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Aurora Psychotherapy Centre

Restoring The Connection Between the Mind & Nervous System For Optimal Health

Psychotherapy, Neurofeedback & Trauma Therapy Clinic in Aurora, Ontario

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Our Integrative Approach to Mental Health Goes Deeper To The Root Cause

The Aurora Psychotherapy Centre supports individuals, couples and families to heal at a deeper level. We do this by not only addressing your mind and emotions but your nervous system as well. Our integrated approach to mental health combines evidence based psychotherapies with the power of advanced Neurofeedback and other specialized trauma therapies such as EMDR into the therapeutic process.

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Our wounds are often the openings into the best and most beautiful parts of us. - David Richo

Psychotherapy & Counselling

Psychotherapy is based on a transparent relationship with a therapist where you can explore your thoughts and feelings openly. Psychotherapy can help you shift out of old patterns so that you can live life more authentically and to be more accepting of yourself and others.

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Couples & Relationship Therapy

In couples therapy you express your feelings, discuss issues openly with your partner, and resolve conflicts. You can learn to be happier together as your learn the skills to increase respect, affection and intimacy. The goal is to strengthen and protect your attachment bond.

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EMDR Therapy For Trauma

Treating trauma is a necessary component of mental health recovery because it greatly impacts the way we understand ourselves and the world. We support our clients to work through disruptive thoughts, feelings and sensations through cutting edge therapies such as EMDR and Somatic Experiencing.

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Neurofeedback For Self-Regulation

Neurofeedback helps you to improve the quality of your life by calming your nervous system and increasing your capacity to respond better to stressful situations. Neurofeedback training can also help you to achieve better sleep, focus, mood and concentration.

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http://www.aurorapsychotherapycentre.comRequesting An Appointment 

If you would like to book an appointment please contact our intake co-ordinator Angela Allan at (289) 635-2505 or CLICK HERE to request a therapist.

Angela would be happy to assist you answering any of your questions and provide more information about our therapists and the methods we use. Please expect a 20 minute intake consultation which will help us better understand your needs.

Angela will book your first appointment with the therapist and provide you all the necessary information to prepare you for your first session.

Please inquire about a 15 minute free telephone consultation.

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Sepidokht Erfani, RP, IMG

Registered Psychotherapist

With 15 years of experience working with diverse population, comfortable working with individuals with severe mental health issues, using a variety of therapeutic modalities such as Cognitive-Behavioral therapy (CBT) and Psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

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Adriana King MA, CTIC. RP

Registered Psychotherapist & Director of Neurofeedback Services.

Adriana is a Registered Psychotherapist (RP) with the CRPO (College of Registered Psychotherapist of Ontario) Masters of Arts Degree in Counselling Psychology and a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Psychology. She is a certified CTIC (Certified Trauma Integration Clinician),

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Jason Koenigbaur MTS, RP (Not Accepting New Clients)

Registered Psychotherapist & Director of Neurofeedback Services

Jason is a Registered Psychotherapist with twenty years experience in the mental health field treating anxiety, depression, childhood trauma, and PTSD. He can help you find relief from distressing symptoms, make positive behavioural changes, and connect you back to your True Self. Therapies include Neurofeedback, CBT, DBT, IFS, & EMDR.

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Rui Tian MA, RP, GCPain

Registered Psychotherapist

Rui has many years experience providing individual, couple and family therapy and specializes treating anxiety, depression, addiction, trauma, pain management, and many other issues. Services offered in English and Mandarin.

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Claudia Aranda MDiv, RP

Registered Psychotherapist

Claudia has more than 20 years of experience working with couples, teenagers, children, adults, and families with a variety of emotional difficulties. She is specialized in Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) and works holistically - mind, body and spirit.

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Aksana Kavaliova-Moussi, MTA, CTIC, Neurologic Music Therapist Fellow

Registered Psychotherapist

Aksana has 14+ years of experience as a music therapist and psychotherapist, working with a variety of clients: children with special needs and their families, people of all ages who struggle with mental health, and survivors of psychological traumas. Services provided in English and Russian.

