Rena Klisouris- President
Rena Klisouris began her career as an ESL instructor, holding various teaching and supervisory positions as she lived and worked on three continents; she made a successful transition to counselling after settling in Montreal. Rena holds a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology as well as a Master’s degree in English, both from McGill University. She is a licensed member of the OCCOQ and currently works as a guidance counsellor for the English Montreal School Board, where she counsels at-risk youth in the alternative school sector. Rena also has a private practice offering counselling services. Her areas of interest and expertise include career counselling, grief counselling and hoarding. She is currently co-facilitating a workshop for individuals dealing with Hoarding Disorder, as well as a monthly support group for this population and their families.
This is Rena’s third year on the QCA Board of Directors. She is pleased to take on the role of President, and is committed to supporting initiatives that will unite and empower counselling professionals in Quebec.
Wayne Clifford - Vice President
Wayne has held many positions within the educational system, working as a teacher, administrative assistant, principal, and guidance counsellor in Montreal's West Island community. He has been on the QCA Board of Directors for over 20 years, serving twice as President. He was the Quebec Anglophone Director for the CCPA from 2001-2005. He is now certified as an Associate in Sex Education, and is completing the requirements for a Clinicial Sexology Certificate with the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality in California. Wayne is a School Commissioner for the Lester B. Pearson School Board, a volunteer at the West Island YMCA, a director of the TQSOI (Community Council for the south sector of the West Island), and a director of the Sexual Health Network of Quebec (SHNQ) (formerly planned parenthood). Wayne is an avid cyclist who coordinates a seniors cycling club and plays hockey in the Pointe Claire Oldtimers hockey League.Wayne is the recipient of many awards including the QCA Justine Harris Award, CCPA's Lorne Flavelle Leadership Award, the Queen's Jubilee Award, and the Quebec Lt. General's Silver Award for Seniors for his community work.
Amber Regier - Secretary
Amber is currently completing her Master’s degree in Creative Arts Therapies at Concordia University. She is currently interning as a Drama Therapist at Jewish General Hospital in Child Psychiatry. Amber utilizes drama and play therapy to help her clients discover new ways to express and explore their stories. She hopes to receive her Registered Drama Therapy permit and continue working with children and families.
Lorne Flavelle - Treasurer
Lorne Flavelle, CCC, is a retired School Counsellor who has a private practice, Reflections Counselling Services, specializing in couples, career and personal counselling. He is Treasurer of both the QCA and the Private Practitioners’ chapter of the CCPA, and has served as President of both associations. He was awarded the QCA’s 1995 Justine Harris Award for Excellence in Counselling. His expertise and leadership in counselling were recognized in 2006 by the CCPA (then-CCA), with an annual counsellors’ award: the Lorne Flavelle Leadership Award. Lorne loves swimming, cycling, and playing with his grandchildren. He is an active volunteer in the West Island Y.M.C.A. and is involved in many church and community activities.
Franta Kastanek - Public Relations Chair
Franta, a retired Certified Counsellor with a Masters in Counselling, had been helping children and parents for over thirty years as a case worker and a therapist. In addition to his private practice, his experience includes volunteering at the Suicide Action Montreal; an extensive training at the Montreal Gestalt Inst.; and group facilitation at the Psychesoma of Montreal, helping with severe overweight issues. He is a mindful meditator and a member of the Tibetan Shambhala of Montreal. Franta loves the guitar and singing, and has composed several songs. He speaks fluently in English, French and Czech.
Tanya Rust - Membership Chair
Tanya has a Master of Arts in Counselling, Psychotherapy and Spirituality from Saint Paul University in Ottawa and an undergraduate degree in theology with a major in youth studies. She works with youth and young adults developing programs where they can talk about spirituality, how it can be used as a tool in their everyday lives, and also counsels students. She is an adjunct professor with Laval University, and has taught the course, “Relation d’aide et quête de sens”. As the Membership Director for the QCA, she is excited at the opportunity to get to know others in the counselling community in Quebec.
