Counselling Services

Learn more about our Counselling Services by visiting our webpage or calling us at 416-287-7065.

Steven Hall
Steven Hall (he/him/his)
Interim Counselling Team Lead

I am a cisgender White man, a partner, and an uncle. I was born and raised in the US and completed my education there.

Experience/area of expertise: My graduate work was in counselling psychology at Northwestern University in Chicago. I am a Registered Psychotherapist and have worked in mental health for over ten years. I believe in cultivating presence, stillness, and self-compassion. I feel inspired when I see people living their lives authentically and unapologetically. I am warm and nurturing in my work with students. My hope is that when you meet with me, you will leave our time together feeling deeply seen and heard and will be empowered to move in the direction of greater wellness, kindness, and resilience. 

Things I love:  I enjoy listening to music (alt pop/rock, synth pop, J-pop), deep breathing, enjoying a good coffee or tea while taking a walk. I love my partner, family, and friends. I also love international travel, new music discoveries, good food, and dessert (especially matcha ice cream or tiramisu)!

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Adanna Anucha (she/her)
Counsellor/Therapist

I was born in Nigeria, and immigrated to Canada in my early teens. Before my family and I re-settled in Canada, we had the experience of living in Saudi Arabia for a few years.

Experience/area of expertise: I completed my Master’s degree in Social Work at the University of Toronto, and began my social work practice working with children and adolescents with mental health needs. Since then, I have worked in a variety of mental health settings, providing both individual and family therapy services. My therapeutic practice is grounded in a trauma-informed and strength-based approach with an emphasis on the mind, body and environment connection. My specialization is rooted primarily in dialectical-behaviour therapy (DBT), emotion-focused therapy (EFT) and mindfulness-based interventions.

Things I love: I enjoy writing, and see story-telling as a powerful tool for healing. I am a foodie at heart as well as a yoga and meditation enthusiast. In my spare time, I enjoy watching soccer, travelling, exploring nature, and spending time with my family and friends.

Danielle Farmer
Danielle Farmer (she/her)
Counsellor/Therapist

I am half Nova Scotian/half Jamaican and born in Toronto.

Experience/area of expertise: My areas of expertise include Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT), self-compassion, and self-care.

Things I love: When in need of grounding, my go to healthy habits are to paddle boarding or going for a hike in nature. My favorite quote is – “patience is a virtue”.  I love to dance and listening to soca music, so teaching Socacize and Zumba, brings joy to my soul.

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Eleazar Nimoh (he/him)
Residence Counsellor

I am a second-generation Canadian-born with my roots from Ghana. My livelihood has consisted with growing up in the North York area and in York region, forming an amazing network of supports.

Experience/area of expertise: I spent a few years in Alberta and while there I completed my Master’s Degree in Social Work at the University of Calgary, with my social work practice focused on connecting with at-risk youth, marginalized populations and newcomers experiencing mental health issues. Since then, I have worked in a variety of mental health settings and in various educational roles in the GTA, where I supported students with varying disorders and life-issues affecting their mental health. My specialization is rooted primarily in narrative-based therapy, emotion-focused therapy (EFT), mindfulness-based interventions, solution-focused therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). 

Things I love: I enjoy practicing my faith, and I am a music enthusiast of lead guitar and piano. I also love my family very much and enjoy watching and participating in competitive sports. 

Juan Liu
Juan Liu (she/her)
Counsellor/Therapist - International Student Centre

I was born and raised in northern China. I came to Canada as an international student. I am fluent in Mandarin.

Experience/area of expertise: I work from narrative therapy approach while incorporating mindfulness philosophy and techniques.

Things I love:  I enjoy learning about every individual with curiosity and open mind. And it gives me joy when my students find a better way of thinking, feeling, or doing things. I eat 2 pieces of dark chocolate everyday. I love nature and animals, because they represent pureness and truth. I love hiking, travelling, and all foods on earth.

Maria Garcia
Maria Garcia (she/her/they/them)
Counsellor/Therapist and Peer Support Mentor

I was born and raised in Toronto. My family came from Spain, China and Barbados.

Experience/area of expertise: My areas of expertise include Addictions, Trauma, Anxiety, and Depression.

Things I love:  My go to healthy habit is mindful breathing. I love fur babies.

Stacey Barroso
Stacey Barroso (she/her)
Counsellor/Therapist

I've studied abroad and speak three languages.  My values include empathy, trust, and human connection.

Experience/area of expertise: I am committed to practicing and continuing my learning journey of applying Mindfulness, CBT, IPT, ACT through working with this amazing student population at UTSC.

Things I love: Stretching and yoga exercises every morning and evening. Taking a walk even if it's 15 minutes can do wonders for your body.  I love being by water. Whether it's relaxing at a spa, at a beach, swimming, or simply looking out into a body of water, it provides me with a sense of peace and rejuvenation.

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Talia Kish (she/her)

I was born and raised in Scarborough and am excited about working within the Scarborough community. 

Experience/area of expertise: I have extensive clinical experience in working with adolescents, young adults, and their families. I use a mix of evidence-based modalities, but have specialized in Dialectic Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), and Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT). My practice is strengths-based, trauma-informed, and will be designed to meet the unique needs of each person.

Things I love: I enjoy spending time outside, travelling to new places, and being active. I love reading mystery books or listening to podcasts, playing volleyball, and spending time with my friends and family.

Tzu-Jung Chen
Tzu-Jung Chen (she/her)
Counsellor/Therapist

I grew up in Taiwan and came to Canada as a young adult. I have lived the experience of uprooting myself and re-establishing a new life in a foreign country.

Experience/area of expertise: Since obtaining my Master's degree in Counselling Psychology at McGill University, I have been working in the field of children and youth mental health for more than 10 years. My passion lies in assisting individuals in expanding their inner strengths, gaining new insights, and realizing their full potential.  I believe in cultivating curiosity, empowering selves, and exploring options. With adequate support, I believe that all the youth will be able to thrive. I am a registered psychotherapist. I practice from a trauma-informed, strength-based, solution-focused and systemic lens. Amongst all the evidence-based therapy approaches, I particularly invest in a holistic view of taking both body and mind into consideration. I am experienced in supporting individuals who are facing multiple challenges in life, such as anxiety, depression, interpersonal conflicts, life transition, and other areas.

Things I love: My healthy habits include practicing mindfulness breathing, going for a walk, journaling, and connecting with my loved ones.  I love reading and traveling to new places! I am also