Our multi-disciplinary team is an integral part of what makes us unique. With a variety of cutting-edge tools and interventions, we offer more than just talk therapy. Our clinical team is trained in Somatic Psychotherapy, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, EMDR, Psychodynamic Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and more. Many of our Psychotherapists also work under supervision by our Clinical Psychologist.
Mark Rivkin was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. He is an entrepreneur and known for co-founding Cryptologic Inc., a company that pioneered online gaming and secure online transaction processing. More recently, Mark co-founded and serves as CEO of QT Inc., a Toronto-based investment firm. After discovering a holistic approach to treating addiction and overcoming his own personal challenges, Mark decided that he wanted to provide this service to other Canadians in need. He set his sights on creating a holistic wellness center that would provide people in Toronto with the same opportunity he was given: a chance to deepen their self-understanding and overcome destructive behaviors. His dream becomes a reality with the creation of Helix Healthcare Group.
Jesse Hanson is the Clinical Director and Co-Founder of Helix Healthcare Group in Toronto. With a PhD and Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology, Jesse specializes in neuroscience, somatic psychotherapy and trauma resolution. Jesse’s specialty is rooted in his precise fusion between science and spirituality. Combining Western and Eastern philosophies with cutting-edge neuroscience, he treats the effects of trauma on both the mind and the body. He recently completed clinical research with Chicago School of Professional Psychology on the impact of music therapy on mood.
With more than 12 years in the holistic health field and 7 years of clinical work with Passages Malibu: Addiction Treatment Center, Jesse has developed innovative modalities that have been successful in retraining the brain to overcome trauma, addiction, and mental health challenges.
Shannon Axler BSc, MSW, RSW is a clinical social worker who holds a Masters of Social Work degree with a specialization in mental health from the University of Toronto. She is registered with both the OCSWSSW and OASW. She has provided individual, family and couples psychotherapy to clients in hospitals, the private healthcare sector and community service settings. Trained in emotionally focused, trauma reduction, cognitive behavioural, psychodynamic and mindfulness based therapy, Shannon helps clients address the origin of the challenges they are facing in order to facilitate personal growth and positive change. As Assistant Clinical Director, she is dedicated to bringing a creative, collaborative and client-centred approach to Helix Healthcare Group.
Tara Rose is an accomplished marketing and communications leader with more than 14 years of experience in the health and wellness industries. She has produced breakthrough results for large corporations, multi-disciplinary clinics, emerging companies and solo practitioners. Prior to joining the Helix Healthcare Group, she held leadership roles as a sales and marketing director, public relations consultant, and managing editor. Tara helped to research, write and edit the New York Times bestselling book The Supercharged Hormone Diet and the international bestseller, The Carb Sensitivity Program, with Dr. Natasha Turner. She holds a B.A. from York University, with additional education in Health Promotions. She brings her passion for both the art and science of optimal wellness to the Helix team.
Jefferson Ribout is the Director of Addiction Services at Helix Healthcare Group. He is a certified addictions counselor with a bachelor’s degree in Criminology from the University of Ottawa and an Addiction Care-worker Diploma from the University of McMaster, where he currently resides on their advisory committee. Jefferson has been working in the field of addictions for over 6 years and is an Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor as well as a Canadian Certified Addiction Counselor. He specializes in assessment, counseling and case management. His philosophy is humanistic and his approach is client-centred, holistic and solution focused.
Dr. Gabor Maté M.D. is a physician and best-selling author whose books have been published in twenty languages internationally. His interests include child development, the mind-body unity in health and illness, and the treatment of addictions. Gabor has worked in palliative care and as a family physician, and for fourteen years practiced addiction medicine in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. As a speaker he regularly addresses professional and lay audiences throughout North America. He is the recipient of a number of awards, including a Simon Fraser University Outstanding Alumnus Award and an honourary degree from the University of Northern British Columbia. His most recent book, In The Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters With Addiction, won the Hubert Evans Prize for literary nonfiction. He is Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Criminology, Simon Fraser University
Dr. Bhatia is a graduate of McGill University and has over 10 years of clinical experience working in numerous settings including schools, university counselling centres, rehabilitation centres, inpatient and outpatient clinics in local hospitals. Dr. Bhatia works with both adults and couples relying on a collaborative approach that is evidence-based.
