Sarah Durant, BA, RP, Founder and Clinical Director
Sarah is a Registered Psychotherapist (RPO) and the Founder and Clinical Director of NSTN. She has been providing treatment and support to individuals with mental health and substance use concerns in both inpatient and outpatient settings since 2007.
Sarah is extremely passionate about providing an environment that is welcoming and accommodating for individuals that struggle with mental health concerns. It is her goal to provide a safe place where people can receive quality care while being treated respectfully and with dignity – in an effort to reduce stigma and increase the effectiveness of mental health and wellness treatments.
In addition to providing consumers of mental health services of North Simcoe with a positive experience, Sarah wishes to extend this to treatment providers in the area as well. She strives to provide a work environment that is respectful, supportive, and accommodating. She believes that healthy treatment providers result in healthier clientele, and a healthier community.
Dr. Plabon Ismail, BSc, MD, FRCP
Dr. Ismail brings psychiatric expertise to NSTN. He sees patients on an individual basis and since 2016, and Dr. Ismail has been offering Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) in a 12-week group format, funded by OHIP and co-facilitated by Sarah Durant.
Nisha Chowdhury, HBA, RP(Qualifying)
Originally from the GTA, Nisha settled in the Simcoe County region 6 years ago with her husband and two boys. She completed her undergraduate degree, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from York University. Nisha recently completed her Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology (MACP) from Yorkville University, and is a member of Ontario Society of Registered Psychotherapists (OSRP) and College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO).
Nisha is available to support clients in developing strategies to deal with emotional challenges such as sadness, anxiety, stress, low self esteem, relationships struggles, loss and grieving. She offers to help clients here and now, to hold onto their hope and their light, while they take the leap of faith into this journey of healing and growth. Nisha’s mission is to end client’s suffering in the present moment, with the best of her knowledge and skills and promises a safe and confidential environment.
Nisha’s areas of interest include treating anxiety, depression, stress, chronic illness/pain, trauma and grief. She has obtained specialized skills training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and draws from collaborative strengths-based, mindfulness, culturally sensitive and positive psychotherapy approaches.
Nisha has worked with various international NGOs in the past supporting overall healthy living with a focus on mental health. Her diverse living experience in Asia, Africa and North America brings a unique lens to gender equality, diversity and inclusion.
Lori Summers, RP(Qualifying)
Formerly a student clinician at NSTN, Lori Summers now practices as a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) and embraces the clinic’s inclusive approach to serve the needs of the community. Lori offers both individual and couples therapy, which she approaches with a professional yet gentle view. She recognizes that most people don’t anticipate that they may one day lose sight of their strengths, or become stuck, or feel lost and out of control—in spite of the fact that all this is common and very human. Having shifted into the psychotherapy field mid-career, Lori’s life experiences and their inherent struggles bring insight and compassion to her therapy.
Lori has worked with clients who are experiencing mild to moderate mental health symptoms as well as those clients who are experiencing disorders such as: generalized anxiety, post-traumatic stress, major depressive, bipolar, schizoaffective, and borderline personality. Her integrative approach includes common factors that cross many therapies including, empathy, non-judgment, incorporating a positive regard for each person no matter the circumstances, inspiring hope, assisting with alternate views of the self and world, and creating experiences directed at improved emotion. Lori welcomes the client’s active voice in session as they work on goals and an individualized treatment plan. She draws from one or many evidence-based therapies (CBT, DBT, SFT, Emotionally Focused Therapy, and others), depending on the need.
Ashley Simcoe, Addiction and Mental Health Specialist, HBASc, BEd, AAC
Born and raised in Cottage Country, Ashley received her undergraduate degree upon moving to Simcoe County from Lakehead University with an Honours Bachelor of Arts & Science and Bachelor of Education in 2006, and recently has graduated from Georgian College’s post graduate program Addictions: Treatment and Prevention. In addition to her unique educational background, Ashley has had experience in both the public and private sectors of employment, which aid with conflict resolution and alternative perspective evaluations. Ashley will be providing services relating to addiction and mental heath treatment and recovery (from both harm reduction and abstinence based approaches).
