The Counsellors

OPEN WAIT LISTSWhere indicated, counsellors’ caseloads may be currently full but their wait lists might be open. If you would like to be placed on a counsellor’s open wait list, please contact them directly to inquire about this.

CLOSED WAIT LISTS: If a counsellor’s wait list is closed, please check back often as they will open up regularly.

We hate wait lists, too! That’s why we work in a short-term model at Hard Feelings – so we can offer you support as soon as possible.

 

Ali Ahmad

Ali Ahmad

MSW, RSW

Ali is a Registered Social Worker who is experienced working with people living with stress, anxiety and depression arising from life transitions, grief and substance use. Ali works from a person-centred approach, helping you to find balance and resilience, using modalities such as Mindfulness, Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Ali is employed at the outpatient clinic at the Michael Garron Hospital and he also works with patients admitted to the mental health unit. He works with diverse populations from various ethnic, religious and cultural backgrounds including refugees, newcomers and members of LGBTQ community. Ali has a Master of Social Work and a Bachelor of Social Work degree, along with certifications in many modalities. He speaks Urdu, Hindi and Punjabi, however, psychotherapy is conducted in English.

Ali is at Hard Feelings on Saturday mornings.
To make an appointment to see Ali, please contact him at aliahmadpsychotherapy@gmail.com

CURRENTLY NOT ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS – Wait list OPEN

Mihaela Anghel

Mihaela Anghel

MSW, RSW

Mihaela is a Registered Social Worker who believes in people’s potential to achieve their life goals, manage their anxiety and depression and learn to show up in the world in a way that is powerful and authentic. She currently works with young adults living with chronic and complex disabilities as well as providing therapy to individuals and groups. She holds a Masters in Social Work from York University and specializes in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. She will work with you to provide a safe space for self-exploration and change, driven by your unique strengths and abilities.

Mihaela is at Hard Feelings on Wednesday evenings. 
To make an appointment to see Mihaela, please contact her at ma@rethinkyourway.com

CURRENTLY NOT ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS – Wait list CLOSED

 

Aviva Bellman

Aviva Bellman

MSW, RSW

Aviva received her Master of Social Work from Smith College and completed year long internships at the Center for Addiction and Mental Health and the Sick Kids Center for Community Mental Health. She possesses foundational training in relational and attachment theories and experience practicing from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) frameworks. Aviva has experience working with adults, adolescents and couples struggling with depression, anxiety and relational trauma. In her work, she maintains a stance of authenticity, openness and warmth, fostering a strong therapeutic relationship as a base from which clients can grow.

Aviva is at Hard Feelings on Thursday afternoons and Fridays.
To make an appointment to see Aviva, please contact her at avivacbellman@gmail.com

 

Heidi Cho

Heidi Cho

MSW, RSW

Heidi is a queer-identified Registered Social Worker who has been working in the fields of mental health and community work for many years. Her areas of expertise include supporting people navigating depression, anxiety, suicidality, PTSD, sexuality, gender identity, race, childhood trauma, abuse and substance use. Heidi works from an anti-oppressive trauma-informed approach, and is trained a variety of modalities including CBT, Attachment and Narrative Therapy. Heidi’s approach is grounded in a client-centered, non-judgmental, collaborative style that centers your perspectives and goals within a larger context of individual and systemic experiences. Currently, Heidi is employed at social service organization as a clinical counsellor, supporting LGBTQ2S youth navigating the margins.

Heidi is at Hard Feelings on Thursday mornings.
To make an appointment to see Heidi, please contact her at heidicho.therapy@gmail.com

CURRENTLY NOT ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS – Wait list OPEN

Camille Djokoto

Camille Djokoto

BA, MA Equivalency (Gestalt Institute), RP (Qualifying)

Camille is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), providing trauma-informed therapy through an anti-oppressive lens. Her approach is relational, experiential and embodied, informed by somatic training and 25 years of dance and movement experience. Her practice integrates various body-centered modalities including Gestalt, Sensorimotor and Developmental Psychotherapy, as well as Anti-Oppression, Grief, and Crisis intervention training. Camille uses an embodied approach to recognize and process signs of stress and trauma, assisting clients to develop the skills necessary to tune in and listen deeply to the answers the body holds. Through somatic explorations Camille helps clients gain insight into behavioural patterns, drawing awareness to how we embody relationships with various environments, institutions and oppressive systems. Camille is experienced supporting clients dealing with anxiety, depression, trauma, racial oppression, abuse, grief, suicidal ideation, self-harm, addictions, life transitions, chronic illness and disabilities, as well as issues related to gender identity, sexuality and cultural identity.

