive health representing thousands of specialists across the country. She has contributed to menopause guidelines from both the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada, as well as the North American Menopause Society (NAMS).

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Marni Bleeman, OT Reg. (Ont.) Marni has worked as an Occupational Therapist for over 20 years in the area of mental health focusing on clinical assessments, treatment and coordination of discharge plans for individuals with depression and anxiety in an outpatient setting. She has provided individual, family and group support and counseling using a range of therapeutic modalities. She works from a client-centered framework and strongly values the therapeutic relationship she develops with her clients. Her excellent interpersonal, communication, problem-solving and critical thinking skills lend well to her new role as a Bria Mental Health Intake Assessor. She is thrilled to join the Bria team and looks forward to expanding her role in the future. Marni’s licensure is in good standing with the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario (COTO). She is also a member of the Ontario Society of Occupational Therapists (OSOT), and recently became a BRIA Certified Menopause Mental Health Provider.

Marni Bleeman, OT Reg. (Ont.) Marni has worked as an Occupational Therapist for over 20 years in ... Read More

Kelly Borins MSN, Paediatric NP, IBCLC Kelly is a Registered Nurse with her Master in Nursing, as well as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. Kelly has been working with newborns since 2012 both in the hospital setting and in the community. Having breastfed two children of her own, one with a tongue-tie, and experiencing 5 bouts of mastitis, she understands the many challenges that a breastfeeding journey can hold. She is empathetic, understanding and passionate about helping families achieve their unique infant feeding goals (fed is best!). With BRIA, Kelly is available to help you prepare for breastfeeding while pregnant, and also with all breastfeeding needs you may have postpartum.

Kelly Borins MSN, Paediatric NP, IBCLC Kelly is a Registered Nurse with her Master in Nursing, a... Read More

Dr. Ariel is a psychiatrist with 20 years of experience treating women of all ages: from the perinatal to the perimenopausal population. Dr. Ariel co-founded BRIA after running the largest perinatal mental health program in Ontario for 12 years and starting the first of its kind Perinatal Mental Health Telemedicine Program in Canada, in 2014—way before virtual care became popular! Dr. Ariel speaks frequently to public and academic audiences, and to the media about a variety of women’s mental health issues. She has also published research papers and written a book: “When Baby Brings the Blues; solutions for postpartum depression”. Dr. Ariel is dedicated to improving public awareness about women’s mental health issues and educating other health care providers and students. You will meet Dr. Ariel in a maxi-assessment, or during group therapy.

Dr. Ariel is a psychiatrist with 20 years of experience treating women of all ages: from the peri... Read More

Joanne is a Registered Nurse with over three decades of experience in the field of Reproductive Health. The preconception, pregnancy and postpartum periods are her area of expertise, having provided care to many women in community family health team settings and through virtual care. She has advocated for women’s healthcare at the provincial level and led both a regional and provincial Reproductive Health Working Group for public health professionals. Joanne completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at McMaster University and since that time has supported and engaged in research spanning the reproductive life stages. Joanne is dedicated to treating women’s mental health through the provision of Behavioural Activation (BA) therapy and working with families to help them reach their goals to be the healthiest they can be.

Joanne is a Registered Nurse with over three decades of experience in the field of Reproductive H... Read More

Bridgit Ganson is a Registered Social Worker (RSW) with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW). She graduated with a Masters in Mental Health Counselling from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, USA. Bridgit has a Bachelors of Science in Human Development; Children, Families, and Culture from Wheelock College, Boston, USA. Bridgit works with clients across the reproductive life stages, and she recently became a BRIA Certified Menopause Mental Health Provider. Her support extends beyond hetero and cis-normative boundaries, providing a space for all, including 2SLGBTQIA+ individuals. Bridgit uses a strengths-based and trauma-informed approach. Her work is grounded in Person-Centered Therapy and she employs modalities including: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectic Behavioural Therapy, and Mindfulness. She uses a blend of approaches to match clients' needs, offering compassionate and expert care as individuals navigate through their reproductive journey and beyond.

