Janelle is a passionate and positive counsellor who brings a strengths-focused approach to help clients feel safe, overcome difficulties, build self-esteem and increase confidence. She understands that life can be messy, difficult, confusing, and draining and believes that people who reach out for help are showing strength and resilience in refusing to let life difficulties defeat them. Janelle enjoys supporting clients in finding ways to stand up, dust themselves off, and grow. Her mission is to support clients in discovering the unique methods that will help them thrive through life's challenges and she does this by building strong therapeutic relationships with her clients based on respect and trust. She enjoys partnering with clients to help them work through hardships, reflect, process, and heal from difficult experiences as they move towards growth and success.
Janelle uses an anti-oppressive, trauma-informed, and person-centered approach. As an undergraduate, she participated in local research study that examined the different factors that put individuals at risk homelessness. Upon finding that mental health and addictions was a significant factor, she was driven to complete a graduate certificate in Mental Health and Addictions and then a Master of Social Work at the University of Toronto with specialization in Social Justice and Diversity. Janelle went on to support individuals and their families with substance use as well as those with domestic violence concerns. She also worked in clinical hospital settings and grassroots organizations supporting geriatric clients and radicalized adolescents, young adults, and those in the LGBTQ2S+ community. She has completed extensive training in human trafficking, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy and Motivational Interviewing. Janelle's passion and positive energy radiate in her work as she creates a safe space for clients to be vulnerable, grow, and heal.
Janelle provides authentic and judgement-free care. She hopes to continue this work while supporting the Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) communities with their mental health by challenging stigmas and assisting them in healing from generational trauma.
In her down time, Janelle enjoys watching the Raptors, jamming on her guitar and curling up with a good book and her cat.