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Cognito is pleased to introduce our team of professionals who are passionate for helping clients on their mental health journey.

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Victoria, BC

Stephen Roberts

MA, RCC

Clinical Supervisor

Stephen is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors.

He provides guidance and supervision for our team of counsellors and life coaches. Stephen brings a diverse history of lived experience to his counselling practice. Stephen approaches each client with the belief that with the right support and encouragement we all have the ability to lead more productive and fulfilled lives. Starting from a place of empathy and compassion, Stephen guides his patients through a respectful examination of their life choices with the goal of providing them with the practical tools they need to meet their true potential.

Stephen received his Master of Arts from Liberty University, with a specialty in Marriage and Family Counselling. Prior to becoming a counsellor, Stephen earned a Doctorate and Master’s degree from the University of British Columbia, and a BA from Queen’s University.

Stephen has been married to Dr. Jillian Roberts since 1989 and is the father of three children. He is a proud and active citizen of the Métis Nation of British Columbia.

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A blend of person-centered, solution-focused, cognitive-behavioural and Christian therapeutic approaches.

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Working with clients who are struggling with anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, bereavement, motivational challenges and building emotionally fulfilling relationships.

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Anxiety, Trauma, Grief, Depression.

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Victoria, BC

Dr Francois Muller

MD

Acting Medical Director, Consulting Physician & Co-Founder

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Dr Francois Muller

Dr. Francois Muller is a co-founder of Cognito

Dr Francois Muller is a General Practitioner that lives and co-owns a multidisciplinary clinic in Victoria BC, where he has served his local community for 15 years.

He completed his medical degree in South Africa in 1998. Francois has a breadth of medical professional experience from inpatient and outpatient settings in South Africa, England and Canada.  

Francois’s clinic serves all facets of the community in a broader patient medical home setting.  He has a passion for general practice and patient advocacy.

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Victoria, BC

Dr Marlene Muller

MD

Consulting Physician & Co-Founder

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Dr Marlene Muller

Dr. Marlene Muller is a co-founder of Cognito

Dr Marlene Muller is a Family Physician in Victoria, BC. She completed her Medical Degree in South Africa in 1996.  She has lived and worked in South Africa, England and Canada.  She has been proudly Canadian since 2001.

She has been working in a multi-disciplinary clinic in Victoria BC since 2007 and has been part of a group of physicians delivering high quality care to the community.  She has a special interest in Psychiatry and worked in a psychiatric hospital in Chertsey, England.

She strives to give evidence based, kind and compassionate care to each of her patients. She is a mom of 2 busy teenagers.

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Victoria, BC

Bhavan Manhas

MN, NP

Medical Director

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Bhavan Manhas

Bhavan is Cognito's Medical Director

Bhavan is a Family Nurse Practitioner with a diverse professional background and over a decade of health care experience in direct patient care and administrative roles throughout British Columbia and  the UK. She received her Master of Science in Nursing: Nurse Practitioner from the University of Victoria in 2014 and has practiced across various settings including family practice, urgent care and seniors consultative care.

She is passionate about providing person-centered care and committed to developing collaborative care partnerships while striving to meet a patient’s health care goals.

Bhavan is an avid basketball fan and loves spending time with her French Bulldog, Mamba.

Bhavan is currently on maternity leave.

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Medicine Hat, AB

Dr Kent Comeau

MD, FRCPC, BMSC

Consulting Psychiatrist

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Dr Kent Comeau

Dr. Comeau is a practicing psychiatrist who offers group sessions at Cognito

Dr. Comeau is a psychiatrist practicing in Medicine Hat, AB who completed his Medical Degree at the University of Alberta and graduated from the Psychiatry Residency Program at the University of British Columbia. He is a fully accredited rTMS provider through the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC and completed his rTMS certification and training through Duke University.

In addition to specializing in the treatment of anxiety disorders, his clinical expertise also includes working with individuals with chronic and persistent mental illness, shared-care for young adults and group psychotherapy.

Dr. Comeau is passionate about helping his patients restore balance in their lives through his patient-centered approach and developing treatment plans tailored to an individuals circumstances and unique needs.

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Victoria, BC

John Llaguno

DNP, MN, NP

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John Llaguno

John is a Nurse Practitioner licensed in British Columbia and Alberta.

