Michelle Laxamana has extensive experience working with adolescents, children and families in Toronto, the GTA, and internationally. Her professional background for more than 25 years combined, spans from being a teacher; a director and facilitator of programs; child, youth, and family minister, and a professional counsellor for couples, families, and individuals from pre-teens to seniors.

What People Say

testimonials from our patients

Straightforward, informative, clear approach from Hold Heart right from the start. Appropriate client information given and helpful, easy to get on with staff.

Prue Harrison

Prue Harrison

It’s been a very smooth process and the client and I are still working together, moving through the identified issues. I wouldn’t hesitate in using Holding Heart again.

Jason Hanson

Jason Hanson

I received a good efficient service. There was clarity in terms of the contract and terms and conditions. The whole referral process was very clearly and well managed.

Michael Cohen

Michael Cohen

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what we offer our patients

Michelle has the gift of listening and maintains a supportive, non-judgmental stance, fostering connection and open communication. Compassion, insight, and kindness is an integral part of her character.

Areas of counselling experience include family relationships, parenting, teen pregnancy, marital issues, depression and anxiety, life transitions, trauma, violence and abuse, grief and loss, self-esteem, self-harm, identity issues, sexuality issues, addictions, life-skills and more.

She works well within various therapeutic approaches that influence an integrative working model favouring brief solution-focus, cognitive behaviour, emotion focus couples and family, dialectical behaviour, family systems, attachment, inner child, and trauma.

Michelle has an Early Childhood Education Diploma in the Montessori Philosophy. She holds a Bachelor of Religious Education, a Bachelor of Arts in Human Services, and a Master of Divinity in Clinical Counselling. She is certified in ENRICH couples therapy, level one Focusing, and is a member of CAMFT and CRPO.