The Counsellors

Note: Where 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 wait list, please contact them directly to inquire about this.  Wait times can vary from 4 – 12 weeks.

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 CLOSED

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 Saturday mornings. 
To make an appointment to see Mihaela, please contact her at ma@rethinkyourway.com

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Connie Collinson

Connie Collinson

MSW, RSW

Connie is a Registered Social Worker with over 20 years’ experience providing trauma-informed counseling in a variety of settings. Her areas of expertise include childhood trauma, substance use, intimate partner abuse, gender identity, sexuality, depression, anxiety, self-harm, grief and learning disabilities. She is trained in Relational Psychotherapy, Expressive Arts Therapy and Mindful Self-Compassion. Throughout her work as a counsellor, Connie has come to know that emotional suffering can be eased when met with compassion and support. She believes that with gentle guidance, one can gain insight, a greater sense of calm and learn strategies to shift patterns that may contribute to mental and emotional anguish. Connie’s approach is intuitive, client-centred and anti-oppressive.

Connie is at Hard Feelings on Wednesday evenings.
To make an appointment to see Connie, please contact her at connie.collinson@gmail.com

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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 

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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

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 OPEN

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 gilor_aline@hotmail.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

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Norma Hannant

Norma Hannant

MSW, RSW

Norma is a Registered Social Worker and received her MSW from the University of Toronto in 2001. She has over 15 years of experience in anti-oppressive, trauma-informed counselling in the area of mental health. Norma offers client-centred, body-orientated psychotherapies, which include yoga and other mindfulness based approaches. She has experience in many areas, including mood and anxiety issues, stress, substance use, trauma, emotion regulation, life transitions, grief and loss, interpersonal violence, and relationship issues. Norma works from a harm-reduction perspective and speaks fluent Spanish.

Norma is at Hard Feelings on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.
To make an appointment to see Norma, please contact her at normahannant@gmail.com

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Anjana Magapu

Anjana Magapu

MSW, RSW

Anjana is a Registered Social Worker with extensive experience working with people from diverse backgrounds providing counselling, support and psycho-education. She has significant experience working with clients who have suffered loss, adjustment, and mood symptoms following life changes. Anjana believes that all people have an innate capacity for change. She uses a multi-modal approach focused on a combination of strength and empowerment with solution-focused, narrative and cognitive/mindfulness-based techniques in therapy. With a focus on client empowerment, Anjana will collaborate with you on your journey of exploration to find healthy and positive perceptions of yourself.

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

Sara Robb

Sara Robb

MSW, RSW

Sara is a Registered Social Worker, working primarily with young adults/adults living with eating disorders and concurrent mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression and substance use disorders. She completed her MSW at the University of Toronto in 2014 and has received additional training in CBT and DBT approaches. Her areas of interest include stress management, emotion regulation, perfectionism, identity, assertiveness/communication and body image. Sara has experience offering individual and group counselling to university students and working in community-based mental health programs. She strives to work from a collaborative, person-centred, feminist and strengths-based approach. Sara embraces that everyone’s experience is unique, engaging in therapy with their own stories, 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

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Kate Scowen

Kate Scowen

MSW, RSW

Kate is a Registered Social Worker with extensive experience working with youth, young adults and families. She completed her MSW at the University of Toronto in 2015. Her practice focuses on anxiety and mood issues, life transitions, identity and existential questioning, substance use, childhood trauma, family breakdown, young adult mental health, academic and career challenges, and relationship issues. Kate approaches counselling from a person-centred 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. 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

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Jennifer Servinis

Jennifer Servinis

MSW, RSW

Jennifer 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 family transitions and breakdown, including 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.com

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

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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 specializes in providing Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), a therapy that helps with managing overwhelming emotions, feeling more in control of your thoughts and behaviours, and maintaining healthy relationships. Sarah Lynn 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. She is passionate about working with LGBTQ+ folks using a sex-positive, anti-oppressive approach that focuses on your strengths and resiliency. Sarah Lynn 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/Tuesday afternoons & Thursday mornings.
To make an appointment to see Sarah Lynn, please contact her at slswaigen@gmail.com

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Leslie Williams

Leslie Williams

MA, CCC

Leslie completed her Master of Counselling in Vancouver and is registered as a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) with the Canadian Counsellors and Psychotherapists Association. Most recently, she has worked with individuals and couples at a community counselling clinic, 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 Thursday mornings.
To make an appointment to see Leslie, please contact her at lwilliams@lesliewilliamstherapy.com

CURRENTLY NOT ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS ON WEDNESDAY EVENINGS – Wait list OPEN