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The Mindful Living Centre -

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The Mindful Living Centre Milton

A warm welcome from the Milton team! We are a passionate and knowledgeable group of mental health professionals, eager to help and support the community with our extensive psychological expertise. Our office is comfortable and well-appointed, and we are conveniently located near the Milton District Hospital.

SERVICES OFFERED

At The Mindful Living Centre, we support individuals of all ages on their journey to better mental health. Our approach is grounded in evidence-based practices, ensuring that our services are informed by the latest scientific research.

Our Services:

– We offer comprehensive psychodiagnostic assessments for those seeking clarity on diagnosable mental health conditions.

– Engage in briefer, treatment-focused assessments as a precursor to therapy.

– Therapy (brief or long-term)

Special areas of interest for our Milton team include:

ADHD

Anger Management

Anxiety, Stress, and Worry

Behaviour Management

Depression and mood difficulties

Giftedness Assessments

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Parent-child relationships

Parent coaching

Relationship/ Interpersonal difficulties

Retirement transition/adjustment to aging

Self-Esteem

Stress Management

Substance Abuse

Trauma Recovery

WSIB mental health claims

Discover tools and resources tailored to improve your mental well-being. Our team is here to guide you toward understanding and overcoming psychological challenges.

Clinic Staff and Therapists

Headshot of Dr. Barbara Morrongiello

Dr. Barbara Morrongiello, C.Psych.

Dr. Morrongiello works in the Milton clinic as well as offering virtual sessions. She enjoys working with children, adolescents, parents, and families. 

Dr. Morrongiello is a Clinical Psychologist and Professor of Psychology at the University of Guelph. She was recently appointed to the Order of Ontario for her research around “novel integrative models and unique prevention programs” that have shaped public health and prevented injuries in children. Dr. Morrongiello applies a variety of therapy approaches in her work, including Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and elements of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).

In addition, as a faculty member at the University of Guelph she teaches graduate courses in child clinical psychology, provides Clinical Supervision to graduate trainees in the program, and has authored over 150 scientific articles in the areas of children’s health, parent-child relationships, safety and health promotion, and understanding and preventing youth’s risk-taking behaviors.

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Dr. Alexa Kane, C.Psych.

Dr. Kane works in the Milton clinic, as well as providing virtual sessions (when appropriate). She primarily offers comprehensive psychological and psycho-educational assessments, that include assessments of intellectual, educational and mental health functioning in children and youth. These include assessments for ADHD/ADD, for children, teens and adults (up to age 60).  She also offers comprehensive assessments for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) for children and teens.

Dr. Kane’s approach to assessments is rooted in a strong background in child development and family systems. Her assessments look at multiple aspects of an individual’s functioning, including emotional, behavioural, academic, and intellectual. She believes strongly that the assessment tools are only one part of the picture, and puts a strong emphasis on understanding an individual’s functioning from their own perspective, and that of close people in their lives (e.g., parents, teachers). She will work with you to come up with appropriate goals for a psychological assessment, and provide a wealth of recommendations tailored to your individual needs at the end of the process.

Dr. Tanya Zhao

Dr. Tanya Zhao, C.Psych.

Dr. Zhao works in the Milton clinic and offers virtual appointments. She works with children, adolescents, parents and families to help support them through the transitions and changes that all families encounter – whether it’s the start or change of school, changes within the family structure, or changes associated with puberty.

Dr. Zhao works within the Adlerian Individual Psychology framework which focuses on personal strengths and abilities as a source of empowerment for clients. She also draws inspiration and methods from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Motivational Interviewing. Dr. Zhao generally adopts a client-focused approach and works hard on building trusting and collaborative therapeutic relationships with her clients.

Dr. Mirmahmopud Mirnasab

Dr. Mirmahmoud (Mahmoud) Mirnasab, C.Psych.

Dr. Mirnasab provides clinical assessment and interventions to children and adolescents with a wide range of Emotional, Behavioral and Cognitive challenges, including: Attention Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD/ADD), Anxiety and Mood, Learning disabilities, Habit Disorders, Anger Management difficulties, Low Self-esteem and school-related challenges. He also offers individual parent management training (PMT) sessions and psychoeducation in parent-child relationships. In treatment sessions with children and adolescents, he focuses on the client’s strengths, interests and unique personality to build a strong rapport before using a variety of evidence-based interventions. His primary therapy approach is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). He also applies Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused techniques, Play Therapy and Mindfulness-Based techniques when appropriate.

Dr. Mirnasab has authored several scientific articles in peer-reviewed Journals and published books in the field of child and adolescent psychopathology. Dr Mirnasab
is a member of the Ontario Psychological Association. He offers services in English,
Persian and Turkish (Azerbaijani).

Dr. Anya Moon

Dr. Anya Moon, C.Psych.

Dr. Moon is the Director of Clinical Training at the Mindful Living Centre. She works in the Burlington and Milton clinics, as well as providing virtual sessions. Dr. Moon enjoys working with adults struggling to make and maintain behavioral change in areas such as substance use, addictive behaviors, anxiety, and depression. In addition, Dr. Moon works with clients interested in enhancing interpersonal functioning and learning skills for navigating relationships, particularly in the domains of narcissism and co-dependency.

Dr. Moon believes the therapeutic relationship is key to change and she emphasizes collaboration, mutual respect, and compassion. Dr. Moon specializes in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and also utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and interpersonal approaches.

Dr. Abid Azam

Dr. Abid Azam, C.Psych.

Dr. Azam works in the Milton & Oakville clinics, in addition to providing virtual appointments in English or Urdu. He helps adults struggling with a wide range of psychological and physical health issues.  When formulating how best to help clients, Dr. Azam uses a biopsychosocial model, paying attention to cultural, trauma-related, and lifestyle factors (e.g., physical health, job/academic demands, and relationships). His treatment approach is derived primarily from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).