He completed his Bachelors in Nursing with a specialty in Critical Care at BCIT/Thompson River University in BC. His Masters of Nursing – Nurse Practitioner through Athabasca University in Alberta. He holds two Doctorate degrees. A Doctor of Medicine from USAT – Florida/Montserrat, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice from Aspen University in Colorado – both with distinction.

Through his own significant critical illness/life event in 2015 resulting in hospitalization for a period of time, John has gained deeper insight into what good looks like in health care practice and treats others with respect, dignity, empathy and compassion.

He has over 15 years of experience in a wide variety of healthcare fields in primary care, telemedicine, pharma and medical with an emphasis in health promotion and disease prevention.

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Vancouver, BC

Christelle Kuenzig

MN, NP

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Christelle Kuenzig

Christelle Kuenzig completed her Master’s Degree Nurse Practitioner in 2021 at the University of Saskatchewan.

Prior to becoming a Nurse Practitioner, she specialized in Emergency Nursing but also worked in other areas such as pediatrics, geriatrics, and virtual care as a Registered Nurse.

Christelle was also a clinical nursing instructor as she has a passion in teaching and mentorship. As a Nurse Practitioner, her areas of practice include urgent care, immigrant and refugee care, and primary care. Her special interests include disease prevention, health promotion, chronic disease management, metal health care, and quality improvement work.

Christelle’s patient-centred approach in mental health is rooted in the mind-body connection ideology, which emphasizes that physical and emotional health are not two separate systems but are intimately intertwined. Her care management and evidence-based treatment recommendations are adapted to each patient based on their personal goals and individual preferences.

Outside of work, Christelle enjoys working out, spin classes, and going for walks and hikes with her English Staffy, Nora.

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Toronto, ON

Seline Tam

MN, NP

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Seline Tam

Seline is a Primary Care Nurse Practitioner based in Ontario, with a license in Ontario and British Columbia.

She worked previously as an ER Nurse at a downtown trauma hospital and in oncology at SickKids Hospital in Toronto.

She has a background in research and program development, as she helped pioneer the development of the Adolescent and Young Adult Program at Princess Margaret Cancer Center in 2014. During the pandemic she also worked virtually, and started travel nursing in BC, where she continued to fall in love with the nature and mountains, with plans to move there in the near future.

Outside of healthcare, she practices ashtanga yoga most days of the week and teaches yoga at multiple yoga studios in Toronto, as well as holds private and group classes online. She believes in the importance of finding awareness in the self, and utilizing the mind-body connection in helping individuals optimize their health, mentally, physically and spiritually.

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Surrey, BC

Claudia Guillen

MSN, NFP-C

Nurse Practitioner

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Claudia Guillen

Ms. Claudia Guillen is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner.

Ms. Claudia Guillen is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner with experience in patient care with a special interest in Primary Care, Mental Health, and ADHD.

Ms. Guillen obtained her master’s degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner from the University of Athabasca. She holds a Bachelor in Nursing from the University of Victoria and Critical Care certification from the British Columbia Institute of Technology. Ms. Guillen is trained to provide health care across the lifespan. She has over 14 years of hospital and community experience working in various specialties, including neurosurgery, cardiac, emergency, intensive care, post-operative care, orthopedics, family practice, urgent care, medical aesthetics, and community mental health. In addition, she has held leadership roles in critical care outreach programs and as an educator for the critical care program.

Ms. Guillen is particularly interested in working with underserved, marginalized communities, and desires to deliver care with a holistic approach. Her goal is to facilitate an environment that allows patients to achieve their optimal selves and feel empowered in a safe, supportive, and therapeutic manner contributing to long-standing outcomes.

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Golden, BC

Tiffany Crisp

MN, NP

Nurse Practitioner

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Tiffany Crisp

Tiffany is passionate about improving the quality of life and mental health of her patients.

Throughout her career, Tiffany has cultivated a diverse range of clinical expertise, with a particular focus on areas such as gender affirming care, reproductive mental health, pediatrics, sexual health and HIV care. She approaches each patient encounter with empathy, understanding, and a commitment to providing the highest standard of care possible.

One of Tiffany's primary goals as a nurse practitioner is to offer preventative care and treatment tools aimed at enhancing individuals' mental health and overall quality of life. She firmly believes in the importance of addressing both physical and mental well-being to achieve holistic health outcomes.

