Our Team

Viktoria Tolmatshov

Clinic Director, RSSW, Psychotherapist

Hello! My name is Viktoria and I am a Psychotherapist, registered with The Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW). I have a passion for helping others and with over a decade of experience working with the differently-abled community, I know how difficult it can be to access mental health services. I joined this profession to help others and am committed to helping you overcome the difficulties you are facing.

I work from a strength-based approach with my clients to help them improve their quality of life by teaching them to better cope with negative experiences, stress, anxiety, and depression. I incorporate many social works and psychological frameworks such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Talk Therapy during treatments and view each client as an individual. People are unique and there is no one technique or treatment that everyone will respond to. I use all my knowledge and skills to create a treatment plan that is individualized for each client and expects that you will be an active part of the decision-making process.

Working with me ensures that you will have a counseling relationship that is non-judgmental and collaborative. Whether you are managing a chronic illness, struggling in your relationships, or stressed at work, I am here to help and support you. Everyone faces challenges in life; no one is without hardship. Engaging in a counseling relationship allows you to face your challenges and reach your goals without feeling overwhelmed. The insight you discover and the tools you learn are lifelong benefits to counseling. Life can get busy; but making yourself a priority will increase your productivity and help you lead a much happier, healthier, and more satisfying life!

I am excited to work with you! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to me!

Joey Smith

Clinic Director, Registered Massage Therapist

With over 16 years of hands-on experience, Joey has work experience in hospitals, clinics, and in-home therapy. He graduated in 2006 with a diploma in the Occupational Therapy Assistant/Physiotherapy Assistant program. He then furthered his studies in healthcare with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 2012. Most recently he earned a diploma in Massage Therapy in 2021.

His experience in various therapeutic environments has given him a well-rounded approach to working with wide-ranging clientele. His background in physiotherapy has influenced his treatment focus. His therapeutic approach consists of educating the client on their condition, to help alleviate pain and following up with deep tissue massage, joint mobilization, traditional or PNF stretch, and corrective strengthening exercises. Athletes, older adults, teenagers, and children are all welcome!

In his spare time, he enjoys resistance training and sprinting for optimal health and insight on how he can further understand the body and help his clients.

Maria Calvachi

MSW, RSW, Psychotherapist

My name is Maria and I am a registered Social Worker with the College of Social Work and Social Services Workers of Ontario. I completed a Social Work Master’s degree in 2014 at the University of Toronto, specializing in adult mental health. My approach to counseling is grounded in using modalities and principles of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness, and Solution Focused Therapy. I am passionate to work with adults who are embarking on their mental health and wellness journey to address and develop strategies and skills to cope with stressful life events, mood disorders (such as anxiety and depression), and relational issues.

Supporting you and meeting you where you are at is critical to the development of our working relationship together. I will take the time to learn about your therapy goals and together we will develop a plan that will support you to continue building on your strengths, knowledge and coping strategies that will enable you to develop a strong sense of self. I am an advocate for low barrier access to mental health supports and apply an equity-lens approach to my work.

Anna Maria Polla

Therapist (Supervised Practice)

I am a therapist with over ten years of experience working with clients in both group settings and one-on-one. I am a Social Service Worker, and I am presently obtaining my master’s degree in Psychotherapy. I am well versed in talk therapy and CBT, and I practice from a trauma-informed, anti-oppressive, person-centered lens. I have extensive experience working with all groups. Much of my experience involves working with adolescents and young adults. My approach involves taking a strengths-based approach and involves working collaboratively with clients to set and attain goals. I strive to achieve the most respectful, trustworthy, and safe working relationship while taking an empathetic and non-judgemental approach. Some of my areas of expertise include anxiety, body image, self-esteem, eating disorders and disturbed eating behaviors, trauma, grief, stress, relationship issues, anger management, grief, and depression, to name a few. I work with individuals, couples, and families.

I look forward to helping you achieve happiness, calmness, closure, and positivity as we embark on this journey of mental wellness and healing together!

Jennifer Burke

RSSW, Psychotherapist

There used to be significantly less mainstream awareness of mental health than there is in the present day, and going through difficult circumstances throughout my adolescence highlighted the need for an increase in mental health knowledge, support, and care. After experiencing a great deal of difficulty accessing help, I became very passionate about ending the stigma of mental illness and the expansion of mental health services. As a result, I pursued my B.A. with a specialization in Psychology.

