The counsellors at the Community Health Assessment and Therapy Team (CHATT) Inc. are highly qualified and experienced and they share a team approach to the treatment of mental and emotional health issues. It is this team approach which allows CHATT Inc. to offer such a wide range of counselling services.
Nadine Lulu B.A., M.Ed., CCC
Founder and Director of CHATT
Therapist for Adolescents, Adults and Couples
Special Interest in Trauma and Mood Disorders
Nadine is a Cognitive-Behavioural Therapist (CBT), who has been providing counselling while working with community agencies, hospitals, post-secondary schools and in private settings, since 1999. Nadine is the Founder and Director of CHATT Inc.
Nadine is known for her exceptional warmth, humour and problem-solving abilities which she applies to her work with individuals experiencing anxiety, OCD, depression, post-trauma, motor vehicle accidents, relationship issues (maintenance or ending), and life-disrupting mental illnesses. Nadine uses a recovery-based cognitive model (CBT) treatment which teaches new ways of thinking and behaving as a strategy to solving most emotional issues. She also provides Independent Psychological Assessments in relation to Motor Vehicle Accidents, and Workplace Health and Safety Board claims (WSIB).
Nadine is a Gottman Seven Principles Certified Trainer. The Gottman principles are based on over 40 years of research on what couples can do to strengthen their relationship and better resolve conflict.
Nadine obtained her Master of Arts degree in counselling psychology from the O.I.S.E. at the University of Toronto and has since received intensive training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. She is a Canadian Certified Counsellor.
Terri-Lynn Oliver M.Ed., Registered Psychotherapist (RP)
Therapist for Adolescent and Adult Individuals
Special Interest in Trauma, Addiction, Anger and Career Development
Terri-Lynn actively enables her clients to find novel ways to improve their quality of life and move towards new possibilities and potentials. Terri-Lynn is a psychotherapist who has been working in the community for over 14 years. She provides individual counselling to those over the age of 16 who are looking for hope, support and growth. With a background in addictions, trauma, abuse, mood disorders, grief and other areas of mental health, Terri-Lynn believes that everyone deserves the right to be heard and that change, growth and hope are always possible.
Terri-Lynn holds a Master’s Degree in Education Counselling Psychology and is a Registered
Psychotherapist (RP). She has worked for a variety of community mental health organizations providing psychotherapy to a wide range of clients of varying backgrounds, ages and cultures. Terri-Lynn uses several different counselling approaches, including EMDR, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), narrative and strength-based therapy models and is skilled in teaching her clients to use mindfulness and meditation to assist with pain reduction and emotion regulation.
Marietta Minett MSW, RSW
Therapist for Children, Adults, Couples & Families
Special Interest in Children, Crisis Response & First Nations
Marietta is a Registered Social Worker with over 20 years of experience. Marietta has worked in pediatrics, special care nurseries, maternity wards and child emergency services in various settings including hospitals, community agencies and crisis response services. Marietta easily engages with her clients and is committed to providing the highest quality of care to promote healing and personal growth. Her approach to therapy is client-centred and multi-disciplinary as each client comes with unique needs and abilities to cope with life’s challenges. Marietta uses Mindfulness-based counselling to reduce stress, to help skillfully manage emotions and to address a wide variety of other presenting problems.
Due to her proven track-record, she has held prestigious positions as a Director of Social Work and a Clinical Chief of Social Work. Marietta provides expert care in crisis response and counselling for children, youth and their families who are experiencing mental health problems or stressors in their lives. Marietta is skilled in working with couples to resolve conflicts and strengthen their relationships. She also treats children and adults who have experienced trauma to resolve the problems and issues standing in the way of moving forward in their lives.
Merietta is a Gottman Seven Principles Certified Trainer. The Gottman principles are based on over 40 years of research on what couples can do to strengthen their relationship and better resolve conflict.
She teaches parents and caregivers skills for the effective management of child behavioural issues, provides psycho-social assessments, suicide prevention, grief counselling, trauma counselling, manages chronic illness or pain, and conducts self-esteem groups for pre-teens. Marietta has experience in culturally sensitive counselling for First Nations.
Marietta obtained her Master of Social Work Degree from Wilfrid Laurier University.
Christina Leschied B.Hsc, M.A.D.S., BCBA
Special Interest in: Child and Youth Mental Health and Behaviour; Parenting
Christina provides Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) therapy and counselling to children, adolescents, families and individuals with developmental disabilities, disruptive behavior problems, ADHD, autism, anxiety, depression and other mental health challenges, as well as those struggling with self-esteem and emotional regulation. Christina uses very systematic, goal oriented and reinforced based methods, to meet the goals collaboratively set out by the family or individual, while keeping their values and beliefs at the fore front.
