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Linda J. Page, Ph.D., FounderLinda J. Page

Dr. Page earned a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from the Adler School of Professional Psychology (ASPP) in Chicago, Illinois after earning her Ph.D. at Princeton University. Most of her courses were delivered in Toronto at what was then called the Alfred Adler Institute of Ontario. After a three-year internship at the Rudolf Dreikurs Centre for Counselling and Education under the supervision of Larry Nisan, M.Ed., and Evelyn Wolff, M.D., she opened her own practice as a psychotherapist in 1981. She co-founded the Psychotherapy Institute of Toronto with Susan Rosenthal, M.D., in 1987 to train M.A. students and physicians in Adlerian psychotherapy. Because of her academic and graduate teaching background, she was invited to direct Chicago's M.A. program in Toronto, which she did from 1989 to 2006. During part of that time, she commuted to Chicago to teach as a member of ASPP's doctoral core faculty and to direct the Adler Centre for Gender and Cultural Studies. She founded Adler's Professional Coaching Certificate Program in 1998, an initiative that now has representatives in the United States, Europe and Central Asia.

Julie A. Brown, M.S.W., Dean of Psychotherapy, Co-director of Adler Trauma Psychotherapy Program Julie Brown                            

Julie Brown is a Psychotherapist with experience spanning over fifteen years providing services and developing training programs for therapists and clients in the mental health field. Her MSW (Clinical Focus) is from Wilfrid Laurier University. She joined the Adler Faculty in 2011 to develop and implement the certificate program in Trauma Psychotherapy.  A dynamic group leader, presenter and consultant, Julie has delivered keynote addresses and provided workshops in the areas of Attachment, Trauma Impact, Domestic Violence, and Psychobiological influences of Stress on Health. Julie also maintains a private practice in Guelph specializing in working with individuals, couples and families who are struggling with relational difficulties due to depression, anxiety and trauma.  

 

Marion Balla, M.ED., M.S.W., R.S.W., Faculty MemberMarion Balla

Marion Balla has gained recognition throughout North America as well as internationally for her expertise, her dynamic speaking style, and her skills as a facilitator, workshop leader and trainer. Marion has built her credentials over a 40-year career  in Counselling  and Consulting. With a Master in Education (Counselling) and a Master in Social Work (Direct Intervention), she specializes in family, individual and couples therapy.

As a consultant, presenter and trainer with clients in government, public health and social institutions, business and various professions, Marion is an expert in a broad range of workplace and organizational performance issues, including team building, communication skills, conflict resolution and principles of progressive  leadership. She has delivered keynote addresses and workshops on leadership, creative collaboration, work-life balance, parenting and many other subjects at national and international conferences.

Susan Prosser, R.N., B.Sc.N., M.A., Faculty MemberSusan Prosser

Susan Prosser has more than 30 years of combined experience in nursing, counselling, group leadership, parent education and psychotherapy. A Senior Associate with the Adlerian Counselling and Consulting Group since 1993, she has built a strong practice working with individuals of all ages, families and couples.

Susan’s interest in Adlerian Psychology began when she was training to be a parent educator in 1976. The Adlerian principles of holism, mutual respect, empowerment of clients by building on strengths and understanding limitations, fit with her own personal philosophy and led her on to further study.

Susan has built on her Adlerian training and incorporates cognitive-behavioural approaches with emotion-focused and psychodynamic therapies that provide a holistic method of working with people. She is also trained in EMDR, a proven, effective method of healing the results of trauma.

With a focus on relationships — with self, partners, children, family, friends and colleagues — Susan works with clients to address depression, anxiety, burnout, trauma, couple unhappiness, family conflicts, parenting concerns, communication difficulties and self-esteem.

Susan Rosenthal,  Bsc.Med, MD (McMaster ‘74), Co-Director of Adler Trauma Psychotherapy Certificate ProgramSusan Rosenthal

Dr. Rosenthal is a Physician Emeritus who integrates physical, psychological, and social perspectives into a practical, problem-solving approach to treating trauma-related disorders. She has taught post-graduate psychology courses at Adler since 1998. From 1998 to 2006, she supervised the Adler Trauma Therapy Clinic, which served as a practicum site for MA students. She serves as adjunct faculty for Adler Graduate Professional Schools, and teaches courses leading to the Adler Trauma Psychotherapy Certificate.
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