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Meet Our Team

Our team of dedicated child and youth mental health professionals consists of Social Workers, Psychotherapists, and a Child and Youth Care Practitioner. We work collaboratively with your family’s system to build resilience and overcome mental health challenges. We are so pleased to meet you!

Anna Raworth, MSW RSW

Director, Child & Family Therapist

Anna helps kids, teens, and families learn to be more confident, grow health connections, and feel happier and in charge of their mental health. I am the proud owner of Acorn Counselling. (Not accepting new clients at this time)

Anna has worked with young people for more than 10 years. Beginning as a child and youth worker, and later training as a clinical social worker, she is experienced in supporting children, youth, adults and families to overcome the impact of mental health challenges. Anna has worked in a variety of settings, including residential treatment homes, schools, hospitals, secure custody and treatment facilities, and in youth justice.

Anna is passionate about helping young people to overcome challenges, develop skills, and strengthen relationships both with themselves, and within their systems, including family, school, and community.She uses an eclectic approach when working with individuals, drawing on various skills, trainings and experiences to tailor a treatment plan specific to the client’s goals, in collaboration with the client and significant supports in their life.

Anna holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work (MSW), a Bachelors degree in Child and Youth Care, is registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW). She is also a Certified Child and Youth Care Practitioner. Anna is dedicated to continuous learning, and regularly takes part in trainings and professional development opportunities to serve her clients better. She has training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), narrative therapy, Emotion Focused Family Therapy (EFFT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Play Therapy, attachment and trauma. She incorporates mindfulness, play and creative methods to draw out strengths, build on supports, and learn new skills.

Anna lives in the Hamilton area with her husband, two wonderful kids, and two spunky Labrador retrievers. She has a love for nature and the outdoors, including camping, hiking, and water activities like SUP’ing and scuba diving. The deep connection with nature is what inspired the name Acorn Counselling; for more insight into the name, see BLOG.

Anna is not accepting new clients at this time.

Alicia House, MMT, RP (Q)

Child & Family Therapist
Alicia specializes in working creatively with children, youth, and families experiencing a range of challenges and difficult life circumstances. She is passionate about seeing individuals and families move to a place of self-discovery and empowerment.

Alicia House is a therapist who specializes in incorporating music and creative arts into the therapeutic process, with a special interest in working with teens and young adult women. She is a Certified Music Therapist (MTA) and Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO).

Alicia holds a master’s degree in Music Therapy with a focus in music-centred psychotherapy from Wilfrid Laurier University. In addition, she has completed training in other therapeutic modalities such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), and psychodynamic therapy, as well as, trauma-informed and mindfulness-based approaches.

Alicia is passionate about seeing her clients move to a place of self discovery and empowerment. As humans, it can be challenging, at times, to communicate exactly how we feel with words; therefore, Alicia is committed to incorporating interventions such as musical exploration, songwriting, and artistic creation into sessions to help clients understand, process, and communicate their emotions, as well as, safely and effectively build relationships.

Alicia was born and raised in the Hamilton area. In her spare time, she enjoys writing music, cooking, spending time with friends and family, and exploring new places.

If you’d like to connect with Alicia for a quick chat to see if she would be the right therapist for you, book your free consultation call and specify in the message you’d like to connect with her directly.

Jaclyn Cronin, MSW RSW

Mental Health Counsellor
Jaclyn helps teens manage their emotional ups and downs, understand their experiences, and reconnect with their loved ones. She makes strong connections with her clients and helps them overcome their challenges.

Jaclyn is a registered social worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers.  She has earned a masters in Social Work from University of Windsor, a BA in Child and Youth Care from Vancouver Island University and a diploma in Child and Youth Work from Sault College.  Her focus and clinical strengths and experiences have been with children, youth and their families.

Jaclyn is an avid learner and participates in trainings and workshops in order to provide the best care for her client.  She has training in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Narrative Therapy, Trauma focused care, and specific play therapy techniques.

