Kat Kova, MSc, Registered Psychotherapist
Kat is currently a PhD student of the Social and Personality Psychology Program at York University. She 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 completed 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 Koblinsky, Therapist-Intern
Supervised by Kat Kova, MSc, RP
Brooke is in the final year of her Master of Education in Counselling and Psychotherapy program 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 has completed 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.
Ashlyn James, Therapist-Intern
Supervised by Kat Kova, MSc, RP
Ashlyn is in the final year of her Master of Education in Counselling and
Psychotherapy program at the University of Toronto. She has also completed a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from the University of Alberta. She is a Research and Development Graduate Assistant at the University of Toronto, working on Indigenous youth life promotion and suicide intervention.
Ashlyn has experience working with families in crisis, providing front line family intervention and preservation services as well as family reunification. She has worked with childhood trauma, navigating family conflict, mood disorders, sexuality, race, culture, life transitions, anxiety, and depression. Her approach includes elements of attachment theory, interpersonal psychotherapy, social justice and whole person wellness. She has had training in emotionally-focused therapy, cognitive-behavioural therapy, narrative therapy and internal family systems. Her approach is strength-based and trauma-informed.
Ashlyn’s goals as a therapist are to help clients understand how their life experiences, worldview and intersectionality influence their wellbeing and identity, and building a judgment-free space to work through challenging issues. She looks forward to going on a therapeutic journey with you to help you live a more authentic and fulfilled life.
Kesla Forsythe, Therapist-Intern
Supervised by Kat Kova, MSc, RP
Kesla is in the final year of her Master of Education in Counselling and Psychotherapy program at the University of Toronto. Kesla has also completed a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology at Ryerson University and a Certificate in Addiction and Mental Health from Humber College.
Kesla has extensive volunteer and professional experience supporting a diverse range of adults with mental health challenges and people who use substances. Kesla uses a harm-reduction framework to build safety and minimize potential risks. Following your unique pace, she will help you to understand what has led to your current challenges and gently guide you in developing healthy tools and approaches for coping. Kesla is trauma-informed, and has training in Motivational Interviewing, mindfulness-based approaches, Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Internal Family Systems and Emotion-Focused Therapy.
Kesla uses inner child work to help clients understand their coping mechanisms came to be, how they may no longer be serving us, and how to arrive at ways of being that feel more empowering in adulthood. Kesla provides a genuine response throughout therapy to help you gain a sense of stability and empowerment as you work through uncomfortable feelings and avoidance of pain.
Kesla also has a strong sense of social justice and a history of advocacy work. As a former frontline worker, she understands workplace burnout, vicarious trauma, and the complicated role of resiliency in our lives. She is aligned with our effort to provide affordable psychotherapy to marginalized folk and frontline workers without benefits.
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!