“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter, don’t mind.” -Dr. Seuss

Our Team

We are an expanding group of professionals committed to meeting the needs of children, parents and marriages in our community. We are passionate about seeing families thrive!

Shari Lang Markovich

B.Ed.,M.Div.,
Registered Psychotherapist (Q)

Shari is compassionate and encouraging. She has worked with children and adolescents for more than 20 years and, arriving late to motherhood has found it to be the greatest education of all! She is a wife, mother of two and personally familiar with issues related to birth trauma, mental illness, chronic pediatric disease and parenting.

Throughout her experiences teaching and leading children & youth programs, Shari’s passion has always been to see families thrive. She is motivated to work with children and parents so families can function in healthy and supportive ways. She uses a variety of counselling modalities, including Theraplay®, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and Family Systems.

Most of Shari’s free time is spent with her family, but she also enjoys reading and gardening.

Qualifications

  • Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario
  • Tyndale Seminary, Master of Divinity (Clinical Counselling)
  • Theraplay® Certification (Level 1)
  • York University, Bachelor of Arts (Psychology/English)
  • York University, Bachelor of Education (Junior/Intermediate)

Susan Rumford

M.A., Registered Psychotherapist

Susan is approachable, empathetic and sensitive. Along with her professional training, Susan brings the life experiences of a wife, mother, widow, single parent, and subsequently, a parent of a blended family. These experiences along with her education, enable her to connect with people who have special needs, whether mental, physical or spiritual. She has compassion for parents who find themselves alone, lonely, or without adequate resources to face the daily battle of life, and respect for those who courageously seek help to overcome their challenges and disappointments.

Susan’s desire is to help parents who find themselves in crisis, life transitions, or in difficult circumstances, to clarify and achieve their goals, overcome obstacles and meet new challenges with confidence. She uses a variety of counselling modalities including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and Solution Focused Therapy.

For relaxation, she enjoys mid-distance running with her dog, reading and spending time with her family and friends.

Qualifications

  • Registered Psychotherapist, College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario
  • Wilfred Laurier University, Master of Arts, Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy
  • 2003 Franklin Covey – Executive and Life Coaching Certification
  • Queen’s University, Bachelor of Arts (History)
  • Enrich Canada – Certified Marriage and Pre-Marital Counsellor
  • Trained facilitator, Focus on the Family’s “How to Drug-Proof Your Kids”

Danielle Budd

B.S.W.

Danielle is passionate about seeing people thrive and become the best versions of themselves. She is a recent graduate of the Social Work (B.S.W.) program at Roberts Wesleyan College and a current Child and Youth Worker. Through her education and experience, Danielle has had the opportunity to work alongside at-risk youth and has been entrusted as a responder to crises. Danielle strongly believes in utilizing the strengths perspective to assist clients’ in recovery, empowerment and growth. She hopes to continue her education and pursue a Master’s program to further her skills. 

In her free time, Danielle enjoys outdoor adventures and spending time with family and friends.

Qualifications

  • Registered Social Worker (Qualifying), Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers
  • Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI) certified
  • Roberts Wesleyan College, Bachelor of Social Work

Brianna Vanstone

B.S.W (cand.)

Brianna is entering her fourth year of Social Work studies at Wilfrid Laurier University, with a minor in Psychology. Through her education, she has had training in working with individuals, groups, families, and communities. She is passionate about caring for and supporting others, and has experience working with children, seniors, and families. Additionally, she is dedicated to the advocacy of mental health and wellbeing, and is Mental Health First Aid certified.

Qualifications

  • Mental Health First Aid Certification
  • Wilfred Laurier University, Bachelor of Social Work (expected date of matriculation April 2019)

Phil McAllister

B.A., M.Th. (cand.)

Born and raised on the East Coast of Canada, Phil developed a passion to reach people who desire more from life. He has over eleven years of experience working with both children and adults in the areas of spiritual and mental health. 

His passion is to help families grow closer by equipping them with the ‘right tools for the job’. As anxiety, stress, and grief, become realities many people face, Phil wants to help people process through their experiences using Strength-Based Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and Narrative Therapy. 

Phil is currently in a Masters program at McMaster University studying Theology with a focus on Spiritual Care and Counselling.

In his spare time, Phil likes to play music, read, and connect with friends. 

Qualifications

  • Crandall University, Bachelor of Arts – Psychology
  • McMaster University, Master of Theological Studies – Spiritual Care & Counselling (expected date of matriculation April 2019)

Melissa Truman

B.F.A., A.A.C.

Melissa is patient, encouraging, and loves working with children. She is a professional dancer, teacher, and choreographer with over ten years of experience teaching all ages. She graduated Cum Laude from York University, where she acquired a BFA with Honours in Dance. While at York, her focus was on dance pedagogy and somatic practice, a type of movement study that looks at the internal physical experience of participants. Her education at York has developed her passion for using dance and movement practice principles to promote an equal mind-body relationship. 

Melissa has been trained in classical ballet, modern, creative movement, jazz, acro, and contemporary dance. She is excited to offer courses that explore the connections between mind and body.  Her personal experiences with yoga and mindfulness inform her therapeutic work.

When Melissa is not dancing, she enjoys baking and reading, and spending time with family and friends.

Qualifications

  • York University, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance with Honours
  • Society of Russian Ballet, Student Teacher-in-Training (Associate expected January 2019)
  •  Acrobatic Arts Certified Instructor

Careers

FMC Job Opportunities

Join the team at FMC working together to bring mental wellness to all members of the family.
To achieve our mandate, we require a diverse range of professional skills and experience. We hire people who are passionate, caring, professional and creative. If you looking for an opportunity to help in our community then we are waiting to hear from you. Please send a resume to:

info@FamilyMattersCentre.ca 

Thank-you in advance for your interest and only those being considered will be contacted.

“I believe that a different therapy must be constructed for each person, because each has a unique story.” -Irvin D. Yalom