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Our Therapists

Shannon Holmes

Registered Psychotherapist and Certified Play Therapist

Sonia Nicolucci

Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

Naomi Roberts

Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)


Payal Rudra

Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

Shannon Holmes M.A., RP, CPT

Shannon Holmes M.A., RP, CPT

Registered Psychotherapist and Certified Play Therapist

Hello! I’m Shannon Holmes

Registered Psychotherapist, Certified Play Therapist

​My interest in helping others started in high school when working at a daycare with a child who was diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome. I started my career as a child and youth worker in an Assessment Receiving Group Home for the Children’s Aid Society. I then left the group home setting and worked for the School Board.

I started as a school-wide behaviour specialist. I strongly feel that all individuals have the potential to be successful, just for some there are more struggles. I firmly believe that investing time in another individual can leave a lasting impression on them and/or be what they need to see their inner success.

I mainly work with children and adolescents, but counselling for adults is available too.

Client Focus Age
Toddlers / Preschoolers (0 to 6)
Children (6 to 10)
Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13)


Masters of Arts in Practice Based Play Therapy

Honours Bachelor of Art in Psychology

Post Graduate Certificate and Diploma in Play Therapy

Child and Youth Worker diploma

Certificate in Clinical Traumatology

Shannon’s Story and Skills

My Story

I furthered my education by obtaining an honours degree in Psychology.

Once I began to learn more about play therapy, I realized it truly placed the child at the centre of the therapy, and focused on their goals and making them successful within themselves.

This goes in line with my values and my passion for helping others.

We are all capable of success, we have the obstacle of finding out our path and having the strength and support to follow it.

All individuals know what they need, but get weighed down by other things in life. Having someone there to support you in expressing what you need is a key to success.

My Approach

Every child is unique and has different issues, therefore therapy needs to be customized to suit the child and address the needs and issues of that child.

The first step is getting to know your child and understand the caregiver’s concerns as well. We first do a detailed intake where we try and get as many relevant details as possible. The next step is to review all this information and start some sessions with the child to get a deeper understanding.

We then begin to work with the child using a directive or non-directive approach as appropriate.  Throughout the sessions we keep the caregivers informed and discuss how the caregivers can continue to work with the child at home as needed.

Sonia Nicolucci

Sonia Nicolucci

Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

Hello! I’m Sonia Nicolucci

Sonia’s formal schooling started at Ryerson University achieving a Bachelor of Applied Science in the discipline of Nutrition and Food.

After working in the field of Nutrition for some time, her focus and priority turned to family. Being a new mom in a world filled with advice and skepticism, she decided to attend a parenting seminar. Seeing and experiencing hands-on how Adlerian-based parenting was making a difference in her growing family of now three boys, she decided to become a Certified Parent Educator. Facilitating seminars for parents and teachers along with individual and group sessions, Sonia strives to support families and schools.

Sonia continued her education in the field of Adlerian Therapy and obtained a Master’s Degree in Adlerian Counseling and Psychotherapy from the Adler Graduate School in Minnesota. Supporting the entire family has been one of Sonia’s primary goals. Obtaining a Diploma from Play Therapy UK/International completes the therapeutic circle, assisting parents, children and teens.

Sonia’s passions do not only reside in supporting families. Combining her array of skills along with the new technology of Neurotrack-X, Sonia champions athlete on and off the court.


Master’s Degree in Adlerian Counseling and Psychotherapy

Diploma from Play Therapy UK/International

Naomi Roberts

Naomi Roberts

Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

Hello! I’m Naomi Roberts

Naomi is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) who is passionate about promoting mental wellness in children, adolescents and their families.

​Naomi loves to challenge herself with continuous learning. She graduated from the University of Guelph with her BA in Sociology, then worked in childcare and in group homes supporting neurodiverse people for many years.

She returned to school to become a Certified English as a Second Language Teacher. She taught ESL at the University of Guelph, Renison College at University of Waterloo and as a LINC Instructor at community language schools.

When she became a single mother, she continued her journey of learning by working as a Children’s Librarian for 15 years before graduating from Yorkville University with her Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology.


Bachelor of Art in Sociology

Certified English as a Second Language Teacher

Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology

Payal Rudra

Payal Rudra

Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

Hello! I’m Payal Rudra

Payal’s passion for working in a helping profession began very early through various volunteer opportunities and school internships.

After completing a bachelor’s in Health and Society Payal went on to pursue a diploma in Child and Youth Work which further solidified her passion for helping others and providing mental health support to children and teens. Payal is now pursuing her Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology (MACP) at Yorkville University and is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario.

She will be completing her practicum at Healing Through Play until April 2023. She hopes to create meaningful therapeutic relationships during her time here through her compassionate persona and empowering her clients to make a change in their lives.

Through a collaborative approach Payal is interested in supporting individuals who are dealing with a variety of issues such as anxiety, depression and self-esteem along with providing support to children and teens during transitional periods of their lives.

She provides a wide range of therapies including but not limited to Cognitive-behavioural therapy, Dialectical- behavioural therapy, Mindfulness-based stress reduction, solution focused therapy and culturally sensitive therapy.

Client focus age:
Children (7-10)
Adolescents (11-17)


Bachelor’s in Health and Society

Diploma in Child and Youth Work

Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology (Pursuing)


"The therapist aids the child in their exploration by reacting in a specific manner."


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