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.

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. 

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 CLOSED

Naszrin Arghoshi

Naszrin Arghoshi

MSW, RSW

Naszrin is a Registered Social Worker, having completed her MSW at the University of Toronto. She is currently working in a community-based social service agency and provides individual, family and group therapy. Naszrin is experienced in supporting people with impacts of trauma, anxiety, depression, stress, grief, violence and self-criticism. She has worked with individuals from various ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds and is passionate about increasing access to mental health services. Naszrin works from an anti-oppressive and trauma-informed framework and her practice incorporates components of Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Mindfulness and Attachment models. She strives to incorporate curiosity, openness and empathy into therapy and values the importance of the therapeutic alliance. Naszrin believes that therapy is a collaborative process and aims to create a non-judgmental space that highlights your strengths and promotes self-awareness, reflection and growth.

Naszrin is at Hard Feelings on Tuesday evenings.
To make an appointment to see Naszrin, please contact her at naszrinarghoshimsw@gmail.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 an Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) framework. Aviva has experience working with adults struggling with anxiety and depression, and with couples on relationship issues. 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 Mondays and Thursdays.
To make an appointment to see Aviva, please contact her at avivacbellman@gmail.com

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Colleen Boehme

Colleen Boehme

MSW, RSW

Colleen is a Registered Social Worker who approaches support through honouring strengths and resiliency, while promoting a space of authenticity and collaboration in the therapeutic alliance. Her practice is rooted in a feminist, anti-oppressive and trauma-informed framework. Colleen specializes in supporting individuals coping with impacts of trauma, sexual violence, PTSD, anxiety, stress management, burnout and self-criticism, using an integrative approach grounded in self-compassion, creativity, mindfulness, and cognitive based interventions.  

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

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Heidi Cho

Heidi Cho

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, suicidality, PTSD, sexuality, gender identity, race/racism, childhood trauma, violence 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. 

Heidi is at Hard Feelings on Wednesday evenings, Thursday afternoons, Fridays and Saturday afternoons.
To make an appointment to see Heidi, please contact her at heidicho.therapy@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 Tuesday evenings.
To make an appointment to see Lauren, please contact her at ldrouillardsocialwork@gmail.com 

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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 Wednesdays.
To make an appointment to see Allison, please contact her at allisonmargaretelliott@gmail.com

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Arij Elmi

Arij Elmi

MSW, RSW

Arij offers short-term counselling to address emotional blocks and build an awareness of the context shaping a present stressor. Arij works from an anti-oppressive, feminist lens and utilizes Emotion Focused Therapy and Motivational Interviewing in her practice. She views therapy as a collaborative process in which she gently offers focused, thought-provoking questions that encourage new ways of understanding a situation. With humour, empathy and deep respect for the courage it takes to open up, Arij’s goal is to support you in your journey towards self-knowledge, self-acceptance and self-esteem. Arij has a Master of Social Work from the University of Windsor and has worked as a mental health crisis worker and therapist with children and families.

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

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.

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

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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

CURRENTLY NOT ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS – Wait list CLOSED

 

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 Wednesday evenings.
To make an appointment to see Hailey, please contact her at hailey@hrgcounselling.org

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Clare Karasik

Clare Karasik

MSW, RSW

Clare is a Registered Social Worker who approaches counselling with non-judgement, curiosity and transparency in order to create a space that can hold the complexities that may be uncovered in your work together. Clare’s practice is LGBTQ2S+ positive, welcomes diversity, and is deeply rooted in feminist and anti-oppressive principles. Clare has expertise supporting people with experiences of abuse/violence/survival, identity, sexuality, self-criticism/self-esteem, difficult emotions, life conflict, and discrimination. In collaboration with you, Clare draws on various trauma-informed modalities, including Narrative Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Internal Family Systems Therapy, Mindfulness, and Self-Compassion. Clare aims to support you in expanding self-awareness, re-authoring fixed life narratives, and achieving goals that are important to you.

Clare is at Hard Feelings on Monday evenings and Thursday afternoons.
To make an appointment to see Clare, please contact her at clarekarasikmsw@gmail.com

CURRENTLY NOT ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS – Wait list OPEN

 

 

Julia Kundakci

Julia Kundakci

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

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Diviya Lewis

Diviya Lewis

MA, RP

Diviya supports individuals living and dealing with anxiety, stress, perfectionism, difficult emotions, life transitions and self-esteem (inner critic) issues. As an integrative therapist, Diviya tailors evidence-based interventions to clients’ unique needs. Diviya believes that psychotherapy is a process of growth and self-discovery, and encourages a curiosity in her sessions to be with what is needing to be heard, tapping into our bodily sensed awareness. She connects authentically with clients to rediscover their inner resources and values to move towards the life they hope to live. Diviya has completed her Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology and is a Registered Psychotherapist. She has been trained in and draws from Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS; in training), and has practiced mindfulness for 10+ years (which is a core component of her work). 

