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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, and couples. Michele and Samantha offer in-person and virtual services for adults, Stephanie works with teens and adults in-person or virtually and Krista offers services for couples and adults virtual only.

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, 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

Samantha Gray, RP
Samantha is a Registered Psychotherapist with over 10 years of Mental Health Counselling experience. Samantha emphasizes compassion, trust, safety, and choice in the therapeutic relationship to foster resilience. Samantha takes a Holistic approach to Counselling, integrating Emotion-Focused, Cognitive-Behavioural, Dialectical-Behavioural, Interpersonal, and Attachment Therapies. Through her lived experience with Postpartum Mental Health, Samantha developed a deep appreciation and passion for supporting mothers/birthers and partners through the delicate, vulnerable, and transformative perinatal period. Through building a village of support, Samantha found ways to cope with scary and intrusive thoughts, guilt, grief, and identity change. This helped her develop confidence, hope, and life-long connections. Samantha now hopes to be a member of her clients’ village, guiding them to be the parent they want to be; aligned with their values and intuition. She helps her clients achieve their goals by teaching emotion regulation, distress tolerance skills, and mindfulness while uprooting and dismantling unhelpful thinking and behaviour patterns. Samantha specializes in treating adults with anxiety, depression, PTSD, childhood abuse, trauma, substance use disorder, and eating disorders. Samantha offers in-person and virtual care. As a Registered Psychotherapist, Samantha’s services are covered by most extended health benefits plans. Please check with your insurance provider to ensure reimbursement. Samantha brings authenticity, humour, and optimism to her work, welcoming all emotions, experiences, and struggles without judgement. She sees adult clients (18+) and provides her services in English.
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.
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
**CURRENTLY NOT ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS** 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.