VALUE

Holding Hearts values being equitable in connecting with people on their life journey.

MISSION

While walking together, our desire is to inspire hope and movement within individuals, couples, and families by creating opportunities for each to thrive, and be strengthened within their community.

VISION

Holding a safe space for persons to be heard, accepted, and encouraged by deepening self-awareness in sharing Hearts with one another.

The Team

Michelle Laxamana

Michelle Laxamana 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 CBT, ENRICH couples therapy, level one Focusing, and is working on EMDR certification. Michelle is also a member of CAMFT and CRPO and is attaining a Doctor in Counselling and Psychotherapy.

She 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; a professional counsellor and psychotherapist for couples, families, and individuals from pre-teens to seniors; a clinical supervisor and a clinical manager.

Her areas of counselling and psychotherapy experience include individuals, couples and families. She has worked with persons having to navigate through life’s journey with teen pregnancy, parenting, family relationships, interpersonal relationships, depression and anxiety, life transitions, trauma, sexual assault, gender-based violence and abuse, grief and loss, self-esteem, self-harm, suicidal ideation, identity, sexuality, addictions, life-skills, marital issues and more.

Michelle’s passion is to empower and help youth and families navigate through the “stuck places” and to build on resilience. She 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. She works well within various therapeutic approaches that influence an integrative working model favouring brief solution-focus, cognitive behavioural, emotion-focus couples and family, Gottman couples, mindfulness, art and play therapy, family systems, attachment, inner child, and trauma.

Michelle Laxamana

Michelle Laxamana 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 CBT, ENRICH couples therapy, level one Focusing, and is working on EMDR certification. Michelle is also a member of CAMFT and CRPO and is attaining a Doctor in Counselling and Psychotherapy.

She 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; a professional counsellor and psychotherapist for couples, families, and individuals from pre-teens to seniors; a clinical supervisor and a clinical manager.

Her areas of counselling and psychotherapy experience include individuals, couples and families. She has worked with persons having to navigate through life’s journey with teen pregnancy, parenting, family relationships, interpersonal relationships, depression and anxiety, life transitions, trauma, sexual assault, gender-based violence and abuse, grief and loss, self-esteem, self-harm, suicidal ideation, identity, sexuality, addictions, life-skills, marital issues and more.

Michelle’s passion is to empower and help youth and families navigate through the “stuck places” and to build on resilience. She 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. She works well within various therapeutic approaches that influence an integrative working model favouring brief solution-focus, cognitive behavioural, emotion-focus couples and family, Gottman couples, mindfulness, art and play therapy, family systems, attachment, inner child, and trauma.