Kimberly is the founder of KMA Therapy and one of Canada's most experienced media relationship experts.
Her ability to deliver scientific tips in a heartfelt and relateable way has led her to appear on US National morning show Fox & Friends, The Better Show New York, ABC Washington's Let's Talk Live, NBC Baltimore, Good Day Chicago, Canada AM, CBC's The National, E!News, E!Talk Canada, Breakfast Television, Global Morning Show and CityTV. She has been quoted in ELLE (US Edition), Women's Health Magazine (US Edition), FLARE Magazine, Canadian Living, and Canadian Business Magazine. She is the Canadian spokesperson for Match.com.
Her Youtube Channel, "Ask Kimbery" gives bite-sized relationship tips, and has amassed 18 million views and 280,000 subscribers in its first two years.
Kimberly achieved her doctoral degree in Psychology from Middlesex University UK, her Master's Degree from Wilfrid Laurier University, and her Undergraduate degree from the University of Guelph. Kimberly also has a passion for entrepreneurship and women in business. Her doctoral research studied the emotional psychology of entrepreneurs.
As a result of growing KMA Therapy from her first few clients into the thriving and abundant practice that it's become, Kimberly believes in the strong therapeutic alliance as the heart of successful counselling. Kimberly has one primary goal for KMA: To change the traditional view of therapy to one that's modern, normalized, and enjoyable for all.
* Please note that as a relationship expert, Kimberly does not provide health care, assessment, diagnosis, or medical examination. If you need clinical therapy, psychotherapy, psychological services or assessment, there are many registered health care providers within KMA Therapy who can provide these services. Thank you!
Esther Benbihy, M.A., C.Psych.Assoc. is a Registered Psychological Associate with competence in the area of Counselling Psychology with adults and couples. She earned her Master of Arts degree in Counselling Psychology from the Adler School of Professional Psychology and a Specialized Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from York University. In addition, she is trained in sex therapy, and holds a certificate in Sex Therapy from the University of Guelph and is also trained in Emotion-Focused Couples Therapy. She is a member in good standing with the College of Psychologists of Ontario and the Ontario Psychological Association. Her client-centred approach combined with cognitive-behavioural, Adlerian, emotionally focused therapy, and psychodynamic modalities assist clients with their unique needs.
Esther enjoys working with a variety of clients, helping them to live a more fulfilling life. She provides a comfortable, non-judgemental, and safe space for individuals and couples to develop a better understanding of themselves thus gaining insight into feelings, thoughts, behaviours and patterns. In particular, she has experience in working with individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship difficulties, sexual dysfunctions, family of origin issues, work/life balance and low self-esteem. She also assists couples struggling with communication, conflict resolution, trust, respect, infidelity, intimacy, and sexuality.
Candice is a Clinical Psychologist registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. Candice received her clinical psychology training from the University of Regina and the University of Manitoba. For several years Candice has been working with adults suffering with unmanageable anxiety, stress, depression, and difficulty coping with life changes. She has helped people to cope and overcome problems with obsessions, compulsions, intense fears, traumatic experiences, and low self-esteem. Candice has treated various disorders including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), health anxiety, panic attacks and panic disorder, and adjustment disorders.
Candice treats these problems using Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy (CBT) that is tailored to a client’s individual needs, abilities, and preferences. She works as a co-investigator of a client’s unique problems to help uncover their hidden strengths and abilities to reduce symptoms and manage problems. In therapy, she helps clients to identify unhelpful thinking patterns that trigger depressed and anxious thoughts, teaches clients about the impact thinking patterns can have on mood and behaviour, and helps clients to replace unhelpful thoughts and behaviours with those that are beneficial and adaptive. Clients find that changing the way they think reduces unpleasant symptoms and greatly improves mood. The treatments used are effective and supported by scientific research evidence.
Martin Dragan is a board certified clinical sexologist with the American College of Sexologists (ACS) International. He holds a Clinical Doctorate in Human Sexuality (DHS) from the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality, as well as a B.Sc. (Honours) in Health Science from Brock University. He is also registered with the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists (OACCPP). In addition to his clinical work, Martin is a part-time instructor at Brock University in St. Catharines, having taught human sexuality courses to undergraduate students in both the psychology and health science departments.
