While many people can benefit from in-person counselling, there are a number of reasons as to why some struggle to get themselves out the door to seek the help that they need. Convinced that counselling is too expensive? Feel weird talking to a stranger? Or maybe being in a public space isn’t ideal for you right now. Whatever your concerns may be holding you back, at Durand Integrated Health Group, we have you covered.

Our fully licensed therapists are non-judgmental, caring, highly-skilled and want the best experience for you. So meet with a therapist on your own terms with our budget-friendly virtual counseling sessions. We’re listening.

Virtual Counselling

If you are experiencing a mental health emergency or mental health crisis please call 911.

Is Virtual Counselling For Me

We know that sometimes taking that first step is easier said than done. You may be asking yourself, “is virtual counselling right for me?”.

We’re here to help you answer that and any other questions regarding our counselling services. Call 905-527-1342 today.

Virtual Counselling Can Help With:

  • Anger
  • Depression

  • Anxiety
  • Phobia
  • Trauma
  • PTSD
  • Loss

  • Support & More

How Does Counselling Work?

Counselling involves helping people with a broad variety of emotional and mental difficulties. Whether your current therapy sessions aren’t cutting it or you’re considering getting help for the first time, our therapists utilize various methods during sessions to ensure that you get actual results. We understand that everyone is unique in their requirements to reach and maintain a healthy mental status which is why our therapists Sophia Sammy, Cristina Palermo, and Joy Friesen have the ability to use their different training techniques to provide you with care that is best-suited to your needs. The following are some of the techniques they use:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IP)
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Mindfulness-Based Approaches
  • Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy
  • Emotion-Focused Therapy
  • Solution-Focused Therapy
  • Skill-Building Approaches

Practitioners Offering Virtual Counselling Services


Joy Friesen

Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW

Joy Friesen

Joy Friesen is a Registered Social Worker who holds degrees in Master of Education and Master of Social Work. She offers over 10 years of experience in working with children, adolescents, adults, and families and approaches therapy as a supportive journey with clients, working towards their therapy goals. Joy provides a sincere and compassionate space for clients to feel known, heard, and validated so they can start taking control of their lives again.

Joys areas of focus are: Addictions | Anxiety & Depression | Child & Adolescent Mental Health | Coping Strategies | Emotion Regulation | Grief | Life Transitions | Pandemic Stress | Parenting Support | Self-Compassion | Self-Esteem | School Challenges | Work Stress & Burn Out
The theoretical approaches that Joy offers for therapy are: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy | Dialectical Behavioural Therapy | Internal Family Systems | Mindfulness| Motivational Interviewing | Solution Focused Therapy | Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

“The most powerful words are “me too” because these words make you feel that you are not alone in your journey.” -Unknown

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Cristina Palermo

Cristina Palermo

Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) R.P. and Art Therapist

Cristina Palermo is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) and Art Therapist. She completed her training in Art Therapy and Psychotherapy at the Toronto Art Therapy Institute and is currently finishing her thesis project on the benefits of art therapy in breast cancer patients and survivors. Cristina has always been passionate about the arts and her own journey as an artist helped her recognize the therapeutic value it holds.

In counselling sessions, Cristina offers both traditional talk therapy and art therapy as options. Cristina takes a very person-centred, humanistic and organic approach with each of her clients, letting the client guide the direction of each session. Sessions are rooted in mindfulness, meditation, grounding, and cognitive behavioural therapy.

Cristina can help clients suffering with anxiety, eating disorders, depression, grief and loss, behavioural and neurobehavioral disorders, brain injuries and mood challenges. She regularly works with adults and also specializes in working with children and adolescents. She has learned that using art and even play in sessions helps facilitate a conversation to talk about difficult experiences, especially in youth.

Don’t think you’re an artist? That’s ok, prior skills are not necessary to participate in art therapy it is inclusive to all ages and genders.

“Art can permeate the very deepest parts of us, where no words exist.” – Eileen Miller

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Sophia Sammy

Registered Psychotherapist, CYC, R.P.

Sophia Sammy

Sophia Sammy is a Registered Psychotherapist who has significant experience in working with a variety of client demographics. She has worked within a school setting as well as community and clinical settings. Sophia’s client-centered therapeutic approach encompasses an eclectic array of cognitive, humanistic, and behavioural therapies. She implements CBT, solution focused therapy, art therapy, and spiritually integrated therapy, to name a few.Sophia possesses a diploma in Child and Youth Care from Sheridan College, a Bachelors degree in Sociology from York University, and a Masters of Arts in Theology with a concentration in Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy from Wilfrid Laurier University.

“Whenever you find yourself doubting how far you can go, just remember how far you have come.” – Unknown

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