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Complimentary Meet & Greet

Take the next steps towards a brighter future with a free 15-minute Meet & Greet via video or phone call with one or more of our therapists to get to know them before your first appointment.

Need assistance finding the right therapist and/or booking an appointment? Contact us at 416-889-3931 (1-800-557-3096) or info@supportandgrowth.com. Your experience is important to us.


Individual Therapy

Individual therapy is a great way to continue your wellbeing journey. Easily connect with a therapist from anywhere via video or phone sessions. Your privacy and comfort are our top priorities - choose the option that suits you the best.

New clients can start with the initial assessment session option. Returning clients should select the individual therapy session option.


Couples Therapy

Our skilled, relatable and impartial couples therapists are passionate about supporting you on your journey to building a happier and healthier relationship.

Experience couples therapy in a safe, caring, and confidential space. Couples sessions are offered by video only using our secure and simple to use privacy-compliant video conferencing platform.


Family Therapy


Student Therapy

Student therapy is a safe, caring, and confidential space that supports students experiencing challenges or looking for growth. It’s a supportive space for exploring thoughts, emotions and self discovery.

We offer a discounted rate to all currently enrolled college and university students as part of our commitment to accessible high quality care. Proof of enrollment will be required.


Affordable Therapy Program

Our affordable therapy program offers rates discounted significantly below the national average for our clients with financial challenges.

The sessions are conducted by our highly skilled master's level interns offering counselling as part of their required training. You can be confident that you are receiving quality treatment. All of our interns are supervised by experienced clinicians.


EMDR Therapy

Experience Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy. EMDR is an evidence-based psychotherapy technique for addressing psychological trauma.

Our EMDR specialists offer expert guidance, triage emotional distress and help navigate the path to trauma recovery with compassion and expertise.


Clinical Supervision

Are you looking for clinical supervision? Discover the chance to enhance your clinical skills and professional growth with our chosen senior therapists who meet CRPO clinical supervision requirements. If you are interested in clinical supervision with our esteemed team, reach out to our Clinical team at info@supportandgrowth.com.

“Irrespective of what led you to seek counselling, I commend you for taking the first steps towards improving your mental health and wellness.”

Magdalene Acquah I am a graduate of the Masters of Social Work program at The University of Toronto, a Registered Social Worker and a Psychotherapist. My passion for wanting to become a therapist stemmed from my broad range of personal and professional experiences. I love working with people and understand the importance of mental health for leading a happy, balanced, and healthy life.

Growing up, I experienced separation anxiety, the divorce of my parents, learning challenges, rejection from family and friends, immigration, self-esteem issues, trauma from the loss of loved ones, and poverty. I overcame these challenges with support and growth. Counselling provided a supportive and non-judgmental environment for me to explore the vision that I have for my life. I also developed a deep understanding of myself and the process allowed me to live my life with authenticity and clarity.

My role in your life can be short or long term depending on your needs. I will be an objective listener, facilitator, teacher and coach to guide you in exploring different paths. My philosophy revolves around the notion that people are good, able to change and that relationships are all about repair.

I aim to foster curiosity and resilience in clients to help develop new ways of thinking about life’s difficulties and practice new skills in response to stressors. I employ a variety of approaches in counselling, such as Solution Focused, Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Narrative Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Mindfulness to determine the most beneficial therapy for your unique needs after meeting with you.

I am very passionate about what I do and thank you for trusting me as you take the first steps towards your wellness.

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To put it simply, I have always had a strong desire to help others. I attribute this to my cultural upbringing and seeing how invested and caring my mother is in our Ghanaian-Canadian community here in Toronto. In addition, being the youngest in my family allowed me to be observant to how others worked through their struggles. I witnessed the struggles of individuals in my family and community and saw them overcoming these struggles with resiliency and unity.

I earned a master’s degree from the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Social Work and became a Registered Social Worker in 2016. I have over six years of clinical experience in the mental health sector and I have worked as an addictions and concurrent disorders therapist at a residential treatment centre for the past five years. I possess a wealth of knowledge in client service provision and have assisted many clients and their families in crises. I have also continually aligned my passion for supporting others with promoting and supporting their health and wellness through practical assessment, liaison, crisis intervention, counselling, and advocacy. I practice with a Strength-Based Approach that is culturally sensitive, anti-oppressive, and trauma-informed. My therapeutic knowledge and skillset prepared me to utilize Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET), and other narrative-based techniques to support clients various backgrounds.

Although I am accustomed to utilizing Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Mindfulness interventions to support clients, my ultimate focus is to provide a safe, warm, and open environment for personal growth and achievement. Whether working with couples, individual adults, or adolescents, we work together to reflect on their issues ranging from anxiety, depression, or trauma to sexuality, intimacy, or interpersonal functioning. It is a privilege to hold my clients’ confidence and assist them in their journey toward integration and wellness.

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Hello and welcome to my profile,

I am a registered and highly trained Social Worker and a psychotherapist with over 12 years of experience. I am well vexed in managing emotional and psychological issues such as abuse, addiction, bullying and mental health challenges. I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and a Masters degree in Social Work both from the University of York. My extensive 12 years of professional experience have been within the Child Welfare sector and this has been the backbone of my practice from an anti-oppressive lens while supporting clients from a strength-based approach.

In my supportive role as a therapist, I am a non-judgmental listener and a facilitator who is passionate about guiding and coaching individuals looking for different strategies and healthier coping mechanisms to attain a happy and balanced life. I have also experienced my own mental health challenges. As an immigrant mother, I went through stress, anxiety, poverty, Isolation and family trauma stemming from the culture and language shock I experienced when I first relocated to Canada from my country of origin. Gradually, I was able to overcome these challenges after I utilized counselling support to address my fears and worries while being equipped with resources to navigate through my stress-related issues. Hence, my personal experience as an immigrant prepared the grounds for me to cultivate such passion to see people succeed in life. I am therefore a strong advocate for mental health and also a firm believer that every individual has the potential to grow and become a better person once they receive the needed support from the appropriate services.

My practice is centred on modalities such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Experiential Therapy, Mindfulness, Immigrant and Refugee Mental Health as well as Emotionally Focused Therapy, Understanding and Managing Aggressive Behaviour and many more life coaching strategies to suit any individual seeking any kind of specific support to equip them in life. I may not have the magic wand to solve your situation but I believe in working collaboratively we can both find meaningful strategies that will work for your unique situation.

I look forward to working with you and providing you with all the support you need for a successful outcome.

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‘“This life is a process of learning’’ – Lauryn Hill

Thank you for joining me in your journey towards healing! My name is Asheanna Baksh and I have obtained my Bachelor of Applied Science in the Family and Community Social Services program at the University of Guelph-Humber. I currently hold a Master of Social Work from the University of Windsor and am in good standing with the Ontario College of Social Work and Social Service Workers as a registered social worker.

Throughout my early childhood and adolescence, my personal traumas and experiences have led me to take on the role of being a catalyst for change. Growing up in a single-parent household, there were many struggles that I was faced with that have built on my resiliency as an individual and as a professional. The community where I grew up was considered a low-income neighbourhood, and I identified as a first-generation Canadian. Although I had support from close family and friends, there was still a lot of pressure to conform to cultural ideologies and traditions. I lived through coping with anxiety, high levels of stress, and isolation. Through perseverance and determination, I have now reached a new pinnacle in my life where I am motivated to help those who find themselves facing adversaries and challenges, just like myself.

These experiences have helped shape who I am as a person, as well as the values that I uphold. Working alongside children, adolescents, adults, and families, has helped me understand the wide range of social and personal barriers that many also live through. To honour other’s lived realities, I use an integrative approach unique to the person with modalities such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), solution-focused therapy, and narrative therapy. I offer a strength-based approach and work within an anti-oppressive framework, where I also use a culturally sensitive lens to support diverse individuals to successfully meet their goals. Overall, I strive to ensure that all supported by me feel heard, understood, and supported throughout the therapeutic process. I do this by respecting each individual’s narrative, personal histories, experiences, and values. I specialise in anxiety, depression, life transitions, family conflict and relationship issues, self-esteem challenges, stress, and trauma.

I strongly believe that every single person has innate resilience to overcome challenges through dedication and courage–there is space for new beginnings! This journey does not have to be done alone! There is strength to being vulnerable. Together we can create healthy and positive changes that bring you a sense of happiness, peace, and hope. I am passionate about taking this step with you as you discover new paths moving forward.

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My name is Amal Benoit I am a Graduate of The University of Windsor, a Registered Psychotherapist with the (CRPO), Energy Healer and Sound Healer. I have over 20 years of experience in Psychotherapy working in sectors providing therapy and direct services to youth, adults, and families. With also 15 years of experience in the healing arts, I have combined my healing arts training with psychotherapy to offer an approach that focuses on the mind body, and soul. This approach combines Eastern philosophies and modalities with western therapy. This approach allows me to use the most effective method to address each client’s needs.

I work through a client-centered lens that embraces non-judgment and compassion, holding space for authentic growth and transformation to occur. I accept and welcome everyone where they are on their journey. My approach is eclectic and holistic, I often integrate Mindfulness-Based Strategies, Meditation, Somatic approaches, Movement, Sound Healing, and Cognitive-Based approaches into my therapeutic work.

I am passionate about guiding others to help restore balance and harmony within the mind, body, spirit, and soul. I recognize that everyone can heal themselves and I want to share tools and knowledge with you while providing a safe and non-judgmental space, to start your healing journey.

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“Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we have been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”

Barack Obama I strongly believe that my clients are the experts in their own lives. Maybe you are asking yourself “Why see a therapist?” My answer is that sometimes life happens; we fall off course and we all need some support. As a Registered Social Worker and Psychotherapist, it’s my pleasure to support you on your journey. It doesn’t matter what concerns bring a client to me, my goal is to empower them and to provide the tools they need to navigate the obstacles they are facing.

I graduated from the University of Windsor’s School of Social Work with a Master’s degree in Social Work, following a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology (Honors). I am committed to continuing my professional development and am constantly expanding my knowledge to ensure that I am using the most up-to-date techniques. My ten years of professional experience have equipped me with a multitude of skills in clinical assessment, counselling and crisis intervention. I have facilitated life-skills groups for individuals, and have worked with and advocated for children, youth and families, including those on the autism spectrum with dual diagnoses.

I practice from a culturally sensitive perspective that sits within an anti-oppressive framework. In our changing society, I believe this creates an effective therapeutic relationship – and effective progressive social work sets the stage for change.

I have worked in a variety of settings, which include hospitals and jails, where I have helped clients navigate the criminal justice system and reintegrate into society. I help families within the child welfare system and my experience with various school boards has taught me how to deal with a range of school-related issues. I have also worked with seniors, in long-term care facilities, to ensure their needs are met. The theoretical approaches I implement are based on my client’s unique needs. They include Solution Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Narrative Therapy and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT).

My passion stems from my own experiences. I immigrated to Canada at 6 years old. I was a latch key child, raised by a single mother in underprivileged communities, learning how to adapt to the cultural differences. Because my mother left me, to come to Canada, when I was two years old, we initially did not have a close relationship and I felt truly isolated from my father and other family members back home. I often took the parent’s role, caring for my younger sibling while my mother worked multiple jobs to make ends meet. Over time, however, my mother and I were able to create a strong bond.

During my adolescence, I endured sexual assault, anxiety, societal pressures and intergenerational conflict. I also have personal experiences of loss, grief, post-partum depression, domestic violence, traumatic injury from a motor vehicle accident and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Despite that, or perhaps because of it, I believe there is an unseen benefit to any negative situation one faces. Ultimately, all of my personal experiences and my ability to overcome adversity have shaped me into the woman I am today: someone with a positive outlook on life. I believe that as such, my role is to help my clients find and realize the power that lies within them, to elicit change. There may be bumps along the way but together, we will get you where you want to be.

If you have read this far, I admire your persistence! You are one-step closer to making a great decision. I’ve been where you are – deciding whether I should make that appointment. Trust me, after my first therapy session I felt so relieved and my fears about therapy disappeared in minutes.

I’m a very easygoing therapist, who admires your strength in taking the next steps

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Hello and Welcome! My name is Danielle, and I am a Registered Social Worker and Psychotherapist. I completed my Bachelor of Social Work at the University of Windsor, my Post Graduate Certificate in Addictions and Mental Health at Humber and my Master of Social Work at The University of Toronto. I have been in the mental health and addiction field for six years. I worked with youth, young adults and older adults in individual therapy and community settings.

I enjoy working with individuals to enhance their interpersonal skills and relationships. I specialize in self-esteem, substance abuse, anger management, relationship issues, anxiety and emotional regulation, crisis intervention and stress management. I am passionate about connecting with people and providing them with therapeutic tools that will help enhance their understanding of themselves and foster healthy relationships and healthy habits. I love observing clients progress in their therapy goals; it is the most rewarding part of my work. I work from a trauma-informed, client-centred, and strengths-based perspective. My therapy methods include Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, psychodynamic therapy, and Group therapy.

My love for therapy comes from learning how to deal with my emotional pain. I have learned that despite strong, uncomfortable emotions, making safe decisions is vital. There are always healthier alternatives for coping. Emotional management is about protecting yourself. You will learn how to identify unhelpful patterns and how to approach difficult emotions more safely. You will gain the tools to empower yourself. My role is to bring hope to your situation.

I look forward to working with you.

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My name is Svjetlana Delic. I immigrated to Canada as a refugee twenty-six years ago. I have first-hand experience with the immigration process and adjusting to the new country. I have always been interested in helping people, but my life experiences have further fostered this interest. I turned to social work to help people, especially vulnerable people, overcome their challenges.

I currently have twenty years of experience providing both individual and group counselling to clients and have worked in both institutional and community settings. My areas of expertise are addiction counselling, trauma-specific counselling, and mental health, specifically depression and anxiety. In addition, I have academic expertise in immigrant women and their mental health needs.

I use various counselling approaches, such as the Narrative Exposure Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Emotive Rational Therapy, and Mindfulness. I also use Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) as an alternative treatment for physical pain and emotional distress. EFT is also referred to as tapping or psychological acupressure.

I am a Register Social Worker with the master’s degree. I am very approachable and non-judgmental. I like to meet people and learn more about their challenges. I work collaboratively with clients to achieve their counselling goals. In addition to English, I also speak Serbian/Bosnian and Croatian.

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As a Registered Social Worker and Psychotherapist, my passion for social work was ignited in the late 1990s when it became evident that my personal calling is to help others. My education includes a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Windsor and a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Ryerson University, which included a summer internship in Kingston, Jamaica, at the University of the West Indies where I studied social work with Caribbean families.

I practice from an anti-oppressive and culturally sensitive approach and firmly believe that this approach adds a holistic method for enhancing individual and societal well-being. I offer a respectful, empathetic and mature environment where you have permission to be vulnerable.

With over twenty-five years of social services experience that includes working in the shelter system, working with child welfare, providing respite support for children/youth with developmental delay, supervising ECE student placements and coordinating home care services, I utilize my wisdom to help clients work through their problems. The scope of my work has given me specialized knowledge and experience in working with individuals and families facing various challenges including anxiety, depression, stress, substance abuse, racism injustices, caregiver burnout, development delay, poverty, compassion fatigue, abuse, neglect and grief.

I take pride in being a parent and wife and have also experienced the loss of several family members due to sudden deaths in quick succession. Life is a balancing act and we are all, including me, working to keep it from crashing. My personal and professional experiences assure me that life will be hard. These experiences have also shown me that there is no shame in seeking help. As Brené Brown says so well, “Vulnerability is not weakness. And that myth is profoundly dangerous….Vulnerability is the birthplace of connection and the path to the feeling of worthiness.” My goal is to create a space to allow vulnerability, connection and worthiness.

Among other approaches, I employ a combination of social work practices such as Motivational Interviewing, Strength-Based, Solution-Focused and System/Resource Navigation to support individuals and families in the healing process.

I am excited to meet you and work together on this journey to a happier, healthier and more fulfilled you.

“Vulnerability is not weakness. It’s our greatest measure of courage.” Brené Brown

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“In possessing an innate ability to engage, connect and support others, it was an organic trajectory for me to pursue a career in social work. From a young age, I was highly sort after by family members and friends to assist with decision-making and to provide advice on issues they were grappling with. In fortifying these natural abilities, I went on to earn a Bachelor of Science Degree, specializing in Social Work, and a Master’s Degree in Social Work. Holding myself accountable to a high standard of competence, ethical practice, and accountability, I became a registered Social Worker and a member of the Ontario Association of Social Workers. I believe that with life’s challenges and the cares of the world, which at times create an atmosphere of hopelessness and uncertainties, the best gift one can give themselves is the gift of a therapist /counsellor – I am here to serve you.

Working in community development, various interest groups and child welfare for over 20 years, has afforded me the ability to develop the required skill-sets needed to assist in transforming lives. I am assured that my counselling service is wrapped up in my purpose. Being a devout Christian has given me a great sense of self-worth and aspiration; hence, I endeavor to live a life of joy, peace, hope, and contentment, which I am intentional in projecting to those I interact with.

In my counselling experience, I have seen the benefits of utilizing an eclectic approach, which is pulling from a variety of modalities and tailoring it to suit the needs of my clients. I offer faith-based counselling and secular counselling, with an emphasis on narrative therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) solution-focused therapy, and strength-based approaches – you state your preference and I will deliver.

My areas of expertise include parenting counselling, caregiver-child/teen conflict counselling, marriage counselling, and family counselling. I pride myself on being emotionally intelligent, which provides a backdrop of me working from an objective perspective of being non-judgemental, anti-oppressive, and compassionate.

I am assured that we can all be the best version of ourselves and sometimes the support of the therapist is all you need to assist in achieving this self-actualization.”

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Welcome and thank you for reading my profile. My name is Mathew George and I am a Registered Social Worker with a Masters of Social Work degree. Supporting people from diverse backgrounds has always been my passion. With an extensive background in psychiatric social work, I specialize in clients who are struggling with mental health challenges.

My own journey of growth, intertwined with survival struggles, exposed me to various forms of mental health and social imbalances. It was during this period that I gleaned my initial insights into the realm of mental health challenges.

Apart from my masters degree in social work, I also possess advanced education and training in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) obtained from Toronto University through the Ontario Structured Psychotherapy Program.

I specialize in supporting children, youth, adults and elders struggling with depression, anxiety, emotional, psychological, mental health challenges. I am also experienced in supporting clients with trauma, PTSD and crisis management.

I practice from a compassionate, non-judgmental and culturally responsive approach. The theoretical approaches I implement are based on my client’s unique needs and are always guided by my clients.

My interventions help clients understand how their thoughts, emotions, behaviors and physical - sensations influence each other to play a major role in maintaining their struggle or distress and how this vicious circle can be broken or overcome using different interventions. The main aim of my interventions is to create enough understanding or learning in tune with the strength and taste of my clients to overcome their day-to-day struggles and to help them get into their daily functions more meaningfully.

My sessions incorporate a range of methods, including CBT skills such as psycho-education and exposure experiments, mindfulness exercises, motivational interviewing, problem-solving techniques, meditation, and more.

I look forward to supporting you on your journey!

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“I applaud you for pursuing your most authentic life.”

Welcome to the start of your journey! I am here to listen and to guide you where necessary. Together, we will create a personalized plan to support your mental health, wellness and bright future. My goal is to help you to become the best version of yourself, and to achieve this I use methods such as meditation, yoga, goal setting, CBT and/or mindfulness. You can do this; you just have to believe in yourself!

I have a B.A in Criminology and Criminal Justice with Concentration in Law from Carleton University and am a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CPRO). In addition, I am a registered member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers, and hold a diploma in Social Service Work from Algonquin College. I am committed to ongoing learning and professional development and have successfully completed a multitude of courses/seminars in the areas of: addiction, mental health, and criminal justice, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing, and Solution Focused Therapy and Resiliency Based Therapy. My training is supported by over 15 years of experience in the field of psychotherapy as well as extensive experience of working with mental health, addictions, and case management.

I am driven to support your journey because of my own personal experiences – I know what it feels like. I am a first-generation Canadian, whose parents immigrated to Canada from India. Growing up, I had my feet in two cultures and I struggled to find a place and a role in my community. In the small-town where I grew up, I was one of the only two people of colour. Because of this I felt isolated, alone and different. As a South Asian female, it was challenging to navigate daily life. I wanted to fulfill my cultural and familial responsibilities, but I also wanted to fit in with my peer group. I only made the choice to move away to university after an internal battle that caused anxiety, guilt and panic. For years, it felt as if I had two identities and that I was not being my authentic self.

Now, I am a person who loves who I am. My past divided commitments and responsibilities gave me valuable first-hand experience of the struggles one can have with self-esteem, purpose, identity and relationships. My ability to negotiate and overcome this personal chaos and crisis has helped me to become a better parent and partner. Today, I not only teach my children to respect their heritage and culture but also to pursue their individuality. My life experiences have shaped me and I hope that my unique perspective will help bring insight and compassion to how I support you, on your unique journey.

I believe you and your family are unique. For this reason, you require a specific plan of care to support your particular healing and growth process. I use a client-centred approach that is supported by evidence-based interventions. Your plan of care will focus on goals and resiliency so that you can obtain your desires. I also incorporate holistic techniques, such as meditation and reiki to achieve wellness. I believe that talk therapy is just one step in the healing/recovery process, which also needs active goals, dreams, hopes and the feeling of being engaged within one’s community/family. It is my job to help you navigate your current circumstances and to guide you to overcome the barriers you face; such as, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, family/relationship issues, communication/emotional concerns, school/career issues and possible feelings of hopelessness.

We do not get “do overs” in life! I applaud you for wanting your most authentic life and will help you to achieve it.

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I have been a “social worker and psychotherapist” long before I went to school to get the credentials. I have a genuine interest in the well-being of those around me. I am truly one of those people who landed in a career that fit my personality well. In every professional experience, I have built up a level of confidence and competency that has come with careful observation of my clients and their circumstances. When I first started out in the field, I can recall making note of trends that I noticed within the young offender population. Little did I know that I was on my way to writing my first paper when I returned to school to complete my Bachelor of Social Work degree. As a practitioner, I have constantly sought out new challenges, and my resume speaks to the time that I have spent with various organizations. At every organization that I was a part of, I went after positions that stretched the limits of my role and said yes to as many opportunities as I could. I pride myself on being a self-motivator who maintains the same level of passion as I did the on the first day of my social work studies and upon the completion of the final paper submitted for my Master of Social Work degree.

I am a Registered Social Worker in good standing with the Ontario College of Social Work and Social Services Workers, with over ten years of practical experience. I have worked in a variety of social work and counselling environments with people of all ages, including but not limited to: family court, child protection, secondary schools, group homes and rehabilitation of young offenders.

I believe that the role of a social worker is, first and foremost, to be an advocate and an agent of change. My goal, as your psychotherapist, is to provide a non-judgmental and safe space in which we will work together to help you identify, address and overcome challenging circumstances. As a Master of Social Work graduate from York University, I primarily work from a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Narrative Therapy and Solution-Focused Therapy perspective with clients. However, I believe that it is also crucial to meet clients where they are to address their unique needs and find what works for them in identifying patterns, thoughts, feelings, actions and behaviours that can be harmful or damaging.

I am also very passionate about the work I do for my community and my involvement in various community outreach programs, initiatives and equity action. I am currently working with a committee in Dufferin-Wellington to evaluate the impact of the school resource officer program in schools, and I have also partnered with the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation to address anti-Black racism through policy writing. I participated as a member of the Anti-Black Racism, Racism and Discrimination Task Force in Shelburne, Ontario, and I am currently on the board of the Dufferin County Canadian Black Association which provides resources, support, education and programming, which is unique to the Black community.

My desire to see positive change in the lives of the people I work with is founded in my Christian faith and is informed by personal and professional experience with parental divorce, separation, anxiety, depression, parent/teen conflict, bullying and discrimination. It is my aim to support individuals with various challenges and obstacles through individual counselling so that they may find their voice and achieve resolution. Ask me what I like doing best—I think you know the answer to that—supporting and helping clients. My life has been about service to those around me, and I look forward to working with you to help you recognize that you were fearfully and wonderfully made.

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Real growth happens with being uncomfortable, with pushing yourself, setting boundaries and investing in your healing each day. - Shema Hassan

My name is Shema Hassan and I practice from a compassionate client-centred lens. I strongly believe my clients are the authors of their lives, and I will be there to guide them every step of the way. We have all gone through trials, fallen off course, and felt lost at one point or another. If you are reading this, that means you have taken the first step in changing your life. I will be there to help you navigate through these obstacles. I will walk alongside you and help you adapt better coping mechanisms and work with you to formulate a plan on the road to healing.

As a Registered Social Worker with a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Ryerson University, I am currently a postgraduate student at Wilfrid Laurier University pursuing a Master of Social Worker degree. Specializing in teens, young adults, grief counselling and life coaching, I also provide counselling for individuals suffering from anxiety, depression, postpartum depression, self-limiting beliefs, feeling stuck and relationship issues. The theoretical approaches I implement are based on my client’s unique needs and include CBT, strength-based and solution-focused therapy. I practice from a culturally sensitive lens and offer faith-based therapy, utilizing an anti-oppression framework.

With over 10 years of professional experience, I have worked with a diverse range of clients both in person and virtually. I have experienced overcoming grief, intergenerational trauma and post postpartum anxiety. I was able to work through these issues and learn new coping mechanisms, change my negative habits, and rewire my brain to become the best version of myself. We are all broken in some way or another. However, we do not have to stay broken. Due to my personal and professional experience, I have been able to help countless individuals like yourself transform, heal and grow. I am committed to helping you do the same.

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I am a compassionate, client-centered social worker with a deep respect for the healing process. I believe that when you have the courage to allow yourself to embrace hope and believe that healing and recovery is possible, you are taking the first monumental step on your path towards living an authentically empowered life. I am committed to creating a therapeutic space where empathy and collaboration are the cornerstones of supporting you in building on your unique strengths and safely navigating you through your growth journey.

As a Registered Social Worker with a Masters of Clinical Social Work from the University of Calgary with over 10 years of direct experience counselling children, youth, adults, and groups. I have gained extensive skills and strategies in supporting clients through diverse issues such as relationship conflict, grief and loss, chronic pain, emotional disturbances, anxiety, depression, early childhood trauma, sexual trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder and moral injury.

The term “passing”- being perceived as white - has shaped my bi-racial identity. Although I am a woman of colour and feel the same joys, pain and love for our culture as the rest of our community, I must acknowledge the privileges I have been granted. However, due to my racial ambiguity I have faced constant pressure to explain and quantify my blackness, choose a side, and ultimately suppress my heritage. Having spent my life navigating a racial limbo created by society I understand the nuanced and deeply personal journey of finding the confidence to assert oneself as a person of colour. To those of you who have found yourself stuck in this frustrating “middle” I welcome you to join me in occupying multiple, intersecting social locations in a world that relentlessly seeks to categorize. I know firsthand the importance of taking an individualized approach to meeting you where you are and engaging you based on your needs and goals. I practice from an anti-oppressive lens and draw on a number of therapeutic approaches including trauma informed care, crisis intervention, emotionally focused therapy (EFT), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), cognitive processing therapy (CPT), solution focused therapy, motivational interviewing, mindfulness and elements of dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT).

My passion for counselling is rooted in the value I place on an individual’s right to self-determination and the profound capacity for the human spirit to overcome adversities and ultimately thrive. Throughout my life I have faced difficulties with parental divorce, familial breakdown, trauma, poverty, living with the intersection of a biracial identity and culture, and grief and loss. I know that without the kindness, warmth and understanding of those around me I would not have garnered the confidence needed to connect with my internal resources and transform my way of living. Through my own lived experience and the inspiration of clients I have found a deep sense of meaning and pride. I feel privileged to practice in a space that allows me to dedicate myself to the positive support and advancement of people like you. With understanding, connection and engagement you too can feel empowered to walk through your own healing process with strength and pride of self.

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Life is not easy, there are an array of moments and seasons that we journey through which can have long-standing impacts on; our relationships, sense of self and the world around us. More importantly, these experiences can either positively or negatively shape and impact our mental health. That is why I adopt a client-centric and trauma-informed approach in all of my interactions. This is not a one-size-fits-all or “quick fix” modality that works for everyone. Rather, it is an approach that has allowed me to successfully foster spaces for individuals to feel empowered to overcome and take hold of their healing journey to successfully overcome life’s adversities. I work with individuals to understand their experiences and unpack the more complex ways in which they intersect with mental health and impact their everyday functioning. Whilst, providing the tools and resources to reimagine and actively build a lifestyle that is not defined by trauma but free from it. As a graduate of the Bachelor of Social Work Program at Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly known as Ryerson University), I have been a robust advocate for systemic policy change in educational, criminal justice and mental health sectors. As an impact-oriented and community-centric practitioner, I have over 7 years of experience advocating & mobilizing diverse communities, particularly marginalized communities which include but are not limited to Black youth, women and families to support them in navigating various institutional barriers and systems. With specializations in depression, anxiety, anti-Black racism, trauma related to domestic violence, experience in the criminal (in)justice system and relationship breakdowns, I can effectively equip individuals with the tools and resources to successfully overcome individual and interpersonal challenges. My modalities are client-centric and include a strengths-based approach centered around building capacity, narrative therapy used to unpack and redefine personal stories and a fundamental anti-oppressive/anti-racist and intersectional lens which recognizes the unique experiences of marginalized communities compounded with systemic barriers. Together, we will establish a supportive environment and clear pathway for self-awareness, growth, healing and any other goals you outline as we journey together.

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Have you ever experienced a therapist that can truly recognize how your culture, faith and identity impact your mental health? Navigating the world as a racialized person, experiencing intergenerational trauma, and many systemic barriers professionally and personally is an experience not everyone will be able to understand. We all want to be heard, but it is hard to really hear someone without having a full understanding of the complex context you come from.

As a South Asian Muslim female identifying therapist, I will use my personal experience of persevering through challenges to authentically support your mental health. I am a Registered Social Worker with a Master’s in Social Work, Bachelor’s in Social Work & Social Service Worker diploma from Toronto Metropolitan University with 4 years of clinical experience. My intention is to support your mental health by actively listening to your journey and identifying how we can work together to navigate life’s challenges. Reaching out for support is a courageous step towards living a healthier life for YOU. Feel free to reach out to me if you’d like to start being a healthier version of yourself.

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Welcome and thank you for taking the time to read my profile.

With over a decade of experience working with children, youth, and families in various capacities, I am a caring and dedicated registered social worker with a Master’s degree in Social Work and a Bachelor’s degree in Child and Youth Care. Throughout these years, I have gained a profound passion for helping individuals develop a greater sense of self-love. In the therapeutic space, my goal is to offer empathy, respect, and a trusting relationship in which clients are supported to discover their healing pathways and strengthen the tools they need to live more authentically and become more empowered.

I work from a client-centred and strengths-based perspective while collaborating with clients to work through their thoughts, feelings, and challenges. I believe the individuals I work with are experts in their lived experiences. As a counsellor, my role is to collaborate with clients to recognize areas of inner strength and identify potential strategies to help them work through life’s obstacles. Once these strategies are identified, I honour the client’s autonomy to decide what works best for them and support them in achieving their therapeutic goals.

I specialize in supporting children, youth and families struggling with emotional, psychological, mental health and behavioural challenges. I am also experienced in children and youth counselling, coping and mindfulness, and life transitions.

As a Black Canadian woman of Jamaican and Moroccan descent, I enjoy cooking authentic foods, listening to reggae or RnB music and dancing in my living room to soca music. I would never pass up an opportunity to visit Jamaica where I enjoy connecting with family, seeking new adventures, eating delicious traditional dishes, and relaxing at the beach with a book.

As a professional, it is my firm belief that creating a safe space for clients to be honest and to discover their best ways to heal, evolve in self-knowledge, and strengthen their individuality is of the utmost importance. I look forward to working with you on this marvellous journey of healing, enlightenment and recovery.

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My name is Denise Johnson, and I am a Registered Social Worker and Psychotherapist with a Master of Social Work and a Bachelor of Social Work both from York University. I also hold a Community Worker diploma from George Brown College.

With over fifteen years of professional social work experience, I have worked in various capacities, focusing on promoting social justice and improving the lives of individuals. I have gained extensive skills and strategies in supporting diverse clients through issues such as domestic violence, poverty, mental illness, developmental disability, managing finances, and family mediation. I specialize in working with individuals living with anxiety, depression, low mood, low motivation, or caregiver burnout. I have a passion for teaching skills to successfully navigate everyday life stressors and develop cognitive flexibility to respond to life’s challenges. I founded a seniors group aimed at addressing the issue of social isolation by providing a space for seniors to socialize and build community. It is my combination of education and experience that has equipped me with the specialised skills necessary to work with individuals on their journey to wellness and wholeness.

My own experiences with anxiety stem from the trauma of the death of a parent at six years old, negative experiences of immigration, low self-esteem, and grief and loss and have greatly impacted my practice philosophy.

I am deeply committed to the practice of personal and professional authenticity, compassion, collaboration, kindness, and non-judgement. I believe each individual possesses the resilience, capacity, and intrinsic ability to address the issues they face as they see fit. My role with you on this journey is to walk with you and assist you in coming into your own insights. I facilitate this through various approaches to healing including Culturally Sensitive Practice, Trauma-Informed Care, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT), and Mindfulness.

You CAN manifest the life you seek; it would be my honour to be on the journey of healing and self-discovery with you.

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“I believe every individual has the strength and resilience to cope with difficult situations.”

As a client-centered Social Worker and Psychotherapist with a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Windsor, I believe every individual has the strength and resilience to cope with difficult situations. However, in times of difficulty, we may need someone’s guidance to remind us who we are and what we are capable of. I am passionate about holistic wellness. The mind, body and spirit, as well as physical well-being, should be treated with grave importance, especially when the issue is related to the brain or heart. This is what I am most passionate about. We continually make important decisions that will shape the way we live our lives; this pressure can take an enormous toll on our mental well-being. We might display this pressure by simply stressing out or by developing extremely unhealthy coping mechanisms. All of this can be difficult to navigate; luckily you do not have to go through it alone.

I have worked with numerous clients on various issues ranging from anxiety, depression, grief and loss, trauma and relationship breakdown. My biggest takeaway has been the importance of developing a strategy. I use an eclectic approach to select a tailor-made treatment for each individual. I practice from a person-centered and culturally sensitive lens and draw on a number of therapeutic approaches which include Strengths-Based and Solution-Focused (SFT). Together we can develop a plan for you to grow and tackle whatever is bothering you. My job is to help you eliminate any barriers that prevent you from being your best self!

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I am a Registered Social Worker who has spent my whole life supporting the most vulnerable among us. I bring a wealth of education, experience, and knowledge to every counselling session. There may be events from your past that you want to gain a better understanding of, current trauma you’re struggling with, or future goals you want to achieve. I support people working through trauma, PTSD, sexual abuse, domestic abuse, adult conflict, childhood abuse, depression, anxiety, or anything else affecting their mental health.

Together, we can explore ways to rediscover your resources and put you back in charge of your life. My practice utilizes trauma-focused, client-centred, culturally sensitive, non-judgmental forms of therapy tailored to help you.

I believe that every individual’s best resource is themselves. I provide counselling sessions online or over the phone to accommodate your life and work schedule and make counselling accessible for you.

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Therapy is an opportunity for you to gain clarity and support for the challenges you are facing. I believe that compassion, trust and respect are important elements of therapy. I am committed to creating a therapeutic space where warmth and a strong working alliance are the basis of supporting you through your personal journey.

As a Registered Social Worker, I am devoted to working collaboratively with individuals, couples, children, youth and families to develop a plan tailored best to each client’s needs. I completed a Bachelor of Social Work with Honours at York University and a Master of Social Work at the University of Windsor. I have extensive experience working with individuals who are experiencing mental health challenges, relationship issues, anxiety, depression, stress, interpersonal difficulties, peer pressure, trauma and abuse. My range of experience also includes, but is not limited to, crisis intervention, family and youth education, community development and behavioural management.

I provide compassionate, non-judgmental care tailored to your unique needs by integrating various evidence-based approaches in my work while remaining culturally sensitive and trauma informed.

I practice from an anti-oppressive and trauma informed lens drawing upon a number of various therapeutic approaches including Narrative Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Therapy, Mindfulness and Strength-Based Approaches. I take a client-centred approach to therapy, as I believe that you are the expert of your own life. My goal is to assist you in your journey of healing and self-awareness to live the life you want. Side by side, we will develop a plan that is best suited to your goals and needs.

My passion for counselling comes from not only my own lived experience of anxiety and trauma but growing up and seeing my mother as an unpaid social worker. She was always supporting people she met in the community—helping newcomers find a job, providing a meal, letting them stay in our home or sharing encouraging words. She always had their best interest at heart. It was her warm and nurturing nature that inspired me to pursue a helping profession. At a young age, I knew I wanted to dedicate myself to a career in supporting others to live their best life. I feel no greater joy than empowering others to become the best versions of themselves. Life is a journey of change, growth and healing, and I would be honoured to be there for you along the way!

“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” Confucius

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Hey, I am a social worker with over eighteen years experience. I graduated with my Master’s in Social Work from Lakehead University in 2005. I am a member in good standing with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. I have worked in various mental health settings and with various populations over the years. Some of my experience includes: children’s mental health, adult mental health and working with the elderly.

I believe people are their own knowledge keepers and may need help unpacking their values and truths as often they have been silenced and buried deep within. I want to help you find your voice and speak your truth out loud in a safe environment.

From a young age I knew I wanted to work with people and help them in some kind of capacity. I believe a therapeutic relationship is key to helping others. I truly believe that my own personal and professional life experiences have given me a unique opportunity in understanding others. I enjoy making people smile and laugh.

I was adopted at a young age and have had challenges in both my biological and adoptive homes. I believe that everyone is capable of living the life they envision.

I offer you a judgment-free space to come as you are. You will be received with open arms and offered a space where the goal is to feel heard, validated and listened to.

You are an integral part to your own healing and treatment. We are on this journey together and move at a pace that fits you best. We will work toward creating a new narrative which will allow you to find your best self and learn who you are with and without your struggles. This will help uncover your authentic self. Allow me to help you be your best self. Sign up for a free meet and greet to discuss further how I can help and support you.

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My name is Judy and it is my firm belief that we are all interconnected and truly, we do need one another. When we help each other through the rough patches of life we are, in effect, bearing each other’s burden. The adage that we teach our children, “Sharing is caring” is, indeed, words to live by. When someone opens up about their life’s difficulties, it enables me to offer support by providing helpful resources that can lead to resolving their issues. These tools bring clarity to their situation, helping them transition from a state of feeling stuck to a more liberated one. As the weight of their problem is alleviated, they can progress forward.

Growing up in a blended family, I am very familiar with the isolation, stress and trauma associated with such family dynamics. In a world where divorce and separation are becoming rather too common, both parents and children find themselves unprepared for the myriad adjustments this change brings. Drawing from my own experience, I offer a source of compassion and insight to ensure you feel heard and understood.

As a grief counsellor, I bring lived experiences to this field; having lost both my parents relatively suddenly, I can relate to the pain of loss. At some point in life, many will face grief that seems so unbearable and paralyzing. How do you overcome the pain of loss that can be so intense and difficult to navigate? If, as some say, “Grief is love with no place to go,” I can help you find that place to channel that grief (give it somewhere to go) and watch your lives change for the better.

As a counselling intern who is completing a Master’s in Christian Counselling, my practice relies on Christian principles as well as scientifically proven theories and interventions, aimed at equipping you to achieve the best outcome. Models such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), and Solution Focused Therapy (SFT) have proven to help my clients move from a place of despair and hopelessness to a place where they can see a way forward on a positive path to being a truly alive and functional holistic being.

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Welcome and thank you for reading my profile. My name is Aliah Moakhan and I am a Registered Social Worker with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from York University. If you ask me what I am most proud of, I will tell you, that it’s my profession and how it has helped shape the lives of other people. Growing up, I experienced a lot of traumatic events, it is through these experiences that I cultivated a profound sense of empathy, love, compassion and passion for working and helping others.

With over 12 years of professional experience, I have worked with people of all ages and from diverse socio-economic backgrounds. My practice strives on vulnerability as a sign of strength versus weakness and focuses on helping people accept and embrace it as part of the human experience.

I specialize in supporting children, youth and families struggling with depression, anxiety, body image issues, lack of motivation, grief, feeling overwhelmed, feeling stuck or relationship issues. I am also experienced in supporting clients with trauma, abuse and navigating family issues.

I practice from a culturally sensitive and strengths-based perspective while collaborating with clients to work through their thoughts, feelings, and challenges.

​​I specialize in cultivating new habits, enhancing thought patterns, fostering strength and resilience, and exemplifying the capacity to persevere with courage amid adversity—communicating these principles not only through words but, more importantly, through actionable strategies.

Every day you become more powerful when you work towards replacing your old habits with better habits that serve you in leading a more fulfilling life, restored with meaning and purpose!

“Healing is not linear and does not look the same for everyone; life is not a one-size-fits-all; healing is coming home to yourself” - Aliah Moakhan

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Throughout my life, I have experienced many amazing places and cultures all over the world. I had the privilege of pursuing a university education in five different universities on three different continents. While obtaining my global education, I learned to communicate in six different languages. These experiences helped shape me to be the person I am today. After all the experiences and growth I encountered, I have finally settled down to continue my passion to help people regardless of their ethnicity, religion or challenges. As a Registered Social Worker and Psychotherapist, I work to help those facing individual and collective psychosocial problems.

In my work, I utilize the wisdom garnered from my extensive academic pursuits, work background and immigration challenges to help my clients work through their problems. My experience as a person with a disability allows me to support my clients’ healing journey as well. These life experiences combine to help me generate forward and upward movement towards restoration for the collective group.

As a racialized citizen, I practice from a culturally sensitive perspective specializing in addictions and mental health issues, family and relationships issues and disability issues. My services also cover individuals dealing with anxiety, depression, loss, grief, bereavement and trauma. I intervene in my clients’ presenting problems in a client-centered manner with a view to reverse and restore them back to a new life.

As an experienced Mental Health and Addiction Clinician with the government of British Columbia, I am excited to be in Ontario helping people get their lives back and starting a new life.

Finally, upon my clients’ request, I am available to offer Christian Counseling in my capacity as a born-again Pentecostal preacher for more than thirty years.

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What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead…” - Nelson Mandela

I am a registered Social Worker and Psychotherapist with two Masters degrees: one in Social Work from York University and the other in Sociology from Concordia University. I earned those qualifications after having first gained a Bachelor of Arts and Science degree in Sociology from York University and a Community College Diploma (Honours) in Law Enforcement. I have more than ten years of professional experience within the field of social work and my practice is both informed by my awareness of cultural sensitivities and supported by an anti-oppressive framework.

My main interest and area of expertise lies in working and supporting children, youths, and families of all cultural and ethnic backgrounds who are experiencing a wide range of social and personal issues. The issues that I often work to help people overcome include (but are not limited to): parent-teen conflict; marital conflict; domestic violence and abuse; mental health problems; suicidal ideation; trauma; grief and loss; and school-related difficulties.

My extensive experience and record of achievements in clinical assessment, counselling, and crisis intervention are primarily grounded in the successful implementation and application of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, and Narrative Therapy. I also employ strength-based and solution-focused therapies.

My passion and commitment to supporting others stem from my Christian faith, cultural background, and lived experiences. It is my firm belief that every human being has potential and the ability to ‘make it’ in life. We can all, however, find ourselves at a difficult point in life in which we need someone with genuine compassion and empathy who can provide direction, support, and a seed of hope.

Sponsored by my father, I immigrated to Canada in 1990 as a teenager, alongside my mother and four siblings. Growing up, my mind was filled with high expectations and lofty goals: I thought that life was going to be smooth and easy. Well, guess what, I was dead wrong. I experienced, and endured, many personal and family struggles that together almost shattered and derailed my dreams. I lived through anxiety, depression, low-self-esteem, and emotional issues due to pressures imposed by my peers and society. At school I was bullied and ridiculed because of my accent, my appearance, my skin colour. In fact, at one point, I considered dropping out of school because it seemed that all the odds were stacked against me. At the time, I believed that I was simply not good enough to succeed in school, to realise my career aspirations, or even to progress in life in general. I felt that I was alone in my struggles and misfortunes until I found sources of strength, courage, and inspiration: my Christian faith; the support of my family; and certain, genuine, individuals with whom I was fortunate enough to have been connected.

My own personal story and lived experiences drive me to support others who are struggling with crises, and to help them to regain control of their own lives. Perhaps, due to misfortunes and struggles, a person’s mind is full of negative thoughts and doubts about their worth. Perhaps their life feels pointless, and perhaps they have ideas about giving up. They shouldn’t! No matter the nature of a person’s circumstances, it is never too late for them to break through, to get back on their feet and realize their God-given destiny.

It would be my pleasure to first listen to your unique story and to then provide you with both support and the practical tools that will enable you to overcome obstacles and attain realistic change and solutions. All you need to do is turn towards a new chapter with optimism, faith, and hope.

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Welcome! I am glad that you are here and considering therapy. By reading this profile, you are taking the first step toward change. My name is Samantha Persaud. I am a Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. I completed my Master of Social Work at the University of Windsor. I have five years’ experience working with many people of diverse ages and backgrounds, including children, youth, and adults.

I understand that beginning therapy can be an overwhelming and frightening process. With that in mind, I aim to provide a collaborative, non-judgmental, and safe space for you to express your concerns. You may feel a sense of hopelessness with your current circumstances, feel stuck, or that you don’t feel like yourself. It may be difficult to determine why you think or feel the way you do or what to do next. This is where I can help.

Together, we will explore your goals and find ways to make you feel more like yourself again. No one knows your experiences better than you do. I am here to listen and provide coping tools and skills to help you navigate the current and future issues you may face. By the end of therapy, I hope you will have a toolbox of skills and coping strategies that you can confidently use to be your own therapist. It may take some experimentation, but together, we will find what works for you.

My specialties include working with anxiety (specifically Generalized Anxiety Disorder) and depression. I use an integrative approach to ensure that we meet your needs, pulling from frameworks including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, and Mindfulness.

I firmly believe that you must ensure that your therapist is the right fit for you for therapy to be the most effective. It can be helpful when you have a connection with your therapist. To help you make the right choice, I want to give you more insight into who I am, both as an individual and as a therapist.

I am a first-generation South Asian Canadian. Growing up, I realized that none of my family openly spoke about mental health. Nor did they know there were any issues in the first place, and I understood that this was due to cultural beliefs. While witnessing my loved ones struggle with their mental health, including anxiety, depression, and substance use, I became passionate about helping others experiencing similar struggles. I have noticed that many people blame themselves for not being able to cope. However, I realized that many people have their own unique coping techniques that may have worked in the past but need to be developed for the future to cope with our ever-changing environment.

My work with clients also focuses on self-care. Throughout the years, I have learned how important it is to take care of yourself in order to take care of other responsibilities. While it can be challenging to engage in self-care when you are going through challenges, it acts as a buffer against daily stressors. Some of my self-care activities include reading, listening to music, spending time with friends and family, and playing with my cat.

I firmly believe that everyone has the innate ability to overcome challenges with some support along the way. Life can be tough, and I am here to support you in your journey towards your well-being!

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It takes a lot of courage to reach out for support so congrats; you’ve made that step just by reading this! My name is Chantel and I’m a registered social worker/therapist. I am here to listen, to be supportive and to help you build your personal toolbox which in turn; can assist you with navigating and coping with anything that you want to change, improve, or overcome. Along the way, I can also support you with setting and reaching some of your goals so that you can be the best version of yourself!

Life is not easy. Every single one of us struggles at some point, in different ways. Although we all have our own stories, we all deserve the opportunity to improve our overall well-being, heal, and be happy. I like to share with people that life is like a never-ending obstacle course, and along the way, there are ups, downs, abrupt turns, and things that straight up just catch you off guard. Some days you might be living your best life and other days you might be stuck in the mud, and everything just seems hopeless. That’s normal and it’s okay to have those bad days.

It’s imperative to your well-being to know your strengths, and weaknesses and what effective coping strategies work best to help you overcome and work through whatever it is you are navigating through. My role as a therapist is to help you figure out what those are for YOU as you navigate your own unique journey.

About me: I’m a wife and mother to three children under 10. I full heartedly understand that life can be hectic, stressful, and downright chaotic at times. My husband is from Trinidad & Tobago and my family heritage is very mixed (French, Irish, Indigenous) so our children also come from a very large and mixed family tree. My goal as a parent has been to teach my children about their mixed culture, and family heritage and to embrace who they are as individuals.

I completed a three-year child and youth worker diploma, A Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, and then my Masters in Social Work (Indigenous field of study). I have over 10 years of experience working in the social work field within various settings (a mix of mainstream and Indigenous agencies). Some of this includes experience working in child welfare, and working with individuals impacted by traumatic events, grief, loss, and addictions. Also supporting parents and caregivers through high-risk/conflict situations as

well as a variety of parenting stressors and challenges. When providing therapy, I use an eclectic and holistic approach to address individual needs and goals. I incorporate evidence-based approaches that are geared toward a person’s specific plan for therapy. I have experience using DBT and CBT strategies, motivational interviewing, narrative therapy, art therapy, brief/crisis therapy, goal-setting strategies, and mindfulness-based approaches. I also have a strong interest and passion for understanding how

trauma (including childhood trauma) and significant stress impact the human brain, attachment, and daily functioning. Therefore, a lot of this knowledge is incorporated through psycho-educational opportunities in sessions.

My desire to help support others on their journey stems from navigating my own unique trauma and life challenges. We all experience trauma in life to different varying degrees and we all carry trauma (some of which we might not acknowledge or have worked through yet). This year, I also co-developed and facilitated the first part of a workshop series titled: “Navigating & coping through challenging times while being the best parent you can be”. Some main topics included: “The impact of high stress on parent(s) and the rippling effects on their children, a glimpse from a child’s perspective and strategies to be the best version of you”.

I welcome the opportunity for you to take the next step and to reach out for a consultation or to start with a session to discuss how I can best support you in the next steps of navigating your journey!

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My name is Stephanie Schiraldi and I am a Registered Psychotherapist with an MA in Counselling Psychology and a BA in Psychology. My clients describe me as warm and easy to open up to. I provide a non-judgmental space that fosters positive therapeutic alliance with my clients. Together we will work to achieve the changes you want for yourself, identify the root of the problems or symptoms you are facing, and explore your authentic self.

I am grateful to have over 8 years of experience working with adults to process and overcome the far-reaching impacts of trauma on the mind and body. I have specifically worked with those who experienced trauma from historical childhood abuse, unhealthy relationships, sexual abuse, and sexual assault. Trauma can show up in many ways in the mind and body including anxiety, depression, nightmares, and difficulty trusting others, among many other common symptoms. I use a variety of evidence-based therapeutic approaches that are trauma-focused to support my clients in processing their experiences and reaching their goals for therapy.

I am also Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR) trained, and I draw from various other approaches including Internal Family Systems, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Somatic Experiencing and Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT).

Through such evidence-based therapeutic approaches, I’ve observed significant shifts in the clients I have worked with. I have witnessed my clients become more empowered, self-compassionate, and happier with a newly gained sense of peace when thinking of their past traumatic experiences.

I look forward to working with you to reach your highest potential and achieve an overall sense of good health and well-being.

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Welcome and thank you for checking out my profile.

It takes an immense amount of courage to trust me with your story, I take this privilege very seriously. I assume an inquisitive, non-judgemental approach and strive to build a safe space where I can encourage you throughout your journey.

I am a registered psychotherapist (Qualifying) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO). My areas of expertise include but are not limited to, addictions, substance use, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, relationship issues, family dynamics, attachment injury, and emotional regulation.

My counselling style is open, warm, and accepting. I wholeheartedly want to cultivate a safe environment where you feel comfortable sharing your experiences with me. I believe in collaboration and the importance of fostering a solid therapeutic relationship. My approach includes an integrative therapeutic style utilizing evidence-based modalities that meet your unique needs.

“There are two levels to your pain: the pain that you create now, and the pain from the past that still lives on in your mind and body. Ceasing to create pain in the present and dissolving past pain – this is what I want to talk about now.” - Eckhart Tolle

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A Registered Social Worker & Psychotherapist and an RBC’s Top 25 Canadian Immigrant, I Narine Dat Sookram was born in Guyana, South America, and migrated to Canada in 1993. Growing up, mental health had always been a topic of avoidance. That, however, changed when my brother died by suicide five years after we migrated to Canada. Although I have worked in a factory like most immigrants, I sacrificed to broaden my knowledge, as that was one of my Canadian dreams. To date, I am pleased to share that I have graduated with over a dozen college/university degrees, including a Master of Social Work from Brescia University (USA), a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Manitoba, a Bachelor of Professional Arts in Human Services (Athabasca University), a Bachelor of Education in Adult Education (Brock University), an Associate Degree in Social Services (Mohawk College), and currently I am finishing off my Doctor of Social Work degree at Capella University (USA).

I have over ten years of experience working with individuals, adults, youths, and families struggling with emotional, psychological, mental health and/or behavioural challenges. The issues include but are not limited to life transitions, employment, career, anger, trauma, anxiety, depression, and loss. As a clinical social worker, I prioritize providing a warm, safe, and non-judgmental environment so my clients will feel secure to share and gain a deeper understanding of their behaviours, thoughts, and emotions.

Being part of the community has been something that has fit my values since childhood. I’m humbled by awards and a proud recipient of over 200 prestigious awards for my community work and love for the people. These include the International Customer Service Director of the Year Award, the Public Peace Prize for SOCIAL Integration and Community Engagement, the Distinguished Social Worker Award (Ontario Association of Social Work), the Global Public Peace Prize, and the Waterloo-Wellington Diversity Award, to name a few. I’m also a licensed Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Trainer and my peers have described me as a unique breed. I have a passion for people and humanity, and I believe in Caritas. I think that each person, regardless of their circumstances, has something to offer. I meet people where they are without judgment and always encourage them to maximize their potential. I look forward to helping you reach your goals.

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My name is Kendra Stanton and I am a Master’s level intern at Support & Growth with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and an Honors degree in Child and Youth Care. I am currently a Master of Social Worker student at the University of Windsor.

With over 10+ years of experience working with children, youth, and families in a variety of settings, which include schools, mental health treatment centres, and correctional facilities, I specialize in supporting children, youth and families struggling with emotional, psychological, mental health and behavioural challenges. I am experienced in supporting children and youth with various exceptionalities, physical abilities, and mental health challenges.

I practice from a compassionate, culturally responsive approach that is responsive to the needs, values, beliefs and preferences of my clients and their family members. My focus remains on the unique lived experiences of my clients, recognizing them as the true experts. The theoretical approaches I implement are based on my client’s unique needs. They include Strengths Based, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Motivational Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, and Narrative Therapy.

I strive to meet clients at their comfort level by consistently remaining warm, empathetic, and authentic in each session. I understand and know grief and loss as I have experienced the loss of close family members. These were challenging times for me but I was able to manage my thoughts and emotions by putting my faith in God and seeking faith-based therapy. When requested, I can provide counselling from a faith-based (Christian) perspective.

Remember, we are all on this journey called life, and it’s okay to have helping hands along the way. I would be honoured to be there for you along the way!

You are worthy! Rise - up and press on.

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“When we can see ourselves as we truly are and accept ourselves, we build on the necessary foundation for self-love.” ― bell hooks

Nancy is a Registered Social Worker with over 6 years clinical experience. She is a dedicated and passionate advocate for youth. Over the years, Nancy has worked extensively with school-based mental health, prenatal and culturally specific programs for youth and families. Working from an Afrocentric and Anti-oppressive lens, she utilizes healing-centered, CBT, and solution- focussed approaches.

Nancy holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from York University.

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The world can feel broken, I know too well how a person can feel lost and alone. But I can provide you with support to navigate this rugged world so that you may live your best life. The strength is all within you, as your guide we will bring it out.

Growing up, I was a happy, go-lucky kid, but in school, I struggled to learn and was frequently labeled “lazy.” However, I was fortunate to have excellent teachers and parents who guided me and supported me in transforming my weaknesses into strengths. I went from failing in my studies to receiving the third-highest rank at university completing my master’s in biological genetics.

