Ketamine-Assisted Therapy Centre in Toronto

9am-5pm Monday-Friday

Therapy Team

Brian Fernandes

Registered Social Worker

Brian Fernandes is a dedicated and accomplished Registered Social Worker, recognized by the Ontario College of Social Workers, holding a Masters of Social Work from the University of Windsor. His extensive background encompasses aiding individuals grappling with Depression, Anxiety, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and Substance Use Disorders. Brian has devoted years to instilling hope within some of the most marginalised communities in and around the Greater Toronto Area, including at-risk youth, individuals experiencing homelessness, and refugees.

Employing a client-centred, strengths-based approach, Brian tailors his methods to the unique needs of each individual. Drawing from a diverse range of therapeutic modalities such as Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Approaches, and Motivational Interviewing, he ensures a personalised and effective intervention.

With a distinguished military service record, Brian served as a reservist Infantry Officer in the Canadian Armed Forces, achieving the rank of Captain. His firsthand understanding of the distinctive stressors faced by Veterans and First Responders fuels his commitment to providing Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy to this underserved population. Notably, Brian’s work with Veterans has been featured in “The Ketamine Breakthrough” by Dr. Mike Dow and Ronan Levy.

Brian has undergone additional specialised training, including MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy Training with the Multidisciplinary Association of Psychedelic Studies, coupled with training in holotropic breathwork practices. Currently, he is preparing to contribute as a Therapist in upcoming clinical trials with Compass Pathways, investigating the potential of Psilocybin to address Treatment-Resistant Depression.

Beyond his professional pursuits, Brian is a fitness enthusiast engaging in weight lifting, running, and biking. His diverse interests span from travelling and scuba diving to the culinary arts. Passionate about the potential of psychedelics, Brian firmly believes in their capacity to offer solace to individuals struggling with chronic issues, viewing them as a valuable alternative to traditional therapeutic approaches. His dedication to exploring alternate healing modalities underscores his commitment to better serve and uplift others.

Heather Wilgar

Registered Psychotherapist

Heather is registered as an RP with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario and holds her masters-level diploma in Relational Gestalt Psychotherapy. She has spent many years working as a psychotherapist in private practice within a trauma-informed, culturally-inclusive, and harm reduction framework. Her approach is humanistic, embodied, integrative and evidence-based and has been informed by attachment theory, sensory awareness practice and the multi-cultural traditions that are the basis of mindfulness and contemplative practices. Heather is also a certified yoga instructor with over 20 years of experience in yoga and mindfulness meditation. She is a graduate of the Developmental Somatic Psychotherapy (DSP) program in New York City and is currently part of a Health Canada clinical trial in Psilocybin research as part of her Advanced training in Psychedelic-Assisted Psychotherapy (PaP). Heather’s personal lived experiences working with non-ordinary states have shown her how to engage in her own body’s innate healing system and she has translated this into her professional work with clients using Ketamine-assisted Psychotherapy to access inner wisdom, creativity and healing. Gestalt trained with a mélange of many different disciplines including Internal Family Systems (IFS). Developmental somatic psychotherapy, mindfulness, yoga therapy, relational psychotherapy. With growing experience in CBT, ACT and EFT.

Monique Mathew

Registered Social Worker

Monique is a Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social
Service Workers. She completed her Master’s in Social Work and training while living in Southern
California, and has experience providing psychotherapy to individuals, couples, youth, and families
in community mental health, school, and private practice settings.

Monique works primarily from an Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) framework and finds this
gentle, yet powerful, therapeutic approach to be helpful to clients experiencing a wide range of
issues, from trauma and challenges in relationships, to struggles with self-acceptance, depression,
and anxiety. She also integrates mindfulness-based, somatic, and trauma-informed techniques in
her work to support clients in finding greater balance, self-care and empowerment in their daily
lives.

Monique’s interest in expanded consciousness and healing spans more than 25 years through her
practice of meditation, yoga, healing practices, and psychedelics. Monique began an
apprenticeship with a revered Ayahuasca shaman and healer in the Peruvian Amazon in 2011 and
she is deeply honored to still continue her studies in this profound healing tradition to this day.
Monique has helped to facilitate Ayahuasca retreats and ceremonies for guests from around the
world in Peru and she is experienced with safely supporting individuals exploring psychedelics for
their own personal growth and well-being. Monique looks forward to embarking on each journey of
psychedelic healing with her clients, and is committed to offering a grounded, compassionate and
non-judgmental space for this deep inner work.

