For Individuals, Couple, & Families

We are a team of therapists who value:

  • Inclusivity and professional care
  • Effective, evidence-based models of therapy
  • Providing confidential services in a comfortable, discrete setting.

Our practice was established in 2009, and within our group we have over 55 years of professional experience.

We are here to help you take the ‘Next Step’ toward finding wholeness, whenever you are ready. There’s no need for a lengthy wait time for services. Our offices are conveniently located on historic Main Street Newmarket, with ample free municipal parking just steps away.

Our Team (Learn More Here)

Christine Nicholson, MSW, RSW.

Christine is a Registered Social Worker with over fifteen years experience as a therapist providing meaningful and effective support for families in transition. This includes individual and couple therapy, and play-based therapy for children. Christine works in a primary health care setting in York Region. In the past she has also worked as an Employee Assistance Counsellor and in the Outpatient Cardiovascular Rehabilitation program at Southlake Regional Health Centre, while maintaining her part-time private practice.

Recently Christine has joined Senior Care Access as a Consultant in the York Region area. This is a natural step for her as she has a passion for guiding her clients through life transitions, to access to much needed services and care. This is a complement to her work with clients regarding grief and loss, chronic conditions, mood management, and interpersonal relationship conflict resolution.

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Melinda Bandak, RP, M.Div.

Melinda is a registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. She has been counselling individuals, couples and families for over 20 years. Through her caring and empathetic approach, clients benefit from her ability to assist them when they are dealing with complications arising from traumatic and life changing events. In her practice she sees both individual clients, families as well as couples who are struggling in their relationship.

Melinda has worked extensively with individuals who have gone through the painful process of separation and divorce. She has provided her professional services to lead support groups and provides individual counselling to those who find themselves in crisis during or after a marital separation. Clients benefit from her keen understanding and approach when they are feeling overwhelmed and often traumatized by this life changing event.

With Melinda’s background and training in both couple and bereavement counselling she offers an area of expertise in working with couples or individuals who have lost a child, had a miscarriage, had medical complications during pregnancy, termination of pregnancy or stillbirths. She has supported many couples or individuals in her years of practice, who feel completely paralyzed when a death of this magnitude occurs.

Melinda’s knowledge, experience and warm approach make clients feel safe to discuss the most difficult issues that they are facing such as depression, anxiety, grief, abuse, stress, loss of job, separation/divorce and traumatic events.

If you have questions and would like to book a counselling appointment Melinda can be reached at or (647) 300-1485.

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Vicki Nishihama, R.P., M.Div.

Vicki knows that talking about thoughts, feelings, and experiences can be helpful. She can guide the way to help enrich your life through learning new coping strategies, modulating emotions and/or discovering new emotions. Vicki believes you can find a way to reach your goals. She invites you to discover your goals and work on them together – Are you ready?

Vicki is a Registered Psychotherapist with The College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario and a Marriage and Family Therapist (Pre-Clinical Fellow – Ontario). She has been in private practice since 2009. She is trained to work with individuals, couples and families and has training in various types of psychotherapy including: Emotion Focused Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Affair Recovery, CBT for Trauma, Abuse Recovery.

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489 Timothy St

Newmarket, ON

(Second Floor)

Email :

Tel. #’s

Christine: (416) 451-7474

Melinda: (647) 300-1485

Vicki: (905) 392-1959

Office Location: Second Floor, 489 Timothy St, Newmarket