Shelley Kavanagh R.C.A.T., RP
An Art Therapist for more than 20 years, Shelley has presented locally and internationally on the use of Expressive Arts in treating trauma. She is presently on faculty at the Toronto Art Therapy Institute and Humber College’s Child and Youth Worker Program and is a Consultant with theToronto District School Board. Since 2003, Shelley has facilitated numerous art exhibits at the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Arts, combining elements of mindfulness practice, art therapy, ceramics and community development. Several years ago, she began integrating DBT into her clinical practice. She pursued DBT training within internships inThe Centre for Addiction and Mental Health’s (CAMH) DBT skills group and now through supervised clinical practice. Shelley uses expressive arts and other mindfulness-based practices to provide assessment and treatment services to children and youth who have experienced trauma.
Andrew McKenzie, MSW, RSW
Andrew McKenzie holds a Masters in Social Work, and has practiced as a therapist since 2009 where he worked within adult Federal Corrections. In 2007, Andrew worked as a Guidance Counsellor for young adults looking to study in Canada/US, and held this position while in Morocco.
Andrew’s professional practice within Corrections led to his clinical interest and practice with young males who have sexually harmed, as well as victims of sexual abuse. Since then, Andrew has developed a broad clinical practice through his practice at several accredited mental health agencies. He has consulted and presented on how Attachment Theory informs practice across the lifespan, and in particular how to develop single-session interventions according to the service user’s age and stage of development. Andrew is an evidence-based clinical therapist, and uses such interventions as Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy, with input from Narrative, Attachment-Focused Family Therapy, and Gestalt practices.
Andrew has a particular clinical and research interest in men’s emotional health and well-being. Several years ago, Andrew created a parenting group specific to fathers of children with a mental illness, and since then has continued to learn and respond to the specific mental health needs of males as part of his practice.
Peter Lebuis, CYW, MA CYC-P, RSW
Since 2000, Peter Lebuis’ work has focused on a relational school-based practice where he has supported students from Kindergarten to Grade 12. He has had great success helping children and youth enhance their self-regulation skills by facilitating the development of personal coping strategies. Whether individually or using a ‘boys group’ format, Peter blends the principals of Collaborative Problem Solving, Narrative Therapy, and Zones of Regulation through a trauma-informed lens to create individualized approaches to help young people manage life’s stressors. In 2006, Peter began working with young people exposed to domestic violence through Child Development Institute’s ‘Here to Help’ Program. As part of his graduate studies at Ryerson University in the Child and Youth Care Program, Peter conducted research on using humour as a teachable tool to counter the destructive and harmful effects of homophobia and transphobia on today’s queer youth.
David Cho, DTATI, RP
David is a therapist with more than 9-years of clinical experience supporting children, youth, and families. David incorporates a multi-modal, client-centered approach to his practice with his clients. He is a registered psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario, as well as, a trained art therapist. David’s experience also includes working with individuals who have experienced trauma in regards to both assessment and treatment. Currently, David is a faculty member at Humber College within the School of Community and Social Services.
David’s experience with families impacted by intimate partner violence has led to his clinical interest in fathering, trauma informed care, and working with young men. He utilizes an attachment focused approach within family counselling to foster nurturing, attuned relationships between caregivers and children. As an art therapist, David utilizes expressive arts practices to facilitate self-exploration, understanding, and increase expression.
Will Tanner, CYC-P, MSW
Will is a Masters of Social Work candidate at the University of Toronto specializing in mental health. He holds two degrees from Humber College: an Advanced Diploma in Child and Youth Work and a Bachelor of Child and Youth Care with Honours. He is also a full professional certified member of the Ontario Association of Child and Youth Care. Will has worked and trained in shelters, day programs, addiction treatment, community mental health agencies, assertive community treatment teams, and inpatient psychiatry units.
Will’s clinical practice is highly relational in nature and focuses on the development of a strong therapeutic relationship through warmth, empathy, and compassion. As a clinician, he utilizes a client-centred and eclectic approach to support recovery goals. Will has received training in modalities such as cognitive-behavioural therapy, dialectical behaviour therapy, and acceptance and commitment therapy. His work is also informed by the values of anti-oppressive practice, trauma-informed care, and youth empowerment.
Will is particularly interested in the intersection of technology and radical youth work and the potential for transformative practice, having focused his senior-level thesis research on the co-authoring of mental health identities in digital spaces. He has also worked on the development of a mental health app which delivers evidence-based interventions via smart phone. Will is a passionate and dynamic clinician who believes in using creative new solutions to life’s challenges.
Lynn Sommer, MSW, RSW
Lynn obtained her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Toronto. The focus of her postgraduate education was on children and families. While working toward her masters degree, Lynn also gained experience working with individuals faced with mental health concerns and substance misuse problems.
A member of both the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW) and the Association of Ontario Social Workers (OASW), Lynn’s approach is anchored by values of diversity, trust, equity, and respect. She has experience working within an anti-oppressive framework and has worked with a diverse range of individuals and families from various backgrounds. Lynn uses a variety of modalities and therapeutic approaches including Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy and Mindfulness-Based Therapy to guide her practice with clients.
