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Therapy Session

Our Moderators

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Abbey Morris

​Specialties:

Eating Disorders

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

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Charlotte Munro

​Specialties:

Narcissistic Abuse Survivor Group and Postpartum Depression and Single Mothers by Choice (SMC)

Charlotte Munro is a former graduate of the Child and Youth Worker program at Fanshawe College and is currently an undergrad in the Indigenous Social Work program at Laurentian University. As a person with lived experience, Charlotte actively participates in patient engagement and has presented at addiction medicine conferences, co-authored opioid-related research and advised on drug policies. She is a SMBC (single mother by choice), an independent program facilitator, supporting individuals with barriers and their families, and a volunteer in various capacities. As a social justice advocate in her community, she promotes peer support, harm reduction, trauma-informed approaches and works to address social inequalities in marginalized populations. She is also an artist, mixed media creator, and avid vinyl collector

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Dedric Davidson

Specialties:

OCD

Dedric runs the OCD session Fridays at 7pm ET. Dedric is a Clinician at The OCD & Anxiety Treatment Center in Salt Lake City, Utah and does CBT, among much else with those suffering from OCD

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Gillian LaMariana

Specialties:

Attachment Group 

Gillian completed her undergraduate degree in Social Work at York University. Following this she completed her Master’s of Social Work at Wurzweiler School of Social Work in New York City in 2010. Upon completion of her Master’s degree, she gained full-time employment providing vocational support and counselling to individuals with barriers to employment. Following this, she began working with the York Region District School Board providing mental health services to students and families. Following nearly a decade of working in various mental health settings, Gillian began private practice in 2015. Her clinical areas of expertise include trauma (pre and post childhood), relationship and attachment issues, couples counselling, depression, anxiety, and behavioural analysis.

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Latisha Kwabiah

Specialties:

Relationships

 

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

 

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Matthew Ratz

Specialties:

Managing Bipolar to Live Your Best Life

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, once per month

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Melissa Walker

Specialties:

OCD 

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

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Paula Quinsee

Specialties:

Connected Couples

Paula is the Founder of Engaged Humans, facilitating connection between couples, men and women. She is a certified Imago Relationship Therapy Educator and Facilitator, NLP Practitioner, PDA Analyst, Coach and Trainer. Paula is also the author of 2 self-help guides: Embracing Conflict and Embracing No, regularly appears in the media and is an international speaker, advocate for mental health and activist for gender-based violence. For more info:  www.engagedhumans.com

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Willie Nicol

Specialties:

Anxiety & Stress

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

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Anastasiia-Lei Yang

​Specialties:

Student Life and Well-Being

Anastasiia is a half-Russian, half-Chinese psychology and film student at NYU Abu Dhabi, where she is pursuing a career as a sexologist. Having switched high schools four times across four different countries, she understands student challenges well. Coming from a low socio-economic background, she has coped with being a scholarship student and understands the difficulties of dealing with academic pressure while attempting to explore one's identity. Independent since the age of 15, she began documenting her journey of navigating adulting in her TEDx Talk "My Digital School of Life" and subsequently in her documentary "A Portrait of Adolescence," which premiered at the GGM international festival in Germany

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Colleen Qvist

Specialties:

Changing Your Thoughts and Mindset Depression

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

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Elena Hatzakos

Specialties:

Depression Parenting & Grief

Elena Hatzakos is a Licensed Clinician and an Advanced Life Coach who founded a practice that merges the two fields meant to improve one's quality of life. Elena, a veteran of the field for over a decade is also a mommy of two boys. She is here to help you build a network of support to keep you grounded and loving all aspects of your life.

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Julie McLennan

Specialties:

 ADHD Peer Support Group, The Accountability Group, and The Autism Group

Julie has worked in the field of mental health for 25 years and is registered with the Canadian College of Professional Counsellors and Psychotherapists 

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Laura Moll

Specialties:

Living with Chronic Pain, Illness & Disability

 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

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Maurice Beauchesne

Specialties:

The Men's Group

Maurice has a strong foundation in the fields of community and justice service, along with addiction and
mental health. He resides in Ottawa and works as an addiction counsellor aiding vulnerable populations.
Maurice understands the importance of a client-centred approach as he has lived experience with
addictions and mental health. As a person who has experienced anxiety and catastrophic thinking, he
understands how essential it is to have some form of support, especially for men. Maurice offers a safe
and non-judgmental environment for men to discuss how they are feeling, their mental health issues
and anything that is on their minds

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Monja Brink

Specialties:

The LGBTQ Group

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Stopping Addiction and Starting aNew Life

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

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Bernisha Thomas

​Specialties:

Healing and Recovery from Trauma &

Relationships

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

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Daphne Ballantine

Specialties:

Women's Group for Self-Love and Self-Esteem and Grief

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." 

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Gabriela Dagenais

Specialties:

 The Entrepreneurs Group

Gabriela is a bilingual advocate for mental health, a registered nurse psychotherapist with the College of Nurses of Ontario, and a former mental health nurse.

She has worked in psychiatry and emergency medicine in Ottawa and volunteered at the Francophone Help Phone Line (Tel-Aide).

In 2020, Gabriela made a career change from nursing to marketing—and opened her own business as a social media manager. She wants to help women take their lives into their own hands by supporting them on their career change or/and entrepreneurship journey

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Kofi Ansu-Gyeabour

Specialties:

Relationships

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

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Lydia Davies

Specialties:

OCD

Lydia Davies is 34 years old and lives on the Sunshine Coast, Australia. She remembers having symptoms of OCD since the age of 5, yet was only diagnosed at 24. She has attended the Friday night OCD support group since November 2021, & loves to connect with & support others who are on a similar journey to her. She has struggled extensively with her own somatic OCD, religious OCD/scrupulosity, "just right" OCD, dermatillomania (Compulsive skin picking), & has tasted and can relate to most of the other various subtypes of OCD, including sexually intrusive thoughts. She was able to get specialised OCD treatment in 2021, & has since managed to overcome a lot of her OCD, although it is still something she deals with & attempts to manage daily. She was able to share her Story on The OCD Stories podcast in Jan 2023. She loves drawing, surfing, hiking, & spending time at the local bird sanctuary.

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Maurice Thibodeau

Specialties:

Find Your Next Step- Life Design and Direction

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

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Naama Babos

Specialties:

The "Adulting" Group

Naama is an advocate for community and healing through words and connections. As an OCT registered teacher with a degree in Professional Writing and certification in Moral and Political Philosophy, she brings a strong sense of social justice to her work. Having worked in education across various cultures, she believes in the power of cross-cultural exchange and the value of learning from one another. Naama's own journey of self-discovery through extensive travel has inspired her to assist others on their paths. She is passionate about sharing her experiences and applying her knowledge to contribute to the growth and healing of others. Naama's curiosity drives her to explore different perspectives and ways of being. She finds joy in connecting with others and empowering them to embark on their own transformative journeys of self-discovery. With a deep belief in the power of community and personal connections, Naama is dedicated to fostering growth and healing through her work and lived experiences

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Suramya Agrawal

Specialties:

Anxiety & Stress

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

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