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Anxiety & Depression

Anxiety Phobias Social Anxiety Bipolar Disorder Depression Agoraphobia

Trauma Spectrum Disorders

Developmental & Relational trauma Personality Disorders Mood Disorders & Anxiety Disorders Panic Attacks OCD Anger Management

Post Traumatic Stress

Emotional Dysregulation Relational Difficulties Negative Beliefs and Physical Stress Difficult in Attention and Cognitive Processing Reanactment and Flashbacks

Emotional Dysegulation

Borderline Personality High Risk Behaviours Perfectionism Conflict In Relationships Eating Disorders Self-Harm, Suicidal Thoughts Or Attempts

ADD/ ADHD

Lack of Motivation & Concentration Day Dreaming & Procrastination Impulsivity & Hyperactivity Increase Aggressiveness Racing Thoughts Autistic Behaviours

Stress Related Pain

Panic Attacks During Sleep Manic Sleep Behaviour Restless Leg Syndrome Bruxism Chronic Pain with Depression Migraines

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We are a trauma informed clinical practice. This means our therapists are specialized to effectively treat clients who present with a trauma history. Trauma should not left be untreated because it can significantly impact your mental, emotional, physical and spiritual well-being.

We use a variety of trauma based therapies, such as EMDR, Comprehensive Resource Model (CRM), Somatic Experiencing (SE), and Neurofeedback. All of these therapies work in their own way to help you heal from the effects of trauma.

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Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an evidence based psychotherapy treatment which helps to access, clear and resolve traumatic memories and other painful life experiences from the past.

The goal of EDMR is to help you to process your traumatic memories in a very natural way by fostering connections between your brains memory networks. This can help you to learn and move on from trauma as opposed to being stuck in and endless loop of thoughts and emotions from the past.

After a thorough assessment, you will be asked specific questions about a particular disturbing memory. Eye movements, similar to those during REM sleep, will be recreated simply by asking you to watch the therapist's finger moving backwards and forwards across your visual field. Sometimes, a bar of moving lights or headphones is used instead. The eye movements will last for a short while and then stop. You will then be asked to report back on the experiences you have had during each of these sets of eye movements.

Experiences during a session may include changes in thoughts, images and feelings. With repeated sets of eye movements, the memory tends to change in such a way that it loses its painful intensity and simply becomes a neutral memory of an event in the past. Other associated memories may also heal at the same time. This linking of related memories can lead to a dramatic and rapid improvement in many aspects of your life.

In each session the therapist will ask you…

1. An image in your mind related to the painful memory.
2. The negative beliefs about yourself you associate with that memory.
3. To describe how that memory makes you feel — both emotionally and physically.
4. And lastly, what positive belief about yourself you would rather have associated with that memory.

Together, you and your therapist will process the disturbing memories from your past. Along your journey you will acquire many new insights, tools and resources. You know that you have processed your traumas when you no longer get triggered emotionally and you are grounded more in your authentic self. EMDR is an exciting and rewarding experience, but expect to work hard!

Contact our Intake Manger, Susan Graham, to learn more about EMDR and the therapists available to provide this therapy.
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Why pay attention to the body after trauma?

The recognition of the effects of traumatic events to the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) has been widely recognized. Now there is awareness that the body remembers pain and can be greatly affected by showing multiple physical symptoms.

Supporting clients to recognize and regulate emotional states can make a difference in the way clients see the world and make meaning. Finding safety inside the body can be a game changer in experiencing relationships, connection to self and the world, and making decisions towards personal goals.

Somatic approach therapies can help clients reconnect with their bodies. This includes regulating work, such as supporting clients in finding flexibility in their nervous system, repairing attachments, creating safety and helping them move through the window of tolerance.

