About Us

Marleen Filimon started PMPTherapy as a private practice with a vision to work with like-minded professional colleagues acting as a larger referral network. Reaching out to a therapist can be an intimidating and scary process. PMPTherapy tries to make this process a little easier on you by having a team of trusted and very competent clinicians. An initial phone consultation, where you will be asked questions about your goals for therapy, will help to ensure you and your therapist will be a right fit for each other.

All therapists working out of this office are registered mental health professionals with ample experience in helping people uncover what they are dealing with, develop effective coping skills, and work towards personalized client-oriented goals. At the heart of the therapy offered at PMPTherapy lies a non-judgemental attitude, a caring environment, and professionalism.

All therapists have their own specialization and work with different therapeutic modalities. As such, we help a wide range of people including kids, teens, adults, families and couples. Most of the sessions will use an eclectic approach, combining therapeutic techniques from different therapies, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Social Skills Training, Spiritual Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and more.

Our therapists are here to help you. To find out more about each therapist, click on the links below (Therapists with an (*)behind there name merely use the PMPTherapy offices to provide their services. They are in no way affiliated with PMPTherapy.)

MARLEEN FILIMON

Registered Psychotherapist & Owner

I work with teens, tweens, and adults, who experience painful emotions and have lingering negative thoughts and images due to anxiety, a traumatic experience, relationship issues, low self-esteem, stress, procrastination, grief, anger, depression, and peer relationships.

My areas of specialization are

  • Emergency Responders (i.e. Police Officers, Fire Fighters, Paramedics, and ER personnel)
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Stress Management
  • PTSD and Trauma

In my session I use a combination of different therapeutic techniques such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Narrative Therapy, EMDR, and Mindfulness. You set the pace, I provide the guidance. My sessions are focused on teaching and practicing coping skills, and delving into deeper, underlying patterns of emotions and behaviors. Together we will explore what works best for you, and make a plan on how you can start feeling empowered and in control of your life.

A little (academic) background info on me:
In my professional career, I obtained both my Bachelor in Psychology, my first Master in Cognitive Psychology and my second Master in Clinical Psychology from the University of Leiden in The Netherlands. I am registered with the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists (OACCPP) and the College of Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO), and have worked as a therapist and counsellor for multiple mental health hospitals and organizations all over the world, including the United Nations in Haiti and a Forensic Psychiatric Hospital in The Netherlands. I have many years of experience helping individuals overcome their fears and find their true potential by dealing with their trauma, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, self-esteem and assertiveness issues, obsessive-compulsive behaviours and stress.

In my personal life, I have traveled all over. Born in The Netherlands, moved to West Africa (Abidjan) when I was 6 years old, then onto Saudi-Arabia (Jeddah) where I spend the majority of my teen years, back to Holland to focus on University (Leiden), then to Egypt (Cairo) to learn Arabic, back to Holland for my second Master of Science (Clinical Psychology), all the way across the ocean to Haiti (UN work), and now in Canada. Everything I have learned from living abroad, and from my many travels around the globe, I use in my sessions. I have experienced and lived in different cultures, languages, and norms, giving me a broad understanding of people's backgrounds and thinking patterns.

Get in touch with Marleen

 

Other therapy services offered out of the PMPtherapy offices:

DEANNA BERVOETS

Clinical Social Worker/Psychotherapist

(* Not Affiliated with PMPTherapy)
I help children, youth and adults develop strategies to manage and cope with personal, social, and familial distress.  I specialize in working with families who are being impacted by divorce/separation.  In some cases, children are inadvertently caught in the middle of parents’ conflict, which sometimes leads to them struggling with self-regulation, aligning with one parent, hating the other parent, and much more.  These can have a detrimental impact, if children do not have a healthy outlet to share their feelings and work through their distress.

My areas of specialization are

  • Stress and anxiety
  • Depression
  • Self-harm
  • Relationship issues
  • Exposure to post-separation conflict (children)

In my sessions I utilize a combination of techniques including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy, and Solution Focused Therapy.  My experiences in the school board, outpatient mental health, and within child welfare have given me the tools to effectively work with a variety of people.  My passion for helping people stems from my own personal experiences.  Over the years, I have utilized these experiences to help others overcome their challenges.

