What I Do?

Feeling lost, alone, helpless, confused and hesitant, and don’t quite know what to do or whether to speak with someone? Are you and your partner constantly arguing? Are your children not performing as you hoped they would? Are they always getting into some kind of trouble? Do your children seem to be more anxious and sad since staying home during COVID?

You’re not alone in feeling confused. Like many, I too, have dealt with the ups and downs in life.

For over forty years, I have listened to and encouraged people to share their concerns in their own words. This approach has allowed me to connect with people to help them find the strategies that work for them.

I discovered my passion for helping people early in my life. I was hospitalized at a young age, and it was at that time that I realized that I wanted to help others to recover, heal and to provide them with strategies that work for them. I believe that the same event can be seen as a marker of misfortune or good luck depending on how it is framed. When we see past experiences through new glasses, we gain the power to rewrite the meaning of our own story. I don’t have the answer for what you may need to change, but you do.

What perhaps you don’t have now is access to the how. Even though you cannot change your history, you can change the way you understand it and thus direct your future differently. Together, you and I can write a new story with a different direction from where you stand today.

My mother and my daughter are both learning disabled. Thus, I also developed a passion for helping people with learning and developmental disabilities. Helping students to understand themselves not as disabled or dumb, but as people who learn differently and need to be taught differently is a specific focus for me. In our language-based world, literacy is considered a mark of intelligence-but this was not always true. In other times, storytelling and survival skills were more valued as signs of intelligence. How many of our children would see themselves differently, if we understood intelligence more broadly? After all, it was Einstein who said that “Everybody is a genius in their own right. If you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, that fish will live its whole life believing it’s stupid.”

In recognition that each child is unique and needs individual care and treatment, I conduct assessments, formulate approaches that are easily understood by parents and students, create plans allowing students to cope with their issues and succeed academically. I provide ongoing consultations to parents to help them advocate for their children and to school boards to help them develop the best strategies for each student, based on strengths as well as struggles.

Thus, whether I have been involved in therapy or with an educational assessment, I have always believed in the hopefulness of re-authoring personal stories to promote the change each person is seeking.

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I Believe

“It’s a rewarding and privileged experience to walk along the path of self-empowerment with my clients.

I would be honoured to take the journey with you.”


Dr. Sharon Verniero

Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology (Ph.D.) | Qualified Marriage and Family Therapist

Education & Accomplishments

  • BA, St, Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana
  • MA in Psychology, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana
  • Ph.D. in Psychology, University of Windsor, Windsor Ontario
  • Advanced training assessment of children an adolescents with Learning Disabilities and ADHD, University of North Carolina, under Dr. Melvin Levin
  • Specialized training in Marriage and Family Therapy, George Hull Centre under Elizabeth Ridgley, Toronto, Ontario
  • Advanced training in Marriage and Family Therapy, Accademia Psicoterapia. Della Famiglia, Rome, Ita under Dr. Maurizio Andolfi
  • Professional Practice Award of Excellence for Clinical Practice
  • “Managing Bullying” presentation to Child and Adolescent staff Brampton Civic Hospital and to Brampton


  • All approaches are client-centered
  • CBT
  • Structural and Strategic Family Therapy
  • Cognitive Therapy
  • Behavioural Therapy
  • Holistic Assessments

Professional Memberships

  • College of Psychologists of Ontario
  • Canadian Psychological Association


  • 41 Years

Dr. Sharon's Favorite Quote

“Lonely is the person who at the end of their life discovers they have built more walls than bridges.,”

Frequently Asked Questions With Dr. Sharon

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions that we receive. If you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Significant Medical issues in my own life.

Educational difficulties in my family.

Being a part of the journey of another, from hurt to healing.

Counselling is not just a conversation; it is a therapeutic conversation…. I trust you have had many conversations in your life. Therapy is just a slightly different type of conversation. You got this.

I know I can trust you.

I know you will be honest with me.

You listen.

I know you will not judge me.

Listen before saying anything. Don’t let anger rule the conversation. Remember what it was like for you when you were your child’s age.

Dr. Sharon Verniero

Bayridge Counselling


  • Tuesday to Thursday
    daytime, evenings by appointment


What activity instantly calms you?

Playing with the dog or hearing children laugh.

Would you rather cook or order in?

Let my husband cook, actually, because he is good at it.

What’s the best piece of advice a family member has given you?

It’s ok, Mom, I love you.

Who has had the greatest influence in your life?

My grandfather. He was an immigrant. He taught me that cod liver oil is good for you, walking is better and playing baseball is best.

Need Help Choosing a Therapist?

If you are still trying to decide whether therapy is right for you, book a free 20-minute virtual consultation with our Clinical manager and therapist, Nicole Callander, RSSW. Nicole would be happy to answer any questions about therapy or who would be a match for your unique situation.

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