Ashley is a member of the Chippewas of Mnjikaning First Nations and was raised off-reserve– which provides the unique opportunity for her to render specialized care. Ashley is well-versed in trauma-informed care and has a personal understanding of the mental health struggles that some Indigenous populations have faced as a result of the Residential School System. Additionally, she is familiar with the associated inter-generational challenges and difficulties resulting from stigma, stereotyping, and discrimination. Her upbringing and education give her unique insight and ability to treat various minority populations within the community.
Ashley uses both Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) when working with clients; meeting individuals where they are currently in relation to change, and helping them identify effective skills to make the set change or goal. In addition to focusing on the mental health of each individual client, Ashley believes in addressing every client holistically – providing support and appropriate services for any bio-psycho-social need/issue identified. Setting realistic and achievable goals related to a client’s recovery is one of the main focuses of Ashley’s treatment style, but also providing ongoing support and case management, is included in the approach that Ashley brings to addictions treatment. In addition, Ashley is a proponent of the benefits group therapy experiences can offer to clients and she looks forward to participating in many of the new and returning NSTN groups restarting this Fall 2021.
Juliana Santos, BSc, RP(Qualifying)
Juliana Santos has an undergraduate degree in Psychology and a postgraduate degree in Neuropsychology, both completed in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where she was born and raised. She has recently completed the Bridge to Registration and Employment in Mental Health (BREM) program. She is now a member of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO).
Recently having moved with her young family to the Midland area, Juliana is a new member of this community and very excited to serve the mental health field.
Over the years, Juliana has developed a diversified skill set covering: psychological assessment, psychoeducation, group facilitation, and delivering multiple psychotherapy modalities. She has worked with adults, families, youth, and children experiencing varied mental health concerns.
Juliana believes in a warm, open, and flexible approach to psychotherapy. She is deeply committed to supporting people bringing positive change to their lives and believes sharing knowledge in mental health is empowering. In her work, Juliana integrates evidence-based practices such as CBT, DBT, ACT, Self-Compassion, EFT, the client-centered framework, play-therapy techniques, and neuroscience.
She is currently available to work with children, youth, and families facing emotional, behavioural, and developmental concerns. Juliana is also available to support adults facing challenges brought up by caregiving, parenthood, or their upbringing history.
Tiffany Warmington, MACP, RP(Qualifying)
Tiffany is deeply passionate about guiding and empowering her clients along their journey towards personal wellness. Her open and compassionate nature allows her to connect authentically with clients from all walks of life who are experiencing a wide range of unique and ever-changing life circumstances. Whether addressing challenges that are rooted in the past or present, Tiffany provides a safe and non-judgemental therapeutic environment in which healing and progress can occur. She works collaboratively with her clients to establish therapy goals directed at processing trauma, resolving inner conflicts, reducing symptoms of depression, anxiety and PTSD, as well as improving relationships, and ultimately creating space for increased peace, joy, and inner clarity.
Therapeutic modalities integrated into Tiffany’s client-centered approach include, internal family systems therapy (IFS), eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy (EMDR), dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), solution focused therapy, as well as compassion-based meditation and mindfulness practices. Tiffany holds a Bachelor of Arts and Science in Interdisciplinary Studies from Lakehead University, and a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology degree through Yorkville University. As a Registered Psychotherapist (q.), she also strives to maintain an informed perspective through pursuing ongoing professional education and development.
Abigail Gallagher RP(Qualifying)
NSTN Student Clinic
The clinic attracts students who are completing the practicum portion of their academic studies. They are supervised by Sarah Durant while they accrue hours of experience and contribute to NSTN and the community by seeing clients at a reduced rate. See our Services tab for information on our current students.
Our Supportive Staff
New clients are often introduced to NSTN through Marie who answers their initial inquiries. Her friendly and professional interactions provide a warm introduction, support and much of the behind-the-scenes work at NSTN.
Our Extended Network
We also have a robust referral system that extends into a community of caregivers that we have built strong connections with over the years.