Andrea Warnick, RN, MA, RP, Grief Therapist

Andrea is a Registered Psychotherapist whose passion lies in helping families and communities support people of all ages who are grieving the illness or death of someone close to them. As a Registered Nurse with a Masters degree in Thanatology and years of nursing and counselling experience in Canada and abroad, Andrea brings to her work a rare mixture of medical and psychosocial expertise. She has worked at the Dr. Jay Children’s Grief Centre where she was the director of Camp Erin Toronto. Andrea developed the 5 Day Certificate Program in Children’s Grief and Bereavement at SickKids CCMH, and was a founding member of Ontario’s Children and Youth Grief Network. She is a member of the clinical team at Canadian Virtual Hospice. Andrea's in-person counselling practice is located in  Guelph.

 
 

Becka Soyka, Intake Coordinator

Becka is an experienced administrative coordinator with over two decades spent in various corporate, medical and non-profit settings. Through group facilitation and client case management, she is well versed in the fields of grief and bereavement, children's mental health, family support services, and healthcare. This knowledge allows her to support the AWC community through the intake process by connecting new clients to the most appropriate therapist for their immediate needs. She also supports our growing team of clinicians with their administrative needs. Becka works remotely from her home office in Toronto.

 
 

Colleen Mousseau, M.Ed, RP, Grief Therapist & Clinical Director

Colleen, a Registered Psychotherapist with a Masters in Counselling Psychology, is the clinical director at Andrea Warnick Consulting. Over the past 20 years Colleen has worked in agencies such as Dr. Jay Children’s Grief Centre and Woodview Children’s Mental Health and Autism Services. Colleen has extensive experience helping people of all ages and abilities face challenges related to serious illness, grief and bereavement.  She also possesses the rare expertise of helping those with Autism Spectrum Disorder navigate grief.  She is trained in a variety of modalities including cognitive behavioural therapy, art therapy, play therapy and EMDR. Her private practice is located in Hamilton.

 
 

Diane Biggs, MA, RP, Grief Therapist

Diane is a Registered Psychotherapist with a master’s degree in Mental Health and Behaviour Medicine from Boston University School of Medicine and has provided counselling services for children and youth in a variety of community mental health agencies since 2006. Diane is passionate about providing creative and compassionate counselling services to children, youth, adults, and families who are experiencing serious illness, grief, and bereavement. Diane has recently completed the certification process through the Attachment and Trauma Treatment Centre for Healing (ATTCH) to receive her Certified Trauma Integration Clinician designation. She also has received certificates in Maternal Mental Health Intensive-Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders and Perinatal Loss and Bereavement from the Seleni Institute in New York. And, has recently completed Complicated Grief Therapy training. Diane incorporates elements of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), solution-focused, and narrative therapies into her work and practices in the Durham region with an office in Ajax.

 
 

Tara Cohen, MSW, RSW Grief Therapist

Tara is a Registered Social Worker and mindfulness instructor and is deeply committed to supporting people in achieving their optimal quality of life. In addition to working as a grief therapist at Andrea Warnick Consulting, Tara works in health systems planning at the Champlain Hospice Palliative Care Program supporting hospice, hospital, long term care and community organizations to develop palliative and end-of-life care programs that support people in living their best lives up until the very end of their lives, as well as bereaved families and health professionals. Tara uses a trauma-informed care perspective and enjoys mindfulness and narrative therapy techniques. Her hope is to respond to the needs and suffering of individuals and families, as they walk their unique and collective paths through life, including illness, dying, death and grief. Tara practices in Ottawa

 
 

Amanda Cox,

Amanda is a PhD student studying Clinical Psychology at the University of Guelph. She provides therapy services for children, youth and families who need support in their grief journey. In addition to therapy services, Amanda also completes research with university students to help determine the best ways to support the emotional, academic and practical needs of those grieving. She also possesses the expertise of supporting children and youth who have experienced trauma and significant mental health challenges. Amanda works from a variety of therapeutic modalities depending on the needs of her clients. She has experience with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Play Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), Mindfulness Based Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Parent and Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT). In addition to individual therapy services, Amanda will also be developing and facilitating child and adolescent grief groups to support those in the Halton Region. Amanda practices in Milton and Guelph. 

 
 

Nicola Elbro, CPT, Grief Therapist (Supervised Practice) **currently on parental leave**

Nicola is a grief therapist and Certified Play Therapist and educator with a depth of experience working with children. Nicola's experience includes working as an in-hospital program specialist at Camp Oochigeas, developing psycho-educational programs at Camp Quality, and facilitating a peer support group at Gilda's Club for children living with cancer in the family. Nicola is currently working individually with clients both at Andrea Warnick Consulting and in public and private schools around Toronto.  Nicola believes that play is a child's natural medium for self-expression and that play therapy provides children with an opportunity to "play out" their feelings and work through issues they're facing. Nicola practices in Toronto.

