Kat Kova, MSc, Registered Psychotherapist
Kat holds a Masters of Science Degree in Couple & Family Therapy Program from the University of Guelph, an Honours BA Degree in Psychology from York University and a Certificate in Sexuality Studies from York University. She is an Associate Member of BESTCO (Board of Examiners of Sex Therapy and Counselling in Ontario) and has completed the Sex Therapy Intensive Training at the University of Guelph. She has presented her research in sexuality at the Canadian Psychological Association Annual Convention, the Annual Meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality and SEXposium.
She is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT), Narrative Therapy and mindfulness approaches and personalizes treatment according to your specific needs and the concerns you wish to address. Kat is also trained in embodied experiential dreamwork practices, an effective treatment for alleviating suffering from trauma-related nightmares and PTSD symptoms.
Together, you will explore how your past, emotions, thoughts, beliefs and behaviours contribute to your current struggles, while exploring different ways of being that invite greater opportunity for joy, freedom, meaning, and connection. During treatment, we will focus on identifying what is within your control to change or influence, explore solutions, access information/resources, and process the past, integrating it into a more coherent and meaningful whole.
Kat provides services in both English and Serbo-Croatian.
Ainur Alipkaliyeva, Registered Psychotherapist
Ainur has 20+ years of experience working with couples and individuals. She is passionate about helping individuals and couples find satisfaction in all facets of life, and is particularly interested in working with sexual concerns that may be presenting a challenge to overall individual and relational functioning.
Ainur’s approach is based on a bio-psycho-social model. As a psychotherapist trained in the Gestalt approach, Ainur analyzes how individuals’ psychological boundaries, emotional responses, awareness, satisfaction of needs, the nature of their interpersonal relationships, and the influence of childhood trauma and life experiences have shaped their response patterns and belief systems. She helps clients fulfill individual potential through person-centred and experiential psychotherapy, including emotion-focused therapy.
She has experience working with clients suffering from relationship and interpersonal difficulties, abuse, trauma, severe and persistent mental disorders, and psychosomatic diseases. In addition to her individual and couple work, she has also conducted family and group psychotherapy. Ainur also provides clients with Dreamwork, from the Gestalt tradition.
Her interdisciplinary experience including her medical background (obtained a medical degree outside of Canada), professional training and years of experience with psychotherapy provides clients with comprehensive and highly skilled therapeutic care.
Ainur provides services in both English and Russian.
Sepideh Hossaini, Registered Psychotherapist
Sepi has joined the team at Kat Kova Therapy to pursue her passion for working with clients' sexual and relational issues. She is trained in Gottman Method Couples Therapy and is currently completing the Intensive Sex Therapy Training Program at the University of Guelph. She brings years of experience in treating anxiety, depression, anger, grief and loss, relationship issues, stress, life transitions, self-esteem and other common concerns.
Her approach is client-centred, trauma-informed and strengths-based. She believes in facilitating client empowerment through promoting a collaborative relationship in therapy and incorporating cultural sensitivity in her work. Together, you will explore how to leverage your strengths to overcome your challenges, learn new skills for coping, gain self-awareness, and increase your confidence to move in a new direction in life that is in line with your own values and desires.
Sepi holds a Master of Arts degree in Psychology. She also holds a Certificate in Solution-Focused Brief Therapy and Counselling from the University of Toronto. She provides Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, and uses mindfulness-based and somatic approaches that focus on facilitating mind-body connection, understanding, and resilience. Despite being a fully independent clinician, she is in regular consultation with Kat Kova, RP, as a means of continuing to deepen her learning and skill.
Sepi provides services in both English and Farsi.
