Counsellors and Therapists

Dr. Leslie Balmer is a registered psychologist with over twenty years’ experience in the assessment and treatment of children, adolescents, and adults in a variety of settings. Dr. Balmer specializes in working with trauma victims who have suffered the death of a loved one through accident, suicide, or murder. In addition, she works with children, adolescents, and adults who are living with a life-threatening illness or have lost a loved one through illness. Drawing primarily on a cognitive/behavioural therapy background, Dr. Balmer incorporates art, game s, and play into her treatment of children. She has published articles on childhood and adolescent bereavement and has lectured and facilitated training workshops in Canada, the U.S., and Europe. She is a member of the International Work Group on Death, Dying, and Bereavement. The fees for psychological services are not covered under the provincial health plan (OHIP).


Mississauga Office                                            Bramalea Medical Centre
130 Dundas St.E., Suite 203                               18 Kensington Rd., Suite 308
Mississauga, Ontario L5A 3V8                            Brampton, Ontario L6T 4S5

Tel: (905) 793-8858
Fax: (905) 793-8134
Email: info@fvb-psychologists.com


Dr. Stephen Fleming, a registered psychologist in the Province of Ontario, is also a professor in the Department of Psychology, Faculty of Health, at York University in Toronto. The author of numerous publications on the grief experience of children, adolescence, and adults, including his newest title: Parenting After the Death of a Child: A Practitioner's Guide. He has lectured both in Canada and internationally. In addition to teaching graduate and undergraduate courses on the Psychology of Death, Dr. Fleming has qualified as an expert witness in litigation involving trauma, and he has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Palliative Care and Death Studies. He has been the recipient of numerous awards and honours including the Noah Thorek Award for outstanding volunteer contribution to the Bereaved Families of Ontario (1993). A member of the Canadian Academy of Psychologists in Disability Assessment, he currently is Secretary-Treasurer of the International Work Group on Death, Dying, and Bereavement. The fees for psychological services are not covered under the provincial health plan (OHIP).


Mississauga Office                                            Bramalea Medical Centre
130 Dundas St.E., Suite 203                               18 Kensington Rd., Suite 308
Mississauga, Ontario L5A 3V8                             Brampton, Ontario L6T 4S5 

Tel: (905) 793-8858
Fax: (905) 793-8134
Emailinfo@fvb-psychologists.com 


Dr. Linda Gruson is a registered psychologist with over thirty years of professional experience. She holds a B.Sc. degree from the University of Toronto and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Clinical Psychology from the University of Waterloo. Specializing in clinical and neuropsychology and assessment, has worked at the Clarke Institute of Psychiatry (now CAMH), the Wellesley Hospital and North York General Hospital.  Since 1987, Dr. Linda Gruson has had an independent practice and works with individuals and couples. She applies solution-focused therapies and incorporates relaxation training, mindfulness meditation for a variety of problems including loss and bereavement.  Dr. Linda Gruson teaches the skills needed to master difficulties, gain self-confidence, meet goals and live a more satisfying and meaningful life. Services are available in a wheelchair accessible space. Fees range between $125-$200/hour and may be covered by extended health insurance benefits available from your employer; however, are not covered by OHIP.  

Toronto Office
3335 Yonge Street, Suite 400
Toronto, Ontario  M4N 2M1

Tel: (416) 482-7722
Email: lgruson@rogers.com
Website: www.drlindagruson.com



Christie Thomas is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), with over 20 years experience as a Grief Counsellor. She is a graduate from Queen’s University, with post graduate diplomas in Spiritual Psychotherapy, and Addiction and Mental Health. Christie is also a bereaved daughter, and a bereaved parent. ““I've been there...so I get it. I am here for you – to hear your story in a safe and confidential setting. Together we will travel the path towards your healing.”

Tel: (416) 200-1532
Emailchristie@christiethomas.com


Dr. Kimberly Watson is a registered psychologist with a private practice in clinical, health and rehabilitation psychology focused on working with adults who have a variety of life challenges, including grief, bereavement, coping with illness, and being caregivers to loved ones who are ill. Dr. Watson has had experience in various hospital, university counselling centre, and private practice settings, conducting assessments and providing psychotherapy with clients coping with cancer, eating disorders, chronic pain, multiple sclerosis, HIV, and injuries subsequent to workplace and motor vehicle accident injuries. Dr. Watson offers short-term and long-term psychotherapy, and strives to work collaboratively with each individual to determine the best approach given the person's needs, drawing on existential/humanistic psychotherapy, supportive psychotherapy, cognitive-behavioural psychotherapy, dialectical-behavioural therapy, and training in mindfulness and relaxation techniques. Psychological services are not covered by OHIP.

Toronto Office
60 St. Clair Ave E., Suite 904
Toronto, Ontario M4T 1N5 

Tel: (416) 899-4191
Email: dr.kimberlywatson@gmail.com
Website: www.watsonpsychology.com

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