About Calming Minds Welness

About Us

Lori Glenn – How my journey began…

Lori Glenn Kayaking
I began my journey learning how to navigate the world with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), experiencing first-hand the adversity and challenges that come with striving, achieving, relapsing and maintaining wellness and balance.

Sometimes your biggest obstacles can become your greatest positive focus in life. Dealing with ADHD has led me from childhood challenges, to diagnosis, to my ongoing therapist education and finally, I’m now on a mission to help others with ADHD and a variety of other challenges.

It has been a humbling journey fostered by awareness, understanding, compassion, support from many others, strength and courage. I understand and honor your courage in reading my message, and taking the next steps of your journey towards healing, wellness and balance.

Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. Truth and courage aren’t always comfortable, but they’re never weakness.

– Brene Brown

My Therapeutic Style…

I am a Registered Psychotherapist with 10+ years experience and training.

I offer a compassionate and understanding perspective of your challenges, grounded in both experience and theory. I have been helping people with addictions and mental health issues since 2005, based on widely diverse training and work experience, including Attention Deficit Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, trauma, depression, anxiety, life transitions and other mental health concerns.

My approach in psychotherapy is also diverse – I do not offer only one method of treating all problems.

I combine the following approaches as needed …

Cognitive Behavior Therapy
Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy
Motivational Interviewing
First Stage Trauma Treatment
Indigenous cultural competency
Psychodynamic Therapy
Intuitive Eating Health at Every Size Approach Attachment Based Therapy Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

My approach takes into consideration your strengths, challenges, stressors and barriers while offering support and strategies that empower you.

I will collaborate with you and meet you where you are in your journey, and give you strategies that will give you the confidence and tools to overcome future challenges and adversity beyond the therapy environment.

“Give a person a fish and they will eat for a day. Teach a person to fish and they will eat for a lifetime.”

– (Modified from) Lao Tsu

I offer a safe and inclusive space where you can be vulnerable and focus on yourself as a priority. Taking a holistic approach towards integrating our emotional, mental, physical and spiritual selves can guide you to a place where you’re …

  • more authentically YOU
  • grounded
  • feeling genuinely OK

“Having courage does not mean we are unafraid”

– Maya Angelou

15+ years experience. Authentic and respectful help for addiction, eating, ADHD and more.

Location
Calming Minds Therapy
975 Elgin Street West,
Suite 10
Cobourg, On K9A

We offer video and phone sessions.

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Our Team of Interns

Suparva Gautam, M.A (in progress), RP (Qualifying)

Calming Minds Therapy & Wellness is thrilled to introduce Suparva Gautam, a Register Psychotherapist Qualifying and therapist intern coming to us with years of mental health experience overseas. Suparva is highly experienced at working with young people and their mental health, due to previously working as a school counsellor.

She offers online therapy and provides counselling for a number of difference challenges including anxiety, depression, self-esteem, stress, identity issues related to race and motherhood.

Finding Support Starts With Knowing It Is Safe To Speak Your Truth

No matter what you have gone through, you are still here, and your story is one of survival. You may be seeking out therapy because you feel broken, but seeing a counsellor isn’t just about fixing what’s broken, it’s about discovering and nurturing what is best within yourself. This is the essence of therapy. Together we can discover your strengths, help you to trust your inner wisdom, and see your journey so far and the path in front of you. I am here to listen, and to help you look at your life from a different perspective, one where you are empowered, more confident, and in control.

People see me for a variety of reasons, and I have a particular interest in supporting certain struggles. These include: self esteem, anxiety, depression, personal growth, identity, and and mothers struggling with the massive transition after having a child that comes with the new identity of being a “mom”. Therapy is not a one-size-fits-all solution. It’s important your therapist understands your unique needs. If you would like to connect, to see if I’m the right fit, please reach out to set up a free consultation through the contact form.

Jessica Padar M.A. (In Progress) R.P. (Qualifying)

Jess is a Registered Psychotherapist Qualifying and a student-intern therapist at Calming Minds. Wellness. She is offering in person and virtual appointments.  Jess provides therapy for people struggling with anxiety, depression, addictions, ADHD, grief and those struggling with identity and living as a visible minority.

Reaching Out Is The First Step Towards Support

It can be hard to reach out that first time, but it’s so worth it. I know, I’ve seen a therapist myself and the hardest part is that first step of actually asking for help. 

My Personal Journey May Help Me To Understand Yours

I grew up with immigrant parents and often I felt caught between two worlds. For a long time growing up I struggled to find balance between family values and societal norms. I battled low self-esteem for a long time until I started learning more about mental health and healthy relationships, acknowledging my limitations was the first step in finding out what I really wanted in life. 

I started going to therapy in university, this is when I gained confidence and learned to listen, and value my own inner voice. By telling a counsellor that I trusted my hopes, wishes, and goals, I was able to gain more personal integrity, and live my values, by following through on what I said I would do.

I was born and raised in Alberta, and there is a special place in my heart for the mountains. I’m a mother to an active lacrosse loving boy. Since moving to Ontario, I’ve learned a lot about big life changes,  what it’s like to start over with your support system far away. 

I have deep empathy for those experiencing life changes – because even when they are positive, they still can be challenging to navigate.

My Approach As A Counsellor

I work from a client centred approach which means I see you as a person first, your story, your day to day life, and any mental health challenges will be supported as well. The main mental health modality I use is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, which can help with bringing more awareness into many different areas of your life (and with awareness comes the opportunity for growth and change).