Since then, I have worked in the mental health field for 10+ years with children and adults that need support. I have worked with all ages in educational, residential, and treatment facilities before starting in private psychotherapy practice (supervised) with Positive Mind Wellness. Additionally, throughout my years working in the field, I continued my post-secondary education to better serve my clients, finishing my Social Service Worker Diploma, and my Master’s degree in Education.

I have professional training in several different therapeutic approaches and modalities and use an integrated approach depending on the needs of the client. These include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Person-Centred Therapy, ADHD & Life Coaching, Therapeutic Arts, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Therapeutic Play (for children), Positive Psychology, and the use of the Strengths-Based approach.

Sally Sarieddine

Therapist (Supervised Practice)

I completed my SSW diploma at Seneca College and I am continuing my education as an SW at Ryerson University. Besides English, I speak Arabic and I can communicate well in both languages.

I have clinical experience working with individuals and groups during my professional career in the following areas: depression, anxiety, individuals with special needs, self-harm behaviour, trauma and abuse, family and relationship issues and chronic pain.

My approach emphasizes the mutual development of goals for therapy and the provision of ongoing evaluation of the therapeutic approach. Services can include individuals and couples. I have experience in cognitive behavioural therapy, solution-focused therapy and crisis intervention.

Joyann Franklin

Therapist (Supervised Practice)

Joyann is a warm and genuine counsellor who offers 10 years of experience in anti-oppressive, family-centred, and strengths-based work with children, youth, and families. She holds a Bachelor of Social Work from Ryerson University, with professional experience focused on mental health counselling, children’s mental health, child protection, conflict resolution, and relationship counselling. She creates a safe space for individuals to be honest and to discover their best ways to heal, evolve in self-knowledge, and strengthen their individuality. In her role as a therapist, she offers empathy, respect, and a trusting relationship, where her clients feel supported to discover their own unique healing pathways, strengthen the tools they need to live the life that they desire and become more empowered. Joyann understands the effects of trauma on thoughts, feelings, behaviour, and self-perception and recognizes how this contributes to ongoing mental health distress. Joyann sees her role as a guide to assist clients in recognizing potential options to help them work through life’s challenges and to support them in deciding what will work best to move them closest to their therapeutic goals.

Aliah Moakhan

Therapist (Supervised Practice)

I believe that there is so much beauty to be found in a human’s ability to alter their thoughts and behaviours to become better for themselves and towards others.

“Your beliefs become your thoughts, your thoughts become your words, your words become your actions, your actions become your habits, your habits become your values, your values become your destiny”. Every day you become more powerful when you work towards replacing your old habits with better habits that serve you in leading a more fulfilling life, restored with meaning and purpose!

I have a true passion for working with people of all ages and from diverse and socio-economic backgrounds. My sound education and thorough work experience as a social worker and therapist have empowered me to use my skills and knowledge to engage with clients by employing various practical approaches, which strive on the pillars of anti-oppressive practice, systems theory, feminist theories and strengths-based perspectives. I am continuously engaging in critical self-reflection to stay motivated and support clients with improving the quality of their lives. I possess an energetic and outgoing personality. I am perceptive; and words I live by are “The mind is like a parachute; it only works when it’s opened”. I am approachable, and I believe that individuals are the experts of their own lives. I am here to support clients with moving forward, facing and understanding their fears; anxiety/depression, creating new habits and ways of thinking, building strength and resilience and demonstrating the ability to persevere with courage in the face of adversity, through words and most importantly actions.

Sara Mottola

MSW, RSW, Psychotherapist

Sara is a Registered Social Worker with a Bachelor of Social Work from Ryerson University and a Master of Social Work in Health and Mental Health from the University of Toronto. Sara currently works in senior and dementia care with an interest in caregiver mental health and burnout. Her former experience in addiction and mental health within community and emergency department settings supports her in providing crisis intervention with clients experiencing various mental health and addiction concerns. Sara incorporates cognitive behavioural, emotional-focused and solution-focused approaches in sessions. Clients can expect to receive trauma-informed, client-centered care when working collaboratively with Sara.

