Meet Your Therapist

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

Clinical Therapist, Registered Social Worker

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.

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Rebekah Laferriere MSW, RSW (she/her)

I work hard to help you feel secure in our therapeutic relationship, encouraging you to explore and do some hard work to empower you to feel better. 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 Paris, 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. Therapy isn’t comfortable, yet comfort comes from the work we do together.

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

With more than 20 years’ experience, I strive for patience and kindness, helping my clients feel cared for. As a Registered Psychotherapist, I specialize in working with clients experiencing various mental health and addiction concerns and the families and loved ones who support them. I also have an interest in mental health concerns specifically related to men, and how they present themselves in actions and behaviours.

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. In addition to psychotherapy, I have also lectured at various universities and to private sector agencies and businesses about mental health and addiction and I am a published author.

I love playing and listening to music, sports (mostly baseball, basketball, and soccer), eating foods of all kinds, and spending time with my three incredible kids.

I will provide you a safe place to open up and express your feelings. I believe you are the expert on yourself and will listen, working to help you through your challenges.

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Tammy Dunn, BA, M.Sc. (Ed), RP (she/her)

When we work together, I like to search for those pieces of you that got lost under the weight of the problem—your skills, your hopes, and the dreams of the life you wish to live. Instead of focusing on problems, I work hard with clients to find the solutions. I am constantly listening and looking for those strengths that are often buried when we’re faced with adversity. I love those “a-ha moments” when we suddenly see something different, a new way of looking at something… when we find hope.

I enjoy working with parents of children 6 years and up as well as adolescents and young adults. My areas of specialty are anxiety, depression, self esteem, building attachment between parent, and child and grief work.

Outside of work, my husband and I love to be spend time outdoors (particularly hiking) or relaxing with our 3 rescue dogs and 1 rescue cat. I also love photography and have bravely started experimenting with Hungarian baking.

I am always amazed by what lies underneath problems; together we will dig down and remind you of who you are and what you are truly capable of. I will listen to your story, walk with you, and help you uncover those beautiful pieces of you as you move forward on your journey.

Heidi Argyle, RCAT, MA, RP (she/her)

I am a white-cis-queer-creative-woman, my pronouns are she/her and I go by Heidi. I enjoy working with those who may be unsure about where to begin in therapy, or those who feel they have seen or done it all. I strive to provide a unique and varied experience of what is possible in therapy. I provide counselling and Art Therapy, working in the ways my clients are the most comfortable.

Art Therapy is a unique and well-studied style of Psychotherapy that allows people to work through challenges without having to find the words to express themselves. We use art as a different experience or another way of expressing ourselves. You don’t have to be “good” at art. The purpose is to find another way for our brains and bodies to externalize emotions and feelings. The creative expression of our thoughts and feelings gives us the opportunity to really see our experiences while strengthening our growth and resilience. 

Some of my areas of special interest include working with youth, young adults, Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), trauma and loss, low self-esteem, and Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), gender, sexuality, and identity.

Besides making art (of course!), I love to read, knit and in the warmer months, you might find me kayaking lazily down the local rivers. My favourite companion is my 9 year-old bulldog, Loki. 

Come as you are, where you are and however you want to be known. Whether you are looking for counselling or are interested in exploring Art Therapy, I am ready to meet you wherever you are and will help you find your truth.

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Christin Speiran, BA, MA (In Progress), Student Therapist (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. While completing my MA in Counselling Psychology, I offer therapy to individuals age 14 and up under supervision at a reduced rate.

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.

In my short yet impactful experience as a counsellor, I acknowledge the individual as their own expert. 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.

Support Staff

Karen Blackwell, Practice Assistant (she/her)

For many people, I am the first contact they will have with Maratos Counselling. Whether through email or phone, I am always happy to answer questions and help make this first contact with us easy and comfortable.

As a mom of 4 kids myself, I know what it’s like to struggle and that sometimes reaching out can be a scary step. I may not always have the answers, but I will always try to find them.

I’m here with empathy, patience, and kindness to help you in your dealings with our practice.

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