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Our team of experts have been recognized for their work in counselling.

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All of our therapists are professional, experienced, and well trained.
vaughan counselling social anxietyMany individuals who experience difficulties with anxiety can often relate to feeling nervousness, self-consciousness, uncertainty, and dread when in a social situation. People may begin to feel nervous attending interviews, going on a date, speaking with their superiors, or even when engaging in casual conversation. These feelings of anxiety are actually quite common. Almost everyone experiences some form of social anxiety at some point in his or her life (i.e. experiencing ‘butterflies’ before a speech). However, for some of us the anxiety overpowers us and we are unable to function as we'd like.  

Our counselling program for social anxiety is geared to help our clients understand how their environment, behaviours, thoughts, and feelings influence their anxiety. We help our clients create strategies to challenge, improve, and ultimately see success in meeting their goals for therapy. Many of our clients who participate in our social anxiety counselling program are better able to:

  • Speak to others without feeling anxious
  • Improve the relationships in their life
  • Cope with other stressors in their life more effectively
  • Expand their social network
  • Reacquaint themselves with some type of ‘normalcy’ when speaking to others
Our program will also prepare our clients for formal speaking (speaking in small groups), informal speaking (hosting a party or calling someone), and assertive interaction opportunities (talk to authority figures).

Please feel free to call us or ask for any additional information regarding our program. We are here to help. 

Located conveniently in Vaughan, Ontario, we are here to help! To book an appoinment please call 416-999-3437 or fill out our appointment request form

Psychology today vaughan counsellingWe are proud to announce membership with the therapist regional network of Psychology Today. Our Maple/ Vaughan counselling centre (Counselling Services for York Region) has been recognized as a published member of the Psychology Today organization.

The organization has provided us with advanced status and has recognized us for our efforts of providing quality health care in the Vaughan and Maple area. Our counsellors are pleased to have received this distinction.

This distinction allows us to:
  • Help more people in our community
  • Create awareness of our programs and services
  • Raise awareness of a valuable resource in Vaughan and Maple
  • Link clients with a professional 
Since accepting membership, we’ve been able to help many individuals receive care in Vaughan and Maple for issues that they experience difficulties coping with. We’ve also listened to feedback from this source and created three counselling therapy groups (anger management, trauma and abuse, and anxiety/meditation) at accessible locations.

Our Maple / Vaughan counselling centre wants to provide the best support for our community. We are here to help and we want to help you! 

For more information on our profile, click here.
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Youth Counselling (Ages 16-24)

Research suggests that individuals (youth and adults) who partake in therapy can gain benefit from further support in navigating through difficult life stages.

Counselling Services for York Region offers evidence based youth-friendly therapeutic services in a confidential non-judgmental space. Early on, youth treatment and support was a rarity, but more so recently, the practice has increased greatly and has become a major component of care for young adults in York Region.  Our institution has contributed to this movement by offering a variety of programs and services specific for a youth demographic.

Therapists trained in youth counselling may draw from a variety of schools of therapy to better understand, interpret, and process presenting concerns/issues. Our therapists are recognized to be goal driven, supportive, and caring. It is within our interest to ensure that all of our youth clients receive efficient high quality care.

You may also request for your therapist to work collaboratively with your team of health care professionals (i.e. family physician, naturopath, physical therapist). After progress has been established, your therapist will send a report to your health care team.  

Here is a list of some of the issues we can help with: 


