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Meet our CounselLors

Michelle Garraway

MICHELLE

she/her

Counselling Supervisor at

Blue Sky Learning

&

Owner of The Relationship Agency

I am a Registered Social Worker who  worked with Blue Sky Learning as a therapist and ADHD Coach and now leads the supervision of our counselling practice! I value curiosity, compassion, connection, and ethical practice and love being able to support new therapists in developing their own values, identities, and practices in therapy.

 

In addition to supervising at Blue Sky I run my own group practice, The Relationship Agency, that specializes in couples, relationships, and life's transitions and challenges such as racial trauma, anxiety, caregiving, and grief.

Sandra

SANDRA

she/her

Individual and Couples Counsellor (Qualifying)

I am a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with my own ADHD diagnosis. I understand the struggle and shame of living in a world that wasn’t built for neurodiversity. I also know through my work with others and myself that ADHD really means difference, not deficit or disorder. As you learn more about how your brain wiring works, you can begin to live within your strengths. Neurodivergence often comes with other things like anxiety, depression, self-esteem issues and relationship struggles.

 

My role as a therapist is to support your discovery and growth in a safe and compassionate space. I partner with you as you gain awareness and acceptance of your unique experience and build on innate capacity. Together we work towards achieving your goals, doing well at work, thriving in your relationships and finding peace within yourself. My goal for my clients is for you to create a healthy self-image, confidence and a clear vision for a future with meaning, balance and purpose. My therapy approach is informed by Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Let’s connect and see what is possible for you.

 

Katy, counsellor at Blue Sky Learning

KATY

she/her

Counsellor

(Qualifying)


I am a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) and late-diagnosed autistic person. I have experienced my own challenges of feeling ‘different’ and navigated mental health issues as I came to understand myself and my own needs. I understand how challenging and freeing it can be to process your identity, and that it is not always a linear path. My experience as a client in therapy has had a great influence on how I developed my own approach to working with clients.
I approach therapy from a gentle and curious stance, as I aim to meet my clients where they are at in their healing journey.

 

My goal is to create a safe and supportive environment for my clients to better understand themselves and to work collaboratively to address any challenges along the way. I believe that every client has unique needs that deserve to be honoured through a personalized and tailored approach to care. I use an integrative approach with my clients, meaning that I have experience in different therapeutic modalities that I will adapt to best fit my client’s needs. The modalities I use include Emotion-Focused Therapy, Internal Family Systems, Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Psychodynamic, Somatic, and Strength, and Compassion-based. My work is approached from an anti-oppressive, trauma-informed, neurodiverse, and LGBTQIA+ lens.


I hope that my clients may find meaning in their past and present experiences and that it can be transformative in how they perceive themselves, others, and the world around them. If you are curious about working together, please feel free to contact me to discuss any questions you may have.

Krystal

KRYSTAL

she/they

Counsellor
 

Seeking counselling is a courageous gift to give yourself when you are dealing with challenges in life and would benefit from some extra support. I have been working in education, advocacy, case management and youth mental health for the past 20 years. I am a Registered Social Worker and I first began practicing as a Counsellor in 2009. My work is informed by anti-oppression, intersectionality, social justice, harm reduction, neurodiversity and positive psychology.  I take an integrative and strengths-based approach to wellbeing that understands the interconnectedness of our whole being.

 

I am a Certified Reiki Master and Holistic Health Practitioner. As part of my counselling practice, I offer to teach meditation and breathing techniques that help calm the mind. My modalities of choice include Trauma Informed Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Nature-Inspired Mindfulness, support for Highly-Sensitive People (HSP) and Narrative Therapy. My approach is collaborative and honours the strengths and wisdom that everyone brings to their own healing journey. 

 

Our biggest healing breakthroughs can come from cultivating self-love and having kindness and compassion for ourselves. Self-love helps us boost our self confidence and sky-rocket into our happiest and most joyful life. I believe that all of our struggles connect to larger social and structural realities, and understanding this allows us to cultivate more kindness for ourselves and others. As a Registered Social Worker sessions are covered under insurance plans.

 

Registered Member of the Canadian Society for Spirituality and Social Work (CSSSW)

Registered Member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW) Registration #839983

Tarni

TARNI

she / her

Counsellor (Qualifying)

As someone on a personal and ongoing journey of self-exploration, I understand the importance of compassionate self-acceptance in discovering our potential. Self-discovery is a courageous and fundamental process for personal growth. My approach to therapy is integrative and person-centered, with a focus on empowering clients to recognize their personal strengths and capacities to tackle life's challenges with grace and humility.


As a trained teacher and a Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology, I have extensive work experience in clinical and educational spaces, providing therapeutic services for individuals diagnosed with ASD, ADHD and specific learning differences such as dyslexia and dyscalculia. I approach my work from a culturally humble lens, recognizing that my clients are the experts of their own experiences. By adopting a not-knowing stance, we can engage in mutual inquiry through collaborative dialogue to explore your unique perspective and experiences.

 

My goal is to create a space free of judgment where you can feel comfortable discovering your most authentic self. I am a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO).

 

I offer services in English, Hindi, Punjabi, and Urdu. I look forward to walking alongside you on your journey of self-exploration and
acceptance!

Redge

REDGE
(Rachael Edge)

she/they

Individual and Couples

Expressive Arts Therapist

I am an Expressive Arts Therapist, who has 15 years experience working with children, youth, and families. I am a proud member of OEATA (Ontario Expressive Arts Therapy Association). I am invested in trauma-informed approaches to expressive arts therapy/counselling, which means that I see all clients as experts of their own lived experiences, and believe in giving options of ways to engage, always following the direction (and comfortability) of the expert/client. 
In our sessions together, we aim to create space for what topics or issues are at the forefront, while igniting the imagination by getting into artful expression and play, to then harvest  resources that may be applicable to your reality. We will work on emotional regulation techniques, building connections and safety within the therapeutic relationship, trying out art modalities (i.e. writing, doodling, sound play, movement/dance, breath-work, singing, forming rhythms, etc), and identifying your resources.

 

Expressive Arts Therapy believes in "intermodal play", which means we believe in going in-and-out of different art forms to support us in expressing our emotions/stories. In addition, we use a "low-skill, high-sensitivity" approach, which means that you do not need any "art experience" or "talent" to be able to engage with any prompts or activities during the sessions. Leaning into expressive arts practices is about sensitizing to the art materials, getting into the body, and exploring diverse ways to express our emotions. 


In a parent-child session, or intimate couples/Polycule sessions, we aim to be able to create a safe "enough" space to get into play with one another, while exploring themes through the arts. I believe there is a type of MAGIC that happens when we genuinely reach a place of artful play and expression with one another. This is often where inner resources are found and discovered.
My work is informed by Anti-Oppression, Trauma-Informed, Harm-Reduction, Neurodiversity, LGBTQ2SIA+, Mindfulness, Gender and Relationship diversity, and Sex Positivity. 

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Hillary Di Menna

HILLARY

she/her

Gender-based Violence

Peer Support

I am a gender justice advocate, writer, and public educator who got my start in grassroots feminist organizing. I'm currently working with the Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres (OCRCC), sit on the Board of Directors at Durham Rape Crisis Centre, and have worked in various capacities for sexual assault centres across the province, as well as for York University's 'The Centre for Sexual Violence Response, Support & Education.' 

 

I have interviewed rebel nuns, explored Spanish caves in search of witches, and have slept in an Italian tarot museum; but most of my time is spent with my three black cats, cool teenager, a drummer, and little black dog.  I have my MA in Gender, Feminist & Women's Studies from York University.

Please join me in our monthly, no-cost survivor peer support group!

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