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Samantha Devereaux, RP(Q), MACP (c), Co-Founder

“I believe that every individual has a unique life story that shapes the way they think, act and feel. Exploring our uniqueness and making small life changes can help us become the best version of ourselves.” – Samantha Devereaux

Samantha Devereaux is a Registered Psychotherapist in Qualifying status with the College of Registered Psychotherapist’s of Ontario. Samantha has recently graduated from Yorkville University with a Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology. Sam holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Graduate Certificate in Addictions and Mental Health. Samantha has a special interest in holistic-based therapy with specialized trainings in Mindfulness and Meditation . Sam currently holds the role of a group facilitator, individual counsellor and family therapist at Läka.

In her free time, Sam is either outdoors with her Mini Australian Shepard or practicing Yoga. Samantha’s favourite season is Summer as she loves to be out on the water where she spends her off time as a Marine Captain. Set sails on your journey to wellness and call today for more information on the services that can be provided by Läka Wellness.

Alexandra Clarysse, RP, MSW, RSW, Co-Founder

I believe that each individual has unique experiences to share which impact how they see and are in the world. My focus is on collaboration and uncovering the strengths each individual already holds.

Alexandra Clarysse is a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. Alexandra is a recent graduate of the Master of Social Work program at Wilfrid Laurier University and is a Registered Social Worker. Alexandra also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Addiction: Treatment and Prevention. She has also recently completed a certificate program in Advanced Trauma Treatment with The Ferentz Institute. At Läka, Alexandra is a group facilitator and individual therapist with a focus on addictions, trauma and borderline personality disorder.

In her (limited) free time, Alex is often chasing her toddler or Lab mix dog around the house. Alex also enjoys baking, cake decorating and watching hockey. Take a step towards wellness and contact Alex for more information.

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Megan Neil, BSW, MSW, RSW

I believe in the power of genuine human connection and that all behaviour is communication. Our experiences shape and give context to who we are today. What would be possible for you, if you could put down the weight from the past?

Megan is a Registered Social Worker currently practicing Psychotherapy. Megan achieved a Master of Social Work degree from The University of Western Ontario with a focus on the impacts of trauma on young relationships and mental health. Megan also completed a Bachelor of Social Work Degree from The University of Western Ontario with interest in crisis intervention. Megan’s current interests are focused on mindful self-compassion and the inner critic.

In her free time, Megan is breathing in the fresh air. Her hobbies include hiking, kayaking, camping, and trying to find love for gardening. Megan feels the most grounded and aligned when near the water which brings her journey to Laka wellness. Megan is most passionate about supporting individuals living with symptoms of borderline personality disorder, teens, and folks seeking to develop a healthy relationship with themselves. Invest in your wellness journey by contacting Megan to learn more.

Taylor McConnachie, RP(Q) MACP(c) BA

“I value the beautiful diversity of human experience, and strongly believe that you are the expert on your own life. My role as a therapist is to support you and help co-create a narrative that honours your story”.

Taylor McConnachie (she/her) is a Registered Psychotherapist in Qualifying status with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. Taylor is currently finishing up her Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology through Yorkville University, and also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from York University.  Taylor has worked in the community mental health field for over 8 years, and is honoured to be able to support her own community with increasing mental health and wellbeing.

Taylor identifies as a sex-positive and queer-friendly therapist, and aims to provide a safe, validating and affirming space for individuals to navigate the diverse issues and challenges they may be experiencing. Taylor appreciates the wide breadth of strategies and tools that allow her approach to be tailored to the needs of the individual being supported. She has specialized training in areas such as Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and Sex Therapy. Taylor has a special interest supporting individuals in navigating sex and intimacy related issues, trauma, borderline personality disorder and other mental health concerns.  

In her free time, Taylor is a mom to a busy toddler, enjoys getting tattooed and cross-stitching. Contact Taylor at Laka Wellness to make the next step in your journey to wellness.

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Community Resources

REACH Child and  Youth Crisis Line   1-866-327-3224

CAST Crisis Line   1-866-487-2278

Haldimand and Norfolk Women’s Services   1-800-265-8076

Victim Services   1-800-264-6671

CMHA Crisis Stabilization Bed Program 1-888-750-7778

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