Medical Team

Ashleigh Levesque

Nurse Clinic Manager

Ashleigh is an esteemed member of the Field Trip Health Toronto team, where she serves as the Nurse Clinic Manager, bringing a wealth of expertise to our ketamine-assisted psychotherapy clinic. Holding a Masters degree in Nursing with a specialized focus on leadership, Ashleigh embodies a profound commitment to the values of integrity, individuality, and empathy. Her extensive background equips her with the skillset to nurture sustainable mental health outcomes within our clinic. With a strong appreciation for the fusion of neuroplasticity and psychedelics, Ashleigh possesses a profound comprehension of our therapeutic approach. Her dedication is unwaveringly directed towards the pursuit of healing, assistance, and support for our clients. Through her intricate understanding of the science behind neuroplasticity and the synergistic potential of psychedelics, Ashleigh actively contributes to our clinic’s mission of facilitating profound transformations. Ashleigh’s professional journey encompasses a diverse range of experiences, initially rooted in critical care. This foundation provided her with the unique opportunity to explore various avenues, including aviation, management, teaching, and even culinary arts with her recent foray into baking. These multifaceted experiences underscore her adaptability and resourcefulness, qualities that seamlessly translate into her role as the Nurse Clinic Manager.

Judy Zhu

Registered Practical Nurse

Judy is a Registered Practical Nurse with experience in the community sector. Working with Field Trip Health since its inception, Judy is well versed in all dimensions related to our culture. Her empathetic approach allows clients to truly feel seen, valued and heard throughout the entirety of their experiential journey. Certified in palliative care, dementia care and most recently Reiki level three, Judy embodies a holistic approach, holding space for clients with compassion. Not only does Judy advocate for her own health and mental well-being, she is a core proponent of the nursing team ensuring team members implement a balanced lifestyle into their work and everyday lives. Pursuing further education in the fields of medical cannabis, aromatherapy and herbal medicine, she too is in process of completion of her Bachelors of Science in Nursing, hoping to continue to pursue avenues within the growing psychedelic field.

Rogan Ramage

Registered Practical Nurse

Rogan is a highly experienced Registered Practical Nurse with over twelve years of clinical expertise. Specialising in various aspects of mental health, Rogan has dedicated her career to evidence-based practices, including forensic mental health, addictions, harm reduction,
psychosocial rehabilitation, dual diagnosis, and dementia behavioural support. Her background also encompasses street outreach and community case work, providing a solid foundation for comprehensive client support within our clinic.

In addition to her clinical skills, Rogan is committed to ongoing professional development and holds certifications in trauma-informed care. She brings a compassionate and balanced approach to her work, fostering an environment that supports clients in their evolving journeys.

Outside of the clinic, Rogan has a passion for exploring the world and can often be found travelling in her self-converted school bus. Valuing a multidimensional approach to life, Rogan incorporates dimensions of play into her daily routine, embracing new opportunities and endeavours.

Rogan’s commitment to evidence-based practices ensures that clients receive the highest quality care rooted in scientific understanding. She views each dimension of the psyche as a lens into the soul, drawing on both lived and clinical experiences to guide clients on their transformative paths with empathy and expertise.”

Jay Esguerra

Nurse Practitioner

Jay Esguerra is a Nurse Practitioner (Primary Health Care). He completed his Masters in Nursing in 2021 and his Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2007, both at the University of Toronto. His nursing experience includes working with the Multi-Organ Transplant Program at the University Health Network and with Home & Community Care with Ontario Health.

In addition to working with Field Trip, Jay’s NP experience includes working in shelters with the homeless and refugee populations. Jay is a true believer that optimal mental health and spirituality can heal the body. Jay is excited to be part of Field Trip Health and hopes to increase awareness of the healing-potential of psychedelics.

Rajveer Soos

Nurse Practitioner

Rajveer is a Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner. She has worked in the acute care setting as well as in the community, where her focus has always been to provide compassionate client-centred care. In the community she worked to serve marginalized populations, including indigenous and homeless individuals. Rajveer believes that optimal health requires a holistic approach in which there is balance within the mind, body, and spirit. She understands the impact of mental health challenges on individuals, families, and communities, and is passionate about helping individuals heal from deep-rooted patterns and traumas, in order to create lasting healing. In 2021, Rajveer completed Therapsil’s Psilocybin Practitioner Training for End-of Life care, where she gained deeper insight into the true healing potential of psychedelics. She is passionate about the work being done at Field Trip Health and the use of psychedelics to help individuals suffering from mental illness. She is optimistic about the direction and future of mental health care and excited to be contributing to this paradigm shift in the field.

