MSc., RP, RMFT
AAMFT Approved Supervisor
Registered Psychotherapist Registered Marriage & Family Therapist
Tel: (905) 240-4600 ext. 1
Susan welcomes the opportunity to work with individuals, couples and families as they seek to face the challenges that life can bring, and enhance their individual, family and relational experience. She is excited to celebrate the journey and growth of those she has the privilege to work with. Susan has had a long-standing passion to facilitate awareness, understanding, and healing in the lives of people.
She returned to school as an adult to pursue this passion and completed her Honours degree in Psychology at the University of Waterloo. She received her Master of Science degree at the University of Guelph in the Couple and Family Therapy Program. This program is recognized in Canada in its uniqueness as it educates and trains therapists by integrating contemporary theory with strength-based perspectives that respect the diverse experiences and communities of clients.
Susan is particularly skilled in her ability to develop strong therapeutic relationships that are grounded in respect, a non-judgmental stance, and genuineness. As a person, she is warm, empathetic, sensitive, patient, flexible and committed to celebrating the uniqueness of each individual situation. She is also dedicated to her own lifelong learning through clinical advancement for her personal journey and for the benefit of those who share their lives with her. Her life experience, coupled with the intense and sophisticated training she has obtained contributes to her ability to be a highly effective therapist with individuals, couples and families.
Susan is an actively involved mother of three adult children (plus mother in law to one in the bonus round!) who are well on their way to become independent and thriving adults. She enjoys time spent with family, great friends, fabulous food and she loves to travel. Susan is an avid gardener and finds time spent outdoors to be therapeutic and relaxing.
MDiv, RP, RMFT
Registered Psychotherapist Registered Marriage & Family Therapist
Tel: (905) 240-4600 ext. 6
Laurie has a deep compassion for people and has been gifted with a special sensitivity to those who are hurting and grieving. Her own personal journey has uniquely gifted her to come along side people from all walks of life, evoking hope for the future. Laurie’s greatest desire in her counselling practice is to see long-term healing and restoration brought into the lives of her clients.
Laurie is passionate about working with people who have suffered and been hindered by a variety of concerns, including grief, depression, abuse, trauma, couple difficulties, fear and anxiety, low self-esteem and relationship issues. She is deeply committed to coming alongside clients as they seek to overcome hurts and develop a healthy sense of self.
The combination of Laurie’s training as well as her own personal story has equipped her to understand the complexities of life and walk alongside people in the midst of their own difficult journeys, evoking hope and the possibility for positive change.
Laurie is a Registered Psychotherapist (RP) and received her Masters of Divinity, Counselling Concentration at Tyndale Seminary in 2010.
Tel: (905) 240-4600 ext. 2
Lynn is a therapist with Evergreen Counselling Centre (supervised by Susan L.K. Kay, MSc., RP, RMFT).
Lynn graduated with a B.A. in Psychology and has completed her Masters in Counseling Psychology at Yorkville University.
Lynn has worked in a clinical setting for the past 10 years in the role of client care manager which included conducting initial consultations for new clients. This experience combined with attending group supervision for the past 8 years has equipped her to understand the needs of diverse clients as well as learn a wide range of therapeutic skills and modalities using a holistic and collaborative approach.
Lynn is a warm and caring person with a genuine love for people and has always had a passion to be a therapist so that she may be a catalyst in helping people heal. Lynn considers it a privilege to work with clients in overseeing their care and is therefore committed to doing everything she can to provide a safe, confidential, and professional environment for her clients.
Lynn's two teenage children bring her much joy. She enjoys reading, listening to music, and most of all spending time building memories with family and friends.