Christina completed a Master’s degree in Applied Disability Studies, specializing in Applied Behaviour Analysis at Brock University. In June 2012, she became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) with the Behavior Analyst Certification Board in the United States. She has also been trained in CBT, ACT and dialectical problem solving. She has a passion for continuous learning to further enhance what she can offer as a clinician.
Christina has worked both in private and government funded agencies, as part of a multidisciplinary team, to ensure client’s needs are all being met. She has provided parent coaching, staff training, supported individuals in educational settings, as well as mentored parents in being strong advocates for their children. Christina has a personal passion in helping individuals struggling with self-esteem and anxiety that is affecting their daily living.
She has a warm and friendly approach to foster a strong rapport with clients and believes in supporting their goals while offering her personal and professional insight.
Wendy Goldsmith MSW, RSW
Special interest in working with children and youth, survivors of childhood abuse and working with offenders
As a mother of three, Wendy has a particular interest in supporting children and families who are experiencing challenges within the school system. A former social worker with the London District Catholic School Board, Wendy has worked extensively with ‘at risk’ youth within our schools. In addition, she is knowledgeable in addressing issues such as ADHD, ASD and LD as well as behavioural issues in the classroom to maximize each student’s success. Her warmth, dedication, compassion, sense of humour and strong clinical skills give her the tools she needs to make a positive difference in the clients she works with.
Wendy has been working in the fields of social work, community development and social justice for over twenty years. Specifically, she has expertise with clients who present with a need for understanding of Canadian Indigenous peoples, at risk youth and their families, individuals with histories of childhood abuse or complex trauma, and assisting male sex offenders to prevent re-offending and to promote their healing. Wendy uses a resiliency model with visual arts, drama and play-based informed interventions for her work with children. Using a holistic model that encompasses many therapeutic traditions, Wendy uses a systemic approach to support diverse and complex issues.
Wendy obtained her Master’s Degree from the University of Western Ontario.
Christine Bondy BSW, MSW, RSW
Therapist for Children, Adults, Couples & Families
Special Interest in Youth, Suicide Prevention, Mood Disorders and Family Conflict Resolution
Christine is a Registered Clinical Social Worker, with over 10 years of combined professional and practical clinical experience in the social work and mental health fields. She has worked in a variety of community based clinical settings including a hospital, a child service agency, a community counselling company, and a youth mental health agency. She has strong clinical skills in helping persons with relationship or family issues, mood related concerns (depression, self-esteem, anxiety and anger), and many others.
She acquired a strong breadth of knowledge and acquired skills during her career, and provides guidance, support and healing to children, youth, adults, and families who are experiencing a variety of life challenges. She believes that every person brings their strengths and knowledge to the relationship and each individual is unique and ultimately the expert of their own situation. Christine employs a variety of evidence based therapeutic techniques, most often Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) strategies. She practices within a strength-based and solution-focused model of therapy where she can help clients recognize their own paths to empower them to seek self-understanding and healing, as well as to build upon their existing resources and abilities.
Christine obtained her Bachelor of Social Work Degree from King’s University College and later her Master of Social Work Degree from Wilfred Laurier University with Advanced Standing and a specialization in counselling individuals, families and groups.
Kelly Appleby BSW, MSW, RSW
Therapist for Youth, Teens, Adults, Couples & Families
Special Interest in Teens, Survivors of Abuse & Mood Disorders
Kelly has been working as a registered social worker for 15 years. She has extensive experience working within educational, community, medical and academic settings. Kelly has counselled teens and adults who are overcoming mental health, family, behavioural, educational, and traumatic crisis related issues. She has also provided counselling where physical or sexual violence was identified, including domestic assault, sexual assault and childhood sexual abuse. In hospital settings, she has provided crisis support and ongoing counselling for families receiving care in the ER, oncology, palliative care, labour and delivery, paediatrics and mental health areas.
Kelly has a strongly held belief that the key to making meaningful change in one’s life through the process of therapy comes largely from the power of the therapeutic relationship that is created between client and therapist. The decision to seek therapy can be one filled with fear, doubt, as well as hope. Through her warmth, compassion, authenticity, humanity, genuineness and humour, Kelly works to create an environment where trust, vulnerability, and emotional safety form the foundation of positive change in her clients’ lives. Her s are largely focused on working with pre-teens, adolescents, adults, couples, and families.
Using the strength of the therapeutic relationship, Kelly uses approaches such as Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), narrative, strengths-based, attachment theory and trauma-informed practice. Kelly also has formal training in Critical Incident Trauma Debriefing and has assisted children, adults, groups, and communities to heal from traumatic events.
Kelly received her Master of Social Work Degree at the University of Toronto.