Meet Our Team

Dr. Mary Marano

Mary Marano is the CEO and founder of Life & Family Counselling Services. With a wealth of experience spanning over three decades, Mary has had the privilege of assisting numerous individuals, couples, and families on their transformative journeys. 

Holding a Doctorate in Counselling and Psychotherapy, Mary prioritizes her ongoing personal development to ensure her clients receive the most effective and up-to-date support. Renowned for her compassionate approach, Mary guides her clients through moments of despair to a place of optimism and ease. She actively engages in the therapeutic process, standing alongside her clients as they navigate toward self-awareness and growth. 

Whether through Individual Therapy, Couples Counselling, or Family Sessions, Mary fosters deeper connections, empowering her clients to live authentically and enhance their relationships.

While Mary doesn’t undertake the journey for her clients, she serves as a steadfast companion, believing in their inherent strength and potential. 

Change is not a skill. Change is a choice. You are amazing. Remember that.

Beyond Work Hours:  If Mary wasn’t a Psychotherapist, she would be a special effect make-up artist!

Julia Marano

Julia serves as the Executive Manager of Life & Family Counselling Services. With a passion for mental health, Julia is dedicated to helping clients embark on their therapy journey with confidence and clarity. 

As the Executive Manager, Julia takes pride in connecting clients with the perfect therapist within our clinic. With her keen intuition and deep understanding of our therapists’ specialties and personalities, she ensures that every client is matched with a therapist who not only meets their needs but, feels like the perfect fit. With six years of administrative, customer service, and managerial experience under her belt, Julia brings a wealth of expertise to her role. Her commitment to excellence and dedication to client satisfaction shines through in everything she does, making her an invaluable asset to our team. 

Beyond Work Hours: Julia loves to cook, and host get-togethers for family and friends

Monica Marano

Monica is a seasoned marketing professional with a passion for creativity and innovation. With several years of experience in the industry, she has established herself as a dynamic leader in driving brand success and market growth. 

Throughout her career, Monica has successfully launched numerous high-impact marketing campaigns, leveraging a blend of traditional and digital channels to maximize brand visibility and customer acquisition. Her strategic approach to branding and messaging has helped Life and Family Counselling Services forge deeper connections with our community. Monica is constantly seeking out new trends and insights to stay ahead of the curve in an ever-evolving industry.

Beyond Work Hours: Monica loves to bake bread!

Our Reception Team

At Life & Family Counselling Services, our receptionists are the heart of our clinic, bringing forth a wealth of experiences, skills, and knowledge from a variety of academic and professional backgrounds. With their unwavering dedication to providing the highest level of customer service, they ensure that every client’s journey with us is seamless, welcoming, and memorable. With their dedication, professionalism, and bright spirits, they are committed to ensuring that your experience with us is nothing short of exceptional, from the moment you arrive to the moment you leave.

Beyond Work Hours: Marisa enjoys walking outdoors and listening to music! 

Beyond Work Hours: Sara enjoys taking her dog for walks and travelling!

Paula Vescio (Scarangella)

Paula is a Registered Social Worker who strives to create a compassionate environment for individuals and couples to reach their full potential and live out a fulfilling life. Her warm, comforting personality provides a safe space for clients to discover the root behind behaviours, and explore their emotions and thoughts. 

Paula is passionate about guiding individuals, couples, and families to a place of self-awareness, self-worth, empathy, and healing. She uses the guidance of the following modalities to assist in this process: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, Solution-Focused Therapy, and Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy. She has an extensive history working with children, adolescents, adults, and couples in a holistic, client-centred manner, and specializes in the following areas: Abuse & Trauma, Relationship Issues, Parenting, Family & Domestic Violence, Life Transitions, Grief & Loss, Divorce & Separation, Self-Esteem. 

Beyond Work Hours: Paula enjoys long distance running!

Romina Monastero

Romina is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO). She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Toronto and has completed her Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology at Yorkville University. Romina’s goal is to help clients navigate life’s challenges through a non-judgmental and culturally sensitive approach. 