Clients will then learn to handle stressors and avoid defaulting into defensive behaviours. In addition, clients will be naturally able to access optimal energy in their bodies. They will be able to start to feel and think without being overwhelmed, feel creative, connected with others, gain perspective and even feel compassionate with themselves and others ( Linda Thai, 2019;Terrell& Kain 2018).
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Our unique approach, and one of the services that we offer, is to integrate Neurofeedback within your psychotherapy sessions. Neurofeedback is direct training of the electrical activity (EEG) functions in the brain. Using the EEG feedback and specialized computer software, your brain can makes changes by leaning to regulate attention, mood and anxiety.

Combining Neurofeedback within psychotherapy is a transformational approach to rapidly increase the brain's neuroplasticity. With ongoing ”brain training,” expect to deeper and restful sleep, reduce fear, increase mood and concentration, and feel more positive. Our intake team would be happy to provide you more information about how you may benefit form this treatment option.


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Talk therapy is the hope of many individuals struggling with mental health. After clients acquired enough awareness of self and insight of their past and they commit to engage in different practices and perspectives, they expect to complete the healing process., However, it has been proven through research that more often than not - a single approach is just not enough.

Trauma and other adverse experiences affect the brain deeply in many regions. There are many brain structures affected, neuro-networks are firing and wiring together, communicating in millions of patterns, most often by the fear-driven brain. Clients' survival mechanism of the brain creates a fear-based reality that interferes with their daily living. Talk therapy alone can not possibly access all these regions that have been settled for years in complicated patterns, or change the narrative default and rigid conditioning.

The benefits of Neurofeedback have been studied and continue to be proven, with thousands of clients improving their quality of life, while having access to a non-invasive, drug free treatment. Neurofeedback can be helpful for symptoms of ADHD, anxiety, depression, cognitive and sensory integration, sleep problems and pain. Even clients that struggle with developmental trauma and can get access to the underlying root cause of their symptomatology, and can optimize the neuroplasticity of the brain. Supporting a better success of the psychotherapy treatment.





Neurofeedabck & Trauma 
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What is Clinical Neurofeedback?

Clinical Neurofeedback refers to the combination of Psychotherapy and Neurofeedback.

Both interventions aim to help clients understand their mind and their brain. Neurofeedback is an intervention that uses the brain’s capacity to change in order to regulate the brain's electrical activity. It is a direct way to train the brain to improve its function and to regulate symptoms. Psychotherapy helps the client process and assimilate information, thereby becoming complementary to Neurofeedback.

During a regular Neurofeedback session, three or more electrodes are placed on the scalp in specific areas of the brain, where one is actively training and others are placed to act as references and poles. A state-of-the-art electronic equipment allows clinicians to amplify frequencies in a computer interface setting, helping clients to receive instant feedback of the brain wave frequencies. Through the process of operant conditioning, clients will learn to retrain their brain to achieve more of the desires brain waves in specific areas and reduce them in others.

There is a multitude of electrical activity in the brain, with the most brain wave frequencies being Delta, Theta, Alpha, Beta and Gamma. These frequencies range from slower to faster and are measures in Hertz per second. Each frequency is associated with certain behaviours, mood and other functions of an individual. For instance, Delta waves are associated with states of deep restorative sleep, while gamma waves are mostly associated with intense focus and helping the integration of information between areas of the brain. Alpha waves are mostly correlated with states of relaxation, but ready to react if needed.

Biofeedback
Heart Rate Variability (HRV) training requires placing sensors on the fingertips and measures the respiratory rate, pulse and skin conductance. Feedback is given on a computer screen with images that indicate if the respiration and heart rate are being regulated. The purpose of using HRV biofeedback first is to oxygenate the brain before neurofeedback to improve the


Quantitive EEG ( Electroencephalogram) is a non-invasive assessment that collects electrical activity from different structures of the brain. By placing 19 electrodes in different brain regions (known as Bradman sites), it is possible to record frequency rhythms generated by cortical mechanisms inside the brain. 

This EGG technology collects readings of frequency rhythms in the following ranges: Delta 0-3 Hz, Theta 4-7 Hz, Alpha 8-11 Hz, SMR 12-15 Hz, Beta 15-18 Hz, High Beta 22-36 Hz and Gamma 36-45 Hz. This information is compared to a normative database that can reveal possible abnormalities in the distribution of frequencies. The comparison allows the neurotherapist to better understand the client's brain connectivity and to support them by establishing protocols to achieve the client's individual learning goals. The analysis also provides a baseline to assess progress over time. 

