About Us

Private Matters Psychotherapy is a private practice located in the heart of Burlington, ON. 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.

Our therapists each 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 offered at PMPTherapy 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.

We also offer workshops and group therapy. A warm and compassionate group environment allows people facing similar issues to come together to learn about themselves and to realize that they are not alone. It provides a chance to identify with others who are in different stages of the healing process and to learn from their experiences.

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 individual, teens, and families who experience stress and discomfort due to anxiety, depression, a traumatic experience, and self-esteem issues gain a better understanding of what they are going through and teach them coping skills to make long-lasting and positive changes so they can start living a healthy and fulfilling life. I offer sessions in both English and Dutch, and can work with you both out of my office or using Skype.

I specialize in working with

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

My passion for working with First Responders and trauma victims stems from two very important and personal life lessons. The first one is my own traumatic experience and shopping for “the perfect therapist” to help me battle my inner demons. I tried many different paths, have been guinea-pigged on by an intern experimenting with her own self-taught therapy, and finally ended at the doorstep of my last therapist. Her enthusiasm for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and the effect it had on me finally gave me the chance to make peace with my past and live my life to its full potential.

The second one stems from my working experiences as (a) a socio-therapist at a forensic psychiatric hospital coaching rehabilitated detainees with a mental health disorder back to society, and (b) as a trauma therapist for the United Nations in Haiti. For this last one, myself and a team of other mental health professionals were responsible for the welfare of more than twelve thousand UN personnel, including civilians, UN police, UN firefighters, and UN military personnel.

In my sessions I use an eclectic approach combining Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, Narrative Therapy and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy.

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 various mental health hospitals and organizations. 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.

Get in touch with Marleen

DEANNA BERVOETS

Clinical Social Worker/Psychotherapist

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

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 oneto help you to cope with the negative event or situation and lessen its impact on various aspects of your life.

I specialize in working with:

• 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


ALLIE CLARK

Clinical Social Worker

I offer support to individuals, couples, and families of all ages and backgrounds. My clinical experience is in working with adults, adolescents, and children who have experienced trauma (emotional, physical and/or sexual abuse). I have additional experience working with couples, families, first responders, military personnel, helping professionals, adolescents and children struggling with symptoms of anxiety, depression, burnout, vicarious trauma, PTSD, and difficulties in relationships.

I specialize in

• Trauma and PTSD
• Anxiety 
• Relationship Issues

I have always loved stories; I believe that when we are able to share our stories with others we increase our sense of connection to ourselves and those around us. I believe that by embracing our story we are able to discover unexpected strength and are drawn into experiences of reconnection and restoration. It is this belief, and the love of stories which drew me to become a therapist. I feel passionate about connecting with your story; hearing about your experiences so far, and supporting you in the incredible story you are continuing to create.

I use a combination of Narrative, Mindfulness-Based, and Cognitive Behavioural approaches in counselling. These approaches are gentle, respectful, and directed by your goals; they create space for insight and self-compassion, and provide opportunities for peaceful growth even in difficult or painful situations. When you come to counselling, the time is yours to grow in new ways, or to reconnect with parts of yourself that have felt lost in a space that is trustworthy and without judgement.

Get in touch with Allie


ALALEH SHAKOURIANFARD

Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

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.

I specialize in:

  • 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