Our group leaders and facilitators work in health and mental health fields such as social work, counselling, psychology, art therapy and education. They come to Sheena’s Place to run their groups once or twice a week. Below is a list of facilitators who are currently facilitating groups at Sheena’s Place, listed in alphabetical order by first name.
Please note: Our facilitators are contracted seasonally to run their groups and are not staff members of Sheena’s Place. As such, they do not work for Sheena’s Place outside of group hours and we are unable to provide their contact information to group participants. If you have questions for your facilitators, we encourage you to raise them during your group, if possible. Our staff team is also more than happy to support you and to answer questions. Please get in touch with our Registrars, Steve and Aglaia – their contact information can be found here.
Aglaia Tudor (she/her)
CYT, MACP, RP (Qualifying)
We all have a story, a story that is dynamic and resilient in nature as it undeniably follows us through the lifelong journey of self-actualization. The complexities, dilemmas and challenges of the human experience are opportunities to find our truth and purpose. I am trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy and believe that our emotions offer us a map to our deepest needs and fears. As a facilitator, I aim to offer an honest, compassionate and authentic approach honouring that group members are the authors of their own story. I have a strong background in visual art and dance and have completed training as a yoga instructor. I hold a MA in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville and a BSc (Honours) in Psychology from U of T. I am honoured to be a part of Sheena’s Place and am committed to bringing my professional skills and personal dedication to best support our community.
Alex Nicolls (he/him)
BA (Hons), DTATI (Cand.)
Having completed my lecture phase at the Toronto Art Therapy Institute, I am excited to co-facilitate art therapy groups through Sheena’s Place. I believe in the ability of creativity and imagination to bring about healing and health in people’s lives. I am looking forward to using the collaborative and empowering experiences that can be found in roleplaying games to support group members in developing their own skills and strengths. I hope to create positive, inclusive and non-judgemental experiences for all.
Ary Maharaj (he/him)
M.Ed., RP (Qualifying)
Through compassion, non-judgment, respect, and honesty, I work to create a group environment that gives you some breathing room to think about your important life transitions, explore your intersecting identities, navigate your relationship with your body, and hold space for the many emotions we all experience. There is much we have in common, and we are all unique. In facilitating the BIPOC Support group, we try not to generalize or compare our perspectives with that of others, but instead, work to acknowledge each person’s experience and how systemic, social factors — like racism and other systems of oppression — can impact our health and our everyday experiences. I strive to create spaces that allow us to feel a sense of safety, so that instead of using time to defend ourselves, we can use that time to define ourselves.
Ashley Seaman (she/her)
B.Ed Educator, OCT
I am a certified Educator (B.Ed, OCT), an Educational Partner of the Toronto District School Board, and I have been teaching since 2008. My background in the Theatre Arts as a program developer, performer, educator, producer, and department head has shaped my passion for emphasizing the role of the Arts in a happy, healthy life. A deliberate exploration of the Arts also helped to guide me through my own healing process; I am 11+ years fully recovered from an eating disorder. My goal as a facilitator is to use my expertise as an Educator with gentle playfulness to invite participants to cultivate a deeper sense of acceptance, compassionate presence, supportive connections, and hopeful perspectives to support folks along their journeys. (Oh, and sometimes to create space for joy together, even in dark times, because fun is fun!)
Caitlin MacLean (she/her)
BA (Hons), TATI Student
I am excited about co-facilitating art therapy groups at Sheena’s Place as I am passionate about art and helping others improve their mental health and well-being. Art speaks for us when we don’t know or have the words yet; there are endless ways for creative expression and communication. I hope to create a space where group members feel welcome, seen, and heard through a person-centered, collaborative, and anti-oppressive approach.
Christine Hsu (they/them/she/her)
Ontario College of Teachers Certificate (OCT), Adult Education Certificate (St.Fx), Personal Training Specialist (Canfitpro), Inclusion Training (Variety Village), Bachelor of Physical & Health Education, Bachelor of Education, Certified Training & Development Professional (pending)
I am a queer, nonbinary, genderfluid, woman of colour and work in a variety of different communities wearing different hats. These hats include being a healing-centred movement coach with a body liberation approach, and an anti-racism/anti-oppression trainer and diversity & inclusion consultant. My very being and work centres on minimizing harm in the world/relationships, honoring courage, radical vulnerability, and radical acceptance, and being active both in body movements and sports, and in dismantling white supremacy, capitalism, and patriarchy. You’ll most likely find me cycling around in the city and squealing over seeing cute puppies all year round.
Cynthia Shea (she/her)
I connect with clients at Sheena’s Place to teach Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) Skills – focusing especially on using them to support your eating disorder recovery. I work to make DBT understandable and relatable so that you can then consider how to use DBT skills to support your own recovery.
