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Monija Spago,
BA, MA
Registered Psychotherapist,

Monija completed her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at the University of New Brunswick and her Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology at Yorkville University. 

 As a Registered Psychotherapist, Monija’s therapeutic niche is centered on supporting clients with attachment trauma, complex-PTSD, personality disorders (BPD, narcissism, OCDP, antisocial, histrionic, avoidant), PTSD, childhood sexual abuse, childhood neglect, sexual abuse, mood disorders (anxiety, depression), emotional regulation, nervous system regulation, relational challenges, and grief and loss. Monija also enjoys supporting clients with boundary setting, military life transitions, and parenthood challenges.

Monija practices from a trauma-informed eclectic lens with a strong foundation in Attachment Theory and Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT). In her sessions, she draws from several frameworks, including Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Compassion-Focused Therapy, Internal Family Systems, and Person-Centered Therapy. She is certified in several trauma-focused and trauma-informed therapies such as Eye-Movement and Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Trauma-focused CBT, and Cognitive Processing Therapy. In sessions, Monija guides her clients in changing their narratives by exploring past events in their lives and the meanings they have placed on these experiences. As an Emotion-Focused clinician, she guides clients in processing and transforming emotions (anger, guilt, shame, hopelessness) and believes that each emotion tells a unique story.

To book directly with Monija, e-mail: monija@mindfulmilestonespsychotherapy.com 

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I hope to create a safe and compassionate environment where you can begin your healing journey. I look forward to meeting you and hearing your story over a cup of coffee or tea.

Registered Psychotherapist
Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC)
EMDR Trained Therapist

Registered Social Worker
ART Trained Therapist

Dion (Dee Dee) MacArthur
BA, BSW, MSW, RSW
Registered Social Worker, MSW

After working as a Registered Social Worker in Toronto for the past 17 years, supporting individuals overcome the impact of trauma, addictions and upheaval in their lives, I am excited that I have returned to my hometown of Brandon, MB. I am looking forward to working alongside individuals who feel stuck or overwhelmed and to help them make positive changes and rediscover their strengths.

I have had the honour of working with individuals struggling with the impact of trauma, whether a single event or ongoing, and occurred in childhood, at work, or in adulthood. I am passionate about helping folks recover from their current challenges, such as PTSD, complex PTSD, OSI (Operational Stress Injury), loss, grief, anxiety, depression, anger, shame, guilt, low self-esteem, addiction and hopelessness. I have extensive experience working with individuals, families, and groups, and offering support and psychoeducation to Veterans, military members, and first responders such as nurses, paramedics, RCMP, police, correction officers and firefighters. 

Often individuals try to cope the best they can, which may lead to engaging in behaviours that provide short-term solutions and escape from inner turmoil but eventually cause harm. These behaviours may look like substance misuse/addictions, or unhelpful behaviours, for example, perfectionism, shopping, sex, gambling, disordered eating, impulsiveness, self-harm. I am passionate about helping people find what may be driving their unhelpful thoughts, emotions, and behaviours.

I approach therapy with curiosity, warmth, compassion and with an awareness that each of us has strengths and resiliencies. At times, life can become overwhelming and a safe and supportive therapeutic relationship can help a person realize that they are not alone. I support my clients in learning how to overcome their current struggles, increase their self-esteem and confidence, and recover from unhelpful behaviours, overwhelming emotions, and inaccurate thoughts. I help folks by imparting psychoeducation about trauma, addictions and maladaptive behaviours; teaching DBT coping skills; and implementing evidence-based approaches, such as CBT, CPT, and ART (Accelerated Resolution Therapy).

“I have had the privilege to walk along side many amazing people who made remarkable progress and recoveries, and lasting change leading to overall improved lives. I look forward to offering my supports to our Westman community” – Dee Dee

Ada Choy, BSc, MA Registered Psychotherapist

Ada completed her Honours Bachelor of Science with a double major in Psychology and Biochemistry from the University of Ottawa and holds a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University. For the past few years, Ada has been providing support to individuals of varying ages across various mental health settings. She prioritizes creating a safe, non-judgmental, inviting space so that clients can feel heard, validated and understood every step along the way.

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As a Registered Psychotherapist, some of Ada’s areas of specialities include, but are not limited to anxiety, ADHD, depression, stress, 2SLGBTQ+ concerns, BIPOC/cultural concerns, trauma, substance use, mood disorders, personality disorders, disordered eating, self-esteem, perfectionism, interpersonal issues/boundary drawing, coping skills, life transitions.

Ada’s work with clients is mainly guided by a person-centred approach, where she will utilise a variety of therapeutic interventions specific to and determined by each client’s unique needs and goals. Some of the modalities Ada will pull from in the therapy room include Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Internal Family Systems (IFS), Mindfulness-based approaches, and Psychodynamic approaches. She hopes to work with clients in a collaborative manner to ensure that each session feels meaningful and hopeful.

She is currently accepting new clients and is offering virtual therapy services to individuals who are ages 12 and up.

To book directly with Ada, e-mail: ada.mindfulmilestones@gmail.com

Life can throw all kinds of difficulties and hurdles your way very unexpectedly. I offer this space where we can work together towards what hope and healing look like for you.

