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.
Meghan Atherton - Secretary
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.
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.
Membership Chair - Tanya Rust
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. As well, she works as the Quebec English youth director for the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada. Tanya will be teaching the course, “Relation d’aide et quête de sens” during the winter semester at a French college affiliated with Laval University. 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 Kameli - Professional Development Director
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
Mary Ann Lichacz-Karwatsky - Social Events Director
Mary Ann started her career as a high school English Literature teacher, but then obtained her Master of Education in Counselling Psychology degree at McGill, and practiced counselling for 35 years with high school and adult students. Of all the committees she has worked on, the most interesting one for her was the Career Fair committee at St. Pius X Adult Center, where she helped to greet the 3000 students who came to visit for many years. She now enjoys reviewing conference workshops and writing articles for the QCA e-bulletin. MaryAnn also enjoys writing memoirs and has had several stories published in Canadian Stories magazine.
Shrabani Debroy - Website Chair and CCPA Student Representative
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 and CCPA Student Representative
Jenny Ann Phillips is in her final year of her Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology at McGill University. She is currently a guidance counsellor intern at Westmount High School. The services she offers to students are personal and career counselling, crisis intervention, conflict resolution, and finally providing academic information to students.
Carrie Foster – Past President
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 liscensed C.T.F, a Canadian Certified Counsellor and a Registered Drama Therapist. This is her seventh year on the board of the QCA. She is currently working with women in a community mental health and transitional housing setting as well as have 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.
Carmen Pietracupa - Director-At-Large
Carmen holds an MA in Creative Arts Therapies from Concordia University. She currently works as a counsellor for ANEB Quebec, supporting people who live with eating disorders. She also works with the Lester B Pearson School Board with at-risk high school students. Carmen has also been a counsellor with Big Brothers-Big Sisters West Island and worked with the North Island Crisis Intervention Centre in British Columbia.
Wayne Clifford - Director-At-Large
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 San Fransisco. 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.
Christina Spinelli- McGill CCPA Student Co-Representative
Christina is currently completing her Master's degree in Counselling Psychology at McGill University. She is interning at Marianopolis College’s Counselling Services where she is assisting students with personal and career related concerns. Christina plans to pursue a doctorate Counselling Psychology and her areas of professional interest include mindfulness, group therapy, and couples counselling. Christina also volunteers as a peer supporter and co-facilitates psychoeducational groups at McGill.
Amber Regier- CCPA Student Representative
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.
Kiraz Johannsen - CCPA Anglophone Director
Kiraz is a Canadian Certified Counsellor in Private Practice. She has been a QCA board member since 2005. Kiraz has been a member of the Private Practitioners Chapter since 2005 and a board member of the Social Justice Chapter since 2011. She has been working for SyMetric Sciences Inc. (Clinical Research Organization & Clinical Data Management Systems Developer) since 1999 in the positions of Manager, CEO& President, and now Director.