Therapists and Coaches
Sandra Aronoff, MSW, RSW
Individual, Couple and Family Therapist
Phone: (416) 920-4999 Ext 2000
New Clients: Sandra is currently accepting new clients
Referrals: Self-referral or referral by a mental health professional
Fees: $150 per hour, covered by some private insurance plans
Cancellations: Sandra requires 24 hours’ notice for appointment cancellations. Appointments missed or cancelled late will be billed at the usual rate.
Sandra is an Individual, Couple and Family Therapist at The Redpath Centre. She has a particular interest in helping individuals with ASD to cope with stress, anxiety and depression, and providing education and information to families. Being well-versed in all aspects of the social service system for individuals with special needs within the Greater Toronto Area, she assists in finding services and ensuring that they are working together in the best interests of the individual with ASD. Ms. Aronoff has over 30 years of experience in the public sector providing counselling, consultation and support to children and youth with a diagnosis of ASD and their families. She has taught graduate courses in Social Work at the University of Windsor, and is currently consultant to the Special Needs Team at Delisle Youth Services.
Specialization: Youth, adults and their families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders. Individual counselling, couple and family therapy. Particular interest in individual counselling and working with families to help them coordinate services within the community and receive the optimal support available.
Academic and Behaviour Coach
Phone: (416) 920-4999 Ext 0164
New Clients: Katy is currently accepting new clients
Referrals: Self-referral or by physician, educator, or mental health professional
Fees: $120 per hour
Cancellation: Katy requires 24 hours’ notice for appointment cancellations. Appointments that are missed or cancelled late will be billed at the usual rate.
Katy is an Academic and Behaviour Coach at The Redpath Centre, specializing in children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum and other neuro-developmental disorders. She is an Ontario Certified Teacher and received her Master’s in Developmental Psychology and Education before pursuing a career in Applied Behaviour Analysis. She has worked as a behaviour therapist and consultant in the private sector and at Geneva Centre for Autism. As an educator and a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA), she integrates a variety of approaches including Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA), special education teaching practices, and cognitive behavioural strategies (CBT) to promote academic and social development. She is passionate about supporting families and individuals with a range of challenges including school attendance, academic performance, impulsivity, excessive gaming, aggression, self-injury, and anxiety. Katy has facilitated individual and group based modified CBT programs including Facing Your Fears (FYF), Talking Back to OCD, and Stop Now and Plan (SNAP-A). She also develops and facilitates courses and professional training on a variety of topics related to Autism Spectrum Disorders at Geneva Centre for Autism.
Specialization: Children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders (including Asperger syndrome) and mental health concerns, anxiety disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, learning disabilities, giftedness, and emotional and behavioural disorders
Services Offered: Behaviour Consultation to parents, schools and professionals including assessment and treatment of maladaptive behaviours in homes and in community settings; Individual therapy for children and adolescents including modified cognitive behaviour therapy and social skills development; Educational consultation to parents, schools and professionals including IEP development, environmental and academic accommodations to support learning, and transition planning. Services may be provided at The Redpath Centre, family home or in community settings depending on the client’s needs.
Deborah Finkelstein, M.ADS, BCBA
Behaviour and Life Skills Coach
Phone: (416) 920-4999 Ext 0163
New Clients: Deborah is currently accepting new clients and has daytime and evening appointment availability
Referrals: Self-referral or by a mental health professional
Fees: $120 per hour, sliding scale available
Cancellations: Deborah requires 24 hours notice for cancellations. Appointments that are missed or cancelled late will be billed at the usual rate.
Deborah Finkelstein is a Behaviour and Life Skills Coach at The Redpath Centre and Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA). She is passionate about helping clients reach their full potential by equipping them with the necessary skills to accomplish their goals. Deborah educates parents, caregivers and teachers with the aim of promoting personal growth and positive behaviours. She has a particular interest in treating anxiety disorders. Ms. Finkelstein has supported individuals with ASD for over 10 years by utilizing evidence-based practices such as Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA). She delivered a modified cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) program to children with high-functioning autism and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) while a student at Brock University’s Disability Studies Program.
Specialization: Children, adolescents and adults with ASDs (including Asperger Syndrome), developmental disabilities, social and communication difficulties, behavioural issues and mental health needs (e.g. anxiety, depression).
Services Offered: Behaviour and life skills training for individuals with ASDs and other related mental health disorders. Services may be provided at The Redpath Centre office or another setting (e.g. home, school) depending on the situation. Behavioural Therapy includes behavioural assessment through interview and observation, developing behaviour management plans, educating caregivers about promotion of positive behaviours, and teaching clients more adaptive behaviours to achieve their goals. Life Skills Training includes collaboratively targeting and teaching life skills, such as making friends, dating, time management, scheduling activities, planning and preparing meals, managing finances, and identifying and expressing needs. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for anxiety disorders (e.g. social anxiety, generalized anxiety disorder, phobias, OCD) and depression.
