Therapists and Coaches
Sandra Aronoff, MSW, RSW
Individual, Couple and Family Therapist
Phone: (416) 920-4999 Ext 2000
New Clients: Sandra is currently accepting new clients
Referrals: Self-referral or referral by a mental health professional
Fees: $160 per hour, covered by some private insurance plans
Cancellations: Sandra requires 24 hours’ notice for appointment cancellations. Appointments missed or cancelled late will be billed at the usual rate.
Sandra is an Individual, Couple and Family Therapist at The Redpath Centre with over 35 years of experience providing counselling, consultation, and support to individuals living with ASD. Her current area of specialization is working with individuals to build self-awareness and practical strategies to develop a greater understanding of the social world. She helps couples where one partner is affected, sometimes undiagnosed, to develop strategies to cope with everyday living, stress, anxiety and depression. She has seen success in helping partners and family members understand how ASD and mental health concerns influence family members so that quality of life is improved and relationships can flourish. In addition, Sandra is well-versed in all aspects of the social service system for individuals with ASD within the Greater Toronto Area, and assists in finding services and funding for individuals on the spectrum.
Specialization: Young and older adults, couples, parents and their families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders. Individual, family, couples counselling, and working with complex cases.
Academic and Behaviour Coach
Phone: (416) 920-4999 Ext 0164
New Clients: Katy is not currently accepting new clients
Referrals: Self-referral or by physician, educator, or mental health professional
Fees: $120 per hour
Cancellation: Katy requires 24 hours’ notice for appointment cancellations. Appointments that are missed or cancelled late will be billed at the usual rate.
Katy is an Academic and Behaviour Coach at The Redpath Centre, specializing in children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum and other neuro-developmental disorders. She is an Ontario Certified Teacher and received her Master’s in Developmental Psychology and Education before pursuing a career in Applied Behaviour Analysis. She has worked as a behaviour therapist and consultant in the private sector and at Geneva Centre for Autism. As an educator and a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA), she integrates a variety of approaches including Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA), special education teaching practices, and cognitive behavioural strategies (CBT) to promote academic and social development. She is passionate about supporting families and individuals with a range of challenges including sleep difficulties, irritability, school attendance, academic performance, impulsivity, excessive gaming, aggression, and anxiety. Katy has facilitated individual and group based modified CBT programs including Facing Your Fears (FYF), Talking Back to OCD, and Stop Now and Plan (SNAP-A). She also develops and facilitates courses and professional training on a variety of topics at Geneva Centre for Autism.
Specialization: Children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders (including Asperger syndrome) and mental health concerns, anxiety disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, learning disabilities, giftedness, and emotional and behavioural disorders
Services Offered: Parent coaching to establish and prioritize goals, address challenging behaviour and support children and youth with mental health concerns; Individual coaching for children and adolescents to address anxiety, life skills and social skills development; Educational consultation to parents, schools and professionals including IEP development, environmental and academic accommodations to support learning, and transition planning. Services are provided at The Redpath Centre, however, assessment and consultation may be provided in community settings as needed.
Deborah Finkelstein, M.ADS, BCBA
Behaviour and Life Skills Coach
Phone: (416) 920-4999 Ext 0163
New Clients: Deborah is currently accepting new clients and has daytime and evening appointment availability
Referrals: Self-referral or by a mental health professional
Fees: $120 per hour, sliding scale available
Cancellations: Deborah requires 24 hours notice for cancellations. Appointments that are missed or cancelled late will be billed at the usual rate.
Deborah Finkelstein is a Behavioural and Life Skills Coach who provides individual coaching and counseling at The Redpath Centre. For over 15 years, Deborah has dedicated her career to equipping people with the skills needed for success in school, relationships, work settings, and at home. In addition to individual services, Deborah is a PEERS certified social skills provider who facilitates groups that teach social and dating skills, and coping strategies for social anxiety. She has completed extensive mental health training in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), dialectal behaviour therapy (DBT), mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), Facing Your Fears, and strength-based positive psychology approaches. Deborah believes that working in a collaborative manner and making connections with community resources are key to supporting clients.
Teens and adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), social and communication disorder, developmental disabilities, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), learning disabilities, depression and anxiety, obsessive-compulsive and related disorders, executive functioning and self-regulation issues
School– learning strategies, accommodations, school placement, organization and time management skills; Relationships– acquiring social and communication skills for friendships, dating, and work settings; Independent living skills– education about sleep, hygiene, budgeting, medication-taking, meals, and organization; New ASD diagnosis– education, identifying strengths and developing strategies, disclosure, and self-advocacy; Mental health- strategies to develop helpful thinking and behaviour patterns, mental health assessment and monitoring; Obsessive-compulsive behaviours– treating obsessive-compulsive behaviours using a modified CBT approach; Parent coaching– planning to address behaviours such as video game addiction, school/homework refusal, and hygiene; Behavioural consultation- developing positive behaviour supports for families, schools, agencies, and group homes
Jason Manett, MA, PhD (Cand)
Academic and Life Skills Coach
Email (preferred method of contact): email@example.com
New Clients: Jason is not currently accepting new clients
Referrals: Self-referral or by a mental health professional
Fees: $120 per hour, sliding scale available, covered by some private insurance plans
Cancellations: Jason requires 24 hours’ notice for cancellations. Appointments that are missed or cancelled late will be billed at the usual rate.
