New NSTN Addiction Program

NSTN is pleased to announce the upcoming launch of its new ADDICTION SERVICES! In addition to individual addiction counselling sessions, a 2.5 hour per week Addiction and Mental Health Group will be offered and, most notably, a 12-week intensive community treatment program will start in October. Check out the flyer below as well as our Fall newsletter (released Sept 8 – check our FB page and website). You can find out even more information on our website or by emailing or calling us at NSTN to find out how to become involved.

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New Student Clinicians


North Simcoe Therapy Network (NSTN) provides supervised opportunities for students to obtain academic program placement requirements. Student Clinicians with NSTN provide counselling support to clients for significantly reduced rates. Click below for more information about current NSTN Student Clinicians. 


5-Year Anniversary Online Event

Please join North Simcoe Therapy Network (NSTN) on Sunday June 6th – 9:45AM – 5PM to celebrate 5-years with the community

North Simcoe Therapy Network – 5-Year Anniversary Event

Please join North Simcoe Therapy Network (NSTN) in celebrating its 5-Year Anniversary with a free, online event, featuring presenters from the community on mental health and wellness related topics. This event is presented all online and free to all to attend, with no registration required, and drop-ins welcome to attend any individual presentations. Please see below for a detailed list of presenters, topics, and times:

NSTN 5-Year Anniversary Online Event Schedule
9:45AM – 10:00AM

Welcome to event

Founder and Clinical Director Sarah Durant, RP

10:00AM – 10:45AM

Progressive muscle relaxation in managing anxiety symptoms

Dr. Plabon Ismail, MD and Nisha Chowdhury, HBA, RP(Q)

10:45AM – 11:15AM

Introduction to the Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS) Model

Tiffany Warmington, MACP, Student Clinician

11:30AM – 12:00PM

Stress versus anxiety: determining the difference

Alain Roy, Veeva Founder and Shaheda Ali, RNCP – Veeva Inc.

1:00PM – 1:30PM

The power of a positive mindset philosophy, nutrition, and exercise

Coach Deanna (Dee) and Jamie Dalzell – Herbalife Nutrition/Wellness

1:45PM – 2:15PM

Recovery and the importance of meaningful activity

Sabrina Pitocco, BATR Hons., R/TRO, CTRS – Waypoint – HERO Centre

2:30PM – 3:30PM

Psychological and psychoeducational assessments

Natalie Parnell, MEd, C/Psychologist – Parnell Psychology

3:45PM – 4:15PM

Supporting children’s resilience and family life

Juliana Lelli, BS, RP(Q)

4:30PM – 5:00PM

Self-love introduction and closing of event

Founder and Clinical Director Sarah Durant, RP

To access the free online presentations, please either use the image above to open the Zoom web address, or by selecting the following text:

The NSTN team looks forward to seeing all those who are able to attend!

Thank you!

A Good Fit

A good fit between you and the therapist is often more important than the type of therapy and techniques used. Many studies show it’s the biggest predictor of success.


So what does a good fit look like? It usually involves mutual respect, support, and trust.


  • Mutual respect— The therapist respects your right to make your own decisions in therapy; and you think positively about the therapist’s knowledge.


  • Support— You can sense the support of the therapist and you work towards your goals as a team.


  • Trust— You feel safe knowing your conversations are bound by rules of confidentiality and that any feedback you get will be appropriate and nonjudgmental.


These are some of the critical ingredients that you can be looking for in a positive therapeutic alliance—also known as “a good fit”.  Even when life feels rocky, therapy may help you find smoother moments both in the therapy space, and outside it.




Young, M. (2013). Learning the art of helping: Building blocks and techniques. (5th ed.). Pearson.

Feeling Comfortable in Therapy

You may be reluctant to see a therapist because you aren’t sure if you will feel comfortable. That is a natural concern. Most people considering therapy are in a vulnerable state—something is bothering them, upsetting them, or causing them distress. It might be the first time you have spoken about your issue to anyone. Maybe you were raised in a family that discouraged talking about emotional issues even within the family. Or perhaps your family discourages talking about problems outside of the family, which can make your decision to come to therapy, a tough one.


The therapists at NSTN are attuned to all of these possibilities and the importance of creating a caring, nonjudgmental space. They extend warmth and compassion and help you ease into sharing at a pace and degree that is right for you.