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Mitch Brant

Mitch Brant

BA, MSW (cand.)

Mitch obtained his Bachelor of Honors in Catholic Studies and minor in Social Justice and Peace Studies from Western University (2019), and is currently back at Western University, completing his Masters of Social Work.

Mitch has direct experience working in a variety of mental health-oriented settings, including providing counselling in schools to youth, supporting the emotional well-being of people accessing homeless shelter services, facilitating cultural wellness practices for Indigenous peoples, and various organizations that support persons with disabilities. He has a particular interest in depression, anxiety, trauma, eating disorders, substance use disorders, and suicide intervention.

Mitch practices from a trauma-informed lens, using a collaborative therapeutic model which draws from modalities such as Narrative Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy, and Internal Family Systems Therapy. Mitch appreciates that going to therapy can be scary and hopeful at the same time, and welcomes all parts of the experience through a non-judgmental and empathetic approach.

Mitch has lived in England, New Zealand and is now back in Canada, where he has family roots. He is proud of his Mohawk heritage and is passionate about advocating for Indigenous youth. His variety of work and life experiences have contributed to his passion to support people from all walks of life.

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Other Team Members

Dawn Whalls

Dawn Whalls

MSW, RSW

Dawn Whalls is a certified EMDR therapist, EMDRIA approved consultant, and a Registered Social Worker. She obtained her Bachelor of Social Work Degree in 1991 and a Master Degree in Social Work in 2013 from the University of Western Ontario.

Dawn has over twenty-five years of counselling experience working with children, youth, individuals and families. She has practiced in the areas of mental health, child welfare, domestic violence, addictions and supporting persons with disabilities.
Taryn Barnes

Taryn Barnes

MSW, RSW

Taryn Barnes obtained her Bachelor of Honors Psychology (2009) and Masters of Social Work (2011) degrees from the University of Windsor. She is a registered member of the Ontario College of Social Workers (OCSW) as well as the Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW).

Taryn has over a decade of experience in the field of counselling and psychotherapy and is very passionate about her work with children, teens, families, and adults who have experienced trauma in their childhood. Taryn uses a variety of different tools in working with her clients such as play and art therapy, sandtray, exercise, outdoor recreation, meditation, and sensory-based activities.
Matt Barnes

Matt Barnes

MSW, RSW

Matt Barnes obtained his Bachelor of Honors Psychology degree (2008) from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Masters of Social Work degree (2011) from the University of Windsor. He is a registered member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers as well as the Ontario Association of Social Workers.

Matt provides individual, couples and family counselling. He works with youth and adults impacted by trauma, grief and loss, relationship difficulties, depression, anxiety, sports related issues, stress and a variety of cognitive, behavioral and social issues.
Michele McPherson

Michele McPherson

MSW, RSW

Michele McPherson obtained her Honours Bachelor of Applied Science from the University of Guelph (2011) and a Social Service Worker Diploma from Humber College (2011). Michele completed her Master’s of Social Work from the University of Windsor in 2019. She is a registered member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers as well as the Ontario Association of Social Workers.

Michele offers services to individuals (children, adolescents, and adults) as well as couples and families. She employs her passion for health and wellness in the therapeutic realm by using several components of the mind-body connection within her practice, including exercise, meditation, yoga, and mindful movement.
Lauren Markos

Lauren Markos

B.A.H., MSW, RSW

Lauren obtained her Honours Bachelors of Arts, Sociology from Queen’s University (2006) and her Masters of Social Work from the State University of New York, University at Buffalo (2020). She graduated as a member of the National Social Work Honours Society (2019) for academic excellence and was the recipient of the Haseltine T. Clements Memorial Fund Award (2020). Lauren is a member of the Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW) and the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW).

Lauren provides human rights and trauma informed individual, couples, and family counselling to children, youth, and adults. She has a passion for solution-focused practice and trauma-specific therapy as a means of addressing a wide range of inter and intra personal issues. Lauren is a level one trained EMDR practitioner trained through EMDRIA.
Erin Lyon

Erin Lyon

MSW, RSW

Erin obtained her Bachelor of Social Work (Honors) from Western University (2019), and Master of Social Work from University of Toronto (2021). She is a registered member of the Ontario College of Social Workers (OCSW) as well as the Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW).

Erin is very passionate about her work with children, teens, families, and adults who have experienced trauma in their childhood. Erin uses a variety of different tools in working with her clients, such as play and art therapy, sandtray, exercise, outdoor recreation, meditation, and sensory-based activities.
Taylor Dunlop

Taylor Dunlop

Taylor holds a diploma in Mental Health and Addictions Counselling from Fleming College (2012), a Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) from the University of Windsor (2019), and currently completing a Master of Social Work form the University of Windsor. She is a Canadian Certified Addiction Counsellor (CACCF), as well as a registered member of the Ontario College of Social Workers (OCSW).
Kristen Freitas

Kristen Freitas

Kristen completed the Office Administrative Health Services Program at Lambton College in 2018. She has previous background in the medical field and childhood studies.
Rebecca Feddes

Rebecca Feddes

Rebecca completed the Office Administrative Executive Program at Lambton College in 2020. She comes with a wealth of experience in the areas of customer service, financial management, and information technology.
Rachael Fowler
Intern

Rachael Fowler

Rachael is a registered member of the Ontario College of Social Workers (OCSW) and the Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW). She obtained her Bachelor of Social Work (Honors) from the University of Waterloo in (2019) and is currently back at The University of Waterloo, completing her Master of Social Work. 
Mitch Brant
Intern

Mitch Brant

BA, MSW (cand.)

Mitch obtained his Bachelor of Honors in Catholic Studies and minor in Social Justice and Peace Studies from Western University (2019), and is currently back at Western University, completing his Masters of Social Work.