Our Team

Valérie Larocque, BSW, MSW, RSW, FM Acc.

Registered Social Worker

I am a Registered Social Worker registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers and a member of the Canadian Association of Social Workers. I graduated from Laurentian University with both an undergrad and a Master’s degree in Social Work. I have a diploma from the Child and Youth Worker Program at Cambrian College which has broadened my clinical skills in behavioural therapy and parenting.
I have 20 yrs of clinical experience and continue to learn the most up-to-date approaches and therapies by attending workshops, training and conferences that are offered throughout our community and province. I have completed a certificate in Family Mediation from York University to help families with unresolved conflict find ways to a healthier solution. I’ve also attended workshops and participated in intensive training in several psychotherapy treatments including cognitive behavioural therapy, motivational interviewing, Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD), Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), Autism Spectrum Disorders, as well as Solution Focus and Brief Intervention Therapy to name a few.
My primary goal is to provide quality counselling services to individuals and families who are struggling with a situational crisis or seeking short-term or long-term counselling. I believe in a person-centered approach where the individual has the potential and ability to make the right choices for themselves, when they are offered a warm, genuine and understanding climate. I also understand the value of expressing our needs in our own language. I can offer services in both official languages. I have extensive experience in a variety of settings including school, hospital and community based with diverse clients including both long-term and brief interventions.
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Johnathon Loftus, BSW, RSW, (MSW candidate)

Registered Social Worker

I’m a registered social worker in private practice and a registered yoga teacher. I’m passionate about integrating various therapeutic modalities in practice including yoga and mindfulness. My job is to provide you with a brave space and safe therapeutic relationship where you can explore the resources, strengths, and wisdom within you. It’s my goal to look beyond symptoms and pathology and guide you in connecting with your authentic self. Together, our aim will be to bring out the possibilities and resources within you to motivate your journey towards healing and health and to connect with your inherent potential for growth. I recognize that each person is unique and I adapt my approach to address the goals of each client I am working with, drawing on the skills or practices that fit most appropriately.

In addition to private practice, I offer private yoga sessions and provide corporate training, consultation, and seminars on topics related to wellness, compassion fatigue, burnout and vicarious trauma.

Leah Johnston, BSW, RSW

Registered Social Worker

My name is Leah, born and raised in Sudbury area. I started my academic journey at Cambrian College and completed the Social Services Worker program to then proceed to Laurentian University and obtain a Bachelor of Social Work. I am currently completing the post graduate MSW program at Laurentian University. I am passionate about helping people find healing and wholeness with whatever they may be struggling with.
Throughout my academic and work experience, I provided services to women, children, older adults, as well as individuals struggling with mental illnesses as well as dementias. I specialize in self-discovery, purpose and identity, life transition, boundaries, self-esteem, depression and anxiety as well as Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder. I focus on the whole person of who we are, my counselling style is a bit eclectic. The therapeutic methods I commonly use are Client -Focused, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing and Narrative Therapy. Furthermore, I am passionate about helping individual struggling with mental health disorder(s) and improving individual well-being. My goal in every session is to provide open and transparent communication as I believe those are the pillars of life improvement

Kayla Cornthwaite, BSW, RSW

Registered Social Worker

Hello! My name is Kayla and I am Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW). I am a graduate of the Indigenous Social Work program at Laurentian University and have completed a level 2 Expressive Arts Therapy Training at Prairie Institute of Expressive Arts in Calgary.
In my personal life I am a nature, art and adventure lover. In my professional life I am interested in incorporating creativity in the therapeutic process. I am an advocate for the power of accessing our own inner wisdom as a source to begin the process of change.
My goal is to remain present to support individuals in excavating meaning and understanding of their unique personal experiences. My learnings and lived experience guide the therapeutic approaches I tend to use and I believe in providing clients the autonomy to decide the methods we use in session. I am flexible and open to working in the ways that allow those I support to feel most comfortable.
I am focused on keeping sight on the bio-psycho-social-spiritual perspective when approaching concerns because we are all living in relationship with our inner selves, others, the natural environment, as well as social systems. My therapeutic interests include the Expressive Arts Therapy, Internal Family Systems, Brief Narrative Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Nature Based Therapies, Cognitive & Dialectical Behaviour Therapies and Peer Support.
It is my mission and commitment to provide a non-judgemental and person-centered service in a safe, and comfortable environment that caters to the unique and individual needs of clients.
I look forward to working, learning, and growing with you!

Melissa Cheff, BSW, RSW

Registered Social Worker

Passion for the human mind to not only heal but to thrive amongst the tough stuff is what brought me to Social Work.
I have experience working with mood disorders such as anxiety and depression, along with other difficulties such as PTSD and trauma. I will support you along the way to work through the daily challenges and obstacles you face. You do not have to bear it alone.
I have a strong desire to work with women and their partners who struggle with prenatal and perinatal mental health concerns. Making sure all the members of the family are healthy and thriving.
I will use compassion and mindfulness skills to work with you to explore your thoughts and behaviors in meaningful ways. I use a goal-oriented and solution-focused approach to address the problems you are facing. I use evidence-based therapies to help you gain the skills needed to manage your mental health and well-being.
I look forward to meeting you!