Brooke is supervised by Kat Kova, RP
Brooke Koblinsky, Therapist-Intern
Brooke is in the final year of her Master of Education Degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy at the University of Toronto and has completed an Honours BA Degree in Psychology at the University of Guelph. She also works as a psychometrist conducting psychological assessments for individuals affected by motor vehicle accidents. She has previously worked as a hotline responder on the Toronto Distress Centre and Canadian Suicide Prevention Service hotlines, a research assistant completing geriatric research related to memory and mood disturbances and a job coach for young adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Brooke's approach is trauma-informed, and she has training in Emotion-Focused Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and mindfulness and relaxation interventions. Brooke is also currently completing the Intensive Sex Therapy Training Program at the University of Guelph
Brooke strives to provide you with the safety, comfort and routine that may be missing in your life. Using a non-judgmental and collaborative approach, she tailors her treatment to each of your unique needs and desires with the hope of making you feel heard and empowered. With a curious and empathic attitude, Brooke works to assist you in uncovering and using the tools already in your toolbox. She truly believes in the benefits of navigating life in pursuit of your values and focuses on helping you to explore and identity these. While your mental health is just as important as your physical health, Brooke warmly encourages you to invest time and care into fostering it and would be honoured to travel by your side on your mental health journey.
Aleah is supervised by Kat Kova, RP
Aleah Johnson, BSc, Therapist-Intern
Aleah is a graduate of Dalhousie University, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Health Studies. She is currently in her final year of the Master of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy program at the University of Toronto where she has received numerous certificates and training sessions to support a wide variety of clients. Aleah is currently conducting a research project on occupational therapists’ perspectives of gender and their influence on care and will be presenting said research at a national conference this spring.
In her past professional roles Aleah has worked with clients of all ages who live with an array of challenges and disabilities. From her previous roles as an Applied Behavioural Analyst (ABA Therapist), and an Instructor with March of Dimes’ Learning Independence for Future Empowerment (LIFE) program, she has developed a skill set that allows her to successfully support and guide clients through numerous functional challenges.
Aleah uses a holistic approach to care, and is practiced in the areas of physical, mental, cognitive, and environmental wellbeing, with a focus in behaviour and sensory processing. The aim of her work is to help clients develop an understanding of why they are experiencing challenges performing activities, and how to reach a level of functional satisfaction. Using a client-centred approach she collaborates with clients to support them in successfully performing the activities they want to do, need to do, and are expected to do.
Katrina DeAngelis, Certified Life, Leadership & Executive Coach
Katrina is a certified life and executive coach with a Honours BA Degree in Psychology from York University. She has also completed a Certificate in Positive Psychology from Wilfrid Laurier University. She dedicates her free time to research multiple fields to further her understanding of growth mindsets and to help create pathways to deeper personal and professional development in individuals and within groups. Katrina has turned her natural ability and passion for harmony, collaboration and teamwork into a thriving career in life/leadership coaching and executive consulting. Katrina practices and advocates the importance of mindset, communication and curiosity which she infuses into both her coaching and her own life.
Katrina uses a multitude of tools and strategies that enhance relationships, communication, resilience and motivation, both in your professional life and personal life. Katrina focuses on how we can shift our energy and perspective on our experiences to change our story, take action and ultimately change our experience in the world. Katrina utilizes self-awareness and thought patterns to help redirect our behaviour and experience to fully engage and optimize self-development. Katrina will help you gain full clarity of your thoughts and goals, from their origins to their final destination. She will help you to turn your vision for your personal and professional goals into a reality by helping you to develop the right strategies and develop accountability.
Rachel Donaldson, Administrative Assistant
Rachel is truly the glue that hold this practice together!
She has over 5 years of administrative experience and takes care of so many different administrative tasks that allow our therapists to be able to focus on what matters most: your therapeutic treatment and progress. What drives Rachel is a passion for helping clients have the best experience possible when they reach out to us for support and she will almost always be your first point of contact when you reach out.
Rachel will support you throughout your entire experience with us, from answering your first client contact form, email, voicemail or phone call, to the intake process and booking your first appointment, providing you with account/online session login instructions, billing information and answering any questions you may have along the way.
Rachel also has an impressive diploma in Fitness and Health Promotion, but realized that her true calling was offering administrative and social media assistance to business owners and creatives who need some extra help. We are so lucky to have her!