Founder and Lead Psychotherapist
Stephanie Maza is the founder and lead therapist of Choose Happy Therapy. She has experience working in various clinical settings such as hospitals, residential programs, outpatient clinics and private practice. She has years of experience working in crisis intervention, structured outpatient programs, outpatient specialty and inpatient psychiatric clinics.
Stephanie provides individual psychotherapy for children, adolescents and adults.
Stephanie has an education in Clinical Psychology and uses an integrative style to help build a treatment plan that suits each of her clients unique needs.
As the Founder and Lead Psychotherapist, Stephanie’s goal for Choose Happy Therapeutic Services is to create a warm, supportive atmosphere where clients can feel comfortable to be themselves, can explore and heal, gain new skills, confidence and insights. She strives to help clients break free from what holds them back, and support them on their own unique journey to happiness. Together with her clients, she helps clients explore their your unique life experiences, core beliefs, presenting concerns and behaviours. Stephanie helps clients to identify barriers and challenges that hold them back and help clients gain the strength to overcome hardships.
She is experienced in working with the following:
• Anxiety Disorders
• Women's health/ Fertility
• Self-Harm Behaviour
• Suicide Assessment and Risk Reduction
• Crisis Intervention
• Bipolar Disorder
• Chronic Mental Illness
• Behavioural Challenges
• Anger Management
• Situational Stressors
• Family and Relationship Issues
• Self-image and Self-Esteem Issues
Stephanie is registered with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) and her services are covered by most extended insurance plans.
Junior Associate Therapist
Haadiya Saleem is a graduate of the University of Toronto. Having double-majored in psychology and human biology, Haadiya understands the critical link between mental and physical health. She completed her undergraduate journey with courses based around developmental and clinical psychology with a passion for working with youth patients.
Haadiya is compassionate towards all backgrounds and walks of life, having experienced a wide variety of cultures firsthand with her residences in seven countries. This allows her to create an empathetic relationship with her clients to initiate an insightful conversation and fully understand client concerns. Her experience with youth patients in the past has allowed her to relate better to their emotions and provide a warm environment to ensure their comfort. She is presently researching the role culturally adapted therapy can play in assisting with depression, anxiety, and addiction for those of South-Asian origin.
She works under supervision as a student therapist. Her goal is to work alongside her clients to ensure a safe and comfortable environment and equip them with the right mechanisms to manage, address, and overcome their challenges. The ultimate goal is to initiate the path toward healing.
Outside of work, Haadiya values the time she is able to spend with her family and friends as well as painting.
Haadiya is a member of the Ontario Association of Mental Health Professionals (OAMHP)
Taylor is a student at the Toronto Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling. She has completed education in psychology and child and youth care. She is very passionate about supporting children, teens and adults in improving their mental health and well being. Some concerns she works with are anxiety, depression, trauma, body image, school concerns, life transitions.
She currently works under supervision and continuously strives to provide the best care for her clients. She takes pride in her ability to help her clients feel comfortable, and makes great effort to always meet her clients with empathy, compassion and patience.
Taylor has daytime, evening and weekend availability for in person and virtual sessions.