Tiffany is deeply passionate about gender-affirming care and is dedicated to providing support and resources that align with her patients' gender goals. She is committed to advocating for inclusive and compassionate healthcare practices.

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Victoria, BC

Danica Spence

Operations Manager

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Danica Spence

Danica manages Operations including clinical at Cognito

Danica is an experienced Marketing and Business Development Manager with over 10 years in Healthcare, focusing on Clinic Management and Surgical Assistance. She has considerable experience in management consultation, team building, professional development, strategic implementation, and company collaboration.

She studied Business Administration in Famagusta, Cyprus, where she had the opportunity to travel, learn, and appreciate different cultures. During this time, she discovered her love for languages and continues to be studious, learning several at once.

Danica is an avid volunteer and has spoken on behalf of various non-profit organizations, particularly those advocating for mental health awareness. In her free time, she enjoys painting with acrylics and oils. Additionally, she loves taking care of her two senior dogs, who bring joy and companionship to her life.

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Victoria, BC

Sadie Atwood

Operations Coordinator

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Sadie Atwood

Sadie supports Operations at Cognito

Sadie holds a BA in Professional Communications and certification in eating disorder coaching, demonstrating her commitment to empowering individuals and driving positive change. Her transformative journey through mental health challenges has fueled her unwavering dedication to mental health advocacy. Drawing from her experience in client-facing roles and operations within the tech industry, she offers a unique perspective, deeply understanding client needs. Inspired by her personal growth, she emphasizes effective communication, guided by compassion and curiosity.

Outside of work, you’ll find Sadie adventuring with her husband, dog sitting (until she has her own), going on coffee dates with friends, binge reading books and soaking up the sunshine

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Victoria, BC

Lily McWilliams

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Pharmacist

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Lily McWilliams

Lily is a registered pharmacist in Victoria, British Columbia.

Lily attended McGill University and graduated with a BSc Pharm from the University of British Columbia in 2015. She has a special interest in addictions, mental health and infectious diseases.

Outside of work Lily enjoys overnight hikes, reading and running.

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Vancouver, BC

Maddie Cooper

CBT Care Provider Team Lead

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Maddie Cooper

Maddie is the team lead for Cognito's CBT Care Provider Team.

Maddie completed her BSc in Psychology in 2016 in the UK, and later studied a Postgraduate Certificate, focusing on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

Through her work, Maddie values having a front row seat in supporting individuals reach their goals to better manage symptoms of anxiety, depression, insomnia and ADHD. This is an opportunity she continues to find great fulfillment in. She is passionate about empowering others to cope with life's inevitable transitions and challenges.

Outside of work, she enjoys unwinding by spending time baking in the kitchen or enjoying the beautiful outdoors with her partner.

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Saskatoon, SK

Nicole Brown

CBT Care Provider Co-Lead

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Nicole Brown

Nicole is a Co-Lead for Cognito's CBT Care Provider Team.

Nicole holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Saskatchewan.

She's always had a passion for helping others, both locally and internationally. Her travels have led her to work in orphanages in both Africa and Central America. Her time abroad coupled with personal experience motivates her to pursue a career within the mental health field.

During university, she was involved in a number of research projects that focused on ADHD and the executive functioning of university students--aiding in the understanding of study skills, time and project management. With a concentration in neuropsychology, she loves to spend time researching the brain and how mental health intervention can lead to positive change in plasticity.

In her free time, she enjoys hiking, painting, reading, traveling, and spending time with loved ones.

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Duncan, BC

Brittany Bercier

CBT Care Provider

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Brittany Bercier

Brittany graduated with a Wellness Counseling and Coaching Diploma.

Brittany is a graduate of Rhodes Wellness College. She graduated with a Wellness Counseling and Coaching Diploma. Her own life experiences inspired her to pursue a career path of wellness, mindfulness, ADHD Support and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

Brittany is a passionate and empathetic individual, who holds space for clients to heal, grow, and progress towards their personal goals.

Brittany’s free time is spent with her husband, three children, and pets outdoors exploring nature. She also loves to sing as a form of meditation and relaxation.

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Kamloops, BC

Amanda Jarvis

CBT Care Provider

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Amanda Jarvis

Amanda is passionate about people and their mental health.