BCC, MA, RP
Tel: (905) 240-4600 ext. 8
When life feels out of control and you feel stuck in unhealthy patterns, Colleen’s greatest desire is to restore hope that change is possible. As a registered psychotherapist (RP) licensed to practice in Ontario, Colleen supports her clients to find a new zeal for life through developing a strengthened sense of self and healthy relationships. While working from an eclectic counselling perspective to best meet her client’s needs, she is foundationally psychodynamic and emotion-focused in her counselling approach. She further sees relational connection through the lens of attachment and loves to support her clients to understand their attachment style and how it plays out in their relationship dynamics every day. She also incorporates cognitive-behaviour therapy (CBT), dialectical-behaviour therapy (DBT), mindfulness techniques; and the creative, non-verbal approach of sand tray therapy, to support her clients on their individual journey of change. As a certified trauma professional (CTP), she treats clients who are suffering from traumatic stress with clinically validated approaches to treatment, allowing them to experience relief and hope again in their life and relationships. Deeply committed to her client’s healing and growth, she has a compassionate style of counselling, providing support and treatment for men, women, couples, young adults, and teens of all ages and backgrounds.
Colleen has many years of experience in the mental health field and has helped individuals and couples in the areas of anxiety and depression, relationships and marriage, parenting, self-esteem and shame, abuse and trauma, sexuality, stage of life adjustments, grieving and loss, emotional awareness and regulation, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Posttraumatic-Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other mental health issues and life stressors. Seeing treatment as a wholistic journey, and as a therapist who is a Christian, she also has a passion for supporting clients who would like to explore matters of faith and incorporate it into counselling, with a focus on relationship with God and spiritual growth.
Colleen also brings many years of experience from the for-profit and the not-for-profit arena where she worked before entering the counselling profession. Further, she has been married for over 35 years, and as a mother of three adult children and a grandmother, has much practical experience in raising children from infancy to adulthood.
Colleen has a Master of Arts degree in Professional Counselling (MA, Liberty University), and is a registered psychotherapist in good standing with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO). She further has a 3-year diploma in Bible and theology, and a bachelor’s degree in Christian counselling (BCC, Canada Christian College). Other professional qualifications include certification as a trained trauma professional (CTP), along with training in mindfulness, sexual relationship issues, sandtray therapy, child-parent relationship therapy (CPRT), and emotion-focused therapy (EFT). She is a member in good standing with the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists, and Psychotherapists Mental Health Professionals (OACCPP).
Reading a good book, listening to music, photography, gardening, hiking and canoeing, and spending time with her family, are all things Colleen enjoys in her spare time.
PhD, (Cert) OAMHP
Tel: (905) 240-4600 ext. 7
Tara brings a wealth of experience from her almost 20 years in private practice as a psychotherapist. Over these years she has worked extensively with individual adults and couples dealing with a wide variety of emotional, behavioural, and relational issues, helping them find hope, insight, perspective, and real change. Her deep compassion and heart for hurting people help her to connect with her clients and provide them with hope and grace.
Now she is shifting her focus to specialize in trauma recovery.
This includes clients who suspect or recognize that their current struggles may be rooted in unresolved events, traumas, or limiting beliefs inherited from their past. This can manifest in different ways, such as: past memories or trauma continuing resurface, being easily irritated, experiencing persistent overwhelming shame or guilt, debilitating fears or insecurities, and unhealthy or codependent relationships.
Tara’s approach is very client-centred and she creatively uses a variety of therapeutic modalities to help clients reach their goals. These include: focusing oriented psychotherapy, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), sand-tray therapy, mindfulness, emotionally focused therapy (EFT), integrated marital intensive therapy (IMIT), and Christian spiritual growth strategies.
Tara also has a special passion for helping clients who are interested in integrating Christian faith and growth into their therapeutic journey. Having completed both of her degrees in Christian institutions, she brings a wealth of wisdom and insight from her theological studies. She particularly enjoys helping clients see connections between their faith and the way science is proving what Scripture reveals as God’s design.
Tara holds a PhD in professional counselling from Liberty University and has theological training through her Master’s of Divinity in professional counselling from Tyndale Seminary. She is a Registered Psychotherapist in good standing with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO), and is a certified member in good standing with the Ontario Association of Mental Health Professionals (OAMHP). Tara’s respectful accepting approach balanced with gentle but firm truths provides a warm and comfortable environment for those clients she supports.
