Counselling Services

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

Tarak Ahmed
Tarak Ahmed (he/him)
Counselling Team Lead

I am South Asian by ethnicity, and identify as Muslim. 

Experience/area of expertise: I received training in a range of therapeutic methods, including: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Emotionally Focused Therapy, Faith Based Therapy - Muslims, Mindfulness-Based Therapy (MBCT), Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused Brief (SFBT), and Trauma Focused

Things I love: mindfulness meditation and this quote: “The smallest of actions is always better than the noblest of intentions” – R. Sharma

Danielle Farmer
Danielle Farmer (she/her)

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.

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.

Kirstin Cohen
Kirstin Cohen

Kirstin is currently on leave

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)

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.

Steven Hall
Steven Hall (he/him/his)

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).

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

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

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.