Stella is registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers, and received her master’s degree in 1982. She has extensive clinical experience working with individuals, parents and children in social distress and emotional crisis. Her practice with adolescents focuses on coping with life stress, school and behavior problems, peer and family relationships. Stella also works and teaches in the areas of separation, divorce and the emotional and practical consequences of coping with loss. She has advised the courts in these matters and works with parents in formulating cooperative parenting plans through mediation.
Linda Popielarczyk M.S.W., R.S.W.
I have had my master’s degree in social work since 1984, and I have been registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers since 1980 after earning my Bachelor of Social Work degree. My clinical experience includes work in a variety of treatment settings providing services to individuals, couples and families. Areas of expertise include communication and conflict resolution; the issues faced by separating and divorcing parents and their children; as well as child development. My life experience has included the privilege and challenges of parenthood, which has richly informed my understanding of, and approach to, counselling individuals and families.
I have taught courses in family mediation; and, the effects of high conflict separation and divorce on children. My practice is focused on couple counselling; specialized services to separating and divorcing families including individual therapy, family mediation, parenting coordination, and custody and access assessments; as well as, counselling services for individuals with developmental differences, and their parents and families.
Laurie Stein L.L.B., M.S.W., R.S.W.
I am committed to helping families, children and teens as they negotiate life’s many changes. I see myself as a member of your team to explore new, dominant stories that move you forward and create new possibilities in the context of what matters most to you.
I have over 20 years experience working with families, couples, children and teens in treatment and mental health settings. I have particular expertise in the areas of separation, divorce and remarriage, parent-child conflict, adolescence, challenges with child behaviour, parenting and life transitions.
As a collaborative family professional, I help families to find a more peaceful way through their separation. I work closely with parents to create new and effective ways of communicating to ensure that the children’s needs are met as a first priority. In this process, parents and I may mediate and create a parenting plan and discuss parenting and child adjustment.
In addition to my therapy practice, my past experience includes working with children and youth as a children’s lawyer. I hold my Bachelor of Laws and Master of Social Work, am registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and am trained as a Collaborative Family Professional.