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Online Therapy and Counselling for Durham Region & GTA
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For the last 31 years I have been serving, leading and coaching individuals with a diverse range of needs. I have worked in Canada’s urban centers, rural communities, and aboriginal communities and throughout the West Indies and USA.
I respect and admire diversity in the complexity of our individual uniqueness and the simplicity of our commonalities. I am passionately interested in the lives of people; specifically, in assisting them to set and meet personal goals and achieve a high level of overall wellness.
In my practice I recognize the advantage of education in building a persons’ self- worth and confidence, often supporting clients to seek opportunities to advance their skills in both formal and informal settings.
Every individual has the potential to be successful. Often individuals present with a unique range of challenges, be it emotional, cognitive, in our relationships both professionally and personal, and financial issues that may hinder our success. Therefore, it is imperative that we recognize problem areas, even highlighting some of our previous successes and then embark in some goal & value-oriented planning, uniquely tailored to each individual(s).
When working collaboratively with clients, we as counsellors here at Voice of Hope Counselling & Wellness Centre have been recognized as being authentic, providing a nurturing and engaging cultural atmosphere, where the client(s) can develop a sense of connectedness throughout the therapeutic process. It’s important for us to be engaging to our client(s) as we build our alliance toward the quality of life they are longing for; experiencing the power of life transformation, mindfully active in your lives, taking control of your journey, and build self- regulation skills that will empower you to actualize your full potential!
As CEO and in my role as a Registered Psychotherapist, I strive to support clients through, skills development, goal setting, accessing various community supports and being present, in the “here and now” for each client.
My approach is solution-focused in nature; I have an optimistic approach to identifying and building strengths. Establishing trust and building a positive and respectful relationship is paramount. I encourage and assist individuals in finding their voice in our sessions while I listening intently, paraphrase their words for clarification and reflection, expressing empathy, and having respect in their struggles. Encouragement, appreciative reflection, creativity, rapport building and co- constructing goal plans are the tools I rely on to encourage growth.
My genuine passion is people. It is my desire to assist YOU, in charting your course for success and personal happiness; bringing strength and encouragement while helping YOU achieve personal fulfillment, wholeness and tranquility within YOUR life!
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In her spare time, Shalini loves to sing, dance, play with her dogs, and watch Netflix romcoms. She is very personable, adaptable, and loves meeting new people.
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Hello! My name is Andrea James and I am a Registered Psychotherapist with eighteen years experience working in a variety of settings helping people to achieve their goals.
Born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, to Caribbean parents, I earned my Master’s Degree at McGill in Education and Counseling Psychology and I am registered with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. I am also a member of the Ontario College of teachers. I speak functional French.
I believe in working in partnership with clients, utilizing their strengths to help them with challenges and to achieve desired goals. It is important to me as a therapist to explore all aspects of an individual’s life that impacts their well-being including physical health, support systems, work/school environment and spirituality.
On a personal level, I am passionate about sports, food, dancing, and entertaining. When I am not helping in the professional sense, I appreciate time decompressing with my family.
Do not hesitate to contact the office to book an appointment today! I would love the opportunity to start a journey together.
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Andrae is a psychotherapist who has worked in community, residential, and hospital settings supporting mental health. He is passionate about helping individuals and families through life’s difficulties and uses a calm and compassionate approach to create a space where his clients feel safe in exploring their challenges.
Andrae has experience treating a range of mental health and relational challenges, which include mood disorders, eating disorders, and trauma. Andrae also has a special interest in helping males become emotionally and spiritually healthy.
Working from an attachment-based, trauma-informed lens Andrae utilizes a range of therapeutic modalities. He works with his clients to build a road map toward their therapeutic and relational goals by exploring where they have come from and where they would like to go while supporting them with practical tools for their journey.
Andrae obtained his Masters in Social Work from the University of Windsor and is in good standing with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW).
Outside of supporting others professionally Andrae enjoys spending time with his wife and three children doing all things active. He also plays piano and bass guitar in his free time.
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Hello! My name is Brooke and I am a registered psychotherapist (qualifying) here at Voice of Hope. I aspire to offer an empathetic, soothing, and non-judgmental presence where you can feel safe to share your story. I care deeply for others and am passionate about cultivating authentic therapeutic connections and genuine support so that you can grow, flourish, and achieve wellness in your life. I proudly identify as a queer woman who is passionate about creating a safe space where the unique needs of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community are supported. Honouring diversity is very important to me, so I’ve made it my mission to create a counselling environment where everyone’s unique intersectional identity is acknowledged and celebrated.
Whether your goal is to explore your gender identity or sexuality, build self-confidence, overcome depression or anxiety, improve your relationships, navigate difficult life transitions, begin the process of healing, find purpose and meaning in life, or understand yourself on a deeper level, I am here to support you. I would love to help you discover your innate strengths, passions, and values and offer you tools that will help you navigate life and achieve your goals.
My hope is to validate you in whatever capacity you show up to counselling. Whether you are ready to dive into deep self-exploration or are still hesitant about seeking counselling (or somewhere in between), I encourage you to take that step today. I would love nothing more than to meet you where you are and walk alongside you on your journey to wellness.
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