Our Team

At The Relationship Centre we have brought together a caring team of therapy professionals. Our goal is to help individuals, couples and families heal and grow. We are dedicated, courteous, patient and experienced. Reach out to us today!

Mary Joan Brinson MSW, RSW

Certified EFT Therapist & Clinical Director

Our need for connection is at the core of the work I do with women, men, couples and families. Our need to know we matter, that our world is a safe and predicable place, and that when we are in need, someone will be there for us – is at the heart of our emotional wellbeing. When our connections are fractured due to conflict, lack of trust, trauma, betrayal or unexpected mental or physical illness, our lives and emotions can feel out of control, or in “lock down” as a way to protect us. Sadly, this can spiral into a very negative place; but with support and guidance, connection and emotional balance and wellbeing can be restored. Once you join me in my therapy space, I will create a safe space for you to explore what you have experienced and the steps you can take to achieve healing and growth. I feel so privileged to have the opportunity to join with people in such a special way.

more about Mary Joan...

My journey to becoming a therapist started with receiving my Masters of Social Work. It quickly became clear to me that my true calling was to help people in a powerful and intimate way through individual and couple therapy. As I began to learn the art and science of therapy, something big occurred in my life – I became a mother. I discovered that no matter how prepared we are for a life event, it can sometimes challenge us in ways we never expected. Motherhood is one of those experiences. From this experience, I developed a passion for working with new mothers and their families to help guide them through the changes and adjustments that come with having a baby.

My love of working with individuals and couples, and new mothers and their families led me to pursue Advanced Clinical Training in both of these areas ~ the Treatment of Pregnancy & Postpartum Mood Disorders and in Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy.

The essence of what I do is the same whether you are a single man seeking therapy to deal with a depression, you are a couple fighting to save your relationship or you’re a new mother struggling to cope with postpartum anxiety. I connect with you emotionally and utilize proven and effective therapy approaches to understand what you are experiencing and develop a therapy plan to help you heal and grow.

Highlights of Mary Joan’s Experience & Qualifications

  • Masters of Social Work
  • Certified EFT Therapist
  • Supervisor-in-Training Candidate for EFT Supervisor
  • Practice Owner & Clinical Director, The Relationship Centre

Deborah Crewson


When you reach out to The Relationship Centre you will be greeted kindly by our welcoming receptionist, Deborah.

We know it can be uncomfortable and challenging to contact people you don’t know, especially when you are not feeling your best. Please be assured that it is Deborah’s goal as well as that of our entire team to make you feel as comfortable and relaxed as we can. Whether in our intial phone or email conversations or when you visit our centre in person be assured we want to help you.

Our centre is the place you can come to heal and grow.

Hermien Hogewoning MDiv, RP(Q), MFT

Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

I believe that people are wired for connection. Indeed, relationships are essential to thriving and experiencing a rich and full life. There is no greater gift than being fully present and available to one another. Connection grounds us. Connection to God, each other, to our own hearts, people close to us, people removed from us, family, places, to nature, dreams, and ideals. Happiness is closely tied to the success of our connections. I believe that good therapy seeks to foster hope.

As a registered psychotherapist, I help couples and individuals overcome personal obstacles to restore and strengthen their relationships. I join individuals, couples and families in a goal-focused effort and with an expectation of change. It is important to understand my clients’ subjective experience. Not just their circumstances, but also discovering the meaning behind their life story. Therefore, therapy is purposeful and pragmatic, moving deliberately toward one or more mutually negotiated goals.

more about Hermien...

I am Psychotherapist (Qualifying) and registered with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO), and the Canadian Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (CAMFT).

My training includes individual, family, and couples assessment and evidence-based treatment. I am equipped to treat individuals who struggle with moderate to severe anxiety, depression, trauma, and other concurrent disorders. As a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT), I am trained in psychotherapy and family systems, and licensed to treat mental and emotional disorders within the context of marriage, couples, and family systems.

Katie Lobe MSW, RSW


Youth, adults, couples and families face life challenges for many different reasons. Relationship struggles, past hurts, managing ongoing stress and feeling disconnected from a partner may be just a few of these. It takes love, commitment and courage to seek therapy. My professional responsibility is to provide a confidential and supportive environment where I will help you talk about your unique situation and how to pursue positive change. When I bring my extensive experience, education and training and you bring the awareness and knowledge of your situation, together we will explore your thoughts and feelings. This new and enhanced understanding will lead us to identifying a map for positive change. I will support you as you make the changes you decide to pursue. As a caring, compassionate and empathetic person, I believe people of all abilities, genders, races, gender identities, religions and ethnicities deserve happiness.

more about Katie...

I bring many different life experiences and a passion for helping people to make positive change in their lives to my work. I have a Master’s degree in Social Work and have worked in community agencies for the past 25 years with people across the lifespan and these experiences have all helped prepare me to listen and to hear your story in a different way than you may have experienced before.

As I am committed to continuously enhancing my skills, I regularly attend evidence based training such as Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy for Addictions, Narrative Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.

Assisting people to experience positive change in their lives is one of the many reasons I continue to enjoy what I do. I look forward to meeting with you and to bringing my sincerity, warmth and even some humour into a helping relationship when you are ready to do so.

Kristen Bird MSW, RSW


I am a proud Mohawk woman who has focused my life on collecting both western and traditional indigenous knowledge to enhance my physical, mental, spiritual and emotional bundles. My goal is to support space for people to explore and become intimate with their sense of identity and purpose in life so they can thrive in life, not just survive.

more about Kristen...

I graduated Wilfred Laurier with a Masters Degree in Social Work. I practice Solution-Focus Brief Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Dialectic Based Therapy and Cognitive Based Therapy in sessions for the past 12 years. I have also recently received training in the treatment of pregnancy and postpartum mood disorders. I look forward to working together with clients in a meaningful way to help clients achieve positive change.

Lori Eaton MACP, RP


Navigating through the challenges of life can be difficult; especially when feeling alone in the journey. I believe therapy offers that connection with people to help them work through their struggles in a safe, supported environment. Over the last 20 years of clinical experience working with children, youth, adults and families I have grown to appreciate the power of one’s self discovery through therapy. I believe in connecting with people on an emotional level by hearing their story and make meaning of a life worth living.

more about Lori...

As a registered psychotherapist with a Masters in Counseling Psychology; my experience has been with people in all developmental stages in their lives, dealing with anxiety, depression, life transitions, grief and loss.

Using therapeutic strategies in CBT, DBT, ACT, and EFT. My newest endeavour is in couple & family work using Emotion-Focused therapy. In understanding the power of connection and attachment needs, couples & families can begin to strengthen and repair their relationship bond. This work has been my motivation for completing certification in Emotion-Focused Therapy.

Additionally, I have attended Advanced Clinical Training to support women who are dealing with pregnancy and postpartum mood disorders.

We know asking for help can be difficult.

As hard as it is to ask for help it can be even more difficult to go it alone.
But you need to take the first step. You can do it. We know you can.