Our Team


Korri Bickle, MSc, RP

Executive Director

Korri is a graduate of Trent University with a Master of Science in Health Psychology and a graduate of Ryerson University with a Master of Arts in Early Childhood Studies. She is currently finishing her doctorate degree in Forensic Psychology at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology.

Over the course of her clinical career, Korri has worked with a variety of individuals and couples experiencing symptoms of anxiety, stress, communication and/or parenting issues, and relationship concerns. She has specialized in working with children, youth, and their families that were facing a range of mental health and behavioural concerns, struggles in school, and changes in family dynamics. Korri’s 10 plus years of experience in the field allows her to consult and provide supervision to the team at Counselling Connection, contributing to innovative strategies and treatment plans.

Korri is an active member of the community and has experience on a number of committees and boards; her experience in management and employee relations has provided her the foundation to grow the services Counselling Connection can provide to the community. As the Executive Director, Korri prioritizes effective and efficient services for clients while maintaining positive relationships with partnering agencies and community members.

Korri is a member of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario, the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists (OACCPP), and the Ontario Association of Child and Youth Care (OACYC).


Nicolle Fox, MA, RP

Clinical Director

Nicolle obtained her Master’s degree in Health Psychology from Trent University. She has worked in diverse clinical environments including both public and private sectors in various agencies and positions. Although Nicolle specializes in supporting those affected by addiction and trauma, she works with clients suffering from a wide variety of mental health issues. In her own practice she utilizes a client-centered and holistic approach to support emotional, interpersonal, marital, family, and other individual struggles. Nicolle provides support to individuals and families experiencing separation, substance abuse, trauma, communication difficulties, self-esteem, and anger, among other daily struggles. Nicolle has also completed Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) training and is currently being supervised to implement DBT into her practice. DBT is an intensive behavioral therapy that is typically used for those struggling with high risk behaviours.

Nicolle’s ability to inherently create a safe and comfortable environment allows for the development of a trusting relationship that is conducive to her clients’ desired outcome. Her encouragement to focus on all areas of an individual’s life allows each client to enhance and maintain their wellness.

As the Clinical Director, Nicolle ensures ethical practices and high quality client care. Nicolle is responsible for organizing and chairing supervision meetings, and providing direct ad hoc supervision to Counselling Connection’s Psychotherapists and Social Workers. Nicolle is a certified member of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario as well as the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counselors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists (OACCPP).


Danielle Sage, MSc, RP

Director of Client Care

Danielle is a graduate of Trent University with a Masters Degree in Social Psychology. Danielle’s experiences in community organizations providing support and program facilitation prepared her well for connecting with others in various capacities. When interacting with her clients, Danielle employs a client-centered approach while utilizing a variety of behavioural and cognitive strategies.

Danielle specializes in working with couples who are experiencing issues related to marital conflict, sexual satisfaction, infidelity, communication and coping with change. Furthermore, Danielle works with clients to navigate symptoms of anxiety and depression, supports individuals through the grief process, and aids in the enhancement of positive self-esteem, body image and successful life transitions. She is able to assist her clients with improving their communication, building confidence, and developing self-care routines and healthy self-talk. Danielle is eager to help individuals explore their concerns, set attainable goals, and work toward a happier and more fulfilled self.

In addition to her clinical career, Danielle has 10 years of client relations experience and integrates these skills in her position as the Director of Client Care. Danielle is responsible for overseeing and ensuring the high quality service and relationship between Counselling Connection and their clients. Danielle is a member of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario and a member of the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists (OACCPP).


Kelly Gaebel, MC, RP

Psychotherapist

Kelly has a Masters of Counselling degree and utilizes a psychodynamic psychotherapeutic approach to support her client’s in making connections between their lived experiences and current life challenges and struggles. Using this information Kelly works with her clients to develop attainable goals and strategies to move forward in their journey in a healthy and mindful manner. She has experience supporting clients with a variety of challenges including anxiety and depression, trauma, relationship challenges, life transitions, identity and self-esteem development.

Kelly also has extensive experience supporting children and youth who are struggling with changes in family dynamics, trauma, anxiety, depression, relationship struggles and behavioural concerns. She utilizes an eclectic range of strategies to support her clients, including play and narrative therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, and relaxation and mindfulness techniques.

Kelly is a Registered Psychotherapists with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO), a member of the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists (OACCPP) and a Professional Member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA).


Rhonda Thompson, MSW, RSW

Social Worker

Rhonda earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Tyndale and a Master’s degree in Social Work from Laurier. She engages with clients utilizing a variety of therapeutic approaches in a holistic way that honours the unique life experiences and environments of each client. Rhonda’s warm and open approach promotes an atmosphere where clients can explore further development of strategies for coping skills and personal growth.

Rhonda has extensive experience related to elder care needs, including dementia, family/caregiver support and health care navigation. She also supports individuals with disabilities, those with chronic conditions, and children, young adults and couples experiencing a variety of mental health, emotional, and/or relational concerns. She is available to those encountering palliative, end-of-life and life-limiting issues as well as grief and bereavement resulting from various forms of loss. Rhonda’s skills can also be helpful for folks experiencing anxiety and challenges with work/school and life balance.

As a Social Worker she openly acknowledges the realities and challenges of various social barriers while encouraging clients to embrace their unique strengths and growth potential. Rhonda is a registered member of the College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW) and a member of the Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW).


Rachel Allison, BA, RP

Psychotherapist

Registered Psychotherapist, Emotional Health Practitioner Rachel supports clients of all ages, and particularly works with youth, young adults and couples. Rachel supports clients having difficulties with anxiety and depression symptoms. In addition, Rachel has substantial experience working with those struggling with addictions, and their families. She is also a yoga teacher and educates her clients about the benefits of mindfulness.


Araba Arhin, MSW, RSW

Social Worker

Araba received her Bachelor of Arts degree at Concordia University in Therapeutic Recreation, a discipline in which professionals design programmes that are based on the needs and interests of individuals with physical, social, intellectual, or emotional disabilities. To compliment her degree in Therapeutic Recreation, she completed a Masters in Social Work at the University of Windsor.

Through work, volunteering, and professional experiences, Araba has had the opportunity to work with an array of populations. These populations include: children with or without disabilities, youth who are marginalized, adults in active recovery from their respective drug of choice, adults living in poverty, individuals and families with mental health challenges, seniors with dementia, youth and adults who are newcomers to Canada, and women impacted by violence.

Araba strives for equity and works to break and/or eliminate barriers systemically. During individual/family sessions, Araba enjoys using various evidenced based approaches that are client centered and that highlight the client’s strengths. Some of these approaches include Narrative Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy. Araba is a registered member of the College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW) and a member of the Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW).


Jennifer Robbins

Administrator

Jennifer is responsible for managing the administrative needs at both the Bowmanville and Port Hope offices. She primarily works out of their main office in downtown Bowmanville. Jen has been working in customer service for over 10 years and has been fundamental in the success of delivering Counselling Connection’s services to the community. Jen’s friendly demeanour and compassionate attitude help clients feel comfortable and welcome both in our office space, and with questions pertaining to our services.


Janet Paradis

Administrator

Janet has over 10 years administrative experience. Janet's unique skill set comes from her various experiences working in the industries of law, trades, advertising and social services. As part of the administrative team, Janet supports all of our counsellors and their clients to ensure effective and efficient services. Please contact Janet to make an appointment, inquire about invoices or payments, and discover how you can access our services.


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