The Relationship Centre

Hello, I am Mary Joan Brinson MSW, RSW, Founder & Director for The Relationship Centre. I am a Certified Emotionally Focused Therapist and an approved supervisor candidate with the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT).

Together with our Clinical Director, we provide students with a rich clinical placement opportunity to develop their skills in providing therapy. If you feel called to the work of providing transformative therapy, we would love to hear from you.


Welcome to The Relationship Centre – Where Future Therapists Thrive!

At The Relationship Centre, we understand the transformative power of practice experience in shaping the careers of aspiring therapists. As a leading mental health private therapy practice, we are excited to open our doors to passionate and dedicated Master’s level placement students seeking a dynamic and enriching learning environment.

Students experience...

  1. Specialized Clinical Approach to Mental Health: Our practice is committed to a holistic approach to mental health, encompassing various therapeutic modalities to provide comprehensive care. We are especially drawn to Attachment Theory and Trauma Informed Care.

    As a placement student, you have the opportunity to engage with diverse clients and gain hands-on experience in applying evidence-based treatments.

  2. Experienced and Supportive Supervisors: At The Relationship Centre, we prioritize your growth and development by providing guidance and support as you navigate the complexities of therapy practice.

    You receive regular supervision and feedback to enhance your skills and build your confidence in your therapeutic abilities.

  3. Client-Centred Focus: Our practice places a strong emphasis on client-centred care. When you join our team, you get the chance to work closely with clients from various backgrounds, contributing to a well-rounded therapeutic experience.

  4. Focused Approach to Relationship Dynamics: Our use of EFT (Emotionally Focused Therapy) provides rich learning into the interconnection of our emotions and relationship dynamics. Students develop the therapeutic skills to help clients heal and develop secure attachments with the people close to them.

  5. Professional Designed Therapy Centre: Our Therapy Centre is spacious, bright, and modern, yet comfortable for our clients and team members. The moment people enter, you will instantly feel at ease and know you are in a safe place where you are cared for.

  6. A Supportive and Collaborative Team: We have a diverse and dynamic team of therapists who understand the importance of giving and receiving clinical support and care. You learn from your Placement Supervisor and also have the opportunity to learn from our entire team of therapists.

Requirements for Placement Students

  • Enrolled in an Accredited Master’s Level Social Work, Counselling, Psychology program.

  • Demonstrate interest in a Clinically Focused Placement.

  • Availability for a minimum of 2 Clinical Days. This is where you will provide in-person therapy to adults. You may also work with teens, children, and couples depending on your interest and readiness.

  • Alignment with our Vision, Mission, and Values.

The Relationship Centre is Affiliated with:

  • University of Waterloo (MSW)

  • Laurier University (MSW)

  • University of Toronto-Factor Inwentash, Social of Social Work (MSW)

  • University of Victoria (MSW)

  • University of Windsor (MSW)

  • Memorial University of NFLD (MSW)

  • Yorkville University (MACP)

  • Athabasca University (MAC)

Is your university not listed? We’d love to explore the possibility of adding them. When you submit your application or inquiry, be sure to include the name and contact information of your program’s Practicum Coordinator so we can reach out to them.

Questions About Our Placement Program

Please contact our Clinical Director, Sonya Ross at

Join Us in Making a Difference

By choosing The Relationship Centre for your placement, you gain valuable experience – and become part of a community dedicated to making a positive impact on mental health. Together, let’s build a future where therapists thrive, and clients find healing.