Sandra Racktoo

Therapist (Supervised Practice)

Hello! My name is Sandra and I am a Social Service Worker and Psychotherapist (Supervised Practice). After years of working in retail management, I decided to pursue my passion to help others and began my journey into the mental health profession at Seneca College. I work with a therapeutic style that is centered around empathy, respect, and a strength-based approach.

My view of counseling is a holistic one and I work with a trauma-informed, multicultural and inclusive approach to care.  I use various counseling theories including CBT, DBT, and Narrative Theory to provide client-centered treatment that focuses on you, the individual. I find that using a blended approach helps me understand your life experience and what has led you to seek help. I look forward to working with you and helping you become the best version of yourself possible! 

Areas of Specialty:

Anxiety Disorders, Depression, Body Dysmorphia, Self-Esteem/ Low Self-Confidence and Stress Management.

Geri Voci

Therapist (Supervised Practice)

In the past 10 years, I have worked within the not-for-profit sector by offering support services to local communities and their members. Through my strength-based approach, I assist clients in recognizing their strengths and life goals to begin the healing process.

I develop a safe and inclusive space for individuals to freely express themselves to help them understand the barriers holding them back from healing. I believe in a collaborative approach when working with clients by setting goals with them to assist them as a means to set the stepping stones to your path in healing.

Ultimately, for a patient to feel safe it is important for me to be genuine and trustworthy – so we as counselors and patients can build respectful relationships together.

I look forward to creating a safe and confidential space with you, where we can embark on your journey of healing that is full of positivity and hope. 

Kristina Escott

Clinic Administrator

Kristina is a University Graduate with an Honours BA in Sociology. She has over seven years of experience in administration and possesses strong communication and organizational skills.

Kristina oversees the day-to-day operations of the clinic with a positive attitude and a smile. She strives to ensure the client experience is the best it can be and to create a welcoming experience for all. 

Michelle Mohammed

RSSW, Psychotherapist

I am a registered Social Service Worker beginning my Honours Bachelor of Science in Community Social Services. I have 2+ years’ experience working in the mental health field. I have experience working with groups as well as individuals. I practice from a client-centered, anti-oppression lens. I have a passion to remove the stigma around mental health and strive to support and empower my clients to overcome adversity and difficult times. I strive to create a safe space for a collaborative therapeutic relationship. Therapeutic relationships and rapport are extremely important to me. I look forward to working with you!.

Cinzia Di Carlo

RSW, Psychotherapist

Cinzia Di Carlo is a registered social worker with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Family and Community Social Services from the University of Guelph as well as a Social Service Worker Diploma from Humber College.

She is currently enrolled in a Master of Social Work program at the University of Windsor. Cinzia has over a decade of experience supporting individuals and their loved ones throughout their journey in long-term care.

Cinzia can support those experiencing challenges related to transitions in their health and well-being, dementia care, the stress associated with being a caregiver as well as palliation, end of life, and grief. She provides an empowerment-oriented, person-centered focus to her sessions.

Cinzia will incorporate elements of cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focussed, and motivational interviewing while working with her.

Helai Alikouzeh

RSW, Psychotherapist

Helai graduated from Seneca College with a diploma in Social Service Work and continued her education to obtain her Bachelor of Social Work from Ryerson University. During her post-secondary education, she realized conventional Social Work practices were not enough to address the historical trauma and pain that many endure. Through her academic research and practical experience, she often found that unresolved traumas resulted in an ongoing victim mentality, chronic illnesses, and a propensity for disease.

Bridging her interest in spiritual and body psychotherapy with the practices of conventional social work, Helai offers a different approach to the helping profession. Her personal experiences with abuse, bullying, toxic family enmeshment, mental health issues, identity crisis, and poor emotional management skills have allowed her to gain insight into the inner work required to thrive as an individual and within the helping profession.

Having overcome many trials and tribulations as a second-generation Afghan-Canadian, Helai is a millennial therapist with a modern yet spiritual approach to traditional talk therapy. She utilizes many different methods that address the mind, body, and spirit connection. Some of her work may include but are not limited to: subconscious healing, belief transformation, inner child/shadow work, the release of trapped emotions, balancing chakras, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and narrative therapy.