Utilising evidence-based practice to provide sex-positive and non-judgmental support, Martin's goal is to collaborate with clients in overcoming their personal obstacles and provide them with the resources, tools, and guidance that best suit their needs. Welcoming all individuals and couples, Martin's scope of practice includes a variety of issues affecting sexuality and intimacy, including: sexual desire and arousal disorders, orgasmic disorders, sexual pain, erectile dysfunction, couples' issues, sexually compulsive/hypersexual behaviour, support for individuals in the LGBTQ+ community, and helping people strengthen their sexual confidence and diversity.
Carol Anne Austin, M.A., M.Ed., CCC, RP is an Individual & Couples Counsellor at KMA Therapy, supervised by Dr. Richard Wood, C.Psych.
Carol Anne is a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) and an Individual and Couples Counsellor with a specialization in sexual & reproductive health. She is a member in good standing with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) and the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists (OACCPP). She is a graduate of the M. Ed. Counselling Psychology program at OISE, where she was trained in individual & couples psychotherapy. Prior to this degree Carol Anne completed an M.A. degree in Psychology with a research focus in Human Sexuality. Most recently she completed an Intensive Sex Therapy Training Program at the University of Guelph, expanding her expertise in the practice of sex therapy.
Carol Anne has provided individual & couples psychotherapy services to clients of diverse backgrounds presenting with various concerns including anxiety, depression, childhood & family-of-origin issues, low self-esteem, stress, assertiveness, relationship difficulties, communication, conflict resolution, intimacy, sexual dysfunction, pro-choice pregnancy options counselling, post-abortion support, and sexual health counselling.
Carol Anne believes that a supportive and collaborative therapeutic relationship is essential in creating an environment that fosters change and promotes growth. She uses an intergrative approach, utilizing techniques from various therapeutic orientations that best suite the needs of each client. Modalities of therapy that she employs frequently include client-centered, cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), compassion-focused therapy and emotion-focused couples therapy.
Kasey Opperman is a graduate of the University of Guelph, and has a Master of Science degree specializing in couple and family therapy and is a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. She is also registered with the Ontario Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Kasey works with clients collaboratively, tailoring her approach to each client’s needs and adhering to evidence based practice. She is trained in dialogic, solution-focused, narrative, emotionally focused, and cognitive-behavioural therapy models. Kasey prides herself in her ability to work with individuals, couples and families in a way that is empathic, respectful and appreciates diversity.
Kasey is a Registered Psychotherapist and has worked with individuals, couples and families presenting with various concerns including depression, anxiety, grief, anger, conflict, communication, intimacy, separation/divorce, infidelity, parenting, trauma and sexuality. Kasey views therapy as a tool for clients to develop understanding as well as skills to overcome challenges in their lives and enhance their well-being. Her aim is to establish a therapeutic relationship, in which clients feel respected, heard, and safe to explore their concerns as well as collaborate to find solutions. Kasey is also fluent in American Sign Language and is able to provide services to those who are culturally Deaf, oral deaf, deafened and hard of hearing; as well as others involved in their system.
Rosana is a Canadian Certified Counsellor (C.C.C.) who holds a Masters degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of Toronto. A former lawyer, mediator, and government policy advisor, she uses a practical and compassionate multi-disciplined counselling approach that aims to provide clients with short-term solutions while simultaneously facilitating long-term healing.
Using a wide array of therapy models and techniques including Mindfulness, Cognitive- Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT), Solution-Focused Therapy, Psycho-Education, Narrative Therapy, Guided Imagery, and Neuroplasticity, Rosana provides a positive and supportive counselling environment for both individuals and couples. She works with people who are seeking to overcome a wide array of mental health and emotional issues including anxiety, depression, chronic stress, burnout, obsessive-compulsive disorder, perfectionism, relationship issues, low self-esteem, post-traumatic stress disorder, chronic pain, and career and life-path dissatisfaction. She also aims to help couples deal with disagreements in a positive and compassionate manner, and to build more loving and fulfilling relationships.
A published writer and international speaker on mental health issues, she is a certified member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association, and also has a background in theatre, music, reiki, and film production.
