About us


We believe in a team approach to the services we provide. Dr. Alan McAllister provides psychological services.  Ilda Furtado is a social worker who provides counselling to individual, couples, and families.  Brianna Robinson is a psychotherapist with an MA in Counselling Psychology and works in the Peterborough office under the supervision of Dr. McAllister. Rhea Shahe is a neurotherapist working in the Peterborough office under Dr. McAllister’s supervision.  Rachel Bennett is completing her MA in Counselling Psychology and is working as a neurotherapist in the Bancroft office under the supervision of Dr. McAllister.

Alan McAllister, PhD, CPsych.

Alan has worked in the field of psychological services for over 40 years and was registered as a psychologist in Ontario in 1994. He began meditating as a university student and went on to earn doctoral degrees in philosophy (University of Toronto, 1975) and psychology (York University, 1993). More than twenty years ago he began working with biofeedback and neurofeedback with the intent of healing the mind and optimizing functioning using these technologies. He has worked in schools and in clinical settings with individuals of all ages. He is the author of The Attentive Mind Workbook: Self-healing through Meditation, which is a workbook on meditation based on contemporary psychological theory and research, and he gives workshops on meditation and neuroshaping in Ontario and Quebec.

You can view a short video (recorded in 2015) in which Alan introduces himself and his practice.

 

Ilda Furtado, BA, MHSC, BSW- Registered Social Worker

llda has over 40 years working in community work, advocacy, and counselling.  Over the last 10 years, she has focused on counselling individuals, couples and families, assisting them with relationship conflicts, depression, anxiety, trauma, and grief.

In her counselling, she uses cognitive behavioural and solution-focused approaches to help clients develop effective thinking and coping strategies to address their daily challenges.  She works with families to develop effective functioning through improved communication to ensure family needs are addressed in a proactive and preventative manner.  In couple work, she uses a Gottman approach to help build effective communication and deepened connections.

From 2004 to 2020, she oversaw direct service provision through the Ontario Disability Support Program assisting individuals with barriers to unemployment return and/or enter the paid labour force or start their own businesses

 
 
 
Brianna Robinson, BSc, MA, Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

Brianna majored in psychology and biology at Trent University. Her undergraduate thesis focused on emotional intelligence in at-risk populations. She completed the Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology at Yorkville University. She will meet you with warmth, non-judgment, and deep respect for diversity and culture as you work through: people-pleasing, stress, anxiety, depression, burnout, self-esteem, boundary setting, relationship issues, addiction, and trauma. Currently, Brianna uses various approaches, finding the best one that suits you, such as cognitive behavioural therapy, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, cognitive processing therapy, self-compassion therapy, and metacognitive therapy. 

 

 

 

Rhea Shahe, BA– Neurotherapist 

Rhea majored in psychology at Trent University.   Her undergraduate thesis focused on how perceptions of sexual assault survivors are affected by the victim’s race and sexual orientation.  Rhea has participated in research on treatment for depression.  These experiences have cultivated her interest in critical race theory and its application to psychological services and psychotherapy. She is passionate about confronting systemic privilege and disadvantage in order to provide culturally competent psychological and community resources. In addition to providing neurofeedback and biofeedback services at our office in Peterborough, Rhea is the BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, Person of Colour) Liaison for the Trent Center for Women and Trans People where she works to organize and implement community resources for Peterborough’s BIPOC population.

 

 

 

Rachel Bennett, BA– Neurotherapist

Rachel is in her final year of a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology at Athabasca University and is working on a thesis on adult development.  As well as working in our office in Bancroft doing training in biofeedback and neurofeedback, she is doing her practicum placement with a rural mental health and addictions program in Eganville, Ontario. Rachel obtained her BA in Anthropology and a diploma in Social Service Work.  She spent five years living and working in Spain, England, Vietnam, and Laos.  Most recently, she worked as course director and mentor in a program for at-risk youth.