Treatment Team

Hamish White, C.A.D.C., H.S.C., S.S.W.
(416) 640-1061 ext. 222

Hamish White is a certified alcohol and drug dependency counsellor who has worked in the addiction and mental health fields for the past 35 years. He enjoys a reputation as being a skillful clinician yet “down-to-earth” with common-sense solutions to problems that occur when families and clients are struggling with addiction recovery issues. He is well known in the addiction treatment, health professional and recovery communities.

Hamish is recognized by his colleagues and peers throughout North America for his expertise and is the 2014 recipient of the prestigious Peter Armstrong Award of Excellence in recognition of his long standing support, contribution and outstanding dedication to client based and family inclusive counselling in the Toronto community.

Hamish has vast experience working with youth and families and is familiar with many excellent resources all over Canada and the United States. He is certified by the Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation and is the founder, coordinator and director of Recovery Counselling Services.

 

Moira Gittens
(416) 640-1061 ext. 100

Not only is Moira an integral part of the Recovery Counselling Services team as our Executive Operations Manager, she’s the warm voice who answers the telephone when you call, and the friendly, smiling face when you first come to the RCS office.  Even the pets that come in as a part of pet therapy are greeted with a hug and easy access to the treat drawer in her desk.

Moira has a background in accounting, however her passion has always been working with people. Moira has volunteered at the Distress Centre providing support on the Suicide Hotline.  She is skilled at diffusing conflict with people in distress.  She has worked with people with disabilities as well as a variety of other people facing life challenges

Moira is the “go to person” for the whole team and has been keeping things running smoothly here since 2011

 

David Saxby, C.C.W.
(416) 640-1061 ext. 221

Dave has been with Recovery Counselling Services since 1992 and is the backbone of our youth programme. With over 25 years of experience in the field of helping individuals in a variety of settings, he specializes in working with adolescents and young adults both in the office and the community. Dave did his addiction training at Hazelden, Minnesota and provides assessments, counselling, and facilitates peer groups. While he brings a strong background in the addiction field both academically and in personal experience, it is his enthusiasm for and commitment to his work that sets him apart.

 

 

Rosemary Munro, C.A.D.C., Love First Certified Clinical Interventionist
(416) 640-1061 ext. 223

Rosemary is our team’s intervention specialist and is the only person in Canada to hold the "Love First Certified Clinical Interventionist" designation.  She began her career in 1985, and has since established herself as a leading specialist in the addiction/counselling field. Rosemary has been with Recovery Counselling Services  since 1998. Certified as an Addiction Counsellor with CACCF, she is also trained in Gestalt therapy. Her main focus at RCS is facilitating Interventions for families who have an adult member with an alcohol or drug problem, and coaching them on how to help someone who does not want help. 

 

Patricia Parker, B.Sc.N., M.A.
(416) 640-1061 ext. 225

As a member of the Recovery Counselling Services team since 2002, Patricia works extensively with families concerned about the drug or alcohol use of a loved one. She also specializes in assessment and ongoing counselling services for adults dealing with the challenges of substance abuse or codependency. Patricia Parker holds a Master of Arts degree in Addiction Counselling from the Hazelden Graduate School of Addiction Studies in Minnesota. Patricia is uniquely qualified through her professional experience and personal life journey to counsel people who are seeking freedom from chemical and relationship dependencies, and searching for deeper meaning and purpose in their lives.

 

Jay Pasternack, H.S.C
(416) 640-1061 ext. 224

Jay's relationship with RCS pre-dates RCS itself. Jay is the founder and director of The Recovery Place, a half-way house for males in early, post-treatment recovery here in Toronto.  Jay works closely with the RCS team and the RCS team works closely with the Recovery Place.  Jay has developed a superb addiction awareness and drug education programme that we can offer to our young clients. He has extensive experience working with youth and families and relates well with them. Jay is a graduate from McMaster University, Addiction Studies Diploma Program. As well, he is a graduate of the George Brown College, Human Service Counsellor Program, specializing in Mental Health. 

 

Erin Mantis, Psy.D, C. Psych.
(416) 640-1061 ext. 227

"Dr. Erin" is the licensed Clinical Psychologist on our team. She specializes in Addictions and Mental Health Issues, warmly providing therapeutic and assessment services for adults and adolescents, families, individuals, and couples at Recovery Counselling Service. She primarily practices Mindfulness Strategies, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and Family Systems Solution Focused Therapy, and IMAGO work for couples. She has been working in the field since 1998 and has been with RCS since 2006. 

 

Dawna Alexander  M.S.W R.S.W.
(416) 640-1061 ext. 226

Dawna conducts intake assessments with families and facilitates the Parent Support Groups as well as providing individual, couple, and family counselling at Recovery Counselling Services. She is usually the first person parents see when they are looking for help with a young family member. With extensive training in family counselling, she provides the information, direction, and support families require when dealing with the powerful impact addiction can have on family members.

Dawna has been in the counselling profession for the past 40 years. She has experience in the child protection field and working with people with life threatening illness and their families, has worked in geriatrics with families and their elderly parents experiencing senility and Alzheimer related dementia, expertise in trauma and issues of abuse, crisis intervention, and working with families and addiction. Dawna has a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Toronto and is a Registered Social Worker.   Dawna is a member of the  Ontario Association of Social Workers, the Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation, and the Ontario and American Association of Marital and Family Therapists She has been with RCS since 2006.