Throughout my struggle, I was fortunate enough to have a great support network to help me recognize what is important in life. It is my belief that having emotional support is integral in the healing process. One of my colleagues once told me, “Without hope, we don’t get out of bed in the morning.” Hope is the foundation of our healing.

Get in touch with Deanna

STEFANIE PEACHEY

Clinical Social Worker/Therapist

(* Not Affiliated with PMPTherapy)
I work with individuals, couples, and families to help them be their best selves. Difficult, hurtful and negative experiences happen to most people in life, and I see my role as being one to help you to cope with the negative event or situation and lessen its impact on various aspects of your life.

My areas of specialization are

  • Trauma, past and recent
  • Domestic Violence
  • Relationship Issues
  • Couples
  • Adolescents
  • Depression

In my sessions, I meet you where you are in your life. The sessions are your time to use as you see fit and to discuss what is most relevant for you.I utilize a variety of therapeutic interventions including Narrative Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and trauma informed therapy. Together, we will examine how your experiences have shaped your beliefs andthoughts about yourself, others, and the world in which you live. I graduated from the University of Toronto in 2010 with a Master's Degree in Social Work after having completed my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at the University of Waterloo in 2006. Since this time, I have worked in various corners of Social Work with a major focus on clinical work and counselling. Though my experiences, both personal and professional, I have come to understand the importance of taking care of yourself and I believe that counselling is a big part of this. In our busy lives today, we often list ourselves at the bottom of the priority list and ignore how various life events, even from years past, continue to impact on who we are. I look forward to working with you.

Get in touch with Stefanie


ALALEH SHAKOURIANFARD

Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

(* Not Affiliated with PMPTherapy)
I offer services to adolescents and adults that are experiencing, or have experienced, difficult life situations and transitions. I provide a safe space for clients to explore themselves, and help them develop new insights and skills. I offer sessions in both English and Farsi.

My areas of specialization are

  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Post motor vehicle accident trauma

Mental health has a unique meaning for each of us. My own personal challenges have taught me how important it is to to have my own “emergency toolkit”; developing healthy coping skills, and having someone I can trust to speak to. Having that kind of support through my own challenges was what inspired me to take this professional path in counselling. My goal is to provide a safe and welcoming space where individuals experiencing mental health issues can turn their challenges into opportunities. Through comprehensive counselling and psychotherapy services, I aim to empower individuals to work towards improving their lives. Congratulations on taking this step!

I use a variety of therapeutic interventions in my sessions, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Narrative Therapy. My experience has provided me with a wide range of knowledge which includes providing therapy and facilitating groups with youth and with women experiencing trauma, as well as individuals that have experienced motor vehicle accidents. Whether you’re overwhelmed with conflict, searching for healing, or anticipating challenges, allow me to walk alongside you while you strive to reach your goals.

Get in touch with Alaleh


LISE FITZSIMMONS

Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

(* Not Affiliated with PMPTherapy)
I help support and guide adult individuals to find a greater sense of well- being.  If you are feeling stuck, anxious, sad, overwhelmed, stressed, or angry, you’ve come to the right place.

My areas of specialization are:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Addiction/Substance Abuse
  • Relationship issues

You may be searching for support for something that is going on in your life now or an event from the past, and feel like you need to talk through your concerns. Together we will build on your strengths and discover ways to solve your problems. I empower my clients to tap into their own self-awareness and help them to build and leverage their strengths by inviting them to be actively involved in their journey. I believe in creating a strong alliance and connection with my clients that is based on support and trust.

My therapeutic approach is personalized to the client, building on their strengths to discover ways to solve their problems and provide support. I combine elements of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Mindfulness approaches to create a relaxed atmosphere and work in a respectful manner.

I began working in this field as an Office Manager for a Psychologist while my young children were in school. Over the years, I realized that I had a passion for helping people, and eventually had the opportunity to work on achieving my goal of becoming a Therapist.

Get in touch with Lise