In addition to her professional counselling focus, Tara is also a published author of An Unexpected Freedom and a public speaker. She has been married for over 15 years and enjoys reading, puzzling, travelling, hiking, quiet retreats, and spending time with family and friends.
You can schedule an initial consultation or book an appointment with Tara at https://taralalonde.janeapp.com
Lisa has a passion for working with students, adolescents, adults, couples and families who are seeking change from challenges in their lives. From anxiety and depression, to coping with life changes, grief, trauma, suicide, crisis, or low self-esteem, she believes that every person can experience improvement in their situation. She applies hope to her approach with each person's story; and believes that there is hope in what may seem like a hopeless situation.
Some of us need a safe place to process what life hands us, others want to work on specific changes in their life, and some want to prepare for upcoming transitions (e.g. marriage, new child, moving away from home, etc). Lisa supports individuals, couples, or families in each of these goal areas, and more.
Lisa has compassion for those feeling stuck because of anxiety, low self-esteem, depression, or unclear future direction. She also believes that some of her work, such as premarital counselling, can be preventative so that we can take steps to build resilience. Working with students has prepared her to journey with people who desire balance and peace amid life transitions.
Lisa received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Queen’s University before earning her Master of Divinity in Clinical Counselling from Tyndale University College and Seminary.
Tel: (905) 240-4600 ext. 3
Tel: (905) 240-4600 ext. 4
Darlene's work with individuals and families began over twenty-five years ago. She has a Master of Divinity degree from Tyndale Seminary, Toronto, where she majored in Individual, Couple, and Family Therapy. In addition to being a therapist, she is also a certified teacher in Ontario with a focus in Special Education. She has a wealth of experience working with children, youth, and families.
As a professional counsellor Darlene has helped clients with: loss and grief, couple conflict and communication, stress management, addictions, mood and anxiety disorders, parenting, family dynamics, trauma and abuse, life transitions, and self-esteem. An area of particular interest for Darlene is working with families who have children, teens, and young adults with developmental differences.
Darlene's own story of healing and personal growth has instilled within her a deep compassion for those who are struggling. She uses a non-judgmental and goal-oriented approach, combined with empathy and a sense of humour, which offers her clients a refreshing perspective on difficult issues. Darlene's extensive knowledge of health and wellness supports and community resources provides her clients with an integrative approach to growth and change. It is her sincere desire to see every person living to their full potential.
Together with her husband of 27 years, Darlene has experienced both the joys and challenges of marriage and raising a family. She has two daughters and a son-in-law and is excited about the arrival of her grandson. Darlene enjoys travelling, hiking, and exercise, and takes time to unwind and refresh by being outdoors, reading, and spending time with family and friends.
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)
Lori is currently on medical leave and is not seeing clients, please reach out to one of our other therapists in her absence.
Lori has a desire to come alongside individuals, couples, and families, who are struggling, and offer them a chance to feel both heard and seen. With a strong belief in the power of hope and the power of change, she works to create a safe environment where clients can explore their life stories. In a collaborative and client-centred approach, Lori desires to help clients investigate places where they are stuck, and find places where they can begin to take small steps in new directions.
Lori’s desire to do this work began when she found her own healing in a therapeutic relationship. Through a strong determination to heal, and the skilled work of a compassionate therapist, she found that change was possible. Now one of her greatest assets, Lori’s personal struggles are a source of wisdom and empathy from which she draws, as she seeks to companion those on their journey. In order to combine her personal experience with professional practices, Lori then completed her Masters of Divinity in Clinical Counselling from Tyndale University College & Seminary in Toronto, ON. She considers it her greatest privilege to earn her clients trust, and join them in their vulnerable places.
Lori is excited to be joining her colleagues at Evergreen Counselling Centre following her previous experience in a family counselling agency in Richmond Hill, and her own private practice in Courtice, ON.
Lori lives in Clarington with her husband of 17 years, her 10 year old son, and their much beloved Old English Sheepdog.
Kelsey is a Counselling Intern working under the supervision of Susan Kay (MSc., RP, RMFT).