Shahnawaz Ali

Nurse Practitioner

Shahnawaz has been working as a Nurse Practitioner in multiple mental health and addictions settings in his career. This includes working in several psychiatry clinics at Niagara Health and within the concurrent disorders program at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton. He has embraced leadership opportunities including chairing the Nurse Practitioner advisory committee and clinical leadership for an interdisciplinary community team. He is also active in Nurse Practitioner education and holds an adjunct faculty position at the University of Toronto. Currently, he is working at the Canadian Mental Health Association in Peel in the RAAM (Rapid access addiction medicine) clinic. Shahnawaz has completed a Master’s degree in Nursing in the Adult Nurse Practitioner field at University of Toronto in 2015, receiving a Schulich Award for academic achievement. He is passionate about mental health and addictions care and an advocate for the Nurse Practitioner role.

Rodea Casem

Nurse Practitioner

Rodea obtained her Masters of Nursing Degree at Ryerson University and subsequently completed the Post-Masters Nurse Practitioner Program at University of Toronto. Being an Advanced Practice Nurse, she joins Field Trip Health with over 13 years of nursing experience in acute care, ambulatory, and community settings. She has also obtained the Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing Certification from the Canadian Nurses Association.

Dr. Neel Chadha

Medical Director

Dr. Neel Chadha is a family physician based in Ottawa. His medical interests include hospital medicine, geriatrics and mental health. He has completed training in cognitive behavioural therapy and motivational interviewing. He is currently completing ketamine assisted psychotherapy training from the Polaris Institute. He completed medical school at the University of Calgary and family medicine residency at the University of Ottawa. Outside of work he enjoys playing sports, traveling and spending time with family and friends. Neel is excited to be the lead physician for the Ottawa chapter of the Canadian Centre for Psychedelic Healing.

Rita Mannarino

Nurse Practitioner

Rita Mannarino is a skilled and compassionate nurse practitioner with over two decades of nursing experience. She has always had a special interest in mental health issues, mindset and chronic pain and focuses on a holistic approach that focuses on mind, body and spirit.

With advanced training and experience in a variety of settings including primary care, ICU/critical care, oncology, mental health and mindset coaching, pain and symptom management and palliative care, she is dedicated to providing comprehensive and compassionate patient-centred care that is focused on promoting mind and body wellness.

Rita combines her clinical knowledge, empathetic and caring approach, and evidence-based practices to develop personalised treatment plans that empower her patients to achieve optimal physical and mental health to lead more fulfilling lives.
 
Rita completed her Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner and her Master of Science in Nursing degree at Laurentian University. Prior to this she completed her Nursing Degree from Athabasca University after previously completing her nursing diploma from Sault College of Applied Arts and Technology. Rita has completed many certificate and advance training programs over the last two decades from various educational institutions in her constant pursuit to expand her knowledge and experience.
 
Outside of work, Rita enjoys spending time at their cottage on Lake Superior with her husband, two dogs and their two grown children and their partners. Rita enjoys hiking, gardening, snowshoeing, going on adventures with her family and just being in nature.

Dr. Esa Leinonen

Psychiatrist

Joy Kolic

Nurse Practitioner

Joy, a seasoned Nurse Practitioner with over 15 years of expertise in healthcare and dedicated her career to Mental Health and Geriatrics. She earned her Masters in Nursing/Nurse Practitioner degree in 2017 and has since spent 6 years excelling in the Mental Health field. Joy is certified in Mental Health and Addictions from the University of Toronto.

Beyond her role as a Nurse Practitioner, she is a certified yoga teacher with a deep passion for yoga, meditation, and mindful movement, recognizing their positive impact on wellness and healing. Embracing a holistic approach to patient care, Joy is eager to assist you in achieving your wellness goals.

April Bakonyi

Nurse Practitioner

Have questions?

Call us at (647) 933-4770  or email us at [email protected] 

Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy

Ketamine-assisted psychotherapy integrates ketamine for mental clarity and a fresh perspective with psychotherapy targeting the root cause(s) of trauma. Tailored for individuals who haven't found relief through conventional treatments, it fosters profound insights and accelerated breakthroughs for effective relief.

Pain Management

Ketamine transforms pain management, surpassing traditional methods by modulating your brain's pain perception. Personalised to your needs, it not only reduces the intensity and frequency of pain events but also provides a unique path to regain control and find relief.

Psychotherapy & Counselling

Choose our therapists specialising in complex cases, bringing expertise in anxiety, depression, trauma, PTSD (including support for first responders and veterans), relationship challenges, grief, addiction, and eating disorders. Experience expert guidance for profound self-discovery and mental well-being.