Dr. Bhatia has published several scholarly articles and book chapters on psychotherapy, emotional well-being, and mental health. He has offered many presentations and workshops at various national and international conferences. Additionally, he has guest lectured and conducted research in the Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy Research Program at Harvard Medical School.
Stacey Gorlicky, RIHR, RPC, is a certified psychotherapist, addictions counsellor, and spiritual transformation coach. She is the author of the international release, “Food, Sex, and You: Untangling Body Obsession in a Weight-Obsessed World”. Stacey is also the former producer and host of the weekly program, “Mind Matters” on Rogers TV. She graduated from the Transformational Arts College, psychotherapy program and studied addictions counselling at McMaster University. She is also currently studying to complete her EMDR certification.
Her therapeutic approach is interactive and solution-focused, providing support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal challenges. With compassion and understanding, she works with each individual to help them build on their strengths and achieve a healthier state of being.
Dr. Krystina was drawn to integrative medicine by the belief that there should be more to health care than just symptom management, and has dedicated her career to looking beyond the smoke and treating the fire. As a naturopathic doctor, Dr. Krystina combines a comprehensive understanding of the physical, mental and emotional processes that contribute to mental health and wellness with in-depth knowledge of integrative treatment strategies in order to address the physical aspects of mental health. As a psychotherapist, Dr. Krystina is trained in somatic psychotherapy, focusing her treatment on the implicit memories and neurological residue of emotional wounds. By combining integrative medical approaches with modern psychotherapeutic techniques, Dr. Krystina treats both mind and body, stabilizing the physical system and facilitating deep psychological change.
With his training in Relational Psychotherapy, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, EMDR Therapy, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Somatic Relational Psychology, David brings this unique combination of experience to his work with clients. Through his holistic and mindful approach, he helps his clients to discover meaning, recognize patterns, and explore new options for positive change. David encourages his clients to treat themselves with patience, acceptance, compassion, and respect, allowing them to become powerful allies on their own journey towards wellness.
Eleni Ionides is the Director, Client Experience and an Addictions Counsellor with several years of clinical experience. She completed her BA in Psychology from the University of Western Ontario and her Post Graduate Diploma in Addictions Treatment and Prevention from Georgian College. Eleni is a member in good standing of the Canadian Addictions Federation as a Canadian Contingent Alcohol and Drug Counsellor (CCADC). Eleni’s training has allowed her to gain expertise in psychosocial assessments, preparing and executing treatment plans, individual and group counselling and relapse prevention. She uses a client centered, supportive and non-judgmental approach when working with her clients and brings a genuine empathy to every interaction.
Since 2010, Shawn Meirovici has been a pioneering force behind the naturopathic treatment of disabling neurological conditions such as Traumatic Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury, Multiple Sclerosis and Stroke. After graduating from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, Shawn underwent additional certification in Intravenous Therapy, Pain Management, Mesotherapy and Scalp Acupuncture. He is a member of both the Ontario and Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors. In 2012 Shawn was awarded the title: “Best Naturopathic Doctor in Canada” by the web-based group NaturalHealthcare.ca. Dr. Shawn delivers professional alternative healthcare in a caring and patient centred approach.
Donald Currie integrates clinical hypnosis, NLP (Neurolinguistic Programming), metaphysics, transpersonal hypnosis and energy work into his practice. Donald empowers his clients to develop a greater awareness of the patterns and programs that are keeping them stuck. He skillfully and effectively utilizes a variety of leading edge hypnosis techniques including age regression, re-parenting, parts work, time line, inner child work, past life regression and soul regression to guide others in reconnecting to their inner intelligence. By accessing these higher levels of information, knowledge and wisdom within the subconscious mind, individuals can restore harmony, balance and alignment in their life.
Alison Nasmith is a psychotherapist in her final year of training at the Toronto Institute of Relational Psychotherapy and a member of the Canadian Association for Psychodynamic Therapy. She is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and is a graduate of the Gestalt Institute of Toronto’s Program for Professionals. In addition, Alison is a certified Consulting Hypnotist, Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) and Timeline Empowerment Techniques (TET) Practitioner, and Emotional Success Coach. She has received advanced instruction in both hypnosis and EFT. Alison’s therapeutic style is empathic, direct, and collaborative as she helps clients to release past trauma, negative emotions and self-beliefs.