Jason Manett, MA, PhD (Cand)
Academic and Life Skills Coach
Phone: (416) 920-4999 Ext 0171
New Clients: Jason is accepting clients on Tuesday mornings & Wednesday mornings/afternoons
Referrals: Self-referral or by a mental health professional
Fees: $120 per hour, sliding scale available, covered by some private insurance plans
Cancellations: Jason requires 24 hours’ notice for cancellations. Appointments that are missed or cancelled late will be billed at the usual rate.
Jason Manett is an Academic and Life Skills Coach at The Redpath Centre. He provides coaching for adolescents and adults with ASDs, learning disabilities, and ADHD in the areas of time management and organization, social, communication, and life skills, and coping with anxiety. He applies principles of social cognition, (including theory of mind) and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), and emphasizes collaborative identification with clients of day-to-day challenges, and functional strategies and skills to address them. Mr. Manett worked as a Disability Counsellor at Accessibility Services, University of Toronto, for 9 years where he also developed and facilitated the Social Association for Students with Autism (SASA). He is a doctoral candidate in the Human Development and Applied Psychology program at OISE/UT and has worked with children, adolescents and adults with learning disabilities, ADHD and ASD for the past 19 years.
Specialization: Children, adolescents and adults with ASDs, learning disabilities, ADHD, mood, and anxiety disorders.
Services Offered: Social skills and communications coaching, time management and organization coaching, educational consultations (evaluating readiness, transition, academic accommodation), consultation to agencies, workplaces, and post-secondary institutions.
Leora Palace, BA (Hons) Reg. CASLPO
Phone: 416-920-4999 Ext 1910
New Clients: Leora is currently accepting new clients
Referrals: Self-referral or by a professional
Fees: $150 per hour, sliding scale available, covered by some private insurance plans
Leora Palace is a Speech-Language Pathologist at The Redpath Centre. She provides assessment and ongoing treatment and supports to individuals with ASD, learning disabilities and other neurodevelopmental conditions. A specific area of interest and expertise is facilitating social communication in well-functioning adults with Asperger Syndrome. She consults to schools, universities, and vocational settings, and supports assessment and accommodations for individuals with communication disorders. Leora develops programming specific to language related challenges and goals including auditory-verbal processing, pre-literacy, narrative development, written language and social communication. Ms. Palace has been in private practice since 1994. She was Speech-Language Pathologist and Manager at Surrey Place Centre from 1992 to 2004. Previously, she was Speech-Language Pathologist and student mentor at The University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.
Specialization: Learning Disabilities, Autism and Asperger Syndrome, individual and group therapy, social- communication skills in children and teens, school consultation including assessment and follow-up.
Services Offered: Assessment, consultation and ongoing treatment of communication difficulties including: speech delay/disorders, receptive and expressive language in spoken and written forms, social communication.
Sarah Southey, MSW, RSW
Employment and Life Skills Coach
Phone: (416) 920-4999 Ext 0099
New Clients: Sarah is currently on maternity leave and will not be accepting new clients until October 2017
Referrals: Self-referral or by a mental health professional
Fees: $130 per hour, sliding scale available, covered by some private insurance plans
Cancellations: Sarah requires 24 hours’ notice for appointment cancellations. Appointments that are missed or cancelled late will be billed at the usual rate.
Sarah Southey is an Employment and Life Skills Coach at The Redpath Centre. Working one-on-one with clients though a solution focused approach, she offers pre-employment support with the social and life skills necessary in a career. She offers direction to individuals in entry-level and mid-career positions who are facing obstacles to finding and maintaining rewarding employment. Sarah assists individuals who have employment-related anxiety through a cognitive behavioural lens. She also developed and co-facilitates CBT groups for adults with social anxiety and neurodevelopmental disorders. Ms. Southey is a Social Worker on the Child Development Team, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitative Hospital, and consultant for Autism Ontario. She has many years of experience providing employment counselling to individuals with disabilities and high risk youth.
Specialization: Employment counselling, social skills, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT-independent and group based), youth in transition
Services Offered: Assessment–Skills, interests and work readiness; Goal Setting–developing organizational skills and attaining necessary knowledge to help individuals make confident decisions about their future; Job Search–sharing labour market information, application support, resume and cover letter development, how to research, cold-contacting, self-promotion skills, job search burnout, interview skills; Job Development–Communicating and liaising with employers for a client; Disclosure–Strategizing disclosure of needs and arranging accommodations; Job Maintenance–Accommodations and expectations at work, addressing ongoing work-related obstacles, stress management, anxieties, sensory issues and organizational skills; Consultation to Employers–Supportive strategies and coaching for employers seeking to better support their staff.