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.

Social Worker

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.

Registered Psychotherapist

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. 

Registered Psychotherapist

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.

RN / Psychotherapist 

Dr. Joan is a leading trauma therapist in Canada with over 15 years’ experience treating depression, anxiety, PTSD and other trauma-related issues. She is the founder of Becoming Canada Inc., an organization that promotes the mental health and well-being of individuals, couples, and families.

She holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing from Western University, is the author of several books, and the creator of a therapeutic process she calls Smashing The Mirror. Dr. Joan is a Truth, Forgiveness, and Reconciliation facilitator who helps members of the Black and Aboriginal community overcome the multiple and layered race-related traumas they have endured.

She is passionate about providing her clients with both advice and a safe space to overcome challenges, reclaim their lives and and their place of new found peace.

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.

Registered Psychotherapist

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.

Grief Counselor

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. 

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