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This page, created by The MEHRIT Centre, is not a referral to clinical services. This document acts only as a tool to pass on the contact information of individuals who provide services to children and families who have completed The MEHRIT Centre’s Self-Reg Foundations Certificate Program (or other Level 1 Program) and Level 2 Facilitator’s Certificate Program. The work of these individuals in this capacity is completely separate from The MEHRIT Centre. 

The MEHRIT Centre does not provide any clinical services, nor are we able to respond to requests for assistance with personal problems, other than to suggest resources, such as these clinicians, that may be helpful when appropriate. Please refer to our Terms of Use.


Amanda Binns

SLP-CCC, Reg. CASLPO; DIR/Floortime Certified Expert/Training Leader
Amanda is a Speech-Language Pathologist and PhD Candidate passionate about using Self-Reg to support a child’s ability to communicate, use language, develop social interaction skills and become active participants in their learning. She has worked extensively with children with Learning Disorders, ADHD, Autism and Language Impairment providing direct therapy, parent coaching and consultation (in person and via distance). For more information about her clinical and research work, visit Speech & Language Matters.

Casey Burgess

Ph.D., R.P., Registered Psychotherapist, DIRFLoortime Practitioner

Casey Burgess is a Registered Psychotherapist (CRPO #005550) with a Masters degree in Education and a Ph.D. in Cognition and Learning. Casey has supported developmentally diverse children and youth including those on the autism spectrum in British Columbia and Ontario as a therapist and clinical supervisor for over 25 years. She is an Adjunct Professor of psychology, sociology, and social work, and a Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Advisor with the Canadian Red Cross.  Casey currently works in private practice, where she integrates the science of interpersonal neurobiology and self-regulation into supporting child, youth and adult mental wellness and learning in many contexts of health and development. Trained in DIRFloortime, Casey uses a relationship-based approach to support the development of children and youth through connection, engagement, and play, as well as adult mental wellness through psychotherapy, psychoeducation, individualized professional development, and consultation (virtual and face to face). 

Laura Cesaroni
PhD., RP 
Laura received her Ph.D from OISE/University of Toronto. Her area of interest was within developmental psychology, psychological and educational assessment and counseling. Currently she is a Registered Psychotherapist (CRPO #002669) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. Laura’s early training began at the Clarke Institute of Psychiatry and the Hospital for Sick Children as a Psychometrist and research assistant. She has worked in a number of organizations and had a private practice. Her experience with families and children with learning, attention and developmental challenges spans over 20 years in the field. Family Education Resource Network (FERN) was inspired by Laura as a way to support more families and children in meaningful ways. She began fund raising for FERN through annual rummage sales from her home. Today FERN has developed into a not-for-profit community of caring families, children and staff. Laura works as a clinician at FERN. She is compassionate and believes that the supports and services at FERN must come from the ground up- families play a critical role in the development of programs. More recently, Laura has been training with The Mehrit Centre, bringing the science of Self-Reg to the families, students and staff at FERN. She believes that Shanker Self-Reg is a critical journey with the potential to move us all towards wellbeing and resiliency.
Eunice Lee
Eunice is a Registered Social Worker with a Master’s degree in Special Education. In addition to being a Self-Reg Consultant for The MEHRIT Centre, she also has her Expert-level certification in DIR Floortime and provides on-site and web-based training and mentoring for professionals. Eunice maintains a small private practice in the Greater Toronto Area that offers direct treatment and parent coaching for children and adolescents experiencing difficulties with self-reg and other developmental challenges including attention, play, social emotional, or learning. Distance-based consultations are available upon request.
Christine Robinson
Christine (Chris) Robinson, B SC. OT Reg. (Ont.) OTR, Owner and Contracting Occupational Therapist to The Canadian Self-Reg Clinic Inc. (, serving 0 to 24 year olds and their families in Toronto and via SKYPE across the world, using Dr. Shanker Self-Reg Theory, Occupational Therapy approaches, Greenspan DIR Floortime, and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy to address the underlying causes of difficulties with self-regulation. Also serving adults through Robinson Therapy Services.


Paula Jurczak
BSW, MA, RCC-ACS, RSW Child and Family Therapist, DIR Floortime Clinician/Trainer, Special Needs Consultant, and Self-Regulation Consultant
Paula Jurczak maintains a private practice using the models of Self-Regulation and DIR to support individuals experiencing attachment and regulation challenges, behavioural and emotional difficulties, autism and neurodevelopmental disorders and mental health issues. She works collaboratively with The MEHRIT Centre (TMC) to support Self-Regulation in schools and social service agencies across Canada. Paula Jurczak also presents internationally and provides psychoeducational workshops, reflective parent coaching, online support services and support groups and consultation to hospitals, mental health clinics, preschools and schools.


Carol L. Perry
Carol is a Registered Clinical Counsellor and member of the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (#3187). She holds a BEd (Music Major) as well as a MA in Counselling. After graduating from the University of British Columbia, Carol began a long and rewarding career in public education. Her various roles in education included: elementary school administrator, elementary & middle school counsellor, classroom teacher, and K-7 music specialist. Since retiring from her full-time career in education on September 1, 2015, Carol has completed her certification in Shanker Self-Reg. She continues to take clients in her private counselling practice, Carol L Perry Counselling Services. Carol lives and works in the sunny north Okanagan.
Vicki Parnell
RDI Certified Consultant, Self-Regulation Consultant, Special Needs Resource Navigator
Vicki offers parent support, coaching and personalized intervention for families affected by autism and other neurodevelopmental differences. She works with families throughout British Columbia, both in person and via phone and Skype, and has presented at workshops and parent support groups across North America. Vicki’s work is informed by over 20 years of lived experience as the parent of two wonderfully intense and challenging children with multiple special needs. She has a passion for understanding “why” and for seeing the unique gifts and strengths in every child and parent.


Krista Van Iderstine
Registered Occupational Therapist (OT) in Alberta and ADHD Coach
I am a registered occupational therapist (OT) in Alberta supporting children, teens and families experiencing various self-regulation challenges, such as ADHD, anxiety and Autism. My OT work includes working in schools, with families in their homes and some clinic-based work as well. I am also a trained ADHD coach, and soon to be certified as a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) with the International Coaching Federation (ICF). My ADHD coaching work includes coaching parents and also adults with ADHD. I have completed the Level 2 Shanker Self-Reg Learning Facilitator program because I have been finding that using the Shanker Self Reg Method is extremely useful in my work with children and teens, and also for the parents, teachers and schools. I have a deep passion for supporting individuals with self-regulation challenges and becoming trained in the Shanker Relf Reg Method has been extremely beneficial in this work as well as for me personally. I am able to do Skype/online sessions as needed.

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