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Meet the Team:


Shalyn Dussiaume-Good, RP, Managing Director

Shalyn Dussiaume-Good started Shalyn Dussiaume Counselling in 2017. Shalyn is a Registered Psychotherapist and is currently working with a wide variety of clients with varying life issues. Her therapy models include using Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy. Some of her clinical expertise includes treating depression, anxiety, relationship issues, anger management, addiction, trauma, post-partum challenges, borderline personality disorder, and more. 

She has worked with children, teens, and adults, from various walks of life in Ontario, Canada; Nevada, USA; and Cornwall, England. At the beginning of her career she was a counsellor in school settings, helping children with traumatic brain injuries, varying degrees of mental illness, family issues, and identity disorders. She provided her young clients with support and guidance, and helped them to cope, heal, and move on to become healthy, functional adults.

A portion of her career has been spent working in Residential Counselling environments helping teens and children with varying degrees of mental illness and developmental delays, using techniques such as music and play therapy. She has also worked with adults with Schizophrenia and criminal backgrounds in a residential environment.

In a private practice counselling setting she has worked with adults recovering from a motor vehicle accident. Currently in private practice, she works with individuals, families, and couples providing treatment. 

She earned a Bachelor Honours Degree in Women Studies and Psychology from Laurentian University and she completed her Master of Counselling Psychology Degree through Yorkville University. She is a Registered member in good standing with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario and the Ontario Association of Mental Health Professionals (where she is also a current board member) since 2015. She is also a volunteer, author, supervisor, and mother.

Her vast experiences with a varied population of clientele and her continuing education efforts have equipped her with a valuable and unique skill set. Along with her empathy and passion, Shalyn is honest and forthcoming. Her drive to help others enables her to be a dedicated, effective, and successful Psychotherapist/supervisor.

Stanlee Dussiaume-Good, Therapy Dog








Stanlee is an emotional support/therapy dog on site at the St Marys location. He is a toy fox terrier. He is trained to recognize and provide comfort for those with anxiety and mood disorders. He does this automatically so if there is a fear or dislike for dogs please let us know so we can accommodate you.  


Online C​ounselling​ Team: 

Rochelle Benny Gerard, RP

Rochelle is dedicated to supporting individuals, couples and families throughout the therapeutic process. She will lower the initial feelings of intimidation for therapy by providing warmth, empathy and unconditional positive regard throughout the journey. She is committed to using a collaborative client-centered approach throughout the therapeutic process supporting clients experiencing relationship, identity, emotional and self-esteem issues and other life challenges. Her goal is to help clients develop long lasting life changes by enhancing their strengths, developing healthy coping skills and habits and improving their overall quality of life.

Rochelle is a Master’s Level Therapist and a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. Prior to this, she worked at the Canadian Mental Health Association as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Coach, helping individuals experiencing depression, anxiety and stress through the use of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy workbooks. She has extensive experience working with diverse clients of all ages and has helped clients successfully achieve their therapeutic goals.

Rochelle strives to ensure that her clients feel heard, validated and can comfortably express their concerns while building the confidence and independence they need to successfully handle future life challenges. She is excited to be a part of Shalyn Dussiaume Counselling and is looking forward to supporting her clients towards greater emotional and relational health. 

Sumara, Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

Sumar​a Riaz, RP (Qualifying)

Sumara is in her final year of her Master's degree in Counselling Psychology at Yorkville University. She is currently completing her practicum. 

As a woman, mother, and first generation Canadian, she understands that it can be difficult for many individuals to navigate through too many roles and responsibilities. This can lead towards facing many mental health issues of anxiety, depression, stress, and low self esteem, at times. She believes that there are times when it is hard for us to stay calm, straight, and focused on the goals we want to achieve in our lives. 

Sumara can help you with navigating through these challenges, staying focused, engaged, working towards and achieving your life goals. She can also assist you in attaining healthy and prospering relationships with not only others but also with your own self. This will generate and accelerate better functioning and your authentic self. As a practicum student in the Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology program, she is qualified to provide Virtual Counselling and Psychotherapy under the supervision of an approved supervisor (Shalyn Dussiaume-Good, RP). 

Sumara believes in providing a safe and nonjudgmental space for individuals who are going through difficult phases of their lives and need support in order to live a happy, rich, and meaningful life. She is adherent to providing an integrated therapy, using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and mindfulness techniques according to the specific needs and personality style of the clients. She can provide Psychotherapy services in English, Urdu, Hindi, and Punjabi.

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