St. Catharines Therapists

about-julianneJulianne Maslabey, RP, RMFT

Welcome to Safe Harbour Psychotherapy, where I hope you find a refuge from the storms of your life and a safe place to heal. My name is Julianne Maslabey and I am the founder of Safe Harbour Psychotherapy. I too have experienced many of the traumatic losses and issues I now help my clients with. I know first-hand how hopeless one can feel after a major loss but also how we as human beings have the wonderful capacity to heal from trauma, especially when we are able to connect with a caring other.

I am a Registered Psychotherapist and Registered Marriage and Family Therapist with both the American and Ontario Associations for Marriage & Family Therapy. I hold a Master of Divinity with a major in Counselling and have taken numerous post-graduate training programs in individual psychotherapy. I have a total of 27 years of experience helping people cope with crises. This includes many years of pastoral care and counselling, working in agency settings, for EAP companies and in private practice.

I have been trained in many therapeutic models such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Family Systems Therapy and Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP). Each one of these models has added valuable insight into my work and informs choices of interventions I use for each client. My mission is to help clients increase self-awareness and change how they think, feel and act. I am constantly learning and growing as a therapist by taking part in regular AEDP training programs so that I can incorporate the latest developments in affective neuroscience and attachment theory into my work.

As we work together in a session, I help you experience more positive emotions, rather than just talking about it! I look forward to meeting you. I am enriched by each one of my clients in a very special way as I witness the courage and vulnerability that we share together in the journey towards healing.

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Christine Davis, Ph.D., C. Psych.

Dr. Davis can be reached directly at 905 327-0689.

I am a registered psychologist with over twenty years experience as a psychotherapist. It is my great pleasure to be back in the Niagara area (where I grew up) providing services through Safe Harbour Psychotherapy.

For many years, I worked within the Ontario health care system, initially with individuals struggling to overcome addiction (at Toronto’s Addiction Research Foundation) and then with those facing the daunting reality of a cancer diagnosis and treatment (at Sunnybrook and William Osler Health Centres). In both areas, my focus was helping clients cope with their fears, their despair, their sense of loss and helplessness. My goal was to assist them in finding the hope and optimism that their lives could be meaningful and fulfilling in spite of what might seem to be overwhelming personal suffering.

As a therapist, I have a deep respect for every person’s right to pursue their own course in life. One of my core therapeutic principles is that my role is one of a witness and a guide – I am someone who can provide a different perspective and experience for individuals in turmoil, but also someone who knows that every person finds their own purpose and charts their own journey in life. My practice is grounded in my strong personal values of respect, compassion, and care for self and others.

In my therapeutic work, I draw from many clinical approaches (emotion-focussed, existential, cognitive-behavioural), with the goal of meeting the unique needs of each client. I believe that therapeutic change evolves out of a safe, nonjudgmental relationship that fosters acceptance and understanding.

Some areas in which I have expertise include:

  • Coping with medical illness and treatment
  • Issues of loss and bereavement
  • Healing after traumatic injury or experience
  • Living with chronic depression, anxiety, or physical impairment
  • Facing the challenges of returning to work after illness or injury
  • Recovery from addiction

Services by private practice psychologists are not covered by Ontario’s health care plan. Many individuals have some coverage through their employee health benefits. My fee schedule is flexible, based on providing maximum service within a client’s financial resources/constraints.