Debbie Anderson (she/her)
Art Therapist & Registered Psychotherapist, BA(Hons), dTATI, RP
I like calling the art therapy I do Artful Self Discovery. I love facilitating art-making that becomes a type of symbolic speech to help you understand your self. I find art can make feelings and experiences less threatening. I enjoy facilitating art groups online and at Sheena’s Place.
Emma Baril (she/her)
I have been practicing yoga since 2005 and formally studying yoga since 2013. My teaching uses gentle movement to explore showing up with curiosity and compassion.
Giselle Segovia (she/her)
As a registered dietitian and recipe developer, I am passionate about educating and empowering others to build a positive relationship with food and their bodies that is not only nourishing and pleasurable, but is also accessible, culturally inclusive, supports overall wellbeing, and is above all – compassionate. I have experience teaching food skills and providing food services to folks affected by eating disorders as well as developing nutrition education content to help debunk harmful diet culture messaging online. I practice using a non-diet approach and weight-neutral lens, and am passionate about exploring the complex role that food plays in our lives and the ways in which we can find harmony and connection through food and eating.
JDP has been doing fat activism, workshops, and peer counselling for over 10 years.
Jennifer Li (she/her)
Jennifer Li (she/her) is a Chinese-Canadian, queer, cis-gender woman with over 12 years of lived experience of multiple eating disorders. Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Social Work from Toronto Metropolitan University and a Master of Social Work from the University of Toronto, and is a registered social worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. Jennifer is currently located in Toronto, Ontario.
Jennifer believes that the human being is not inherently pathological, rather it is the structures and systems within society that highly impact one’s feelings and experiences. As a mental health therapist for 2SLGBTQIA+ youth living with eating disorders and other mental health/structural challenges, Jennifer strives to practice through an anti-oppressive, anti-racist, anti-sanist, post-colonial and intersectional feminist lens, while co-creating a space of non-judgment and compassion.
Kaley Roosen (she/her)
I am a clinical and health psychologist who has been working with folks with eating disorders for the past 10+ years. As a disabled woman, I am passionate about offering disability-affirming, anti-oppressive and trauma-informed support and therapy to folks with mental health challenges, complex trauma histories, eating distress and chronic illness/disability. My practice and scholarly work combines psychology theory with critical understandings of disability and illness. I have worked in hospital settings and am currently working in private practice while continuing my ongoing commitment as an advocate and ally in disability justice work. I am also aligned with body liberation work and understanding eating disorders as social justice issues.
Kelsey Gatta (she/her)
I am a registered social worker with an educational background in nutrition and psychology. As a result, I address eating disorders from a holistic perspective — whereby I aim to merge psychotherapeutic theories with behavioural and nutritional sciences, while providing social and familial contexts. I understand that there is always a sound reason as to why individuals engage with disordered eating and subsequently experience difficulties with recovery. Because of this, I am guided by a client-entered approach, in that I believe people are often the best experts of their own stories. I apply a trauma-informed and anti-oppressive lens in working with individuals and seek to operate from a non-judgemental, compassionate stance. I am so happy to continue as a facilitator with Sheena’s Place.
Kyle T. Ganson (he/him)
Kyle T. Ganson, PhD, RSW, is an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto’s Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work. His research focuses on eating disorders, muscle dysmorphia, and muscle-building behaviours among adolescents and young adults, particularly boys and young men. Dr. Ganson has authored over 125 peer-reviewed academic papers in leading adolescent health, eating disorder, body image, and substance use journals. His research has been featured on the CBC, CTV News, U.S. News and World Report, Healthline, Fatherly, and Runner’s World, among others. Dr. Ganson teaches clinical social work courses to MSW students, including a course on eating disorders assessment and treatment. He has over 10 years of direct clinical social work practice experience and currently has a private practice in Ontario.
Laura Hartley (she/her)
I’m a queer, feminist, facilitator, educator, activist and community builder. I have been honoured to be a part of the Sheena’s Place community as a facilitator for the past 7 years. I believe in the power of group programs and the arts to create spaces for personal growth, healing and transformation. I bring an empathic approach and aim to create warm, inviting and inclusive spaces where everyone feels comfortable and inspired to step into their own creativity and power.
Leanna Scheitrowsky (she/her)
RP (Qualifying), dTATI (cand.)
I am an art therapy facilitator that practices a trauma-informed, person-centred, relational-cultural approach to psychotherapy. At Sheena’s Place, I am excited to co-facilitate the D&D Integrated Art Therapy and Art Journaling groups. My goal as a facilitator is to create inclusive, non-judgemental, accessible, anti-oppressive spaces where group members can connect and hold space for each other through collaborative storytelling RPGs (role-playing games) and/or art invitations.
