OUR TEAM

 

Christina Orfanakos MSW, RSW

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Christina Orfanakos

MSW, RSW

Owner / Clinical Social Worker

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 is passionate about her work with mothers who are struggling with postpartum mood difficulties, and those dealing with the impacts of childhood emotional neglect. She also works with children and their families helping them understand and tackle anxiety.

 

Christina completed her Masters of Social Work at the University of Western Ontario. She practices from a trauma informed, attachment lens and has completed additional clinical training and specialization in the areas of cognitive behavioural therapy, emotion-focused therapy and maternal mental health.

 

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.

Jessica Jenkins MSW, RSW

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Jessica Jenkins

MSW, RSW

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, emotionally-focused 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.

Lindsay Van Volkenburg RSW

Lindsay Van Volkenburg

BSW, RSW

Clinical Social Worker 

After having worked in various mental health care settings, Lindsay is excited to shift focus to her passion for providing individual psychotherapy.  Lindsay provides evidence-based therapy to 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 (CBT) and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT).

 

Lindsay takes a holistic approach when it comes to supporting her clients to make change and believes that when client’s challenges and strengths are validated in a supportive and therapeutic space, change is possible.

 

Through her personal experience, Lindsay understands what it's like to struggle with anxiety, depression and loss. She recognizes how scary it can be to open up to a therapist and why she places such a strong emphasis on building a trusting therapeutic relationship​.  Her empathic, warm approach makes her a great fit for new clients seeking support.

Tanya Devlin-JohnstonMSW (CAND.), HBSW, RSW

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Tanya Devlin-Johnston

MSW (CAND.), HBSW, RSW

Clinical Social Worker

Tanya Devlin-Johnston is a Clinical Social Worker providing individual psychotherapy to children, adolescents and adults. She has worked in a number of diverse social work settings over the years that have contributed to the development and enhancement of her clinical skills.

 

Tanya provides a calm, empathetic and judgement-free space for clients to explore their feelings and discover their unique needs and goals. She believes in working creatively and collaboratively in the therapeutic process, being mindful of the client’s own pace.

 

Tanya practices from a trauma-informed lens. She places a strong emphasis on developing the therapeutic relationship by creating a respectful, compassionate and positive environment in which people can openly share their feelings. She works alongside her clients to help develop the necessary coping skills to achieve peace and balance in their lives. She believes that by empowering clients, she can help to guide them on their own journeys of self-discovery, growth, healing and change.

 

She has worked with people struggling with a variety of mental health difficulties, including anxiety, depression, trauma, and grief, as well as with people affected by life stressors and interpersonal issues such as transition, relationship and parenting challenges.

 

Tanya is working towards the completion of her Masters of Social Work at Lakehead University (Aug 2021).  She has completed additional clinical training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy CBT), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Maternal Mental Health. She is dedicated to her professional growth and development and is always searching for new opportunities to further enrich her clinical skills.

 

Tanya is currently accepting new clients under the supervision of Christina Orfanakos MSW, RSW

Sara Desroches MSW, RSW 

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Sara Desroches

MSW, RSW

Clinical Social Worker

Sara is a Clinical Social Worker, providing individual and group-based therapy to those impacted by chronic & acute physical ailments, and those who are grieving. Using evidence-based modalities such as Dialectical Behavioural Therapy and Self-Compassion, Sara is passionate about ensuring that every individual is empowered to have the highest quality of life possible. Sara works from a strengths-based, trauma-informed lens.

 

Sara has a Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of Toronto, and has taken several postgraduate courses in therapeutic modalities suited to folks impacted by a variety of issues. She is dedicated to always continuing to learn how best to serve those she works with.

 

Through her own life experiences, Sara understands how isolating and debilitating grief can be, and how scary and confusing  it is to watch a loved one go through health challenges such as cancer, Alzimer's, and Parkinson's Disease. She provides a safe space for folks to explore deep issues related to health problems, mental health problems, and grief & loss. In bereavement therapy, Sara works to validate the pain of grief, de-stigmatize grief and loss, decrease isolation and other debilitating effects of grief, and educate on what you can expect as you move through your grief journey. When working with those who are living with a health condition or caregiving for a health condition, Sara can help create caregiver-life balance, increase communication skills, decrease anxiety, and ensure your own needs and wants are met while balancing caregiver duties. Sara believes that each person is their own expert and that therapy must be tailored to each individual's unique situation and needs.

 

Through warmth, patience, and a true desire to understand you and your unique goals in therapy, Sara believes in creating a comfy space where folks can achieve their vision of a life worth living.

Sara Desroches MSW, RSW 

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Samantha Cohen

MSW, RSW

Clinical Social Worker

Samantha is a Registered Social Worker. She holds a Masters Degree in Social Work from University of Toronto, after having completed her Bachelors of Social Work and Bachelors of Sociology through McMaster University.

 

Samantha has worked for the last 10 years with children, individuals, families, and groups in a variety of capacities. Her expertise is in anxiety, depression, trauma recovery, stress management, and parenting challenges. She is passionate about working with women's health and maternal mental health. Samantha has specific training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma Informed Counselling, and Family Therapy. 

 

As a mother herself, Samantha has an understanding of the unique journey of motherhood, and is passionate about supporting maternal mental health. Samantha promotes a "come as you are" environment and adopts a strength-based, non-judgemental approach that promotes a safe-space to explore both recent difficulties or long-standing challenges. 

 

She partners with her clients as they journey towards discovering their inner potential and address the challenges they are currently experiencing. Samantha is a strong believer that her clients posses inner strength and resilience that can help them move through difficult life experiences, and strives to join with them in gaining further insight into their challenges, while learning new ways of coping and promoting ongoing mental wellness.