Michelle is a Registered Psychotherapist who supports her clients through a wide range of mental health problems including addiction, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, stress management, PTSD, interpersonal difficulties and vocational issues. She earned her Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Hartford in Connecticut, where she graduated on the Dean’s List and obtained a coveted practicum placement at the Yale School of Medicine. While there, Michelle completed her field training by providing individual and group counselling for research studies examining the efficacy of various therapeutic approaches to treating mental health and addiction. Upon completing her practium, Michelle was subsequently hired to work as a Primary Counsellor at Yale where she became proficient in techniques of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Behavioural Activation, Mindfulness, Positive Psychology, Gestalt Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Harm Reduction and Relapse Prevention.
Michelle works in collaboration with the client to identify which cognitive, emotional and behavioural habits are maintaining the problem behaviour. Next, she works to identify the triggers and payoffs associated with each of these problematic habits and then works to replace them with more adaptive alternatives.
Since the greatest determinant of the therapeutic outcome is the client-therapist relationship, Michelle believes in fostering a strong therapeutic alliance with her clients by creating a safe, non-judgmental space where the Rogerian principles of empathy, genuineness, and unconditional positive regard are used to build a strong patient-therapist rapport. Additionally, Michelle often uses techniques to build self-efficacy in order to empower her clients and enhance their belief that they will successfully maintain their newer, more helpful habits, even during those situations typically seen as high risk for relapse. In other words, the patient’s belief that he or she can cope with a particular stressor or trigger, without resorting to their previous habits, is a key component in turning newer, more adaptive behaviours into sustainable and lasting change.
Michelle is a member in good standing with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA).
Catherine is an empathetic and open-minded therapist dedicated to helping others live happy and healthier lives. She is a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) and a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. She holds a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology from McGill University.
Catherine has experience working with diverse clientele experiencing a number of personal, academic, and career concerns. Her areas of practice include: depression, anxiety, stress management, communication skills, family and relational concerns, self-esteem, trauma, disability and illness-related concerns, and life transitions. Catherine has a passion for helping others identify and pursue their life paths in meaningful ways. She works collaboratively with clients to improve their self-awareness and identify their strengths, while developing strong, respectful relationships based on mutual trust. Catherine is committed to an integrative and empowering approach that honours the unique story of each client. She incorporates elements of psychodynamic theory, cognitive behavioral therapy, existentialism, interpersonal processing theory, and emotion focused therapy, into her therapeutic framework.
Michelle is a warm, genuine, and collaborative therapist, who actively participates in her client’s healing journey, to foster greater insight and self-awareness into life’s challenges. She is a Registered Psychotherapist (RP) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario, and a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC). She is also registered with the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists (OACCPP). She holds a Master of Arts (MA) degree in Counselling Psychology from McGill University, and specializes in working with individuals at KMA Therapy.
Michelle has extensive experience working with diverse groups, including children, youth, and adults, exploring a wide range of social, emotional, and behavioural concerns, as well as broader existential issues. She takes great pride in her ability to be fully present in the room, creating a safe and supportive space whereby her clients can be truly themselves. With extensive hospital, university, and youth crisis helpline experience, her areas of focus include: depression, anxiety, stress management, communication skills, family and relationships concerns, self-esteem, loneliness, bullying, sexuality, disability and illness-related concerns, and life transitions. She also offers supportive counselling to caregivers (i.e., family members, partners, friends, etc.) who are coping with the physical or mental-health related issues of a significant other.
She utilizes a person-centered and integrative approach in tailoring treatment to the unique needs and values of her clients. She is trained in and comfortable working from a variety of clinical models, including Solution-Focused, Cognitive-Behavioral, Emotionally-Focused, Existential, Acceptance and Commitment, and Narrative. Michelle believes that maintaining harmonious mutual understanding with her clients - through trust, respect, empathy, acceptance, and attentiveness – is a crucial aspect in fostering positive changes towards healing. She believes that the therapeutic process can empower her clients to identify personal strengths and cope with their concerns more independently and effectively. Michelle’s services are supportive of diversity, including cultural, religious, racial, gender, and sexual diversity; encouraging her clients to express their unique values and preferences throughout the process.
