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Valley Connections Counselling


Amanda Youssef, MEd, RP, CCC
Registered Psychotherapist

Founder & Executive Clinical Director

Hello, my name is Amanda Youssef, Founder and Executive Clinical Director of Valley Connections Counselling.  I am a Registered Psychotherapist (RP) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario , a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association and a Certified Koru Teacher of Mindfulness and Meditation with the Centre for Koru Mindfulness in North Carolina.  I am also a Clinical Supervisor recognized by the CRPO.

I have a Master of Education in Counselling Psychology (M.Ed.) from the University of Toronto, and an Honours Degree in Psychology (Hons. BA) from York University.   It is important to me to stay current with my education, and therefore I regularly participate in training and workshops. Most recently, I have received clinical training in Trauma-informed Mindfulness, Emotion Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing,  Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Imago Couples Therapy,  The Gottman Couples Method, and Clinical Supervision.  I am also a  Certified Koru Teacher in Mindfulness and Meditation. 

I have over 10 years of experience working in the human services sector and mental health field.  I have been working in private practice providing Psychotherapy for 9 years and have over 10,000 client contact hours. I have also been providing Clinical Supervision to Interns, RP's and other Mental Health Professionals for two years.  In addition to my private practice at Valley Connections Counselling, I have been working at McMaster University in Hamilton Ontario, in the Student Wellness Centre since 2010, providing individual and couples therapy, as well as running a number of groups including Building Healthy Relationships, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy/Emotion Regulation Skills,  A Group for Every Body (Body Image and Disordered Eating), and Koru Mindfulness and Meditation.

I thrive on engaging in work I love.  Being a Psychotherapist and Meditation instructor are integral components of who I am.  I gravitate toward building connections.  I too, have experience sitting in the client's chair, seeking my own therapy and support throughout various stages of my life.  I know the importance of a therapeutic connection.  I strive to be the Counsellor and Psychotherapist that I seek for my own support, and I have modified my practice to build bridges in the gaps I have experienced when receiving counselling myself.

If you would like more information please email the Valley Connections Counselling clinic at: [email protected] or to click here to book online.

A Little More About Me...

More About Amanda Youssef, Registered Psychotherapist

Yes, I am a Mom, to two highly energetic and intelligent daughters.  Becoming a parent changed my world and my relationship with my partner, opened my eyes (while I desperately tried to get some shut-eye!), and daily makes my heart overflow.