Christine Nicholson, M.S.W, R.S.W.

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.

Christine received a Masters in Social Work at University of Toronto and utilizes an eclectic range of models including: Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Mindfulness, Brief Solution-Focused Therapy and Narrative Therapy. She has extensive training and experience in Cognitive Behavioural and Solution Focussed therapies through individual couple and family modalities. The benefits of therapy with Christine include a sense of encouragement, vitality, clarity, purpose, and direction in the lives of her clients.

Christine enjoys sharing her gift of listening and connecting with clients confidentially, addressing emotional, physical and spiritual aspects of healthy living. She believes strongly in the power of community, as well as the power of the mind, which can bring healing to our emotions, mood and break negative cycles in our lives.

Christine is a married mom of two teen-aged children. When not providing a taxi service to her children, she enjoys the outdoors via walking, cycling and hiking, listening to music and the occasional comedy.

If you have questions and would like to book a counselling appointment, Christine can be reached at cnicholson.nxstep@gmail.com (416) 451-7474

Melinda Bandak, R.P., 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. She received extensive training in working with couples as well as bereavement skills training from Dr. Alan Wolfelt of the Center for Loss and Life Transition. Melinda also has been trained to work with clients who have experienced Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

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 20 plus 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 nxstepcounselling@gmail.com or (647) 300-1485.

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 Focussed Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Affair Recovery, CBT for Trauma, Abuse Recovery.

Good News! The therapy services of a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Psychotherapists of Ontario have now been approved by many insurance companies. If you are wondering about your coverage, then please contact your insurance company before your appointment. You may ask “Has my plan been updated to cover the services of a Registered Psychotherapist?” If the answer is “Yes” then you may want to inquire “How much coverage do I have?”. The answer may help you be mindful of the parameters of your budget. If the answer is “No”, then you may have the option to request that the services of a Registered Psychotherapist be included in your plan.

If you have any questions and would like to book a counselling appointment, Vicki can be reached at vnishihama@hotmail.com or (905) 392-1959.