Charlotte Brammer studied Psychotherapy, graduating with honors at the Transformation Arts College. She went on to pursue her certification as a Hypnotherapist achieving her hypnosis masters at the Ontario Hypnosis Centre. Charlotte has been in practice since 2005. Charlotte’s main areas of expertise are in overcoming chronic debilitating emotions such as anxiety, unhealthy behavioral patterns, OCD, complex trauma and PTSD. Through her work she teaches her clients how to heal, thrive, and feel fulfilled. She helps people find and create their true desires and chemistry in life, letting go of being stuck and ‘living small.’
Philip Allan Jacobs, R.TCMP, R.AC is a Practitioner of Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture, Herbal/Nutritional Medicine, and Mind-Body Medicine. Graduating from Toronto’s Institute of Traditional Medicine with extended training and practical experience in China and Guatemala, Philip incorporates his personal experience, training and wisdom in the psycho-spiritual realm of being. Through his experience and training, his belief is held in the fact that the ability to heal comes from within, and that we inherently know what we need for ourselves. Philip is deeply committed to helping create the necessary space and connectivity to allow clients to draw from their own inner wisdom in order to facilitate self-healing.
Monica completed her Doctor of Clinical Psychology and Master of Science degrees at the University of Sydney, Australia. She has more than ten years’ experience working as a psychotherapist in public hospitals, university research trials and private clinics. She uses a number of therapeutic approaches including mindfulness-based techniques, cognitive behavioral therapy, family systems therapy, narrative therapy, and solution-focused therapy. Monica has also studied alternative approaches to wellness and often draws from Buddhist and Vedic philosophies and the concepts of energy work and positive psychology to create a truly holistic framework. Her goal is to collaboratively address the entire mind-body system in order to help clients achieve their most desired outcomes.
A seeker, yoga student and teacher, Lisa is fascinated with the interrelationships between mind, body and emotions. For Lisa, yoga is a process of becoming intimate with self, using tools such as mindful movement, breathing and meditation. She is known for her nurturing style and ability to facilitate a safe environment in which to explore and investigate. Her teaching is a reflection of her own healing journey, studies in adult education, community development and counseling psychology and work in health promotion and public health. Lisa is a parent of two daughters and is grateful for the transformative power of yoga.
Jennifer is a relational and somatic therapist currently in training at the Toronto Institute of Relational Psychotherapy and The Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute. She is also a member of the Canadian Association for Psychodynamic Therapy. Jennifer’s therapeutic approach is relational, nonjudgmental and empathic. She pays close attention to the ways that past and present relationships shape our current experience of our selves and our selves in relation to others. Jennifer practices from a feminist, anti-oppressive, class-conscious, client-centered approach that is trans, queer and gender non-conforming positive. Jennifer strives to help her clients work through relational and cultural traumas in order to develop self-compassion and a secure sense of self.
Laurie is a psychotherapist specializing in Gestalt therapy, somatic psychotherapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), hypnotherapy and spiritual psychotherapy. She has worked with individuals and groups for over 13 years. She provides her clients with a safe healing space for holistic transformation so they can develop more self-acceptance, self-compassion and self-awareness. Laurie is also a musician and spiritual explorer. Her explorations have led to studies in sound healing, yoga, meditation and shamanism.
Ann-Marie seeks to engage with a compassionate insight that draws from her personal journey of 30+ years and as a seasoned Mindful Yoga & Meditation Teacher. She is further informed by a Diploma in Contemplative Psychotherapy and ongoing training in Somatic Relational Psychotherapy. Through a multi-modal, body-oriented approach she nurtures Self-awareness and empowers clients to make changes from within. Ann-Marie guides clients to engage in mindful self-observation, grow in self-honesty and honour their feelings.
As a complement to therapy, Ann-Marie also practices Energy Balancing, assisting clients to clear, ground and revitalize the subtle energy body that influences physical, mental and emotional well-being. For 20+ years she has led Emotional Wellness groups, Mindful Yoga & Meditation classes, workshops and retreats across North America and the Caribbean.
