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About Us

Our History

The team at Horizons Behaviour Consulting is made up of a small diverse group of professionals. It was founded in 2018 by Matt Derkach with the hopes of helping clients and their parents learn in their natural environment. Matt wanted to open an agency that provided services that were professional, ethical, and had a family-focused approach.

Today Horizons Behaviour Consulting continues to integrate the latest ABA research and technology to offer the best options to our clients. Led by a talented team of clinicians, Horizons Behaviour Consulting utilizes evidence-based practices to develop practical and family-focused approaches to ensure the best possible results.

CORE Values Guiding Principles For Exceptional Care

Every child and adult has the potential to reach their hopes and dreams, regardless of their diagnosis or abilities. Horizons Behaviour Consulting believes in providing both the child or adult, and their parents or caregivers with an individualized program that is based on the research-based methodologies of Applied Behaviour Analysis.

Our Mission

Our mission is to support your family with a combination of professional ABA therapy and genuine empathy, utilizing proven behaviour strategies to foster your child’s development. This may consist of teaching them skills related to effective communication, healthy social connections, academic achievements, emotional regulation, independence, joy and fulfillment, and community inclusion. Our goal is to create meaningful learning experiences for your child within different environments. We strive to cultivate a supportive and inclusive atmosphere where every individual can thrive, regardless of their background or challenges they may face. 

Effective Communication

We understand that you want your child to share their thoughts and feelings clearly and connect deeply with those around them.

Social Connections

We understand that you want your child  to make friends and feel respected by their peers and others in the community.

Academic Achievement

We understand that you want your child to reach to achieve their full academic potential, with the support necessary to overcome any learning obstacles.

Emotional Regulation

We understand that you want your child to learn strategies to manage emotions and behaviours in a healthy way, facilitating a smoother interaction with the world around them.

Independence

We understand that you want your child to achieve as much independence as possible, mastering daily living skills and, eventually, vocational skills for future employment.

Joy and Fulfillment

We understand you desire their happiness and contentment, as they explore their passions and savor life’s joys.

Community Inclusion

We understand that you hope for a world where your child is fully included, accepted, and valued in all aspects of society, from education to employment and beyond.

Our Approach

Our goal is to create an environment that can help children and adults learn new skills and prepare them to function effectively in all areas of their lives. We strive to teach you the skills to improve your child’s behaviours.

our Clinical Team

Matt Derkach

Clinical Director

Lauren Camellato

Senior Therapist

Megan Shaw

Senior Therapist Assistant

Zak Armengol

Clinical Operations Manager and
Lead Instructor Therapist

Autumn Oliver-Giasson

Senior Therapist Assistant

Annalise Sander

Senior Therapist Assistant

Mikayla Lewis

Lead Instructor Therapist

Shiromie Mapa

Instructor Therapist

Jordan Tompkins

Instructor Therapist

Cassidy Cortes

Instructor Therapist

Nelson Parker

Instructor Therapst

Michaella Lohasz

Instructor Therapist

Matt Derkach

Clinical Director

Matt Derkach is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA) who has been working in the field of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) for over 11 years. Matt’s interest in the field of ABA began when he first started working as a Direct Support Professional with children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities. His love for ABA quickly grew and he decided to further education in the field of ABA and he obtained a Masters in Applied Disability Studies (MADS) at Brock University.

Matt is passionate about working in the special needs community and has extensive experience working with children and adults with severe behaviour problems, which includes having worked in centre and in home settings at CHEO’s Development and Rehabilitation Department and the Autism Program.

Lauren Camellato

Senior Therapist

Lauren has been working in the field of ABA for 5 years and is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA). Lauren first began working with children with ASD through providing support at summer programs teaching children with exceptionalities to swim and bike. She has since gained experience working with young adults in Life Skills programming, as well as providing IBI and tutoring services to children. Lauren went on to obtain an Autism Behaviour Science certificate and further her education in the field of ABA and pursue a degree through Florida Institute of Technology’s Masters of Behaviour Analysis Practice program. Lauren is passionate about practicing ABA through compassionate care and strives to create environments that foster each child’s unique learning style.

Megan Shaw

Senior Therapist Assistant

Meaghan has been assisting children and their families for nearly a decade. She obtained a Masters degree in Creative Arts Therapies, specializing in art therapy at Concordia University. While completing her graduate studies, her research focus was treating children living with specific learning disabilities such as dyslexia who were experiencing emotional and behavioral difficulties. Meaghan’s interest in the field of behavior analysis grew after serving as a Behavioral Technician working with young children living with ASD. She has been serving as an Instructor Therapist, providing ABA therapy for 6 years. She is currently completing her Behaviour Analysis Graduate Certificate at Florida Institute of Technology to fulfill her dream of becoming a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst.

