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North Durham
Professional Counsellors

188 Mary Street, Unit B
Port Perry, ON, L9L 1B7
Tel: 905.985.1130
Fax: 905.985.6374

Our Staff at North Durham Professional Counsellors

Parnian PajouhandehDr. Parnian Pajouhandeh, Ph.D., C. Psych.

Dr. Parnian Pajouhandeh is a registered psychologist practicing in the areas of clinical, counselling, and rehabilitation psychology. She has a Ph. D. degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of Toronto and is registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario.

Dr. Pajouhandeh has over fifteen years of experience in psychological assessment and treatment as well as mental health research. She has worked or trained in a number of diverse practice settings including community-based mental health agencies, hospitals, university counselling centres, and private practices.

Dr. Pajouhandeh has been the director of North Durham Professional Counsellors for over 10 years, a practice serving the community of Port Perry, Uxbridge and surrounding regions in Durham over the past two decades. She works with several of associates trained to provide psychological and counselling services to adults, couples, children and adolescents, and families.

Dr. Pajouhandeh provides psychological services to individuals with a wide range of emotional and mental health concerns. She has a special interest in rehabilitation psychology and women’s health issues and has worked extensively with individuals facing chronic pain or illnesses, depression and anxiety, posttraumatic stress disorder, postpartum depression, and health anxiety.

Dr. Pajouhandeh’s approach to therapy draws from several therapeutic modalities including Cognitive-Behavioral, Client-Centered, Interpersonal, and Solution-Focused Therapies. She also incorporates mindfulness techniques particularly in the treatment of depression, anxiety, and chronic pain. Her approach is collaborative, empathic, and tailored to individual goals and needs.

Jill Farrow, M.A., C. Psych. Assoc.

Jill Farrow, M.A., is a registered Psychological Associate practicing independently in the areas of counselling and clinical psychology. She has a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Waterloo, Ontario and she is registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. Ms. Farrow has over 24 years of experience in psychological assessment and treatment. She has been trained and has worked in a University counselling centre, an employee assistance program, hospitals and private practices.

Ms. Farrow has been working independently in private practice for more than eleven years. She has been seeing clients at the North Durham Professional Counsellors for over three years. Ms. Farrow provides Psychological services to adults dealing with a wide range of emotional and mental health concerns. She has a special interest in depression, postpartum depression, anxiety, panic attacks, panic disorder, social anxiety, health anxiety, trauma, sleep issues, stress management, relationship issues and grief.

Ms. Farrow offers approaches to treatment based on the needs of the client as determined by an initial assessment. These approaches include cognitive behavioral therapy, client-centred therapy, psychodynamic therapy, mindfulness, acceptance and commitment therapy and dialectical behavioral therapy.

Katherine MichelKatherine Michel, M.A., Registered Psychotherapist

Katherine Michel is a certified member of the OACCPP (Ontario Association of Counselors, Consultants, Psychometrists, and Psychotherapists) and the College of Psychotherapists of Ontario. She has worked in the community through hospital-based services in the areas of clinical and rehabilitation psychology for more than twenty years.

Kathy provides psychotherapy to individuals experiencing symptoms of anxiety and depression that are related to relational conflicts, parenting demands, grief and loss, chronic pain, injuries sustained in motor vehicle accidents and sexual abuse. She also provides marital and couples therapy with the intent of helping her clients develop more constructive means of conflict management and negotiation skills in a safe environment.

Kathy provides therapy under the supervision of Dr. Parnian Pajouhandeh. She tends to use a cognitive-behavioural approach when appropriate with an appreciation for psychodynamic influences from early life experience. She is available at least two evenings weekly at the office.

Joyce EullJoyce Eull, R.N., Clinical Therapist

Joyce Eull is a Nurse, registered with the College of Nursing. She worked in Psychiatry for several years in Canada and the U.S.A. She then specialized as a Mental Health Case Manager for the Toronto Home Care Program working closely with Hospitals and Agencies, for 15 years.

Joyce along with her husband, Dr. William Eull, established North Durham Professional Counsellors in Port Perry, approximately two decades ago. Together they developed a successful practice and over time brought in other associates. They eventually turned the practice over to Dr. Parnian Pajouhandeh.

