Staff Directory

Bruno Mancini

Bruno has an MSW and offers professional individual and group therapy from a social work background, mainly working with Graduate Group Circles and students from OVC.

Carrie Charles

Carrie Charles is a Counsellor/Therapist at the University of Guelph. She Uses an eclectic approach to therapy including CBT, ACT, DBT, and other modalities. She has experience working with individuals and groups experiencing; anxiety disorders, depression, trauma, eating disorders, chronic pain, identity issues, etc. Through her experience and education in Sports Psychology, she has assisted athletes in gaining greater focus and clarity for reaching their optimal performance goals. Using a mindfulness approach, balance is supported; Mentally, Emotionally, Physically, and Spiritually. 

Diana Abdi Chinnery

Diana is a Registered Social Worker with a particular interest in helping individuals address issues of anxiety and depression through the use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and/or Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Sher enjoys working with students as they realize changes that they can make in their lives, empowering them to make those changes, and supporting them through their journeys. Diana believes that change can happen in a short period of time by challenging perspectives, teaching new skills, and working with students to find solutions. 

Dorothy Goettler

Dorothy Goettler is a Counsellor/Therapist with extensive experience in couple, family, individual and group therapy. She is a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist and a Registered Social Worker. She works in collaborative conversations with people to discover strengths and resources and to build skills to enable them to navigate challenging circumstances, life transitions and crises in relationships. Working from a social-constructionist worldview, tools for therapy include narrative therapy as well as cognitive-behavioural and family or origin approaches.

Erin Lipsitt

Erin Lipsitt is a Counsellor/Therapist and a Registered Social Worker with experience working with individuals, families, and groups in a variety of educational, community, and hospital settings. Her approach to counselling is based upon principles from cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT), and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). Erin enjoys learning each person's unique story and personal experience while working together to develop the insight and strategies to create meaningful change. 

Estera Lawrance

Estera Lawrance is a Registered Social Worker and the Counsellor in Residence; she once too lived in the charming dorms of Prairie Hall. Estera holds unwavering energy towards advocating for health equity, harm reduction, and social inclusion in the delivery of person-centred care. Practicing from a strength-based and trauma-informed perspective, her clinical approach is comprised of eclectic modalities. She holds relationships at the centre of her practice, and believes social connection is the most vital part of fostering resiliency in students.

Jay Jung

Jay Jung is a Korean-English speaking Registered Psychotherapist and Registered Marriage and Family Therapist with a master’s degree in counselling. He has many years of experience in community mental health and counselling, including group facilitation and conducting community seminars. He has worked with clients with various mental health issues (e.g., depression, anxiety, anger, low self-esteem, trauma, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, OCD, ADHD) as well as relationship issues (e.g., couples conflict, family conflict, domestic violence, parenting, and has a specialty in engaging men/fathers). Jay works with various intervention modalities (e.g. Family Therapy, Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy, Brief Solution Focused Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Mindfulness, CBT) and enjoys watching his clients experience inner healing, find directions for their problems, and build healthy relationships with their loved ones.

Karen McGratten

Karen is a Registered Psychotherapist with a Masters of Divinity in Counselling.  Working collaboratively with students, she uses an eclectic approach to address a variety of mental health issues, such as eating disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders, grief/bereavement, anxiety, depression and more. She believes a part of her job is to hold hope for students when they feel like they can't, as well as the importance of building self-agency, self-compassion, distress tolerance as well as emotional and cognitive flexibility. Humour also plays an important role in her sessions. 

Kathy Waltner-Toews

Kathy Waltner-Toews is a professional Counsellor/Therapist with a Masters in Health Sciences. She is a couple and family therapist (RMFT, OAMFT and AAMFT clinical fellow) and a mental health professional with an extensive clinical repertoire working with individuals and groups. She enjoys working from a strength based approach, is creative and uses evidence based therapies in engendering change.

Peter Wedel

Peter Wedel is a professional Counsellor/Therapist with a master's degree in marriage and family therapy. He has worked with individuals and groups dealing with a wide variety of issues including anxiety, depression, relational problems, self-esteem, spirituality, grief and trauma. Peter is also experienced in working with couples and families with issues such as communication, conflict resolution and relational dynamics. He draws on diverse approaches including narrative, cognitive-behavioural, solution-oriented, and family of origin.

Samantha (Sam) Durfy

Samantha is a Registered Social Worker and has been providing counselling to individuals, couples, families and groups since 2003.  She specializes in working with clients coping with eating disorders, disordered eating patterns, poor body image, low self-esteem, self-harming behaviours, addictions, and relationship difficulties.  She has specialized training in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), and Emotion Focused Family Therapy (EFFT). Samantha’s creative and resourceful therapeutic style has aided in making her a well-liked counsellor by her clients and their families.   Samantha is known for her whimsical approach and she enjoys staying well versed in pop culture. 

Sarah Ciotti

Sarah Ciotti is a Registered Psychotherapist who practices from a strengths-based and collaborative approach to therapy using a variety of treatment modalities.  Sarah has training and experience in working in the areas of sexual violence and trauma.   Sarah highly values client choice and right to self-determination.

Stella Mfoafo-M'Carthy

Stella is a professional Counsellor/Therapist with a Master’s degree in Social Work, is a Registered Social Worker, and a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist. She has worked extensively with Individuals, couples, families, and groups on a variety of issues including but not limited to depression, anxiety, separation/divorce, domestic violence, and grief/loss. As an eclectic social worker, Stella works from a strength-based perspective using diverse interventions such as narrative, solution-focused, and cognitive–behaviour therapy.