Amanda holds a BA in Psychology with a minor in Counselling from Kwantlen Polytechnic University and is currently working toward a Doctorate of Clinical Psychology at Concordia University of Edmonton.

As a certified CBT practitioner, Amanda is empathetic, curious, compassionate and always brings a tone of kindness to conversations. Over the last 4 years, Amanda has been dedicated to volunteer work, providing safe spaces for emotional exploration and helping others achieve their goals.

In her spare time, Amanda enjoys walking in nature, spending time with her partner, cuddling with her cats or looking for new foods to try.

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Saskatoon, SK

Sarah Wiebe

CBT Care Provider

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Sarah Wiebe

Sarah has been working in the mental health field for over a decade.

Sarah completed her BA CYC in 2010, and has since been working directly with individuals to support their mental wellbeing. She has also had additional training in Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

Sarah has enjoyed supporting clients with their mental health journey, both individually and in group settings. Her approach to working with clients can be described as client centred, compassion focused, and goal oriented. Sarah's warmth and openness allows her to meet her clients where they are at, in a kind and gentle manner. Her areas of special interest include whole person wellness, emotional regulation, and ADHD.

Outside of work Sarah enjoys spending time with family, being in the forest, exploring, hiking, cycling, and always having a furbaby by her side.

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Victoria, BC

Melissa Johnman

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Melissa Johnman

Melissa is a CBT Provider at Cognito.

Melissa is a CBT provider who has completed her studies in psychology and counselling. Melissa has a variety of experience in working with children through to adults in field areas including residential youth work, private counselling practice, and mentoring roles in school based programs.

Australian born and bred, Melissa is here in Canada to work and in her downtime you will find her exploring this beautiful country or sitting with a book in one hand and a tea in the other.

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Toronto, ON

Isidora Vasic

CBT Care Provider

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Isidora Vasic

Isidora is a CBT Care Provider at Cognito Health, feel free to call her Izzy!

Izzy is a motivational, caring, and open-minded individual excited to contribute her skills and experiences as a CBT care provider. She graduated form the University of Toronto in 2023, with an Honours B.Sc. in Psychology and Cognitive Science. Since then she has obtained a post-graduate certificate in Clinical CBT Training from McMaster University and is working towards completing another post- graduate certificate in CBT for Depression and Anxiety from Wilfrid Laurier University . She has over 6 years of experience coaching and counselling high school students who have individualized education plans and require both academic and mental health support to set and reach their goals.

Izzy has ample experience helping and working alongside individuals needing support with ADHD, depression, anxiety, and insomnia. As an aspiring psychotherapist, she is thoroughly committed to the mental health field and eager to contribute meaningfully to the lives of others! She hopes to learn from others while supporting them on their mental health and wellness journeys!

In her free time, Izzy loves to be around her friends, family, and dog. She loves travelling, bowling, cooking, and skiing. She comes from an artistic background in both dance and music and is always open to trying new and fun things!

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Brantford, ON

Jo Dodum

CBT Care Provider

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Jo Dodum

Jo has her undergraduate and graduate academic roots in literature and psychology. She is currently pursuing her Master's in counselling psychology through Yorkville University.

Jo has huge inclination toward person-centered approach where she places empathy, unconditional positive regard and genuine care at the forefront in therapy. In addition, she upholds "respect" at the centre in her profession as she believes in treating every human being with utmost veneration . She values the importance of creating therapeutic alliance with clients honouring their autonomy and choice.

As a woman with multi-layered identities, she aspires to work from a space of cultural sensitivity , diversity and inclusion. She understand the role culture plays in shaping client's worldviews. Hence, she places great emphasis on working from a trauma- informed care and culturally responsive approach.

In her leaisure time, you will find her taking refuge in words and reading her heart away.

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Medicine Hat, AB

Anna Spilker

CBT Care Provider

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Anna Spilker

Anna is a Registered Social Worker and CBT Care Provider at Cognito Health

Anna completed her social work degree from Thompson Rivers University and has since taken a strong interest in mental health both personally and professionally. Her background has primarily been working with youth and families, helping them to navigate the challenges of life and accomplish their goals with a focus on supportive counselling and group facilitation.