Team Member of Mindful Milestones

Registered Psychotherapist

Registered Psychiatric Nurse

Barb McConnell
BSc, RPN

Barb completed her Registered Psychiatric Nursing Diploma at the Brandon Mental Health Centre and a Bachelor of Science in Mental Health Studies at Brandon University. She also holds an Advanced Certificate in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Barb grew up on a family farm in rural Manitoba and focused most of her 40-year career on working in rurally based Community Mental Health. For over 35 years Barb specialized in child and adolescent mental health and provided services to children, teenagers, parents, and families in a variety of rural communities and schools in the Westman area. Barb also worked in the Adolescent Day Treatment Program and Adult Inpatient Psychiatry at the BMHC. Most recently she worked as a proctor in the Psychosocial Rehab Program supporting adults with severe and persistent mental health issues.

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Barb’s specialty and area of expertise is in Mental Health Assessment, Counselling, Education, and Health Promotion. She has extensive experience in working with mental health issues, and behavioral challenges, including ADHD, Autism, Anxiety Disorders, Mood disorders, Parent Child Relational Issues, Adjustment Disorders, Grief and Loss, Separation and Divorce, Emotional and Behavioral Dysregulation, Attachment Trauma, Addictions issues, Substance abuse, Body Image Self Esteem, Bullying Challenges, Disordered Eating, and Suicidal Ideation.

As a clinician, she collaboratively works with clients to represent in words or play their underlying difficulties. She strives to provide an individualized approach to help clients set treatment plans to suit their goals. Barb utilizes clinical interventions integrating evidence-based frameworks such as person-centered therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, attachment theory, motivational interviewing, trauma-informed therapies, mindfulness techniques, family therapies, and play therapy.

Barb’s strongest tool in her clinical work is her empathy as she engages with her clients, holding their stories with attuned compassion. She approaches each client with compassionate curiosity and collaboratively works with families and children to create a healing space. Barb possesses extensive training in the emotional complexities of people’s lives, and she strives to help children, adolescents, adults, parents, and families to bring new meaning to confusing, disruptive, or worrisome emotions, thoughts, and behaviors.

To book directly with barb, e”mail: barb.mindfulmilestones@gmail.com

Throughout life, we all face many challenges and it can be very intimidating to reach out for help. I hope to offer compassion and understanding as we work together towards hope, healing, and health.

Gaby Duque
BScPN, RPN

Gaby graduated from University of Brandon with a Bachelor of Science in Psychiatric Nursing. In addition to working at Mindful Milestones, Gaby holds a position as a Registered Psychiatric Nurse at PMH at the Child and Adolescent Treatment Centre. Throughout her career, Gaby has worked with a diverse population, including children, adolescents, adults, and families. She has successfully guided clients in developing effective coping strategies, emotional regulation, improving communication skills, and fostering healthier relationships. 

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With a holistic and non-judgmental approach, Gaby creates a safe space for her clients to explore their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors and help make sense of their story. She believes in the power of collaboration and tailors her therapeutic techniques to meet each individual’s unique needs. Gaby utilizes evidence-based practices such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with mindfulness (CBT-m), Advanced Trauma Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive-Processing Therapy for PTSD, Attachment theory, and Harm Reduction to empower her clients to overcome obstacles and achieve personal growth.

 

Gaby has significant experience in working with mental health issues, and behavioral challenges, including ADHD, Autism, Borderline Personality Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, mood disorders, parent-child relational problems (PCRP), adjustment disorders, physical/emotional/sexual abuse, emotional and behavioral dysregulation, attachment issues, substance abuse, bullying challenges, suicidal ideation, and self-harm. 

To book directly with Gaby, e-mail: gaby.mindfulmilestones@gmail.com

Sometimes what our clients need most is someone who will step into that space with them in empathy and sit with them in pain, anger, and fear. I hope that I can be that safe space for my clients.

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Bachelor of Science in Psychiatric Nursing
Registered Psychiatric Nurse

Mark Hewins
BA, BSW, RSW

Mark completed his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Brandon University and his Bachelor of Social Work at The University of Manitoba. As a Registered Social Worker, Mark’s focuses on supporting clients with compassion and evidence-based approaches to promote holistic well-being and mindful self-compassion.

Mark has extensive experience in conflict resolution, mediation, separation and divorce issues, marital counselling, and counselling with children and individuals. He provides therapy to individuals struggling with mental health challenges, including mood disorders, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, substance use, relational challenges, parenting, family conflict mediation, meaning of life exploration, and other mental health concerns.

Mark’s therapeutic approach is rooted in evidence-based treatments to promote balance and mental well-being. He approaches therapy with a non-judgmental, trauma-informed perspective, providing a therapeutic space with clients to foster hope and recovery. Mark utilizes a combination of holistic, solution focused therapy, mindfulness, and mindful self compassion techniques, help clients develop greater insight and coping abilities.  Mark will collaboratively work with you to build skills and empowerment so you can embrace meaningful activities and live a life you love. In your work together, clients can expect to feel unstuck by emotionally driven behaviors and live life with more ease.

I hope to meet with you, where you are at in your present circumstances so that you feel heard, seen and valued. My hope is that our time together leads you to a place of healing, kindness, and compassion.

– Mark

Are you ready to take the first step toward healing and self-discovery? Join Mindful Milestones Psychotherapy Services on your Therapeutic journey. Our compassionate team is here to support you in your path to emotional well-being and personal growth.