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Maria Ostapenko, BA, MEd, MA (cand), RP (Qual.)

Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

Psychotherapy Intern

Youth & Adult Therapist


My name is Maria Ostapenko (she/her) and I am a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists in Ontario. I am currently completing my Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology at Yorkville University. I also hold a Master of Education and a B.A. in Psychology. 


I truly believe that our well-being comes from finding balance in life and having a strong mind-body connection. I also support the idea that being in touch with nature can boost your happiness and maintain inner peace. My approach is based on building trust and acceptance, while offering you a safe and welcoming space to explore complex emotions, thoughts, and behaviors. 


I would not be the person I am today without the support I received from counseling. Like many of us, I have been through my share of tough times, including the challenges of being a parent and dealing with postpartum depression. This journey has made me value the difference a caring counselor can make and has fueled my passion for helping others make a positive change in their life. 


On a personal level, I speak Russian, Spanish, and English, enjoy hiking, and learning about art and culture. I respect and honor your unique background and experiences because they are a big part of what makes you, you. 


Let's start this journey to healing together with a complimentary 30-minute consultation to see if we're a good fit. Together, we can work on reestablishing balance and setting practical, achievable goals.

Maria's services may be eligible for insurance coverage under extended health benefit plans that cover the services of Registered Psychotherapists. Please note: It is your responsibility to find out from your employer and/or insurance company about the type of mental health coverage you have. Valley Connections Counselling and our therapists are not responsible for determining whether or not your insurance company will reimburse you for our services. Please find out the details of your benefits package before booking and attending your therapy sessions. Should you attend sessions and later learn that your insurance company will not cover your therapy sessions, you are responsible for paying for the fees of all attended sessions as well as any future sessions you choose to attend.

You can book a free 30 minute consultation with Maria or call our main line at

905-966-4309 to book an appointment, or email at


Maria offers her services virtually and at our Burlington Location.

Maria offers her services in English, Spanish, and Russian.


Youth & Adult Therapy

Special Areas of Focus



Mood Disorders

AAGrief and Loss




Life Transitions

Newcomers to Canada

Therapeutic Approaches

Relational-Cultural (RCT)

Dialectical-Behavioural (DBT)

Cognitive-Behavioural (CBT)

Mindfulness-Based (MBCT)


Emotion-Focused (EFT)

Strengths Based


30 minutes to meet your therapist

Individual Intake and Subsequent Psychotherapy appointments
50 minutes

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