The NAN Hope On-Call Counsellors are available to provide rapid-access counselling support. Counselling is available for anyone in the NAN region experiencing a wide range of mental health challenges.
Bob S is a Traditional Cree Counsellor with a lifetime of work across Canada in Indigenous Mental Health, Wellness and Healing. He has an in-depth understanding and use of traditional methodologies to promote healing and wellness, and he is very knowledgeable in the importance and function of Elders, Medicines, Teachings and Ceremonies in his work and life. His experience is extensive, including contractual employment with various NAN communities, Cultural Camp Coordinator in Canada and Alaska, Elders Services and Traditional Healing programs. Bob has earned Facilitator Certificates in “I’m a Kind Man” and Fatherhood/Motherhood, Substance Abuse Counselling Certificate, Ontario Teacher’s Certificate and Indian Teacher Education Diploma. He is a valuable member of the NAN Hope team offering counselling services and support in Cree and English.
Elizabeth Gauld is a Registered Psychotherapist and Counsellor who has been practicing for the past 14 years in south western Ontario providing support to individuals, couples, families and groups. Elizabeth has a Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology from Adler University and an Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree majoring in Psychology from York University.
Elizabeth’s rich life experiences enable her to relate to clients with diverse experiences, backgrounds and goals. She works with each client as a unique individual, according to the client’s distinctive timeline, choices and goals.
Elizabeth offers counselling in the areas of anxiety, depression, interpersonal relationships, stress, grief/loss, trauma, substance abuse/addiction and personal growth. She works in the rehabilitation area helping individuals cope and recover from trauma and pain. Elizabeth also has experience in the business world in the Human Resources field and offers career counselling to individuals.
She has an eclectic practice, offering a variety of psychotherapy techniques personalized to meet the individual needs of her clients. These include Cognitive Behavioural, Dialectical Behavioural, Behavioural, Interpersonal, Solutions-Based and Psychodynamic therapies – to name a few.
David’s education and career has followed the themes of relationships, systems and communities whether it be ecological, pastoral, spiritual or in family. David’s undergrad is in ecology and he has taken Master’s level training for counselling and pastoral care at Tyndale College and Seminary. Further Masters level counselling courses through the University of Guelph has brought David to becoming a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist and a Registered Psychotherapist. David practices in the Muskoka area in Ontario and loves the outdoors. David works with people a lot in regards to relationship counselling, first responders, trauma, loss and addictions.
In recent years, David has been having more and more contact with Indigenous people in his work. These opportunities continue to grow to serve northern communities, including with the NAN Hope project.
Nancy practices counselling and psychotherapy in Lancaster Ontario and serves Cornwall, the SDG counties and western Quebec. She is registered in Ontario and enjoys providing services online. Nancy has a Master of Social Work degree (MSW), is Registered Social Worker (RSW), is a member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Services Workers (OCSWSSW) and the Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW). Nancy has over 25 years’ experience in the human services field and boasts a varied background. She has spent 15 years working and living in Canada’s Artic where she feels she learnt a lot about life and being resilient. Nancy spent most of those years helping small communities cope with trauma and grief, often acting as a front-line responder, and providing follow up clinical care.
Julie holds a Masters in Social Work Degree and is registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. She has enjoyed over 18 years working and volunteering in a variety of care settings, supporting individuals and families with different abilities across the lifespan who have experienced mental health, addiction, disability, and housing challenges. Julie is currently in private practice where she provides in-office, as well as animal and nature assisted counseling for children, youth, and adults. She is trained in Indigenous Tools for Living that embraces land-based strategies for healing and is a program coordinator and case manager with Dalton Associates Indigenous Services division in northern Ontario.
Angus studied Addictions Counselling and Social Work at McMaster University. He is a Registered Social Worker in private practice, who also does mental health and addiction work, as well as some coordination of services in Kashechewan First Nation on the James Bay Coast. He has been working in the field of mental health and addictions for over 18 years in both direct service and management roles in treatment, prevention, harm reduction, crisis and case management. He uses a strengths based, solution focused approach to helping with aspects of CBT and DBT. He is a big believer in mindfulness and the mind-body connection and recently completed a trauma-based yoga teacher training. He is also a certified ASIST Suicide Intervention trainer.
Pamela works with general mental health challenges, is trained in ASIST, Dialectic Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, Triple P, working with LGBTQ2S+ clients, and Indigenous Cultural Safety (recently completing the San’yas: Indigenous Cultural Safety Health (ICS: Health) Online Training). Pamela is a certified Mood Disorder Therapist, a certified Addictions Counsellor, a Certified Traumatologist, and specializes in Adolescent behaviours.
Elly brings 35 years of practice as a Clinical Social Worker (Master of Social Work) and member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers to Dalton Associates. Her expertise has been working with children, youth and families coping with change, challenges and transitions. She has worked in the field of child protection, family court, addictions, trauma care and mental health services. She uses a gentle approach bringing wisdom and common sense to help parents manage difficulties in their relationships with their children regardless of their age. Elly enjoys working with adolescents and young adults helping them cope with the changes and challenges moving toward independence, and is passionate about addressing anxiety, panic disorders and depression across the lifespan using Cognitive Behaviour Techniques, mindfulness and building resilience. Her practical solution-focused approaches drawing from brain plasticity and neuroscience help individuals make change.
Elke ( pronounced Elk-“a”) Scholz, MA, RP, REACE, is a registered Psychotherapist, an internationally registered Expressive Art Consultant/Educator, and internationally certified EMDR Therapist treating trauma.
She believes that each person has a wealth of creativity and innate intelligence that can lead to the ability to achieve his or her dreams and/healing. She addresses the need for listening—to ourselves and to others.
She has worked with Canada’s Indigenous population for over 25 years, privately, facilitating groups, and through NIHB.
Elke has spent 35 years working with people, since 1980. She can be with clients in their darkest, hardest times. Her acute awareness and high sensitivity are tremendous assets for her clients and make her distinctive in her field. Her calm approach invites a comfortable space for people to feel acknowledged and begin the journey to heal
She is the well-known author of 3rd edition, Loving Your Life, Anxiety Warrior Vol One and Vol Two, resource books for anxiety.
Caring, compassionate, inspirational and unconditional are just a few words to describe Tara. In her eyes, each moment matters….You matter to her! Tara has a Masters Degree of Counselling from Adler School of Psychology and is a Registered Psychotherapist.
Tara has been working as a psychotherapist for the last 30 years and has been in her private practice for the last 20 years. Over the years, Tara’s main focus has been working in the field of trauma and grief, EMDR, suicide prevention, awareness and support, mental health, couples therapy, inner child work, as well as being trained to work with Indigenous Tools for Living and Land based strategies.
In the therapeutic relationship as therapist and client, Tara will do her best to understand who you are. Tara will do her best to be who she is. Tara will not judge you or try to control your life and life choices. Tara will be present and will create a safe and honoring space such that all of the various parts of you are welcomed and acknowledged. Tara will support you to let go of patterns, behaviours or outgrown ways of doing things and invite you to open new doors in the time we do have and connect you to further supports as needed for your healing journey. Anything is truly possible with a willing mind and open heart even in small baby steps.
Iris provides a safe and supportive environment where you can learn how to cope with challenging situations in your life and learn the strategies and skills you need to create meaningful change and undertake emotional healing.
For over 13 years, Iris has worked with adults, children and teens either as individuals, in families or in couples.
Iris’ counseling approach includes Adlerian, Cognitive behavioural therapy, Gestalt, emotion focused therapy and hypnosis including mindfulness, spirituality, meditation, stress reduction, and body-centred psychotherapy. Iris uses the strategies and modality that best suits you to help you heal and move forward from where you feel challenged.
Chloé achieved her Master’s in Interdisciplinary Health and is a Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers and member of the Ontario Association for Social Workers. Chloé offers counselling in both official languages to adult individuals including survivors of historical or recent traumatic events and women survivors of sexual violence.
Chloé’s practice is anchored in providing individuals information and experience to strengthen their relationship with themselves, others, and the world. This includes building capacities for purposeful decision making and agency. Her approach is interdisciplinary, client-centered, and integrative in body mind and spirit.
We all face challenges at some point in our lives and therapy can provide you additional insight and support you may need to face these challenges and begin the process of healing. You are in the right place if you struggle with depression, anxiety, grief, PTSD (abuse, violence, suicide), BPD, relationship issues as well as self-esteem and self-worth issues.
Kelly has extensive experience working in the field of Trauma with a focus on Grief and Anxiety. She works within a number of effective therapeutic modalities including: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) and Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT).
Kelly has 20 years of experience working with children, adolescents and adults, and will help guide you in managing your mental health in a healthy, balanced way. She loves her work, and looks forward to working together to meet your goals. “ Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller”
Chris D obtained a Masters of Social Work from Ryerson University in 2017 and has been in the field for 9 years. Chris has worked in a variety of settings including; homeless shelters, harm reduction programs, addiction treatment facilities, court support, housing, and employment. Chris currently provides program coordination in Dalton Associates Indigenous Services division in northern Ontario.
