Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all counselling has been moved online until further notice. Please contact counsellors directly to find out about connecting remotely.

The Counsellors

OPEN WAIT LISTSIf 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. 

Kaitlyn Axelrod (she/her)

Kaitlyn Axelrod (she/her)

MSW, RSW

Kaitlyn is a Registered Social Worker who primarily works with folks experiencing eating disorders and disordered eating. Kaitlyn believes that our relationships with food and our bodies are complicated, and most often tied to other parts of our lives and challenges we face (such as anxiety, depression, perfectionism, substance use, and life transitions). Non-judgmentally, she will support you in identifying which behaviours are working for you and which ones are no longer helpful so that together, you can identify attainable goals and work towards creating meaningful change. While recognizing the impact of systemic factors on mental and physical health, Kaitlyn will use elements of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to support you in developing a more positive relationship with food and your body. Kaitlyn’s practice is informed by Harm Reduction and Health at Every Size® frameworks.

Kaitlyn is available on Wednesday evenings.
To make an appointment to see Kaitlyn, please contact her at axelrod.therapy@gmail.com

CURRENTLY NOT ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS – Wait list OPEN

Aviva Bellman (she/her)

Aviva Bellman (she/her)

MSW, RSW

Aviva is a Registered Social Worker who specializes in compulsive helping, the act of prioritizing other people’s feelings and needs at the expense of one’s own. This can manifest as anxiety, depression, burnout, or general unhappiness. Drawing on Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), Aviva helps “compulsive helpers” 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 Thursday afternoons.
To make an appointment to see Aviva, please contact her at avivacbellman@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

Justyna Czechowska (she/her)

Justyna Czechowska (she/her)

MA, CCC, RP

Justyna is a Registered Psychotherapist who has worked with individuals and families in various community mental health settings. Justyna incorporates into her work a trauma-informed, strengths-based, relationship-based philosophy of care and a belief in the resilience of individuals. Her approach is multi-modal, intended to create an individualistically tailored experience that draws from Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Mindfulness and Attachment models. Justyna has experience supporting individuals impacted by trauma, anxiety, depression, mood disorders, stress, and self-criticism. Justyna strives to empower clients to make choices that support their growth and development and promote adoption of positive coping skills to foster greater resiliency in the pursuit of current and future goals. 

Justyna is available on Thursday evenings.
To make an appointment to see Justyna, please contact her at justynacpsychotherapy@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-femisnist lens, offering a non-judgemental, safe and accepting space for her clients to build their resilience.

Tiina is available weekday mornings and Wednesday evenings.
To make an appointment to see Tiina, please contact her at tiinaailatherapy@gmail.com

CURRENTLY NOT ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS -Wait list CLOSED

Allison Elliot (she/her)

Allison Elliot (she/her)

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 available on Wednesdays.
To make an appointment to see Allison, please contact her at allisonmargaretelliott@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, depression, relationship issues, body image, and self-esteem. 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 Monday and Thursday evenings, and Friday afternoons
To make an appointment to see Arielle, please contact her at ariellecounselling@gmail.com

CURRENTLY NOT ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS – Wait list OPEN

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

 

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

Brendan McLarty (he/him)

Brendan McLarty (he/him)

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-Behavioural 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 available on Tuesday & Wednesday evenings.
To make an appointment to see Brendan, please contact him at mclartycounselling@gmail.com

CURRENTLY NOT ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS – Wait list OPEN

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, depression, 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 Thursday mornings.
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 OPEN

Niles Patel (he/him)

Niles Patel (he/him)

MSW, RSW

Niles is a psychotherapist who completed his MSW at the University of Toronto, and degrees in clinical psychology in South Africa. He has previously worked as a therapist at the University of Toronto, and as a therapist with individuals and families at agency level. His practice approach is informed by an integration of psychodynamic-relational therapies, emotion-focused therapy, attachment theory, and brief & solution-focused therapy. Grounded in anti-oppressive, anti-racist and trauma-informed practices, Niles offers an open minded, non-judgmental, strengths-based outlook towards well-being. Niles supports individuals and couples impacted by depression, loss and grief, anxiety, life stresses, relationship/communication concerns, and family stressors, focusing on collaboration and the therapeutic alliance as tools for change.

Niles is available on alternate Saturday afternoons.
To make an appointment to see Niles, please contact him at nilesp7@gmail.com

CURRENTLY NOT ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS – Wait list CLOSED 

Jesse Schwartz (she/her)

Jesse Schwartz (she/her)

MSW, RSW

Jesse is a queer-identified Registered Social Worker with experience in community-based settings addressing complex mental health concerns. She is guided by an anti-oppressive, trauma-informed approach, harnessing a non-judgemental sense of curiosity to build an open and transparent relationship with her clients. Jessica draws on Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and Narrative Therapy techniques to ensure that her clients find a voice that is truly their own. She has extensive experience supporting clients with depression, anxiety, relationship conflict, and sexual violence histories. Jessica also specializes in supporting individuals and couples new to counselling, guiding them through the vulnerable process with clarity and warmth. She believes that everyone is the expert of their own experiences and strives to give her clients the opportunity to tackle their lives with greater motivation, ease, and joy.

Jesse is available on weekdays between 9:30am – 6:30pm.
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 evenings & Friday afternoons.
To make an appointment to see Corinne, please contact her at corinnesmirle@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 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 OPEN