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Mental Health Counselling

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Who can see one of our Mental Health Counsellors?

Rooted Family Wellness Centre mental health counsellors are Registered Social Workers or Registered Psychotherapists that offer services for adults, teens, children and families. Michele, Rachel and Sabrina offer services for teens and adults, and Kyana offers services for children, teens, families, couples and adults.

What can our Mental Health Team help with?

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. 

What can you expect at an appointment?

Using evidence-based approaches, our counsellors utilize 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.

Meet Our

Mental Health Counsellor

Stephanie Borgen, RSW, MSW
Stephanie is a dedicated Registered Social Worker who specializes in the perinatal field, focusing on the emotional well-being of those navigating reproductive challenges, as well as expectant and new mothers/birthers and their families.Stephanie completed her master's degree in Social Work at Carleton University, followed by specialized training in perinatal mental health. Her deep passion for supporting women during their transformative journey into motherhood began with her own lived experience navigating fertility and reproductive challenges and treatments, pregnancy, birth, and transitioning into motherhood. As a counsellor, Stephanie aims to provide compassion and understanding while serving as a trusted support for those navigating challenges across the perinatal spectrum. Stephanie’s client-centered, therapeutic approach is rooted in trust, compassion, and evidence-based interventions. She practices from an eclectic approach that draws on aspects of interpersonal therapy, attachment therapy, mindfulness, and dialectical behaviour therapy. Stephanie believes in providing a safe, judgment-free space for adults or teens to openly express their fears, anxieties, and struggles. Her work not only focuses on fertility challenges, perinatal mood disorders, relationship and family dynamics, and matrescence but also fosters emotional resilience, self-care, and healthy, secure mother-child bonding. Stephanie is committed to raising awareness of and advocating for perinatal mental health within the community. Stephanie provides services in English for adults and teens.
Anastasia Machan, R.E.C.E., B.A., M.A. Counselling Psychology (Candidate)
Anastasia is a passionate mental health counsellor and educator with extensive qualifications. She is an international public speaker, Registered Early Childhood Educator, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, a Master of Art degree in Women’s and Gender Studies and is currently a candidate in Yorkville University’s Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology with her Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) status to be issued in Spring of 2024. As a mother of three, one of whom is neurodiverse, she has a unique perspective on childhood mental health and family wellness. Anastasia offers family-centered counselling, nature-based play therapy, and attachment-focused care, specializing in neurotypical and neurodiverse children and youth development, women's health, and parenting. She also provides adult clients with virtual and in-person counseling sessions for mental health, parenting, and relationship challenges. Additionally, Anastasia offers environmental design services to create tailored spaces for children, and she excels in education and public speaking on family advocacy. Currently, Anastasia is billable under counselling and/or educational services. Please check with your insurance provider ahead of counselling and/or educational services to ensure coverage details and requirements for reimbursement. Beginning in Spring/Summer 2024, Anastasia will be billable under psychotherapeutic services under the majority of insurance plans.
Krista Fraser-King, MA, RP (Qualifying)
Krista completed her Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University, and holds Qualifying registrant status with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. She believes all individuals are capable of meaningful change, and approaches therapy collaboratively from a strengths-based, co-pilot stance. Through lived experience with fertility treatments, loss, and pregnancy/birth/parenting during the early stages of the pandemic, Krista developed a passion for supporting people, partners, and families facing perinatal distress. She appreciates the profound transitions involved throughout the perinatal period, all of which deserve compassionate, and timely support toward positive well-being for individuals, and families. Krista also volunteers with Postpartum Support International, connecting people to resources, and support. Her main areas of care include perinatal mental health, anxiety, depression, coping skills, fertility, grief support, self-compassion, parenting, and relationship issues. Using flexible and integrative approaches to therapy, Krista views the client as the expert of their lived experiences, applying strategies from cognitive-behavioral, attachment-based, humanistic, emotion-focused, experiential, somatic, and Gottman method therapy models. Krista has completed additional training certificates in Gottman method couples therapy (Level 1 and Level 2), as well as comprehensive courses in perinatal mental health issues. Krista provides virtual-only psychotherapy services in English for adults and couples in Ontario. Receipts will be issued including her registration number as a Qualifying registrant with the CRPO. Please check with your insurance provider ahead of services to ensure specific coverage details and requirements for reimbursement. Krista anticipates transferring out of Qualifying status, to full RP status in Fall 2024.Outside of professional passions, Krista enjoys practicing yoga, spending time with her family, walking the dog, baking, decorating, and cheering on the Toronto Raptors!
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. ** ON MATERNITY LEAVE **
Michele Pomerant, RP
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.