Bridgit Ganson is a Registered Social Worker (RSW) with the Ontario College of Social Workers and... Read More

Sarah Goodman MSW, RSW, PMH-C, is a Registered Social Worker specializing in perinatal mental health and is certified through Postpartum Support International. In her practice, Sarah supports women and their families on their journey to motherhood, pregnancy, parenting and beyond. Sarah is passionate about supporting women to overcome their challenges through self-reflection, building support systems, and learning new coping skills. Sarah supports women with infertility, mood and anxiety disorders, difficult partner/family relationships, processing traumatic events, grief and role transitions. Clients are able to share their struggles and strengths in an open, casual and non-judgmental space and Sarah tailors treatment goals and interventions to the clients individual needs. Sarah uses an eclectic approach influenced by Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, mindfulness, Narrative Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, attachment and trauma informed lenses.

Sarah Goodman MSW, RSW, PMH-C, is a Registered Social Worker specializing in perinatal mental hea... Read More

Dr. Rebecca Greenberg has been working in healthcare for the past two decades as a nurse and bioethicist with a particular focus on pediatrics and women’s health. She is committed to helping people navigate difficult decisions pertaining to health. Dr Greenberg is an Associate Professor in the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Toronto. She has a PhD and Post-doctorate Fellowship in medical ethics from the University of Toronto. Dr. Greenberg has worked at The Hospital for Sick Children and Mount Sinai Hospital as a Bioethicist. Regarded as a leader in the field, Rebecca sits on the Bioethics Committees of the Canadian Paediatric Society and the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada. Rebecca developed and directed a Fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal Ethics – the first of its kind in Canada. Rebecca is committed to education and sharing her research through speaking internationally, publishing research papers and being featured in the media.

PhD - Bioethics, University of Toronto BScN - Nursing, University of Toronto BA - Psychology, The University of Manitoba Post-Doctorate Fellowship - Clinical and Organizational Ethics, University of Toronto

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Angela is a Registered Psychotherapist (CRPO) who has completed postgraduate training in couples and individual therapy. She is a trained Sex Therapist, certified through the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT), and specializes in the treatment of sexual desire discrepancies, sexual dysfunctions, vaginismus, and sexual pain. Angela is an experienced group therapy facilitator for women experiencing low sexual desire and for men experiencing erectile dysfunction, and she also provides clinical supervision to aspiring sex therapists. Whether working with a couple in a relationship or an individual, Angela treats therapy as a collaboration between herself and her clients. She believes that therapy can help with shifting one’s mindset about sex, particularly when feeling “stuck” in a certain idea or way of experiencing sex. She approaches her work with the belief that everyone has the innate capacity to build a connection with themself and others. She offers strategies according to her clients’ values with the ultimate goal of helping them thrive. Angela supports those across reproductive life stages, and she recently became a BRIA Certified Menopause Mental Health Provider.

Angela is a Registered Psychotherapist (CRPO) who has completed postgraduate training in couples ... Read More

Amanda is a clinical social worker offering trauma and attachment-informed counselling and psychotherapy. She has over 20 years of experience helping children, adolescents and adults navigate challenging and unpredictable life events. As a result, she has developed a deep understanding of the complex needs of those struggling with their relationships, grief, losses, major life changes, anxiety, and anger. She uses an eclectic approach to psychotherapy; there are different effective ways she helps her clients, depending on their needs. Sometimes people need help making sense of their experiences and feelings, while others need a safe space to share. Once understanding what type of help is needed, she builds on her clients’ strengths, creating healthy coping strategies with the goal of moving forward in the best way possible. She uses techniques from a range of modalities, including elements of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, and Attachment-Focused Adult Psychotherapy.

Amanda’s passion is to help people process pain, heal emotional wounds, and learn how the experience of loss can be a powerful catalyst for change and opportunity for growth.

Amanda is a clinical social worker offering trauma and attachment-informed counselling and psycho... Read More

Alana Jackson is a compassionate and supportive Registered Social Worker/ Therapist with 20 years of experience working with women, children and their families in a multitude of environments, including Women and Infants’ Health at Mount Sinai Hospital. She uses various evidence-based interventions including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, DBT and Mindfulness Meditation, to support women at every stage. These practices are coupled with various frameworks including trauma-informed care, determined by client need and experience. Areas of interest in practice are pregnancy (anxiety/depression), postpartum (anxiety, depression, role transition), perimenopause, infertility, pregnancy loss, grief, and supportive partner care, and she recently became a BRIA Certified Menopause Mental Health Provider. Alana also has expertise supporting women with difficult partner, child or family relationships that are impacting mental health and well-being. Alana provides a safe, open, reflective environment that builds on clients’ existing strengths, skills and capacities, helping them towards a place with more ease and grace in coping with their mental health.

