Our Team

Ayọ Akanbi, M.Div., RP, RMFT-S

Ayọ provides professional counselling for individuals, couples, and families, personalised to help attain their healing and personal growth. Through his training and practice, he has gained a great deal of experience and empathy for people who have faced psychological and emotional trauma. His approach is warm, engaging and non-judgmental, allowing him to offer feedback and practical tools to deliver timely results. He also offers specialised guidance for relationships where one or both partners are or have been engaged in high-stress, demanding careers or other difficult life circumstances.

With over 15 years’ experience as a pastor, Ayọ provides practical Christian based services and counselling for clients who are comfortable with or request biblical counselling. Both his ministry and counselling practices stem from a redemptive approach, giving the opportunity to draw upon spiritual resources to minister the grace and truth of God through the process of discovery and recovery (sanctification).

Ayọ is a registered psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO); and a certified member of the Ontario Association of Mental Health Professionals (OAMHP). He is a  Registered Marriage and Family Therapist and an Approved Supervisor with the Canadian Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (CAMFT).

Education
Master of Divinity (Counselling) - Tyndale University, Toronto
Master of Public Administration - University of Lagos, Lagos

Phone: (289) 275 0416 x 101
Email Address: ayoakanbi@harmonycounsellings.com

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Clinical Director

Our Team 1

Amanda Wadowski, M.Div.

Amanda works within a safe and comfortable environment to build a trusting and respectful therapeutic relationship. She utilize several therapeutic models to best help my clients including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), solution focused therapy, family systems, relationship counselling, person-centred, and psychodynamic techniques. Amanda specialize in couples therapy of every kind, family therapy (including blended and separated families), child and youth therapy, individual therapy including depression and anxiety, addiction, self-esteem, and motivational building. She believe in equality and truly feel that everyone is worthy of a satisfying and happy life. 

Education
M.Div. (Clinical Counselling) - Tyndale University, Toronto
Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) - York University, Toronto

Profession Affiliation
Ontario Association of Mental Health Professionals (OAMHP).

Phone: (289)275 0416 x 106

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Associate Therapist

Our Team 2

Jin Choi, M.Div. (Cand.)

Jin is an intern therapist who is completing her placement at Harmony Counselling Services. She has a holistic approach to therapy and walks alongside each client with a hope of flourishing psychologically, physically, and spiritually. Jin supports clients who are going through stressful life transitions, anxiety, depression, trauma, and loneliness. She also addresses topics surrounding family, culture, interpersonal relationships, and faith (religion). In each session, she prioritizes that client feel heard, understood, and safe. Jin is fluent Korean language.

Style and Approach
Jin holds a holistic approach to therapy and uses integrative therapeutic modalities in her practice. She believes that the physical, mental, and spiritual all simultaneously contribute to the health of a person. She takes all three components into consideration during therapy. Jin believes that the intricacy of a person should reflect their treatment plan. Therefore, various therapeutic models are reviewed according to their effectiveness for the client.

Education
Jin is currently completing her final year of the Counselling program at Tyndale University, Toronto. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) from Ryerson University, Toronto.

Interests
Jin enjoys cooking, creating calligraphy designs and photography.

Phone: (289) 275 0416 x 107
Email Address: jchoi@harmonycounsellings.com

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Clinical Counsellor

Our Team 3

Glenda Dekkema, M.Div. (candidate), RP (Qualifying)

Glenda is an intern therapist who is completing her final year placement at Harmony Counselling Services. She is a Registered Psychotherapy (Qualifying) with the College of Registered of Psychotherapist of Ontario and a Registered Nurse.

Her attentive, warm, and non-judgmental style fosters a supportive environment for you to share your truth. She uses evidence-based therapeutic models to treat depression, anxiety, stress, couple issues, inter-generational conflict, anger management and life transitions.

Glenda’s experience includes nursing in cancer and psychiatry, facilitating group therapy for faith and mood disorders, infertility, and adoption. She is a certified Prepare and Enrich Facilitator. She has training in providing support for palliative care, grief, and bereavement.

Education
M.Div. Candidate (Counselling) - Tyndale University, Toronto
Bachelor of Sociology - York University, Toronto

Interest
In her spare time, Glenda enjoys hanging out with friends and family at the cottage, entertaining, boating, snowmobiling, travelling, playing cards, and watching comedy. Her publications include articles and books on mental health and Christianity.

Phone: (289) 275 0416 x 104
gdekkema@harmonycounsellings.com

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Clinical Counsellor

Our Team 4

Holly Kristensen, M.Sc., M.Div. (Cand.)

Holly is an intern therapist who is completing her final year placement at Harmony Counselling Services. Her aim is to provide a safe and non-judgemental environment for you to share your story and to help you work through distressing issues.

Practicing from a trauma-informed and person-centered approach, Holly supports clients who are going through stressful life transitions, grief, anxiety, depression, trauma, and loneliness. She addresses struggles surrounding family, work, relationships, and faith (religion). Holly also has experience working with young adults and students dealing with school-related anxiety, stress, self-esteem issues, and learning disabilities.

Holly takes a collaborative and compassionate approach to treatment; She will work with you to navigate through your experiences to develop self-awareness, set attainable goals, and establish healthy coping strategies.

Holly’s experience also includes research and teaching in the field of psychology. She teaches courses in Intimate Relationships, Motivation and Emotion at Trent University. She uses her theoretical knowledge to provide helpful feedback and psychoeducation for clients.

Education:
Master of Divinity Cand. (Clinical Counselling) - Tyndale University
Master of Science (Psychology) - Trent University
Bachelor of Science (Psychology) - University of Toronto

Treatment Approach: Family Systems, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Therapy, Psychodynamic, Emotion-Focused Therapy.

Interests:
Holly enjoys spending time with her family, playing tennis, and travelling.

Phone: (289) 275 0416 x 114
Email Address: hkristensen@harmonycounsellings.com
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Clinical Counsellor

Our Team 5

Marian Balogun, BSMC, PgDip.

Marian is a seasoned marketing communications professional, who brings her strategic thrust, project management experience and resourcefulness to her work. She is saddled with the responsibility of team management and implementing strategies to promote organizational growth and corporate objectives. As part of her portfolio before joining Harmony Counselling Services, she provided public relations support to several brands such as Google and CNN in Nigeria.

Interests
In her spare time, she enjoys reading, networking, writing, and travelling.

Education
Post Graduate Diploma in Advertising (Digital Media Management), Durham College, Ontario
Post Graduate Diploma in Project Management, Durham College, Ontario
Red And Yellow - Creative School of Business, Cape Town, South Africa
Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications - Lead City University, Ibadan, Nigeria

Phone: (289) 275 0416 x 105
Email Address: mbalogun@harmonycounsellings.com

Manager, Operations

Our Team 6