Seeing A Therapist Can Help You To See Things Differently

Getting started in therapy isn’t just about finding solutions to problems, but it’s also a journey of self-discovery, reflection, and growth. I’m here to welcome you into a time and space that is just for you, free from judgment or assumptions. You will be encouraged to speak your mind, and express your feelings – so that together we can find ways to make your day to day life more peaceful, enjoyable, and meaningful. If you’re curious about therapy, reach out, let’s talk – I offer free consultations.

Associates

Korina Wynd BSc, M.A. R.P. (Qualifying)

Meet Korina Wynd! Korina is a counselling therapist associate who has been with Calming Minds Wellness & Therapy since September 2022. Korina comes to us with a strong background in mental health and teaching. She offers counselling session times at convenient times including, the evenings, and during the daytime. Korina is available for therapy sessions both in person (at the Cobourg office) and by secure video or phone.

I offer trauma-informed therapy for clients ages 16 years of age and older who need support with anxiety, depression, stress management and navigating life transitions. I approach therapy from a humanistic, person-centred orientation, which means we will look at not only your mental health struggles, but also who you are as a person. Together we will help you to connect more with your innate strength and inner wisdom. I believe your unique experiences and personal perspective on life can be a central part in your healing process. You are the expert on you!

Before choosing a career in psychotherapy, I was a music teacher for 25 years. I worked in both the Montessori school system and as a private instructor offering lessons to members of the community. I have taught beginners and advanced students ranging in ages from 3 to 73 years old. The most rewarding part of my job is seeing students grow and develop as people through a shared love of music. The transition towards becoming a therapist is one that feels quite natural because music and therapy both require active listening and a passion for working with people. During the past few years, I have felt the next stage in my life’s journey was to facilitate personal growth in people beyond their musical abilities. Counselling seemed like a natural next step.

Throughout my life, I have seen therapists to overcome various personal struggles as well as for grief counselling. I found talking to someone outside of my own circle and being listened to in a non-judgemental manner so affirming and helpful.

For my own daily self-care I look to my animals. I live on a small farm and every day I get the joy of greeting my eclectic mix of horses, chickens, alpacas, and llamas that over the years have become a part of the farm (and really, also my family). I find animals to be amazing beings, ones that we can learn so much from. It’s my hope to incorporate equine therapy into my counselling practice at some point in the future. If you’d like to try a consultation to see if I’m a good fit for your counselling needs, please reach out. I am currently accepting new clients. I’m under the direct supervision of a registered psychotherapist, so I may be covered under your insurance. Please check with your individual provider to confirm coverage.

Catherine Calabretta M.A. R.P. (Qualifying)

Meet Catherine!  Catherine is a counselling therapist associate who has been with Calming Minds Wellness & Therapy since January 2023.

 I am excited to walk with you on your healing journey. Before training as a therapist, I worked in Autism Services. I also have experience in mental health, and substance use. This background helps me to understand the unique needs and cultures of a diverse range of people including those in the neurodiverse community.

My approach is culturally sensitive, and humanistic, which means that I believe that you are the expert of your life and experiences. I am here to hear your struggles and your story, to offer support while you explore your truth and change old habits and patterns as needed. It is my belief that to find ultimate healing and your authentic self, a wonderful thing to begin with is learning how to listen to your inner voice and tune into what your body is sharing with you (those “gut feelings”). It is important to me to honour your individual lived experience and culture, as this can play a big role in how you move towards personal development and healing.

While recognizing your strengths and focusing on healing and growth, we will work together towards achieving your goals. I’ll tailor my approach to meet your specific needs by using techniques from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused therapy (SFT), Narrative Therapy, Motivational Interviewing (MI), and Psychodynamic Theory.

If what I’ve shared here connects with you, please reach out to book a consultation to see if I’m a good fit for your needs. I look forward to learning how I can better support you on your journey through life.

Nikki Ward B.A, M.A. R.P. (Qualifying)

We welcome Nikki to the associate team! Meet Nikki who has been with the clinic January 2023.

Often in life you face barriers and challenges that can leave you feeling overwhelmed, uninspired, anxious or stressed. Whether you are in need of support to help you work through specific challenges, or you want to explore your values, goals, and inner truth to live a more fulfilling life in general, I am here to help. I understand first-hand the positive impact that counselling can have, and I’m passionate about providing others with the same opportunities for wellness that have made such a difference for me in my life.

My approach to counselling has been influenced by my own life’s ups and downs, as well as my previous experience working in the mental health sector over the last 12 years. During that time I have provided counselling and case management support to at-risk and marginalized communities, including women, families and youth in the shelter system, as well as incarcerated individuals.

I specialize in addictions, anxiety, depression, domestic violence, ADHD and life transitions. My approach is person-centered, trauma-informed, and strengths-based, drawing on techniques from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, and stress reduction. You can expect that I will work collaboratively with you to help you achieve your goals and improve your overall wellbeing. I believe you are the expert of your life, and I am here to help you get to where you want to be.

Lindsay Hannah M.A. R.P. (Qualifying)

Currently Unavailable. Check back for updates.

 

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” – Gandhi

More Interns are coming soon.

Our Services

Specialized Training

Cognitive Behavior Therapy

Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy

Psychodynamic Therapy

Intuitive Eating Health at Every Size Approach

Motivational Interviewing

First Stage Trauma Treatment

Indigenous cultural competency

Attachment Based Therapy

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy