THIS IS US!
So who am I? I know that's a burning question you have. My name is a Dayana Romero and I'm a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. I'm a member of the Ontario Psychological Association, and the Canadian Psychological Association. I have my bachelor's degree in Counseling from Canada Christian College from 2005. I have a Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Yorkville University from 2010 and (eventually) from the University Liverpool, a Masters of Arts in Forensic Psychology (ABD) which basically means I haven't written my thesis yet. I have training in PTSD and addictions for various courses and college/university programs I have taken throughout the years. I use different forms of therapy in order to meet the patients needs, but my main base is Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy and Solution Focus Therapy. I speak both English and Spanish and provide services in both languages.
My main area of interest is the Indigenous and Military/Veterans community. I provide psychotherapy for the general population in depression, anxiety, PTSD and Addictions.
I have been a guest speaker at the Ontario Medical Association more than once, Primary Care Today Conference, Indie Week, collaboration with Linkin Park, Bell Lets Talk and Over the Bridge, religious organizations, schools and events throughout my last 10 years of being in this profession. I have interviewed by podcasts, asked to be a guest by some TV channels and written an article for KMA Therapy!
BUT NOW THE FUN STUFF!
I'm an avid reader of non-fiction, practice yoga, attend OrangeTheory Fitness and a fashionista in my own right! I have an interesting heritage which involves being European, Spanish, Native and Jewish! I'm a massive dog lover and on any given day I normally have a Starbucks in one hand with a macaroon in another. (Given that it's coconut and part of my macros for the day). I believe that everything has an answer and is worth fighting for if you really want it. My theme for this year is "This Is Me" and as people we need to learn to accept ourselves in order to change ourselves for the better!
EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION
My name is Richard Piekarczyk-Vacca. Although I am completing my qualifications to become a registered psychotherapist, much of my early-adult life was in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF). I was in the Regular Forces (full-time) and remain grateful for my nearly decade of service in combat-arms. My career was cut-short, however, because of a traumatic head injury which eventually lead to a medical release.
Along with several courses of interest at Mohawk College, I completed an undergraduate honours degree at McMaster University and am currently completing a graduate degree in counselling and psychotherapy at the University of Toronto. It remains my intention to complete a PhD after registration with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. I have also completed certification and workshops in Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), Clinical Trauma, Intensive Training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Mental Health First Aid for the Veteran Community and MANERS Psychological First Aid, in order to compliment my degrees and enhance practical skills during crisis and clinical interventions. I am also seeking certification in couples and family therapy.
PUTTING PRINCIPLES INTO PRACTICE
Since 2011, I continue to receive invitations to speak at various elementary schools in the Hamilton-Wentworth district, which has been both well-received and emotionally rewarding. From 2013 until 2018, I volunteered in the IMPACT project at McMaster University and was elected President of the McMaster Association of Part-Time Students (MAPS) in 2016; where I served as a part-time student representative on the Committee on Student Affairs and a student representative for the Faculty of Social Sciences on the Undergraduate Student Council.
I continue to develop research projects regarding mental health in the CAF and continue to presented my studies at research conferences. Building on my own experiences, I began an initiative to assist members and former-members who have a desire to pursue higher education. Thus far, I continue to work closely with the CAF, McMaster University and Mohawk College. I also received the Wilson Leadership Scholar Award from McMaster University in 2017 for this work.