Before You Begin

About Our Therapists & Coaches

The Redpath Centre offers consultations, counselling, coaching and therapy for individuals, couples and families in Toronto. Take a look at our therapists, speech-language pathologists, as well as our academic, behaviour and life skills coaches to learn more about intervention services available at The Redpath Centre.

Who Should You Contact?

If you’re not sure who to contact, please call the general phone line. Select option 3 for Counselling and Coaching Inquiries. Or, you can complete our contact form. A clinician will respond to your inquiry within two to three business days.

Our Therapists & Coaches

Katy Albert, MEd, BCBA, OCT

Mental Health Counsellor and Coach

Katy Albert

Summary

Katy is an Mental Health Counsellor and Coach at The Redpath Centre specializing in children and families living with ASD, ADHD, and other neurodevelopmental disorders. She is an Ontario Certified Teacher and received her Master’s in Developmental Psychology and Education before pursuing certification in Applied Behaviour Analysis (BCBA). Katy has worked as a therapist and consultant in the private and public sector and has completed extensive mental health training in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and dialectal behavior therapy (DBT). She is passionate about supporting families and individuals with a range of challenges including anxiety, depression, OCD, interpersonal skills, sleep difficulties, school refusal, academic performance, and aggression. She also trains parents, educators, and mental health professionals.

Services Offered

Parent coaching: establishing and prioritizing goals, psycho- education, strategies to address interfering behaviour, promoting resilience and social-emotional development, parent coping and mental health. Mental Health counselling: coping with anxiety, OCD and depression. Skill building: interpersonal skills, emotional regulation, executive functioning and self- advocacy.  Educational consultation: Practical strategies to address challenging behaviour, IEPs, environmental and academic accommodations to support learning and transitions. Speaking and Training: positive behavioural supports in educational settings, social- emotional learning, parenting, resilience, mental health, and special education.

Specializations

Jennaya Borsten BEd, MADS, OCT, BCBA

Academic, Mental Health and Behaviour Coach

Jennaya Borsten

Summary

Jennaya is an Academic and Behaviour Coach at The Redpath Centre, as well as an Ontario Certified Teacher with over 15 years of experience working with adolescents on the Autism Spectrum and other special education needs. She has a Masters in Applied Disability Studies (MADS) with a Specialization in Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA). As a teacher and a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA), she incorporates a variety of approaches including Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and special education strategies to help clients and their families achieve personal goals and build meaningful lives at home, school, work and in the community. Jennaya is dedicated to promoting academic, social, and emotional development in teens and adults, as well as providing coaching and support for their parents.

Services Offered

School success (attendance, academic performance, learning strategies, IEP and Behaviour Support Plan development, environmental and academic accommodations, transition planning, collaborating); Self-regulation (self-monitoring, self-awareness, impulsivity, aggression, managing emotions, avoidant behaviour); Social and relationship skills (friendship, dating, families, co-workers); Mental health (anxiety, depression, stress management); Executive functioning skills (organization, time-management, decision-making, problem-solving, paying attention); Life skills (self-care, hygiene, cooking, budgeting, employment)

Specializations

Kimberley Cross, MEd, RP

Individual, Couple and Family Therapist

Kimberley Cross

Summary

Kim is an Individual, Couple, and Family Therapist at The Redpath Centre. With over 35 years of experience counseling adolescents, adults, and couples, Kim specializes in ASD, ADHD, other neurodevelopmental conditions, and mental health concerns. She integrates a variety of approaches within a family system and solution-focused framework including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). Valuing the unique interests, abilities, perspectives, and humor, that come with neurodiversity, her work focuses on maximizing strengths, catalyzing change, and building a repertoire of skills and strategies for living purposeful and engaged lives.

Services Offered

New diagnosis–post-diagnostic education and counseling for the whole family, sibling support. Mental Health–psychoeducation, learning and practicing new skills to manage anxiety, anger, and depression, enhancing self-esteem. Parent coaching–developing routines, managing meltdowns, and enhancing coping strategies to foster resilience. Skill development–improving social thinking, social skills, self-regulation, maintaining friendships. Behavioural consultation–implementing positive behavior supports.

Specializations

Deborah Finkelstein, MADS, BCBA

Mental Health Counsellor and Coach

Deborah Finkelstein

Summary

Deborah Finkelstein has enjoyed working with neuro-divergent individuals (ASD, ADHD, learning disabilities) for over 20 years.  She provides a combination of skills-based coaching and mental health counselling for teens and adults at The Redpath Centre.  She offers a non-judgemental space for clients to be their true selves, without the need for masking, and is experienced with women, non-binary, and LGBTQA+ individuals.

Deborah supports clients in building self-compassion and self-acceptance as they explore new diagnoses and a more positive understanding of themselves.  Deborah believes in the strengths and abilities of her clients to take action towards values and goals which are meaningful to them at school, work, at home, and in relationships.  Deborah’s mental health counselling is informed by her training in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), dialectal behavior therapy (DBT), mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), and strength-based positive psychology approaches.

