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We Are a Network of Queer and Trans-identified Mental Health Professionals Who Serve the 2SLGBTQIA Community

Our team consists of highly skilled, compassionate, radical psychologists, psychotherapists and social workers who have shared expertise in supporting and promoting health and wellness within a 2SLGBTQIA mental health framework.

Our therapeutic approach is grounded in values of feminism, social justice, decolonization, sex and kink-positivity and shapes how our therapists practice trauma-informed and anti- oppressive mental health care.

Acknowledgement

Tkaronto and the surrounding areas that we serve are within the Dish With One Spoon Territory. The Dish With One Spoon is a treaty between the Anishinaabe, Mississaugas and Haudenosaunee that bound them to share the territory and protect the land. Subsequent Indigenous Nations and Peoples, Europeans and all newcomers have been invited into this treaty in the spirit of peace, friendship and respect.

We at Umbrella recognize that the professions of psychology, psychotherapy, and social work have roots in colonial violence. As psychotherapists, we understand that we have a responsibility to continuously work to decolonize the practice of psychotherapy and acknowledge the origins of the various healing practices we utilize.

Our therapists actively engage in regular training that emphasizes professional development, team support, and sharing the current knowledge in 2SLGBTQIA mental health, to ensure the highest level of care for our clients.

Meet Our Team

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Christopher Shillington

MA, CCC, RP
(he/him/they/them)

Founder & Clinic Director Registered Psychotherapist

 

Areas of focus:
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Intersectional Identity Exploration
  • Trauma & PTSD
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Aysha Natsheh

MSW, RSW
(she/her)

Registered Social Worker

 

Areas of focus:
  • Disordered Eating
  • Body Image/  Self Image
  • Developmental & Complex Trauma

Cressida Frey

MSW, RSW
(she/her)

Registered Social Worker

 

Areas of focus:
  • Children, Adolescents and Adults
  • Violence, Trauma and Healing
  • Stress and Anxiety

Derek Cassidy

MSW, RSW
(he/him/they/them)

Registered Social Worker

 

Areas of focus:
  • Gender, Sexual and Relationship Diversity
  • Substance use/ PnP
  • HIV and Sexual Health
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Jesmen Mendoza

C.Psych.
(he/him)

Adjunct Psychologist

 

Areas of focus:
  • Complex Mental Health
  • Consultation
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Kathryn Bargis

MSc, RP
(she/her)

Registered Psychotherapist

 

Areas of focus:
  • Relationships
  • Trauma
  • Gender and Sexual Identity
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Leslie Kirsh

MEd, RP
(she/her)

Registered Psychotherapist

 

Areas of focus:
  • Family Therapy
  • Trans and Queer Youth
  • Impact of Oppression on Mental Health
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Maxine Bower

MSW, RSW
(she/her)

Registered Social Worker

 

Areas of focus:
  • Attachment in Individuals and in Relationships
  • Complex Trauma
  • Deepening Connections
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Naaila Ali

MSW, RSW
(she/her)

Registered Social Worker

 

Areas of focus:
  • Navigating Refugee, Newcomer & First Generation Experiences
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Anxiety & Depression
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Nicholas Sorg

MSc, RP(Q)
(he/him)

Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

 

Areas of focus:
  • Stress, Anxiety, and Depression
  • Sexual Identity Development
  • Alternative Relationships, Relationship and Family Stress
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Robyn Letson

MA, MSW, RSW
(they/them)

Registered Social Worker

 

Areas of focus:
  • Gender Identity and Transition
  • Trauma
  • Anxiety, Depression and Mood-related Issues
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Roza Nozari

MA, MSW, RSW
(she/her)

Registered Social Worker

 

Areas of focus:
  • Relationship Issues
  • Family Conflict
  • Anxiety
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Saadia Khan

BA
(they/them)

Administrative and Social Media Assistant

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Siobhan Cassidy

MSW, RSW
(they/them/she/her)

Registered Social Worker

 

Areas of focus:
  • Intimate Partner Violence, Sexual Violence/Rape, Narcisstic Abuse
  • Mental Health, Substance use, and Harm Reduction
  • Traumatic Grief and Loss
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Sydney Gilchrist

MSW, RSW

Registered Social Worker

 

Areas of focus:
  • Sexual and Gender Diversity
  • Trauma and Its Impacts
  • Grief and Loss