Camille is at Hard Feelings on Monday afternoons.
To make an appointment to see Camille, please contact her at camille@embodied-therapy.ca

CURRENTLY NOT ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS – Wait list CLOSED

Lauren Drouillard

Lauren Drouillard

MSW, RSW

Lauren is a Registered Social Worker and has worked with children, young adults and families in individual and group therapy. She received her MSW from the University of Toronto in 2014. She currently works with young adults/adults living with eating disorders and concurrent mental health challenges such as anxiety, depression, and substance use. Lauren has experience in many areas, including body image, self-esteem, life transitions, stress and overwhelm, self-criticism and perfectionism. She works from a feminist, anti-oppressive, strengths based perspective, recognizing that everyone is the expert of their unique experience. Lauren will collaborate with you in exploring what you feel your needs are and how together you can work to best meet them. 

Lauren is at Hard Feelings on Thursday evenings.
To make an appointment to see Lauren, please contact her at ldrouillardsocialwork@gmail.com 

 

Allison Elliot

Allison Elliot

MSW, RSW

Allison is a Registered Social Worker and a Cognitive Behavioral Therapist with 31 years clinical experience in mental health agencies, hospital and private practice settings. CBT is a well-researched, solution-focused, short-term therapy, which is highly effective for a wide range of issues. The goal is to essentially become your own therapist using CBT techniques to address future issues. Allison provides counselling for individuals of all ages dealing with anxiety disorders, depression, anger management, addictions and grief. She also has many years of experience in couple work and family conflict.

Allison is at Hard Feelings on Wednesday mornings.
To make an appointment to see Allison, please contact her at allisonmargaretelliott@gmail.com

Arij Elmi

Arij Elmi

MSW, RSW

Arij is a Registered Social Worker pursuing her PhD at the University of Toronto. She has previously worked as an adult mental health crisis worker and a counselling therapist with children and families. She completed her MSW at the University of Windsor and has received additional training in motivational interviewing and sexual violence intervention. Her areas of expertise include gender based violence, navigating cultural changes or transitions, anxiety, depression and child rearing practices. She works from a person-centered, feminist, anti-racist, anti-oppressive practice lens.

Arij is at Hard Feelings on Thursday afternoons.
To make an appointment to see Arij, please contact her at arijelmi.maktoob@gmail.com

CURRENTLY NOT ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS – Wait list CLOSED

Sarah Gilbert

Sarah Gilbert

MSW, RSW

Sarah completed her Master of Social Work at the University of Toronto in 1995. She has over 20 years’ experience as a clinical social worker, specializing in support for individuals and families through life transitions, relationship challenges, social and emotional difficulties, and struggles with anxiety, depression, grief and stress management. Sarah’s goal is to ensure that individuals and families ultimately access the supports they need to streamline their path to wellness. Sarah is committed to helping you build resiliency, a sense of personal accomplishment and lasting confidence. Her priority is to ensure comfort in the therapeutic relationship, beginning exactly where you are.

Sarah is at Hard Feelings on Monday mornings.
To make an appointment to see Sarah, please contact her at sarah.gilbert@sympatico.ca

CURRENTLY NOT ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS – Wait list CLOSED

Aline Gilor

Aline Gilor

MSW, RSW

Aline is a Registered Social Worker with an MSW degree from the University of Windsor. She specializes in the areas of domestic violence and abuse; depression; anxiety; addictions; issues connected with aging, and estrangement between parents and adult children with an emphasis on trauma and attachment. In her practice, Aline applies multi-model approach tailored to your individual needs. In addition, Aline incorporates Brain Training technology called NeurOptimal® into other therapeutic modalities. Throughout the years of service, Aline has been working with diverse populations from various ethnic, religious and cultural backgrounds including refugees, newcomers and members of LGBTQ community. In addition to English, Aline fluently speaks Russian and French.