Services Offered

New ASD diagnosis, Sexuality and gender, Mental health, Emotional regulation skills, Life transitions, Navigating Relationships, Social and Communication Skills, Behavioural issues, Executive Functioning

Specializations

Tina Gandhi, MSW, RSW

Child, Adolescent and Family Therapist

Tina Gandhi

Summary

Tina Gandhi is a Registered Social Worker (RSW) at The Redpath Centre, who has worked for over 20 years in the areas of autism, disability and mental health at developmental service and children’s mental health agencies. She provides counselling to diverse families, couples and siblings, and utilizes a variety of approaches such as family systems, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Tina brings her passion for mental wellness and innovation to her work by providing workshops and groups to meet family needs. She is a Master Level ASIST (Suicide Prevention) Trainer, Mental Health Ambassador, and gives presentations on the importance of social work role in the field of neurodiversity. Her clinical approach focuses on empowering clients, developing advocacy skills, building on strengths, reducing anxiety and depression, improving relationships, and supporting family well-being. She was honoured with the Inspirational Leader Award and Distinguished Social Worker Award by the Ontario Association of Social Workers for her commitment and dedication to families and the community in 2022.

Services Offered

Counselling and therapy with children, youth and families about ASD, ADHD, anxiety, depression, community workshops and presentations; supportive advocacy; transition and future planning discussions, coping skills, and managing emotions.

Specializations

Dana Kendal, MSW, RSW

Child, Adolescent and Family Therapist

Dana Kendal

Summary

Dana Kendal is a Registered Social Worker with over 20 years of experience working with children and families. Prior to her career in Social Work, she was an Early Childhood Special Education Teacher. From her teaching and social work experience, she brings a goal oriented, practical approach to her style of therapy. She has devoted her career to helping individuals and families with the various challenges related to neurodevelopmental conditions such as autism, ADHD, and Learning Disabilities. Her work is founded in the Family Systems Model and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy. She specializes in the areas of anxiety, depression, strength building, relationship and life skills in school-aged children and teens. Dana also works closely with parents to assist them in the various family and individual challenges they face.

Specializations

Laurel Kubes, BEd, MSc, OCT

Academic and Life Skills Coach

Laurel Kubes

Summary

Laurel is an Academic and Life Skills Coach at The Redpath Centre and supports children and youth with diverse cognitive, behavioral, and social-emotional profiles. She specializes in ASDs, ADHD, learning disabilities, and other neurodevelopmental differences. Laurel is an Ontario Certified Teacher (OCT) and has a Master’s degree in Neuroscience. She is currently working towards additional certifications in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Dialectal Behavioural Therapy (DBT). She has extensive experience in various hospital, educational, and community-based settings. Laurel takes a multidisciplinary approach to education and counseling that utilizes a number of strength-based therapeutic and pedagogical methods. She focuses on executive functioning and social-emotional intelligence to teach life skills that support academic and interpersonal success.

Services Offered

Academic success – Learning strategies and executive functioning (memory, time management, organization, attention/inhibition, impulsivity, critical thinking, reasoning, planning, goal-directed behaviour, decision making), Social-emotional wellbeing – interpersonal skills, communication, emotional regulation, anxiety, depression, stress management, trauma, grief, and loss

Specializations

Jason Manett, MA, PhD

Academic and Life Skills Coach

Jason Manett

Summary

Dr. Jason Manett is an Academic and Life Skills Coach at The Redpath Centre. He provides coaching and counselling (supervised) for adolescents (16+) and adults with ASDs, ADHD, learning disabilities, and mood and anxiety disorders in the areas of time management and organization, social, communication, life skills, and coping with anxiety. He applies principles of social cognition, (including the 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. Dr. Manett has extensive experience working with postsecondary students. He was a Disability Counsellor at University of Toronto, for 9 years where he also developed and facilitated the Social Association for Students with Autism (SASA). He has 20+ years experience with children, adolescents, and adults with mood and anxiety disorders, learning disabilities, ADHD and ASD.

Services Offered

Social skills and communications coaching, time management and organization coaching, counselling

Specializations

Summary

Ilan Mester is a Registered Occupational Therapist (OT) at The Redpath Centre. He provides OT, counselling, coaching, and functional assessments for adolescents (16+) and adults diagnosed with ADHD, ASD, LDs and mental health conditions (anxiety and depression). Ilan enjoys enabling skill development in the areas of time management, organization, social skills, communication, activities of daily living and coping with stress. He has trained in several interventions including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), sensory interventions, Motivational Interviewing, Action Over Inertia, and Mindfulness. Ilan also works at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), where he serves as the only OT in the Neuropsychology Service. He is an Adjunct Lecturer with the University of Toronto’s Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy. Previously, Ilan was an Accessibility Consultant and Faculty at George Brown College. He supported students with disabilities by implementing accommodations, advocating for their needs, and collaborating with faculty on education initiatives.

Specializations

Leora Palace, BA (Hons) Reg. CASLPO

Speech-Language Pathologist

Leora Palace

Summary

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 a Speech-Language Pathologist and Manager at Surrey Place Centre from 1992 to 2004. Previously, she was a Speech-Language Pathologist and student mentor at The University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.

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.

Specializations