Philippa Klein MSW PSW RMT

Founder and Counselling Therapist

I firmly believe that connection through family, community or intimate partners is the stabilizing force that allows us to feel safe, happy and strong in our lives. There are times when these connections are broken, or we find we are simply not able to maintain good quality relationships. Therapy is a safe place in which we can explore our family histories, look at current relationships and selves and tackle the very human fears of loneliness, isolation and esteem.

I welcome everyone to my practice. My aim is to create a secure therapeutic relationship with my clients regardless of gender, background, age or sexual orientation.

I have spent years working with cancer patients and in bereavement. Through this, I have gained inspiration and appreciation for the resilience of the human spirit in times of crisis. I have learned strength is best accessed through support and community. There are times in our busy society that this support is hard to find, and that friends and family are not enough. This is where therapy can help.  A therapeutic space is one where we can feel safe and supported in talking about our fears and or worries.

I like working within the family dynamic and am open to how I conceptualize family and relationships. I have experience working with straight and queer populations. I welcome traditional and non-traditional (including non-monogamous) configurations. I am an empathetic listener, but I also provide a guided and structured approach to life’s challenges. I use a multi disciplinary approach which is informed by  Solutions Based Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Attachment Theory, Systems Theory and Mindfulness.

I founded the Open Centre in the hope to create an environment of integrative health care where a diversity of populations could feel welcome and supported. I am so proud of the team we have collected. There is a depth of knowledge and experience in our practitioners that opens up a space for healing in body, mind and spirit. The Open Centre Welcomes you!

I can be reached at philopencentre@gmail.com

Parneet Chohan - Psychosomatic Therapist

Parneet Chohan is a psychosomatic therapist with a MA in Counselling Psychology inspired by the resilience and healing abilities of the human mind and body. Parneet's work is directed towards the liberation and wholeness of all beings, with a special interest in queer women of colour through mindfulness, embodiment, self-awareness, compassion and authenticity. Parneet is currently a facilitator for the Authentic Montreal community as well as training in Somatic Experiencing. When necessary, Parneet identifies as brown, racialized, south asian, queer, woman, femme and non-binary.    Contact Info: parneetchohanmtl@gmail.com


Megann Ayotte - MSW Social Worker

I am a social worker specializing in mental health and individual counselling. I draw on a variety of therapeutic techniques to help people better understand difficult feelings or experiences, improve their quality of life, and develop self-compassion. I work from an understanding of systemic oppressions and how they can be perpetuated within the mental health care system; it is for this reason that I do this work with great respect for clients’ rights, as well as their needs. My goal is to provide trauma-informed care that creates a safer space in which clients can express themselves and that gently challenges them to begin the healing process. I can be contacted at m.ayotte.psw@gmail.com

Lori Isaif, MSc, OT Psychotherapist

Lori Isaif obtained a BScA from Concordia University and a MScA in occupational therapy from McGill University. During her studies, she interned at the traumatic brain injury (TBI) unit at the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC), at the Chiang Mai Woman’s Correctional Institution and at the Suang Prung Psychiatric Hospital in Thailand. Internationally, she focused on cultural diversity and inclusiveness. Here, she operated re-integration programs for prisoners and patients with chronic pain, addictions and co-occurring psychiatric disorders. Upon graduating, she became a member of the Order of Occupational Therapists of Quebec. After additional training at the Beck Institute in Philadelphia for cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and at the Anna Freud centre in London for mentalization-based therapy (MBT) and Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), she obtained her psychotherapy license and became a member of the Order of Psychologists of Quebec. Her training also includes addiction counselling, mindfulness, motivational interviewing (MI), structured relapse prevention (SRP), projective expression, sensory stimulation, dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) and psychodynamic therapy.

Ms. Isaif has experience working in both inpatient and outpatient psychiatric settings in the public and private sectors. She works both as an individual therapist and a facilitator of dialectical behavioral therapy informed and psychodynamic process groups.

Ms. Isaif became a private OT psychotherapist practitioner in January of 2013. She works with individuals struggling with a variety of challenges, including but not limited to, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, addictions, emotional dysregulation, crisis management, personality disorders, self-harm and anger management.Lori can be reached at lori.isaif@mail.mcgill.ca

Lasha Shaw Korchynski- Psychotherapist

I offer professional, confidential, and client-centered psychotherapy services . I am a licensed c.o. (OCCOQ) and a registered psychotherapist with the Order of Psychologists of Quebec.

My specialty is helping people to develop self-awareness and emotional self-regulation skills so that they can cope with difficult feelings or situations and live happier and more fulfilling lives.

