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MOVE BEYOND COPING AND TOWARDS HEALING

COUNSELLING & PSYCHOTHERAPY PRACTICE IN NORTH BAY

Healing Connections operates as a trauma-informed counselling and psychotherapy clinic situated in the heart of North Bay, Ontario, Canada. Our practice offers comprehensive support to individuals, couples, and families of all ages, guided by trauma-informed principles. In addition to our physical location, we offer virtual services and actively engage in community outreach, fostering healing and growth within schools, businesses, and organizations.

We value a non-pathological, trauma-informed approach to therapy that acknowledges the complexities of human suffering. We collaborate with medical professionals, first responders, mental health experts, and organizations, offering insights into trauma-informed practices. Our commitment lies in accompanying individuals through their journey of learning and unlearning, serving as unwavering allies along the path to healing.

If you are struggling, or if you just need a little bit of support, we are here to help. Book a free 15 minute consultation to see if one of our therapists will be a good fit for your needs. 

“Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change.”

 

Brené Brown

Meet the Team

Miranda Arellano, BA(Psy), MC, Registered Psychotherapist, Certified EMDR Therapist and Clinic Owner

Available In Person or Virtually. When I was younger, I had a really good experience with a therapist that changed the direction my life was headed. That experience led to my desire to help others and eventually, after pursuing many other dreams, I signed up for a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Soon after, I completed a Master of Counselling Psychology degree and registered as a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO). As a Registered Psychotherapist in the North Bay, Ontario area, I am committed to the well-being of all my clients. I have experience and training to support clients with anxiety, depression, PTSD, CPTSD, panic, hoarding, relationship challenges, addiction, anger management, chronic pain, grief, infidelity, and daily or work-related stress. 


My lived experience with trauma, led to my passion for helping others with Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy. I have advanced training in EMDR and am a Certified EMDR Therapist. I have additional EMDR related training in DeTUR (addictions), ego state and internal family systems (IFS) therapy for complex trauma. As a client of EMDR, I can attest to its powerful effects, and I am grateful to utilize this wonderful modality in my practice.  I also love working with couples and am trained in the Gottman Method couples therapy. I also specialize in treating affairs, addictions, and trauma in couples. I truly care for all of my clients and work diligently to help find them the answers they seek. I look forward to hearing from you and walking with you on your healing journey. 

Miranda Arellano, Registered Psychotherapist

Miranda Arellano, B.A.(Psy), M.C., Registered Psychotherapist & Healing Connections Owner

Janet Fournier

Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

Janet is available virtually.

 

Janet has a degree in Sociology from the University of Toronto and is in her final year as a graduate level practicum student with the Toronto Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling Education. She is also a member of Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) and is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO). In addition, Janet holds graduate and/or additional certificates in Positive Psychology, Mindful Meditation, Grief Education, and Holding Space.

Janet's therapy skills are steeped in therapeutic modalities and grounded in a holistic, person-centered approach. She integrates mindfulness with relational, existential, humanistic and holistic based therapies. Janet's warm, empathetic, and therapeutic presence will provide you with a safe place to be heard, understood, to find healing, and to grow.

 

Book a free 15 minute consultation with Janet today!
 

Janet's Specialties

Couple's

Anxiety

Coping Skills

Depression

Grief

Life Transitions

Relationship Issues

Self Esteem

Trauma

Women's Issues

Fertility Challenges

Miscarriage

Angela Larmer

Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) and 
Registered Nurse (RN), BScN, MACP

Angela is a firm believer in the potential of individuals harnessing their innate self-energy and internal resources. She is available in person in North Bay, Ontario, or virtually.

Angela has  a strong educational foundation: She holds a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology and a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. She is a duly registered healthcare professional, holding credentials as a Registered Nurse and a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying). These qualifications enable her to recognize the intricate connections between physical, mental, and emotional well-being, allowing her to adopt a holistic approach tailored to your unique circumstances.

In her role as a therapist, Angela places her primary goal on guiding individuals on a journey towards becoming more self-led in their lives. Embracing a trauma-informed approach, she acknowledges the significance of past experiences in shaping one's current reality. By fostering a safe and collaborative therapeutic environment, Angela aims to empower her clients to explore and understand the impact of trauma on their lives.

Through an integrated approach to psychotherapy, she draws from various therapeutic modalities to tailor interventions that best suit the unique needs of each individual. This comprehensive strategy allows for a holistic exploration of the mind, body, and spirit, facilitating a more profound and sustainable transformation.

Her commitment is to support clients in cultivating self-awareness, resilience, and the skills needed to navigate life's challenges with newfound autonomy and purpose. Angela is trained in Accelerated Resolution Therapy, a wonderful modality for treating trauma effectively.

Book a free 15 minute consultation with Angela today.

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Angela's Specialties

Anxiety

Coping Skills

Depression

Grief

Life Transitions

Relationship Issues

Self Esteem

Trauma

PTSD

Women's Issues

Modalities:

Companionate Inquiry

Accelerated Resolution Therapy

Anna Leppinen

BA, MCAP,
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

 

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Anna's Specialties: 

Individuals

Couples

Sex Therapy

Self Esteem

Women's Issues

Stress

Anxiety

Coping Skills

Depression

Career Guidance

Codependency

Life Transitions

Anna is currently accepting clients! Reach out today to book a free 15 minute consultation. Anna is available in person and virtually.

