Our Therapist Interns
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Please note that waitlist time for our London location is 8-10 weeks.
Ana Claudia Costa
Ana Claudia Costa, BS in Psychology
Ana Claudia is available for counselling sessions in-person in London
on Wednesdays, and also by video
Ana Claudia believes that facing obstacles head-on is exactly what
can lead to profound emotional,
physical and spiritual transformations. Each person possesses the capacity
to live fulfilling and meaningful lives.
She feels privileged to work with people dealing with life’s challenges, losses,
grief, cross-cultural experiences, loneliness, isolation, transitions and
a variety of challenges. With an integrative approach and empathetic presence, Ana Claudia’s aim is to help people to embark on a transformative journey of self-understanding, psychological well-being and healing.
Equipped with a background in Gerontology (the study of aging) and Psychology and having lived in Brazil
and Montreal for many years, Ana Claudia brings a variety of educational and cultural background. She understands that life can get hard
and our inner struggles can become overwhelming. Navigating the depths
of our own suffering may be a scary task. But we don't have to be alone, asking
for help is an act of courage.
Ana Claudia is currently completing
a Master of Divinity in Counselling
and a Thanatology (the study of how
to cope with tragedies,
death and dying) program
at Tyndale University.
Bruce Dow, MFA
Bruce is available for counselling sessions by video or phone, and may offer
in person sessions in the future.
Known for their work in artist activism
for social awareness of Mental Health, Eating Disorders, Gender Identity, 2SLGBTQIA+, and Childhood Trauma, Bruce identifies as a non-binary,
person. A descendant of United Empire Loyalist and Red River Settler colonial heritage, Bruce is actively engaged in actions of reconciliation with the indigenous communities affected by
his ancestors who fled Europe due to famine and religious persecution.
Working collaboratively with clients,
Bruce works with clients using
techniques that focus on both body
and mind: Client Centred Therapy,
Somatic Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy (EFS), Internal Family Systems (IFS), and Trauma Related Dissociation models, while incorporating elements
of Existential Therapy, Jungian
Analysis, and Spiritual Direction
He welcomes individuals and with presenting issues related to anxiety
and depression; career related anxiety
and trauma; childhood emotional, narcissistic, physical, and
gender / sexuality related issues;
and multi-faith / religious / spiritual wound(s).Honest presence and
the offering of a gentle, caring
witness are at the core of Bruce’s
Bruce is changing directions after over
30 years in the arts. Holding both a
BFA and MFA in Theatre, Bruce is now pursuing a Master of Pastoral Studies, Intercultural Psychotherapy and
Interfaith Spiritual Care, at Knox
College, University of Toronto.
Jenica Groot-Nibbelink, MA
Jenica is available for counselling
sessions in-person in London
on Wednesdays and Thursdays, and
also by video or phone.
Jenica seeks wholehearted wellness
of others. With clients at the Community Counselling Centre of London, Jenica
seeks to co-create life-giving narratives
by promoting a clients' own resources
She uses a CBT, Strengths-Based
and Narrative therapy approach with empathy from her own personal loss experiences. Jenica accompanies
clients who face various losses in their
lives. She is privileged to journey
with you in your life experiences and
stories that you share with her.
Jenica has a background of working
with graduate and undergraduate
Dana Cressman, Honours BSc, BEd
Dana is available for counselling
sessions in-person in Exeter
on Thursdays, and also by
video or phone.
Dana has worked for over eight years in education with youth and families. Her
work with clients is deeply influenced by
the posture that youth, individuals, and families each possess strengths which contribute to their own healing journeys. Conversations around faith and spirituality are welcome, should they be important aspects of a client’s journey.
Recognizing the impact of trauma, stress,
and relational conflict on the body and
mind is integral to Dana’s work with
clients. When we learn to pay mindful attention to our body’s response to
difficult events, we begin the process
of finding safety in our bodies.
She offers a space to explore life
events through personal stories, art,
and creative expression. Through
talk-therapy, body-based therapy,
or artistic expression, Dana will explore
with clients avenues which promote
healing, personal growth,
and wholehearted living.
Dana is a Masters of Theology in Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy Candidate at
Martin Luther University College,
affiliated with Wilfrid Laurier University.
Dana loves a good laugh, quiet moments
in nature, reading, and creative activities.
Nikita Ariganello, MDiv
Nikita is available for counselling sessions in-person in Exeter on Wednesdays and in London on Thursdays, and also by video or phone.