  • Stress and Anxiety 
  • Shyness and Social Anxiety 
  • Body Image Issues 
  • Adjustment Issues 
  • Specific Phobias
Specialty Counselling Service
  • Bereavement Counselling
  • Career Counselling
  • Geriatric Counselling
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Academic Counselling
  • Learning and Memorization Development 
  • Substance Abuse Issues (Drugs/Alcohol)
  • Post Traumatic Stress
  • Communication Issues 
  • Relationship/Romantic Partner Development 
  • Commitment Issues 
  • Seperation/Divorce Counselling
  • Bullying (Youth and Adult)
  • Domestic Violence Issues
  • Intimacy Issues
  • Pre-Marital Counselling 
  • Video Game and Internet Addiction 
  • Gambling Counselling 
  • Life Skills Training 
  • Men's/Women's Issues 
  • Trauma (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) 
  • Anger Management
  • Eating Disorders
  • Rehabilitation Issues 
  • Skin Picking 
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Assertiveness Training 
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Disability Issues 
  • Learning Disabilities
Physical Health 
  • Cancer Counselling 
  • Depression
  • Disability Issues 
  • Pain Management 
  • Chronic Pain 
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome 
  • Sexual Dysfunction 
  • Sleep Disorders 
Career Counselling
  • Educational Counselling
  • Underachievement 


Our team consists of a number of Associate Therapists who we often refer to on an ongoing basis. Our responsibility as qualified therapists in the field of counselling is to work within our clinical expertise. If we believe you will be better supported by another therapist we will make sure you are referred appropriately.


(CBT) Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and (ERP) Exposure and Response Prevention Therapist
(EFT) Emotion Focused Therapist (Couples and Family Counselling) 

Robert Roopa M.Ed (CP) (AE)., C. Psych., RP., Psychologist and Psychotherapist, is one of our Lead Therapists at Counselling Services for York Region. He is fully dedicated to helping his clients on their journey to lead healthier and more fulfilling lives. Awarded the 2019 Ruth Berman Award. 

Professional Credentials

  • Master's of Education - Counselling - University of Toronto
  • Master's of Education - Adult Education - University of Toronto
  • Canadian Certified Counsellor - Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (License #7303)
  • The Gestalt Institute of Toronto - Gestalt Therapy Training
  • York University - Accredited Program - Relaxation and Stress Management Training
  • York University - Accredited Program - Crisis Intervention and Suicide Risk Assessment Training
  • Member of the College of Psychotherapists 
  • Member of the Ontario Psychological Association
  • Member of the College of Psychologists of Ontario 

Formal Training

University of Toronto - Professional Accreditation

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (Specialization)
  • Couples/Family Systems Therapy
  • Career Counselling
  • Brief Therapy Interventions
  • Maladjusted Youth Counselling
  • Gestalt Counselling
  • Group Therapy
  • Critical Multicultural Counselling
  • Learning and Cognition
  • Body Focused Therapy
  • Trauma Focused Therapy

Professional Experience

  • Private Practice - Therapist
  • Intern Therapist (Extended Practice) - York University 
  • Co-Facilitator Group Therapist (Extended Practice) -  York University
  • Group Therapist - Vitanova Foundation
  • Instructor - University of Toronto - Transformative Learning Centre
  • Research Faculty Member- University of Toronto
  • Research Faculty Member - York University
  • Consultant -  TD Bank, Apotex, Emirates Airlines, GSK, Agriculture Canada, Parks and Recreation Canada, and more.
  • University of Toronto - AECP Department SOS Co-chair
  • Mental Health Program Designer - Federal Government of Canada/Local Health Integration Network

Published Material

Presented at University of Toronto Dean’s Conference - 2012
Robert Roopa (2012). Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Older Adults, University of Toronto Dean’s Conference 2012, Toronto: OISE
Presented at 5th Critical Multicultural Counselling and Psychotherapy Conference at the University of Toronto - 2009
Robert Roopa (2009). The Dissection of Spirituality from Integrative Medicine, Integrating Traditional Healing Practices in Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy, Toronto: OISE

Research Interests: Mindfulness Meditation, Improving Access to Care for Low-income Families, and Cognitive Therapy.

Additional Information

Mr. Roopa has extensive academic and research experience in biomedicine and psychotherapy. He has been awarded two Master’s degrees from the University of Toronto (M.Ed Counselling and M.Ed Adult Education), received formal training from York University in clinical methods of stress management and self-regulation, and been granted professional certification from the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association as a Canadian Certified Counsellor (License #7303). Aside from his clinical responsibilities, Mr. Roopa was an instructor at the University of Toronto’s Transformative Learning Centre and served as a department SOS co-chair at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (University of Toronto).


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