Aline is at Hard Feelings on Saturday afternoons.
To make an appointment to see Aline, please contact her at alinegilor@rogers.com

CURRENTLY NOT ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS – Wait list CLOSED

Tara Gingrich

Tara Gingrich

MSW, RSW

Tara is a registered social worker who received her Master of Social Work from the University of Toronto in 2004. For over a decade, she has worked with young people and their families in children’s mental health. Tara has experience working with anxiety, depression, stress, emotion regulation, grief and loss, self-esteem, isolation, relationships, identity and trauma. She believes in the power of the therapeutic relationship to heal, transform and nurture growth. Through this connection, she encourages you to form a holistic understanding of yourself within the world, supporting you in gaining a greater sense of control over your life. Using modalities such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy and Mindfulness, Tara guides you to increase emotional awareness, build coping strategies and achieve your potential.

Tara is at Hard Feelings on Monday afternoons.
To make an appointment to see Tara, please contact her at taragingrich.therapy@gmail.com

CURRENTLY NOT ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS – Wait list CLOSED

Justin Goddard

Justin Goddard

MA, RP

Justin is a registered psychotherapist with experience working in a variety of settings in the United States and Canada. Since beginning to practice in early 2014, Justin has supported his clients in making important life changes, including increasing self-esteem, improving control over emotions and moods and gaining a better understanding of themselves. Justin’s relationship with each client usually begins with the question, “How will we know when we’ve done what we’ve set out to do?” This ensures that both client and therapist recognize important signposts in the client’s journey to recovery, however “recovery” is defined. Justin borrows heavily from narrative and DBT treatment traditions and has experience running DBT groups for those with diagnoses of borderline personality disorder.

Justin is at Hard Feelings on Saturday afternoons.
To make an appointment to see Justin, please contact him at justingoddard@me.com

 

Hailey Goldberg

Hailey Goldberg

MSW, RSW

Hailey is a Registered Social Worker who is passionate about mental health and working with others to help achieve wellness. She is an experienced counsellor who has helped individuals work through a wide range of mental health challenges and specializes in the treatment of anxiety disorders, as well as self-harming behaviours/suicidal ideation. She completed her MSW at the University of Windsor and holds an Honours BA in psychology from York University. Hailey is also certified in the use of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) from the University of Toronto.

Hailey is at Hard Feelings on alternate Tuesday mornings and Wednesday afternoons.
To make an appointment to see Hailey, please contact her at hailey@hrgcounselling.org

Anjana Magapu

Anjana Magapu

MSW, RSW

Anjana is a Registered Social Worker with an MSW degree from the University of Windsor. She has extensive experience working with clients struggling to cope with depression, anxiety, stress, grief, loss, self-esteem, adjustment and mood symptoms following life changes. Anjana believes that all people have an innate capacity for change. She works closely with individuals and couples using techniques tailored to the unique needs of each client. She uses a multi-modal approach focused on individual strengths, grounded in solution-focused, narrative and cognitive/mindfulness based approaches to therapy. With a commitment to client empowerment, Anjana collaborates with her clients on a journey of exploration to find healthy and positive perceptions of themselves.

Anjana is at Hard Feelings on Wednesday and Thursday evenings.
To make an appointment to see Anjana, please contact her at anjanamag@gmail.com

CURRENTLY NOT ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS – Wait list CLOSED

Sara Robb

Sara Robb

MSW, RSW

Sara is a Registered Social Worker who is experienced providing group and individual therapy in community and university mental health settings. She received her MSW from the University of Toronto in 2014 and has received additional training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy skills. Sara works primarily with young adults/adults living with eating disorders and concurrent mental health conditions, such as anxiety and depression. Other areas she is passionate about include stress management, self-criticism, perfectionism, communication, transitions and body image. Sara strives to work from anti-oppressive, person-centred and strengths-based approaches. She recognizes that everyone’s experience is unique, engaging in therapy with their own values, knowledge, goals and insights.

Sara is at Hard Feelings on Tuesday evenings.
To make an appointment to see Sara, please contact her at sararobbsocialwork@gmail.com

CURRENTLY NOT ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS – Wait list CLOSED

Jennifer Servinis

Jennifer Servinis

MSW, RSW

Jennifer is a Registered Social Worker who received her Master of Social Work from the University of Toronto in 2015. Her practice is strengths-based, collaborative and centred on the transformative potential of interpersonal connection. She draws upon mindfulness, relational and attachment theories in her work with individuals experiencing transitions in their relationships and families, including issues relating to parenting and family breakdown, such as separation and divorce. Jennifer strives to create a space where clients can comfortably share their experiences and work towards the goals that are most important to them. Her interest in social work stems from her background as a lawyer where she became aware of the intersections of law and social work that many of her clients confronted.