Megan is a humanistic, psychodynamic therapist with a BA in Comparative Religion, Literature and Psychology and a Master’s level diploma in Psychotherapy. Prior to entering private practice, Megan spent over a decade as a counsellor and advocate for street involved youth and young adults dealing with mental health and substance abuse issues.
Megan believes therapy should be a creative process that engages all aspects of self so that relief is experienced on emotional, physical and spiritual planes. With compassion and insight she supports clients in freeing themselves from limiting patterns in order to pursue their unique and full potential.
Elias Abdel Ahad holds a BSc in Physiotherapy and is trained in holistic therapies including Reiki, Acupuncture and Shiatsu. He specializes in Anthroposophic therapy, helping clients address chronic syndromes and severe traumas by invigorating the deep rhythms of the body/soul connection that are the essential expression of life. Elias has facilitated professional workshops in Dubai, Bahrain, Kuwait and Lebanon, on range of topics including phases of life, child development, rhythmic massage, Reiki and chakras. With over sixteen years of direct patient care, Elias integrates his extensive knowledge, skill, technique and spiritual insight to help clients awaken and strengthen their powerful life force to achieve optimal mental and physical well-being.
After being prescribed lithium for 16 years to treat an alleged bipolar disorder diagnosis, Ross progressively reduced his use of the psychotropic drug using an integrated mind, body and spirit approach to treat the root causes of his symptoms. Today, he is healthy, vibrant, and free from psychotropic medicine and mental health symptoms – and most importantly living a joyful and creative life. His 20 year research journey into integrated approaches was the driving force that led him to co-produce the multi-award winning documentary film, Bipolarized. As a public speaker and certified life coach he is helping individuals reclaim their own lives and source the root causes of their own mental health challenges.
Darren Austin Hall is a pioneering mystical musician, sound healer, and yoga and spiritual teacher. His performances entail diverse instrumentation, from crystal singing bowls to lyre harp and guitar, along with free-singing. He is a gifted speaker and facilitator and teaches a wide array of workshops on new paradigms of healing and well-being. Darren is trained in acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine and employs tuning forks in place of needles for vibrational healing. He is also trained in shamanic technique through work with Dr. Bradford Keeney and the shaking tradition. Darren authors a widely read blog and is a poet and performs conscious spoken word.
Lisa Messina is known for her unique and inspiring teaching combining philosophy and spirituality with precise, dynamic movement. Actively pursuing the art of movement since the day she could walk blessed her with a rich career in the performing arts. MA recurring dance related injury and chronic illness brought Lisa to the practices of Yoga and Pilates. From Toronto to India, Lisa studied Pilates and Yoga. It was in India that Lisa discovered yoga beyond the physical practice. In the ashram Lisa practiced and studied asana, meditation, pranayama, chanting, kriyas, yoga philosophy, yoga therapy and personality development. Since then, Lisa has been devoted to these transformational life practices. She is honored to share the value of this living tradition, encouraging people to experience their infinite potential and live a happy, healthy, and free life.
Kaila is a graduate of Sutherland-Chan School and Teaching Clinic, and has an intuitive and holistic approach to massage therapy. She has a background in Gender Studies and anti-violence advocacy where she worked closely with survivors of trauma. Her experiences during that time informed her decision to enter the massage therapy field with a focus on facilitating healing through the mind-body connection. She believes that memory is held in the tissues of the body, and that opening doors for new memories to be formed is an integral part of restorative care. During treatments, she works closely with the breath, and uses a variety of techniques to promote relaxation, relieve pain, address holding patterns, and release areas of tension.
Dani is passionate about working with people and sharing skills that help to support them in finding their own place of balance and a soft place to land. The idea of creating a “soft place to land” stems from her focus on providing a safe, empowering space for her students to find stillness and connect with themselves through compassion and love.
Dani works with children, adolescents, adults and families sharing the tools of mindfulness, yoga and Reiki in a variety of settings including homes, schools, studios and offices to support a variety of needs.