Shaun has been working as a mental health professional for the past 18 years and has been a registered Social Worker in the Northwest Territories, Manitoba and Ontario. Shaun has a variety of experiences from frontline to senior leadership positions. Shaun is very passionate about helping others and has a great deal of experience in working with clients to live their best lives possible.
David K is a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario, a clinical fellow with the Ontario Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and is a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist with the Canadian Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. David has operated his private practice as Klauke Counselling Services since 1998. Prior to starting his practice, David worked as a minister in a local church for four years and then returned to school to complete his BA in Sociology at York University and his Masters of Divinity at Tyndale Seminary.
David’s interaction with clients in therapy draws from the perspective that people are physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual beings. Clients, and their issues, are considered within their larger circle of relationships and within the varied contexts of their life. David’s approach considers both the intrapersonal and interpersonal dimensions as he works with clients.
My name is Claudine holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree, a Bachelor of Education Degree, and a Certificate in Criminology from Memorial University of NL. She also has a Masters of Education Degree in Counselling from the University of New Brunswick.
She offers 20+ years of quality therapeutic and consulting experience are what I offer to you. Claudine’s commitment is to serve you in the counselling, consulting and coaching process in a way that is respectful to you. She has spent many years working with children and youth, as well as providing support to the adult population, in an empathic way. Her goal is to enable you, the client, to become the catalyst for your own transformation.
Deborah is a trauma informed Registered Social Worker, who lives and works in Waterloo, on the Haldimand Tract, land that was promised to the Haudenosaunee of the Six Nations of the Grand River, and within the territory of the Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee and Neutral peoples. Debbie has practiced in health and social service programs for over thirty years, supporting diverse individuals and families experiencing life transitions, loss, anxiety and depression. Debbie is committed to listening and supporting from a respectful understanding of cultural safety, as she joins the NAN Hope team.
Laura has 20 years of experience working as a Social Worker. Her specialties include working with couples, children and families, as well as working with individuals struggling with relationship issues, trauma, grief and loss, anxiety, depression, and end of life issues.
Laura is a Registered Social Worker with the Ontario Association of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. She is also a member of the Ontario Association of Social Workers. Laura obtained both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees of Social Work from the University of Windsor. Laura also graduated from McMaster University with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology.
Laura is down-to-earth, warm, and approachable with a sense of humor. She uses a combination of Therapies including Cognitive Behavior, Dialectical Behavior, Mindfulness, Strength-Based and Solution-Focused, while providing counselling in a warm comfortable setting.
At different times in our lives, we are handed challenges, and are faced with adversity. In these situations, we may feel like we need some support; someone wise and compassionate who can provide the opportunity to be heard, and the necessary guidance to move forward. You may be dealing with issues of depression, anxiety, problems in a relationship, grief/loss, trauma/post trauma, addiction, parenting, separation/divorce; or maybe you have just lost direction and feel like you need some realignment. Psychotherapy, coaching, or a combination of both can offer you the opportunity to explore difficult or confusing terrain, to understand what your struggle is trying to tell you, and to choose what directions in life you would like to take.
If you want to put your past in the past so it no longer controls your present or future well-being, and/or you realize you have visions and goals for your life but need some help to uncover the barriers or blocks and be respectfully prompted in the right direction, your sessions with Lillian will provide you with access to what you need to get the results you are looking for.
Lynda holds a Master of Social Work degree and was the 2014/15 recipient of the distinguished Ontario Graduate Scholarship. She is a member in good-standing with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers and the Ontario Association of Social Workers.
Lynda has extensive experience in crisis mental health, suicide risk assessment, responding to and managing ongoing, intermittent or new thoughts of suicide. She has been providing suicide related education and training since 2012 and offers professional consultation.
Lana has a 2 year college diploma for a community service worker program. While going to school in Thunder Bay, Lana worked in her community of Pikangikum as a Youth Counsellor for two years while going to school. Lana worked with Tikinagan and has a certificate for that program. Lana was also on the Trauma Team for 7 years under SLFNHA and worked with youth, families and helped in crisis work when needed. Lana is currently with Nodin Crisis Response, going into communities to provide support for youth and young adults.
Noah speaks Ojibway. Noah was a school counselor in the north for three years. Noah went to high school, plus has taken a counseling program and studied theory and practicum. Noah has been in crisis for almost 3 years.
Melanie has a Masters in social work. She was on Nodin’s trauma team for 6 years in crisis. When not working her trauma contract, she has been full time in crisis for the last year and a half.
Maggie has many years of experience working in the field including crisis and trauma teams.
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