Alana Jackson is a compassionate and supportive Registered Social Worker/ Therapist with 20 years... Read More

Deanna Kiley is a Registered Social Worker specializing in reproductive health. Her areas of focus include infertility, loss and grief, third party reproduction counselling, individual counselling and couple counselling. She has graduate degrees in Social Work and Health Studies. She is a member of the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society (CFAS), the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW) and the Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW). Deanna’s goal is to provide support to those with reproductive health issues who are experiencing the emotional impact, and complex psychological issues, related to both female and male factor infertility. She also specializes in helping women throughout the life cycle cope with, and improve, anxiety-related responses to stress or life changes. She has extensive experience supporting clients through the stages of grief and loss. Deanna takes a collaborative, supportive, evidence-based approach that integrates theory and techniques from Mindfulness, Narrative, and Cognitive Behavioural (CBT) therapies, and she recently became a BRIA Certified Menopause Mental Health Provider. Drawing on each client’s own strengths, Deanna helps clients improve self-esteem, process emotions, navigate relationships, and develop healthy beliefs about life. Special interests: women’s health issues, fertility preservation, donor conception, surrogacy, on-going pregnancy anxiety, end of treatment decisions, on-going pregnancy anxiety, post-partum, chronic illness, peri-menopause and menopause.

Deanna Kiley is a Registered Social Worker specializing in reproductive health. Her areas of foc... Read More

Sharon is a registered social worker with nearly 20 years of experience supporting clients with mental health concerns related to pregnancy, labour & delivery, and the postpartum period. Using a strengths-based, trauma-informed approach, she specializes in helping clients navigate anxiety, depression, loss, and the transition to parenthood. Her training in Infant Mental Health also lends itself to support clients build attachment-based relationships with their children, creating a strong foundation for parenting from infancy through adolescence.

Sharon takes a collaborative approach, creating a safe environment where clients can acquire new skills, overcome challenges, and reach their goals. She draws from a variety of modalities, prioritizing the ‘best fit’ for the client which may include cognitive behavioural, dialectical behavioural or narrative therapies and mindfulness-based practices. Sharon is also a BRIA Certified Menopause Mental Health Provider.

Sharon is committed to her own professional development and also enjoys facilitating training for other health care providers from across disciplines. She has been recognized for her clinical practice, teaching skills and her contribution to research at SickKids Hospital where she has worked for the past 18 years.

Sharon is a registered social worker with nearly 20 years of experience supporting clients with m... Read More

Nakema is passionate about supporting people throughout their perinatal mental health journey. While completing her training at Women’s College Hospital in the Reproductive Life Stages program she supported women through pregnancy planning, infertility, grief, processing labour and delivery, and post-partum transitions. Nakema has extensive experience advocating for the needs of children, youth and their families engaged in the child welfare and youth justice systems as well as a background in community development.

Nakema believes that the therapeutic relationship is a sacred space and is known for her caring and comfortable presence. Her approach is grounded in collaborative relational and interpersonal psychotherapy. She draws on multiple modalities, including elements of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, mindfulness-based therapy, solutions focused therapy and anti-oppressive practice. During your time with Nakema you can expect a warm, judgment-free environment where you can feel safe navigating your perinatal mental health journey.

Nakema’s clinical areas of focus include: post-partum adjustment, relationships, identity and grief and loss.

Nakema is passionate about supporting people throughout their perinatal mental health journey. Wh... Read More

Anuschka Naidoo is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. She has her Master’s in Counselling Psychology from the University of Victoria and over 10 years of experience in the mental health field. Anuschka has worked in the non-profit sector, private practice, and post-secondary environments and has experience with individual, couples, and group therapy. Her practice centers an intersectional-feminist, trauma-informed, and anti-racist lens in order to provide inclusive therapy to women across their lifespan, and she recently became a BRIA Certified Menopause Mental Health Provider. Through the use of evidence-based techniques (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Emotion-Focused Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Approaches, and Self-Compassion), Anuschka provides high quality mental healthcare in a safe and compassionate environment. She supports clients as they navigate major life transitions that can bring on experiences of anxiety, low-mood, trauma, loneliness, isolation, and burnout.

Anuschka Naidoo is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with the College of Registered Psych... Read More

Karen holds nearly 20-years of perinatal experience having worked at Mount Sinai Hospital’s Women & Infants’ Health Program. Areas of interest and expertise include fertility, interrupted pregnancy, premature delivery, birth trauma, and post-partum adjustment.

