Our group leaders and facilitators work in health and mental health fields such as social work, counselling, psychology, art therapy and alternative healing. 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.
Alexandra Hanania (she/her)
MA, RP (Qualifying), dTATI (cand.)
I’m an art therapy thesis candidate at the Toronto Art Therapy Institute. I typically run the mindfulness and textile-based art therapy groups at Sheena’s Place in addition to co-facilitating the BIPOC support group. As the first generation of my family to be born in Canada, I have also been inspired to work with newcomers and refugees at non-profits around the Toronto area. I take a person-centred, psychodynamic, and trauma-informed approach to my therapeutic work. I believe in practising cultural humility, and so I try to create a space that welcomes the unique experiences of all people.
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.
Charlotte Johnston (she/her)
BAH, BEd, MSW Student
I’m a Master of Social Work student (Social Justice and Diversity field of study) at the University of Toronto, a queer woman, and white settler. My experiences volunteering and working in peer support, mental health, education, and sexual violence prevention/intervention inform my anti-oppressive and critical social work perspective, and I am passionate about group work and the opportunities groups provide for community, solidarity, and support. I’m so excited to be doing my practicum at Sheena’s Place this year and look forward to meeting folks and learning and growing alongside you this year.
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.
Corinne Lee (she/her)
My name is Corinne Lee and I have worked with people living with eating disorders for 20+ years. I worked as a Child and Youth Counsellor (CYC) in Adolescent Medicine at SickKids for 13 years and I am also a registered psychotherapist (RP). Throughout my experiences of working with adolescents and adults, I have found that harnessing shifts in one’s recovery is a powerful tool throughout treatment. I have facilitated groups at Sheena’s Place for 7 years, bringing warmth, compassion, and holding space for people ‘to be exactly where they need to be’ in their recovery.
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.
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 see people individually in my art therapy studio in High Park (right now virtually on Zoom), run art journaling groups online, and enjoy facilitating art groups 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.
Kaitlyn Axelrod (she/her)
I am the Program and Outreach Coordinator at Sheena’s Place and became involved with the organization as a volunteer in 2015. As a community mental health social worker, I have experience supporting youth and adults affected by diverse mental health challenges in individual and group settings. My practice is informed by anti-oppressive, feminist, recovery-oriented, and Health at Every Size® frameworks. My passion for research allows me to incorporate evidence-based practices into my clinical work, while simultaneously drawing on group members’ strengths and understanding that they are the experts of their experiences.
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 Johnston (she/her)
I am the program manager at Sheena’s Place, and have been connected with the community since 2016. I believe that there is so much potential in group-based settings to support connection and well-being. My perspective is that group members are the experts of their own experience and that we all can benefit from community support during challenging times. As a facilitator, I try to invite reflection on how the systems in our lives influence experiences with eating disorders. I aim to bring an inclusive, authentic, and compassionate approach to this work.
Laura Hartley (she/her)
BA, MES, Certified Self-Defence Instructor
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.
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.
Samantha Watt (she/her)
I have worked with people who have mental health challenges for about a decade, especially as it interacts with poverty, human rights, activism and self-determination. I have facilitated groups and trained facilitators and am dedicated to person-centred approaches that place lived experience knowledge and marginalized voices at the centre of my work.
Sari Papular (she/her)
I am Registered Nutrition Consultant Practitioner (RNCP) and a Certified Chef with experience working in hospital and health care settings. I have a strong passion for promoting a gratifying and satisfying lifestyle through food and nutrition and my goal is to help foster a safe environment for those affected by disordered eating. Allowing folks to reconnect to food and create positive experiences while fostering a sense of ownership and independence, countering negative associations with food and meal preparation.
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.
Veronika Davy (she/her/they/them)
B. Mus. Ed., A.R.C.T. (Performance and Pedagogy), Expressive Arts Therapist (Candidate, June 2021)
I believe deeply in the power of the arts to hold and transform experience, create space and possibility, and resource a balanced and fully embodied life. I am a queer, white, settler, musician, artist, arts educator, and arts facilitator. My work is informed by ongoing learning and a deepening understanding of anti-oppression, anti-racism, intersectionality, body politics, indigenous solidarity, and decolonization. The work that I facilitate through the arts is experiential, trauma-informed, and resource-oriented; it combines body-based approaches that support nervous system regulation and safely embodied expression, with reflective practices that facilitate integration, understanding, and self-compassion. These arts-based processes unfold at the intersection of individual and collective experience and center the importance of relationships and community in healing.
Victoria Freeman (she/her)
Since 2011 I have participated in research, prevention, treatment and advocacy for eating disorders. I’m passionate about supporting anyone affected by these illnesses and split my time between facilitating groups at Sheena’s Place, working in various hospital programs, supporting clients in my private practice and increasing awareness of EDs in Canada through advocacy. I’m glad you’ve found your way to Sheena’s Place and I hope you feel welcomed and supported.
Zachary (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 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.