Your journey of facing and overcoming challenges and becoming more resilient begins at Become Resilient Individuals (BRI) with skilled and qualified clinicians who believe that all people have the capacity to take charge of their destiny and transform their lives. BRI counsellors both teach and model empowerment, self-compassion, owning and re-authoring your stories, and developing greater resilience to shame.
Your counsellor will help you to build a deeper, more meaningful connection with yourself and your community, and find ways to engage with the world with greater strength and vulnerability.
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou
Fola Browne, MSW, RSW, BSW, BSc.
Fola is a compassionate and caring counsellor who is committed to helping individuals, couples, and families to build resilience in their lives, Fola truly enjoys supporting each individual’s unique journey of self-discovery, empowerment, growth, recovery from adversity, and success. She specializes in helping people to heal from and overcome adversity, to discover their best selves, to amplify and use their greatest strengths, to clarify their goals, and to make progress toward their desired future.
Fola brings over ten years of valuable experience to her work with clients. Highly skilled and principled, Fola is experienced with a wide range of clients, life challenges, and settings, including schools, the child welfare system, social service agencies, hospitals, mental health organizations, and various provincial ministries. Fola’s values, experience, resourcefulness, and determination allow her to support clients in accessing appropriate services and resources as well as advocate for her clients’ needs and rights.
Fola is dedicated to working to create positive change in how the community views mental wellness. Her goal is to work toward removing stigma related to mental health in the black community, especially for black men. Through BRI's programs, events and partnerships, Fola is committed to encouraging more black men to reach out and seek the benefits of counselling and therapy.
Fola’s evidence-based research also explores how black and brown people and communities can overcome internalized oppression and self-hate. This includes creating more education and awareness around intergenerational racial trauma and childhood trauma as well as how these traumas impact young black women and men. It also involves increasing awareness of how oppression, discrimination, racism and police brutality have negative impacts on mental health and overall well-being for the black community.
To learn more about Fola’s approach, projects, and work, click here.
Ashley Quinn, Ph.D.
Ashley Quinn is our Indigenous Lead & Consultant.
Ashley is an Assistant Professor with FIFSW and recipient of the Joseph Armand Bombardier SSHRC scholarship for doctoral research on the factors contributing to cultural identity and the development of community-based outcome measures for Indigenous families involved in the child welfare system. Dr. Quinn’s research interests focus on Indigenous research methods and ethics protocols including further exploration of culturally engaged caregiving in the child welfare system, Indigenous Alternative Dispute Resolution programs for Indigenous families who have had their children apprehended by the child welfare system, the application of Indigenous historical, contextual and contemporary factors in criminal, family and child welfare law matters, and wholistic approaches and Indigenous perspectives in social work education.
Meagan Minott, MSW, RSW
Meagan is a Master’s level social worker with over 8 years of valuable experience who is passionate about supporting each individual on their unique journey toward healing and recovery. Meagan has a humble and down-to-earth approach that emphasizes mutual respect, cultural sensitivity, and personal empowerment in her work with clients.
Meagan’s professional specialty is providing mental health services to adults and seniors, as well as to youth from early childhood through adolescence and early adulthood. Meagan is registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW) and her practice is deeply grounded in supporting clients through anti-oppression, anti-racism, and anti-stigma principles.
Meagan is currently accepting clients for video counselling sessions.Read her full bio.
Kelvin Asamoah, MSW, RSW
Kelvin embodies a passion for supporting people to face and overcome adversity, build resilience, and achieve their goals. Kelvin specializes in supporting children, youth, and adults who have experienced trauma, displayed at-risk behaviours, problems with self-esteem, anxiety, depression, and social and relational issues.
Kelvin is a Registered Social Worker and Psychotherapist who was educated at York University and has also taken training in child developmental stages and issues. With ten years of experience in social services, Kelvin’s varied experiences as a counsellor and educator helps him to support children, youth, and adults to become stronger, healthier, and more resilient.
Kelvin is currently accepting clients for video counselling sessions.
Nisha Thomas, MSW, RSW
Nisha is a Registered Social Worker (RSW) with Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW). Nisha received her Master of Social Work from University of Toronto and her Bachelor of Social Work from Ryerson University. Nisha has completed specialized training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy and Single Session Therapy. Additionally, Nisha has a passion of integrating Narrative Approaches in her practise.
Over the last ten years, Nisha’s practicum and professional experiences have included grass roots community mental health, child protection, hospital social work, corrections & rehabilitation, community counselling, children’s mental health, clinical research trials and school board social work. Nisha’s experience includes working with a variety of issues, including but not limited to depression, anxiety, challenging relationships, conflict resolution, self-esteem, self-harm, managing stress, life transitions, and gaining coping skills. Additionally, Nisha recognizes the complexities that the intersections of one’s social identity (i.e. – race, gender, class, sexuality, etc.) can bring to any issue and integrates this into her practise framework.
