About Refining Therapy Services
We provide services through a trauma-informed client-centred, strength-based approach. We aim to enhance the social development and emotional growth of clients in a culturally sensitive, non-judgmental, and respectful manner. We never assume we know you more than you know yourself, and we see it as a privilege to support you through any stage of life we meet.
What Is Counselling?
Counselling is a way of helping people solve their present emotional, personal or interpersonal problems. This is achieved through the intentional use of relationship to facilitate improved self- awareness, coping strategies, mood, personal relationships, emotional regulation, and the optimal development of personal resources. Counselling allows you to be listened to without being judged while also being in an environment that is safe, supportive, trusting and accepting.
What Is Psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy is primarily a talk-based therapy and is intended to help people improve and maintain their mental health and well-being. Registered Psychotherapists work with individuals, couples and families in individual and group settings. Psychotherapy occurs when the Registered Psychotherapist (RP) and client enter into a psychotherapeutic relationship where both work together to bring about positive change in the client’s thinking, feeling, behaviour and social functioning. Individuals usually seek psychotherapy when they have thoughts, feelings, moods and behaviours that are adversely affecting their day-to-day lives, relationships and the ability to enjoy life (as defined by the CRPO).
Meet the Team
Our compassionate therapists are here to provide support and guidance, while also helping you navigate life's challenges and work towards personal growth and well-being.
Registered Psychotherapist, RP
Saunia Palmer Nelson
I am a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. I provide services through a trauma-informed client-centered, strength-based approach. In other words, I never assume I know you more than you know yourself, and I see it as a privilege to support you through any stage of your life that we meet. My goal to enhance the social development and emotional growth of clients in a culturally sensitive, non-judgmental, and respectful manner.
Registered Social Service Worker, BA
I am a Clinical Therapist with over 10 years experience providing psychotherapy to individuals (youth/adults) and families. I am registered with The Ontario College of Social Work and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW). I am excited to provide my support and services to Refining Therapy Services. I am committed to empowering individuals and families to identify and build on their strengths in areas including; self-awareness, enhancing relationships, supporting me
Registered Social Worker, MSW
As a mental health therapist, social worker and wellness practitioner with over 10 years of community development experience, I am energized by providing culturally responsive, affirming and accessible support and resources within our co-created therapeutic space. My aim is to help you make meaning of life’s challenges - such as family conflict, workplace stress, racial trauma, and chronic pain/illness - and to equip you with tools to navigate these experiences.
Masters Level Therapist in Training
Yasmin is completing a Masters of Counselling Psychology from the University of Ottawa. Upon finishing her practicum hours with Refining Therapy Services, Yasmin is a Master's level Therapist in training. After passing the College of Registered Psychotherapists (CRPO) exam she will be a fully Registered Psychotherapist. We are currently offering low cost sessions with Yasmin with the supervision of our Clinical Director, Saunia Palmer-Nelson.
Let's Work Together
How To Get Started
Refining Therapy Services provides 15 minute free consultations via phone.
After your consultation, if you feel we're a good fit for you and/or your family we’ll book your session(s). However, If you aren’t sure and don’t think we are the best fit to support you, we will do our best to refer you to other therapists, services and/or agencies. We truly desire for you to get help, whether its with us or not.
Therapeutic methods used at RTS
GTA Mental Health Resources
Toronto Distress Centres: (416) 408-4357 or 408-HELP.
Gerstein Centre: (416) 929-5200.
Spectra Helpline: 416 920-0497 or 905 459-7777 for Brampton and Mississauga residents.
TTY: 905 278-4890; Languages: English, Punjabi, Hindi, Urdu, Spanish, Portuguese.
Assaulted Women's Helpline: 416 863-0511; Toll-free: 1 866 863-0511.
Kids Help Phone: 1 800 668-6868; Languages: English and French.
Community Crisis Line Scarborough and Rouge Hospital: 416 495-2891 for 24/7
telephone crisis support.
Service borders: south to the lake, north to Steeles Avenue, east to Port Union Road,
and west to Victoria Park.
Durham Crisis and Mental Health Line: 905 666-0483.
Oakville Distress Centre: 905 849-4541 for residents of Halton Region (Burlington, Halton Hills, Milton and Oakville).