Our Counsellors

Jennifer Bowen, MDiv, RMFT, [email protected]

Jennifer is our Clinical Director. Jennifer brings a wide range of experience from both Christian and wider community settings.

She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto in psychology and religious studies, and completed a Masters of Divinity in Marriage and Family Counselling at Tyndale Seminary. Jennifer is a registered marriage and family therapist and is an approved supervisor for CAMFT and is accepting supervision contracts with prospective clinical members.

Jennifer has had the privilege of working with a diverse population of individuals, couples and families of all ages. She has experience working with clients through many presenting concerns, including abuse, trauma, addictions, depression, grief and anxiety. Jennifer’s clinical approach focuses on supporting clients through their difficulties, and equipping clients to address their challenges. She does so by helping identify helpful and unhelpful thoughts, emotions and patterns, and celebrating successes and growth. She supports clients in building new stories of hope and health in their lives, and she loves her work.

Jennifer balances her days with family walks and camping trips, a healthy pile of novels waiting to be read, and time spent in her garden.

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Betty J.B. Brouwer, MSc, RCAT, RP, [email protected]

Betty is our Director of the Linking Lives/Building Attachment program and the Artistic Director of Shalem’s RE-create Outreach Art Studio.

Betty has worked with adults, children and parents for over 18 years as a staff member of Shalem. She works with adults, children, teens and their families. She finds it an honour and privilege to enter into people’s lives and help facilitate healing and change.

Betty is a registered art therapist with the Canadian Art Therapy Association and the Ontario Art Therapy Association, and she is a certified play therapist with Play Therapy International. Betty holds a Master’s degree in Child and Adolescent Studies from the University of Guelph. She also completed the Masters-level program at the Toronto Art Therapy Institute. Betty has completed the advanced-level training with Dr. Daniel Hughes, the leading North American practitioner and trainer in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP), and is certified as a practitioner, consultant and trainer in DDP. Betty is the chair of the Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy Institute.

Michelle DeBoer, BA, Grad. Dipl., RP, [email protected]

As an Art Therapist, Michelle has worked with clients of all ages and needs. Her previous experience involved working with children with behavioural difficulties in the school setting, elderly persons in the end stages of dementia, and with adults recovering from brain injury and lengthy hospitalization.

Her work at Shalem has included counselling children and families with issues of addiction, divorce and separation, those experiencing grief, anger issues, and children with behavioural difficulties at home and school. Michelle enjoys working alongside parents and families of these children throughout the therapy process and includes them in the art-making experience. Michelle’s passion is facilitating a safe therapeutic environment where clients of all ages can experience creating art that aids in the discovery of self-awareness, personal growth and healing. Michelle spoke at Smithville District Christian High School and was featured in the West Niagara News.

Michelle completed her undergraduate studies at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI. with a Bachelor of Arts degree with majors in psychology and criminal justice. She completed her graduate studies at the Toronto Art Therapy Institute. Michelle’s graduate thesis was titled “The Application of Art Therapy in the Acquired Brain Injury Rehabilitation Process.” She is a professional member of the Canadian Art Therapy Association.

Susan Winter Fledderus, M.Ed, RP, R.S.W., [email protected]

Susan has more than 20 years of experience in the field of couple and family therapy, and worked for 13 years as a family counsellor at Family Services Durham prior to joining Shalem in 2011. Susan has extensive experience in working with individuals, couples and families. She offers support to those who are dealing with a variety of presenting issues, including abuse, anxiety, depression, domestic violence, grief, family transitions and conflict, and trauma.

She completed her undergraduate degree at Redeemer University College and a master’s degree in counselling psychology at McGill University. She has additional training in couple and family therapy, and is a registered marriage and family therapist (RMFT) as well as an approved supervisor with the American and Ontario associations of marriage and family therapy (AAMFT and OAMFT). Susan is also a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) and a Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Worker and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW). She offers clinical supervision for therapists working toward their CRPO or AAMFT certifications or other professional designations.