Presently, Joyce is semi-retired but continues to see some clients at NDPC. Joyce works with adults, young and elderly, who are experiencing depression, anxiety, grief, relationship issues, abuse and trauma. She has specialized in Trauma Therapy and has worked with people in all walks of life who have been traumatized by a tragic event, abuse or bullying. With her experience in Nursing and Psychiatry she is able to counsel clients regarding psychotropic drugs, pain management and those with symptoms of depression and anxiety that stem from Medical Problems.

Kira Hensley, M.Ed., M.A., Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

Kira is a graduate of the Master of Arts (Counselling Psychology) program at Yorkville University and the Master of Education (Applied Human Psychology and Development) program at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. With this background, she tends to bring a developmental and educational approach to psychotherapy.

For individual therapy, her practice is steeped in cognitive behavioural therapy with a healthy dose of mindfulness. Her goal is to facilitate client awareness, insight, and understanding in order to help the client develop personalized solutions, and implement them in a manner conducive to change. She enjoys working with individuals and couples of all ages who experience depression, anxiety, stress, phobias, relationship issues, and school difficulties. She provides services under the supervision of psychologists Dr. Parnian Pajouhandeh and Dr. Ian Brown.

Sofia Dawoodjee, R.N., M.Ed., Clinical Counsellor

Sofia Dawoodjee is a Registered Nurse with the College of Nurses of Ontario, specializing in the areas of mental health, counselling, assessment, medication management, and crisis intervention. She also has a Specialized Honours B.A. in Psychology from York University, and a Masters of Education for Counselling in Community Settings obtained from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto.

Sofia Dawoodjee has over twenty years of nursing experience working in the field of mental health and addictions. She has worked with adults, geriatrics, children, adolescents, and teens in various clinical settings ranging from hospitals, schools, and community settings. She has also practised as a counsellor for a non-for-profit organization.

Sofia has been with North Durham Professional Counsellors since the spring of 2017, and provides services to clients struggling with emotional and various mental health concerns under the direct supervision of Dr. Pajouhandeh. Sofia is also CBT trained, and often derives strategies from this therapy model along with a client-centred approach, and a brief solution focused model. Sofia has a special interest in working with teens and young adults aged 16 years and older to address and support emerging mood disorders and/or addiction concerns. Along with having extensive experience working with a wide spectrum of mental health concerns, Sofia is also a SafeTALK (Suicide Awareness for Everyone) trainer to help develop a suicide-safer community.

Kelly MacDonald, M.Ed., Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

Kelly MacDonald holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree in Psychology and is in completion of her Master’s Degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy from the University of Toronto. She also holds Certification in Addictions and Mental Health Counselling. Kelly has experience in a variety of settings including distress centres, victim services, a private mental health and addictions treatment centre and a non-profit community agency. She has experience providing psycho-educational workshops on mental health awareness in the community.

Kelly works with youth, adolescents and adult individuals for a range of concerns
including stress management, mood regulation, coping skills, lifestyle balance, self-
esteem, crisis intervention, interpersonal communication, and addictions. Kelly has also worked with the LGBTQ population as well as with caregivers supporting those with mental illness on promoting self-care and interpersonal effectiveness. Her therapeutic approach is known to be warm and inviting, with an emphasis on the interplay between the body and mind. Kelly integrates aspects of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness, Solution-Focused Therapy and Emotion-Focused Therapy.

Kelly works under the supervision of psychologists Dr. Parnian Pajouhandeh and Dr. Ian Brown, while she accrues her hours for registration. She can provide
Psychological Services under close and direct supervision as per the College of
Psychologists of Ontario (CPO) Standards and the University of Toronto’s Program
requirements. Ultimately, she will proceed through the registration process for the new
College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO).

Dr. Debbie Reixach, Ph.D., C. Psych.
Bio coming soon!

Gloria Liederman, M.A., C. Psych. Assoc.
Bio coming soon!

Lindsay Chartier, B.A Hons., M.A. (Candidate), Intake Coordinator
Bio coming soon!