Nikita provides a safe and judgement-free space where clients are free to explore different themes that may be prevalent in their lives, such as depression, grief, loss, life transitions, stress, anxiety, trauma, relationships, family, faith. and spirituality. She
creates a non-biased space where
clients can freely create
meaning, and make sense of
emotions they may be feeling.
Nikita collaborates with clients through Solution-Focused therapy, Narrative therapy, and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Empathy, encouragement and support are important to Nikita in building a therapeutic relationship with clients, and as well, helping clients see different insights and perspectives in their lives.
Nikita was born and raised in a diverse background and believes in welcoming others openly into a space, no matter
the circumstances of one’s background, identity, or social status. Nikita believes
it is important that clients have the opportunity to tell their story and their truth, and to provide an attentive ear
and heart to the vulnerabilities that one may share with her. Nikita is open to exploring and incorporating into therapy a person’s beliefs, dreams, spirituality/faith or what is sacred
to an individual.
Nikita has previous experience in a forensic mental health care setting,
and believes that self-care and caring
for one’s mental health is an important factor in life. Nikita is completing her Master of Pastoral Studies, working towards a certificate in Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy from Knox College (University of Toronto).
Samantha Black, MTS
Samantha is available for counselling sessions by video or phone.
After studying social health systems with a focus on end-of-life care at the University of Waterloo, Samantha realized the importance of understanding people as a whole. No matter what is presented at the
surface level, true connection is developed through understanding
who the person is, what they have experienced, what they believe, and what they value. In providing a space
for people to explore themselves and what matters, she hopes to encourage healing and reconciliation to one another and to ourselves.
With the experience and knowledge gained in health systems and social economics, Samantha has merged
this with her passion for person-to-person spiritual care and mental
health. Her aim is to provide a safe
and effective space for difficult periods of transition through grief, anxiety, trauma, and depression. Through the use of Narrative Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, and Solution-Focused Therapy, Samantha brings a person-centred approach to spiritual and mental health care. Her goal is to walk with individuals through their journey, and to encourage growth
and healing in ways that are impactful and important to them.
Samantha has obtained a Master in Theological Studies degree in
Spiritual Care and Counselling from McMaster Divinity College and is pursuing another Master in Pastoral Studies degree with a certificate in Psychotherapy at Knox College.
Aisha Husseini, RP (Qualifying)
Aisha is available for counselling
sessions in-person in London on
Tuesdays, and also by
video or phone.
Aisha is currently completing a Master’s Level Graduate Diploma in Art Therapy
from Toronto Art Therapy Institute (https://tati.on.ca/). She has experience working in the areas of traumatic brain injury, mental health, addiction, trauma
and suicide loss. Her approach is guided
by anti-oppressive, trauma-informed, person-centred care that aims to
support growth, inner strength and resiliency.
Aisha draws upon combining the creative process and therapy to facilitate self-exploration and understanding to
achieve goals. She holds that art can be
used as a tool for communication, self-examination, exploration and healing for people of any age or ability.
Aisha strives to approach everyone
with a non-judgmental attitude, inclusivity, empathy, compassion and respect for
their individual needs. She believes that
the counselling relationship is paramount
to the therapeutic process and am
dedicated to fostering connections.
Aisha works collaboratively with people to foster curiosity, self-awareness, somatic awareness and growth of one’s authentic self.
Mark Shelvock, RP (Qualifying)
Certified Thanatologist (CT),
Mark is available for
counselling sessions in-person in
London on Mondays, and also
by video or phone.
Mark works collaboratively with people,
and facilitate an inclusive and judgement
free space where people from all backgrounds can feel comfortable
exploring all parts of themselves. He
has experience supporting individuals around life transitions, bereavement,
grief, meaninglessness, stress, anxiety, trauma, self esteem, men’s issues, questioning/LGBTQ2IA+ issues, and relationship concerns, to name a few.
His counselling approach is guided by
deep listening, curiosity, compassion, presence, and intuition to tune into each person’s unique capacity for insight,
healing, and growth. You are invited to
join Mark in conversation, unconscious exploration, parts work, embodied practices, and creativity as to cultivate greater awareness, depth, and fullness. Mark's approach to therapy is inspired by
trauma-informed, internal family
systems, psychodynamic and Jungian practices.
Mark is currently completing a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology at Yorkville University, and previously completed a Gender and Sexuality
Master’s degree at Western University.
He has professional experience working
as a university faculty member, and as a community health educator around
issues relating to death, grief, and other