Arash Kamel - Professional Development Chair
Arash Kameli is a Canadian Certified Counsellor with an MA from the School of Counselling, Psychotherapy & Spirituality at Saint Paul University, Ottawa, BA (Honours) Psychology from the University of Ottawa. Arash is the owner of Kameli Counselling in central Montreal. He works with individuals and couples; anger management & EAP support. He has worked with individuals & couples at Family Therapy in Ottawa, at Saint Paul University the Student Success Centre, in private practice in Ottawa since 2010. He has recently begun supervising first and second year students in the Counselling, Psychotherapy & Spirituality program at Saint-Paul University in Ottawa. As the Professional Development Director at the QCA, he is in charge of organizing continuing education events. Finally, Arash wants you to know that he the voice of advocacy for legislation reform towards the proper recognition of psychotherapy in Quebec.
For more about Arash, visit: www.kamelicounselling.com
Tina Stoupakis - Social Events Chair
Shrabani Debroy - Website Chair
Shrabani has a Master`s degree in Counselling Psychology from McGill University. Shrabani completed an internship at the Counselling and Psychological Services at Concordia University. She is currently working as a crisis counselor. Shrabani is particularly interested in working with the university student population.
Jenny Ann Phillips - E-bulletin Chair
Jenny Ann recently received her Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology from McGill University. She interned as a guidance counsellor in a High School in Montreal during her final year in the program. The services she provided to students were personal and career counselling, crisis intervention, conflict resolution, as well as academic information to students. Jenny Ann is currently taking some additional classes to supplement her degree.
Carrie Foster – Past President and Anglophone Chair
Carrie Foster holds an M.Sc. in Couple and Family therapy from McGill, and an M.A. in Creative Arts Therapies from Concordia University. She is a psychotherapist, a licensed C.T.F, a Canadian Certified Counsellor and a Registered Drama Therapist. This is her eighth year on the board of the QCA. She is our Quebec Anglophone Director for the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA). Carrie is currently working with women in a community mental health and transitional housing setting as well as having a private practice with offices in Westmount and McMasterville. Her focus includes women, children and families and couples. As a drama therapist her work promotes well-being through embodied action-methods and mind/body work including Psychodrama and Developmental Approaches. She has completed her course work in EFT training. She is also continuing her training as a sex therapist. She is a busy mother and grandmother, enjoying being involved in community and family.
Meghan Atherton- Director at Large
Meghan Atherton is a recent graduate of McGill’s Masters in Counselling Psychology program and currently works as a Career Advisor at Concordia University. Meghan also holds a B.A. in Psychology and a B.Ed. from the University of Victoria and spent several years working in education in B.C. before moving to Montreal to pursue her graduate studies. Areas of interest for Meghan include career development, career counselling and youth health and development
Christina Spinelli- McGill CCPA Student Representative
Christina is currently completing her Doctorate in Counselling Psychology at McGill University. As a member of the McGill Mindfulness Research Lab (MMRL), her interests lie in examining how ambiguity tolerance may be cultivated through mindfulness training, the use of mindfulness with forensic populations, and the impact of mindfulness training on novice counsellor development. She interned for the past year at Marianopolis College’s Counselling Services where she assisted students with personal and career related concerns. Currently, Christina volunteers as a peer supporter and co-facilitates psychoeducational groups at McGill as well as facilitates the BPD for Caregivers support group at AMI Quebec.
Elliot Maxwell- CCPA Concordia Student Representative
Elliot Maxwell is currently completing his Masters degree in Drama Therapy at Concordia University. He is interning as a Drama Therapist at McGill University Sexual Identity Clinic. Elliot is passionate about using the healing potential of acting, creating therapeutic theatre, and play to help clients reach self love and thriving. He is hoping to create a therapeutic theatre and film centre that would bring post-traumatic growth healing to survivors of sexual abuse and other individuals experiencing trauma.
Hanieh Tohidi- CCPA Concordia Student Representative
Honieh has an M.A in Visual Communication and taught at the University level for three years. Teaching art at Tehran Internation International School helped her to notice the hardships that students with different cultural backgrounds may experience through integration and adaptation to a new culture. She found her passion for going beyond teaching: containing students' emotional experiences, improving students' mental health, and increasing their resilience and coping skills through art. After moving to Canada, she started to pursue her Master's degree in Creative Art Therapy at Concordia University. She is also currently an art therapy intern at Donald Berman Maimonides Geriatric Centre. Honieh is interested in multiculturalism and has volunteered for two years in Montreal Children's Hospital, The Center for Arts for Human development and Native Women's Shelter of Montreal. Volunteering has provided her the opportunity of assisting successful music and drama therapists and getting to know other modalities in her field. She hopes to work with children and families of first nations and also immigrants, and refugees after graduation.