Dr. Gowthorpe, R.S.W. and her associates provide counselling in for individuals, couples and families.

Our approach places emphasis on research based treatment, insight-development and empowerment for change.

People may seek counseling to address individual issues that include trauma, work-related issues, depression, anxiety, and self-esteem. Children and adolescents may require support to cope with a variety of challenges related to their personal circumstances and family situations. We also provide marital and couple counseling to improve relationship dynamics and overall functioning.

For those people who are in the process of separation, counseling will assist in developing viable plans to work through communication issues and make the transition from marriage to divorce as successful as possible.

The purpose of all counseling is to support people in developing a better understand of their own motivations and behavior, and to enhance happiness and well-being.

We are pleased to support victims of violence and those recovering from trauma.


Charlene Cowling, HBSc., HBSW, MSW, RSW
Charlene specializes in individual (adult, adolescent and child), couple and family therapy. Charlene holds a Master of Clinical Social Work from the University of Manitoba and Honours Bachelor degrees in both Social Work and Psychology. She has over 20 years of experience in the mental health, child protection and education field and advanced certifications in Solution Focussed Brief Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and trauma work. Ms. Cowling has been a guest speaker at both local and international conferences on a variety of topics and trainings and has instructed at St. Lawrence College. Ms. Cowling’s compassionate approach to counseling facilitates effective and meaningful change in the lives of the people she works with. She is passionately dedicated to helping others find solutions that suit their individual situations. Charlene’s experience includes, but is not limited to: individual (child, youth, adult) counseling, marriage, couple, family, relationship and separation counselling, anxiety, depression, assertiveness, trauma, abuse, managing anger, calming strong emotions, eating disorders, parental alienation, and LGBTQ+concerns. Ms. Cowling is a Registered Social Worker and a member of the Ontario College of Social Workers.

Paul D. Robichaud MA (CAM) Q.Med
Paul is a conflict practitioner with twenty-five years of experience in the child and family services private sector. His passion for child rights and protection has driven him to seek out new innovative methods to bring peace into the home and foster successful development. Over the years he has become a life coach, collaborative problem solver, and a master trainer in non-violent crisis intervention. Paul has recently obtained an M.A. in Conflict Analysis and Management from Royal Roads University to gain the academic theory to enhance his practical experience in the field. Further to the degree, Paul is a member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Centre of Ontario and has achieved the Qualified Mediator (Q. Med) designation. This has led Paul to expand his field of expertise to encompass relationship conflicts in family, organizational, and community systems; whether it be, inter-personal, inter-group, or intra-group conflict. Paul has created a transformative practice focusing on people and relationships by embracing conflict as the vehicle for sustainable change. Paul provides assessment services, mediation, parenting plans, clinically managed access, parent coaching, reunification therapy, family conflict counselling, parent teen/child conflict analysis and resolution. 

Cathy Waite M.S.W., R.S.W
Cathy has provided therapy in a variety of community mental health settings since 1995, as a Behaviour Therapist, a Child & Family Therapist and a Registered Social Worker.
Cathy loves helping her clients overcome personal challenges by creating a safe, caring, supportive therapeutic environment, focusing on their strengths and empowering them to determine what matters most. Common issues discussed in counselling may include behavioural changes, worries, managing stress, self-esteem, depression, anxiety, trauma history, and relationship concerns. Cathy encourages self-compassion, self-care and focusing on small successes in order to create big changes. Some of the therapeutic approaches she incorporates into sessions include Mindfulness, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and Cognitive Processing Therapy. Cathy also teaches full-time at Loyalist College in the Child & Youth Care program. When she’s not at work, Cathy can be found relaxing at her lakeside cottage with her husband Brent, her son Jack, and her Bernese Mountain Dog, Katy.

Anastasia Burns, MSW, RSW
Anastasia is a Registered Social Worker specializing in building emotional resilience across the lifespan. Anastasia earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour and then went on to complete a Master of Social Work. Anastasia provides therapy to individuals, couples, children, youth and families using evidence-based, trauma-informed therapy. She has completed extensive training in Play Therapy with a special interest in attachment and trauma. Additional therapeutic modalities include:  Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectal Behavioural Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Solution-Focused Therapy. Utilizing an individualized approach, Anastasia applies these therapeutic techniques to support individuals, couples and families in addressing adversity stemming from anxiety, depression, grief, parenting challenges, emotional dysregulation, traumatic experiences, and addressing challenging life experiences.

Breanna Shanque, M.S.W., R.S.W.
Breanna received her Masters of Social Work degree from the University of British Columbia. Prior, to her graduate studies, Breanna attended Western University and completed her Honours Bachelors of Social Work Degree, Majoring in Thanatology (the study of death, dying and bereavement). Breanna attended Loyalist College and received her Social Service Worker Diploma. Breanna provides therapy in the areas of  grief counselling, bereavement support, palliative care, individual, couples and families. Breanna enjoys working with her clients in creating an effective treatment plan that addresses their specific needs. Breanna specializes in grief and loss, anxiety, depression, PTSD, trauma recovery, and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. She takes a comprehensive, evidence-informed approach to promote resilience and overall well-being.