The Counsellors

ALL COUNSELLING IS ONLINE

Take a look at the counsellor profiles below and reach out directly to the one that feels like the best fit for you.

OPEN WAIT LISTS: 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.

PLEASE DO NOT PLACE YOUR NAME ON MORE THAN ONE WAIT LIST.  When you sign up for more than one wait list, you are blocking access for others who also need support. 

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.

Sath Arulvarathan (he/him)

Sath Arulvarathan (he/him)

MSW, RSW

Sath is a Registered Social Worker who has experience working in community and hospital mental health organizations. Sath is skilled in supporting individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, substance use, trauma, life transitions and relationship breakdown. He employs Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) and Mindfulness in his integrated practice, using an approach that considers various aspects of a person’s identity— race, culture, gender, sexuality and ability. He believes that the relationship between the therapist and client is the foundation for any intervention to be effective, and works from a trauma-informed, strengths-based, and anti-oppressive perspective. A firm believer in the benefits of short-term counselling, Sath aims to support clients to develop the skills and self-understanding they need to live better. 

Sath is available on Tuesdays from 8:00am – 6:30pm.
To make an appointment to see Sath, please contact him at therapy@satharul.ca

CURRENTLY NOT ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS – Wait list CLOSED

Aviva Bellman (she/her)

Aviva Bellman (she/her)

MSW, RSW

Aviva is a Registered Social Worker who specializes in people pleasing, prioritizing other people’s feelings and needs at the expense of one’s own. This can manifest as anxiety, depression, burnout, or codependency. Drawing on Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), Aviva helps “people pleasers” find balance and live more authentically by reconnecting to their own feelings to better meet their own needs. In addition to improving overall well-being, this creates more choice, and paradoxically increases capacity for helping others over time. Aviva also works with couples using Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT). She helps couples reduce conflict and find safety in one another. This in turn allows partners to turn to one another with their more vulnerable feelings and needs. As a result, partners can become more responsive and connected to one another. Aviva’s empathy, warmth, and openness aim to co-create a strong therapeutic relationship that fosters growth and healing.

Aviva is available on weekday mornings.
To make an appointment to see Aviva, please contact her at avivacbellman@gmail.com 

CURRENTLY NOT ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS – Wait list CLOSED

Natasha Busic (she/her)

Natasha Busic (she/her)

MSW, RSW

Natasha is a Registered Social Worker who has worked in community-based mental health and addictions services since 2014. Natasha is skilled in supporting people experiencing depression, anxiety, problematic substance use, burnout, life transitions, relationship issues and negative perceptions of themselves. Working from a trauma-informed and anti-oppressive lens, she incorporates a variety of modalities into her practice, including CBT, DBT, MBCT, and Narrative therapy. Natasha uses a relational and person-centered approach, adapting her skills to meet the needs and goals of the people she supports. Natasha is committed to the ongoing personal work required to be an ally for BIPOC and LGTBQ2+ identified people. Natasha’s goal is to help you identify and strengthen your personal resources and coping skills so you can effectively manage life’s stressors and live well.

Natasha is available on Wednesdays and Thursdays, during the day.
To make an appointment to see Natasha, please contact her at natashabusiccounselling@gmail.com

CURRENTLY NOT ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS – Wait list CLOSED

Heidi Cho (she/her)

Heidi Cho (she/her)

MSW, RSW

Heidi is a queer-identified Registered Social Worker who has been working in community social services supporting individuals navigating complex mental health issues for many years. Her areas of expertise include supporting people navigating depression, anxiety, grief, sexuality, gender identity, race/racism, childhood trauma, self-worth and substance use. Heidi works from an anti-oppressive trauma-informed approach and is trained in 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.

Heidi is available on weekday mornings.

To make an appointment to see Heidi, please contact her at heidicho.therapy@gmail.com

CURRENTLY NOT ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS – Wait list CLOSED

Tanya De Mello (she/her)

Tanya De Mello (she/her)

MEd, PhD, RP (Qualifying)

Tanya is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) who has been working for over 20 years in human rights, social work, and with people who have experienced trauma. As a therapist, she supports those who are struggling in their relationships with family, friends, or colleagues, and in navigating academics and careers. Tanya has expertise in supporting people dealing with depression, anxiety, loss and grief, PTSD, stress, conflict, substance use, self-esteem/self-criticism, identity exploration (including sexuality and gender identity), race/racism, childhood trauma, and violence. Tanya wants to meet you where you are, to increase your self-awareness and support you in achieving the goals you have set for yourself. Her style is non-judgmental, transparent, and collaborative, focussing on you as an individual, while also exploring your experiences within the larger context of systems and institutions that have an impact on your daily life. Tanya works from an anti-oppressive, trauma-informed approach, using elements of Emotion-Focussed Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and Narrative Therapy to guide her work. She has experience working with young racialized men who have issues with managing anger, flooding of emotions, depression and anxiety.

