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Our Team

Korri Bickle, PhD (Forensic Psychology), RP
Executive Director

Nicolle Fox, MA, RP
Clinical Director

Danielle Sage, MSc, RP
Director of Client Care

Kelly Gaebel, MC, RP
Psychotherapist

Jenn Walker, RP
Psychotherapist

Araba Arhin, MSW, RSW
Registered Social Worker

Pat McCourt
Manager of Clinical Operations

Candace Chattergoon, MEd, RP
Psychotherapist

Stephanie Karam, RP (Qualifying)
Psychotherapist

Jennifer Robbins
Administrator

Janet Paradis
Administrator
Korri Bickle, PhD (Forensic Psychology), RP
Executive Director

Korri is a graduate of Ontario Tech U with a PhD in Forensic Psychology. She is also a graduate of Trent University with a Master of Science in Health Psychology and Ryerson University with a Master of Arts in Early Childhood Studies. In addition to her role at Counselling Connection, she is an Assistant Professor at Trent University where she teaches in the Psychology Department.

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).

Jenn Walker, RP
Registered Psycho Therapist

Jenn is a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Psychotherapy who has been working in the Mental Health and Addiction field for the past 14 years. She holds a Bachelors Degree from Macmaster University and a Post Graduate certificate in Addictions and Mental Health. Jenn strives to create a welcoming, safe and non-judgemental environment to support her clients with achieving their therapeutic goals.

Jenn practises from a holistic and client centred approach utilizing client’s strengths to build resiliency and healthier coping strategies to manage life’s stressors. Jenn has experience working with individuals with a variety of concerns such as: anxiety, depression, addiction, trauma, self-esteem and relational struggles. In her practise Jenn utilizes a wide range of therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), and Mindfulness Mediation which allows her to tailor her approach on an individual basis.

Araba Arhin, MSW, RSW
Social Worker
Provides service in both English and French

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.

AAraba 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).

Pat McCourt
Manager of Clinical Operations

Pat oversees the day-to-day operations of Counselling Connection. She has a hand in both the administrative and clinical sides of our business to be sure that things run smoothly. She often does our consultations when you are first considering using our services. Pat has over 30 years’ experience in the field of social services and is always willing to answer your questions. She is most often works out of the Bowmanville office.

Candace Chattergoon, MEd, RP
Psychotherapist

Candace is a graduate of U of T, OISE, where she obtained her Master of Education in Counselling Psychology, Psychotherapy. She is a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) and a member of the Ontario Association of Mental Health Professionals (OAMHP). As a growing therapist, Candace will be working under the supervision of Counselling Connection’s Directors. Candace takes a client-centered approach to her work and values connecting with clients and learning about their stories and experiences. Candace assists individuals to work through a variety of concerns, including anxiety, depression, life transitions, and day-to-day struggles. She works collaboratively with her clients to develop the best plan for them by incorporating a variety of therapeutic approaches including Cognitive and Behavioural techniques and frameworks, Emotion-Focused Therapy, Mindfulness, Interpersonal Therapy, and Solution-Focuses Brief Therapy.

Stephanie Karam, RP (Qualifying)
Pyschotherapist

Steph Karam is a registered psychotherapist in the qualifying category. She takes a client-centred approach to care, using a trauma-informed and goals-focused lens. Steph has a passion for helping others recognize their needs, worth, and passion, while assisting them with achieving their goals. Steph works with clients with anxiety, depression, interpersonal concerns, and life transitions with excitement and joy. She primarily uses modalities including CBT, ACT, narrative therapy, mindfulness-based therapy, and EMDR.

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.