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Cindy Shrigley, MSW, RSW

Certified EMDR Therapist
EMDRIA Approved Consultant | DBR Consultant

I have specialized in the treatment of trauma related conditions for over 35 years. Although I am an EMDRIA approved consultant, and have provided EMDR therapy for over 24 years, I have been focusing my practice on providing Deep Brain Orienting (DBR) therapy to clients who are interested in trying it for conditions in which they have not received relief through other therapies. I also have a special interest in providing DBR to other therapists for their own personal healing.

I am a DBR consultant, one of the first in North America along with Dr. Tina Shrigley and wish to share consultation for other DBR therapists, either individually or in groups. I was trained in DBR in 2020.

Although DBR is not for everyone, I have been seeing very promising results that are in keeping with the study of DBR therapy that Dr. Ruth Lanius and her team at London Health Sciences Centre released in the summer of 2023.

EMDR therapy is available through other therapist-affiliates with the Centre.

Please note I provide all therapy and consultation appointments virtually.

Cindy Shrigley Certified EMDR Therapist

Richard Shrigley, M.Ed.
(Counselling Psychology), OCT, RSW

Neurofeedback Practitioner

Richard Shrigley has been an educator for 22 years. He worked with the St. Clair Catholic District School Board as a Department Head of Student Services/Counselling providing counselling and support for students, families and staff in areas such as, academics, post-secondary transition planning, and personal counselling surrounding grief, addictions, and sexual orientation.

Upon retirement in 2017, Richard completed his Basic & Advanced Certification Level as a Trainer for NeurOptimal® Neurofeedback, as well as, became a Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. He joined his wife, Cindy Shrigley, MSW, RSW, and his daughter, Dr. Tina Shrigley, C. Psych. in their counselling private practices.

He was instrumental in researching and implementing the first NeurOptimal® Neurofeedback Training Center in southwestern Ontario. The technology based system is a 100% non-invasive, drug-free, brain training system that helps the central nervous system (CNS) make the best use of your brain’s natural resources. NeurOptimal® is extremely powerful and effective.

In addition to providing counselling and neurofeedback, Richard oversees the Office Administration of the counselling private practice.

He enjoys being able to help children, adolescents and adults to build resources and gain insight towards achieving their life goals.

In his spare time, Richard enjoys spending time at the cottage, gardening and woodworking.

Richard Shrigley Counselling Psychology

Dr. Tina Shrigley, C. Psych.

Certified EMDR Therapist

EMDRIA Approved Consultant | DBR Consultant

I work with clients who are struggling and stuck. Many of my clients have faced traumatic situations, whether one big trauma, or a series of traumas throughout their lives. They are looking for help to find relief from their trauma and want to feel like they are more present and connected in their daily lives and relationships. They want to feel as if they can finally achieve a sense of calm in their lives without always feeling on edge, or shut down and numb to all life has to offer for them. I work with children, adolescents, and adults and am an approved Indigenous Services Canada provider.

I specialize in the treatment of trauma, complex trauma, and dissociation using primarily DBR therapy. I also have 15 years of experience with EMDR therapy and parts work (structural theory informed). I may also recommend neurofeedback and/or other brain-based interventions as needed to help support my clients process their trauma in a way that is respectful, non-judgmental, and manageable.

Trauma occurs when we experience something that is beyond what our brains and bodies can tolerate. We are overwhelmed and can often feel helpless. This is not due to weakness. It is due to sheer overwhelm. We can only heal so much on our own before we need someone who understands how the brain and body respond to trauma to guide us toward hope and healing.

I provide virtual and in-person sessions for clients. I also provide virtual individual and group clinical consultation for DBR therapists.

Dr. Tina Shrigley Supervised Practice

“Dogtor” Sunny McFloof

Client Greeter and Office Assistant

Dr. Tina welcomes her “Office Assistant”, Sunny McFloof to her practice. At times, Sunny accompanies Tina to work. Sunny is a Bernedoodle (Standard Poodle/Bernese Mountain Dog mix) and is non-shedding. Her personality is like her name – she is filled with happiness, joy, and sunshine!

For those who are not comfortable with dogs, especially big dogs, or just would prefer not to have a dog sit in on your session, Sunny stays in her own office.

Sunny is not an official Therapy Dog, but her presence can help clients with grounding and containing events and feelings from the session so they feel ready to leave the session and go about their day.