Anna Leppinen is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) and a wonderful new addition to our team. With a warm and compassionate approach, Anna prioritizes creating a safe space where individuals and couples can be themselves. She believes that the relationship between therapist and client is crucial for a valuable therapeutic experience, encouraging exploration of personal values, beliefs, and life meanings.

Originally from Renfrew County, Anna now resides in North Bay, Ontario. She holds an Honours degree in Sociology from McMaster University and a diploma in Social Service Work from Canadore College. Anna's professional journey includes co-facilitating a Mental Health Toolkit program and extensive experience in the social service field.

Outside of her studies and work, Anna enjoys outdoor adventures, running, and exploring new places. She is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario and a non-certified professional member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association.

 

Nadia Jameel

Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) 

Nadia holds an Honours degree in Psychology from Carleton University and a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University. She is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) and a member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA). Nadia is available virtually.

With her background in psychology and counselling, Nadia warmly welcomes you to join her on your path towards healing and self-discovery. She creates a non-judgmental space where you can freely explore your thoughts and emotions, empowering you to initiate positive changes and find inner strength.

Nadia specializes in supporting teens and adults facing anxiety, depression, trauma, low self-esteem, stress, OCD, and ADHD. She values the unique stories and experiences each person brings to therapy, celebrating diversity as a strength and fostering an inclusive environment where everyone feels seen, heard, and valued.

Drawing from various therapeutic modalities, Nadia employs an integrative approach to tailor sessions to individual needs and preferences. She is dedicated to guiding you towards positive change and growth.

Take the first step towards a more fulfilling life with Nadia by your side. She applauds your courage and invites you to reach out. Together, you can build a therapeutic relationship that promotes healing, resilience, and progress. Nadia looks forward to the opportunity to work with you.

Book a free 15 minute consultation with Nadia today.

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Nadia's Specialties

Anxiety

Depression

Trauma

Low self-esteem

Stress management

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

Therapy Modalities We Offer

EMDR Instensives

An EMDR intensive is a more immersive and therapeutic experience than traditional EMDR sessions. It typically involves several hours of therapy per day, over a period of several days, with the goal of achieving rapid trauma resolution. Learn more here

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Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART)

Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) is a type of psychotherapy that utilizes rapid eye movements to help individuals process and resolve traumatic memories and experiences efficiently.

The Gottman Institute: The Gottman Method Couples Therapy

Treating trauma and addressing affairs using the Gottman Method involves a structured therapeutic approach focused on rebuilding trust, enhancing communication, and fostering emotional connection within relationships.

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Most of us have different aspects, “parts,” or “ego states” of ourselves. “Ego state therapy” refers to a powerful, flexible therapy that helps clients integrate and reconcile these distinct aspects of themselves. Learn more about Ego State Therapy here.

Acute Stress Syndrome Stabilization for Groups ASSYST

Acute Stress Syndrome Stabilization for Groups (ASSYST-G)

ASSYST-G is a group procedure designed to fill the gap between Psychological First Aid (PFA) and High-Intensity Intervention psychotherapy after a critical incident or adverse experience when the person shows severe symptoms of psychological distress, physiological reactivity, and/or deterioration in current functioning.

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TIST or Trauma-Informed Stabilization Treatment was developed to provide a trauma-informed approach to the challenges of treating self-destructive behavior. Learn more here.

EMDR Phases

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma and many other mental health problems. Learn more here

The Gottman Institute: IFS Immersion: Internal Family Systems, Integrating IFS across clinical applications.

Treating couples in addiction recovery with the Gottman Method involves addressing underlying relationship issues, rebuilding trust, and developing healthier communication patterns to support lasting sobriety and relationship stability.

Ego State Therapy

DeTUR - Desensitization of Triggers and Urge Reprocessing

An Urge Reduction Protocol for addictions and dysfunctional behaviors and the underlying causing traumas, based on the AIP EMDR model. 

Acute Stress Syndrome Stabilization for Individuals ASSYST

Acute Stress Syndrome Stabilization for Individuals (ASSYST-I)

ASSYST-I is designed to focus on the client’s nervous system regulation. It is utilized in rapid response settings and offered to client’s immediately after a traumatic experience (within hours, days or weeks). 

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Compassionate Inquiry: Coming Soon!

By gently uncovering and addressing core emotional wounds, Compassionate Inquiry Therapy facilitates profound healing and empowers individuals to embrace authentic self-discovery and growth.

The Gottman Method Couples Therapy: The Sound Relationship House Theory

The Gottman Method is an approach to couples therapy that includes a thorough assessment of the couple’s relationship and integrates research-based interventions based on the Sound Relationship House Theory. Learn more about the Gottman Method here

The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work

7 Principles for Making Marriage Work Workshop Leader

The "Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work" workshop by the Gottman Method offers couples practical tools and insights based on research-backed principles to strengthen their relationship and enhance marital satisfaction.

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Golf Psychology

Enhance your mental golf game with golf psychology and EMDR therapy. We can support you to master the mental game to achieve peak performance on the course.

PESI IFS

Internal Family Systems

Using Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy involves exploring and understanding the different parts of oneself to promote healing, integration, and self-awareness. It is helpful for people experience trauma or other challenge including addiction.

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