Peggy O’Neill, B.A., B.S.W., R.S.W.
Peggy is the founder of the Striving’s Group.
After working in the public system, she followed her passion and started an organization that could leverage all of the benefits of the community agencies without the wait times and visit mandates that are often required and burden the publicly funded agencies.
Peggy is a compassionate and dedicated registered social worker with focus on counselling people who seek assistance with substance use disorders, improving mental health, and adjusting to life after prolonged concussion (post-concussion syndrome). Peggy approaches her work from a harm reduction perspective and incorporates individual counselling, family counselling and group counselling into her practice.
Peggy is a graduate of Bowling Green State University in Ohio with an Honours Degree in Communications. After two decades as a senior manager of people and process in the software industry, Peggy followed her passion and returned to school in 2013 receiving an Honours Bachelor of Social Work from Lakehead University.
Peggy has lived experience with mental health and substance within her own network, as well as personal lived experience with post-concussion syndrome. She takes a caring and compassionate approach to helping individuals and families work through difficult situations on the path to healing.
Anne Vickers, B.A., Registered Psychotherapist
Anne Vickers is a Registered Psychotherapist and certified addiction counsellor. For the past 19 years, Anne has held positions in residential drug treatment centres, corrections, and outpatient mental health programs for both chemical addiction, mental health and process addictions including gambling and video game addiction.
Over the past ten years, Anne has specialized working with families in both group, couples and individual capacities. Anne’s treatment modalities of choice are cbt, dbt, solution focussed therapy, narrative, acceptance therapy and motivational interviewing.
Anne’s personal philosophy, that clients have the internal strength to make a change but sometimes have difficulty accessing it, blends nicely with the above models. Anne particularly enjoys watching confidence grow with her clients and the changes that they embrace. “It is a privilege to be part of my clients’ journeys”.
Vilma Madramootoo, Registered Psychotherapist
Vilma is a registered psychotherapist (qualifying), a certified holistic practitioner and a certified wellness coach specializing in individual therapy. With over 20 years of experience as a mindfulness counsellor and as a graduate of the Transformational Arts College, she offers Cognitive-behavioural, dialectical behavioural and family systems therapy. She is currently serving as a private practitioner working with adults and adolescents. Among her expertise are depression, anxiety, trauma and addictions.
Vilma is an interactive, client-centred therapist. Her therapeutic approach is to
provide support and practical feedback to help her clients effectively address personal challenges. She integrates her complementary methodologies and techniques in a highly specialized approach to each client. With compassion and understanding, she works with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing.
Dr. Alison Arnot, M.D.
Alison Arnot is a family physician who has worked in Mississauga since 1984. She was a member of the treatment team at the Addictions & Concurrent Disorders Centre at the Credit Valley site of Trillium Health Partners from 1997 until 2017. Since then her practice has been solely focused on assessing and treating people who struggle with substance use and mental health disorders in the community. She is on the Board of Directors of the MD Psychotherapy Association of Canada and is a mentor to other family physicians in the Medical Mentoring in Addiction and Pain program which is organized by the Ontario College of Family Physicians.
Tracy McIver is a Career Development Practitioner, offering programs designed to provide insight into individual career interests and directions. She works with both students making post-secondary education decisions, as well as adults either entering the workforce or looking for a career change. Tracy founded TLM Career Pathways following her personal experiences in seeking local practitioners to assist her own family members in their career/education journeys.
As a senior marketing and communications professional for most of her career, Tracy herself has made a significant career change and knows what’s involved in making such a major decision. In addition to her Honours Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Western Ontario, Tracy earned two certificates from Yorkville University’s Career Management Professional Program – Educational & Vocational Guidance Practitioner and Career Development Practitioner. She is also certified in some of the world’s most reputable career and personality assessments including the Strong Interest Inventory and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. Tracy administers recognized industry standardized assessments and interprets the results in consultation with clients to assist them in familiarizing themselves with their career interests and possible post-secondary education and/or career paths.