I discovered that I exist to inspire the transformation of communities and people so that they are moved to make the world a better place. Throughout my life I have been passionate about making a difference with people. Professionally, I’ve led positive change in organizations, businesses and communities and I’ve now done the hard work of understanding what inspires me and unleashes my passion. I want others to be inspired by who they are and to do more. As a facilitator of Men’s Programs at Helix, I get to learn from and give to men of all ages. I’m truly grateful.
Gina graduated from the University of Toronto with a BA. She continued her education at the Transformational Arts College of Spiritual and Holistic Training, where she studied Transpersonal Psychotherapy, Past Life Regression Therapy and Bardo State Regression therapy. She is currently completing her certification in Relational Somatic Psychotherapy, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and EMDR training. Her philosophy is that mind, body and spirit need to be integrated for us to find peace and she uses this approach to help her clients discover and unify the various parts of themselves into the whole. She uses a variety of modalities to achieve this from traditional talk therapy to somatic psychotherapy to energy work. She helps her clients track their own patterns and become mindful of their triggers and emotions. She teaches them to be more compassionate towards self and others and integrate their new awareness of self and become more consciously responsive. Gina is also a Certified Reiki Master and hosts various workshops on Chakra meditations, Stress management and Relationship building.
Lynn believes in taking a holistic approach to developing functional movement. To create alignment, Lynn guides clients in finding physical imbalances stemming from limitations in mobility and/or stability. She also provides guidance for an enhancement in energy flow within the body. She promotes symbiosis between breath and movement. She also encourages alignment to help people develop a positive sense of self. A balanced and aligned body is essential for maintaining its role as a vehicle for life.
A seasoned professional in the field on addiction, trauma, anger, anxiety and depression, Nigel works with individuals, couples and groups, also working with court mandated clients charged with abuse and assault.
Nigel’s style is direct, he is intuitive and can establish a relationship of mutual respect very quickly. This allows clients to move into sensitive areas of feeling safe without shame.
Nigel is a Registered Psychotherapist, a Certified Anger Management Facilitator, and a Clinical and Board member of the Ontario Society of Psychotherapists.
Ann is a Registered Psychotherapist with 15 years of experience working with individuals and groups. The foundation of Ann’s approach is that there is no separation between the mind, body, and spirit. If there is discord in one, it affects the whole. Providing a safe environment and utilizing a variety of techniques Ann engages clients to enter their individual process to gain a deeper awareness of themselves. Her approach is empathic, client-centered, respectful and confidential. The therapeutic goal is for the client to enter into a life-long awareness and dialogue with themselves so that after formal therapy has ended, they continue to make healthy life choices.
A place to simply “be seen’’– where all is welcome! this is Cori’s generous offering. She provides a safe space to explore who a client is “being” as opposed to what they “do” in the world. With curiosity, non- judgement and playfulness, Cori truly wants to help people open to their most empowered heart centered lives. A divorced MoM of 3, she’s juggled many roles and always felt a sense of something missing. Through many hardships and personal experiences, she discovered a highly creative soul seeking authentic expression. As a Certified body centered Coach (CBCC) and trained at the Adler School of Professional Coaching (ATC), she inspires change by her ‘realness’ and free spirit.
Through mindfulness and attention to the body’s inherent wisdom, she encourages her clients to explore the energy around their thoughts. As the client connects with their strengths and values, they deeply remember their true essence (who they “be) and excitedly open to a world of possibilities.
Cori’s mantra is “If not Now……. When”?
With a decade working behind the scenes in the entertainment industry, Erikka is now thrilled to be a part of the Helix family, promoting positive wellness and healthy energies. She has diplomas in Technical Production: Theatre & Live Events, and Interior Decorating, from Sheridan College. Graduating with high honors, she specializes in Management and the Arts. Erikka actively enriches her life through feeding her desire of all things creative by working in Interior Design. She is excited to further her understanding of the mind-body approach, and assist others in reaching their wellness goals.
Simon Lu is the Director of Finance at Helix Healthcare Group. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant and Certified Management Accountant in Canada. He also holds a Bachelor Degree of Commerce Specialization in Accounting and Major in Economics with University of Toronto. He has over 5 years of accounting experiences in different industries. His area of expertise includes financial analysis, financial reporting and cost accounting.
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