ERP's (Event related potentials) have been defined by brain potentials associated with information flow in cortical areas evoked by some event, stimulus or movement. 

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Neurofeedback is a non-invasive, drug-free and evidence-based treatment, that uses neuro-modulation training to allow the user to receive instant feedback of the electrical activity in the brain.
Once the individual is able to learn their brain patterns, they are able to regulate it to improve brain function, bringing regulation to either fast or slow waves.
Neurofeedback helps the brain by providing feedback through operant conditioning. The brain learns to receive reward when achieving certain frequencies and inhibit others, thereby way creating more effective and desired patterns that reflect synchronized internal rhythms.
Neurofeedback has achieved a great deal of evidence-based recognition in treating ADHD, however, the fact is that Neurofeedback can do much more. From treating developmental trauma,  to calming states of anxiety and depression to creating better sleep patterns and reducing pain, neurofeedback has been highly effective. Neurofeedback can help to stabilize over-arousal and under arousal-activation, and that can be applied to improve processes of attention, cognitive, immune, endocrine and autonomic nervous systems, as well as behavioural and emotional states. 
Just as every brain is unique, so is every learning process. Users can typically see some changes between 5-10 sessions, however, it is important to remember that Neurofeedback focuses to help the brain to learn and consolidate frequency patterns in different regions. Therefore more sessions may be required to achieved lasting, desired frequencies to synchronize rhythms in the brain.
For example: A minimum training program for ADD will be between 10-20 sessions, approximately 40 for ADHD. Clients with ADHD who are on medication may require more than 40 sessions.

The learning process can be influence by several factors such as life style, diet and nutrition, gut and brain issues, medication, history of concussions, developmental issues and how long this factors has been part of the clients life. Clients with more complicated conditions will be needing between 40+ to achieve sustain improvements. Benefits can be experience through the process but its the goal to make this training to last. 
Many clients start Neurofeedback training while on medication. Through the course of the process, they are able to gradually and with the support of their physician reduce the doses to a desire use. 
Each brain is unique in responding to wave training. Some clients might be able to notice changes between 4-10 sessions, while others might need longer periods to see more vivid and clear resolutions. Duration depends on the presentation of symptoms, medications and lifestyle. Typical treatment courses range between 10-40 sessions. 

  • Follow recommendations around sleep, nutrition and exercise. Being overly hungry can impact alertness and focus and the ability to sit still. This is especially true of children and teenagers.
  • Consult with our clinic about any medications you are taking that may affect your brainwave patterns. Do not discontinue your medications without your Doctor's supervision. However, know that some medications affect your EEG activity.
  • If possible, wash your hair and avoid using styling gels, etc. on the day of your QEEG Brain Map. Gels and conditioners can at times make it more difficult for the EEG sensors to make good contact with your scalp.
  • If you wear contact lenses, be prepared to remove them during your session (these can cause excess eye blinks / movements). Bring any contact lens solution and containers that you will need if you remove your contacts.
In Neurofeedback - either long or short session may be beneficial, depending on the client's unique brain and process. Typically, clients can train between 10 to 45 minutes at a time. It is recommended that clients train as often as possible to achieve consolidation. Some clients could train between once per week to two or even three times per week.
There are no serious side effects. After training, clients may feel the effects of training, much like after doing physical exercise. Clients may feel tired and have a slight headaches, but that is not typical. These reactions are temporary, or a sign of client's brain responding to training. Any side effects should be communicated to the Neurotherapist to adjust the protocol and tailor the protocols to help regulate or subside these abreaction responses. 



The online booking system is ONLY for current clients.
Please do not book into this system if you are not already a client. 


If you are interested becoming a client please contact us at (289) 635-2505
Our intake team will  be happy to book your first appointment.  
  • 15105 Yonge Street #203 Aurora, ON, Canada