Before obtaining her Master of Social Work degree, Lynn spent several years teaching children and youth ranging from 3 – 17 years of age. As a teacher, Lynn planned and modified instruction, games and activities and guided students individually and in groups. Beyond providing academic instruction, Lynn fostered positive relationships between parents and the school, and connected students and families to community-based resources based on individual needs. In past summers, Lynn spent several years working as Guidance Director and Parent Liaison at a sleep-away summer camp. In this role, Lynn acted as a confidant and facilitator while she provided mediation, conflict-resolution, counselling, and problem solving for children and staff.
Openness and flexibility are at the core of Lynn’s approach with all her clients. Among other areas of clinical practice, Lynn is interested in developing sound clinical interventions for boys and young men.
Sarah Boyle, MSW, RSW
Sarah Boyle, MSW, RSW has been working with children, adults and families since 2002. She holds a diploma in Developmental Services, a Bachelor of Child and Youth Care, and a Master of Social Work degree (MSW). Sarah is also registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers.
Sarah has extensive training in various forms of clinical, evidenced-based therapy inclusive of Attachment-Focused Family Therapy, EMDR, The Flash Technique, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, and Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA). Her previous experience includes working in elementary schools, group homes, addiction/recovery settings, and behaviour analysis for children with special needs.
Sarah is passionate about working with individuals across the lifespan (childhood to adulthood), and has dedicated much of her education and training to working with people who have experienced trauma, people with developmental disabilities, and various marginalized populations.
Sarah utilizes multiple modalities of treatment in order to create individualized plans to meet the needs of those she works with. An area of particular clinical interest for Sarah is working with children and youth who struggle with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), anxiety and depression.
Sara Iyamu, MSW, RSW
Sara brings 14 years experience as a Registered Social Worker offering clinical services to children, youth, adults, and their families. She is down to earth and maintains a compassionate and practical approach to her support of individuals and families. Some of her services include, individual and family counselling as well as parent coaching.
Sara also has extensive experience working with a wide range of adults, individually, and in the context of their family, who are experiencing difficulties with their mood, emotional regulation, and managing their anger. In addition to talk therapy Sara provides clients practical tools and strategies that can support the process of change. Sara has a particular clinical interest in working with young men – addressing male stereotypes and toxic masculinity.
Sara practices from a non-judgmental, anti-oppressive based framework, using client centered therapy; meaning one size does not fit all. Sarah works collaboratively to meet each clients unique needs. Sara’s clinical work draws on methods of CBT, DBT, Mindfulness and Solution Focused Brief Therapy.
Deanna Brock, MSW, RSW
Deanna is an Accredited and Registered Social Worker, Psychotherapist with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Brock University in 2009, and a Master of Social Work from the University at Buffalo in 2013.
Deanna enjoys helping children, youth, and families, particularly young men, and adults, develop the tools to manage and cope with personal, social, and family stress. She specializes in working with families who are being impacted by interpersonal abuse and trauma. In addition to this population, she works with those struggling with anxiety, depression, and relationship, family, and parenting concerns.
Deanna practices from a variety of therapeutic models including Trauma-Informed Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, as well as utilize techniques from Solution-Focused Therapy and Motivational Interviewing. Deanna enjoys meeting people who are excited about making changes in their lives, and are open to learning new ways to manage their challenges.
Jordan Barsky, BKin, MSW candidate (graduating July 2023)
Jordan Barsky is a Master of Social Work candidate at the Wurzweiler School of Social Work and holds a degree in Kinesiology from Wilfrid Laurier University. Jordan previously worked as a health coach where he provided one-on-one counselling to individuals to deliver personalized wellness prevention and chronic disease management solutions by counselling using behavioural change strategies and motivational interviewing techniques.
Jordan worked as a researcher at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in the Psychology and Nephrology departments. In these roles, he worked on a hypertension prevention program and also worked in the Traumatic Brain Injury Department collecting and analyzing data.
Jordan played for Team Canada in the 2015 Maccabi games in Berlin, Germany. He coached Paralympic and Special Olympic basketball teams and provided one-on-one coaching to basketball players in Toronto. He has a strong interest in working with athletes and aims to combine his background in Social Work, Kinesiology and health coaching to create a holistic treatment approach.
Elizabeth Hyland, MSW, RSW
Elizabeth Hyland holds a Master of Social Work Degree (MSW) from the University of Toronto with a specialization in children and families as well as addictions. Elizabeth also holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Yale University, and she is a Registered Social Worker through the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW). Elizabeth has more than 10 years of experience working with children, adolescents, young adults and their families. As a clinician, Elizabeth incorporates a multi-modal and client centered approach that draws upon evidence-based modalities including Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy with input from Narrative Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, and Family Systems Therapy. Her approach is collaborative and strength based with a focus on building a strong therapeutic connection and providing a safe and compassionate space for growth and change to occur. Elizabeth has an interest in working with children, adolescents, young adults and their families regarding depression, anxiety, addictions, trauma, externalizing behaviours, self-esteem/self-worth, anger, coping skills, parent-child relationships and family relationships.