Jennifer is at Hard Feelings on Wednesday mornings.
To make an appointment to see Jennifer, please contact her at jennifer.servinis@gmail.co

Kate Scowen

Kate Scowen

MSW, RSW

Kate is a Registered Social Worker with extensive experience working with youth and young adults. She approaches counselling from a person-centered perspective and will work with you to better understand how your feelings and emotions impact your behaviours. Kate has received training in CBT, EFT, trauma informed therapy and narrative therapy. The focus of her practice is supporting individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, substance use, existential questioning, childhood trauma and relationship issues. She uses an integrated approach that focuses on your strengths and resilience, building on this as you move forward. Kate is the founder of Hard Feelings. 

Kate is at Hard Feelings on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
To make an appointment to see Kate, please contact her at katescowen@gmail.com

CURRENTLY NOT ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS – Wait list OPEN

Corinne Smirle

Corinne Smirle

MSW, RSW

Corinne is a Registered Social Worker and completed her MSW at the University of Toronto in 2015. Her approach is strengths-based and solution-focused, drawing on narrative, cognitive and mindfulness-based therapies – all underpinned by an understanding of neuroscience and how the brain/body connection impacts mental health. She is experienced in supporting individuals and families dealing with acute health diagnoses and terminal illness. In her private practice, Corinne works with those who are living with grief, bereavement and loss, who struggle with anxiety depression and stress, and who long to find meaning in life.

Corinne is at Hard Feelings on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
To make an appointment to see Corinne, please contact her at corinnesmirle@gmail.com

Sarah Lynn Swaigen

Sarah Lynn Swaigen

MSW, RSW

Sarah Lynn is a Registered Social Worker who has worked with a wide range of mental health issues and uses many approaches including Mindfulness and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT). She is skilled at supporting people who struggle with depression and anxiety, ADHD, learning disabilities, school-related difficulties, sexual/gender identity, healthy communication and family conflict. Sarah Lynn is passionate about working with LGBTQ+ folks using a sex-positive, anti-oppressive approach that focuses on your strengths and resiliency. She recognizes that seeking counselling can be intimidating and strives to help you feel comfortable, using gentle humour and compassion to explore new ways of being.

Sarah Lynn is at Hard Feelings on Monday & Thursday mornings and Tuesday afternoons.
To make an appointment to see Sarah Lynn, please contact her at slswaigen@gmail.com

CURRENTLY NOT ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS – Wait list OPEN

Sonya V. Thursby

Sonya V. Thursby

BA, DTATI, Cert (OACCPP)

Sonya is a certified counsellor and a professional art therapist who received her graduate diploma from the Toronto Art Therapy Institute. She uses a person-centred approach while providing opportunities to safely express difficult thoughts and feelings, experiment with decision-making and problem-solving, explore and resolve conflicts, reduce stress and anxiety, identify strengths and develop self-awareness usingcolours, shapes and lines. Images resulting from the art therapy process are explored as documents of your lived experiences. Sonya has experience in many areas including trauma, life transitions, depression, anxiety, parenting, immigration and settlement, addictions and eating disorders. No art skills or experience are required to undertake art therapy.

Sonya is at Hard Feelings on Tuesday mornings.
To make an appointment to see Sonya, please contact her at sonya@blueskyarttherapy.ca

Leslie Williams

Leslie Williams

MA, CCC, RP (Qualifying)

Leslie completed her Master of Counselling in Vancouver and is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying). Most recently, she has worked at a community counselling clinic with adults, as well at-risk and homeless youth. Leslie provides a safe and compassionate space for self-exploration, using an integrated approach to counselling that is strengths-based and collaborative. She works in response to a wide range of concerns such as anxiety, depression, loneliness, grief and loss, trauma, substance use, relationship challenges and life transitions. Leslie will encourage you to draw from your own skills, abilities, values and strengths as you work together towards your preferred way of being.

Leslie is at Hard Feelings on Wednesday evenings and Thursdays.
To make an appointment to see Leslie, please contact her at lwilliams@lesliewilliamstherapy.com

CURRENTLY NOT ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS – Wait list OPEN