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

Jamie Sutherland

Over the past 20 years, Jamie Sutherland has journeyed alongside many families, youth and children, individuals and couples from diverse walks of life. He has engaged individuals from a range of different cultures, socio economic backgrounds, diverse walks of faith, mental health concerns and learning challenges throughout Toronto, the GTA, and Internationally.

Jamie’s area of passion is to help individuals, couples and families around issues of power and control in relationships; to help gain a better understanding of their expectations; and to create healthier patterns of behaviour. He has been engaged with supporting men through individual counselling and group work, helping them to understand the impacts of domestic abuse on themselves, and trauma associated with separation and divorce. Jamie has experience with PAR, Caring Dads, Breakfast with Dads, and SNAP Parenting Model programmes to help fathers to strengthen self-awareness and interpersonal relationships in their family. Jamie is also embarking on becoming a sex therapist to help individuals develop a deeper understanding of their preferred sexual self. Moreover, collaboratively co-creating and exploring the meaning of different challenges to help others better enjoy their quality of life.

 

Other areas of experience include: addictions, grief and bereavement, employment, anxiety and depression, schizophrenia, autism, eating disorders, behavioural modification, OCD, violence against women, anger management, suicidal ideation.

 

Jamie’s experience of facilitation of various workshops, for diverse groups and counselling modalities include: Narrative, Solution Focus, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Focusing, Family Systems and Strategic, Enrich couples, and integration.

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.