Raising Families Therapy

Counselling & Coaching Services


Raising Families Therapy was created to support individuals and families as they navigate different stages of life, pregnancy, raising children, building healthy relationships, and more.

Our team offers counselling, coaching, and consultation services that focus on the unique needs of you and your family. We want to make sure that you are getting the tools you need to see positive change in your life.



Life can feel heavy sometimes. We are here to support you with whatever you may be facing in life. We offer a safe space to explore, reflect, and work together on practical strategies. Our therapists specialize in perinatal mental health, disability and chronic illness, relationships, and more.

Perinatal Counselling

Whether you are about to become a new parent or are struggling in new parenthood, we want to partner with you as you navigate the changes that come with this transition into parenthood, such as finding your identity, family sleep, setting boundaries, and so much more!

Behaviour Coaching

Sometimes it can be hard to know how to support your kids with their feelings and behaviour. We want to help you support your child in a way that feels good and aligns with your values as a parent and family. Together, we can get curious about your child and explore evidence-based strategies that meet the unique needs of your children.


We are a team of dedicated mental health professionals passionate about partnering with you and your family. Our therapists specialize in perinatal mental health, disability and chronic illness, relationships, and more!

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Sam Allison

Registered Psychotherapist


Sam is a Registered Psychotherapist. He works with individuals, couples and families virtually across Ontario. Sam has been supporting individuals and working in marginalized communities for the past 5 years.

Contact Sam at sam@raisingfamiliestherapy.com

More about Sam...
Some of the modalities Sam incorporates into sessions include Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), with a focus on highlighting strengths and resources of clients.
Sam provides support in the following areas:
  • Perinatal and Postpartum Care
  • Parenting Support
  • Anxiety, Depression
  • Relationship Counselling
Sam has a Masters of Divinity in Counselling from Tyndale University. He is also a Certified Anger Management Specialist and a Certified Domestic Violence Specialist.
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Marijka Lorn

Registered Social Worker


Marijka is a Registered Social Worker (RSW) with the goal, stemming from lived experiences, to collaboratively work with individuals, couples, and families. Marijka has a special interest in and experience with mental health and trauma as she has been working in social services for over 4 years with individuals and families from all walks of life.

Contact Marijka at marijka@raisingfamiliestherapy.com

More about Marijka...

Marijka provides support in the following areas:

  • Perinatal and Postpartum Care

  • Parenting Support 

  • Relationship Counselling

  • Anxiety, Depression

  • Trauma

  • Life Transitions

The evidence-based modalities Marijka works with include Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) as well as Strength-Based and Narrative Therapy.

Marijka has a Master of Social Work from the University of Toronto with a specialization in Children and Their Families. Marijka works from a trauma-informed and strengths-based approach. In sessions, she creates a warm and welcoming space for clients to express their needs and goals. Marijka would love to meet with you and support you along the journey to wellness.

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Kaitlyn Tersigni, MSW

Registered Social Worker


Kate is an exceptionally trained and client-focused Therapist with several years of experience working with culturally diverse client populations across the lifespan. Kate is highly motivated and passionate about improving lives.

Contact Kate at kaitlyn.t@raisingfamiliestherapy.com

More about Kate...

Kate provides support in the following areas:

  • Perinatal Parenting and Couple Support
  • Anxiety, Depression, Trauma
  • Life Changes and Transitions

Kate works from a trauma-informed attachment-based lens guided by the following therapeutic modalities: Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI) and Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT).

Kate completed her Masters in Social Work from the University of Windsor. She has a Degree in Adult Development from the University of Guelph and holds a designation as a Recreation Therapist (R/TRO) from Georgian College.

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Elisabeth Aerts-Ives

Registered Social Worker


Beth is a Registered Social Worker (RSW) who compassionately supports individuals and families in her counselling practice. Beth has been providing counselling and support to individuals and families in Guelph and Toronto for the last five years. She has completed her Master of Social Work at the University of Toronto.

Contact Beth at beth@raisingfamiliestherapy.com

More about Beth...

Beth provides support in the following areas:

  • Perinatal and Postpartum Care
  • Parenting Support 
  • Anxiety, Depression
  • Relationship Counselling 
  • Trauma


The modalities Beth incorporates into sessions include Narrative Therapy, Emotion Focussed Family Therapy (EFFT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) as well as Strength-Based therapy models. 


Beth has a Master of Social Work and is a Registered Social Worker. Beth believes in individualized, compassionate and evidence-based care and would love to meet with you and hear your unique story.

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Brooklyn Marx

Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)


Brooklyn is a disabled Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) who practices with individuals and families virtually across Ontario and locally in Guelph, Ontario. 

Brooklyn has worked in the mental health field for over five years, supporting diverse and marginalized communities as they navigate the complexities of life.

Contact Brooklyn at brooklyn@raisingfamiliestherapy.com

More about Brooklyn...

Brooklyn provides support in the following areas:


  • Perinatal Mental Health
  • Parenting Support 
  • Disability and Chronic Illness
  • Sexual and Gender Identity
  • Trauma


Some of the therapy modalities that Brooklyn incorporates into sessions are Narrative, Acceptance and Commitment (ACT), Cognitive Behavioural (CBT), and Mindfulness-Based (MBCT). Brooklyn takes a client-centred, intersectional, and identity-affirming approach to meet unique needs and experiences. 


Brooklyn completed her Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology at Yorkville University. She is passionate about providing a space where everyone can feel safe, seen, and supported.

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Jessica VanderWier

Registered Psychotherapist


Jessica is a Registered Psychotherapist (RP) who passionately supports parents and children in her practice. She has extensive experience working in the areas of Attachment, Children’s Mental Health, Play Therapy, Birth Trauma, Childhood Trauma, Complex Behaviours, and more.

Contact Jessica at jess@raisingfamiliestherapy.com

More about Jessica...

Jessica provides support in the following areas:

  • Perinatal Mental Health: Conception/infertility, miscarriage/loss, birth trauma, mood and anxiety disorders, relationship challenges, and transitioning into parenthood. 
  • Families and Children: Behavioural concerns, family changes and transitions, mood or anxiety disorders in children, and challenging life situations. 
  • Parenting Support: Jessica will work with you to parent in a way that aligns with your values and helps you be the parent you want to be for your kids! 

Some of the modalities that Jessica practices from in sessions include: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Narrative Therapy, Solution Focussed Therapy, and Perinatal Mental Health.

Jessica completed her Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University and postgraduate coursework in Behavioural Science from Florida Institute of Technology. She has also completed advanced training in Perinatal Mental Health through Postpartum Support International. 

Jessica believes in individualized, compassionate and evidence-based care and would love to meet with you and hear your unique story.

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We are currently located in Niagara, Guelph, and Toronto. Virtual sessions are available for all Ontario residents.

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