Meet Your Therapist

Alison Maslin-Maratos, BA, BSW, MSW, RSW (she/her)

Clinical Director

I am probably not your typical therapist. I have seen a lot of things during my many years in social work, so nothing you say will surprise me. You are looking for counselling or therapy because you are stuck. I am attentive and supportive as we work through things, but it is not uncommon for me to inject some humour or a bit of swearing into our sessions. I will challenge you to lean into the pain, to see your issues in a new light, and I will be your biggest cheerleader as we work together to help you achieve your goals. I accept you for who you are, but I can see who you want to become.

This approach also applies to my work with my colleagues. I am trained in Clinical Supervision and I am passionate about helping good therapists become great therapists through honest reflection and hard work.

I am coming up on my 25th anniversary with my husband and I am a busy mother of three young men with whom I share my love of our pets, music, sports and the outdoors.

Life is never perfect. Together, we can learn to accept the imperfections, come out the other side of the pain, and learn where your values lie as you move forward. I never want you to feel like you are going it alone.

Rebekah Laferriere MSW, RSW (she/her)

Senior Practice Associate

I love working with new (and seasoned) parents navigating their world with kids. Sometimes the work happens before baby gets here, and often the work continues long after, as we are figuring out how all of the pieces of who we are fit back together. In my sessions, you can expect discussion, moments of laughter, tears, quiet reflection, and growth. I will challenge you, support you, and help provide different perspectives.

My hope is that our one-on-one work resonates beyond our time together and you see your strength, resilience, and skills throughout your daily life. It’s my job to help you discover and utilize what you already have inside of you.

I am a Registered Social Worker with over ten years of experience working with trauma, concurrent disorders, and perinatal mental health. I enjoy working with people who are seeking support to manage everyday stressors, anxiety and depression. I am also a part-time Professor and Program Coordinator for Mohawk College and I have been a Clinical Supervisor to those beginning their careers in psychotherapy.

I live with my partner and my two busy kids in Waterford, Ontario. We love hiking, gardening, and finding parks to explore.

When you are struggling, I will provide a soft place to land for you so you can pause, reflect, and grow into your next step. With help, you will get better. 

Tony DiGiacomo, MA, PhD, RP (he/him)

Hey! My name is Tony and I’m a Psychotherapist. I work with people who experience various mental health and substance use concerns, and the families and loved ones who support them. I work with a lot of young adults and people transitioning into adulthood. I’m also really interested in men’s mental health across the lifespan, and specifically how these issues show themselves in actions and behaviours.

I’ve been working in the field for 20 years and I try to relate to clients respectfully and patiently. I fully believe that people are the experts in themselves and have the answers they are looking for within. They just might need a little help along the way. I’ve been trained in a lot of different therapies, but I often use mindfulness and similar approaches that focus on the present moment and harnessing client strengths.

In addition to psychotherapy, I also lecture about mental health at various universities and in the private sector to agencies and businesses. I’m also a published author in various chapter books and peer-reviewed journals, and I continue to review articles for publication.

In my spare time, I enjoy playing and listening to music, sports (mostly basketball, baseball and soccer), eating all kinds of food, watching good TV and spending time with my three amazing kids.

I’ve worked in both inpatient and outpatient mental health treatment settings. I hold 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. I also hold a diploma in Addictions Studies from McMaster University and a Certificate in Clinical Supervision from McGill University. I am a regulated health professional. I’m a 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).

Paige Sparrow, MSW, RSW (she/her)

I’m passionate about helping people overcome challenges, develop skills and strengthen their relationship with themselves and those around them.  My role as a therapist is to support you in telling your story in an environment that feels safe and comfortable. I use an eclectic approach drawing on various skills, training and experiences, to tailor a treatment plan specific to your goals and needs.  My hope is that you leave our sessions feeling lighter, heard, and empowered. 

I am a Registered Social Worker with over 10 years clinical experience working in acute mental health in both hospital and community-based settings.  I enjoy working with adolescents and young adults who are struggling with regulating emotions, anxiety, and low mood.  I have experience working with concurrent disorders and trauma.  I am an ally to 2SLGBTQ+ folks and happy to support your needs.

I’m an old soul who loves wearing bright colours, hunting for antiques, hearing live music, and cuddling giant dogs.  I can usually be found chasing my toddler around outside or curled up in the sun with a good book.

We all need support in life sometimes, and I am prepared to walk alongside you wherever you are today.

Sofia Bronze, MSW, RSW (she/her)

Change is tough, but not impossible. I believe humans are survivors, pushing through difficult times, healing wounds and ultimately thriving. Therapeutic support is a key component to moving beyond surviving to thriving. When you work with me, you can expect patience, empathy and a willingness to travel through the therapy process at your pace. I will be a guide and a partner as you share your pain and your successes. I encourage reflection and I support you to stay in the moment through my use of mindfulness techniques that we can use in the therapy room and that you can take with you.

I am a Registered Social Worker with experience in both community-based agencies and the private/corporate sector. I enjoy working with adults who are feeling unbalanced and stressed, perhaps due to a lack of coping skills, anxiety/panic attacks, low self-esteem, burnout or are facing a difficult life transition. I offer an integrative approach that combines different modalities and therapeutic tools to fit your individual needs and goals.

Outside of work, I love yoga, meditation and being in nature, particularly by the water. I enjoy trying new foods and exploring local spots in the summer months. My favourite pastimes are gardening and relaxing with my Maine Coon rescue cat.

I understand how difficult it is to seek out support. It takes courage and vulnerability to explore parts of yourself you have not before. Ironically, it is the most difficult moments in life that can lead us to therapy. Working with me will help you use these difficulties to have a positive impact as you move forward, stronger, more capable and empowered. I will meet you with patience, curiosity, compassion and walk alongside you.

Christin Speiran, MA, Registered Psychotherapist - Qualifying (she/her)

Therapy with me offers a place where you will feel heard and understood. I have completed training in approaches that focus on you, working on the issues you want to focus on, using tools that are useful outside of the therapy room. Reaching out for support takes courage and you need to feel supported and met with compassion. I work to empower you through genuine understanding and impactful connection.

Outside of work, I spend my time chasing around my busy young daughters with my husband in our home full of pets and plants. We spend as much time as we can outdoors and enjoy the beauty of every season.

I recognize individuals as their own experts. Most often, a person needs someone to guide them in combatting the overwhelm and untangling the knots during challenging times in their lives. Ultimately, growth requires patience, and change requires courage and vulnerability. I will be your support during vulnerable times and help you find the courage you already have.

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