Our Staff

Daphne Spence, MSW, RSW

Daphne is a Registered Social Worker (RSW) and Psychotherapist treating individuals, couples and families from a relational psychoanalytic perspective. Daphne specializes in working with children, youth and adults coping with anxiety, stress, depression, low self-esteem, grief and bereavement. Daphne’s 25+ years experience includes facilitating groups focused on conflict resolution and assertiveness training for women and anger management for incarcerated young offenders, ages 15-18.


Daphne is the Executive Director of Elgin Counselling and has now been in private practice for over 20 years. Daphne has been dedicated to working with Social Work interns for much of this time, having attained the status of Senior Field Practice Educator, King’s University College and Part-Time Practicum Professor, Wilfrid Laurier University.

Executive Director of Elgin Counselling & Mediation Centre

Joanne Johnson-Buda, MSW, RSW

Joanne Johnson-Buda is a graduate of Western University and the University
of Toronto. After working in psychosocial rehabilitation and supportive
housing settings for a number of years, she has been in private practice for
over 15 years in New York City, Philadelphia and here in St. Thomas. She
works with both adults and children, using art and talk therapy to address
issues and help people improve their lives.

Greg Romo, MSW, RSW

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Donna Sousa, MSW, RSW

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Coralee Berlemont, MSW, RSW

Coralee provides supportive services to individuals, couples and families. Coralee specializes in working with individuals requiring assistance with anxiety, depression, stress, coping skills, low self-esteem and marital and family conflict. Coralee draws from her extensive training and experiences within the mental health field using theories associated with psychoanalysis, narrative and cognitive behavioural therapies.

Dana Martel, MSW, RSW

Dana Martel is a Registered Social Worker with 15 years of experience providing individual counselling, couples and family counselling, group work and mental health education. Dana works from a holistic perspective when helping people with relationship problems, marital conflict, anger and stress managementl; by tailoring therapy to the couple's and/or individual needs. In addition, Dana has specialized training in treating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Substance Abuse and Mental Illness.

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Todd Goold

Todd Goold is a graduate of King's University College in London, Ontario, where he completed his Bachelor of Social Work. His areas of interest include youth justice, investigating the onset of addictions and the social implications that follow, celebrating cultural diversity in the local community, acknowledging homelessness in our local community particularly with respect to youth and supporting those affected by this trend, as well as researching the movement of the Therapeutic and Drug Treatment Courts in London and Toronto and transferring this knowledge to our local justice system.

Todd is currently on Sabbatical

Nancy Martin, MSW, RSW

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Martha Mallory, MSW, RSW

Martha Mallory received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from McMaster University, Hamilton, at which time she completed an internship in Paediatrics at McMaster University Medical Centre. She earned both her Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Social Work degress at King's University College, London. She completed her Master's practicum with Elgin Counselling and Mediation Centre, under the supervision of Daphne Spence. Martha also has a diploma in Film Production from the New York University. Martha has worked with children and families in schools, hospitals and the community for over twenty years.

Sue McLean, MSW, RSW

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Gwen Vanderheyden, MSW, RSW

Gwen is a Registered Social Worker (RSW) who works with individuals, couples or families. Gwen uses a strengths based, relational model in her work with clients, to assist them with exploring the issues facing them, such as anger, depression, low self esteem, grief and relationship issues, for the purpose of developing new insights and new approaches to living. Gwen also has a particular interest in group treatment for youth using photography as a means of expressing thoughts and feelings.

Karen Kimble, Professional Mediator

Karen received her training as a mediator at the University of Western Ontario and has been practicing at the Centre since July 2002. Karen works with separated parents in order to develop parenting plans, neighbours who require a neutral party to assist them in resolving a dispute, employee/employer conflict as well as families who simply require some assistance with problem solving.

Wendy Benoit, Office Manager

Wendy has been with the Centre since July 2005 and comes to us with administrative experience in the health care sector. Wendy is responsible for maintaining the day to day functioning of the office. 

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