Larisa Fry MA, RP(Counselling, Psychology),
Focus: Individual Counselling; Trauma, Abuse, ADHD, Individual career & Educational Planning & Coaching
Specialty: Trauma, including EMDR therapy
Solution Focused Therapist
As a Therapist, I have 15 years of experience working with children, adolescences, and adults, in not-for-profit environments .
I know that placing your trust and hope in the hands of another is among the most difficult decision one can make. I understand the importance of this choice, as well the feelings of vulnerability you may feel in taking this first step. Finding someone with whom you can trust to help support change while you improve the balance in your life and success in your future endeavours can be a challenge.
I believe that by focusing on individual strengths and abilities can help to empower change, learning and acceptance. I believe every person is entitled and deserving of respect, privacy and safe, confidential services. As a resident of the Niagara Region I bring 15 years experience working with children, adolescents and adults. Holding an MA in Counselling, Psychology, I bring my hands on work experience and education to provide you quality, confidential counselling, with you in the drivers’ seat.
"Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending." ~ Maria Robinson
Kofi Ansu-Gyeabour, MSW, RSW
Registered Social Worker
Focus: Individual & Couples Counselling; Family and Group Counselling; Substance abuse, domestic violence, parental alienation and parenting.
Solution Focused Brief Therapy
For 15 years I have worked with caregivers, children, extended family members and collaborated with various agencies and service provider regarding children’s welfare, impact of neglect and abuse, behavioural management, social-emotional issues, addiction issues, and anger management to promote the well-being of individuals, children, and caregivers in the Niagara community. I also have extensive experience working directly with individuals struggling with substance abuse, domestic violence and other inter personal issues. I have been recognized for my strong interpersonal skills and high level of integrity. As an experienced Registered Social Worker with Masters of Social Work, I have great clinical skills to assess and engage clients to resolve social and emotional issues.
I engage in therapeutic interactions with people experiencing different needs such as burnout, anxiety, fear, stress, separation, co-parenting, parent alienation and general personal and interpersonal issues. My work with parents involve helping them to improve their skills to foster the safety and well-being of their children in the context of their unique situation. When working with individuals who suffer from addiction issues, I focus on addressing the addiction and the underlying personal issues fuelling the addiction. I have engaged men and women who have experienced unhealthy relationships either as perpetrators or victims to work towards healthy relationship beliefs, relational skills and personal safety.
My greatest interest is to support the healing and change of individuals and groups that I engage because if it is important to you, it is important to me and it is worth talking about it. I engage individuals and groups in client-centered and solution-focused interactions, meaning we focus our discussions on solutions not generalities. I provide confidential, compassionate, non-judgemental and professional counselling services to individuals to promote a healthy, fulfilling, and meaningful life.
"Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world." – Harriet Tubman
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying),
Focus: BIPOC Mental Health, Teen / Woman's Issues, Anxiety, Depression
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT),
Tassia believes in the importance of building a strong and trusting therapeutic relationship and strives to cultivate a safe and non-judgmental atmosphere where any experiences, emotions and thoughts are welcome. Tassia offers a holistic and integrative approach, using a variety of modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Client-Centered, Mindfulness, and Solution-Focused Techniques. She also recognizes that every individual is unique and believes that being open, adapting and tailoring her approach to fit each client’s needs is essential to fostering a safe, comfortable relationship and environment.
Tassia recognizes how difficult it can be to talk about how you are feeling, especially if you are not even sure where to start. She looks forward to and is honoured to walk alongside you throughout your journey to healing and empowerment.
Tassia loves the outdoors, dogs, yoga, water, music, and cooking.
Tassia is a clinical practicum student completing her Master of Arts in Clinical Counselling Psychology at Yorkville University. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Brock University. She works directly under the supervision of the Niagara Wellness Centre’s Director, Larisa Fry.
• Mental Health First Aid: Adults who Interact with Youth – MHCC
• The Working Mind – MHCC
• Sexual Violence & Prevention
“The wound is the place where the Light enters you"- Rumi
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying),
Functional Wellness Life Coach & Yoga Teacher & Trainer
Focus: Personal Wellness, Mindfullness
Hi there, I'm Ichih Wang (pronounced Eye-Chee). My full name means Empress of Wisdom.
I am a Psychotherapist, Yoga Teacher and a Personal Development Coach. I have always been fascinated with human behaviour and mental responses and how we can apply it to our daily life. I help people move & improve their relationship with themselves and others through Psychotherapy, Coaching and Yoga + Meditation.
“Self-care is not selfish. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.”
– Eleanor Brown
Rajat Chakrabarty, MSW, RSW
Registered Psychotherapist, Registered Social Worker
Focus: Trauma and PTSD, Anxiety, Relationship Issues
Gottman Method Couples Therapy
Rajat Chakrabarty is a Registered Psychotherapist (RP), Registered with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO). He is also a Registered Social Worker (RSW), Registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW). He has completed his BSW and MSW from Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario.
Rajat feels extremely passionate about mental health and has helped thousands of people over a span of more than twenty-five years and helped them in their journey of self-exploration, self-discovery, and self-empowerment. He brings a wealth of knowledge to work with people from diverse cultural backgrounds as he has extensively worked in India, USA and Canada in many different settings including hospitals, community agencies, family health teams and in private practice, as a counsellor and a therapist.
“The ability to be in the present moment is a major component of mental wellness.” – Abraham Maslow
John-David (JD) Hutchison, AAC, RYT®200
Focus: Addiction recovery
I am an addiction counsellor, I am a yoga and meditation teacher, and I am a person living a full life recovered from addiction to alcohol, drugs and codependency. I am sober today, after spending 18 years trapped by the cycle of addiction and recovery. My recovery is thanks to a 12-step program and the tools and techniques of yoga. I developed the Rediscovery program to teach others the skills and steps towards their own recovery. Start your own journey to your true self and finally break your cycle of addiction.
As a spiritual being in recovery from drugs and alcohol, I've completed these courses and obtained the following certifications relating to yoga and addiction recovery:
“The most exquisite paradox… as soon as you give it all up, you can have it all. As long as you want power, you can't have it. The minute you don't want power, you'll have more than you ever dreamed possible.” - Ram Dass
Amanda Venzon, M.S.W., RSW
Registered Social Worker
Focus: Individual & Family counselling, Mental Health, Trauma
(Amanda is not currently accepting new clients)
Solution Focused Brief Therapy
I approach all relationships as person-focused in an effort to understand strengths and experiences to meet individuals where they are. I believe that developing a genuine and mutually respectful working relationship is the cornerstone of holistically supporting people to be their best selves and reach their full potential. Working with evidence based practices and tailoring approaches to be most beneficial to each individual, allows growth and goal setting which promotes acceptance, change and empowerment.
My experience has afforded me work with a variety of people who are looking to move forward in their lives and strengthen their relationships with themselves and others. Specific areas of work include supporting life changes, mental health concerns, areas of stress and setbacks and trauma and healing. Using techniques such as narrative therapy, mindfulness, cognitive behavioural therapy and brief solution focused therapy I can help to support individuals through processing their experiences in a productive and person-centred way.
I believe all people are entitled to wholistic support that is provided with respect in a safe, private, and confidential environment. With a Bachelor degree in Social Work from Lakehead University, and a Masters of Social Work degree from the University of Waterloo, I have enhanced my experiences by working with a variety of people who are looking for a supportive, safe and confidential professional service. I offer individualized, evidenced based and client focused counselling which respects your autonomy and strengthens your skills and strategies to live the life you want.
“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.' You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt