About our Therapists

Adrienne Bairstow, Ph.D., RSW, RP, RMFT

Director

Adrienne is a Registered Social Worker, a Registered Psychotherapist, a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist, and a Certified Sex Therapist.  She received a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Human Sexuality Studies (clinical concentration) from Widener University.  Adrienne also received a Master’s in Social Work (MSW) from the University of Toronto, and a Master’s in Education in Human Sexuality (MEd) from Widener University.  Adrienne has additional graduate training in Couple and Family Therapy from the University of Guelph. She has also received training in particular models of therapy, including Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Narrative Therapy.

After obtaining her Master’s in Social Work, Adrienne completed the extensive additional training and requirements to become a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist with the Ontario/American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.  This included additional graduate level courses in psychotherapy, the provision of 1000 hours of client contact, and 200 hours of supervision with an approved supervisor.

Adrienne also completed the additional training and requirements to become a Certified Sex Therapist with the Board of Examiners in Sex Therapy and Counselling in Ontario (BESTCO).  This included the provision of 100 hours of psychotherapy services on a variety of sexual concerns, supervision with an approved sex therapy supervisor, and two formal assessments.

Adrienne’s Experience

Adrienne has provided counselling and therapy services to diverse populations throughout the Greater Toronto Area. She has worked in a social services agency, an addictions centre, a sexual health centre and a hospital setting.  Adrienne has worked in the area of sexual health counselling and therapy for over twelve years.  She has managed a private practice with a focus on couple therapy and sex therapy for over ten years.

For information about Adrienne’s past conference presentations and speaking engagements, click here.

LICENSES AND REGISTRATIONS

  • Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (Registered Social Worker #817242)
  • Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (Registered Psychotherapist #005376)
  • Registered Marriage and Family Therapist with the Canadian Association for Marriage & Family Therapy (Registered Marriage and Family Therapist #2017503)
  • Clinical Fellow with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Certified Sex Therapist with the Board of Examiners in Sex Therapy and Counselling in Ontario (BESTCO)
  • Member: Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW)

Contact Adrienne if you have any questions


Sarah Dale, MSc., RP

Associate

Sarah is a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) and a Certified Sex Therapist.  Her practice has a focus on relationship and sex therapy concerns with both individuals and couples.  Sarah obtained her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Psychology from Brock University, and her Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counselling from Niagara University.  Sarah’s training included the completion of a 1000-hour clinical internship, which involved over 700 hours of direct client contact and over 100 hours of supervision.  Sarah has extensive training in Couple Therapy.  She has received over 150 hours of clinical supervision in relational and sex therapy post-graduation.  Sarah has training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Mindfulness, and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) approaches.

Couple Therapy Training

Sarah has completed the post-graduate Certificate in Couple and Family Therapy Studies from the University of Guelph.  She has pursued advanced training and in Emotionally Focused Therapy and has completed over 150 hours of clinical supervision in relational therapy since graduating.  Sarah is an Associate Member of the Canadian Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (CAMFT).

Sex Therapy Training

Sarah is a Certified Sex Therapist with The Board of Examiners in Sex Therapy and Counselling in Ontario (BESTCO).  To become a Certified Sex Therapist with BESTCO, Sarah undertook a process of rigorous training and passed two formal evaluations before earning the designation of Certified Sex Therapist.  As a sex therapist, Sarah has helped individuals and couples experiencing sexual challenges including low desire, erectile difficulties, premature ejaculation, pelvic pain, penetration difficulties, and other sexual concerns that impact individuals and relationships.

Sarah’s Experience

Sarah has provided counselling and therapy in a variety of settings, including at a crisis line and in an outpatient clinic at a hospital in the Niagara Falls, NY area.  She has also worked in an inpatient addiction rehabilitation facility in the Toronto area, where she provided counselling and support to individuals receiving intensive treatment for substance abuse.

Sarah works with clients to identify barriers to maintaining emotional well-being, as well as on improving relationships and identifying dysfunctional patterns.  She helps individuals with concerns such as anxiety, depression, stress, and relationships.  Sarah supports couples experiencing challenges including communication, conflict resolution, emotional intimacy, sexual intimacy, and infidelity.  To read more about Sarah’s approach to therapy with couples click here.

LICENSES AND REGISTRATIONS

  • Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (Registered Psychotherapist #007715)
  • Associate Member with the Canadian Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (Associate Member #2017939)
  • Certified Sex Therapist with The Board of Examiners in Sex Therapy and Counselling in Ontario (BESTCO).
  • Member: Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists

Stephanie Aniol, MSW, RSW

Associate

Stephanie is a Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. She has undergraduate and graduate degrees in social work, both from York University. Through the course of her degrees, she completed 1150 hours of field placements with a focus on mental health counselling. During and after her formal education, she pursued additional trainings in CBT, Narrative Practice, The Gottman Method Level 1, Acceptance & Commitment Theory and Trauma-Informed Care. While Stephanie tailors her therapeutic approach to individual client need, what is consistent is her focus on building collaborative, non-judgemental, trusting and respectful relationships with every client that she serves. Stephanie works from relational and strengths-based perspectives, and is known for bringing kindness, levity and care to her work with clients.

Couple Therapy Training

Stephanie has training in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and Gottman Method, both evidence-based approaches to couple therapy. She has completed Gottman Level 1 and engages in a rigorous program of ongoing training and skills development in couple therapy. Stephanie supports couples experiencing communication difficulties, emotional and sexual intimacy concerns, and infidelity.

Sex Therapy Training

Stephanie’s training in sex therapy has been from a systemic approach, looking at the concern in the context of biological, social, psychological, and relational factors that may contribute to creating and maintaining the concern in an individual or couple’s life. As a sex therapist, Stephanie works with individuals and couples experiencing sexual challenges such as premature ejaculation, erectile difficulties, low desire, and problems with penetration. Stephanie has a particular passion for supporting women experiencing pelvic pain.

Stephanie’s Experience

Stephanie has had the privilege of working with a diverse clientele through the course of her career as a social worker. She has worked with students in a post-secondary setting, and individuals grappling with the psychosocial impacts of a chronic health diagnoses; as such, she is experienced in supporting clients managing a myriad of challenges but especially life transitions, relationship issues, self-esteem, identity, loss, anxiety, depression, and the impacts of trauma.

LICENSES AND REGISTRATIONS

  • Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (Registered Social Worker #830688)
  • Member: Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW)