Meet the Team
Registered Social Worker / Psychotherapist
Jelani is a Registered Social Worker (RSW) with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW) and Certified Cognitive-Behavioural Therapist. Jelani has been working in the mental health field for over 10 years and is committed to helping people create positive change in their lives. Jelani’s primary approach to treatment is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). CBT is an effective evidence-based treatment, which means that the positive benefits of the treatment have been studied extensively. Jelani is certified as a CBT Therapist by the Academy of Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies (A-CBT) and the Canadian Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies (CA-CBT).
His specialty areas include: depression, anxiety disorders, stress management, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
Jelani’s mission is to empower people in their lives through the use of CBT. Life can get better. You can change the way you think, feel and respond to situations. Jelani looks forward to walking alongside you as you chart your course towards a better future.
Jelani’s private practice is based out of Whitby, ON.
Karlene Grant has been working as a social worker for over 25 years and is registered with the College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers, in good standing.
Karlene has extensive experience working in the field of mental health and has been providing individual, family and couples counselling services within local community agencies, hospital settings, and in a private practice. Karlene provides evidence based and research advised practices. Karlene is trained in CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), DBT (Dialectical Behaviour Therapy), EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing) and Gottman Institute for couples therapy. You will always receive respectful, culturally sensitive, and professional counselling services.
If you have self-esteem concerns, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma, seeking parenting support, educational stressors, transitions, managing life or planning for the future, Karlene can help. Karlene also works as a parenting coordinator and provides reunification counselling for parents who require additional support to deal with access after separation or divorce.
Registered Social Worker / Psychotherapist
Chantal is a Registered Social Worker and co-founder of Winrose Oasis Counselling Services. Chantal aims to provide a space for you to be heard and supported on this journey, as she believes that healing requires stepping into discomfort.
Chantal uses a variety of modalities such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), solution-focused, mindfulness practices, strengths-based, and trauma-informed approaches tailored to your cultural needs.
Chantal is passionate about working with children, youth, and adults who may be experiencing challenges with anxiety, depression, stress, and other life stressors. Together, we will explore and develop strategies that suit your needs. Virtual sessions can be completed by phone or video.
Evette provides psychotherapy for: trauma, PTSD, grief, sexual, abuse, physical abuse, mental and emotional abuse, childhood abuse, racial abuse, depression, anxiety, anger issues, behavioral issues, self-esteem issues, self-image issues, relationship issues, work stress, personal stress, and stress from everyday issues. The types of therapy that Evette provides are effective in resolving old deep-seated traumas, abuses, and losses that are keeping you emotionally stuck, reactive, anxious, angry, depressed, dissociated, and dysfunctional. They are also effective in resolving everyday hurts, fears, grief, trauma, personal and work related stress, and relationship issues.
Evette works with: Individuals and couples; teenagers (16+), adults, and elders (65+); LGBTQ+
The types of therapy Evette provides include Brainspotting, EMDR, Image Transformation Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural (CBT), Solution Focused Brief (SFBT), Trauma-Focused, Gestalt, Relational, and Somatic.
Ibukun Ogunsina is a Registered Psychotherapist and a Christian Counsellor. She graduated with a Master of Arts degree in Counselling Psychology, obtained a Master’s degree in Information Technology, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree with Honours in Computer Science with Economics. Her empathetic view and warmness stems from a varied experience, which includes a combination of work in psychotherapy, counseling, and information technology.
Ibukun has extensive training in spiritual care, skilled in public speaking, and gets energized when she speaks about love and has been invited to conferences as the main speaker or co-speaker in several cities and countries. She has self-published four books, and they are all available on amazon.com.
Ibukun’s private practice is known as New Beginnings Barrie and is based in Barrie, Ontario, Canada. She is passionate about helping people to regain their foothold back in life and collaboratively works along with clients from a strength-based approach. She is married with children.
Registered Social Worker / Psychotherapist
Ruth is a registered social worker/psychotherapist with the Ontario Colleges of Social Workers and Social Services Workers. She has a Master of Social Work degree from Wilfrid Laurier University and is currently a PhD Candidate at Martin Luther University, focusing on Human Relationships, Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy. She enjoys learning and strives to increase their knowledge for the upliftment of those they serve – adolescents, youth, and adults.
The therapeutic modalities that Ruth primarily uses are Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Solution-Focused with an underlying foundation of person-centered, strength-based and the Laws of Health. Ruth provides Christian counselling based on the client’s needs.
Registered Social Worker
Aisha is a dedicated, caring, and compassionate Registered Social Worker. Their approach is genuine, client-centered, and strength-based. They utilize modalities such as Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing.
Whether you are having challenges in your relationships, experiencing depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, guilt, shame, racial and cultural trauma or feeling overwhelmed, or a combination of these things, Aisha would be honored to support you by creating a safe and brave space to explore these issues, build coping strategies, and reframe your thinking to move towards a more balanced life and your desired outcomes.
In 2008, Aisha completed a Bachelor of Social Work degree at the University of Windsor and a Masters in Social Work at Wayne State University in Michigan. Outside of their private practice, Aisha is a Clinical Manager within a mental health organization overseeing mental health programs, Clinical Social Workers and other mental health providers.