For the past 15 years, Jaclyn has held a variety of positions working with children, youth, and their families and has experience clinically supporting this population in day treatment, residential care, counseling along with with supporting in the medical field.   She focuses on taking a person centered approach in order to encourage openness to experience, learning to trust themselves, and develop a willingness to grow in a safe, non-judgemental, and supportive environment to allow people to discover their strengths and achieve their goals.

Jaclyn is from a small town and has lived many different cities before settling in Burlington. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends and exploring various cities in Canada and USA.

If you’d like to connect with Jaclyn for a quick chat to see if she would be the right therapist for you, book your free consultation call and specify in the message you’d like to connect with her directly.

Erica Genova, BSW , MSW (Cand.), RSW

Clinical Intern

Erica is a MSW intern completing her final practicum at Acorn Counselling. She works with teens and adults to explore their challenges and develop skills. Erica works under the direct supervision of Anna Raworth, MSW RSW, and is facilitating groups and individual counselling.

Child and Family Counselling

Marsha Kooiman, MSW RSW

Child & Family Therapist

Marsha understands that there are times in our lives when we encounter challenges and changes that require extra support. She believes in creating  a safe space for children, adolescents, and parents to explore meaningful solutions to address their needs and goals.

Marsha Kooiman is an individual, couples and family therapist, and licensed Clinical Social Worker registered with OCSWSSW. Her formal education includes a Master of Social Work degree from Wilfrid Laurier University.

Marsha has worked as a social worker for over 20 years within the Hamilton, Halton, and Niagara regions and has had employment in a variety of settings. She gained tremendous experience and clinical training in child protection, education, and mental health sectors working with children, adolescents, and adults providing counselling (individual and group), education, and support to those struggling with individual and family issues including relationship issues (conflict, abuse, violence, separation, divorce), mental health (depression, anxiety, addictions), grief and loss, challenge and change (parenting issues, school/work issues).

Marsha utilizes evidence-based modalities and tools and strategies that best fit the client’s needs and preferences including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Narrative Therapy. Marsha is also a certified kickboxing instructor and wellness coach and integrates Polyvagal Theory, Somatic Experiencing, movement and breathwork in her practice for healing trauma. Marsha firmly believes that learning is lifelong and is committed to regularly attending training and professional development opportunities to offer more skills to better serve her clients.

Working from a client-centred approach Marsha offers counselling services to help individuals, couples, and families through stressful experiences. Having gone through a divorce herself, Marsha is aware of the experiences, worries and issues that families encounter when parent’s separate. She is an empathetic professional who engages clients in the counselling process, encourages clients to feel at ease, listened to and understood. Marsha finds it deeply rewarding to help clients rediscover their strengths and find solutions that bring positive and lasting change and meaning to their lives.

Marsha values family and giving back to her community. She lives in Burlington with her blended family and many pets. She enjoys the outdoors including camping, hiking, and biking. She has actively volunteered with local schools, charities, and residential homes.

If you’d like to connect with Marsha for a quick chat to see if she would be the right therapist for you, book your free consultation call and specify in the message you’d like to connect with her directly.

Family Counselling Individual and Family Therapist

Qiang Hao (Chris), MACP, RP (qualifying)

Individual & Family Therapist

Chris is a caring, compassionate, and thoughtful psychotherapists who has experience working with teens and international students, and is passionate about involving parents and working from an emotionally focused family therapy perspective.

 

Chris holds a master’s degree in Counselling Psychology (MACP) from Yorkville University, a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from University of Toronto. He is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with the College of Registered Psychotherapist of Ontario (CRPO).

Chris is a therapist who understands life and human existence can be difficult, lonely, stressful, and sometimes even helpless and hopeless. Chris sees his role in the counselling room is to support you in telling your story, explore your deeper emotions, and team with you to travel through life’s darkness. Chris works from a client-centred humanistic approach to support you in working towards individual goals, such as personal growth, relationship improvement, healthy coping strategy development, and affect regulation. 