Blending elements of evidence-based therapies (such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Compassion Therapy) and utilizing a variety of approaches (such as Trauma-Informed/Sensitive, Strengths-Based, Solution-Focused) Karen addresses issues of anxiety, depression, grief/loss, changing family dynamics, identity shifts, and role-strain. Karen empowers women to explore their values and lived experiences to find deeper meaning and purpose within their relationships and their identity. Karen offers therapy that provides tools to achieve personal change, foster growth, and lead to new discoveries, and she recently became a BRIA Certified Menopause Mental Health Provider.

Karen is an easy-going, warm, and genuine therapist who is available to partner together with you, listen with compassion and empathy, help build on your strengths, and find a middle way between acceptance and change so you can find relief, connection, and joy.

Karen holds nearly 20-years of perinatal experience having worked at Mount Sinai Hospital’s Women... Read More

Laura Reisman, MSW, RSW, PMH-C

Laura Reisman, MSW, PMH-C, is a Registered Social Worker, focusing on the health and well-being of women and families. Laura is a trauma informed therapist who has experience working with women, children, and complex family structures.

Along with a Masters in Social Work, Laura is a registered Perinatal Mental Health provider and is formally trained in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT). Laura believes it is important to be knowledgeable and supportive in multiple therapy modalities. She has studied Mindfulness, Talk Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy and Trauma Informed Care. In the realm of Perinatal Mental Health Laura has received accreditation by Postpartum Support International and the Canadian Perinatal Mental Health society. Laura’s practice focuses on topics including infertility, perinatal mood disorders, generalized anxiety, sex and intimacy, childhood/adult-based traumas, and difficult partner and family relationships. Laura ensures counselling meets each individual’s needs. During sessions she can help you identify, develop, and strengthen coping skills, while also finding effective solutions to individual problems. Laura strives to build a strong therapeutic alliance which will be the foundation of your work together, and she is committed to making your time in therapy a stimulating and supportive environment.

Laura Reisman, MSW, RSW, PMH-C Laura Reisman, MSW, PMH-C, is a Registered Social Worker, focusin... Read More

Emma has worked as a Social Worker in various clinical settings including the Neuro-Oncology program and Family Therapy Training Program at SickKids Hospital, and most recently, the Peter Gilgan Centre for Women’s Cancers at Women’s College Hospital. Her areas of interest and expertise include offering support to individuals and their families who are managing acute or chronic health conditions and facing a variety of mental health challenges. She specializes in supporting individuals with cancer (new diagnosis/treatment/survivorship/living with cancer), and cancer-related genetic variants (i.e. BRCA 1/2) as well as those having risk-reduction surgeries. Emma supports clients in navigating illness transitions, experiencing treatment side effects such as surgical and cancer-related menopause, medical/health-related trauma, sexual function/identity, fertility decision-making, grief/loss and family dynamics.

Emma has training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy and Narrative Therapy, and she recently became a BRIA Certified Menopause Mental Health Provider. Emma’s style is empathic, warm, honest and highly supportive. She uses a combination of talk therapy and evidence-based modalities to explore strategies and techniques that will be most useful for each client. Emma believes that therapy is a collaborative process that builds on strengths and resilience, while focusing on acceptance and working towards living a life according to individual values.

Emma has worked as a Social Worker in various clinical settings including the Neuro-Oncology prog... Read More

Lauren Rose is a Registered Dietitian with 30+ years of experience working in ambulatory care. Lauren provides nutrition education, counseling and support coaching across life stages, in both individual and group settings, with a primary focus on behaviour change strategies towards achieving health goals. She is a facilitator for the Prenatal Care and Feeding Babies Program, as well as focusing much of her counseling on women across the lifespan, disordered eating and education for helping clients achieve their best weight. She has recently completed further training in eating disorders counseling as well as Mindful Eating education. She has a cross appointment with the University of Toronto, as well as being an active Interprofessional Health Provider Advocate for the Department of Family and Community Medicine. She has been trained in media communications and has shared her expertise with The Globe and Mail, Chatelaine, Global TV, CBC, Parenting and Flare Magazines, and the community at large. Lauren is a member of the College of Dietitians of Ontario, Dietitians of Canada, and the Consulting, Diabetes, Obesity and Cardiovascular Networks, and she recently became a BRIA Certified Menopause Mental Health Provider.