Aisha believes in a strong client-therapist relationship where individuals feel safe to be their authentic selves without holding back, where you can trust your therapist and collaborate to make the changes you envision for your life.
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)
Regine obtained her Master’s degree from the University of Ottawa in 2003 and has been working in the mental health field for the past 20 years. She recently registered with the College of Psychotherapist of Ontario.
Regine is passionate about helping people gain clarity in their life through psychotherapy or life coaching. She works with men and women who are experiencing challenges such as burnout, anxiety, depression, trauma (including racial and cultural), parenting/family and ADHD. She creates a safe place to help individuals face their difficulties through the exploration of beliefs, values, feelings, thoughts, and behaviours.
Regine’s approach incorporates the impact of racism, sexism, and cultural sensitivity in addition to the following modalities: EFT (Emotional Focus Therapy), CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing) and Solution-Focused Therapy.
Virtual sessions can be booked via phone or video.
The experience of daily life involves struggles and challenges that can be difficult to handle. Seeking out counselling and psychotherapy services is a proven and effective way for working on hardships such as chronic stress, depression, anxiety, emotional difficulties, relationship difficulties, and other challenges. Josh Song provides psychotherapy and counselling services for individuals and couples to work towards mental and emotional wellness in the midst of life’s hardships.
Josh offers trauma-informed psychotherapy and counselling to individuals and couples of all backgrounds and life stages. They also offer specialized counselling for men experiencing difficulties with addictions and substance use, depression, anxiety, anger management, stress, emotional pain, and relationship issues.
He values establishing a non-judgmental, caring and transparent therapeutic relationship that is open to your questions and concerns. Josh ensures that you are informed of the work of your therapy within a confidential and safe environment for each session.
Registered Social Worker
Danielle is a Registered Social Worker and has acquired over 10 years of Social Work experience. During that time she has worked within the non-profit, education, and government sectors. Though this she has gained experience with mental health, child welfare, research, counselling, mediation, and consultation. Danielle has completed both a bachelors and masters of Social Work from York University and specializes in Relationship and Self-Esteem issues. By practicing from an anti-oppressive framework committed to diversity, equity and inclusion and implementing a solutions focussed approach her aim is to enable her clients to realize their strengths and be empowered to take the necessary steps towards health, happiness and successful relationships.
Michelle Alveranga is a Registered Social Service Worker and Grief Counselor and the founder of T.R.U.S.T. Wellness Inc, a grief and bereavement counseling agency for the Black community. Her approach is founded in mindfulness practices, spirituality, and African Indigenous values which involve wholeness, community, and harmony. She works with individuals and groups to build resilience and find joy in their darkest time. In her sessions, she takes great care in creating a space that is warm, safe, and authentic. She is currently completing her MEd in Counseling Psychology at the University of Toronto.
Clinical Social Worker
Tolu is a clinical social worker who has been working with individuals and families for over 15 years. She has extensive experience working with individuals with various mental health issues. She particularly specializes in working with individuals that struggle with depression and anxiety. She has a lot of experience helping couples to navigate through their relationship struggles. Tolu works from an eclectic mix of strength-based, solution-focused perspectives and cognitive behavior therapy. Her aim is to focus on client’s strengths, resourcefulness, and resiliency to help them manage their current life issues.
Registered Social Worker and Psychotherapist
Rita has worked and trained for the past 20 years in a variety of settings across Ontario, Ottawa, GTA, and Calgary, AB, including mental health facilities, outpatient/inpatient clinics, Veterans Affairs Canada, and private practice. Rita has been committed to providing her clients with compassionate, culturally relevant and supportive therapy to help them with many life challenges such as stress, depression, grief, family, marital and relationship issues, return to work therapy, adjustment and transitional difficulties. Rita believes that everyone has the potential for growth and the ability to enhance meaning in their lives.
Grounded in client-centered principles and from a culturally responsive foundation, Rita uses an integrated therapeutic approach, including techniques from emotionally focused therapy (EFT), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and Brief Psychodynamic psychotherapy. Rita also emphasizes mindfulness concepts and non-judgment in her client work. Rita has a warm and understanding therapeutic style. She encourages growth through reflection and collaboratively working with the client to change unhealthy patterns in one’s life, balance, regulate and manage distressful emotions and become emotionally present to self and others.
Registered Social Worker
Gail Cetinja- Wedderburn is a registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW). Gail has over 15 years of direct practice experience within Community health and Mental health settings such as Community Health, Early years, Fostering and Adoption, Youth Justice, Social housing, and Community Development. Gail has extensive experience working with youth, Families, and young adults aged 14 years and above with challenges such as anxiety, depression, stress, grief, life transitions, and more. Gail is the owner of Gail Wilson Counselling Services Inc. in Ontario. Gail identifies as an Afro-Caribbean Muslim woman, Daughter, Sister, Wife, Mother, and Social Justice Advocate. Gail aims to provide her clients with a humanistic experience that caters to their specific needs on their journey toward healing. Using evidence-based tools that are tailored to cultural understandings Gail is better equipped to act in the best interest of her clients; these tools include Cognitive-behavioral Therapy, Narrative therapy, solution-focused and so much more.
Gail would be happy to offer a free 10-minute consultation to discuss your needs!
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