Toni is available Tuesday and Thursday early mornings, and Wednesday late afternoon

To make an appointment to see Tanya, please contact her at tanyademellorp@gmail.com

CURRENTLY NOT ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS – Wait list CLOSED

Tiina Aila Eldridge (she/her)

Tiina Aila Eldridge (she/her)

MSW, RSW

Tiina is a Registered Social Worker who provides a warm and supportive environment to safely navigate life’s challenges. Her approach is trauma-informed and strengths-based, supporting those struggling with feelings of anxiety, depression, grief, and loss. Tiina has worked with people experiencing homelessness, gender-based violence, engaged in sex-work, and/or managing mental health and substance use challenges, and came to this work through her own lived experience. In her work, she draws primarily on Brief Solution Focused and Narrative Therapy through an intersectional-feminist lens, offering a non-judgemental, safe and accepting space for her clients to build their resilience.

Tiina is available during weekdays.
To make an appointment to see Tiina, please contact her at tiinaailatherapy@gmail.com

CURRENTLY NOT ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS – Wait list CLOSED

Arielle Furneaux (she/her)

Arielle Furneaux (she/her)

MSW, RSW

Arielle is a Registered Social Worker who trained in Toronto and spent the past several years working in Australia as a mental health clinician. She is an integrated therapist who tailors her work to meet each client’s needs, drawing mainly from trauma-informed, cognitive-behavioural, solution-focused, and mindfulness approaches. She supports people struggling with a variety of concerns including anxiety, relationship issues, self-esteem, loneliness, and grief. Arielle has a wealth of experience working with young adults as they navigate life’s challenges, and a strong interest in supporting parents and caregivers of teenagers, and new parents experiencing postpartum challenges. With a focus on curiosity and self-compassion, Arielle supports clients as they build meaningful lives connected to their values.

Arielle is available on Wednesday and Friday afternoons, and Thursday evenings.
To make an appointment to see Arielle, please contact her at ariellecounselling@gmail.com

CURRENTLY NOT ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS – Wait list CLOSED

Justin Goddard (he/him)

Justin Goddard (he/him)

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

CURRENTLY NOT ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS – Wait list CLOSED

 

Anand Jaggernauth (he/him)

Anand Jaggernauth (he/him)

BSc, RP (Qualifying), Professional Art Therapist

Anand is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with an Art Therapy and Mindfulness background. He is an advocate for his clients and genuinely passionate about being a therapist. Anand takes a trauma-informed approach and his pillars of practice are grounded in being person-centered, collaborative and anti-oppressive. He values the aspect of relationship and relational theory. Anand’s practice draws from a variety of therapy approaches, including narrative, strength and solutions-based and psychodynamic. His compassionate, warm and intuitive presence empowers his clients to lead the way in their creativity and the wisdom that resides there. He invites a gentle curiosity and open-ended inquiry that welcomes possibility and hope. Anand has worked with clients experiencing stress, anxiety, depression, grief, loss, uncertainty, change, identity, self-care and other daily life stressors.

Anand is available Monday – Thursday, 9:00am – 6:30pm.
To make an appointment to see Anand, please contact him at anand@artma.ca

CURRENTLY NOT ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS – Wait list CLOSED

 

Julia Kundakci (she/her)

Julia Kundakci (she/her)

MSW, RSW

Julia is a Registered Social Worker who has been working in diverse mental health settings for many years. She has supported individuals and families in exploring anxiety and depression, relational and developmental trauma, and post-traumatic stress.  She works from an anti-oppressive and trauma-informed framework that is grounded in transparency and authenticity. Julia has training in a range of modalities, including Cogntive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialetical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Sensorimotor Pyschotherapy and Mindfulness Meditation. She believes the body’s innate wisdom is largely an untapped resource in therapy and her aim is to provide experiential body-oriented interventions to safely explore one’s inner landscape. Through this work she supports individuals to restore a somatic sense of self and safety.

Julia is available on Saturday mornings.
To make an appointment to see Julia, please contact her at juliakundakci@gmail.com

CURRENTLY NOT ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS – Wait list CLOSED

Anjana Magapu (she/her)

Anjana Magapu (she/her)

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 available on Thursday mornings and Saturday mornings.
To make an appointment to see Anjana, please contact her at anjanamag@gmail.com

CURRENTLY NOT ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS – Wait list OPEN

Ary Maharaj (he/him)

Ary Maharaj (he/him)

Med, RP (Qualifying)

Ary is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) who, with a warm and encouraging demeanour, creates a therapeutic environment that values compassion, non-judgment, respect, safety, and your internal strengths. Working collaboratively with you through important life transitions, exploring intersecting identities, navigating body image concerns, holding space for emotions, and building self-compassion, Ary will support you on your journey – whatever that may be. Ary actively listens to help you untangle the complexities of your own experience to make it easier to navigate. He has experience working in post-secondary and community-based settings, and recognizes the impact of the social determinants of health. Ary operates from a person-centered, anti-oppressive framework and borrows techniques from emotion-focused therapy (EFT), cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing (MI), positive psychotherapy (PPT), while gently offering reflections aimed at helping you design your life in a value-aligned manner.

