Christina Orfanakos is a Clinical Social Worker and owner of Grace North. She has worked in a variety of social work settings that have provided her with a diverse range of therapeutic skills and knowledge that inform the work she does in private practice.
Christina loves working with children and their families helping them understand and tackle anxiety. She is also passionate about the work she does with mothers who are struggling with postpartum mood difficulties, and those dealing with the impacts of childhood emotional neglect.
Christina completed her Masters of Social Work at the University of Western Ontario and has also completed additional clinical training and specialization in the areas of cognitive behavioural therapy, emotion-focused therapy, solution-focused and narrative therapy, and trauma-informed practices.
Along with evidenced based therapy modalities, Christina also believes in the importance of the mind-body connection, exploring how our lifestyle plays an important role in our emotional wellbeing.
The foundation of Christina’s practice is centered in connection. Christina creates a warm, compassionate space for her clients to share their stories and explore their feelings. Christina helps clients recognize their intrinsic strengths, feel through their feelings and understand behavioural patterns. She truly believes meaningful change can occur when client’s feel heard, understood and supported.
Clinical Social Worker
As an individual therapist Jessica is honoured to work with children, adolescents and adults, creating a safe space to allow her clients to process, explore, and grow. Jessica views the work of therapy as a dynamic and collaborative process and uses a client-centered approach.
Jessica has a Master’s of Social Work from the University of Toronto and has completed continued education in the areas of cognitive behavioural therapy and perinatal and postpartum mental health.
As a mother of young children herself, Jessica holds a special interest supporting mothers in the postpartum period. Jessica appreciates the unique challenges, emotions, and physical and mental changes that the transition to motherhood can bring and feels called to support mothers in their own journey. Jessica also enjoys working with children and their families who are struggling to understand and manage challenging emotions.
Jessica supports clients to tap into their inner resources and unique strengths to empower them in working through life’s challenges, in achieving and maintaining mental health, and in striving for alignment and fulfillment.
Clinical Social Worker
Social Work has been a natural fit for Jill. She is drawn to supporting people as they work through life’s challenges, big and small and is grateful every day for the opportunity to work with incredible people.
Jill believes self-compassion and worthiness are essential components of the change process. Jill offers a non-judgmental environment where she supports clients to process through thoughts and emotions and encourages clients to challenge themselves and their beliefs.
Jill holds a Masters of Social Work from the University of Toronto, with a specialization in mental health and addiction. She has advanced her clinical skills with additional training in the areas of cognitive behavioural therapy, emotion-focused therapy, dialectical behaviour therapy, as well as solution focused and narrative therapy modalities. Jill also provides a specialized therapy called Rapid Transformation Therapy, using hypnosis to help clients move through problematic thinking patterns.
If you are seeking therapy for help in achieving a specific goal, Jill will work collaboratively with you toward your desired outcome. Jill enjoys working with adults who experience challenges with addiction, anxiety, depression, disordered eating, stress management and self-esteem.
Lindsay Van Volkenburg
Clinical Social Worker
After having worked in various mental health care settings, Lindsay is excited to be joining Grace North. Lindsay is a Clinical Social Worker who has a strong passion for helping others. She believes her client’s are the experts in their own lives and therefore provides a client-centred environment. Lindsay provides evidence-based therapy to children, youth and adults and has a special interest in working with those who experience anxiety, depression, grief and postpartum mood difficulties.
Lindsay holds a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Western Ontario and has advanced her clinical skills with specialized training in cognitive-behavioural therapy and dialectical behaviour therapy.
Lindsay believes that when client’s challenges and strengths are validated in a supportive and therapeutic space, change is possible. Her empathic, warm approach makes her a great fit for new clients seeking support.