Nisha is currently accepting clients for video counselling sessions.
Dorcas Oduro, MSW, RSW
Dorcas is a caring and dedicated social worker with experience supporting clients with a wide range of issues including anxiety, depression, relationship issues, family conflicts, and mental health. In her counselling practice, Dorcas creates a safe space where clients feel comfortable enough to explore deep questions and difficult issues with the goal of both understanding how past experiences impact present situations and also how to make progress toward important goals in the present and future. Dorcas works to help individuals, couples, and families to examine and improve the important relationships in their lives from trauma-informed, anti-oppressive and strength-based perspectives.
Dorcas completed both her Master’s and Bachelor’s Degrees in Social Work at York University and utilizes a range of therapeutic approaches to help clients cope, change, and thrive, including Cognitive-Behavioral, Solution-Focused, and Narrative therapy. Dorcas carefully tailors her approach to counselling to best suit the unique situation, needs and strengths of each client. She enjoys helping clients to realize their value, challenge and change problematic thinking and behaviour, set healthy boundaries, and cope with difficult situations in order to build greater resilience and success.
Dorcas is currently accepting clients for video counselling sessions.
Schindler Dumfeh, SSW, BSW
Schindler is a caring, dedicated, and resourceful social worker who specializes in providing outstanding counselling and mental health services to youth, adults, and families using a strength-based and client-centered approach. She brings over ten years of experience in supporting and empowering diverse clients with a wide range of needs including coping with and recovering from trauma, addiction, relationship issues, family difficulties, homelessness, and mental health challenges.
Schindler completed her Bachelor of Social Work at York University after completing the Social Service Worker Program at Humber College. In her counselling practice, she utilizes evidence-based approaches such as CBT, Motivational Interviewing, and a trauma-informed lens to help clients cope with and overcome difficulties. With a deep commitment to serving, counselling, and advocating for people who have experienced marginalization and oppression, Schindler’s approach to working with clients is respectful, collaborative, empowering, and uses an anti-oppressive lens.
Schindler is currently accepting clients for video counselling sessions.
Janelle Hannon, MSW. RSW
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 is currently accepting clients for video counselling sessions.
Safia Abdulle, MSW, RSW
Safia is a caring and empathetic therapist and social worker with a passion for fostering authentic relationships where clients feel understood, supported, and empowered. Her approach to therapy is client-focused, strengths-based, and anti-oppressive. She is committed to providing space for emotional vulnerability, while also helping clients to develop practical tools to cope with difficulties, grow, and heal. Safia helps clients to recognize their strengths and resiliency, while also cultivating the skills to work towards liberation. For Safia, resiliency involves harnessing our strengths, individually and collectively, in order to flourish under life’s complex and challenging circumstances.
Safia specializes in providing therapy to children, youth, and adults utilizing elements of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Narrative Therapy, Mindfulness Therapies, Solution-Focused Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Safia has additional training in children’s mental health and behaviour therapies and brings over 10 years of experience working in social services and with vulnerable people combined with over 6 years of experience as a therapist. With a Masters in Social Work and a Bachelors Degree in Developmental Psychology, Safia is a Registered Social Worker (RSW) with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW).
Safia is currently accepting clients for video counselling sessions.
David Grant, MSW, RSW
David Grant is a dedicated social worker and therapist who specializes in the mental and emotional health of racialized communities, and has expertise working with Black African Diaspora boys and men. David has a strong commitment to helping people heal, especially people of colour whose mental health has been greatly harmed by the effects of colonialism and subsequent marginalization, war, violence and poverty. He believes in partnering with clients to help them achieve their goals. He works with children and young people from age 6 to 24, with couples, and with families, including with parents and children, teens, and young adults.
David earned his Master of Social Work from Ryerson University and his Bachelor of Social Work from McMaster University. With seven years of experience in the social work field and four years as a therapist, David uses a range of therapeutic modalities, including Solution-Focused Therapy, Faith-Based Counseling, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Psychodynamic Therapy. In addition to Western approaches, David also educated himself in other cultural paradigms of healing that he views as equally viable in helping communities heal through trauma, including African and Indigenous-centered understandings of healing. David brings a trauma-informed lens combined with other culturally and ethno-religious specific lenses to his work, including African, Indigenous, Muslim, and Jewish.
David is currently accepting clients for video counselling sessions.
Brittany Webster, BASc
Brittany Webster is a dedicated therapist and counsellor who believes that everyone deserves to be seen, heard and understood. With a profound passion for helping individuals to develop greater self-love, Brittany creates a safe space for individuals to be honest and to discover their best ways to heal, evolve in self-knowledge, and strengthen their individuality. In her role as a therapist and healer, she offers empathy, respect, and a trusting relationship in which clients are supported to discover their own unique healing pathways, strengthen the tools they need to live more authentic lives, and become more empowered. A graduate of the University of Guelph-Humber’s Family and Community Social Services Program, Brittany has six years of valuable experience in the social work field working with youth, women, elders, and the child welfare system. The therapeutic modalities that Brittany specializes in using include Faith-Based Counseling, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness Therapy, and African Hair Therapy.
