Abbey is a registered Yoga & Meditation Instructor and Mindfulness Educator living in Niagara Ontario. Abbey's passion for supporting others and promoting a mindful lifestyle derives from the transformative healing potential she found through yoga & meditation while struggling with an eating disorder. She excels with supporting teens in finding a healthy way to engage in the world of social media
Christina is an Executive Coach and Consultant who specializes in helping men who are outwardly successful but inwardly unfulfilled. Additionally, she helps male-dominated teams reinvent their workplace cultures. Christina has seen what happens when men are able to take off their armor - and the results are truly remarkable. Taking off one’s armor leads to better and more authentic relationships, the release of burdensome and even depressive thoughts and feelings, greater business and career success, and a deep sense of personal fulfillment. These changes not only impact the men who are making them, but they also impact the people in their lives and society as a whole
Daphne is a compassionate peer support specialist who supports others who wish to implement a wellness-oriented lifestyle. She believes that everyone can achieve wellness, both personally and professionally. Daphne has over 20 years of providing training programs that promote growth, empowerment, and teamwork. She believes people have the ability to achieve anything when they receive the right support and leadership.
Daphne’s passion is to promote people’s wellness and boost employee satisfaction. She has co-authored a national warm-line training for people who want to transform their lives. She has a knack for helping others who need a new way to live. Daphne has offered her expertise in co-creating the nation’s first Integrated Forensic Peer Support Curriculum, and she believes in the power of togetherness and collaboration. Daphne is also the author of "365 Days of Peer Support: Sharing Hope Through Experience."
Jentien ten Heuvel
Jentien (Jenny) lives in the Netherlands with her partner and foster daughter. She will turn 60 in January 2022 and that is a fact that gives her lots of thinking material. In the last few years her mood disorder has minimized to liveable proportions and has led to a stable and fruitful life over the last few years. All her years of studying and working despite her unusual state of mind for most of the time, has given her great life experience which she has used in her role as a professional peer support worker. She would love to share this with all those who look for a good conversation about living with a mood disorder / spiritual experience.
She will running the Grief and Loss group one Thursday at 1pm ET per month
Kofi is a social worker with a diverse range of experience in this field. For 15 years he's worked with individuals, caregivers, children, extended family members and collaborated with various agencies and service providers. Kofi runs the Relationships Group Saturdays at 1pm ET
Matthew is a mental health peer-support specialist, nonprofit leader, educator, and author living in the suburbs of Washington, DC. As a person with lived experience, Matthew uses his own story as a channel for others to heal through. Professionally, Matthew commits his time and energy to expand opportunities for professionals with mental illness in the DC Metro area and across the US. He’ll be running "Managing Bipolar to Live your Best Life" group Tuesdays at 5:30pm ET
Melissa runs her OCD session Mondays at Noon ET. She believes in meeting clients where they are at in their mental health journey, and working from there. With lived experience of OCD, Melissa is committed to supporting folks to reach their goals and create a life where they are in charge. Melissa is trained in Exposure with Response Prevention for the treatment of OCD by the Centre for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
Sophie holds a degree in psychology from Queen’s university, is a registered holistic nutritionist and certified health & life coach. Throughout her own personal high-conflict divorce, Sophie was introduced to a silent community of people struggling emotionally & financially to get back on their feet. Those people inspired her to develop programs to help navigate through their own life challenges. Sophie’s heart-centred approach offers tools & strategies designed to help rebuild health, wealth & happiness
Colleen is a Credentialed Master Coach CMP. She has 30 years' experience of working in and with organizations and focusing on growing people and in turn organizations. She creates a space for people to be vulnerable and and to feel non-judged as they come to terms with change, connection, managing their stress, achieving BIG goals and finding the meaning in their lives
Josh is a registered psychotherapist (qualifying) who works in Toronto, Ontario (Canada). His areas of expertise include depression, trauma and bereavement/grief. Josh's therapeutic style prioritizes the idiosyncratic and inevitably unique relationships between himself and his clients, and often makes use of his lived experience as a means of crafting an empathic environment for the people he works with.
Josh has spent the last two years working with clients at his private practice. He has spent time providing volunteer peer support to grieving individuals at the Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities, and completed a practicum in the community health sector. He lives in downtown Toronto, and has been known to play copious amounts of Elden Ring and Fortnite in his off hours
Latisha is a graduate from the Social Service Worker program at George Brown College and has her diploma in Early Childhood Education through Georgian College. She'll be running two groups, our second group on Relationships Mondays at 10am & our third group on Healing and Recovery from Trauma Sundays at 4pm ET. Latisha has an extensive background working with children, youth and adults that have experienced various levels of abuse, anger, and trauma. She has experience in counselling and crisis support within a trauma-informed, anti-racist and anti-oppressive framework
Maurice Thibodeau is a creator and a connector. As a Certified Master Hypnotherapist trained in Accelerated Emotional Release Therapy and a professional facilitator, Maurice's magic is in his ability to connect with people and pull out their wisdom. In a session with Maurice, you'll know more about yourself and have greater clarity of where to go next. He sees his job as partnering with you to find it what you need most. In group sessions, all participants benefit from the process, each learning and being present for the others. Maurice is a father of 3, husband of one, a lover of animals and nature, with a passion for business and entrepreneurship. He loves connecting with people and making ideas come alive. He lives on 80 acres North of Winnipeg, MB, where they host festivals and private personal development retreats in the summer. He is the creator of the Life Inventory Assessment - an assessment that helps individuals become clear on their life priorities and direction
As someone with her own personal journey with addiction and mental health, with a passion for aiding others through a journey of healing, Monja believes without a doubt that everyone deserves to belong and thrive.
