Dr. Dinesh Bhayana
MD CCFP (EM)
Addiction Medicine Physician
Founder, West End Recovery
Dinesh has provided medical care for individuals dealing with substance use disorders in several settings, including hospitals, withdrawal management centres, rehabilitation facilities, and clinics in the community. He has come to understand the spectrum of challenges those struggling with substance use issues and their loved ones face as they navigate the recovery process.
Upon completing medical school in 2010 at the University of Western Ontario, Dr. Bhayana attended the University of Toronto for postgraduate family and emergency medicine training. During his residency at St. Joseph’s Health Centre in Toronto, he was fortunate to work with and learn from leading experts in addiction medicine. Since 2013, his practice has included emergency and addiction medicine, allowing him to identify the gaps in care that many individuals encounter.
West End Recovery was founded and launched in 2022 to support improved access to community-based medical and psychological services. The clinic also provides a setting for diverse providers to collaborate, learn, and work with emerging technologies and treatment modalities.
Psychotherapist in private practice:
Art of Wisdom Counselling
Through both personal and professional experiences with mental health, Sonya understands the courage it takes to be open to the process of healing. She believes in the power of personal growth and practices from a place of compassion, awareness, and positivity.
Sonya holds a Master of Social Work from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from York University. She has previously worked as a crisis counsellor with survivors of trauma/violence and now provides psychotherapy to individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, stress, relationship issues, and grief/loss.
Sonya guides individuals to better understand their complex thoughts and feelings by allowing space for them, freeing up energy to live the life desired. She knows the journey may not be easy, but it can lead to a profound connection to inner peace and wisdom. Sonya uses an integrative model and is trained in Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness, and EMDR Therapy.
Outside of work, Sonya practices mindfulness through gratitude, yoga, art/writing, nature, and exercise. Self-care is very important to her and looks different depending on the day. Also, having lived abroad for several years, she has a passion for travel and is always looking for a new adventure!
Psychotherapist in private practice:
Melanie Dignam Therapy
Melanie Dignam, MSW RSW, is an integrative psychotherapist in Private Practice from Toronto, ON, Canada. Melanie specializes in trauma resolution and healing using evidence-informed practices that intend to shift individuals towards an embodied experience of the mind+body+spirit through therapeutic support and reconnection to Self.
In 2020, she completed her Internal Family Systems (IFS) Comprehensive Training with IFSCA and specialized IFS training in the areas of Trauma, C-PTSD, Depression, Suicide, Addiction and Self Leadership. In 2022, she completed her Ketamine Assisted IFS Psychotherapy (KIFS) training with Sapience Therapy and is completing her Psilocybin Assisted Psychotherapy (PAP) with TheraPsil.
In addition to IFS, she has been trained in Poly Vagal Theory, Somatic Experiencing Therapy, Narrative Therapy and Mindfulness-Based Therapy. In 2018, she completed her Level 1 Spring Forest Qi Jong certificate, which she attributes as the foundation of her healing journey.
West End Recovery
As the office administrator, Sihaam provides support to both clients and providers at West End Recovery. After recently finishing her studies at York University in the Faculty of Health’s Psychology program, Sihaam aspires to continue her academic journey in Addiction and Mental Health.
Her goal is to create a comfortable space for discussions surrounding Mental Health in her community and to contribute to support systems for those in need. With a passion for making a positive impact, Sihaam aims to continue dedicating her academic and professional journey to the field of Addiction and Mental Health.
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