Brittany specializes in working to enhance the mental health of Black women of African descent. She understands the powerful effects of trauma on thoughts, feelings, behaviour, and self-perception and recognizes racial trauma as a continuing reality for Black individuals that contributes to mental health distress. Since conversations about mental distress and mental illness continue to be taboo and in many ways stigmatized within the greater African Diaspora community, Brittany is dedicated to supporting members of the Black community to prioritize their mental health, to heal, and to become stronger and more resilient. She works tirelessly to uplift Black people in many ways, including by encouraging them to value their mental health and recognize the interconnection between mind, body and spirit in order to live more psychologically healthy lives.
Brittany is currently accepting clients for video counselling sessions.
Grace Chanicka, MSW, RSW
Grace is an experienced, caring counsellor and social worker with a passion for helping people manage life difficulties. With a background in child welfare, she offers over 15 years of experience in family-centered, strengths-based work with children, youth, and families. Grace specializes in engaging families in telling their stories in order to identify their strengths, worries, trauma histories, and stressors. She recognizes that respect, listening, and helping individuals to find their own solutions is important for their mental health and well-being. Using solution-focused and brief therapy approaches, Grace partners with families to create a safe, empowering relationship and help them solve problems, create safety for children, and improve their lives.
Grace completed a Master of Social Work Degree at the University of Waterloo and a Bachelor of Social Work at York University. Her professional experiences include hospital social work in a rehabilitation setting, including working with issues such as stress, grief and loss, terminal illness and palliative care, depression, anxiety, and suicidal behavior. Recently, Grace has supported patients recovering from Covid-19 and their families to help them manage the psychological, behavioural, and social aspects of illness, using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy strategies, grief counselling, crisis intervention, and assessing for suicidal risk.
Grace is currently accepting clients for video counselling sessions.
Diane Brown, MSW, RSW
Diane is a warm, accepting, and interactive therapist and social worker with over 20 years of valuable experience and a deep passion for supporting individuals and families through significant life changes and their emotional impacts. She specializes in helping people deal with trauma, anxiety, depression, relationships, grief, loss and emergency crises. Diane believes that helping people understand and make peace with their thoughts and feelings through therapy and counselling is vitally important. She sees therapy as a joint venture where knowledge and skills are combined to create solutions. She is dedicated to building successful therapeutic relationships that include authenticity, trust and freedom that helps to produce positive outcomes. Her goal is to provide clients with the safest and quickest relief from their challenges. Her warmth helps to build strong healing relationships and allows her to offer immediate feedback, tasks, and tools that help people to develop more successful coping skills.
Diane is a Registered Social Worker (RSW) with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW) who earned a Masters in Social Work (MSW), and a Bachelors in Social Work, from the University of Windsor and Ryerson University. Diane’s approach is person-centred, strengths-based, and anti-oppressive. Her practice is focused on promoting healing and deliverance from trauma, anxiety, and depression experienced in the past and present. She specializes in providing therapy to youths, adults, couples, and families utilizing elements of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Mindfulness Therapies, Solution-Focused Therapy, Relational Gestalt Therapy, Grief and Loss Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and most recently Covid-19 coping skills. Diane also has additional training in mental health, addictions and behaviour therapies. Using her considerable knowledge, skill, and experience as a therapist and social worker, nothing gives Diane more happiness than helping her clients feel better and stronger about themselves as she supports them in their journey to greater strength, resilience, and wellness!
Diane is currently accepting clients for video counselling sessions.
ILJAM JILANI, MSW, RSW
Ilham is a compassionate, culturally competent, and religiously sensitive social worker who specializes in providing counselling and mental health services to youth, adults, seniors, and families. Ilham connects well with people from all walks of life and creates a safe, caring, non-judgmental, and confidential environment where clients feel supported and comfortable being themselves. She uses a personalized approach tailored to each client’s needs and is passionate about supporting her clients on their unique journey to recovery and healing from trauma.
Ilham holds a Bachelor of Social Work degree and is currently completing her Master’s in Social Work at Ryerson University. She offers over six years of valuable experience working with diverse clients experiencing mental health challenges, self-esteem concerns, anxiety, depression, loneliness and overall stress. She utilizes a range of therapeutic approaches in her practice, including Solution-Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and Narrative Therapy. Working from a client-centered, trauma-informed and strengths-based lens, Ilham is passionate about social justice, destigmatizing mental illness, and seeking equity for individuals, families, groups and communities. Her practice is grounded in anti-oppression and anti-racism principles.
Ilham is currently accepting clients for video counselling sessions.