Ary is available on Thursday evenings.
To make an appointment to see Ary, please contact him at ary.therapy@gmail.com

CURRENTLY NOT ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS – Wait list CLOSED

Elise Meertens (she/her)

Elise Meertens (she/her)

MA, RP

Elise is a Registered Psychotherapist who primarily works with folks aged 18-35 who are going through life transitions, relationship challenges, and emotional distress, and want to gain insight as to methods for coping, processing, and managing their experience of the world. Elise has experience working with various issues such as anxiety, work/school-life balance, trauma, grief, stress and interpersonal challenges, and integrates a variety of trainings (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness-based interventions, Narrative Therapy, and Solution-Focused Therapy) as appropriate. She has worked with folks in the LGBTQIA2+ community and offers a trauma-informed approach with all clients. Through a collaborative lens, her practice is directed by your needs and promotes a non-judgmental, open, and safe space to share your stories.

Elise is available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
To make an appointment to see Elise, please contact her at hello@elisemeertens.ca

CURRENTLY NOT ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS – Wait list CLOSED

Sital Parmar (she/her)

Sital Parmar (she/her)

MSW, RSW

Sital is a Registered Social Worker with an MSW from the University of Toronto. She offers a client centered and trauma informed practice and incorporates anti-oppressive, feminist and intersectional lenses to her work. Sital has over 12 years experience working with individuals addressing complex trauma, domestic violence, high conflict situations, sexual assault, anxiety, depression, grief and loss. Her work has focused on intimate partner violence and the repercussions such violence has on the lives of women and families. Sital provides a nonjudgmental, confidential and secure space for clients as they navigate and start to work towards their therapeutic goals. As an experienced therapist working with complicated and intense emotions, Sital brings patience, calmness, and perspective, working with clients as they foster and enhance their skills and tools to better their lives.

Sital is available weekdays and evenings.
To make an appointment to see Sital, please contact her at sitaltherapy@gmail.com

CURRENTLY NOT ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS – Wait list CLOSED

Jesse Schwartz (she/her)

Jesse Schwartz (she/her)

MSW, RSW

Jesse is a Queer Social Worker/Counsellor with six years of experience in community-based and clinical settings addressing complex mental health concerns. Guided by anti-oppressive and trauma-informed approaches, she harnesses a sense of curiosity to build an open and transparent relationship with her clients. She draws on Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy, and Narrative Therapy techniques to ensure that her clients find a voice that is truly their own. Jesse has extensive experience supporting clients with depression, anxiety, body image, relationship conflict, gender/sexual identity, sexual pleasure, and sexual violence histories.

In her practice, she aims to support adults (18 – 40) new to counselling, guiding them through the vulnerable process with clarity and warmth. She believes that her clients are experts of their own lives and she strives to give them the opportunity to tackle their goals with greater motivation, ease, and joy.

Jesse is available on Monday – Thursday between 10:00am – 7:00pm.
To make an appointment to see Jesse, please contact her at jesse.s.therapy@gmail.com

CURRENTLY NOT ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS – Wait list CLOSED

 

Kate Scowen (she/her)

Kate Scowen (she/her)

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 available on Monday evenings & Wednesday afternoons 
To make an appointment to see Kate, please contact her at katescowen@gmail.com

CURRENTLY NOT ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS – Wait list CLOSED

Corinne Smirle (she/her)

Corinne Smirle (she/her)

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 cognitive, self-compassion, somatic, and mindfulness-based therapies – all underpinned by an understanding of how the brain/body connection impacts mental health. Corinne has two main areas of client focus: anxiety and stress; and, loss, grief, and bereavement. The latter of which includes supporting individuals and families dealing with acute health diagnosis and terminal illness.

Corinne is available on Tuesday & Wednesday.
To make an appointment to see Corinne, please contact her at corinnesmirle@gmail.com

 

CURRENTLY NOT ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS – Wait list CLOSED

Laura Sygrove (she/her)

Laura Sygrove (she/her)

MSW, RSW

Laura is a Registered Social Worker with an MSW in Indigenous Trauma & Resilience from University of Toronto. She is passionate about making mental health resources accessible to more people and has spent 15 years leading a grassroots organization supporting youth wellness through mindfulness-based programming. Laura offers therapy sessions to young adults between the ages of 18 and 30, utilizing narrative, attachment-based and solutions-focused modalities to address stress, anxiety, self-esteem, life changes and challenging emotions. Working within anti-oppression & trauma-informed frameworks, she prioritizes collaboration and building on existing strengths to support healing, growth and empowerment. Laura strives to engage people in a way that centers their identities, knowledge, values and cultures. 

Laura is available on Wednesdays.
To make an appointment to see Laura, please contact her at lauraofferstherapy@gmail.com

CURRENTLY NOT ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS – Wait list CLOSED

Leslie Williams (she/her)

Leslie Williams (she/her)

MA, CCC, RP

Leslie completed her Master of Counselling in Vancouver and is a Registered Psychotherapist. 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 available on Monday to Friday, 11 am to 4 pm.
To make an appointment to see Leslie, please contact her at lwilliams@lesliewilliamstherapy.com

CURRENTLY NOT ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS – Wait list CLOSED