About Us

Cindy Shrigley, MSW, RSW

Certified EMDR Therapist
EMDRIA Approved Consultant | DBR Consultant

I specialize in treating a wide range of conditions including anxiety, depression, addictions, past and current trauma. I have expertise in EMDR therapy and am certified as an EMDRIA approved consultant. I have trained with world experts in the applications of EMDR for grief, traumatic grief, complex trauma, and dissociation, as well as peak performance. I am also trained in DBR (Deep Brain Reorienting), a therapy to help treat shock and trauma. In my clinical practice, I assist people in developing an understanding of the new science of the human brain that allows them to develop compassion for themselves and an understanding of the reasons for their symptoms.

In my 34 years of counselling it has been important to me to find treatment strategies that provide the best results for clients. EMDR therapy and DBR therapy can be used for many issues and I have been able to successfully to treat conditions that standard talk therapy has been unable to address.

I am in private practice. I provide both EMDR consultation and DBR consultation to trained therapists internationally via secure video conferencing. While I am only seeing clients virtually for the forseeable future, I still try to foster an inviting, confidential, and healing space where clients can come to understand that all human issues are universal and leave the session with a feeling of hope that help is available.

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 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 provider.

I specialize in the treatment of trauma, complex trauma, and dissociation using primarily EMDR Therapy, neurofeedback, and other brain-based interventions as needed to help my clients process through 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.

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 (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 that 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 (maybe one day!), but her presence helps 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

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 or 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 (Candidate)

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.
Brittany has spent the last six years working with children, teens, families and adults struggling with mental health. She is also in the process of completing 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.

Practicum Students

Jenna Strydonck, MA (Candidate), RP-Q – Psychotherapy Practicum Student  

Jenna Strydonck is a Psychotherapy Practicum Student with the Centre for Trauma and Stress.

 

Jenna completed the coursework portion of the Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology program through Yorkville University and will start her practicum at Centre for Trauma and Stress in May 2022.

Jenna received her Honors Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Western Ontario in Sociology in 2010. Shortly after, she completed the Human Resources Management post-graduate program at Lambton College. For the past ten years, she has established a successful career in the Human Resources field. Jenna specialized in managing the EAP and Wellness portfolio and overseeing workplace leaves and accommodations.

 

Jenna models her psychotherapy practice after a quote from a leader in the field, Bessel A. van der Kolk that reads “being able to feel safe with other people is probably the single most important aspect of mental health; safe connections are fundamental to meaningful and satisfying lives.” She is looking forward to putting theory into practice and helping individuals reduce their emotional distress and begin moving towards their wellness goals.

 

Outside of her practicum work at the Centre for Trauma and Stress, Jenna is an active volunteer with the Sexual Assault Survivor’s Centre of Sarnia Lambton. Jenna also enjoys creating watercolour art pieces and writing poetry.

Natalie Kaake, MA (Candidate), RP-Q, Psychotherapy Practicum Student

Natalie is currently in her final year of the Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology program at Yorkville University and begins her practicum with the Centre for Trauma and Stress in May 2022.

 

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 developing psychotherapist, Natalie aspires to help individuals meet their unique personal goals with an understanding, collaborative, and open-minded approach.

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.”