Meet Your Therapist

Alison Maslin-Maratos, BA, BSW, MSW, RSW

Clinical Therapist, Registered Social Worker

Alison Maslin-Maratos, BA, BSW, MSW, RSW is a clinical therapist who provides psychotherapy and therapeutic coaching.  She specializes in working with individuals who are seeking clarity and guidance in mastering issues concerning relationships, living with meaning and achieving success in all areas of life.  She provides support both in-person in her private office, or over the phone or via her secure, online video counselling platform.

Throughout her years as a clinician, Alison has developed specialized assessment and treatment skills.  She is passionate about providing therapeutic support that meets the needs of each individual she works with, using skills and techniques that fit individual learning and communication styles.

In addition to her clinical work, Alison has been a professor and guest lecturer for post-secondary students in the fields of social work and psychology.   She provides corporate training and facilitates workshops, encompassing various topics such as self-care, managing life changes, mental health, relationships, parenting, communication skills and compassion fatigue.   Alison has been a Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers since 1995.  In addition, she is a member of the Ontario Association of Social Workers.

Alison has been married to her husband Fred for over 20 years, and is the mother of three boys.  She readily embraces her role as a busy mother who enjoys spending time at her son’s various activities, pursuing her own personal fitness and her love of music.

Rebekah Laferriere MSW, RSW

Rebekah Laferriere MSW, RSW is a clinical social worker who provides counselling and psychotherapy.  She enjoys working with individuals seeking support for concerns including everyday stressors, difficult life events, trauma, general mental health and wellness. More recently, Rebekah has found a passion in supporting mothers and parents as they work through different challenges including postpartum mental health, infertility, caring for multiple generations, and parenting struggles.

For nearly a decade, Rebekah has been working in the helping field with several agencies, supporting hundreds of clients in individual and group therapy. Rebekah works with her clients to develop an individual treatment plan that is best suited for their needs, utilizing her skills and expertise from various modalities.

Rebekah has been a professor at Mohawk College since 2017.  This position encourages her to stay up to date on the latest treatment research through developing curriculum and teaching in the Concurrent Disorders and Social Service Worker Programs.  She has also developed modules and presentations for the College and other organizations on topics such as maternal mental health, trauma, and borderline personality disorder.

A member in good standing of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers and the Ontario Association of Social Workers, Rebekah is committed to professionalism.  She has a Masters in Social Work from the University of Windsor, an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Guelph, as well as a Post-Graduate Certificate from Mohawk College in Concurrent Disorders.

Rebekah and her partner live in nearby Paris, Ontario with their 2 beautiful kids. With a passion for nature, Rebekah loves gardening, hiking and being outdoors.

Tony DiGiacomo, MA, PhD, RP

Tony DiGiacomo is a Registered Psychotherapist who provides counseling and psychotherapy services. He specializes in working with clients experiencing various mental health and addiction concerns, and the families and loved ones who support them. Tony also has an interest in mental health concerns specifically related to men, and how they present themselves in actions and behaviours. 

His commitment to helping for the past 20 years has enabled Tony to relate to his clients in a way that is kind and patient, as he believes in the client as the expert in themselves. Tony has been trained in a variety of therapeutic modalities, but often works with mindfulness and like approaches that focus on the present moment and harnessing client strengths. 

Tony has worked in both inpatient and outpatient mental health treatment settings. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, a Master’s degree in Counselling and a PhD in Rehabilitation Science, within the Faculty of Health Sciences, from McMaster University. He also holds a diploma in Addictions Studies from McMaster University and a Certificate in Clinical Supervision from McGill University. Tony is a regulated health professional and Registered Psychotherapist (RP) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO), and a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA). 

In addition to psychotherapy, Tony has also lectured at various universities and to private sector agencies and businesses about mental health, addiction and related topics. In addition, Tony is a published author in various chapter books and peer-reviewed journals, and continues to review articles for publications such as the Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, and Disability & Rehabilitation

In his spare time, Tony enjoys playing and listening to music, sports (mostly baseball, basketball and soccer), eating all kinds of food and spending time with his three amazing kids. 

