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Karen Hurley Psychotherapist in Mississauga


Karen Hurley Psychotherapy Associates are a dedicated team of experienced mental health professionals with expertise in various issues for adults, couples, families, children and adolescents. Each professional associate in their field of practice, psychology, marriage and family therapy, and social work is highly trained and qualified and brings their own expertise and specialization in distinct areas of practice.

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Karen Hurley

MSW, RP, RSW, RMFT
Karen practices from a belief that psychotherapy is an exploratory process of getting to know ourselves in a more enriched and deepened way. We conduct our lives through a self-and-world view we have constructed from our subjective experience of struggles, losses and triumphs. In therapy we become aware of entrenched patterns of interaction in our relationships that may prevent us from enjoying our life to the fullest.

Most transformative processes usually take place through a difficult or painful experience that often activates a need for change. For some, the desire of relief from distress or confusion: for others, the quest for understanding and creation of new meaning in their lives. Sometimes we are prompted by a sense that we don’t want to feel this way anymore or a need to do something different. It is often then, that we experience the catalyst to become more aware of how we are living our lives and desire to make changes for a healthier sense of well-being.

After attaining a Master of Social Work degree at University of Toronto, Karen completed post -graduate training including studies in couples therapy at Harvard Medical School, emotionally focused therapy, (EFT) and insight-oriented psychoanalytical therapy.

Karen is a Registered Social Worker (RSW) with the College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW), a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist (RMFT) and a clinical member with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) and the Ontario Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (OAMFT). She is an associate of Dr. Jon Mills, of Mills Psychology, a board certified clinical psychologist and a registered psychologist with the College of Psychologists of Ontario.

Karen is also a member of the Canadian Society for Clinical Hypnosis - Ontario Division (CSCH-OD) and registered with the National Guild of Hypnotists as a Certified Hypnotherapist. 


Kennedy McLean
MA, RP (Qualifying), CCTP-II

There is no life that is without challenges. Therapy is a safe space to explore those challenges; to be seen and heard. Kennedy practices from the belief that we must find the root of one’s difficulties in order to create positive and lasting change.  It is often the most difficult experiences in our lives that lead to transformation. Therapy allows us to gain insight into ourselves and to further understand how we relate to others and the world around us.

Kennedy works alongside couples and families to heal attachment wounds and improve communication leading to healthier relationships. She works with clients to understand the relational importance of empathy, attunement, and connection in working towards attachment repair and affect
regulation. Kennedy specializes in treating clients with trauma and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  Kennedy also has extensive experience working with adolescents, those in recovery from substance abuse and first responders.

After obtaining a graduate certificate in Addiction Treatment and Prevention from Georgian College, Kennedy spent time working with youth in the Peel District School Board. Kennedy
attended training in alternative dispute resolution and psychoanalytic psychotherapy before returning to school to complete her Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology at Yorkville University.

Kennedy is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO), a Certified Complex Trauma Professional (CCTP-II) and a
member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association.


Zameena Jaffer
MSW, RSW 

Emotions are one of life’s gifts; they offer us a way to experience the full spectrum of what it means to be alive. However, emotions can become stagnated; causing us to react disproportionately, lose perspective, or withdraw from situations. We can become plagued with anxiety, confusion, and sadness. Our work together can focus on building a healthy relationship to our emotional experience so that we can appreciate what each has to offer, from sadness to joy.

I am a Registered Psychotherapist-Qualifying who has experience working on the frontline, in private practice, and over various online platforms. My clients have ranged from students, recent immigrants, men and women fleeing abusive relationships, and successful professionals who are highly functioning but struggle silently. My major strength as a counsellor is the ability to create a safe and trusting therapeutic relationship with my clients. I bring compassion, warmth and cultural sensitivity to my practice.

As an Indo-Canadian immigrant, I am able to recognize that identity and its self-definition are layered and complex, and that we sometimes have trouble teasing out who we are and what we want. I specialize in acculturation issues, managing stress, and finding identity within society and culture. With me, a typical session will include a deep dive into emotions, an exploration of thought processes, and learning various coping tools that will stay with your after therapy is long over. Together, we will manage being human.

Nakita Sehgal 
RSW, CCC 

I am a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC), a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), and a Registered Social Worker (RSW). I have earned a Master of Counselling Psychology, and posses a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (Hons). In practice, I specialize in Anxiety, Depression, enhancing Self-Esteem and understanding Immigration or Acculturation stress. I am empathic, warm and skilled in creating an encouraging environment where we can understand your vision for your life, and the barriers that are keeping you from living the life that you want.

My personal experience as an immigrant compliments my knowledge of life transitions and acculturation issues facing first and second generation Canadians. My clients range from students to adults; working professionals experiencing high functioning anxiety or depression, and couples. I am curious about the intersectionality of mental health and immigration.
Successful therapy can create long-term and sustainable change.

A typical session with me includes meaningful conversation where I help you develop greater emotion awareness, and experience emotion more positively so you can start to feel the positive immediately. I offer you Soutien (support) as you take the necessary steps to build a life that you want.


Irene Mellas
MSW, RSW 

Irene is committed to providing professional therapy to individuals who are experiencing an emotional or psychological difficulty. Irene practices from a belief that therapy is a transformative process, one that often begins when a person reaches a "crisis" as a result of a difficult or painful experience that activates a deep need for change.