Kelsey is a Master of Counselling student at the University of Lethbridge and is excited to join the Evergreen team! Previously, she has completed her BaH in Psychology at Queen’s University, as well as a Graduate Certificate in Addiction Studies at McMaster University. She has past experience working in private practice, medical clinics, and is an active volunteer with Crisis Text Line and Kid’s Help Phone.
Kelsey’s goal is to help her clients move from surviving to thriving. She not only wants to help you overcome the obstacles you are facing, but also to help you find joy, balance, and fulfilment as you more forward. She accomplishes this by using a holistic, strengths-based approach to treatment. Kelsey is gifted in her ability to create meaningful relationships with her clients that are built on safety, trust and respect. She respects her clients as the experts of their own experiences, working collaboratively with them to help determine their goals and the best way to help achieve them.
Kelsey is keen to work with children, adolescents, and adults. She looks forward to helping clients dealing with a diverse range of problems, including stress, anxiety, depression, life transitions, relationships, low self-esteem, and trauma. Trained in a wide variety of approaches, Kelsey uses an eclectic approach to treatment that allows her to tailor her treatment to the unique desires and needs of each client.
In her personal time, Kelsey can be found reading, doing embroidery, and baking. She loves to include physical activity as part of her self-care routine and enjoys hiking, biking, and yoga. She also loves to travel and spend time with her family and friends.
Mark J. Veenstra
Tel: (905) 240-4600 ext. 9
Mark has a passion for people. Their well being is what motivates him in the work that he does. He is excited to collaborate with his clients around their strengths and explore life’s challenges in to opportunities for growth.
Mark is gifted in his work with adolescents and young adults, which has played out in his career. In 2002, Mark started his career in a Children's Mental Health in the public sector as a therapist to youth and their families. In 2007, he started working with at-risk youth involved in Youth Justice sector who also struggle with mental health concerns.
Mark is able to capitalize on childhood and adolescent struggles, supporting the youth in their journey to adulthood. He excels at helping parents redefine their relationship with the adolescent and young adult children.
Mark received his Bachelors degree in Psychology from the University of Waterloo. He continued his studies at Tyndale for a year in the M.Div Pastoral Counselling program. Mark’s educational journey then took him to Freson California where he completed his M.A. in Marriage, Family and Child Counselling. Mark has continued to learn and grow, having extensive training in a variety of interventions including extensive training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), and in the assessment and treatment of adolescents that engage in sexually harmful behaviour.
Mark is a Registered Psychotherapist (RP) in good standing with the College of Registered Psychotherapist of Ontario (CRPO) and a Clinical Associate Member of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA).
Mark is proud of his family and enjoys spending as much time with his wife and 4 kids as he can. Having grown up in Clarington, he is happy to have his children grow up in this community and is excited to help those in the community to grow.
Tel: (905) 240-4600 ext. 5
Pamela has the heart to see people grow mentally, socially and emotionally to their full potential. She specializes in trauma therapy with the use of CBT, EMDR and Sandtray therapy. Pamela has a special interest in working with those struggling with; trauma recovery, abuse, low self-esteem, anxiety and depression, compassion fatigue, secondary trauma and burn out, work and life-related Stress. She is passionate about working with individuals on their journey of self-development and personal success which includes developing emotional intelligence and conscious awareness.
Pamela has a Bachelors of Applied Science Degree majoring in Child Studies, as well as a Masters degree in Counselling Psychology. It includes over 25 years of experience working in various capacities and within community agencies and grassroots organizations. She is Certified with Integrative Enneagram Solutions to help individuals uncover their uniqueness in their journey. Working with the Enneagram empowers individuals to take responsibility for their own behaviours and growth, from a greater understanding of why they act and react the way they do.
Pamela has been married for over 25 years and enjoys time with her 3 young adult children who are launching into life. She enjoys spending time at her trailer in the summer, being on the water and has a love for travel. In her spare time, you will likely catch her reading a book, working on a puzzle or knitting. You can learn more about her story and journey at http://www.pamelayoung-rp.com/about/
You can schedule an initial consultation or book an appointment with Pamela at https://pyoung.janeapp.com.