Success and contentment in life depends on being able to understand and manage our thoughts and feelings. At CVPN we base our practice on three main principals:

  1. we treat people, not just symptoms

  2. we work collaboratively with you rather than “on” you

  3. we are dedicated to our own ongoing education and development so that our work with you is informed by the most recent research in the fields of psychotherapy and neuroscience

We aim to help you develop the resilience not only to live symptom-free but to engage successfully in your personal and interpersonal pursuits. We take great pride in our work and feel privileged to be entrusted with your confidence.


Ava Walters Cout, MSW, RSW
Neuropsychotherapist & Registered Social Worker

A clear-sighted and compassionate psychotherapy and neurofeedback practitioner, Ava is immensely gratified by the important work she does with individuals, couples, adolescents and groups. Prior to entering private practice in 1992 and while on staff at The Credit Valley Hospital, Department of Psychiatry, Ava developed several new group programs. These included psychotherapy groups for women and those experiencing marital separation. In addition to her clinical work, Ava has supervised and trained social work students and has been an Examiner for the Ontario College of Social Workers. She began her career working with children and adolescents at the Dellcrest Children’s Centre, Youthdale Treatment Centre, Huntley Youth Services and the Toronto Children’s Aid Society. Ava received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario and her Masters from Barry University in Miami, Florida. Together with her partner Daniel Cout, she developed the Science of Calm seminar series to demystify such concepts and practices as neuroplasticity, mindfulness and relaxation therapy. Ava completed a year-long training program in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, a body-based treatment rooted in neuroscience. She trained in the Othmer Method of neurofeedback at the EEG Info Training Facility in Woodland Hills, California.

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Daniel CoutMSW, RSW,
Neuropsychotherapist & Registered Social Worker

Known for his insightful, empathetic and practical approach to psychotherapy and neurofeedback as well as his ability to explain brain function in everyday language, Daniel has been working with adults and children in private practice since 1987. He has also worked with adolescents in the community and provided mental health services to private industry. Together with his partner Ava Walters Cout, he developed the Science of Calm seminar series to demystify such concepts and practices as neuroplasticity, mindfulness and relaxation therapy. He holds a Masters degree in Social Work from the Smith College School for Social Work and trained at the C.F. Menninger Hospital in Topeka, Kansas; the University of Colorado, Denver; and the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine.  Daniel has a keen interest in brain-based psychotherapy which he studied at the Mindsight Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is qualified to deliver eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) – an effective technique for treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other emotional disorders. Daniel received his training in the Othmer Method of neurofeedback at the EEG Info Training Facility in Woodland Hills, California.

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By restoring your brain to balance, your whole mind-body system benefits, as do your relationships and quality of life.
— Ava Walters Cout & Daniel Cout

  • I have the greatest respect for the counselling work provided by Ava. In the relaxed atmosphere of her office, with sensitive yet forthright professionalism and a delightful, droll sense of humor, Ava enabled me to explore and re-evaluate my personal concerns and problems. With her expert guidance, I learned to utilize new skills and coping strategies. Through the ongoing process, I feel I’ve gained a greater sense of empowerment over my decision-making and life choices.
  • Therapy is not a ‘quick fix’. There are no magical solutions to life’s problems. But, I have learned how to deal better with my partner, my parents and other relationships in a healthy, productive way. I have gained a better understanding of why I and others behave as we do. I have examined and learned to cope with traumatic events that have weighed heavily on me. I have learned to accept what has happened and I have been able to move on. My self-esteem has improved and I have developed healthier patterns of behaviour.
  • “Neurofeedback training has made a very noticeable, positive change to my life.”
  • The first time I had a counselling session I was frightened. I knew that I needed help but I was very afraid that something was wrong with me. I really didn't want to know what that was and certainly didn't want anyone else to know about what I thought were deep, dark, secrets. Counselling has supported me going inward for my answers and it has given me a safe place to go when the world I live in doesn't feel safe. In therapy, I have learned to surrender much of my less effective patterns of thinking and living and learn new ways that have brought more joy and happiness to my daily life. I am so grateful that this choice has been available to me. Thank you!
  • I began attending therapy with Ava several years ago. With Ava I feel I have a safe, comfortable place to voice anything. I feel that I have someone who is focused on me, and is listening to my point of view without judgement. Therapy offers an opportunity for me to process my thoughts, receive feedback, guidance and direction when I feel I don't know which path I want to take next. I still attend therapy, although not as often. Many of the issues that took me there originally are resolved in my mind. Today, I attend when I feel I want undisrupted time to focus on my life and review the direction I am headed next.


+ How do I make an appointment or referral?

Many of our referrals come from family physicians. However, no referral is necessary. Simply contact us and we will get back to you as quickly as possible to set up an appointment.

+ How quickly may I be seen?

We realize that when contacting a therapist you may be in a significant amount of emotional distress. We make every effort to meet with you as quickly as possible. Often we can arrange an appointment within a few days of your initial inquiry.

+ Are our conversations strictly confidential?

Absolutely. Our work with you adheres to the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice published by our professional association, the Ontario Association of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. As such, we protect the confidentiality of all information we acquire in working with our clients. If you would like us to consult or collaborate with other medical or health professionals we require your written permission to do so.

+ What can I expect in the first session?

The first session offers you an opportunity to explain your current situation and why you’ve decided to explore psychotherapy. It also provides you with an opportunity to interview your therapist to determine whether you feel he or she “gets you.” Remember, successful psychotherapy is built upon a foundation of confidence and safety. You need to leave your first session with the sense that your therapist will be able to understand you and what it is you’re struggling with.

+ Do you prescribe medication?

No. Medication can only be prescribed by a licensed physician. For many people medication can be a helpful component in their treatment to manage symptoms of anxiety and depression. If we feel that medication might be useful we will suggest that you meet with your family physician to discuss it further.

+ Psychotherapy or Neurofeedback? How do I decide?

As we work together to get a better sense of your situation we will begin to discuss treatment options. At CVPN we make it a priority to educate our clients so that they can become effective partners in their own treatment. We will discuss the pros and cons of different treatments in a manner that gives you a feeling of control over your therapy.

+ May I also see a psychiatrist?

Yes. Many of our clients see a psychiatrist or their family physician who prescribe and monitor medication. We do not recommended that you be involved in more than one psychotherapy at the same time though.

+ Will OHIP cover your services?

Many extended health insurance policies provide coverage for our services. If you are not sure contact your benefits provider for details. Unfortunately OHIP only covers services provided by licensed physicians.

+ What is the Science of Calm?

The Science of Calm is based on one simple idea: a calmer brain creates a calmer state of mind and a greater sense of wellbeing. The information presented in our Science of Calm seminars is based on the most recent, empirically proven research on the brain. Learn more here.

+ More questions?

Please check out more FAQs here.