Lauren Rose is a Registered Dietitian with 30+ years of experience working in ambulatory care. La... Read More

I love helping frustrated parents of children under 6 end the daily struggle by offering personalized support that actually works for your family.

I’m here to support your journey in understanding your child from the inside out. Using a relationship-based, developmental approach we get to the root of the challenging behaviour. Whether it’s getting a good night’s rest, managing those epic meltdowns or mealtime cooperation, I can provide you with the insights and information you need to make a change and support to make it stick. I am also a certified baby-led sleep and wellbeing specialist and love tackling tricky toddler bedtimes.

Everything is well tested on my own two girls (4 & 6) in our home in Guelph. You will often find me on Instagram sharing parenting stories and the occasional messy craft!

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Nicole Schroeder, BSW, MSW, RSW Nicole Schroeder is a Registered Social Worker with the College of Social Workers in Ontario (OCSWSSW). She obtained her Bachelor of Social Work from University of Victoria, and her Masters of Social Work from University of Toronto. She has also completed post-graduate training in couple and individual therapy in emotion focused therapy and sex therapy. She currently works in an outpatient gynaecology clinic at a downtown Toronto hospital and in private practice, with a focus on individual, relationship, and sex therapy.

Nicole Schroeder, BSW, MSW, RSW Nicole Schroeder is a Registered Social Worker with the College o... Read More

Sari Shaicovitch is a registered social worker who specializes in anxiety, depression, infertility, and reproductive loss.

She has undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Social Work, and a graduate degree in Educational Counseling Psychology and Special Education. Sari has also received extensive training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Infertility Counseling.

Sari is currently a member of the Ontario College of Social Workers, the Ontario Association of Social Workers, the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society (CFAS), the Canadian Counseling and Special Interest Group, and is affiliated with Fertility Matters Canada. Sari has been working as a counselor and social worker for more than 25 years.

Working with individuals and couples, Sari has extensive experience helping her clients identify where they are struggling and helping them to formulate personal and realistic goals for change. Her practice is influenced by Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Brief Solution-Focused Therapy, Assertiveness Training and Social Skills Training, and she recently became a BRIA Certified Menopause Mental Health Provider.

Over the course of her career, Sari has presented on numerous topics to women’s groups, support groups and prenatal groups all around Toronto on topics such as Post-Partum Depression, Adoption Disclosure, and Methods to Increase a Child’s Self Esteem.

Sari currently works with a number of Toronto-area fertility clinics where she consults with patients who are looking to use third-party gametes to grow their family.

For over 7 years, she co-facilitated a monthly fertility support group. She has written articles for Huffington Post, has been quoted in Readers Digest, has appeared on Rogers Daytime and has blogged for online magazines.

Sari is currently affiliated with Good Grief Bereavement Healing Services, and sits on the Advisory Board for Brave the Waves, a program which builds resiliency for middle school students and their families.

Sari and her husband currently live in Toronto with their three daughters, all of whom were conceived via fertility treatments.

Sari Shaicovitch is a registered social worker who specializes in anxiety, depression, infertilit... Read More

Dr. Shea is a certified menopause practitioner through the North American Menopause Society (NAMS) and she completed a fellowship at Mount Sinai Hospital in Menopause and Reproductive Mental Health.  Prior to that, she completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Toronto.  She also earned an MSc in Neuroscience and Behavioural Sciences at McMaster University and a Ph.D. in Medical Sciences from the University of Toronto. Dr. Alison Shea has numerous research interests, including Menopausal Health, Perinatal Substance Use, and Perinatal Mental Health. With training in both gynecology and psychiatry, Dr. Shea is able to understand how your experiences and hormones affect your well-being.  In 2018, Dr. Shea was approved for an Expanded Scope of Practice in Reproductive Mental Health by College of Physicians and  Surgeons of Ontario.

Dr. Shea is a certified menopause practitioner through the North American Menopause Society (NAMS... Read More

Sonia Taylor is an experienced Nurse Practitioner who works in the primary care setting. She is a certified menopause practitioner through the North American Menopause Society. She is committed to empowering women to take charge of their health at all stages of life. While working as a Nurse Practitioner she has supported women physically and emotionally as they try to conceive, during their perinatal period, and as they embark on their menopausal transition. She completed her Master’s Degree in Science at Pace University in New York City and became licensed with the College of Nurses of Ontario as a Registered Nurse in the Extended Class (Nurse Practitioner). At the beginning of her career she graduated from McMaster University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Over her two decades of experience she has delivered care in Labour and Delivery, Women’s Gynecology/Oncology, Neonatal ICU, Pediatric Emergency Medicine and Primary/Community Care. She has subspecialty expertise in the assessment and treatment of perimenopause symptoms, ADHD, and mental health issues.