Group Therapy & Workshops

Join our supportive community through Group Therapy and Workshops, fostering connection and personal growth. Led by experienced facilitators, these sessions provide a collaborative space for individuals to share, learn, and navigate their mental health journey together.

MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy

A pioneering treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Integrating the therapeutic benefits of MDMA in a supportive setting, this therapy offers profound healing and relief from the burdens of trauma, paving the way for lasting recovery and newfound resilience.

Psilocybin-Assisted Psychotherapy

Experience profound relief and transformative growth as psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy provides a safe space for introspection and healing, offering hope and renewed vitality in the face of depression and end-of-life distress.

Our philosophy

Our Toronto Health & Wellness Centre is located on 30 Duncan Street, in the heart of the entertainment district. The building was constructed in 1926 and much of the original charm remains in our facility. High ceilings, wood floors, and large windows adorn most rooms. A sun-filled reception area and lush moss wall greets guests into our beautifully designed, nature-inspired clinic, with a straight shot view of the CN tower present in the background. We're proud to work closely with our Canadian Veteran population, First Responders, Healthcare workers, and Indigenous communities.

Common conditions we treat

ADHD (Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder)

ADHD can impact various aspects of life. Our specialists offer personalised strategies and interventions to help individuals manage symptoms, fostering improved focus and overall well-being.

Addiction and Stimulant-Use Disorder

Overcoming addiction, especially stimulant-use disorders, requires comprehensive support. Stimulant use disorder can be notoriously difficult to treat. Our addiction specialists provide evidence-based therapies and strategies to help individuals break free from the cycle of substance dependence, promoting a path towards recovery.

Alcohol Addiction

Overcoming alcohol addiction requires specialised care. Alcohol use disorder is a prevalent condition that can be debilitating for many patients and families. There are good evidence based treatments available. Our addiction specialists offer evidence-based interventions and support, guiding individuals towards recovery and a healthier lifestyle.

Anxiety

Anxiety, characterised by persistent worry and unease, can impact daily life. Physical symptoms can accompany anxiety like muscle tension, nausea, heart palpitations, sweating and others. Our therapists provide personalised support and effective coping strategies to help manage and alleviate symptoms, fostering a sense of calm and well-being.

Bipolar 1 Disorder and Bipolar 2 Disorder

Individuals with Bipolar 1 and 2 Disorders experience extreme mood alterations. Bipolar patients require specialised approaches to deal with manic and depressive episodes. Our mental health experts offer tailored interventions to stabilise mood fluctuations, providing support and strategies for managing the unique challenges of bipolar disorders.

Bulimia and Anorexia

Eating disorders like bulimia and anorexia demand a nuanced approach. Often patient thought processes are quite rigid with respect to body image and locus of control around food and behaviours. Our specialised team offers compassionate care, addressing both the physical and emotional aspects of these conditions, fostering a healthier relationship with food and body image.

Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Regional Pain Syndrome, Sciatic Pain, Nerve Pain

Chronic pain conditions demand a holistic approach. Often the brain can be in a state of sensitization, sending pain signals when it shouldn’t be. Our team of specialists collaborates to assess and develop personalised treatment plans, incorporating various modalities to manage and alleviate pain, improving overall well-being.

CPTSD (Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder)

CPTSD, resulting from prolonged trauma with additional symptoms such as emotional dysregulation, negative self beliefs and interpersonal difficulties, requires specialised care. Our therapists, trained in addressing complex trauma, provide support and therapeutic interventions to help individuals regain control and stability in their lives.

Depression

Depression, marked by persistent feelings of sadness and loss of interest, can be overwhelming. Patients can deal with feelings of guilt, poor concentration, sleep impairment and suicidal thoughts. Our mental health professionals offer empathetic guidance and evidence-based therapies to help individuals navigate through depressive symptoms, working towards a brighter emotional state.

End-of-life distress

End-of-life distress presents unique emotional challenges, impacting both individuals and their loved ones. Our compassionate team of specialists offers personalised support to navigate this sensitive time, providing comfort, coping strategies, and a supportive space for those facing the complexities of end-of-life experiences.

Grief

Grieving is a unique process for each individual. Our empathetic therapists provide support through the grieving journey, offering coping strategies and a compassionate space to navigate the complexities of loss.

Indigenous Trauma

Indigenous Trauma is the psychological distress arising from historical and cultural factors within Indigenous communities, rooted in colonisation and cultural suppression. Our approach involves a culturally sensitive framework and traditional healing practices to address the unique challenges faced by Indigenous individuals and communities.