Jason Manett is an Academic and Life Skills Coach at The Redpath Centre. He provides coaching for adolescents and adults with ASDs, learning disabilities, and ADHD in the areas of time management and organization, social, communication, and life skills, and coping with anxiety. He applies principles of social cognition, (including theory of mind) and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), and emphasizes collaborative identification with clients of day-to-day challenges, and functional strategies and skills to address them. Mr. Manett worked as a Disability Counsellor at Accessibility Services, University of Toronto, for 9 years where he also developed and facilitated the Social Association for Students with Autism (SASA). He is a doctoral candidate in the Human Development and Applied Psychology program at OISE/UT and has worked with children, adolescents and adults with learning disabilities, ADHD and ASD for the past 19 years.
Specialization: Children, adolescents and adults with ASDs, learning disabilities, ADHD, mood, and anxiety disorders.
Services Offered: Social skills and communications coaching, time management and organization coaching, educational consultations (evaluating readiness, transition, academic accommodation), consultation to agencies, workplaces, and post-secondary settings
Leora Palace, BA (Hons) Reg. CASLPO
Phone: 416-920-4999 Ext 1910
New Clients: Leora is currently accepting new clients
Referrals: Self-referral or by a professional
Fees: $150 per hour, sliding scale available, covered by some private insurance plans
Leora Palace is a Speech-Language Pathologist at The Redpath Centre. She provides assessment and ongoing treatment and supports to individuals with ASD, learning disabilities and other neurodevelopmental conditions. A specific area of interest and expertise is facilitating social communication in well-functioning adults with Asperger Syndrome. She consults to schools, universities, and vocational settings, and supports assessment and accommodations for individuals with communication disorders. Leora develops programming specific to language related challenges and goals including auditory-verbal processing, pre-literacy, narrative development, written language and social communication. Ms. Palace has been in private practice since 1994. She was Speech-Language Pathologist and Manager at Surrey Place Centre from 1992 to 2004. Previously, she was Speech-Language Pathologist and student mentor at The University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.
Specialization: Learning Disabilities, Autism and Asperger Syndrome, individual and group therapy, social- communication skills in children and teens, school consultation including assessment and follow-up.
Services Offered: Assessment, consultation and ongoing treatment of communication difficulties including: speech delay/disorders, receptive and expressive language in spoken and written forms, social communication.
Sarah Southey, MSW, RSW
Employment and Life Skills Coach
Phone: (416) 920-4999 Ext 0099
New Clients: Sarah is currently on maternity leave and will not be accepting new clients until October 2017
Referrals: Self-referral or by a mental health professional
Fees: $130 per hour, sliding scale available, covered by some private insurance plans
Cancellations: Sarah requires 24 hours’ notice for appointment cancellations. Appointments that are missed or cancelled late will be billed at the usual rate.
Sarah Southey is an Employment and Life Skills Coach at The Redpath Centre. Working one-on-one with clients though a solution focused approach, she offers pre-employment support with the social and life skills necessary in a career. She offers direction to individuals in entry-level and mid-career positions who are facing obstacles to finding and maintaining rewarding employment. Sarah assists individuals who have employment-related anxiety through a cognitive behavioural lens. She also developed and co-facilitates CBT groups for adults with social anxiety and neurodevelopmental disorders. Ms. Southey is a Social Worker on the Child Development Team, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitative Hospital, and consultant for Autism Ontario. She has many years of experience providing employment counselling to individuals with disabilities and high risk youth.
Specialization: Employment counselling, social skills, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT-independent and group based), youth in transition
Services Offered: Assessment–Skills, interests and work readiness; Goal Setting–developing organizational skills and attaining necessary knowledge to help individuals make confident decisions about their future; Job Search–sharing labour market information, application support, resume and cover letter development, how to research, cold-contacting, self-promotion skills, job search burnout, interview skills; Job Development–Communicating and liaising with employers for a client; Disclosure–Strategizing disclosure of needs and arranging accommodations; Job Maintenance–Accommodations and expectations at work, addressing ongoing work-related obstacles, stress management, anxieties, sensory issues and organizational skills; Consultation to Employers–Supportive strategies and coaching for employers seeking to better support their staff.