THIS IS US!
The practice of Romero Piekarczyk-Vacca 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.
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Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)
Indigenous Consultant and
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!
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 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!
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.
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 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.
Juan Carlos Labrador
Client Care Manager &
Human Resources Manager
Public Relations Coordinator
Juan Carlos is our client care manager. He trained as a SMART Recovery professional facilitator. He is also attending Wilfred Laurier University and studying to be an addictions counsellor. JC offers 15 and 30 minute case management check-in services and Empowerment & Recovery Coaching. He will give you the tools and resources you need to keep yourself on track and help be accountable during your own recovery process.
Baruch Weiss is a Masters level graduate student completing his internship to obtain his degree. Once he is finished, he will be applying to the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario in order to become a registered psychotherapist. He is currently under the supervision of Dayana Romero.
Daniela Aguilar Santander is a psychological intern who treats Spanish speaking patients with depression & anxiety. She is currently treating patients virtually and joins us from the Universidad del Norte based in Barranquilla, Colombia, where is completing her bachelor's degree in psychology. She is under the supervision of Dayana Romero.
Krystal Marie Jackson brings with her a lifetime of experience in all areas of leadership and management. She is a Sargent currently serving in the Canadian Armed Forces for 23 Hamilton Field Ambulance. She has over 27 years of service and a deployment with the UN on a Mission to Israel. She believes dedication, loyalty and commitment are keys to both her professional and personal success. She promotes a balanced and disciplined approach to the work environment. We are thrilled to have her transition to the Operations Manger for Romero Piekarczyk-Vacca Psychotherapy and Renova Recovery and treatment Centre.
Paulette is the human resources manager, is originally from Colombia and was raised in New York City’s most fabulous borough, The Bronx. She has 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 CUNY LaGuardia Community College. She has prior experience as a translation and localization project manager for two translation agencies and was a litigation legal secretary at various New York City law firms for a span of eleven years. She is also fully fluent in English and Spanish and is a Certified Ontario Telemedicine (OTN) Coordinator.
Barkev 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 his academic studies, he pursued a full-time career in PR. With amazing experience working in consumer-based agency PR houses, he 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 not working, you can catch him hanging out with friends and family usually with a coffee in-hand.
Chantelle is always eager to greet visitors to our practice. Bringing with her a diverse background having worked in Customer Service, Health Care, and Administration. As a Naval Reservist, she brings her experience as a Qualified Human Resources Administrator.
Cheyenne is our indigenous consultant and specializes in this population. She is a member of the Cayuga Nation, Wolf Clan from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. She studied Child and Youth Work at Niagara College, as well as Mohawk College and has worked in the field periodically for about 13 years. She enjoys working in a supportive role and advocacy to assist people in making improvements in their lives.