Counsellors & Coaches
NELIA DEAMARAL, CLD, HBsc, YNC.
Nelia DeAmaral, has a Degreee in Psychology and is a member of the Member of the OACCPP (Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists & Psychotherapists). She is also a certified Yoga/Mindfulness teacher. She has specialized training in solution-focused counseling, depression, anxiety, birth trauma healing, and perinatal bereavement.
Nelia has been coaching women during life changes & challenges for over 20 years. Her unique approach helps you approach life challenges with greater clarity, confidence & compassion. Integrate body, mind and spirit through various tools ranging from mindfulness practices, mind-body awareness, and concrete solution-focused coaching.
Nelia is also an advanced Birthing from Within Mentor, Certified Doula with CAPPA Canada and a published author (Bearing Witness, Joyful Birth, Lamaze: Giving Birth With Confidence& Sage Magazine). She is also a trainer offering professional development locally & internationally on utilizing mindfulness-based strategies to help facilitate change.
JENNIFER LYNNE WALKER, MSW, RSW
Jennifer Lynne Walker has an honours undergraduate degree in Child Studies from the University of Guelph and a Masters in Social Work from Wilfrid Laurier University. With close to twenty years in a professional helping role, her past roles include Camp Director, International Volunteer Coordinator, Case Manager, Child and Youth Advocate, and Social Worker. She has 15 years of experience in Child Welfare and has lived and worked in both Africa and Asia, which allows to her to offer culturally-sensitive care.
"It is my privilege to walk alongside children and families, individuals and youth during both the struggles and celebrations that define us. I am a mom, a wife, a daughter, a sister and a friend – just like you – and I am also an experienced social worker and therapist. I’ve struggled through loss, I’ve struggled through parenting, I’ve struggled to find balance and I enjoy working toward wellness, hope and change. Extending empathic support and encouragement is my goal for each interaction."
SARAH PATTERSON, MSW, RSW
Life offers many opportunities for growth and change, many of which come through our personal challenges. As a therapist and Social Worker, Sarah provides support, care and guidance to clients to find greater meaning and joy in their lives. Sarah provides counselling and psychotherapy to treat mental health concerns, relationship stress, parenting challenges and separation/divorce. She has a special interest in families with young children and women experiencing mental health issues during pregnancy and postpartum.
It was her experience of becoming a parent that lead her to specialize in supporting new parents in their adjustment to parenthood. The joys and unique challenges of early parenthood is one of the most significant life changes we can experience. She is passionate about helping parents thrive as they raise their children.
MICHELLE BRANS, MACP RP, Registered Psychotherapist
I am so happy you landed here.
Emerging Motherhood is one of the most transformational life transitions a woman will ever experience. If you are a new to Motherhood you may find yourself journeying through dark and unknown places. But Michelle's own experiences journeying Motherhood, and her practice supporting women and families, has revealed that it is within these places where you can find, or return, to your Self.
As a Holistic-Integrative Registered Psychotherapist, Michelle helps to guide women through the anxiety, depression, stress, overwhelm, grief, and chaos of early motherhood. She works with you to bring gentle and mindful-awareness and compassion to the thoughts and emotions that are keeping you stuck and unable to move along your Motherhood and Family’s Journey; you can then begin to find new ways to connect your emotions, your Self, and others. She then works with you to connect you to your own inner- wisdom, build your resilience, and access supports (finding your village) to help you build a healthy mindset and lifestyle for both you and your family.
Michelle offers individual therapy, parenting consultations, couples therapy, and therapeutic groups. As a Registered Psychotherapist, her supports may be covered under your extended health benefits, and offers a sliding scale for families who can demonstrate financial need.
JANE SCURFIELD, MSW, RSW
Jane Scurfield has a Masters in Social Work and is a member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. She specializes in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, couples counselling and Mental Health Counselling. Jane works from the view that the relationships in our lives directly affect our day to day functioning and overall life satisfaction. She assists both individuals and couples to use their skills and strengths to overcome personal challenges and relationship struggles, in hopes of creating a strong family unit from within.
Jane deeply believes that psychotherapy is an excellent way to examine our patterns of reacting; to build insight and gain wisdom around “why we are the way we are”. In a typical session Jane would help you to explore the relationships and life experiences which have led you to where you are today with the goal of understanding and accepting your “best self”.Connection is a very important part of an effective therapeutic relationship. Jane strives to work with authenticity and warmth, in a gentle, trusting environment. As a mother of three herself, she knows about the highs, and also the lows of parenthood. She believes that we are all unique individuals, doing the very best we can with what we have and wants to guide and support you through life's challenges!
Call to book a session with Jane today!
KATHLEEN FRANCIS, RP, RPC
“Have you been putting off time for self-care? Are there changes you want to make but you feel stuck? Do you become overwhelmed as stress mounts? We all struggle, and we all have the capacity to rise above and create positive changes in our lives. Let’s work together to focus on your strengths and see the life-enhancing options that lie before you.”
Kathleen Francis is a Registered Psychotherapist (CRPO) and Registered Professional Counsellor (CPCA). She specializes in Integrative and Holistic Psychotherapy and offers Trauma Informed care. She takes the perspective that we are all inherently whole, yet through life’s challenges we may come to see ourselves as broken or incapable of surmounting the difficulties and life transitions we are facing. She will work with you towards unearthing the beliefs that may be driving your behaviours, reactions and choices. She the gently guide you towards reframing your thoughts, goals and beliefs in order to move towards a new experience of your life.
Kathleen pays close attention to the mind-body connection, and will teach you ways to work with your nervous system by providing the brain and body with coping skills, grounding exercises and breathing techniques, along with mindfulness exercises where appropriate. She also draws from the following perspectives, adjusting therapy to fit your needs:
- Family Systems Theory (relationship patterns and dynamics)
- Psychodynamic (how our past impacts our present)
- Trauma Informed
- Integrative Neurobiology (inter-related body and mind)
- Polyvagal Theory (nervous system regulation)
- Safe and Sound Protocol (5 day Auditory Listening Therapy to help calm the body and the emotions through the nervous system)
- Positive Psychology
Kathleen is a mother of 2 school aged daughters, and wishes The WOMB had been around when she started on her personal journey of motherhood. Having experienced both miscarriage and a traumatic birthing experience, she has a deep respect for Nature’s hand in the process of pregnancy, birthing, and post-partum adjustment to motherhood (for new and seasoned mothers). Social support is so important during this time of transition, and she is excited to have the opportunity to connect with The WOMB community.
SHANNON MACAULAY, Registered Social Worker
Shannon has worked in helping field for over 15 years. From being a camp councilor for children and their families who are experiencing serious childhood illnesses, to working overseas in west Africa with women and young children in very challenging situations, as well as being a child and youth therapist working with children and women who have experienced trauma.
But it was Shannon's own experience with pregnancy, birth and becoming a mother that her desire to focus on working with families and new parents was born. Her journey into motherhood gave her a firsthand experience and appreciation for the challenges and barriers that so many women and new parents face when they bring a child into the world. Shannon's passion for holding safe space to explore, heal and grown in the face of all that becoming a parent presents in our lives is felt through her unwavering compassion and empathy as well as a dash of humor. Shannon draws from a variety of different therapeutic modalities to ensure the right fit for each individual.
Using a strength based approach Shannon is committed to supporting and holding space for women and parents as they walk the ( sometimes messy ) path into parenthood.