Meaghan believes that every individual deserves to live a happy and fulfilling life. She is passionate about providing empirical based treatment that is both ethical and uniquely tailored to meet the needs and circumstances of her clients.

Zak Armengol

Clinical Operations Manager andLead Instructor Therapist

Zak has been working with children with ASD for over 6 years and is a Registered Behaviour Technician (RBT). He continues to be passionate about the field of Applied Behaviour Analysis from seeing the positive impact it has for his clients and their families. He is currently pursuing his Board-Certified Assistant Behaviour Analyst (BCaBA) certificate through the University of New Brunswick.

Autumn Oliver-Giasson

Lead Instructor Therapist

Autumn has been working in the field of ABA for two years as a registered behaviour technician (RBT). She recently obtained her certification as a Board Certified Assistant Behaviour Analyst (BCaBA) after completing the Applied Behaviour Analysis certificate program at the University of New Brunswick. Before joining the field of ABA, she worked in group homes, which spurred her desire to enter the area. Autumn has experience working with children with complex behaviours, including teenagers with FASD, conduct disorders, autism and aggressive behaviours towards self and others. Driven by her passion for the field, she enrolled at the Florida Institute of Technology and is taking her Master’s in Behaviour Analysis Practice. In her spare time she enjoys hiking with her dog and playing outside with her son.

Annalise Sander

Senior Therapist Assistant

Annalise has been working in the field of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) since 2019. Annalise enjoys working with children and their families to help develop goals that are meaningful for them. She is passionate about helping individuals gain independence by teaching daily living skills such as grocery shopping, taking the bus, and learning to dress themselves. She completed her undergrad in Biology and Psychology at McMaster University and then completed the Behavioural Science program at St Lawrence College. Annalise completed the Masters of Applied Disability Studies (M.ADS) program through Brock University in April 2024, with plans to sit for the Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA) exam. In her free time Annalise enjoys crocheting, knitting, and gardening.

Mikayla Lewis

Instructor Therapist

Mikayla is a Registered Behaviour Technician (RBT) with 2 years of experience working with children diagnosed with autism. Her interest in the field sparked from her undergraduate degree in Human Behaviour with a specialization in autism. She is currently completing her Behaviour Analysis Graduate Certificate at Florida Institute of Technology to fulfill her dream of becoming a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst. Mikayla is passionate about improving the lives of her clients and leading them to live independent lives. In her down time, Mikayla loves to read and crochet!

Shiromie Mapa

Instructor Therapist

Shiromie is an instructor therapist with over 7 years of experience working with individuals with exceptionalities. She obtained a Graduate Certificate in Autism and Behavioral Sciences from Algonquin College and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) at the Florida Institute of Technology with the goal of becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). Her approach centers around recognizing each individual’s unique strengths and empowering them to be the best version of themselves. She is passionate and committed to creating a happy and positive environment for our learners, where they can thrive and achieve success. Beyond her professional life, she finds joy in growing indoor plants and crafting crystal bracelets as a hobby.

Jordan Tompkins

Instructor Therapist

Jordan has been working in the field for over 2 years. Jordan is passionate about working with children and helping them along their journey to become more independent and more efficient learners. Jordan believes in meeting clients where they are at to help develop meaningful relationships that’s translate into real world differences. In Jordan’s free time they like to smoke meat and play sports.

Cassidy Cortes

Instructor Therapist

Cassidy has been working in the field of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) for 2 years. She is passionate about working with children and receiving the rewarding impact she can bring to their lives. She has completed her Bachelors in Psychology at Carleton University. She aspires to continue to work with children and mental health in the future. In her spare time, Cassidy enjoys spending time with her two dogs, and reading.

Nelson Parker​

Instructor Therapist

Nelson brings over a year of experience in the field of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA), specifically working with children diagnosed with autism. Prior to his ABA journey, Nelson dedicated his time working in a group home setting, where he compassionately cared for adults with physical and mental disabilities. His expertise extends to handling complex behaviors, including SBT (Skill Based Treatments). Nelson’s commitment to his clients’ well-being drives him to continually expand his knowledge and adapt to their unique needs. He is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Counseling and firmly believes that every individual possesses the potential for greatness. Even when faced with challenges, he sees these as mere bumps along the path to achieving personal excellence.

Michaella Lohasz

Instructor Therapist

Michaella recently graduated from the University of Ottawa where she completed an Honours Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She has always wanted to work with people, and through the exploration of behavioural psychology and the enjoyment of working with kids, she landed in Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA). Michaella has always been passionate about teaching people and helping kids learn whether that be through teaching practical skills to allow for kids to live more independent lives or technical skills such as long division. Michaella plans on pursuing further education in the field, but in the meantime she spends her spare time doing her favourite hobbies: watching movies, and crocheting really big blankets.