You can find out more about me and my work, and if you would like to introduce yourself, ask a question, or to book an appointment, get in touch

Val Rosser MSW, TS, PDt- Counselling Therapist

I am a licensed social worker, who specializes in helping individuals improve their
mental health. As your counsellor, I would explore, in partnership with you, the internal,
situational, and systemic factors that are affecting your well-being. I would then work
with you to develop insight into changes that you might choose to make to improve your
quality of life. I am person-centered and humanistic in my approach, so I would be
supportive and receptive with you throughout our work together, and I would offer you a
safer emotional space in which to explore your strengths and challenges.
I believe that you have agency over your own healing process and growth, and I would
do my best to respect your wisdom and self-knowledge at all times. In my experience,
this approach helps to create a nurturing relationship in which a mutual building of
understanding and insight can flourish.
I have experience working with individuals facing various forms of marginalization and
oppression, and all my services are queer and trans-friendly. I am also a body-positive
Registered Dietitian, and could support you as you explore your relationship to food,
eating, and body image. (Some insurance plans may cover social worker and/or
dietitian services. Please check with your provider.)
I can be contacted by email at: valjrosser@gmail.com.

Erica Lane – Licensed Counsellor

I am a licensed counsellor in Montreal, Quebec and I specialize in providing individual therapy to children, adolescents, and young adults. As a therapist, I work to empower my clients to live a life in accordance with their values, overcome difficulties, and gain self-awareness and insight while building resilience. We work together through the framework of cognitive behavioral therapy to build the client’s toolbox of skills to help them manage their thoughts and behaviors. I aim to provide accessible and affordable services to all people. I can be reached at (438) 320-8478

Dr. Marcel Parent – PhD Philosophy & Religion (or PhD Philosophical Therapist)

“Life is no different than nirvana,                                                                                                Nirvana no different than life;                                                                                                           The Buddha never taught                                                                                                            Anyone anything.”                     Nagarjuna (2nd c. Buddhist philosopher

I am a Doctor of Philosophy who has been exploring philosophical and religious approaches to subjectivity for over twenty-five years. I offer Philosophical Therapy as an approach to better fulfilment in the world.
Philosophical Therapy, both a stand-alone psychoeducational approach, but also complimentary to traditional psychotherapeutic and psychodynamic interventions, focuses its work around theoretical or philosophical perspectives to allow a client to explore the world they inhabit in different, inspiring and sometimes challenging ways.  

For people who sometimes come to an impasse within traditional therapy, philosophical therapy allows for a deeper engagement with intellectual framings of the world around us, and a variety of inspirations for moving forward positively in life. I bring to the discussion an expertise in European thought, including Existentialism, French Theory (especially Michel Foucault), and hermeneutics. I am also well-versed in social and political ethical theory, mainly feminism, postcolonialism and queer theory. Finally, I may be most robustly familiar with Asian traditions, including Buddhist, Hindu and Daoist philosophy and religion. I find a variable approach where we explore a number of intellectual perspectives to find the best fit to particular issue to be very effective.

The approach I take is relevant for a wide variety of people, and I focus especially with those who want an exploratory approach to life’s problems and opportunities. I am also well-versed in certain areas: nonmonogamy, masculinity, queerness, Othering, existential or spiritual crises.  contact me at: marcel.rene.parent@gmail.com or 514-502-7741

“The main interest in life and work is to become someone else that you were not in the beginning.” – Michel Foucault

Ensi Pourshafiey -- Lawyer & Accredited Family Mediator:

I hold a Bachelor of Commerce from Concordia University (2004), I am a lawyer and a member of the Quebec Bar (2008) and the Association de mediation familiale du Quebec (2017). After starting my own family in 2012, I shifted my practice from the corporate world to a more meaningful career as a family mediator and I have come to enjoy the human dimension of family law. While separation and divorce are very difficult personal and emotional life events, I truly believe that mediation is the most sensible and reasonable way to begin a new parenting journey. Helping parties reach a point of resolution is very rewarding. It helps build longer lasting agreements and puts the parties back in the pilot’s seat where they can hopefully come up with an arrangement that allows them to co-parent together or turn the page on a difficult chapter of their lives. It's win-win.

As an impartial mediator, I will not give legal advice or make any decisions. Rather, I will help the couple identify all the legal issues and facilitate the difficult conversations that are often needed to reach an agreement covering division of assets, custody, child support, parenting plans and more. 

Mediation empowers couples to find their own solutions while keeping the best interest of their children at the center of all their decisions. Once an agreement is reached, as a lawyer, I can draft the legal proceedings as well as divorce applications and I can have the agreement confirmed by the court to make it enforceable. I am a gifted listener and I use a non-judgmental and problem-solving approach that ensures that parents’ contributions to their children’s lives are respected and carried forward even after separation or divorce. 

