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Ravonna “Ronnie” Littlewood
Clinical Director, Registered Social Worker - Founder of The Couples Clinic
M.S.W., R.S.W.

Ronnie has been working in the helping field for the last twenty years and has over 32,000 hours of experience working with couples and individuals. She has extensive experience with issues such as infertility, infidelity, addictions, and mental health struggles.

Growing up, Ronnie had a different start in life, than most. She had lived in multiple blended families, in multiple different provinces and attended over sixteen schools as a child. Because of this, she was always fascinated with love; what makes it and what breaks it.

As a result, she spent the vast majority of her career learning and trying to understand attachment and love. Whether her work was in the field of adoption, abuse investigations, reunification, or helping couples and families recover from the trauma of abuse, mental health, or addictions, Ronnie has always known her calling in life was to help others learn how to love one another, and most important… love themselves.

She has been trained in the PREP Method (Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program) and has completed graduate training in Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy and Brief Solution Focused Therapy. Recently she has completed Level’s 1 and 2 of The Gottman Method (Dr. Gottman is the world’s leading researcher in marriage therapy.) She has is also received training and is an Approved Clinical Supervisor through ACT (Advanced Counselor Training).

Ronnie brings a refreshing, straightforward and sensitive approach to working with couples. She is known for her humor, ability to work with intuitive energy, and occasionally (tee hee) her salty language.

Her life’s goal and dream is to help  #1millionmarriages

Brian Littlewood
Registered Social Worker, Psychotherapist
M.S.W., R.S.W.

Brian is a Registered Social Worker who comes with 12 years' experience. He has extensive experience working with addictions, anger management, mental health and working with the Native population. Brian has recently joined the Clinic full time as he enjoys working with couples and helping them to communicate with one another and finding common ground.

Brian is famous for his sense of humour and being able to get to the heart of the problem quickly. He helps clients to their own conclusions. and often helps others see their issue in a way they hadn't thought of previously.

Brian is married (to Ronnie) and has four kids and a motorcycle.... all which keep him pretty busy.

Denise Hart
Registered Social Worker
M.S.W., R.S.W.

Denise Hart is a registered Social Worker (Ontario College of Social Workers and the Ontario Association of Social Workers) and earned her Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Manitoba in 2017. She then continued her education, earning a Master of Social Work from the University of Waterloo in 2019. Denise is a certified as a trauma and resilience practitioner through STARR. She offers evening sessions for couples and individuals.  

Denise has worked for over 20 years helping children, youth, and families recognize their strengths, and learn to cope and solve their struggles through a strength based lens. Denise has worked with individuals struggling with mental health challenges, relationship breakdowns, domestic violence a d addictions.    

In her spare time, Denise enjoys spending her time with her husband and two sons. Denise values marriages/relationships and is excited to help couples in their journey. She believes that all individuals have strengths and that relationships go through difficulties that they can grow through. Denise works from an open mind, building on the strengths of families, couples and individuals.

Nida Ali
Registered Social Worker
M.S.W., R.S.W.

Nida enjoys spending quality time with her partner, family, and friends. She believes that fostering strong relationships helps navigate stressors, solve problems, and overcome challenges, which is why she is committed to supporting individuals, couples, and families with strengths-based and trauma-informed approaches within her practice.

Nida Ali (she/her) is a Registered Social Worker in good standing with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW) and the Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW). She received her Master of Social Work from York University in 2019. She also received her Master of Arts in Religious Studies in 2017, where her research focused on experiences of interfaith/cross-cultural individuals, couples, and families.

Nida has a demonstrated history of working in various healthcare and mental health fields and has extensive experience working with individuals, couples, and families of diverse backgrounds and positionalities.

Nida's therapeutic approach is eclectic and draws from various evidence-based interventions including cognitive behavioural therapy, mindfulness, narrative therapy, solution-focused brief therapy, dialectical behaviour therapy, and other methods pertaining to individual and couples counselling. She is able to provide services in Urdu, Hindi, and English and offers evening sessions for couples and individuals.

Cheryl McFarlane
Cheryl McFarlane
Office Manager

Cheryl is our Office Manager and will be the first voice you’ll hear on the phone and the first face you’ll see when you walk in the door. Cheryl keeps the office running smoothly and is delighted to help you manage and book your appointments, as well as attending to all things administrative in the office. As a mom of six kids, she has lots of experiencing keeping people on track. Cheryl is bound by the same confidentiality policy that our counselors adhere to.

Cheryl is a music lover and spends her spare time learning new tunes on her guitar and ukulele, attending to her two furry kids and reading. Hopefully, when the weekend arrives, she is off to a gig to sing with her band.

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The Couples Clinic offers counselling in Sarnia- Lambton for couples who are looking to improve their relationship and individuals who are looking for support with an issue they are struggling with.