Chris has 10+ experience working in high school and university settings, helping youth manage a variety of difficulties including anxiety, depression, distress, fear, intergenerational conflicts, and more. His approach is strength-based, mindful-based, and trauma informed, utilizing cognitive behavioural therapy, emotionally focused therapy, and Gestalt therapy. While his client population was primarily adolescents and young adults, he is increasingly caring about the relationship between adult children and their aging parents. He is also trained in helping couples in difficult marital relationships, as well as people in grief.  

Studied philosophy for more than ten years and holding a master’s degree in philosophy (McMaster University), Chris is concerned about existential questions that everyone must face, human existence, the meaning of life, dying and death etc. In his view, to help clients contemplate those questions would shed light on the client’s deeper understanding/feelings about their lives, empowering them, and helping them get out of the existential trap they are in now.

Chris lives with his wife, who is a nurse, two adolescent children, and a German shepherd (Estor). In his spare time, he enjoys doing Yoga and workout with his daughter and companying Estor at the park taking philosophical contemplation

 

If you’d like to connect with Chris for a quick chat to see if she would be the right therapist for you, book your free consultation call and specify in the message you’d like to connect with her directly.

Chantal Gray, MSW RSW

Child & Family Therapist
Chantal helps children and their families find joy, confidence, and connection. She has training in CBT and uses play, creativity, and fun activities to engage kids and make meaningful positive change.

Chantal is a caring and dedicated counsellor, and loves working with young people. She has experience working with children, youth, adults, and families who are experiencing challenges with anxiety, depression, self-regulation, parenting, trauma and behavioural issues. She has worked within schools, youth justice, residential and crisis setting before joining the team at Acorn Counselling.

Chantal earned a Master’s degree from Ryerson University. She is a registered social worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW).

Chantal works from a client cent red approach and aims to provide a space for individuals to be heard and supported. Chantal uses a variety of modalities such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), solution focused, mindfulness practices and trauma informed approaches tailored to individual’s needs. Chantal also enjoys incorporating play and other creative aspects into working with children, youth, and families. She continues to build on her professional development to provide clients with the best evidence-based interventions possible, as she believes that learning never stops.

Chantal lives in Hamilton and enjoys admiring the beautiful waterfalls within the community. She has a love for music, travelling and indulging in a variety of foods.

If you’d like to connect with Chantal for a quick chat to see if she would be the right therapist for you, book your free consultation call and specify in the message you’d like to connect with her directly.

Child Youth Counsellor

Katrina Buma, MSW RSW

Child & Family Therapist

Katrina cares deeply about others, and brings an upbeat and enthusiastic energy into her work with kids, adults, and families. 

Katrina is a Registered Social Worker, though she first began her journey as a Child and Youth Worker. After 7+ years in the field she decided to attain a Bachelors of Social Work and Bachelors of Sociology from McMaster University. Recently, after working as a Social Worker in the field for 5+ years she attained her Masters of Social Work from Wilfred Laurier University while completing her internship as a Therapist within the University of Waterloo. 

Katrina has a strong passion for helping others and works with people in a holistic and meaningful way. She is enthusiastic, upbeat and puts a lot of effort into supporting those she works with. 

Katrina is currently accepting new clients.

 

Ravina Sangha, BSW RSW

Child & Family Therapist
Ravina enjoys working with kids and teens who are struggling with self-esteem, school issues, anxiety, or trauma symptoms. She uses play therapy techniques and narrative approaches, and involves parents as much as possible.

Ravina is a registered social worker (RSW) with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW). She earned a Bachelor’s of Social Work Degree from the University of Victoria with a specialization in child welfare, and is currently pursuing her Masters of Social Work through York University.

Ravina has 4 years of experience clinically supporting children, youth, parents, and families by practicing from a trauma informed lens. She believes therapy is relational, and needs to be client-centred; Ravina will collaborate with you in finding the right therapeutic approach and will provide a safe and non judgemental space to work through challenges together.

Over the past 4 years Ravina has been trained in various modalities such as cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), mindfulness, solution focused, expressive arts, and play therapy. She completed training in foundational Play Therapy skills through the Rocky Mountain Play Therapy Institute. Ravina also has training in applied suicide intervention, working with oppositional, defiant and anger issues in children and adolescents, grief and loss, and childhood anxiety.