 Family mediation is intended for legally married couples, de facto spouses and conjugal partners. I offer two types of mediation: 2.5 to 5 hours of government-subsidized mediation (funded by the Ministère de la Justice du Québec for married or common law partners with one or more dependent children) and non-subsidized mediation for all other cases.

I can be reached at 514-567-8654 or info@mediationquebec.com

Alia Raad, Clinical Psychologist

Alia is a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist, member of the “Ordre des psychologues du Québec”. She holds a Professional Master degree in Clinical Psychology and Psychopathology as well as a Bachelor degree in Clinical Psychology. She speaks fluently English, French and Arabic and has participated in several internships involving adults and children in different milieus until she took up her private practice. Alia has had experience with various topics such as mental health, stress, lifestyle difficulties, addictions, substance use issues and problems associated with physical conditions, marital and
family relationships troubles, eating disorders, mood disorders and anxiety; with an emphasis in all forms of grief processes. She draws from her extensive training in psychodynamics, cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness-based psychotherapy to provide personalized care. All the sessions are conducted in a safe space allowing emotional explorations in an inclusive, accepting and forbearing environment.

Contact Info:   alia.a.raad@gmail.com

Yasmine Suzanne Sikender, MSW

 I’m a bilingual social worker who works with adults experiencing stress, anxiety, depression, loss and grief. I blend empathy with a holistic and strengths-based approach leading to an increase in resilience and well-being. My interventions are tailored to be culturally sensitive and I provide a safe and supportive environment while creating a trusting relationship with you. My professional experience in disability management also provides me with clinical skills regarding workplace health.

Contact info: yasmine.sikender@gmail.com

Bodyworkers

Osteopaths
Michelle Sands DO - Osteopath

Michelle has worked for 15 years as a yoga teacher and Pilates instructor, where she specialized in working with clients with chronic pain, injuries and illness. This love of movement and meditative practice forms the foundation of her work as an osteopath.  She believes deeply in the intelligence of the human body and works with care and respect for each of her clients. Michelle completed her B.SC. in Applied Zoology at McGill University  in 2000, before pursuing her studies at the College d'Études Ostéopathique de Montréal.  She has completed specialized courses in the areas of pregnancy, pediatrics, geriatrics, chronic pain and endocranial spasms. You can contact Michelle at michelle@michellesands.com

Marina Pano, B.Sc, M.T, D.O

D.OMarina obtained a B.Sc in Exercise , with a specialization in Athletic Therapy at Concordia University , since then she continued to study Naturopathy and ART (Active Release Techniques ). She studied Osteopathy at the Sutherland Academy in Oakville and at L’Academie D’Osteopathie de Montreal de Montreal.Using an integrative approach to
wellness, lifestyle, nutrition , biomechanics and prevention and treatment of
injuries is how she helps her patients .Marina works with a vast types of
individuals raging from professional athletes , as well as everyone else who
walks into her office. Working in collaboration with other health and medical and
fitness consultants , to ensure her patients get the best possible treatment and
follow up care. She is presently completing her training in Life Coaching and Theta Healing, adding this knowledge to her skills in order to help integrate the psychological or
mind -body connection to her practice. She can be reached at marinapano@gmail.com

Anne DesRobers -Osteopath

Anne DesRoberts is a bilingual osteopath who has been working with clients for 5 years. She has also trained as a doula in 2016. She works with adults, pregnant people and their babies. Osteopathy as she practices it :

Le rôle de l’ostéopathe est de trouver les restrictions de mouvement dans la structure et de favoriser un retour à la mobilité en s’appuyant sur des connaissances approfondies du fonctionnement du corps humain. Son art est de confectionner un traitement sur mesure, par une approche manuelle des tissus abordant le plan musculo-squelettique, viscéral, liquidien et crânien.

 Sans se limiter aux os, la pratique de l'« ostéopathie » allie osteon (matière vivante) et pathos (sentiment profond que l’Être cherche à exprimer). Grâce à cette approche tissulaire, nous pouvons aborder ce qui y réside : l’expression de l’Être, dans ses sphère émotionnelles et psychologiques.

 Inspiré de Pierre Tricot : Les tissus du corps sont fait de conscience et répondent à la conscience. En entrant en relation avec le système corporel comme un système de conscience, l’ostéopathe obtient une réponse tissulaire concrète dans ses mains, indiquant ce qui peut se passer au niveau plus abstrait de relation mentale dans le système corporel. Les difficultés corporelles que l’on peut rencontrer sont liées à des difficultés de l’Être qui se manifestent dans le corps (approche psychosomatique). Le corps est donc un moyen d’entrer en contact et d’aborder ces difficultés pour aider la personne à trouver ses solutions. L'approche ostéopathique que j'utilise intègre donc corps et esprit, visant à accompagner les individus dans leur cheminement holistique. L’ostéopathie est une science, un art et une philosophie. Elle nécessite une palpation attentive, une curiosité continue à se former et un souci de l’excellence empreint de bienveillance.

