"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies with in us."

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Shelley Rush – Clinic Director and Owner

Registered Psychotherapist

Welcome! I am Shelley Rush a Registered Psychotherapist and Director of Rush & Associates Psychotherapy and Wellness. Rush & Associates Psychotherapy and Wellness is comprised of a team of Counsellors, Psychotherapists, and Psychologists. Our team is committed to assessing your current situation and helping you to develop a plan that suits your needs. Our goal is to help individuals, couples and groups work towards empowering themselves in the process of change and understanding. We provide a safe, confidential and non-judgmental therapeutic environment for you to explore life's many challenges.

We like to begin with a free 30-minute intake session with one of our intake therapists to determine the best course of action and the best therapist for you. Our intake therapist will help devise your goals and expectations for therapy, into a treatment plan tailored to you.

Our practice has the honour of spending our time with couples and families, victims of trauma and individual dealing with trauma, as well as individuals dealing with depression and anxiety-based issues. We offer individual and group Anger Management sessions for court mandated or Non-court mandated clients. We look forward to hearing from you.

Jon Turalinski

Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

Hi, my name is Jon and I am a registered psychotherapist (qualifying) with the CRPO. I want to provide you with the care and support that you need to navigate life’s difficult challenges. I want to listen to and understand your experiences so that I can work with you and help you overcome obstacles and build a life of fulfilment and value.

I provide an existentialist and person-centred perspective, and I work hard to offer you a robust menu of techniques and skills that stimulate acceptance and change. I can help you develop mindful awareness, gain confidence, regulate your emotions, defend your boundaries, and move closer to your goals and values in life.

I might be particularly helpful to adults (ages 17-64) who are experiencing depression, anxiety, existential crisis, panic, anger, stress, grief, self-esteem issues, and/or interpersonal issues.

I have focused more intently on some therapy approaches, and these include dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT), cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), narrative therapy (NT), solution-focused therapy (SFT), emotion-focused therapy (EFT), and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT).

Ambita Sen

Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

Welcome and thank you for reading my profile. My name is Ambita Sen. I am a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with the College of the Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario.

I work with you, the client, as individuals, couples and families to address and help deal with different pressures and stresses in your lives. My focus puts you first and builds a strong therapeutic relationship between us through respect, empathy, authenticity, and unconditional positive regard. This provides a solid ground for the therapeutic work and helps build on your strengths. We will work together, in a warm and safe environment, to reach your acceptable level of satisfaction and comfort, at a pace of your convenience.

Canada’s cultural diversity and the process of acculturation by adapting to the host culture are real. My cultural sensitivity and openness has been honed by living and experiencing the socio-cultural characteristics in several countries. My life experiences helped me to be culturally humble and understand and appreciate the stresses caused by socio-cultural differences.

My extensive experience as an Organisational Psychologist in a multi-cultural environment helped me observe human behaviour and many of the struggles that individuals experience in dealing with life’s challenges. I helped individuals cope with anxiety, depression, trauma, and grief that impacted their ability to work, and in some cases affected their personal lives. I also assisted individuals in improving their work performance, enhancing job satisfaction, supporting career-related decisions, and dealing with workplace harassment issues. Having lead grief and bereavement support groups, I understand how different individuals deal with different stages of grief and the skills that can be helpful to manage grief.

I use interventions such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Mindfulness-based approaches. My interest and experience in expressive arts allows me to combine techniques from that area into my therapeutic approach. Other modalities that I use are Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), Emotion Based Therapy (EFT), Narrative Therapy, Gestalt, and Existentialism.

I am educated in Canada and the United Kingdom. I have a Master’s degree in Organisational Psychology and Business from Aston University, United Kingdom. I am currently working towards completing my Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University, Canada. My Bachelor’s degree in Psychology was completed from the University of Western Ontario, Canada.

I offer therapy in English, Hindi, and Bengali. I also understand spoken Urdu.

Ahmad Shihab

Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

Hello, my name is Ahmad, I am a registered psychotherapist (Qualifying). I have spent several years playing elite-level sports, as well as experience in coaching, and working with, athletes of different ages. My previous professional experience also entails operations management of world-class operations. My experiences combined with my extensive training in the field allow me to view mental health challenges with the utmost humility and empathy, with the client’s safety and wellbeing at the heart of the process. My philosophic approach is client-centered. However, to best address mental health challenges it is beneficial to draw strengths from various therapeutic approaches in a fashion tailored specifically to each individual. I do provide psychotherapy in both English and Arabic (all dialects). My areas of expertise include, but are not limited to: anxiety, depression, self-esteem, life transitional challenges, couples & family, trauma, substance abuse, grief, and attachment.


Stephanie Perrotta

Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

Hi, I’m Stephanie, and I am a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) here at Rush & Associates Psychotherapy and Wellness. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Health and Gerontology from McMaster University and a post-grad in Brain Injury Disorders. I completed my Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology at Yorkville University. My background in working with Traumatic Brain Injuries has given me the opportunity to work with individuals who have experienced loss, grief, anger, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, changes in personality, and social behaviours. Being in this field fueled my passion to help individuals achieve their mental health and well-being goals. I have spent over 18 years competing at a high level of dance which taught me leadership, accountability, respect, and patience which I believe are key in helping to set up my clients for success. I believe in using a client-centred approach and creating a well-rounded therapeutic relationship with my clients. I primarily work within the frameworks of cognitive-behaviour therapy (CBT), dialectical-behavioural therapy (DBT), solution-focused therapy (SFT), and mindfulness-based counselling. My goal is to create a safe and confidential space for us to work collaboratively on a treatment plan that is tailored to your specific goals and needs. My areas of interest include but are not limited to, addictions, anxiety and depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, eating disorders, loss and grief, personal growth, self-acceptance, developmental delays, ADHD and working with children, teens and adults.


Keisha Adamson

Intake / Administration Coordinator

I have a Community College Diploma in social service. As a Social Worker, I graduated in 2018 from Trios College. I am currently employed as an Intake/Administration coordinator with Rush & Associates Psychotherapy and Wellness and as a Social worker with Community Living North Halton. These positions provide me with the knowledge and experiences I need in supporting families /individuals with Dual Diagnosis, Abuse, and mental health disorders. My 14 years worked experience that I have developed in other positions has provided me with the passion to go above and beyond to help others. I demonstrated my commitment to helping clients daily in the work that I do. With my equivalent combination of education and my work experiences I know that I am in the right field because my passion is making everyone feel valued.


Tamara Shihab


Hi, my name is Tamara Shihab, and I am an administrative assistant at Rush & Associates Psychotherapy and Wellness. I’m a student hoping to complete my undergraduate studies in the social science program at the University of Toronto. My favourite past-times include baking, reading and painting. I am excited to be a part of the R&A team!


Abdel Shihab

IT & Technical Support Administrator

Hi, I’m Abdel, I am the IT and Technical Support Administrator for Rush and Associates Psychotherapy and Wellness. I feel privileged that my work contributes to the health and well-being of the clients by ensuring the security of data and information. I also take pride in knowing that I provide the confidence, reliability, and support for the R&A staff to provide their essential health and wellness service.

I have a master’s degree in computer engineering as well as a Network Systems Technology Certificate. I also have a vast experience of over 30 years in IT management, IT security, as well as system and network administration. The majority of my experience has been working with government agencies, as well as technology firms providing highly-specialized products and services. I owe my continued success to the mentors I have had along the way, as well as the ingenuity and dedication to continue learning and growing alongside an evolving technology sector.