Dr Rizzo is a researcher in the field of sleep medicine, who is currently undergoing postdoctoral training in cognitive functioning and sleep disorders. She is a member of the OTSTCFQ and a licensed psychotherapist by the OPQ, specializing in cognitive behavioural therapy for sleep disorders.

Joan Keefler, PhD is a Marriage and Family Therapist. She has over 30 years experience in work and in research with individuals, couples and families helping them with difficulties in relationships and adjusting to mental health problems. She specializes in relationship counseling for problems posed by Adult Attention Deficit Disorder. One of the first three original Argyle Directors, Joan has been a student, lecturer, supervisor and Director of Marital and Family Training Program, is now conducting research into the family and Attention Deficit Disorder in collaboration with the Douglas Institute . She has served on the Conseil de la Famille , was awarded the Prix Mérite Du Conseil Interprofessionnel Du Québec in 2013.

Joseph Morcos is a multilingual, seasoned psychotherapist (OPQ) who began his private practice in 2012 When he completed an M.A. in counseling psychology with excellence from McGill and proudly joined the Order of Guidance Counsellors of Quebec (OCCOQ). For his post-graduate studies, he successfully completed the Individual Psychodynamic Training Program (IPTP) at the Argyle Institute of Human Relations. Joseph holds a permit to practice as a psychotherapist from the Order of Psychologists of Québec (OPQ). He is currently on the board of directors of the Association of Quebec Psychotherapists (APQ) and the board of directors as well as the Group Therapy committee of the Argyle Institute of Human Relations.

Karen is his mother and has lived through the turmoil of the last 12 years and has been involved in the family support group provided by Portage

Manuel is 28 years old and has been living with addiction for over 12 years. He completed the Portage program in October 2020.

Moira is the Past-President of the Board of Directors of the Argyle Institute, and has been a member of the organization since 2010. Moira is a Psychotherapist and Couple & Family Therapist in private practice in Montreal. With over a decade of experience, she provides confidential psycho-therapeutic counseling on a range of personal and relational issues to individuals, couples and families. She also teaches the Ethics course in the Marital and Family Therapy program at the Argyle. Moira holds a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from McGill University, a Postgraduate Accredited Diploma in Marital and Family Therapy (MFT) from the Argyle Institute, and an Honors Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Queen’s University. She is a licensed member of the Quebec Order of Social Workers and Marital Family Therapists.

Nadine Gharious is a psychotherapist for more than 20 years now and a clinical supervisor in private practice, she also has been practicing yoga for two decades and is a yoga teacher several years now.
She is an IBP (integrative body psychotherapy) practitioner and teacher. In the last 10 years, she has combined these skills to focus on body-centered approaches, mostly working with anxiety, depression and burn-out.
Using speech, breathing techniques and mindfulness, Nadine helps achieve overall wellness.

Prairie is a licensed mental health professional and is considered the world’s leading expert on Emotional Support Animals. She is the Clinical Director of Therapeutic and consults for CertaPet, one of the largest telehealth companies in the nation. Prairie has a Master’s Degree in professional counseling and a Postgraduate Degree in Military Behavioral health counseling. She is certified as an equine assisted psychotherapist. Prairie is a certified Accelerated Resolution Therapist and helps train future trauma therapist in this modality. She consults for several nonprofits for veterans and first responder trauma, including The Lone Survivor Foundation and Horses that Heal. She is the founder,developer and lead researcher of emotional support animal Assisted Therapy (ESAAT) which is a set of techniques utilized to decrease anxiety, panic attacks, depressive symptoms, and sleep difficulties with the use of an Emotional Support Animal.

Sébastien Fortier has 17 years of experience in addictions, is a clinical coordinator at Portage and is responsible for the Family and Friends Support Group.

Sharon received her Psychotherapy license in 2015 while training at the Argyle Institute, following her Masters in Educational Counseling at McGill University. Before that, she was a Family Life Educator and worked with schools, community organizations and Batshaw Youth Protection with high risk parents. In 2009, Sharon began running support groups for bereaved mothers three years after the death of her eldest son in 2006. In 2012, she began training in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy in the IPTP program at the Argyle Institute. Her practice has clients dealing with a wide range of mental health issues, but loss and grief is a significant portion of her practice. Sharon believes that we maintain continuing bonds with our loved ones and that each person’s journey is unique to them. As well, it’s important to recognize that grief is not a disease but a process that we hopefully learn to reconcile with in our daily lives.