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Therapy Types

Individual Therapy

Are you feeling confused, lost, depressed, anxious, lacking meaning in your everyday life? Are you struggling with grief, relationship issues, feeling overwhelmed, or stressed?

Counselling can help.

Our individual therapy sessions are aimed reducing these symptoms while helping you achieve a more meaningful life and finding your purpose. Within Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), our goal is psychological flexibility.

We achieve this through the 6 stages of the core processes within ACT.

  • Contacting the Present Moment – The conscious awareness of your experience.
  • Acceptance – Opening yourself to experience the moment without judgement.
  • Defusion – Looking at thoughts, rather than looking from
  • Self-as Context – The observing self
  • Values – Choose your life direction
  • Committed Action – Commit and work towards realistic goals and a more valued, meaningful life

Growth and change are a constant, but change rarely happens smoothly; there tend to be periods of struggle, then periods of ease. Do not trap yourself in a certain mindset, instead, adapt.

We offer therapy sessions in-person at our Burlington and St. Catharines, Ontario offices and via telephone or video for distance sessions.

We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.

- Albert Einstein -

Couples Therapy

In every therapy, awareness is the key concept; to turn off your auto-pilot and be in control of your behaviour and the direction your life. To live and attain your own values. Couples and Marriage Counselling is no different. We drift away from each other for a number of reasons.

I see couples in all stages of their relationship, and specifically focus on helping those who are feeling stuck or unsatisfied.
  • Do you feel like you have, or are drifting apart?
  • Are you wanting to rebuild trust?
  • Do you feel isolated, uncertain or anxious in your relationship?
  • Are you struggling to effectively communicate with your partner?
  • Do you want to rekindle your love or passion?

Couples counselling is for those wanting to enhance their understanding and awareness of their relationship both within themselves and with their partners. We also offer counselling to those seeking skills to help them connect with others in deeper, more satisfying ways.

Empty your mind. Be formless, shapeless like water. Now you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle. You put water in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water my friend.

- Bruce Lee -

Reduced-Rate Counselling Services

Reduce rate counselling services are provided by a
Counselling Intern.

Counselling interns are currently completing their requirements for a Masters or PhD level University program for future registration with the College of Registered Psychotherapists. They can provide counselling for a number of different issues including anxiety, depression, stress, and grief. Counselling interns are supervised by Oliver Vertes, MSc, RP.

More information on our current counselling intern can be found on the Our Team page.

First Responders

First Responders

Are you experiencing avoidance, hypervigilance, irritability, anger, frustration, lack of sleep, feeling to be in an ongoing loop?

As a First Responder, you have, or continue to respond to high stress, overwhelming, traumatic calls on a day-to day basis. You may be constantly in a negative, toxic, violent environment. All these stressors will compound on your mental health and well-being. At Quest, we can help in alleviating these symptoms. Whether you have been diagnosed or not, we can help.

Oliver has specialized in working with First Responders, notably those who have experienced work related trauma, and has extensive experience with those suffering from Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), anxiety, stress, and depression. He has experience in critical incident stress management, safeguarding, assessments, providing therapy privately and with WSIB all under direct supervision of a clinical psychologist. Oliver can assist with various insurance forms (ie. Manulife, Omers, etc.), WSIB applications, and is here to advocate for you and your well-being.

We have offices conveniently located in St. Catharines and Burlington for in-person therapy sessions.

He has worked with various services including:

  • Hamilton Police
  • Niagara Police
  • Halton Police
  • Peel Police
  • Toronto Police
  • Ontario Provincial Police
  • Hamilton Fire
  • Burlington Fire
  • St. Catharines Fire
  • Burlington Fire
  • Halton Paramedic Services
  • Burlington Paramedic Services
  • Niagara Paramedic Services
  • Niagara Corrections
  • Hamilton Corrections
  • Maplehurst Corrections
  • Military

Do not compare, do not measure. No other way is like yours. All other ways deceive and tempt you. You must fulfill the way that is in you.

- Carl Jung -

Our Team

Oliver Vertes

Oliver Vertes is a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Psychotherapists of Ontario. He has thousands of hours of clinical experience working with adult populations. In addition to his undergraduate, and graduate work, he has completed additional training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Existentialism, trauma, Grief and Loss, anxiety, depression, Critical Incident Stress Management, and a variety of other life transitional issues.

As a psychotherapist, he is heavily influenced by existentialism, Jungian psychology and Joseph Campbell’s work relating to finding your values and living your meaning driven life. Although he focuses on ACT and Existentialism, he integrates perspectives and practices from other modalities, such as Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) and Solution Focused Therapy.

Oliver works out of both our Burlington and St. Catharines offices, and in addition to in-person, he offers telephone and video sessions.

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Chinar Mehta | Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

Chinar is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. She is familiar with evidence-based interventions that include, but are not limited to, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT). She offers therapy treatment for stress, burnout, anxiety, relationship issues, low self-esteem, career challenges, depression and trauma. She is a student member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) and the American Counseling Association (ACA).

She uses positive psychology and takes on an empathetic and supportive framework when working collaboratively with her clients. She recognizes that the journey to healing takes time and effort, and supports her clients throughout this journey.

Chinar offers telephone and video therapy sessions under supervision of Oliver Vertes, RP.

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Katherine Chown  | Registered Psychotherapist

Katie (she/her) is a Registered Psychotherapist and a Registered Kinesiologist who strives to support her client’s overall well-being holistically.

She will meet you where you are. Through collaboration, she will support you in identifying and attaining your goals and cultivating the life you want. She is committed to holding a compassionate, non-judgemental space while offering a flexible, accessible, individualized therapeutic experience. Her approach to therapy is integrative and comes from a place of authenticity and gentleness. She welcomes clients of diverse backgrounds, religious/spiritual affiliations, gender identities, and sexual orientations.

She knows how it feels to be sitting in the client’s chair, so she intimately appreciates the significance of the therapeutic relationship; She strives to be the Psychotherapist that she would want to seek support from.

Your vulnerability is a strength and she is glad you are here; She would be honoured to work together.

Katie offers telephone, video, and in-person therapy sessions.

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If the path before you is clear, you might be on someone else’s

- Joseph Campbell -



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