I’ve always been drawn to help others
From a very early age, I felt like my heart tugged when I noticed other people suffering. I remember as a very young child inviting people eating alone to sit with my family at restaurants! As a young child, I had an absurd amount of energy (sorry, Mom). I began to pour that energy and insatiable appetite for learning into human behaviour and potential.

One summer after my first year of university, I came across the story of the man who started Covenant House (a non-profit for street-involved youth). Reading how one person’s passion to help could start such a huge and life-saving program was enough for me to be completely inspired. It was then that I knew I would go into social work.

For over 14 years, I have worked in various helping roles as a counsellor, policy analyst, program co-ordinator and advocate for mental health and addictions. I am passionate about helping people through dark days. I know it can be done- I’ve seen it too many times to count.

Credentials and Education:

– Bachelors Degree in Social Work from Western University,

– Masters of Public Affairs from the University of Sydney

– Masters of Social Work from Memorial University

I am a self-proclaimed “education junkie”, so I have a LOT of letters behind my name (but don’t let it scare you!). I have worked in various roles in mental health and addictions counselling. I have been privileged to have worked with different age groups as well, but my “sweet spot” is working with adults. I love the experiences, richness and wisdom that each adult brings to my office.

I began my career in crisis counselling within the field of mental health and believe that this provided me with skills to think on my feet quickly and assess for what is said and what is not said. I have training and experience in running Dialectical Behaviour Therapy groups, Solutions-Focused Brief Narrative Therapy, Emotionally-Focused Couples Therapy, Somatic Experiencing and Mindful Self-Compassion.

I hold a Bachelors Degree in Social Work from Western University, a Masters of Public Affairs from the University of Sydney and a Masters of Social Work from Memorial University. I am also a 200-hr registered yoga teacher with special certification in Trauma-Informed Yoga

Why I love being a counsellor:

Humans never, EVER cease to amaze me. In my role as a therapist, despite hearing lots of sad stories, I also get to see how resilient people are and how the human heart can be healed. There is nothing more satisfying than watching people change their whole lives and relationships. Finding peace, learning to love themselves, avoiding divorce- who can say they do THAT every day?

On a personal note:
I am probably not your “typical” therapist. I like to laugh, you can swear in my office and I’m real and will challenge you (but always with kindness). I meditate every day, listen to a combination of hip hop, ballads and currently, the soundtrack to “My Little Pony- The Movie”.

I live in London, Ontario with my partner, my daughter and my loveable little dog, LuLu, who loves to visit the office sometimes.   To find out more about what it’s like to work with me, click here.

OUR TEAM

Anjelisa Skinner

M.Ed., R.P. – THERAPY FOR WOMEN + COUPLES

Our wonderful Anjelisa Skinner has over 10 years post graduate counselling experience and works in the areas of trauma, stress and anxiety, depression, grief, anger and couples therapy.

Anjelisa has completed the EFT Couples Counselling course and completed her externship in emotion focused couples therapy with Sue Johnson. She has successfully counselled numerous clients and loves watching relationships transform with her guidance.

For Anjelisa, the therapeutic alliance is extremely important. She provides a
warm, compassionate and safe environment by having a presence with clients where they feel they are heard and not judged. Anjelisa will help you get really being clear about your goals for psychotherapy.

Anjelisa is, like all of our Nourish Therapists, real, caring and kind. You’ll share both laughter and pain as you heal with her guidance.

When we can see, be present with and accept ourselves and our many thoughts, emotions and behaviours, we move through our anxiety, depression, grief, shame and the many other experiences that we are stuck in.

Anjelisa says that what helps her most in her work is her own therapy: “I can understand what it is like for clients and value the courage and work, allows me to be a better therapist”.

Jennifer Durasin

M.A., R.P. – CHILD/ADOLESCENT + WOMEN’S THERAPIST

Our incredible and multi-skilled Jennifer is a child’s play therapist, an art therapist and a Registered Psychotherapist. Jennifer works with both children and women to support them on their journey of healing. She has 20 years experience in supporting the lives of children and youth.

Jennifer brings with her the true gift of experience in supporting the unique needs of Indigenous peoples, incorporating traditional healing practice with contemporary counselling. She has a wholistic view of mental wellness which incorporates mental, emotional, physical and spiritual aspects.

Jennifer believes that we all have unique life experiences- regardless of whether we see them as positive or negative- and these experiences carry gifts only we can appreciate. Sometimes it takes an external perspective to help us unwrap these gifts.