 
 

Shannon Holmes RP, CPT Grief Therapist

Shannon is a Registered Psychotherapist and a Certified Play Therapist. She began her career as a child and youth worker in an assessment receiving group home for the Children’s Aid Society. She then moved on to the school board where she worked as a school-wide Behaviour Specialist. Shannon firmly believes that investing time in another individual can leave a lasting impression on them and/or be what they need to see their inner success. Shannon furthered her education by obtaining an honours degree in Psychology. Once she began to learn more about play therapy, she realized it truly placed the child at the centre of the therapy, focused on their goals and making them successful within themselves. Shannon practices in Brampton.

 
 

Petra Kovacs, BHSc, Grief Therapist (Supervised Practice)

Petra is currently a Masters of Social Work student at Western University. She has over ten years of experience working with children worldwide who live with, and are affected by, a life-threatening illness through organizations like SeriousFun Children's Network and Camp Oochigeas. She's also worked with Camp Erin Toronto, a bereavement program for children and youth grieving the death of a significant person. Through these experiences, Petra has developed psychosocial programs to support children's emotional well-being. She has an innate ability to connect with people of all ages who face tough challenges due to illness, grief, loss, and bereavement. Petra practices in London.

 
 

Claire Montgomery MSW, RSW Grief Therapist

Claire is a Registered Social Worker, providing counselling support to individuals and families in hospital, rehabilitation and community settings since 2000. Throughout her career, Claire has focused on working collaboratively and empathically with people facing challenges around life-changing injury, loss, grief and bereavement. Claire has developed extensive experience supporting those who have experienced a sudden and unexpected loss of a significant person in their lives to help them face the often complex and overwhelming responses that can follow. In a community-based counselling agency, Claire developed an attachment and trauma-informed practice for supporting individuals with experiences of trauma/abuse in their early lives. Claire incorporates elements of narrative therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), emotion focused therapy (EFT), and mindfulness practices into her practice in the east end of Toronto.

 
 

Tara Noble, MSW, RSW Grief Therapist

Tara has a Master of Social Work degree and over 22 years of experience working with individuals, children, youth and families facing a variety of complex challenges. Throughout her career, Tara has worked within child welfare, family law, adult and children’s mental health as well as grief and palliative care. Tara provides support to those preparing for the death of a loved one, as well as counselling to support the grieving process. Whether you are seeking individual support, assistance for your child, or guidance in parenting through grief, Tara provides empathic interventions for individuals faced with life changes. Counselling assists individuals and families to integrate grief in a way that promotes resilience and healthy futures. Tara utilizes an attachment and family systems lens to support positive change. She is trained in many counselling modalities including CBT, Narrative, Mindfulness, trauma therapy and EMDR. Tara practices in Toronto.

 
 

Jenn O'Connor, MSW, RSW Grief Therapist

Jenn is a Registered Social Worker with a Master of Social Work degree from Wilfrid Laurier University.  Over the past 18 years Jenn has enjoyed working with children, youth and families in a variety of settings. In addition to being a grief therapist for Andrea Warnick Consulting, Jenn is a school social worker who offers counselling to children and youth in and out of the classroom. She is also a member of the Critical Events Response Team and provides support to teachers, students and families during crisis situations. Jenn works from a CBT framework to help individuals to identify and strengthen their existing coping skills and she provides an empathic space for children and youth to explore their feelings through activities and play. Jenn also has training in mindfulness, trauma, attachment and DBT and experience in facilitating groups for children with a focus on anxiety.  She is passionate about offering playful, strength-based counselling to help individuals work towards well-being and find ways to maintain a connection with the loved ones who they have lost.  Jenn practices in the Kitchener-Waterloo area.

 
 

Megan Porter, MSW, RSW Grief Therapist

Megan is a Registered Social Worker with over 17 years of experience supporting individuals and families to find their way through transitions and reconnect with their inner confidence and wellness. She is passionate about providing therapeutic support to adults, children, youth and families facing serious illness, grief and bereavement and comes to her clients with a breadth of experience from a number of community-based organizations. Megan seeks to understand her clients' experience through trauma-informed, neurobiological and attachment lenses and uses various therapy modalities including Narrative, CBT, Mindfulness, and body-based awareness. Her clinical skill, gentle manner and genuine care support clients in a wholesome way as they work to understand themselves and find more stable footing. Megan practices in Toronto. 

