Mental Health and Counselling

As well as family physicians the Uxbridge Health Centre is home to counsellors Jane Whitaker and Rita Vanhalteren. 

Call: 905-852-1009 x 1013

Jane Whitaker is a mother of four, and a grandmother, and has been counselling for almost 20 years. She is a member in good standing of both the College of Psychotherapists of Ontario and the Canadian Counselling Association. Jane's approach to therapy is a holistic one, believing the body, mind and emotions are intricately linked. Her areas of expertise include the treatment of anxiety, depression, grief, stress, relational issues, workplace bullying, and pre-marital counselling. Her paradigm is eclectic; cognitive behavioral therapy, family systems and emotion focused therapy are examples of types of therapy used in sessions. She has experience in various settings other than private practice such as hospital transition programs, group therapy, counselling university students, and teaching workshops on various topics. Jane enjoys being part of a team of practitioners which includes family doctors, and the cooperation which benefits clients from those relationships.

Rita Van Halteren has a passion for empowering youth, young adults and their families to reach their personal and emotional goals. With a Masters in Counselling (focusing in youth) and over 20 years of counselling experience, Rita connects well with all age groups. Her style is down to earth, gentle and practical. She also has extensive experience teaching and leading workshops on a variety of topics including: self-esteem, depression, anxiety, attachment issues and grief. A new focus over the past several years has been Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples, which educates couples to overcome a range of emotional concerns and move beyond their current struggles to live richer, fuller lives. Rita, like wise has lead marriage groups that have enabled couples to have a stronger connection and understanding within relationships. Other areas of expertise: · Abuse · Anxiety · Depression · Grief or Loss · Life Transitions · Marriage Relationships · Relationship Issues · Self-esteem · Self- Harm · Stress and Trauma