MICHELLE WILLIAMS // REGISTERED SOCIAL WORKER, PSYCHOTHERAPIST
BA Psychology, BSW, MSW, RSW
Michelle Williams is a strengths based and attachment informed therapist with a BA in Psychology from York University as well as a Bachelor of Social Work and a Master of Social Work from The University of Waterloo (RSW). Michelle is trained in relational and narrative modalities and considers systems theory, person-in-environment, as well as motivational interviewing while supporting clients.
After experiencing her own bereavement and working in hospice, Michelle went on to co-author a grief literacy training program (Being Here Human) that has been attended by over 1,000 participants in the last 4 years. In addition, Michelle is considered to be one of a handful of BIPOC Grief Experts in Canada, and is uniquely equipped to provide a safe environment for those processing a history of colonization, intergenerational grief, as well as the experiences of loss impacted by marginalization and intersections of identity. She also has a keen interest in supporting the experiences of menopause and post-menopause, and creating a space that is positive and validating to those in that phase of life.
Michelle is committed to creating a welcoming and inclusive environment where couples, families and individuals can safely begin to process their histories, grief, family dynamics, as well as any intrusive symptoms that have created a barrier to their experience of wellness. She is committed to walking with clients, and supporting them at whatever stage of life’s journey they find themselves in.
VIRTUAL SESSIONS: Available Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays
IN PERSON SESSIONS (BARRIE): Available Wednesdays & Thursdays
**CLIENT AGE 14+
THERESA MICELI // REGISTERED SOCIAL WORKER, PSYCHOTHERAPIST
BSW, MSW, RSW
Theresa Miceli is a Registered Social Worker with experience in the fields of substance use and addiction, eating disorders and body image, and gender-based violence. Theresa obtained her Bachelor of Social Work from Carleton University in 2019, and her Master of Social Work with a specialization in Social Justice and Diversity from University of Toronto in 2020.
Theresa practices counselling through a strength-based and trauma-informed lens. She believes her clients already have the capacity and skills to work through their challenges and that often, all we need is someone to guide us through that process. Theresa’s approach allows the client the opportunity to be the expert of their own experience and be in control of their counselling process. Theresa views everyone’s presenting challenges through the scope of their environment, development, and life experiences as opposed to an individual fault or flaw. Theresa utilizes her compassionate and empathetic personality, as well as humour to create a safe and helpful environment for change.
Theresa integrates interventions and skills from a variety of modalities such as Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Mindfulness. Her approach is individualized and customized to meet the unique needs of each client she works with.
VIRTUAL & IN PERSON SESSIONS AVAILABLE FRIDAYS, SATURDAYS & MONDAYS
**CLIENT AGE 13+
LAURA FESS // CLINICAL DIRECTOR, REGISTERED SOCIAL WORKER, PSYCHOTHERAPIST
CYW, BSW, MSW, RSW
Laura Fess has over a decade of experience working with youth, families and couples as they navigate various life experiences. She is an attachment and trauma-informed therapist with an advanced diploma in Child and Youth Work, as well as both an Undergraduate and Masters degree in Social Work (RSW). She has been trained in many modalities including: the Gottman Method, CBT, ACT, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness and SFBT.
As a social worker, Laura sees individuals, couples and families as a holistic system; one that includes history, family, experiences, location and cultural expressions. Her goal is to work with both the micro and macro elements of each system, utilizing evidence-based interventions to support clients as they process the roots of their needs as well as develop skills and tools to navigate various symptoms.
Laura is kind, bubbly, compassionate and committed to creating a judgement free environment where individuals, couples and families can safely explore how they experience the world, and the ways in which they want change. Laura is also a digital native and is proficient with the HIPAA & PIPEDA compliant Jane App for virtual therapy sessions; she welcomes both in-person (Covid policy compliant) as well as virtual bookings.