Diviya is at Hard Feelings on Thursday mornings and Saturday afternoons.
To make an appointment to see Diviya, please contact her at diviyalewis.psychotherapy@protonmail.com

CURRENTLY NOT ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS  – Wait list CLOSED

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

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Ary Maharaj

Ary Maharaj

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

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Brendan McLarty

Brendan McLarty

MSW, RSW

Brendan is a Registered Social Worker who completed his MSW at the University of Toronto in 2016 and is employed as a social worker in the Immunodeficiency Clinic at Toronto General Hospital. He has extensive experience working with individuals from diverse backgrounds who are navigating life with mental health concerns, substance use challenges, and/or chronic illnesses. Brendan operates from a person-centered, transdiagnostic, trauma-informed approach and is trained in the use of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, while also incorporating Harm Reduction, Relapse Prevention, Mindfulness, and other Cognitive-Behavioral techniques into his practice. Sessions with Brendan are often experiential in nature, with a focus on developing present moment awareness of one’s inner and outer world. He firmly believes that every person possesses an expert knowledge of themselves, and aims to help them explore new techniques to move towards a life that is in line with their values.

Brendan is at Hard Feelings on Monday evenings.
To make an appointment to see Brendan, please contact him at mclartycounselling@gmail.com

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Becca Pearl

Becca Pearl

MEd, RP (Qualifying)

Becca Pearl is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with a Master of Education in Counselling Psychology from the University of Toronto. She has provided individual and group psychotherapy in community, university and hospital settings. Becca is queer-identifying and her psychotherapy practice is informed by her anti-oppressive and intersectional feminist values. The focus of her practice includes depression, anxiety, difficulties in relationships, childhood trauma, PTSD, gender identity and sexuality, and sexual violence. Based on your unique needs, Becca will incorporate components of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, Relational Psychotherapy and Emotion-Focused Therapy into a tailored therapeutic approach. She will work collaboratively with you to bolster your resilience, find a meaningful way to tell the story of your struggles and nurture your growth-fostering relationships.

Becca is at Hard Feelings on Monday mornings and Thursday afternoons.
To make an appointment to see Becca, please contact her at beccapearl.psychotherapy@gmail.com

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Lara Pierre

Lara Pierre

MSW, RSW

Lara is a Registered Social Worker with over 10 years of experience providing direct support to children, youth, young adults and families in community-based agencies. She has supported clients with issues including parent/child conflict, gender and/or sexual identity, anxiety, depression, and suicidal ideation. Grounded in an anti-oppressive and trauma-informed framework, Lara’s therapeutic approach integrates Narrative and Solution-Focused Therapies. Lara specializes in working with families, providing parent/caregiver support, drawing on Emotion-Focused Family TherapyThis model assists parents/caregivers to strengthen family relationships and communication, and to support their child with emotion regulation and a return to mental wellness. Lara creates a therapeutic environment that is transparent and collaborative, grounded in authenticity and compassion. She acknowledges and values the unique knowledge and skills each client brings to this work.

Lara is at Hard Feelings on Monday mornings.
To make an appointment to see Lara, please contact her at larap.therapy@gmail.com

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Jennifer Servinis

Jennifer Servinis

MSW, RSW

Jennifer is a Registered Social Worker who received her Masters in Social Work from the University of Toronto. She works with individuals, couples and families experiencing challenges and transitions in their personal lives and relationships, including issues resulting in high conflict, related to parenting, as well as communication and family breakdown, such as separation and divorce. Her practice is strengths-based, collaborative and draws upon mindfulness, relational, EFT and attachment theories. 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 practice is informed by her background as a lawyer and her work with clients and families with complex issues and experiences that intersect both law and social work.

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

CURRENTLY NOT ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS – Wait list OPEN

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 and Fridays.
To make an appointment to see Kate, please contact her at katescowen@gmail.com

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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 Tuesday evenings and Wednesday & Friday afternoons.
To make an appointment to see Corinne, please contact her at corinnesmirle@gmail.com

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Sonya V. Thursby

Sonya V. Thursby

DTATI, Cert (OACCPP), RP

Sonya is a Registered Psychotherapist 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 using colours, 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 Tuesdays.
To make an appointment to see Sonya, please contact her at sonya@blueskyarttherapy.ca

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Leslie Williams

Leslie Williams

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

CURRENTLY NOT ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS – Wait list CLOSED

 

 

Andi Yumansky

Andi Yumansky

MPS, RP (Qualifying)

Andi is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) who believes that, given the right therapeutic conditions, the potential for change lies within the client. Andi is queer and trans identified and understands the complexity surrounding non-normative gender and sexual identities. They have experience working in mental health organizations with issues such as grief, loss, life transitions, relationship challenges, navigating sexual/gender identity and existential questioning. Valuing the importance of the therapeutic relationship, Andi creates an environment which nurtures safety, compassion and authentic being. Andi honours the breadth of emotions in therapy and makes room for whatever challenges arise, with gentleness and care. Andi is trained in spiritually-integrated psychotherapy, and is passionate about supporting people to find meaning, purpose and hope in times of difficulty.

Andi is at Hard Feelings on Tuesdays and Wednesday & Friday mornings. 

To make an appointment to see Andi, please contact them at andi.yumansky@gmail.com

CURRENTLY NOT ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS – Wait list OPEN