Major Depressive Disorder (MDD)

For those grappling with Major Depressive Disorder, a pervasive and intense form of depression, our experienced team provides comprehensive therapeutic interventions to address the complex nature of MDD, promoting healing and recovery.

Migraines

Chronic migraines can significantly impact daily life. Our healthcare professionals work collaboratively to identify triggers and implement effective management strategies, offering relief and improved quality of life.

OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder)

OCD is characterised by distressing intrusive thoughts and repetitive time consuming behaviours that can be challenging to navigate. Our therapists provide structured interventions, including exposure and response prevention, to help individuals manage obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviours, promoting a sense of control.

Postpartum Depression

Postpartum depression is a depressive episode that can happen after a recent pregnancy. Our mental health experts provide sensitive and tailored support, addressing the emotional challenges that can arise during the postpartum period, fostering a positive and nurturing environment.

Trauma and PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder)

Trauma and PTSD can have profound effects on mental well-being. PTSD includes symptoms of hyperarousal, re-experiencing like flashbacks, avoidance behaviours, often sleep disturbances and mood alterations. Our trauma-informed therapists offer a safe space for individuals to process and heal from traumatic experiences, utilising evidence-based therapies to promote resilience.

PTSD for Veterans and First Responders

PTSD in Veterans and First Responders is a specialised form of post-traumatic stress disorder uniquely shaped by military and emergency service experiences. Our expertise lies in tailored interventions that address the distinct stressors encountered in these roles, recognizing and addressing the challenges associated with duty-related trauma.

Relational Issues

Navigating relational challenges is vital for overall well-being. Our therapists offer couples and family therapy, providing a safe and constructive space to address communication issues, build resilience, and foster healthier relationships.

Have questions?

Call us at (647) 933-4770 or email us at [email protected]

Coverage Options

Our clinic staff can help confirm your health insurance coverage. Your treatment may be partially or fully covered if you have extended health benefits, a worker’s compensation claim, or were injured in a motor vehicle accident.

Coverage options available to you may include:

  • All third-party insurance
  • Extended health benefits
  • Worker’s compensation
  • Motor vehicle accident insurance

Please check your coverage in your company’s extended health plan. Please note that for payment, all major credit cards, debit, and personal cheques are accepted.

Insurance Eligibility

For your convenience, we offer you a list of insurers who typically cover psychotherapy services, however we recommend that you call your insurance provider directly to confirm the extensiveness of coverage and documentation required.

  • Blue Cross
  • Canada Life
  • Chambers of Commerce
  • CINUP
  • Cowan
  • Desjardins Insurance
  • First Canadian Insurance
  • Corporation
  • Great West Life
  • Greenshield
  • Group Health Benefits
  • Solutions
  • Group Source
  • iA Financial Group
  • Johnson Group
  • Johnson Insurance
  • Manion
  • Manulife
  • Sun Life Financial

Financing Options:

We are pleased to announce our collaboration with multiple reputable third-party financing partners, offering clients the opportunity to finance their treatment and conveniently spread payments over time. For more information on this accessible option, please feel free to inquire with our dedicated staff who are available to assist you with any questions or concerns.

Have questions?

Call us at (647) 933-4770 or email us at [email protected]

Directions

Parking

If you are driving, there is paid parking available a short walk away at 211 Adelaide St West. However, please make alternate travel arrangements on any day that you are undergoing ketamine therapy or other psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy.

Public Transportation

Our centre for psychedelic therapies is conveniently located downtown just a 5-minute walk from both Osgoode and St. Andrew subway stations, and minutes from the King St West and Queen St West streetcar lines. For those using the Go-Train, we are a 15-minute walk from Union Station.

Finding The Health & Wellness Centre

When you arrive at the building there will be instructions to buzz up to the Centre. Proceed up to the 4th floor. Signage will be on the clinic entranceway.

Accessibility

Service animal friendly. Unfortunately, the clinic is not currently wheelchair accessible
(requires five stair step-down to elevator).

Surrounding Area

This is Field Trip Health’s recommended clinic for clients residing in these locations:

  • Mississauga
  • Etobicoke
  • Oakville
  • Brampton
  • North York
  • London
  • Kitchener
  • Cambridge
  • Guelph
  • St. Catharines
  • Niagara Falls
  • Scarborough
  • Barrie
  • Burlington
  • Richmond Hill

Have Questions?

Call us at (647) 933-4770 or email us at [email protected]

Have questions?

Call us at (647) 933-4770 or email us at [email protected]