Rather than pathologizing clients, Romina empathizes with clients and validates their unique life experiences. While she is particularly interested in implementing Person-Centred and Cognitive-Behavioural techniques during sessions, she recognizes the importance of exploring other therapeutic modalities to suit the individual needs of each client.

Romina takes pride in building strong and stable therapeutic relationships with her clients, she is here to guide individuals toward their goals and is patient, attentive, and understanding throughout their therapeutic journey. Romina strives to create a warm and comfortable environment where clients feel both at ease and at home. 

Beyond Work Hours: Romina loves all things self-care!

Sara Katchutas

Sara is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. She has earned her Bachelor’s Degree is Psychology from the University of Guelph-Humber and has her Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University. 

Sara empathetically and compassionately supports a diverse group of individuals from teenagers to seniors using her dynamic, culturally competent therapeutic skillset. Sara considers herself an ally to humans who identify as LGBTQ+, and has a special interest in those who identify as neurodiverse. She offers a holistic, integrated, person-centered approach, practicing evidence-based therapies including: Internal Family Systems (IFS), Cognitive Behavioural Therapies (inc. CBT, ACT, DBT, and MBCT) and creative therapies.

Sara specializes in mental health related concerns such as: ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, OCD, Trauma Related Disorders, Eating Disorders and Body-Image, Transitional Stress, Interpersonal Concerns, and more.

Beyond Work Hours: Sara enjoys creative writing, cuddling her cat, and going for nature walks! 

Celeste Iafrate

Celeste is a dedicated Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) registered with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Guelph-Humber and has her Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University. 

Celeste takes immense pride in guiding individuals on their journey toward achieving their goals. Her approach is characterized by patience, attentiveness, and understanding, providing a safe and nurturing environment where clients can feel at ease during their therapeutic experience. 

As Celeste continues her educational journey to further develop her therapeutic skills, she remains committed to supporting clients dealing with various concerns, including Anxiety, Depression, Interpersonal Issues, and more. Celeste’s warm and caring demeanour, combined with her passion for cultural awareness and empathy, makes her a Psychotherapist ready to assist individuals in achieving inner peace and overall well-being. 

Beyond Work Hours: Celeste is an adventurous foodie; she is always up for new flavours and making charcuterie boards! 

Jennifer Schumacher

Jennifer is a Registered Social Worker who strives to create a warm and welcoming environment to help individuals and families. Jennifer has an Honours Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Toronto, a Bachelor of Social Work from York University, and a Master of Social Work from the University of Toronto. Jennifer is motivated to help others achieve their best quality of life. 

Jennifer brings a holistic approach to the healthcare needs of individuals. She has worked in various Toronto hospitals in the areas of: General Medicine, Kidney Transplant, Cardiovascular Surgery and most recently Emergency Care and Bariatric Surgery. Jennifer brings over 20 years of experience working with individuals and families with issues related to Anxiety, Depression, Eating Disorders, Body Image, Self-Esteem and learning to establish healthy coping mechanisms.

Beyond Work Hours: Jennifer loves to go shopping, hang out with friends and family, swim and enjoy boating in the summer!

Arya Amatya

Arya is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. She holds an Honours Bachelor’s Degree in Bioethics and Law from the University of Toronto, St. George Campus (Victoria College) and is currently working towards completing her practicum hours to receive her Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University.

With a strong affinity for Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and the Strengths-Based Approach, Arya aims to help her clients build bridges between their past, present and future and guide them toward a path of physical, mental and emotional wellness. Arya aims to continue developing her skills while working with clients in areas of Anxiety, Youth Behaviour, Stress and more. She has a strength-based approach and understands that every individual has challenges and the desire for a quick solution to their problems. Arya helps every client in their unique set of struggles to reach their goals.

Beyond Work Hours: Arya enjoys exploring her hobbies and travelling the world! She has already been to more than 20 countries. In her free time, she golfs and has a penchant for scuba diving, boating and flying. She is working towards getting her private pilot license.