Sonia Taylor is an experienced Nurse Practitioner who works in the primary care setting. She is a... Read More

Chizor Vasquez, a Registered Social Worker, has over 8 years of counseling expertise. Holding a Master’s degree in Social Work from Christchurch University, UK, she earned her LLB in Law from the University of Sussex. Chizor is in good standing with both the BC College of Social Workers (BCCSW) and the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW). She is also a BRIA Certified Menopause Mental Health Provider. Her commitment to excellence is underscored by her certification in the Circle of Security Attachment Parenting Program.

Chizor provides unwavering support to women navigating the perinatal journey— from conception, fertility treatments, pregnancy, labour and delivery, postpartum, and diverse parenting stages. Chizor also treats supportive partners, emphasizing a culturally sensitive approach to ensure tailored and inclusive support. She also has experience with fostering and adoption.

Chizor’s warm and compassionate approach employs therapeutic modalities tailored to the unique needs of individuals. Grounded in an attachment-based approach and incorporating cognitive behavioural therapy, she creates a secure space for clients to share their experiences, fostering healing and growth.

Passionate about supporting women on their perinatal mental health journey, Chizor believes in the sacred nature of the therapeutic relationship. Renowned for her caring and comfortable presence, she creates an environment that promotes healing and growth.

Chizor Vasquez, a Registered Social Worker, has over 8 years of counseling expertise. Holding a M... Read More

Jess White, BSc, MA, RP (Qualifying) - Sleep Therapist and Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

Jess specializes in helping mothers with young children and women in all life stages address challenging sleep issues to improve their health and well-being. She uses a variety of therapeutic modalities, including mindfulness, solutions focused therapy and cognitive behaviour therapy for insomnia (CBT-I), and she recently became a BRIA Certified Menopause Mental Health Provider.

Jess has undergraduate degrees in Biology and Education and a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology (MACP). She is a qualifying member of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO), and a member of the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT) and the Association of Professional Sleep Consultants (APSC). In addition, Jess has a certificate in Maternal Mental Health and advanced professional training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) by Dr. Colleen Carney. During her time as a Qualifying RP, Jess will be under the supervision of Dr. Judith Davidson, Ph.D., C.Psych., a scientist-clinician in the field of sleep disorders and author of Sink Into Sleep: A Step-by-Step Guide for Reversing Insomnia.

Jess has been working in the field of education and sleep for a combined total of 20 years. She has presented seminars on infant sleep foundations and healthy family sleep habits to perinatal support groups and has been a guest speaker for numerous organizations across Ontario, helping employees identify and overcome sleep challenges. Jess has also worked at Chigamik Community Health Centre offering individual and group sleep counselling.

Jess is caring, non judgmental and understands the importance of the therapeutic relationship. When addressing sleep challenges Jess values her client’s personal experience, spending time understanding parental stress, family dynamics, cultural sleep beliefs, and collaborates with clients to address their sleep challenges. Looking at sleep issues holistically, Jess believes clients are most successful when they have the knowledge, support and tools needed to make lasting changes. Jess and her husband live in Collingwood with their three children whose sleep has all benefited from her knowledge and understanding of what it takes to get a good nights’ sleep!

You will meet Jess in individual and family counselling sessions.

Jess White, BSc, MA, RP (Qualifying) - Sleep Therapist and Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying... Read More

Dr. Bev is a psychiatrist with over 20 years of experience in women’s mental health care. Before co-founding BRIA, Dr. Bev developed and led two of the largest perinatal psychiatry programs in Ontario: the Reproductive Life Stages Program at Women’s College Hospital and the Perinatal Mental Health Program at Mount Sinai Hospital. She is a pioneer in telemedicine services for the perinatal population, and has been using virtual care to treat patients across Ontario since 2014. As a leader in her field, she is relentlessly dedicated to improving access to high quality reproductive psychiatric care in Canada, and has trained many other perinatal psychiatrists. You will meet Dr. Bev in a Maxi assessment, or during group therapy.

Dr. Bev is a psychiatrist with over 20 years of experience in women’s mental health care. Before ... Read More

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