 
 

Esther Rhee, MSW, RSW, Grief Therapist **currently on parental leave**

 Esther is a Registered Social Worker who specializes in autism spectrum disorder, children’s mental health including trauma exposure, and grief therapy. She currently works as the National Program Director for Autism Speaks Canada, and supports grieving children and youth as a volunteer for the Dr. Jay Children’s Grief Centre.  Esther’s advocacy work includes her training the Toronto Police Service, working with Military Family Services, and building national programs supported by the Federal government. Esther was the proud recipient of the Dr. Jay Children's Grief Centre's 2018 Harold Heft Award as a result of her contribution to supporting grieving children and families.

 
 

Lisa Robinson, MSW, RSW, Grief Therapist

Lisa is a Registered Social Worker who focuses her professional and creative energy on supporting children, youth and adults through tough situations. In addition to working as a grief therapist at  Andrea Warnick Consulting, she is also a cancer support group facilitator at Gilda's Club. Lisa is currently working towards her certification as a trauma integration clinician. With over 10 years of experience working with children and families affected by life-threatening illnesses in organizations including Camp Oochigeas and SeriousFun Children's Network, she has seen the impact that therapeutic intervention can have on children's ability to engage in life. She uses narrative therapy as her primary therapeutic framework while incorporating elements of CBT to develop a collaborative understanding of the individual experience. Lisa practices in Toronto and Guelph.

 
 

Nicky Seligman, MSc, CLS, Grief Therapist (supervised practice)

Nicky  is a Child Life Specialist with her Master's degree from McMaster University in Child Life and Pediatric Psychosocial Care. She has worked with a variety of organizations supporting children and youth across Ontario, such as Dr. Jay Children’s Grief Centre and Camp Oochigeas. She helped create and facilitated the children's bereavement group at The Nightingale Centre for Grieving Children, Youth and Families in Guelph, Ontario. She is passionate about supporting children and families experiencing significant life changes and losses, through serious illness and death. She uses play and creative activities to provide children with an emotional outlet to explore the changes in their lives. Nicky practices in Toronto.

 
 

Neal Solomon MSW, RSW Grief Therapist

Neal is a Registered Social Worker, who has dedicated himself to youths, adults and families in order to empower them to live with confidence, honesty and connection.  With more than 14yrs of clinical and practical experience, Neal has been able to lend a “voice” to those individuals or family members, who are in crisis, who feel silenced, or who require a sympathetic ear. Neal’s training is broad. He completed his Bachelor of Education prior to earning his Master of Social Work Degree, then taught for 10yrs at several junior high institutions in Toronto. Neal strives to create a safe environment for all of his clients so that they can receive the utmost benefit from his therapy sessions. Neal practices in Thornhill.

 
 

Jordana Sternberg, MSW, RSW Grief Therapist

Jordana is a Registered Social Worker with over 16 years of clinical experience working in the field of mental health with individuals, couples, and families. Her passion for supporting those experiencing grief and loss is a natural development from her work in the areas of trauma, addiction, relationship dynamics, life transitions, and mood disorders. Jordana is trained in a variety of therapy modalities, including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy,  Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, and Emotionally Focused Therapy. Jordana is known for her compassionate client-centered approach to therapy. She prioritizes her clients’ goals for therapy and regularly assesses their comfort and safety during sessions. Jordana practices in Guelph.

 
 

Olivia Tischler, MSW, RSW, Grief Therapist

Olivia is a Registered Social Worker offering counselling services to adults and families who have experienced, or are experiencing, the death of someone in their life. She has worked at Camp Oochigeas on the in-hospital team, with children affected by cancer, and with the Victim Services program at Bellevue Hospital in NYC with those who have experienced trauma. Olivia is passionate about supporting individuals in their grief, as well as sharing knowledge within grieving communities so that they can best support each other. By providing a safe, therapeutic space, she has seen how people can find a voice for their grief, allowing them to reengage with their lives while honouring the memory of those who have died. Olivia practices in Toronto.

 
 

Tracy Woloshyn, MPS, RP Grief Therapist

Tracy is a Registered Psychotherapist and grief counsellor specializing in person-centered and mindfulness-informed approaches to supporting individuals and families living with life-limiting illness or grieving a death. Tracy’s experience includes residential and community support for The Dorothy Ley Hospice and Philip Aziz Centre for Hospice/Emily’s House. She has worked with palliative care teams at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and the Scarborough Health Network, where she supported individuals and families navigating medical assistance in dying (MAiD). Tracy is passionate about helping adults and children discover their strength, resilience and capacity to heal after loss. Tracy practices in Toronto.