To book an appointment: https://app.acuityscheduling.com/schedule.php?owner=18896710


Massage Therapists and Energy Workers
Lorena Lombardi - Massage Therapist Mindfulness Coach

I have training and experience in a diversified set of fields. Influence from all of these fields has led me to create a unique, unconventional, and compassionate practice as a mindfulness coach. My work considers the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of health.I obtained certification as a yoga teacher in 2009 and have been teaching size adapted yoga in English and French ever since. Influenced by this training and experience, I have developed a mindful movement training program to help people of all sizes and physical abilities achieve greater comfort with their bodies. In 2016, I completed a Curvy Yoga certification as well.I also obtained a certification in Bach flower remedies in 2011, which allows me to help people deal with the wide array of emotions that come up in the various circumstances of their lives.

Furthermore, I have been practicing oracle card reading and tarot since my youth and have been undergoing serious mediumship training since 2011. I have therefore developed great skills that allow me to communicate with spirits and other entities that can help people feel connected to loved ones that have passed on, or receive new insight that can help them make decisions about their lives.

Through my experience working with LGBTQ+ and feminist organizations, I have gained extensive knowledge of local community resources and have shown a high aptitude for peer support. My values, centered on anti-oppression and intersectionality, are expressed in my work and guide my own personal development as well as my compassion toward others. I can be reached at coach@lorenalombardi.com

Helen Moutogolis LMT Cht Naturotherapist

Helena Moutoglis is a Mind - Body- Spirit Specialist which is certified as a Holistic Naturopath / NaturoTherapist -QC LMT Masso Therapist - QC Certif. Hypnotherapy Consultant - Holistic Intuitive & Energy Therapist having numerous yrs of education & hands on experience in various Modalities / Therapies / Techniques around the world. Integrating all these aspects to better tailor each session on an individual and personal basis. She looks forward to meeting and discussing all the ways in which to offer you an exceptional and unforgettable Session. Caring for your Well Being !!! Heart and Soul

You can contact her at 514-212-6252

Raven Taylor - Massage Therapist

Raven’s comforting, gentle and reassuring massage approach is complimented by her caring intuitive touch. She works with Reiki, Kinetic Swedish, and Ayurvedic massage techniques, and draws from a decade of practical experience using bodywork to heal the effects of stress, anxiety, and trauma. She is dedicated to a gentle, pain reducing approach with heart, flow and intention. She loves to work with movers and shakers, creators and music makers.  You can contact Raven at 514-880-8488 or bodyworkandmassagebooking.as.me/

Dawn Upfold -Energy Therapist

Dawn Upfold is an Energy Therapist, Life Coach and professional Tarot reader who helps clients release emotional and belief blockages so they can live with more emotional freedom and joy.
A Reiki Grandmaster (Usui Fam Rei lineage), she’s also certified in Tibetan Healing practices, Quantum Touch and Life Coaching. She has a BA (Honours Project) in Communication Studies from Concordia University.
Dawn created and runs the Open Centre’s popular “Tarot du Jour” event. She combines her knowledge of Tarot, intuition and proactive coaching approach in a unique style to provide an excellent alternative exploration of situations that empowers clients.
When you’re blocked on an emotional or physical level, energy healing can help you release the blockage, whether you’re looking for simple stress relief or dealing with conditions including PTSD. When you have questions about what’s going on in your life and need to explore possibilities, a Tarot reading can help clarify your options. When you feel blocked from meeting your goals, Life Coaching sessions can help you work through your obstacles.
Dawn is a proud member of the Open Centre’s team of integrative therapists helping clients live their best life. Contact her for a free consultation for any of her skills at 514-700-4550, and to book an appointment at the Open Centre please visit :http://www.wisdomfire.ca

Rhiannon Skerrett- Reiki and Yoga

Rhiannon is a certified Reiki practitioner and soon to be certified yin and restorative yoga teacher. Reiki is a therapy of the subtle energetic body. Iy is a healing technique that balances energies and works on physical, emotional, mental and spiritual levels. ki (qi) is the primordial energy that animates all beings. A reiki practitioner channels the ki and allows it to flow at a concentrated frequency into the client's energy field. Reiki helps to release energetic blocks, relieve stress and balance energy centers. Her goal is to provide a space of healing and balancing in order to revive our bodies and minds. Combining yoga with reiki will help open and balance and revive the energy field of the yogi as energy flows best when the body is in a relaxed state; this is when healing occurs. Yin or restorative classes are ideal for this type of healing while reiki is a complementary practice that can deepen the relaxation and detox the energetic body, as well as the physical. I can be contacted  by  email at rhiannonskerrett@gmail.com

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