Susan also loves reading, photography, and playing games with her family.

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Bernadine Togeretz, MSW, RSW, [email protected]

As a counselor and registered social worker, Bernadine has enjoyed working with individuals, couples and families in a variety of settings. She provides a supportive and safe space for people to work through the hurts and difficulties they are experiencing and move towards healing.

Bernadine has completed her undergraduate degrees in Social Development Studies and Social Work through the University of Waterloo and has completed her Masters in Social Work. Bernadine is a Family Group Decision Making Coordinator and is registered with the George Hull Centre for Families in Toronto. Bernadine is registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW). Bernadine has recently completed an externship in EFT (Emotion Focused Therapy) and has joined the ICEEFT (International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy) network. She is continually engaging in opportunities for growth.

Bernadine enjoys spending time with her family, disappearing into a great book or walking a golf course with a good friend. Bernadine is also an active member of her church community.

Matthew Penman, MSW, RSW, [email protected]

Matt’s work at Shalem includes counselling children, youth, families and individuals with issues of anxiety, depression, family conflict, self-harm, grief and loss, anger issues, emotion coaching and children with behavioural difficulties at home and school. Matt is not currently accepting new referrals.

Matt is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University with his Masters of Social Work specializing specifically in the area of clinical social work practice. He is currently working toward designation as a registered marriage and family therapist through the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT).

Matt is energentic and easy going, when not at Shalem he enjoys rock climbing, fly-fishing and sharing meals with friends.

Shawn Groen, MDiv, RP, [email protected]

Shawn has a broad range of life experience that has added to his empathy, knowledge and spirit. He is a graduate of Tyndale Seminary with his Masters of Divinity in marriage and family counselling, a Registered Psychotherapist, and is working toward designation as a registered marriage and family therapist.

Shawn has a warm, calm and inviting presence.  Shawn’s degree in Theology at Redeemer University College has been formative in developing his welcoming pastoral bent, which compliments his professional counselling training. Shawn enjoys helping people through a variety of life challenges and celebrates growth and positive change. His areas of counselling interest include: anxiety, depression, relationship struggles, pornography, life transitions, grief and trauma. Shawn is also a trained Prepare and Enrich facilitator for premarital and marital counselling tools.

Outside the office Shawn pursues many interests like producing maple syrup, cycling, exploring Hamilton’s trials and waterfalls, reading and fixing lawn mowers.

Stephen Doucet Campbell, MA, RP, [email protected]

Stephen completed his undergraduate degree in psychology at the University of Winnipeg and a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology at Providence Theological Seminary. He is a registered psychotherapist.

He has worked with youth, individuals and families in a wide variety of settings including child welfare, schools, hospitals, community health centres and outpatient treatment programs for addiction and mental health. His areas of practice include anxiety, depression, addiction, anger, grief, emotional dysregulation, mindfulness, couples therapy, and parenting. Stephen works from the philosophy that counselling often results in growth by seeking a fine balance between change and acceptance. Healing and increased awareness can be achieved out of a collaborative relationship of trust between a counsellor and their clients.

Beyond the office Stephen explores the outdoors with his young family by bicycle, canoe and on foot.

Tampa Allen, M.Div. Candidate, [email protected]

Tampa completed a Masters of Divinity in marriage and family counselling at Tyndale Seminary and is working towards her hours to become a Registered Psychotherapist.

Through her various experiences, both personally and through her previous careers in management, Tampa realized her passion to come alongside people and to assist them in their own personal growth and life challenges.

Tampa has worked with children, youth, families and individuals through a variety of different areas such as social anxiety, generalized anxiety, depression, conflict resolution, self-esteem, emotional dysregulation, life transitions and anger.  Tampa considers it an honour and privilege to do this work.

Outside the office Tampa enjoys spending time with her family, going on nature walks and reading.