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Mental Health Counselling

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RFWC mental health counsellors are Registered Social Workers or Registered Psychotherapists that offer services for adults, teens, children and families. RFWC mental health counsellors offer services in treating a variety of issues such as adjustment/life transitions, grief/loss, trauma, stress, anxiety, depression, body dysmorphic disorder, addiction, ADHD, anger management, behavioural problems, eating disorders, adjustment/life transitions, low self esteem. Other common issues include difficulties with fertility/pregnancy, postpartum period, relationships, assertiveness or coping skills. They work collaboratively with clients to understand their needs, develop goals and individualized treatment plans. 

Using evidence-based approaches, our counsellors utilise various approaches to treatment such as CBT, solution-focused, mindfulness, behaviour modification, DBT, play therapy, trauma informed interventions, reconciliation therapy among others depending on client's needs. 

Our therapists strive to bring a culturally sensitive approach into their therapeutic space.and are committed to build on their client’s existing strengths and support their goals through a safe and non-judgmental environment. If you have private insurance coverage, please check your plan for detailed coverage information.

We offer services for children, teens, families and adults in English (Linda Gervais offers services in French and English).

Meet Our

Mental Health Counsellor

Rachel Paveling, RSW
Rachel is a Registered Social Worker with multiple years of experience supporting individuals and families from all walks of life. She believes that each person’s journey is different, and deserves to be heard and honoured. As a counsellor, Rachel works from a strength-based approach that values the client as the expert on their situation, and aims to support and empower clients during their work together. She has experience working with a variety of issues including depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, and relationship challenges. Rachel’s passion is working with women and their families during the perinatal period, including working with concerns such as postpartum depression and anxiety, birth trauma, pregnancy/infant loss, and identity navigation. She practices from an eclectic approach, pulling from models such as cognitive behavioural therapy, brief solution-focused work, dialectical behavioural therapy, and interpersonal therapy. She also recognizes the importance of the genuineness in therapeutic relationships, and always brings humanity to each sessions. Rachel is committed to supporting adults, teens, and families as they navigate life’s challenges with compassion, humour, warmth, and authenticity. Rachel provides services in English for teens and adults.
Kyana Dyaji, Registered Psychotherapist
As Registered Psychotherapist, Kyana offer services in treating a variety of issues such as anxiety, depression, body dysmorphic disorder, addiction, low self esteem, ADHD, anger management, behavioural problems, grief/loss, trauma, stress, adjustment/life transitions, and difficulties with relationship/assertiveness/coping skills. She works collaboratively with clients to understand their needs, develop goals and individualized treatment plans. She believes everyone deserves to be heard, respected, and understood. Kyana works within an evidence-based approach, utilizing an eclectic approach to treatment such as CBT, solution-focused, mindfulness, behaviour modification, DBT, play therapy, trauma-informed interventions, motivational interviewing and sometimes incorporating music into therapy depending on the client's needs. She strives to provide a warm, safe, genuine and non-judgmental environment and foster a healthy therapeutic relationship which is vital to effective treatment. Helping people is Kyana's passion. This comes easily and gives her a sense of fulfillment to counsel people who are in distress and helping improve their quality of life. She is an active and empathic listener and a culturally-sensitive practitioner. She promotes openness and draws upon her client's strength to build resiliency. She works with children, youth, adults and couples. Kyana provides services in English.
Linda Gervais, Child & Family Therapist, RSW
Linda is a clinical therapist and a registered social worker. She has over 25 years of experience working with children, families and individuals as an agent of support and guidance.‍ Drawing from a variety of methods, Linda creates a tailored approach for each individual and situation. As a therapist and a registered social worker, she is warm, open, encouraging and direct. She considers herself an active therapist, combining experience, education, creativity, and sense of humour with a down-to-earth, realistic approach to counselling. Amongst her areas of expertise are child welfare, high conflict marriage, parent-child conflict, divorce, separation, post-separation contact, parent alienation, grief, substance abuse, child abuse, anxiety, depression, anger and stress management. Linda combines traditional complementary methodology and holistic methods to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. She strives to bring a culturally sensitive approach into her therapeutic space. Linda is committed to assisting each individual build on their existing strengths and support their goals through a safe and non-judgmental environment. Her goal is to help children, families and individuals reach their highest potential and to help families live more harmonious and happier lives. Treatment Orientation:Under the umbrella of the family-systems approach, modalities used in treatment may include play therapy, CBT, DBT, reunification therapy and mindfulness based interventions. therapy from a strengths-based approach, anti-oppressive and trauma-informed lens while working with children, youth, adults, and families.Languages Spoken:English and French. **She can see clients virtually only**
Michele Pomerant, Registered Psychotherapist
Michele Pomerant is a Registered Psychotherapist who works at building a safe and therapeutic relationship that provides the emotional and mental health support that is so very needed at such a transitional time. She recognizes the core of any therapeutic treatment begins with a client-centred approach that is built on the foundations of empathy, compassion and is always judgement free. As a therapist, Michele works with anxiety, depression, grief and loss, anger management, guilt, self-esteem, identity, perfectionism, boundary setting, addiction and is trauma-informed. She works from an integrative model, drawing on aspects of CBT, Mindfulness-Based CBT, Interpersonal Therapy, Attachment Therapy and Emotionally Focused Therapy, working with clients in a collaborative manner to find the best fit. Michele is passionate about working with parents in the perinatal period and has a long history of working in different settings, offering support and guidance. She is trained in Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorder and Advanced Perinatal Mental Health Psychotherapy.

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