With International experience and extensive knowledge in the field, Monja offers support to others with their own struggles with their recovery process.
As a recovery mentor, she can aid individuals to reconnect to their inner self and receive peer support in a safe and non-judgemental space, from others who really understand and accept them for who they are
Suramya has an expertise of working with issues of transitional age, 5+ years of working with adolescents and young adults who never cease to impress her. She has successfully handled both clinical and non-clinical issues; such as anxiety, trauma, adjustment issues, peer relationships, transitional challenges, to name a few. With the experience of working in high paced, extremely demanding clinical settings she has thoroughly polished her skills of initial interview, assessments and several modes of therapy such as Narrative, EFT, SFBT, Mindfulness, Art & Play therapy. She loves the challenges of working in the mental health industry as it only makes her a better professional and better person
Bernisha is a writer and mental health peer-support specialist from Ontario, Canada, and studying Psychological first aid through Johns Hopkins University. With 7 years of experience in peer support group moderation in relationships and trauma spaces, Bernisha channels her plethora of lived experiences to help others begin the journey to connect with and heal themselves. She’ll be running the Healing and Recovery From Trauma Group Tuesdays at 7:00pm ET
If you are struggling with feelings of overwhelm, brain fog, or just feeling stuck and stagnant, this group is offered to help move you through to the next phase. During each session we will get together on our mats to find stillness and support. The first 30-45 min will be a gentle yoga flow followed by group discussion and peer support. As we say in yoga, "The issues are in the tissues" and this is a time to speak to the feelings, emotions, and ideas that come up during your practice
Ena has been a practicing psychotherapist since 1988 and maintains a
private practice in Etobicoke. From the onset Ena has been working
with adult children from abusive households who are having difficulty
letting go of dysfunctional and self-destructive behaviours. Much of
her focus has been on emotional eating and she challenges her clients
to examine their behavioural and psychological issues that may
encourage them to make inappropriate choices. Her ‘Common Sense
Approaches to Eating’ encourages her clients to examine the aspects of
their lives that contribute to unhealthy eating and provides an impetus
for change. Furthermore, after the
untimely death of her husband in 2002, Ena immersed herself in
bereavement courses to support her through her own grief and
eventually incorporate her learnings into her practice. For several years
Ena facilitated bereavement sessions at her synagogue and since the
pandemic has been reaching individuals by phone.
“Time does not heal, but healing takes time and only if you allow the
healing to take place.”
Laura created this session which is close to heart, as she has personal experience with it, “Living with Chronic Illness and Disability”. Laura is a Certified Social Worker and Grief Therapist with extensive knowledge and experience in research and counselling in the fields of aging, disability and rehabilitation. Laura is experienced in psychosocial/psychoeducational assessment, counselling, practicing as a group facilitator and experienced lecturer
Megan is a Registered Social Worker who obtained her Masters of Social Work from University of Toronto and her Bachelor of Social Work from Ryerson University. Over the past ten years she has worked with adolescents, youth, adults and families in several different settings including community mental health, hospital, crisis services, school and live in treatment homes. She has worked with people experiencing a wide range of complex needs and challenges such as developmental, cognitive, physical and mental. She is passionate about helping others and works collaboratively from a strengths based, trauma informed and person-centred approach. She has provided individual, group and family therapy using an eclectic mix of therapeutic modalities such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Emotion Focused Therapy and Narrative Therapy. She also has personal experience living with mental health challenges that enhances the work she does
As someone who has been battling mental illness since childhood and having several family members with varying degrees of mental health conditions, Ryan has been surrounded by the mental health world all his life. He decided to become an actor to convey his creative mind and express the emotions he was struggling with. Ryan has a DEC in Professional Theatre from Dawson College in Montreal and has been a working actor for over 8 years. Drawing on his experiences, he decided to get a certificate in Peer Counseling, and continues his studies to help those with improving their mental well-being. Ryan will be hosting Guidance for Artists every Tuesday at 11:30am ET
Willie gained a Law Degree from the University of Glasgow, Scotland, before having a career as a Police Officer for thirty one years, followed by nearly seven years in corporate security management. Drawing on that experience and the skills he had acquired, four years ago he set up his own business as a personal development and change coach. He is a certificated Life Coach, Hypnotherapist and Practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP).
He will be running the Anxiety & Stress group Fridays at 10am ET