Benjamin Gibson is a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. Ben is an individual, couples and family therapist at KMA Therapy and holds a Master of Science (MSc) degree in Couple and Family Therapy from the University of Guelph. Benjamin has significant experience working with individuals, couples and families, and takes great pride in his ability to connect in a genuine way with a variety of clients, tailoring his approach in a way that best honours each client’s unique preferences, values, hopes and goals. Benjamin is trained in and comfortable working from a variety of clinical models, including Solution-Focused, Cognitive-Behavioral, Emotionally-Focused and Narrative. Benjamin takes a person-centred approach, and believes that the therapeutic relationship is built on trust, respect, compassion, acceptance, validation, understanding, and attentiveness to mobilizing his clients’ strengths and abilities to create positive changes in their lives. Through insight, self-awareness and acquiring tools geared towards coping with life’s challenges, Benjamin believes that the therapeutic process is invaluable in nurturing and supporting positive changes in his clients’ lives and relationships.
Benjamin’s professional training and personal experiences allow him to offer a non-judgmental environment, sensitive and intuitive insight, and solid therapeutic skills that will help his clients move forward in their lives. Benjamin understands that some of the issues clients bring to therapy may be private, difficult to talk about, embarrassing, or painful. Benjamin has worked with people on many difficult issues and aims to provide a safe space for his clients to talk about their concerns.
Benjamin can help find solutions for family, couple and workplace conflicts; improve communication at home; manage stress, anxiety, anger and moods; cope with grief and loss; resolve trauma and past hurts; increase confidence and self-esteem; find sexual intimacy; and, be the parent and family member you prefer to be. Benjamin offers a positive space for all clients. Benjamin’s services are supportive of diversity, including cultural and racial diversity, gender diversity and sexual diversity.
Zainab Gandhi believes in her profession and her clients.
Zainab has completed her Masters in Psychological Counselling, specializing in Marriage and Family therapies. She is a member in good standing with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA).
Zainab has had 6 years of experience in counselling with Adults, Couples, Parents & Children. She understands that for clients to speak to a complete stranger about their concerns is very challenging. Therefore, her approach to counselling and therapy is client centered. She works with empathy, genuineness, and unconditional positive regard to make sure that the client is extremely comfortable and in a very happy space. It is important to her to establish a good rapport to be able to bring about a healthy change in her clients. She believes in the 'Human Potential' that each client brings with him/her. Zainab chooses to be a facilitator in the process, where she guides the clients with her education and experience. Once she has made the client comfortable in the session, she then moves ahead to use a Cognitive, Behavioral or an Emotional orientation, depending on what the client is willing to receive at that point in time.
Zainab has experience working with issues such as depression, anxiety, loneliness, low self-esteem, bullying, parenting challenges, marital concerns, divorce, building healthy communication, relationships, balancing work and life, and dealing with a death of a loved one. She loves to use a variety of visual aids with her clients, which will help them understand their concerns more effectively. Her ultimate goal is to make sure the clients can be independent and cope with their problems efficiently.
Laura McCormick is an experienced Registered Massage Therapist who is fully committed to helping and supporting her clients in achieving their goals toward optimal health and balance. Laura graduated from Sutherland-Chan School and Teaching Clinic in 2003 and continues to expand her training in massage techniques, psychotherapy, energy work, and spirituality. Laura has extensive experience in treating clients of all ages, with a wide variety of health concerns.
Laura's special interests include therapeutically reducing the effects of emotional stress on the body, assisting her clients in reconnecting with themselves in a holistic way (mind, body, spirit), and alleviating chronic pain. Laura has specialized experience working with individuals who are living with the effects of central nervous system conditions such as stroke, multiple sclerosis, and spinal cord injuries. She is intuitive in her treatment approach and believes clear communication is an essential component of an effective therapeutic relationship with her clients.
Jessica is a friendly and outgoing administrative assistant at KMA Therapy, who is here to help make your experience a positive one. Jessica just finished obtaining her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Ryerson University. Her background in psychology, along with her various volunteer experiences, allows her to answer any of the questions you may have regarding the therapeutic process here at KMA Therapy. You’ll usually meet Jessica at the front desk when you first arrive or over the phone, and she is very excited to meet you!