Dogtor Sunny McFloof

Affiliates:

Jackie Turner, MSW, RSW

EMDR Therapist | DBR Therapist

Jackie Turner is an affiliate of Centre for Trauma and Stress and works out of our 110 Elgin St. location in Sarnia, ON.
To book an appointment with Jackie, please contact us at: 519-336-1329, or email: [email protected]
To contact Jackie, please do so directly at: (519) 346-1368
Sometimes a person has thoughts, feelings, or beliefs that are distressing, or they do things that they don’t understand and don’t like. These things make their life difficult. My focus is on how the past affects the present, even if a person can’t see the connection. I understand that while situations feel hopeless, there are ways to use what we know of the science of the brain to find new options. Having worked in community mental health for several years, I’m familiar with the psychiatric diagnoses, including borderline personality disorder. I use a client-centred focus, and feel strongly that criticism has no place in therapy.
I use EMDR psychotherapy, borrowing from other therapies as well, to address a wide variety of concerns, including trauma and dissociation – major traumas, and “smaller” traumas that aren’t always labelled as such – long-ago hurts that still affect today’s life. You don’t have to know what’s wrong in order to see me. Our work is centred on symptom relief.
Experience has shown me that everyone is doing the best they can, and that behaviours or symptoms that are causing distress have evolved for a reason, even if we can’t see it. Our job is to work together to discover what that reason is and to heal it. Every person has the ability to grow given the right opportunity and support. There is always hope!
For more information about Jackie’s services, go to her Psychology Today profile.

Brittany Courteau, MSW, RSW

EMDR Therapist

Brittany obtained her Honours Bachelors of Arts with a major in Criminology and a minor in Contemporary Studies from Wilfrid Laurier University in 2015, and just completed her Masters in Social Work from the University of Windsor. She is a registered social worker through the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers.
Brittany has spent the last six years working with children, teens, families and adults struggling with mental health. She has also recently completed her EMDR Therapy training. She is very passionate about her work and is looking forward to increasing the ways she can provide assistance within the community.
For more information, please see Brittany’s Psychology Today Profile.

Jenna Willman, MA, RP

Registered Psychotherapist

EMDR Therapist | DBR Therapist

Reaching out for help can be difficult. I am here to hold space for your pain and walk alongside you in your healing journey. I often see clients who want to dig deeper into the “why” behind their choices and behaviours. I am here to help you rediscover and appreciate the skills that got you through your hardest times. I use a trauma-informed approach which means that I want to create an emotionally safe environment by establishing trust while supporting autonomy and choice.

Typically, I will use parts work and EMDR Therapy with clients who are searching for relief. In some cases, relief is achieved with new insights and in other cases relief is achieved by strengthening emotional regulation. Whatever relief looks and feels like for you, is what will guide our work together.

I have taken additional training in grief, attachment, and dissociation. I consider myself to be a sex positive and body positivity therapist.

For more information about Jenna’s services, go to her Psychology Today profile.

Natalie Kaake, MA, RP-Q (Registered Psychotherapist – Qualifying)

EMDR Therapist

In addition to her Masters in Counselling Psychology, Natalie holds a BASc in Psychology from Guelph-Humber University, in addition to subsequently completing the Addiction Worker post-graduate program with TriOS College. Natalie has considerable experience working with youth and adults struggling with mental health in a variety of professional settings. As a psychotherapist, Natalie aspires to help individuals meet their unique personal goals with an understanding, collaborative, and open-minded approach.

Natalie is also trained in EMDR therapy to help her clients process unhealed trauma.

For more information about Natalie, please see her Psychology Today profile.

Administrative Support and Neurofeedback Provider

Kate Sowinski, SSW, RSSW

Kate Sowinski is a Registered Social Service Worker who is passionate to work alongside the team at Centre for Trauma and Stress to support clients. Upon graduating from the Social Service Worker program at Lambton College she gained experience working in Bluewater Health’s Detox and Withdrawal Management team. Her background has been mainly working with adolescents and adults focusing on addiction, anxiety, and depression. She has had experience with Distress Line and Tel-Check through the Family Counseling Center where she furthered her knowledge working with vulnerable persons and families needing support and guidance.

 

She brings empathy and a non-judgmental listening approach to help foster a comfortable environment for all clients.

Kate is often the first person you speak to at our office as the is our intake administrator. She also provides neurofeedback sessions to clients.

One of Kate’s favourite inspirational quotes from Robert H. Schuller is, “Let your hopes, not your hurts, shape your future.”