Irene strongly believes that each and every person has the innate ability, the courage, and the internal resources to reach a place within themselves where they can get "unstuck" and can move toward a more joyful and a richer, more rewarding life. For many, this journey requires a compassionate, open minded, safe and non-judgemental approach where they can freely discuss their concerns.

If you are struggling with issues related to depression, anxiety, phobias, addictions, bereavement/loss, relationship problems, work stress, life transitions, and old wounds from childhood, Irene will listen actively, engage meaningfully, and will facilitate seeing these issues through a new perspective while creating a warm, safe, therapeutic space.

After attaining a Master of Social Work degree at University of Toronto, Irene also completed post graduate training in Conflict Mediation thought the Harvard Negotiation Project, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) training, Emotional Focussed Therapy (EFT), and insight oriented therapy. In addition, Irene utilizes a Mindfulness based approach throughout the therapy process which enhances the client experience.

Irene is a Registered Social Worker (RSW) with the College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW), as well as a Registered Psychotherapist (RP) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO). She is an associate of Dr. Jon Mills, of Mills Psychology (a board certified clinical psychologist and a registered psychologist with the College of Psychologists of Ontario).

Irene has a special interest in women who are struggling through various life transitions, and is passionate about supporting these individuals to evolve into their "best selves".


Tracey Wade
MSW, BSW, BA

Tracey is a registered social worker in good standing with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers and the New Brunswick Association of Social Workers. Tracey has an MSW from the University of Toronto, a BSW from St. Thomas University and a BA in Gerontology from McMaster University.

For more than 25 years Tracey has been working alongside clients, helping them through difficult times, daily struggles, and psychological difficulties, getting in the way of moving forward in the areas that matter most. Tracey has an anti-oppression approach that is trauma informed, sensitive to cultural diversity, LGBQT2+, client centered, and strength based. It is tailored to meet the unique needs of each client.
Tracey is committed to helping others reach their full potential and redefine the stories that are not congruent with who they are, or who they want to be. Tracey works with individuals over the age of 18, with couples and families, to address a range of concerns. Her practice specializes in working with:

• AD/HD effects presenting as problematic in one’s couple,     relationships, or work/school;
• Sadness or a general discontent;
• Stress, Anxiety & Depression;
• Trauma, PTSD;
• Return to work;
• Addiction;
• Conflict in relationships;
• The impact of mental health issues in the family;
• Difficulty managing life transitions;
• Social isolation and loneliness;
• Caregiver stress; and grief/loss.

Amrit Malhotra 
MSW, RSW


Amrit has been a professional social worker since 1993 with a Master of Social Work Degree. She is a Registered member in good standing with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. Amrit provides Individual, couple and family counselling. She has expertise in many areas including anxiety, depression, trauma, grief/loss, life transitions, personal and work related stress, relationship concerns, and adjustment to illness counselling.

With a genuine sense of warmth, cultural sensitivity, Amrit will be present to assist you. At times life can seem overwhelming and out of balance. Amrit believes that it takes great courage to ask for help, and looks forward to supporting you to develop coping skills and inner strength to move through the difficulties, uncertainties and crises.


Utilizing an eclectic approach combining crisis intervention, brief solution focused therapy, strengths perspective, family systems, and cognitive behavioural therapy, Amrit will assist you in your healing journey. Amrit provides daytime, evening and weekend appointments at times to fit your schedule. Virtual sessions are available through telephone and secure video counselling.

Ellis Nicolson

M. Div: RMFT
Ellis Nicolson is a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist, a clinical member of the American Associations for Marriage and Family Therapy and the Ontario Assocation for Marriage and Family Therapy.

Ellis has been working with couples and families for the past eight years where his expertise to provide tools for great relationships has been a success. Ellis teaches his clients how to have safe, secure and intimate relationship where families are working together and people are better able to cope.

Ellis has hosted live call-in television programs geared towards healthy relationships and his expertise has been sought in various newspapers and magazines.

Ellis has taught relationship building skills in Universities, single’s groups, churches, and corporations. He works with a number of employee benefit companies to help improve work relationships, manage stress and increase productivity and attendance.

Judith Pascoe-Wong
MSW, RSW

Judith Pascoe-Wong specializes in play therapy with children, helping them express their emotions, regulate feelings, anxieties, and attachment issues. Judith also provides psychotherapy to adolescents who are struggling with anxiety, self- harm, self esteem, depression, family issues, and feelings of invisibility.

Judith works with cognitive delay individuals, parents of children with intellectual and physical disabilities and also engages and integrates the family as an integral part of the therapeutic process.

Judith is a registered Social Worker with a Master's degree in Social Work. She holds certificates in trauma counselling, family therapy, and is a Sandplay trainee with the Canadian Association for Sandplay Therapy.

Judith has attained Level 1 Theraplay and Marschak Interaction Method. She provides talk, play and sand therapy with all ages of children.

With over 20 years of clinical experience, she is committed to helping 

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Karen Hurley
Psychotherapy
Associates

4315 Village Centre Court
Suite 201
Mississauga, Ontario L4Z 1S2

                        
Phone: 905-273-7575

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