From this framework, he assists clients in better understanding the connections between their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors, to experiment with new ways to adaptively respond to their concerns. He also integrates methods from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Schema Therapy, and mindfulness skills training.

Marie Alexis

Ms. Marie Alexis, RSW

Ms. Alexis sees clients in person in the Milton clinic, in addition to offering virtual sessions. She is a registered social worker (RSW) who works with adults looking to navigate difficult life transitions, to connect more meaningfully to themselves and with others, and to cope more skillfully with life’s challenges. She believes that a strong therapeutic relationship provides the foundation for positive change, and strives to make therapy a space where clients feel seen, heard, and empowered to explore new ways of being. 

Led by the belief that therapy should meet you where and how you are, Ms. Alexis uses a variety of clinical approaches to support clients’ movement towards personal growth. These include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), as well as applied mindfulness and emotion-focused interventions. She endeavors to practice from a trauma-informed and anti-oppressive lens.

Dr. Santiago Hoyos

Dr. Santiago Hoyos, C.Psych.

Dr. Hoyos believes everyone has their own story to tell, and while diagnoses (i.e., the “what is happening”) are important, he likes to guide treatment based on truly understanding the how and why behind each individuals’ experience. This in turn, is a collaborative process between his clients and himself, as his priority is for the people he works with to feel seen, heard and understood. Dr. Hoyos sees clients in the Milton and Burlington clinics, as well as offering virtual sessions. He provides assessments and counseling to adults, offering services in both English and Spanish.

In his work with clients, Dr. Hoyos draws from several empirically-supported approaches, including mindfulness-based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (mCBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Relational psychotherapy, and Emotion-focused Therapy (EFT).

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Ms. Erika Ristok, MSW

Ms. Ristok views therapy as an opportunity to uncover and explore self-limiting beliefs in a safe, supportive and collaborative environment. She enjoys helping her clients expand their “mental health toolkits” in support of their personal growth and well-being. To facilitate this, Ms. Ristok helps clients develop greater self-knowledge and coping strategies, and encourages clients’ connection to their own values, resources, and strengths.

She sees clients in the Milton and Burlington clinics and offers virtual appointments. She is a registered social worker (RSW) who works with adults seeking to better cope with life’s challenges. She In addition to her knowledge and experience with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Erika uses Internal Family Systems (IFS), applied mindfulness strategies, including mindful self-compassion, and also draws on strengths- based practices including Solution-Focused Therapy and Motivational Interviewing.

Reach Us

400 Bronte Street South, Unit 219 Milton, ON, L9T 0H7

Monday-Friday 9am-7pm
Saturday 9am-2pm
Sunday Closed

Sessions are by appointment only (no reception staff on site, no walk-ins)

From highway 401 eastbound: Take exit 320 (Martin St./ Regional Rd 25 S) in Milton. Turn Left onto Martin St. (Regional Rd 25S). Turn Right onto Steeles Ave E. Turn left on Bronte St N (signs for Bronte St). 400 Bronte St. S is on the right, 2.5 km away.

From highway 401 westbound: Take exit for Martin St./Regional Rd 25 S in Milton. Turn Right onto Martin St. (Regional Rd 25S). Turn Right onto Steeles Ave E. Turn left on Bronte St N (signs for Bronte St). 400 Bronte St. S is on the right, 2.5 km away.

From Dr. Henny Westra, C.Psych.

Dr. Parrish and his team are highly committed to advancing their skills and ensuring high quality care. I have worked with the team repeatedly in clinical trainings and recommend them highly. They strike me as compassionate, caring, and committed to excellent care.

BOOK AN APPOINTMENT

Please call or text 289-270-1757, or email info@mindfullivingcentre.ca to connect with our clinic coordinators. They will respond to you within 24 business hours to gather further information, assign you to an Associate who will best meet your needs, and provide you with additional information to set you up for your first appointment(s).

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How much do your services cost?

Our fees are charged on an hourly basis, and currently range between $195-$245/hour, depending on the service provider. Our services are tax deductible, but are not covered by OHIP. Clients with extended health benefits may be eligible for partial or full reimbursement of service fees, depending on their insurance provider.

Is the office accessible?

Yes! There is elevator access to our suite on the second floor. All of our treatment rooms are accessible. There is a public washroom beside the elevator that opens by button press. We can provide a key to unlock the door.

Where is the closest bus stop?

The closest bus stop is directly out front of 5045 Mainway.

Are refreshments provided?

Yes! Clients are welcome to water, tea and coffee (by request), and our well-stocked candy dish.

Can I bring someone with me to my appointment?

Yes. Guests are welcome to use our waiting room during your appointment. You are also welcome to have them join you for part or all of your session. Please let your therapist know prior to your arrival (if possible). They will confirm you consent to having your guest participate in the session when you arrive.

What forms of payment do you accept?

We accept Mastercard, Visa, electronic funds transfer, cash, or cheque. Our clinic manager will review methods of payment with you as part of the intake process, and you are always welcome to ask questions if you are unsure.

Do I need a doctor’s referral?

No. We do not require a doctor’s referral form.

Community Involvement

Our ComOut Team is passionate about supporting the community more broadly in addition to our services to individuals. Our recent initiatives have included:

Wellness seminars for educators at Halton District School Board
Hosting a booth at the Milton Fall Fair
Hosting a booth at the Burlington Community Picnic
Post-traumatic debriefing following an incident at the Milton Swim Club

We are always eager to explore additional opportunities to support the community and meet its psychological needs. For further information, please contact ssergeant@mindfullivingcentre.ca

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