In my childhood, I experienced arguments in blended families and between parents. This allowed me to increase my empathy but also lose my sense of self. This manifested itself in my relationship with my partner. We struggled to maintain our long-distance relationship. We had our ups and downs, but our dedication remained unwavering. My husband had big goals and I as usual lost my sense of self and adapted to his goals losing focus on what and who I wanted to be. As a result, we relocated to Canada in 2018. I landed here with high hopes for the future. The brokenness of the world, on the other hand, smacked me in the face at my most vulnerable moment. Even though I hit rock bottom I was able to look at what is considered negative traits and see the strengths. I recognized that I possessed the necessary talents to assist someone in need. I wanted to use my natural abilities to help people in a professional capacity. Moreover, my journey as a Psychotherapist helped me to empower myself. It helped me see myself more clearly and realize that if I don’t take care of myself, I won’t be able to support others. We’ve dealt with unemployment, racial prejudice, financial stress, parental challenges, and a variety of other issues. Having a toddler and being pregnant when I began my master’s degree in counseling psychology helped me understand the challenges of an immigrant woman seeking to establish her own identity in a new country. From being a happy-go-lucky person, I have had phases where I lost track of my old self. However, with support, perseverance, and strength. I was able to fall in love with myself again. I love what I do and who I have become.

My practice is focused on individuals, youth, families, and groups. I provide psychotherapy to support your emotional wellbeing, which can include but is not limited to anxiety, lack of motivation, sadness or depression, grief, feeling overwhelmed, feeling stuck in your life, relationship issues, parenting issues, and workplace issues.

With a master’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in biomedical genetics, I have a thorough understanding of how the environment and genes interact in one’s life. As an Indian (Malayalee) immigrant to Canada, I am well aware of the challenges that students, mothers, and wives encounter. I know the feelings of being homesick and I can support and guide you through it. Being far away from home while still being a part of a virtual joint family may be both joyful and overwhelming. I primarily employ CBT, DBT, Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused Therapy, and Resiliency Based Therapy Approach with a culturally sensitive lens to counselling anxiety, depression, self-esteem, and relationships. Furthermore, I believe in tailoring my techniques to each person’s specific needs.

Taking the first step can be difficult and I have been in that place. So, when someone says it’s scary, I understand, I’m here to listen. I appreciate and respect you for embracing the courage within yourself that allows you to accept your vulnerability.

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Throughout my life, I have learned various lessons; my greatest from an elder who said, “Strength does not come from holding in tears, pretending you are ok, or walking through life with open wounds, true strength comes from seeking help and getting well enough to help others” - Hello and thank you for reading my profile.

With over fifteen years of working with a diverse group of people presenting with different emotional and psychological challenges, my practices have been built to take a holistic and integrative approach that draws from various modalities such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Dialectic Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Solution Focused Therapy (SFT), Strengths Based, Empowerment Models, Decolonization Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Mindfulness and Spiritual Therapy. My philosophy of practice is centred around several guiding principles: holistic practice, collaboration, and flexible modalities of practice.

As a professional, I desire and enjoy working with clients who may or may not even be aware of their challenges but are willing to make a change. A change towards progress, a change that facilitates growth and sustains it, as well as being resilient to unexpected challenges and setbacks. I am fulfilled when I guide my clients through transformative journeys, fostering a collaborative environment where we can navigate uncertainties together, adapt to evolving circumstances, and ultimately achieve lasting success. I would be honoured to work with you toward your overall health and well-being.

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My name is Michelle Warner and I am a Registered Social Worker and Psychotherapist with a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Windsor and a Bachelor of Social Work from Ryerson University. With over twenty years of experience that includes working in healthcare, education and community services, I have gained a profound passion for working with children, youth, and families in various capacities, specializing in supporting a range of individuals with suspected or diagnosed mental health illness and dual diagnoses.

I am experienced in supporting children, youth and families struggling with emotional, psychological, mental health and behavioural challenges. My expertise also includes relationship building, grief counselling, conflict resolution, and addressing issues like racism and caregiver burnout. I am committed to delivering the best possible outcomes for my clients and their families.

Growing up with a single parent and as a single parent myself, I am well aware of the challenges and social stigmas associated with single-parenthood. I sought tools and mechanisms to cope better and deal with my challenges. This reinforced my passion for becoming a social worker as I have always made it a point to be a voice for the voiceless and help anyone going through the same or similar challenges.

My practices incorporate the full strengths of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and trauma-informed interventions to assist my clients from an anti-oppressive standpoint. With resilience and adequate resources, I strive to equip my clients with evidence-based tools aimed at improving their self-awareness to achieve their full potential.

I appreciate you trusting me on this journey and I look forward to sharing a safe space with you, where you can be vulnerable and be confident your voice will be heard and your feelings validated.

‘’I believe that we are more alike than we are different and paying it forward is essential for the betterment and growth of our community as a collective’’ - Michelle Warner

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Counselling is a mere job for many, but for me, it is a passion. As a Registered Social Worker and Psychotherapist, I pride myself in providing evidenced-based interventions and supporting your growth journey. I have a natural inclination to connect with people from different strata of society to help them become their best selves. Some have said I am called to be a counsellor. People are always at ease talking to me, and some have expressed an instant connection. I believe that some gifts are best developed with formal education. Hence, I have attained a Master of Social Work from the University of Windsor, a diploma in Social Services Worker from Humber College and a Bachelor of Science in Human Resource from Northern Caribbean University. I am passionate about people, their culture and their personal stories. My Christian faith has been instrumental in shaping my character and personal values. It has also influenced how I relate to people. I am non-judgmental, caring by nature and compassionate to those I serve.

Among other approaches, I specialize in Solution-Focused Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and motivational interviewing. My practice is based on a client-centred and strengths-based approach. I believe that each client is unique and possesses strength; hence, interventions should be tailored to meet their specific needs. As a therapist, I place much emphasis on understanding the person in their environment. Human behaviors are influenced by their environment, and their problems are often interrelated.

I bring to you a wealth of professional and lived experience that will enhance our time together. I draw upon my education, over seven years of professional experience and personal life experience to support your growth. My expertise and interests include breaking the cycle of intergenerational poverty, addictions, parental challenges, relationship breakdown, low self-esteem and identifying life’s purpose. As a woman of color, an immigrant, and a child of a single parent-led household, I have experienced systemic and personal barriers that could have crippled my ambitions; however, I was determined to succeed and make a better life for my family and myself. I can boldly say that through these challenges I have developed backbone, stamina and resilience. I now have a heightened desire to support and help others navigate similar challenges.

I would be honoured to journey with you—to support you when you cry and cheer for you when you succeed. Make that bold step today, and contact me—I am committed to make it a worthwhile experience.

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My name is Anna Worifah and I am a Registered Social Worker and Psychotherapist with a Master of Social Work degree from Wilfrid Laurier University. I am a dedicated and compassionate therapist with a profound commitment to fostering positive change in the lives of my clients. I have a wealth of experience and a genuine passion for mental health and well-being, bringing a unique blend of expertise, empathy, and a client-centred approach to my practice.

I specialize in working with individuals, couples, and families dealing with a variety of challenges such as anxiety and depression, relationship issues, life transitions, stress management, grief and loss, self-esteem and personal growth, anger management, domestic violence, and men’s and women’s issues.

My therapeutic approach is grounded in evidence-based practices, tailoring each session to meet the unique needs and goals of my clients. I draw from a range of therapeutic modalities, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness-Based Approaches, and Solution-Focused Therapy, creating a personalized and effective treatment plan for each individual.

Having personally navigated the challenges of immigration, I bring a deep understanding of the unique stressors and cultural adjustments that individuals and families may face when going through any form of transition. Additionally, my experience in working with clients who have experienced complex childhood adversities has honed my skills and strengthened my commitment to helping clients explore their identity, address acculturation stress, and build a sense of belonging.

I believe in creating a safe and non-judgmental space where clients can openly explore their thoughts and feelings. Through active listening, empathy, and collaboration, I work to empower individuals to gain insights, develop coping strategies, and navigate life’s challenges with resilience.

Committed to staying at the forefront of my field, I regularly engage in ongoing professional development and training. This ensures that I incorporate the latest research and therapeutic techniques into my practice, offering clients the most effective and up-to-date support.

I adhere to the highest ethical standards, prioritizing confidentiality and treating each client with respect and dignity. I understand the sensitivity of the therapeutic process and am dedicated to creating a trusting and confidential environment.

If you are seeking a therapist who combines expertise with a compassionate and client-centred approach, I invite you to reach out. Together, we can embark on a journey toward healing, growth, and positive change.

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