Our Counselling Team

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Catherine Howson


Team Leader, Counselling Programs

Catherine holds a Master's degree in Counselling Psychology, is a Registered Psychotherapist and has been providing counselling and psychotherapy for over 15 years.  She has worked in social services for almost 25 years.  


As clinical supervisor, she supports the counselling team in providing evidence-based, trauma-informed services.  She believes that each and every client deserves individualized care by a skilled professional - right from your initial contact with our intake team all the way through your counselling experience.  


She is also passionate about ongoing growth and learning.  The development of a therapist to practice independently, takes many years.  Consequently, our counselling team is kept strong and vibrant through the involvement of counsellors at all stages of their development.  Mentoring and collaboration are key to our strength as a team.  


She is confident that at CFS, your counsellor will provide compassion and expertise as you reach out for support.

Divya Dorairaj

M.Ed., RP (Qualifying), CCC

Divya holds a Master’s degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy and is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) as well as a Canadian Certified Counsellor. She has experience working with mood disorders, negative self-worth, interpersonal/relationship issues, and trauma as a result of childhood abuse and/or domestic violence. She believes that people carry an innate ability for growth and healing, and aims to create a safe, compassionate space to help people discover more about themselves and their strengths in the process of therapy.

Tehreem Mehmood

MSc, RP(Q)

Tehreem Mehmood, MSc, RP(Q) is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with a Master of Science in Couples and Family Therapy. She has specialized training in Solution Focused Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and Emotionally Focused Therapy with individuals, families, and couples. Tehreem believes that therapy is a collaborative practice and should make space for clients’ various values and whatever they hold as important to them.  

Ben Hartford

MA, RP, CCPA (non-registered)

Ben has obtained a Master’s degree in Theology: Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy and is a Registered Psychotherapist. He also has a background in Education and English Literature, and is currently a facilitator for Mental Health First Aid and Caring Dads. He has taught overseas and is currently learning Mandarin Chinese with the hope of becoming fluent someday. His specialties in counselling include trauma and addictions, and his therapeutic preferences include cognitive-behavioural therapy and solutions-focused brief therapy. 


Ben feels humbled by the opportunity to journey with his clients through their joys and sorrows, and to have a role whether big or small in helping them discover their hidden strengths and strive towards resilience and hope.

Shabana Omar


Shabana Mohamed Omar, MA, RP, holds a Master's degree in Counselling Psychology and is a Registered Psychotherapist.  Shabana believes that people are experts of their own lives and have the innate capacity to create the change they want to see in their lives. She is also aware that there can be external and internal barriers that make it difficult for people to create the life they want for themselves. These beliefs translate to her therapeutic approach, where she ensures that the therapeutic work is collaborative, and client-centered, and explores not only the sources of dis-empowerment but also current and potential sources of empowerment in her clients’ lives.  Shabana also strives to create a safe, respectful, non-judgmental space for each of her clients so they can freely and without fear explore their concerns, learn new skills, and re-discover the strengths, and positive qualities they already have.

Anisha Aery


Anisha Aery, MA, holds a Master of Arts degree in Counselling Psychology and is in the process of becoming registered with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. Anisha provides counselling support to individuals experiencing a range of challenges, such as stress, anxiety, trauma, relational difficulties, and depression. Anisha also provides group counselling by facilitating anti-violence groups and out in the community as needed. Anisha believes each individual is unique and resilient and enjoys working together to help people on their own paths of healing and growth. Anisha is fluent in English and Punjabi.

Ryan Natale


Ryan holds a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology. He has specialized training and education in Interpersonal Neurobiology (Mindsight), Motivational Interviewing, and Teletherapy. 

He believes we all have the capacity to change our relationship to suffering, whatever its form, and that moving toward this change is a collaborative process. However intimidating and uncertain your situation, Ryan will follow your lead and work toward achieving meaningful goals.