Sarah Durant, BA, RP, Founder and Clinical Director
Sarah is a Registered Psychotherapist 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, Dr. Ismail has been offering cognitive behaviour 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.
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 Emilie or Marie who answer their initial inquiries. Their friendly and professional interactions provide a warm introduction and support 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.