Ravina loves spending time outdoors with her dog (especially near water and/or hiking) – she enjoys road trips, making puzzles, and travelling!

Korrenne Jensen, MACP, RP (Q)

Child & Family Therapist
Korrenne sees therapy as an opportunity for growth and believes that everyone has inner wisdom. She uses mindfulness, and helps children and youth develop skills to navigate challenges in life.

Shaye Hutchinson, MSW RSW

Child & Family Therapist

Shaye understands life can be stressful, and sometimes even painful. She helps kids, teens, and adults manage their emotions and navigate through life’s challenges so that they can feel more confident and able to cope. Shaye is currently not accepting new clients.

Shaye has been working in the social service field for almost 10 years. She earned a Master’s degree in Social Work from the State University of New York and an undergraduate degree from Trent University. She is registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers.

Shaye understands life can be stressful, difficult, and sometimes even painful. Shaye sees her role as a therapist is to support you in telling your story, and assist you in navigating through life’s challenges. Shaye works from a client-centred approach to support you in working towards individual goals, which could include personal growth, improved relationships, managing emotions/stress and/or developing healthy coping mechanisms. Her primary goal is to create a safe space in order for you to feel comfortable to share your experiences and to work collaboratively to foster positive change.

Shaye has several years of experience working with children, youth, families and adults, who are managing a variety of difficulties including anxiety, depression, anger/aggression, parenting challenges, complex family relationships, sexuality and gender identity, trauma related symptoms, and more. Her approach is trauma informed, and strength- based; utilizing cognitive behavioural therapy, dialectical behavioural therapy skills, and motivational interviewing techniques.

Shaye lives in West Niagara but was born in raised in Hamilton. She loves spending time outdoors with her two dogs. Shaye is passionate about bringing high quality care to the children, teens and families that she works with. She brings that same passion to her work in educating the next generation of helpers through her part-time teaching position at Niagara College.

Shaye is not accepting new clients at this time.

Tamara Krbavac, M.Sc, CLS

Parent Support Counsellor
Tamara is a Child Life Specialist who has spent years supporting parents of children with mental health challenges. She helps parents understand their impact and influence, and empowers them to help their children succeed and thrive.

Tamara has a Master of Science in Psychology from California Coast University, a Post Professional Diploma in Child Life Studies from McMaster University, and a Bachelor of Applied Science: Family and Social Relations from the University of Guelph. Her focus and clinical experience is working with children, youth and their parents.

Tamara has 20+ years experience supporting children and families throughout the life course and through many different events including life threatening illness and death, acute and long term hospitalization, procedural preparation and education in the medical setting. Before shifting focus to parent support, Tamara worked in various areas of child and youth development such as daycare, residential settings, outreach and hospital settings.

Tamara believes that parenting is one of the most difficult and rewarding journeys we can take. She helps parents to see the skills they possess, and helps them to know what to do when. Tamara also enjoys working with children to help them explore their feelings and how to share these feelings with their parents and caregivers. Tamara believes in taking a strength based approach to change — helping people to recognize what they are good at, and how to use these skills to make desired changes. She uses a collaborative and tailored approach to support parents and caregivers. She creates the opportunity to talk openly and honestly about the challenges of parenting.

Tamara is a committed life-long learner. She has training in motivational interviewing and is informed in a variety of therapeutic modalities including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Emotion Focused Family Therapy (EFFT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT).

Tamara is proud life-long Hamiltonian. She lives in the Hamilton area with her husband, 4 children and 3 dogs. She is an avid reader, loves Escape rooms and time with family.

 

Lauren Comeau-Russell, B.A., CYCP

Parent Support Counsellor

Lauren helps parents to better understand the work that is being done with their child or teen in individual therapy, and helps them to extend the treatment plans into the home so that everyone is on the same page, and parents feel empowered and connected. 

Lauren works with children, youth and their parents to strengthen the parent/child relationship and support parents through the ups and downs of their child’s mental health challenges.

