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Penny Smith, MSW, RSW

Penny Smith is an experienced social worker who approaches clients and their situations with humour, understanding and practical solutions. Penny is comfortable with a wide range of client ages, stages and challenges.

She is a registered member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers, and a member of the Ontario Association of Social Workers. Penny received her Master of Social Work from Wilfred Laurier University. Her background includes front line and supervisory positions in Child Protection, and project management in research and community development for the Toronto Child Abuse Centre. Penny worked for the Halton and Peel District School Boards, and developed The Parent Watch Program for parents of high-risk adolescents, and Peers Empowering Peers, an orientation program for grade 9 students provided by grade 12 students. She has extensive experience in individual, family and group therapy, recovery from addiction and from the trauma of sexual abuse.

Penny has a dynamic presentation style and regularly provides workshops at parent conferences, and professional social work conferences on a variety of subjects dealing with the challenges of parenting.

Dr. Chris Parrish, Ph.D., C. Psych.

Chris Parrish is a clinical psychologist who enjoys working with adults and adolescents. He received his Ph.D. in Psychology from Concordia University in 2009. Dr. Parrish has a broad base of training and experience, having worked in the Anxiety Treatment and Research Centre, the Mood Disorders Program, and the Eating Disorders Program all at St. Joseph’s Healthcare in Hamilton, as well as at Montreal’s Jewish General Hospital, St. Mary’s Hospital, and Concordia University’s Applied Psychology Centre.

Dr. Parrish’s aim is to help clients grow as individuals by understanding how thoughts, beliefs, behaviours and environment all contribute to their struggles. He uses humour and a broad repertoire of treatment approaches to build a collaborative relationship where each client can feel comfortable sharing and learning. He seeks to connect with the real person behind ‘the problems.’

Dr. Parrish is a founding member of the Canadian Association for Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies, and is a member of the Canadian Psychological Association, the Ontario Psychological Association, and the Association for the Advancement of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies.

Dr. Sheila Tervit, Ph.D., C. Psych.

Dr. Tervit is a registered psychologist with a warm and inviting style, who enjoys working with individuals to make changes in their lives. She received her Ph.D. in Psychology from the State University of New York in 2001. Her background includes professional positions with the Peel Regional Cancer Centre at Credit Valley Hospital, Trillium Health Centre, Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital, and London Health Sciences Centre. She is a member of the Ontario Psychological Association and Wellspring Cancer Support Foundation’s Program committee.

In addition to her private practice work, Dr. Tervit works with Wellspring providing short-term counselling to individuals diagnosed with cancer and their families. She also facilitates support groups and is a frequent guest speaker with this organization.

Dr. Tervit lives in Oakville with her family and spends her free time running, playing soccer and tennis, reading, and travelling.

Dr. Ian Shulman, Ph.D., C.Psych.

Ian Shulman is a clinical psychologist with an energetic and creative style, who enjoys working with clients of all ages. Dr. Shulman is a member of the Canadian Psychological Association and the Ontario Psychological Association. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Calgary in 1999. His background includes professional positions with the Hospital for Sick Children, The Clarke Institute of Psychiatry, North York General Hospital and the University of Waterloo. Dr. Shulman has extensive experience in individual and marital/couples therapy and psychological evaluation.

Dr. Shulman maintains professional relationships with Family Physicians, Psychiatrists, Speech and Language Specialists, Academic Tutors, Social Workers, and medical facilities throughout the GTA should referrals be required.

Dr. Shulman’s approach is warm and engaging. He is a long time resident of Oakville, ON and is familiar with challenges particular to this area.

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