The practice of Romero Psychotherapy is located in Hamilton, ON near Stoney Creek. Patients can also utilize the internet in order to receive their appointments via a secure network if in-person therapy is not possible for them due to distance. Richard Piekarczyk-Vacca is a partner of the practice who works with the military and veterans community and general population. He works closely with the indigenous population.

We provide therapy and psychological assessments for individuals and law firms looking to assist their clients in their legal matters with the supervision of a psychologist as well as immigration reports, WSIB, medico-legal, and Motor Vehicle Accidents (MVA's). I'm certified to conduct psychological testing and measurements.

Services in English, Italian, Polish & Spanish are available. Our areas of specialization are addictions, PTSD, trauma, depression, anger management and anxiety. We provide couples and marriage counselling. We provide self-actualization, positive psychology and life coaching. Dayana is an approved healthcare practitioner for those with Native Status (NIHB & IRS RHSP) for mental health issues.


Registered Psychotherapist

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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 patient's 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 addiction.


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!



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 that 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!


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My name is Richard Piekarczyk-Vacca. 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 led to a medical release.

Along with several courses of interest at  Mohawk College, I completed an undergraduate honours degree at McMaster University and completed my graduate degree in counselling and psychotherapy at the University of Toronto. It remains my intention to complete a Ph.D. 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.



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 present 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.


Client Care Manager


My name is Juan Carlos Labrador and I have been the scheduling coordinator for Romero Psychotherapy since February 2019. I am originally from Panama and completed one year of law school in my native country before deciding to take the skies and move to Oklahoma City, OK to complete my FAA private pilot’s license in the year 2000. I continued living in Oklahoma for 10 years and during this time perfected my English. I speak English and Spanish fluently. I am also a certified medical interpreter and have been an interpreter for over six years. Last year I completed an Introduction to Simultaneous Interpretation course at the University of Antioquia in Medellín, Colombia. Lastly, I’m also a Certified Ontario (OTN) Telemedicine Coordinator.


In my spare time, I love going to the gym and cooking healthy meals because I am into fitness and nutrition, watching movies at home with my wife and playing with our two cats, Ashton and Monroe. I believe in living a life of service and I hope I can be of service to all of Romero Psychotherapy’s patients.


Public Relations Coordinator 


Hi! My name is Barkev Sivazlian. I earned an Honours BA in Political Science and Communication Studies from McMaster University and a subsequent postgraduate diploma from Humber College's highly regarded Public Relations Graduate program. Following my academic studies, I have pursued a full-time career in PR. With amazing experience working in consumer-based agency PR houses, I have had the great pleasure of working with prominent brands such as Molson, A&W and President's Choice Financial just to name a few.


When I'm not working, you can catch me hanging out with my friends and family usually with a coffee in-hand. Double-double in case you were wondering!


Addictions Counselor


My name is Dawn Owen and I am an addictions counsellor with years of experience. I graduated from Mohawk College in 1993 and began working in the field of youth mental health in 1992. I'm currently finishing my addiction counselling certification through the University of British Columbia and should be completed by October 2020.  


I served in the 23rd Service Battalion as a medic and left the service after my call to Desert Storm was cancelled. I have been working in groups homes as a Day Coordinator and as a 1:1 support for deaf youth.  From 1999-2011 I worked as a Youth Officer in Syl Apps Correctional/ Treatment facility. To date, I have worked as a crisis mental health worker supporting families, seniors, and youth with behavioural management issues, and successfully dealt with patients who have prior trauma and mental wellness issues. 

I am currently a 5th degree Black Belt and run a part-time martial arts school specializing in special needs and hard to serve youth.   I am a youth bandmaster at 713 RC (AIR)C.  I'm married to a wonderful American and have an even more wonderful 14-year-old daughter.  I'm looking forward to meeting everyone on their journey and road to recovery!


Human Resource Manager













My name is Paulette Patricia Romero and I’m the human resources manager at Romero Psychotherapy. I’m originally from Colombia and was raised in New York City’s most fabulous borough, The Bronx. I have a bachelor’s degree in Corporate Communication and Spanish from the City University of New York – Baruch College and an associate’s degree in business management from LaGuardia Community College, both based in New York City. I was previously employed as the translation and localization project manager for two translation agencies and I was a litigation legal secretary at various New York City law firms for a span of eleven years.



I’m fully fluent in English and Spanish and a Certified Ontario (OTN) Telemedicine Coordinator. I’m married with two cats, like reading and enjoy having a savoury seafood meal at the beach.

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