Lauren has a Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Care from Ryerson University and is a fully certified member of the OACYC. She earned her Child and Youth Worker Diploma from Mohawk College and completed a Clinical Behavioural Sciences Post-Grad Diploma from McMaster University. Over the course of her practice Lauren has had training and is informed in a variety of therapeutic modalities including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, and Emotion Focussed Family Therapy. Her goal is help parents fulfil their goals by parenting with intention while they raise resilient, independent, and confident children.

Lauren has been working in Hamilton and the surrounding area for the past 17 years supporting children, youth, and their families that have struggled to cope with the difficulties of mental health and how it has impacted the family unit. Before shifting her focus to parent support, Lauren worked in various child and youth care sectors such as youth justice, education, residential care facilities, outreach, supervised access, and hospital settings.

Lauren understands that being a parent is a wonderful gift. She also understand that being a parent amongst the stressors of every day life can be a challenge, especially if your child struggles with mental health. 

Lauren creates a safe space to discuss the difficulties parents and caregivers face in their every day lives. She uses a collaborative and tailored approach to care to support parents and caregivers build on their strengths, and to fine tune skills that increase their confidence when handling challenging parenting situations.

Lauren lives in Hamilton with her husband and two children. She is an avid music fan, likes to bake, and spending time with her family.

Lauren supports the parents of some of Acorn Counselling’s existing child and teen clients. She is also available for parent support even when the child is not involved in therapy.

If you’d like to connect with Lauren for a quick chat to see if she would be the right therapist for you, book your free consultation call and specify in the message you’d like to connect with her directly.

Arohi Atre, MSOT, OT Reg. (Ont)

Paediatric Occupational Therapist
Arohi is passionate about helping children and families develop the skills and resources needed to thrive in their occupations. She has a special interest in sensory processing and self-regulation.

Arohi began her journey as an Occupational Therapist after graduating from  Tufts University in Boston, USA with a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy.

Since then, her professional journey has led her to work with children and families in a variety of settings and treat many different diagnoses and developmental and mental health concerns.

Arohi is currently licensed to provide Occupational Therapy services in Ontario. She has clinical and practice knowledge on various topics including infant/child development, sensory processing, self-regulation skills, feeding skills, fine motor skills, handwriting, and the essentials of activity analysis in functional tasks. She believes that through a strength-based approach, effective assessment, communication, and implementation, interventions can be tailored to motivate and encourage children to reach their goals as it relates to their ”occupations”.

In her spare time, she loves playing with her son and watching him grow and is a bit of a geek when it comes to reading and gathering the most updated evidence about her special interest which happens to be “sensory processing and self regulation”.

Ben Weinstock, B.A., CYCP

Child & Youth Counsellor
Ben is a passionate and energetic counsellor who helps kids and teens to develop coping skills and apply to them in their day-to-day life. He is also one of our group facilitators.

Ben Weinstock is a Child and Youth Care Practitioner who graduated from Ryerson University and has been in the field for 8 years. He has completed additional training in Dialectal Behavioural Therapy and Positive Psychology through the University of Sydney.

Ben uses a strength-based approach when working with young people. Methods from Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Expressive Arts and Adventure Therapy are integral in work. These techniques have been applied at The Sick Kids Centre for Community Mental Health, group homes, Ontario Early Years and youth homelessness programs. Over the past three years Ben was living and working in Sydney, Australia where he worked with adolescents in a residential program and adopted trauma-informed methods to help young people grow and prosper.
Ben loves musical theatre, surfing, and pizza. His favourite pizza shop is Shorty’s. He loves to travel and he hopes to one day visit Mongolia, New Caledonia, Sri Lanka and beyond!

Ben is one of our Group Facilitators. This past summer he developed and facilitated a Free Mental Health Workshop program to help kids build coping skills. He is currently working on a virtual program to help kids manage anxiety.


Carolyn Noorduyn

Practice Assistant
Carolyn works behind the scenes at Acorn Counselling. She provides administrative support to the practice and helps manage day to day operations. She is often the first point of contact for many and works to ensure all questions or inquiries are handled with confidentiality, sensitivity, and respect.
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