COVID-19 UPDATE

Until further notice, the counsellors in our community of practice have moved their work online. Please contact them directly to find out about connecting remotely.

ONLINE SINGLE SESSION COUNSELLING: During this time, some of the counsellors are also offering single session counselling in response to the increased demand for support. This is an opportunity to connect with a counsellor and get some support around mental health challenges you might be experiencing in the moment.

Please note: This is NOT A CRISIS SERVICE. If you are in crisis, please go to your nearest hospital emergency department or call the Gerstein Crisis Centre at 416-929-5200.

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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. 

Kaitlyn Axelrod

Kaitlyn Axelrod

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

CURRENTLY NOT ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS – Wait list CLOSED

Aviva Bellman

Aviva Bellman

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

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 available on Wednesday evenings, Thursday afternoons, Fridays and Saturday afternoons.
To make an appointment to see Heidi, please contact her at heidicho.therapy@gmail.com

ON LEAVE UNTIL JULY 2021

Justyna Czechowska

Justyna Czechowska

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

 

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 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

 

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 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

AVAILABLE FOR ONLINE SINGLE SESSION COUNSELLING

 

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 available 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 CLOSED

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 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

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 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 CLOSED

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 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

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 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 CLOSED

Sital Parmar

Sital Parmar

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

Niles Patel

MSW, RSW

Niles is a Registered Social Worker who completed his MSW at the University of Toronto, and degrees in clinical psychology in South Africa. He has previously worked with children, youth and families, and currently works as a therapist at the University of Toronto, as well as in private practice. His practice approach is informed by attachment theory, psychodynamic-relational perspectives, emotion-focused therapy, and narrative therapy. Grounded in anti-oppressive, anti-racist and trauma-informed practices, Niles offers an open minded, strengths-based outlook towards well-being. Niles supports individuals and couples impacted by depression, loss and grief, anxiety, life stresses, relationship 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

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 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

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 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

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 person-centred art therapy and talk therapy approaches 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. Images resulting from the art therapy process are explored as documents of lived experiences. Sonya has experience in many areas including life transitions, relationships, self-esteem, depression, anxiety, parenting, immigration and settlement, trauma including relational and developmental trauma, and eating disorders. No art skills or experience are required to undertake art therapy.

Sonya is available on Tuesdays.
To make an appointment to see Sonya, please contact her at sonya@blueskyarttherapy.ca

CURRENTLY NOT ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS – Wait list CLOSED

 

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 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 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 available on Tuesdays and Wednesday & Friday mornings. 

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

ON LEAVE UNTIL JULY 2021