BScOT, Reg(ON), MEd(Psych), BCN
Since 1997, I have had the privilege to facilitate many groups at Sheena’s Place. It is my perspective that eating disorders, disordered eating and body image disorders are both biologically and circumstantially derived, and thus I strive endlessly to stay as abreast of current knowledge re the neuro/enteric/developmental factors as well as listening for the influences of individual and societal challenges/experiences when working with people to understand where they are at re their recovery. As a facilitator, my goal is to contribute my clinical experiences and to collaborate with group members to find ways to move towards lives less enchained by the tyranny of eating disorders.
Maureen Mahan (she/her)
I have had the privilege of facilitating support, skill building, and art-based groups at Sheena’s Place for over 20 years. As a facilitator, the importance of listening to and understanding what it has meant for group members to be living with eating related concerns, is essential. The groups I facilitate focus on sharing coping strategies and promoting mutual support and encouragement on the journey to individual wellness. My background is in nursing with an MEd from OISE which included studies in counselling psychology.
Monique Yang (she/her)
BA, TATI Student
I am an art therapy student at Toronto Art Therapy Institute. Having a background in art and design, I want to help facilitate a supportive environment for everyone on their journey to healing, using a client-centred, eclectic approach.
Nicole D’Souza (she/her)
MSW, RSW, TCTSY-F, Certified Yoga Teacher
I am a Trauma-Centre Trauma Sensitive Yoga Facilitator and a Social Worker. I recognize that trauma can make it challenging to connect to one’s body and breath and through this group I hope to offer choices and invitational language that can support you in your journey. We will also explore through conversation some of these techniques that will be used, to create an understanding of the five core principles of TCTSY.
Raquel Griffin (she/her)
MSW, RSW, CIEC
I am a white, anglophone, able-bodied, invisibly disabled, straight-sized, queer, cis-gender woman of settler background. As a Registered Social Worker and Certified Intuitive Eating Counsellor, I help people have more peaceful relationships with food and their bodies. In addition to supporting those with eating disorders, I am passionate about grief support and issues that affect queer and trans folks. I am the proprietor of Birch Stand Mental Health Services, a psychotherapy private practice based in Kjipuktuk (Halifax, NS) and support clients living in NS, NB, and ON. I’m excited to be facilitating a new group with Sheena’s Place for pregnant individuals and look forward to sharing this space! When I’m not working I’m usually either spending time with my partner and kid, singing in choral ensembles, or playing Zelda.
Sara Desroches (she/her)
After losing my brother while completing my Master’s degree in Social Work, I became passionate about grief therapy and group-based grief support. I work to de-stigmatize grief and loss, ensure folks are empowered to live a life worth living even during bereavement, and provide a safe space for folks to tell their grief story. In my work as the Program Director of Gilda’s Club Simcoe Muskoka in Barrie, ON, I believe in marrying evidence-based therapeutic modalities with the authentic belief that each person is their own expert, while acknowledging the systemic forces that can make each experience unique. I have had the privilege of facilitating groups with Sheena’s Place since 2017. I work from a trauma-informed, evidence-based, client-centred lens.
Sezgi Ozel (she/her)
MScOT, OT Reg. (Ont.)
I am a Toronto-based Occupational Therapist with a keen interest in mental health. I have been facilitating groups at Sheena’s Place since 2017. My groups focus on skill-building and use of strategies to promote wellness, and I like to facilitate discussion amongst members to draw on member experiences. I have facilitated groups on self-care, self-compassion, assertive communication, and navigating recovery.
Sookie Bardwell (she/they)
Steven Bowa (he/him)
Steve is a member of the Sheena’s Place team, serving as Registrar and Communications Specialist. Before working at Sheena’s Place, his interest in the mental health field began when he studied at University of Ottawa where he received his BA in Psychology. Now after three years of supporting the team behind the scenes, he is excited to also be providing support to participants as a facilitator.
Sophie Raniere (she/her)
I am a white, cis, queer woman with lived experience of mental health challenges. I work from a feminist perspective that is collaborative and non-pathologizing, rooted in the belief that clients are doing their best within often oppressive social structures. I have a particular affinity for working with fellow fat folks looking to divest from diet culture and internalized fatphobia.
Zac Grant (they/them)
I am a white, queer, nonbinary, settler, activist, and lifelong learner. I approach both my work and personal life from a variety of perspectives that prioritize person centred approaches with anti-oppressive and decolonial practices, trauma informed care, and grief healing. I have over 10+ years of experience working in addiction and mental health, homelessness and housing, grief and loss, community development, creative healing modalities, and LGBTQ2S+ communities. I believe we are all experts of our own lives and that there are many ways to work towards wellness and reaching our personal life goals.