About US

Regarding: Covid-19 (Novel Coronavirus)

Due to COVID-19 video or phone sessions will also be offered through Calming Tree Counselling.

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Our Mission

Calming Tree Counselling is an experienced social work practice where everyone; regardless of race, sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender or age will be met with warmth, empathy and confidentiality. Counsellors employ a personalized, holistic and client-centred approach that ensures clients feel safe, respected and understood.

Our Story

Our Story began in 2004 with a dedicated friendship that evolved over time to include a collegial relationship and has now culminated into a business partnership at Calming Tree. Our shared interests include a commitment to social work, continued education, parenting and a love for travel. Supporting one another through Masters of Social Work programs resulted in a shared employment opportunity as counsellors at a private practice in Waterloo.
Calming Tree Counselling has emerged from our passion to provide professional, accessible counselling services. We believe that our practice will be a space where people will feel connected and nurtured to navigate life’s challenges and heal. Having supported individuals and couples for over a decade, we are dedicated in addressing the need for an accessible counselling service in the South Kitchener area. Calming Tree Counselling has emerged as a professionally credentialed social work counselling centre located in the Doon South area.

Our Counsellors

A Counsellor at Calming tree is a member in good standing with the Ontario Social Work and Social Service Workers College and who has their Masters of Social Work degree.

Tonya Beattie, MSW, RSW

Lirondel Hazineh MSW, RSW PhD(c)

Lirondel offers a safe, compassionate and confidential place to talk through the problems and challenges that life brings. She works with couples and individuals through a strength and resilience based approach, to ultimately help clients discover more satisfying ways of being and relating. Lirondel takes a number of approaches to counselling, depending on the needs of the client, including narrative, solution-focused, cognitive behavioural and emotionally focused therapies. Lirondel invites you to share your stories with her, and looks forward to working with you to explore new possibilities and preferred futures.
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Jeff Barber, MSW, RSW

Kaitlyn Power, MSW, RSW *On Maternity Leave

Dannika Mete, MSW, RSW

Joscelyn Guindon, MSW, RSW

Nadine Rubie, MSW, RSW *On Maternity Leave

Kafui Mensah, MSW, RSW

Casandra Di Benedetto, MSW, RSW

Our Junior Counsellors

A Junior Counsellor is a member in good standing with the Ontario Social Work and Social Service Workers College and who has their Bachelor of Social Work degree while completing their Master of Social Work degree. This means they are able to provide support as a Registered Social Worker as they complete their MSW. Junior Counsellors receive regular supervision, continued professional development and the ability to offer services at a reduced rate.

Ivanna Van Holst BSW, RSW


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