She takes a compassionate and supportive approach to helping those who are dealing with mental health issues, recognizing that in today's world, we all struggle sometimes but there are skills we can learn to cope in healthy and helpful ways. Anna offers a safe and accepting space for clients to show up as they are and learn how Cognitive Behavioural Therapy can empower them to effectively manage their mental health.

In her downtime, Anna loves to be creative through sewing, art and design, as well as doing fun crafts with her kids. Anna also enjoys spending time outside with her family and their three dogs, soaking up as much sunshine and fresh air as possible.

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Alberta

Alyssa McLeod

CBT Care Provider

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Alyssa McLeod

Alyssa completed her undergrad at Athabasca University, holds a Nursing Diploma and an Advanced Diploma in CBT, she is also currently working towards her Master's degree in Counselling Psychology at Yorkville University.

Alyssa has worked in the healthcare system, in hospitals, for the past four years. Prior

to working in healthcare, she sought out opportunities to go abroad on humanitarian

trips to volunteer in orphanage's, schools, and within different communities. She

discovered early on her passion for mental health and looks forward to creating a safe

space as her clients embark on this journey. In her spare time, Alyssa enjoys traveling,

paddle boarding, hiking, gardening, reading new books and spending time with her

family and two dogs.

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Victoria, BC

Danial Mirsajedin

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Danial Mirsajedin

Danial is a CBT Care Provider at Cognito

Danial completed his bachelor of psychology at the University of Victoria in 2023. He spent years in research labs, reading, writing and presenting at research conferences. Danial is enthusiastic about sharing evidence-based tools from peer reviewed articles to the public. While studying, his area of focus was motivation, emotion and well-being. He believes the first step of healing is self-awareness.

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Victoria, BC

Rhiannon Harding

RCC

CBT Supervisor

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Rhiannon Harding

Rhiannon is a Registered Clinical Counsellor in Victoria, British Columbia.

Since her youth, Rhiannon has had a passion and enthusiasm for learning about the human experience – how our emotions, motivations and behaviours influence who we are and how we move about the world.

Over time, these factors inspired Rhiannon to naturally gravitate toward the counselling profession. In keeping with this mindset, Rhiannon's aim is to provide clients with a supportive, compassionate, validating, and non-judgmental space that facilitates healing and fulfillment. Rhiannon works collaboratively with her clients to build a trusting relationship where they can develop strategies that “fit,” are effective, and create positive patterns that move them toward growth and wellness. Rhiannon has sustained several years of experience working with adolescents and their parents, individual adults, neurodivergent persons, and in support groups as a co-facilitator for LGBTQ+ identifying folks.

When it comes to technique, Rhiannon utilizes an integrative counselling approach that is rooted primarily in person-centered, psychodynamic, cognitive behavioural, strengths-based, solution-focused, and mindfulness techniques. Beyond the technical approaches, she believes deeply in the power of one’s personal strength and resilience to create positive change. Rhiannon is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors.

She received her Master of Arts degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of Victoria in 2022, and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Victoria in 2018.

As an ADHD specialist, Rhiannon specializes in supporting individuals with ADHD by helping them cultivate a life that works best for their brain, while moving away from the systems that don’t work, are unhelpful, or keep them “stuck.” In combination with traditional forms of counselling, Rhiannon works to help clients with ADHD develop systems, tools, and skills to achieve success and balance in their life. This can include time, task, and space management, goal-setting, increasing motivation and focus, building capacity to follow-through with non-desirable tasks, regulating mood and emotions, and developing skills to improve everyday structure.

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Victoria, BC

Vanessa Fata

CBT Care Provider Co-Lead

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Vanessa Fata

Vanessa is a Co-Lead for Cognito’s CBT Care Providers in Victoria, BC.

Her passion to help others and improve their well-being began 12 years ago in her aesthetics career; Vanessa has since grown her passion into mental health where she practices today with Cognito as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist Care Provider.

She is enthusiastic about helping others through their personal growth, awareness, navigating through difficult times, while implementing cognitive behavioral therapy and executive functioning techniques to help improve her clients anxiety, depression, insomnia, and ADHD.

Vanessa finds joy in exercise, meditation, and overall health and by doing so it helps her be attentive and empathetic when interacting with her clientele.

Vanessa is currently on maternity leave.

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