AVAILABLE MONDAYS, TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS
Jessica Ward // REGISTERED SOCIAL WORKER, PSYCHOTHERAPIST
BA in Global Development, Bachelor of Social Work, Master of Social Work, RSW
Jessica is a Registered Social Worker and Psychotherapist who has worked with children (8+), adolescents and adults across Ontario. Her approach is relational, person-centred and theoretically eclectic; drawing on a variety of evidence-based approaches. At the heart of her practice is relational therapy, but she also draws on narrative therapy, strength-based therapy, solution-oriented therapy, mindfulness-based interventions, and is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR).
She approaches her clients with a trauma-informed and anti-oppressive perspective, and strives to create a non-judgmental environment. She believes that therapy should be a human experience where individuals feel supported in exploring the vulnerable parts of themselves at their own pace, and on their own terms. With Jessica you can expect compassion, curiosity, lots of metaphors and a little bit of humour.
Jessica’s unique specialities include: chronic pain and/or illness, disabilities, anxiety, depression, grief, trauma reprocessing, stress/overwhelm, narcissistic abuse, trauma, EMDR or mindfulness based interventions and managing difficult life transitions.
VIRTUAL SESSIONS: Available Sundays, Tuesdays & Thursdays
IN PERSON SESSIONS (BARRIE): Tuesdays
**CLIENT AGE 19+
Jonathan Settembri // REGISTERED SOCIAL WORKER, PSYCHOTHERAPIST
BA in Human Rights and Equity Studies, BSW, MSW, RSW
Jonathan Settembri is a Registered Social Worker, Psychotherapist who has a comprehensive academic background in Human Rights and Equity Studies, Refugee and Migration Studies, and a Master of Social Work with specialized research in generational trauma. Through his work with the Red Cross, as well as other international organizations, Jonathan brings a unique competency to his work in private practice; utilizing his experiences in Inuit communities in Nunavut, newly arrived migrants, refugees and asylum seekers, Ukrainian newcomers and communities affected by natural disasters, as well as his own lived experiences to his lens and interpretation of the greater human story.
Jonathan is proficient in conducting comprehensive psychosocial assessments; crafting Individual, family, and group treatment plans for those navigating mental health or relational issues, while offering support in crises by integrating clinical and wholistic approaches. With warmth and compassion, Jonathan provides trauma-informed and neuro-affirmative psychotherapy in a safe space that validates your identities and experiences. With a practice rooted in anti-oppressive and holistic theories, the therapeutic environment will honour your strengths while fostering a journey towards healing, growth, and self discovery.
“I became a social worker because of the support I once received in a time of need, and wish to offer that back.”
VIRTUAL & IN PERSON SESSIONS AVAILABLE MONDAYS & WEDNESDAYS
**Client Age 14+
STEPHANIE KERR // REGISTERED SOCIAL WORKER, PSYCHOTHERAPIST
BSW, MSW, RSW
Stephanie is a Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers and achieved her Master of Social Work in 2013. Stephanie has been working in the Social Work field for over 10 years with people from various backgrounds.
Stephanie provides a focus on mental health and addictions work with clients and utilizes various practice modalities some of which include, solution-focused therapy, narrative therapy, cognitive-behavioural therapy, and a mindfulness/body awareness approach.
Stephanie has been fortunate enough to find her passion working with and helping others. She truly believes that change is possible, and the first step is overcoming apprehensions and making the call for support. Stephanie believes that through using various practice modalities along with working at the client’s pace, that true change and growth are possible, and those learned skills can be carried forward long-term to evoke positive change and self-discovery. Stephanie works to create a safe space that is non-judgemental, empathetic and where clients are free to discuss their specific goals and tell their story.
You are important, and Stephanie can assist you in developing skills to better your quality of life. Stephanie works to ensure that clients feel confident in utilizing the skills they have learned to live more full and enriched lives.
Stephanie works from an anti-oppressive lens and welcomes people from all different backgrounds.
VIRTUAL & IN PERSON SESSION VARY WEEKLY
CLIENT AGE 14+