Tammy Dunn, BA, M.Sc. (Ed), RP

Tammy Dunn, BA, M.Sc. (Ed), RP is a Registered Psychotherapist with a Bachelor of Arts Degree specializing in Psychology and Child Studies and a Masters of Science Degree in Education. Sometimes life can send us difficulties that take us off course and down into feelings of despair and times of struggle. Despite our best attempts we can’t seem to move beyond these obstacles. Therapy can facilitate helpful conversations that work to move us beyond these situations. As a Registered Psychotherapist I have enjoyed a vast amount of professional and personal experiences that help guide me in my work with individuals and families. Having worked in children’s mental health facilities for over 20 years has allowed me the opportunity to walk with and work with many families, young children, and adolescents over the course of a multitude of concerns. Whether you are a parent of a child age 6 and older trying to find more positive ways to connect with your child and to understand their choices; a youth who struggles with anxiety, depression, peer issues or parent conflict; or an adult who just finds themselves stuck, let’s spend some time together working on a plan to help keep you going by offering you a safe space to feel heard and understood, building on your strengths and abilities and expanding your skillset to help you overcome whatever issues you are facing.

Much of my clinical training has been focused on Narrative Brief and Solution Focused Therapy. Through this client-centred approach Therapists seek to focus on strengths and skills and work with you to build upon those pieces of you that may have gotten lost under the weight of problems. My goal is to work hard to get you moving on with your life instead of staying stuck in problems. And although I have had the opportunity to gain knowledge in my course of studies, I recognize that you are the expert in your life and respect your unique journey, walking beside you to open up space and to create the place where you wish to move toward.

I have had also had experiences working with other community agencies, including a women’s shelter, a group home, a sexual assault centre and as a youth worker for a local school board. These additional opportunities have allowed me to build upon my skills, connect and form community relationships and introduced me to more individuals to increase my understanding of their individual experiences. In 2007 I was privileged to be a part of the Neighbouring Communities Project which is a joint community endeavour between the peoples of Six Nations Grand River Authority and Caledonia. I have also completed training through the University of Guelph obtaining a Certificate in Couple and Family Therapy, and have completed training in Emotionally Focused Family Therapy. As you can see, I love to learn, whether it is through formal training or by pursuing opportunities that allow me to meet, work with and learn about the individuals who come to meet with me to share their personal journeys.

I enjoy spending time in the outdoors, focusing on the gentle rhythm and the changing seasons. My husband John and I take in the scenery of Long Point as often as we can. We are blessed to have 4 amazing great-nieces and 1 great-nephew. We have also enjoyed the company of 3 rescue dogs and now, our rescue cat, Anya, who keeps us entertained and busy. My other passions include writing and photography and bravely experimenting with Hungarian baking.

Christin Speiran, BA, MA (In Progress), Student Therapist

*Accepting new clients January 2021*

Life wasn’t easy before the pandemic, but COVID-19 has presented many new challenges for how we connect with others.  Whether you are a student who is struggling with online learning and feeling disconnected from your peers or you are employed in a job you used to love, but that has changed as a result of the new COVID-19 lifestyle, you are not alone.  The struggles of managing the stress of daily living, relationships, overwhelm and life stage changes are things that face everyone, but the pandemic has made coping that much more difficult.  

I am passionate about helping individuals manage life stage changes, work and personal stress, relationship challenges, and communication roadblocks that can leave you feeling overwhelmed and discontent.  You may be finding that your usual methods of coping just aren’t working these days.  The mounting stress of balancing your many roles, your own mental health and caring for those you love has become exhausting.

Having someone to talk to about these stressors is one of the keys to effective coping. I offer mental health counselling to adults and adolescents aged 14 and older. Therapy with me offers a place to feel heard and develop the skills to cope with anxiety, depression and general life stressors.

I work to empower individuals through the creation of tangible goals using therapeutic techniques that are warm and person-centred. I have completed training in ACT and have worked with CBT techniques. These approaches focus on you, working on the issues you want to focus on, using strategies that are applicable to everyday life long after your therapy is complete. 

I earned my BA in Psychology with a background in Applied Behaviour Analysis followed by a Social Service Work diploma. I am currently completing my MA in Counselling Psychology and I am offering therapy at a subsidized rate as I work toward RP (Qualifying) registration approval from the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario.  My supervisor, Rebekah Laferriere, MSW, RSW, is trained in various therapeutic techniques and will be assisting me in developing your unique treatment plan. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our office offers Telehealth (video and phone). 

Outside of work, I love spending my downtime with my husband Chris and our two young daughters.  I have two cats who were my first babies and two dogs who love to join in our family adventures in the great outdoors.  

Support Staff

Tara Ulmer

Tara Ulmer is our Practice Assistant.  Tara comes to us with over 20 years of administrative experience.  Tara is aware that it can be difficult to make that first contact with a therapy practice, so she makes it a priority to respond to the needs of each client with kindness and empathy.  She is passionate about assisting you with your therapeutic goals by helping you with scheduling your appointments and assisting you with any of your billing and administrative needs.

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