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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.

Online Counselling & Currently Accepting Clients. Hi, my name is Brian and I am a Registered Social Worker. 18 years ago, I quit my job in a factory, and went back to school to get my Master degree in Social Work. Since then, I have been helping support adults, teens and kids who struggle with mental health, addictions, and parenting challenges.

Most people know me for my humor, and my ability to get to the “nuts and bolts” of the situation. My job is to then give people the “tools,” on how handle the problem so they feel back in control again.

I understand addictions. I’ve walked my own journey with alcohol before becoming sober in 2015. I also respect that recovery is on a spectrum and it’s different for everyone. My job isn’t to force sobriety, but to help you figure out where you are in that spectrum. My ultimate goal is to help people grow and learn to become the best version of themselves.

When I’m not counselling, you can find me in my garage. I like working with my hands, welding, and tinkering with my 1927 Chrysler that will hopefully be a rat rod one day. Lastly, I am a father to two adopted kids, two bio kids, and most recently I have a cool little grandson. Feel free to give me a call if you think we may be a good fit.

Ally Brook
Registered Social Worker
M.S.W., R.S.W.

Ally Brook is a dedicated Registered Social Worker, recognized by the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCWSSW) and proudly affiliated with the Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW). Her journey into the field of social work began with her Social Service Worker diploma from Lambton College in 2017. Eager to deepen her understanding and expertise, she pursued her Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Western Ontario in 2020, followed by her Master of Social Work in 2023 from the same institution.

With a rich tapestry of experiences spanning over 9 years, Ally has immersed herself in various facets of mental health. Her repertoire includes extensive individual counselling, adept assessment skills, and proficient referral services catering to clients grappling with an array of mental health and psychosocial concerns. From anxiety and depression to navigating complex relationship dynamics, trauma, domestic violence, addictions, grief, and life transitions, Ally's holistic approach is rooted in empathy, understanding, and unwavering support.

Driven by an unwavering passion to empower individuals in reclaiming their lives, Ally employs a diverse toolkit of evidence-based interventions. Her practice seamlessly integrates cognitive behavior therapy, brief solution-focused therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, strengths-based counseling, mindfulness techniques, and more. Grounded in the belief of collaborative partnership, Ally accompanies her clients on their journey, offering a safe sanctuary where they can voice their concerns, find validation, and garner the courage to confront challenges head-on.

In every interaction, Ally strives to foster an environment of trust, respect, and inclusivity, ensuring her clients feel seen, heard, and valued. With her compassionate guidance and unwavering dedication, Ally stands as a beacon of hope, guiding individuals towards a path of healing, resilience, and personal growth.

Karla Veens
Registered Social Worker
M.S.W., R.S.W.

I am a Registered Social Worker (Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers and Ontario Association of Social Workers) with over twenty years of experience in the helping profession.  

My roots are in the rural part of Lambton County. I am a third-generation settler that grew up on a dairy farm in a Catholic, conservative household. My parents are still married, and it has been inspiring to witness their bond strengthen and to watch them hug each other like it is their last hug with every year that passes. Forgiveness is one of the most important lessons I have learned from them (it is still gross to see them kiss though).

I have experience working with children, youth and families in the residential care setting, child welfare and most recently in primary and secondary education. I also have extensive training in attachment-based programming, specifically as it relates to infants, primary aged children, and their caregivers.

Throughout my work and being exposed to numerous situations including (but not limited to) inter-generational trauma, domestic violence, addiction, and poverty,  I have come to the realization and deep appreciation that families come in all different shapes and sizes.  It is the judgement and shame that often prevents people (and families) from getting the help that they need so that they can truly flourish in life. Rest assured; I offer a judgement-free and trauma-informed approach.

Over the years I have been committed to my own path of learning, both personally and professionally, while simultaneously working through my own challenges and changes in life. Life is a journey and I look forward to assisting your family find the best path to healing, learning and growth.

Let’s do this!

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.