Our Team

Ayọ Akanbi, M.Div., RP, RMFT, (c)OAMHP

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 Clinical Fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT); Registered Marriage and Family Therapist 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

Nishat Fatima, PhD, RP (Qualifying)

Nishat is passionate about supporting individuals going through stressful times. Knowing that stressful situations can overwhelm an individual’s ability to cope, she works collaboratively with her clients to move beyond the overwhelming situation and gain the confidence to regain control.

She has over 15 years’ experience supporting clients with postpartum depression, anxiety and PTSD and people in a refugee context. She believes every person has a wealth of strengths to work from and by capitalizing on these, they are able to grow and improve their bonds with others. Nishat is a registered psychotherapist (Qualifying) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO).

Counselling Approach
Nishat work from an eclectic approach depending on the client’s unique needs. She combines short-term solution-focused, cognitive-behavioural (CBT), narrative therapy, neuro-linguistic and psycho-educational approaches in her work with clients. In addition, she utilizes trauma-informed and mindfulness techniques. Working from a client-centred approach, she is committed to creating a safe space where clients feel they can share their story, and receive feedback, support, and encouragement.

Education
PhD (Clinical Psychology) (Austria)
Master of Clinical Psychology (Bangladesh)

Phone: (289) 275 0416 x 104
Email Address: nfatima@harmonycounsellings.com

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Associate Therapist

Our Team 2

Christie Onumejor, M.Div., RP (Qualifying)

Christie supports individuals, couples, and families towards healthy relationships in a warm, safe, nurturing, and professional atmosphere. She supports individuals and families in overcoming various struggles of life such as broken relationships, communication breakdown, affairs and recovery, anxiety, abuse, depression, grief and loss, trauma, and life transitions.

Her therapeutic training and over 15 years of pastoral experience, enables her to offer those who seek her services therapeutic, emotional, spiritual, and relational supports. She understands that life’s challenges can appear impossible to overcome, and she believes those challenges can be sources of strength. She believes that real and lasting change occurs through a combination of deep personal insight, and the outworking of that insight in practical life contexts. Christie is dedicated to offering hope even when it is difficult to see. Christie is a registered psychotherapist (Qualifying) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO).

Approach
Her approach is person-centred and integrative, using evidence-based therapeutic models such as emotionally focused therapy, cognitive and behavioural therapy, dialectical behaviour therapy, narrative therapy, and family systems. She is Prepare/Enrich facilitator with training in Gottman method of couples therapy and focusing technique.

Education
Master of Divinity (Clinical Counselling) - Toronto
Bachelor of Science (Economics and Statistics) - Nigeria

Affiliations
Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA)
Canadian Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (CAMFT).

Interests
In her spare time, Christie enjoys nature, listening to music, dancing, and connecting with family and friends.

Phone: (289) 275 0416 x 114
Email Address: conumejor@harmonycounsellings.com

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Associate Therapist

Our Team 3

Ingrid Edwards, M.Div., RP (Qualifying)

Ingrid has extensive client relationship and management experiences enhanced by her role as a financial services advisor in one of Canada’s top banks. She strives to create a warm and welcoming environment for her clients where she supports them through the many and diverse issues that have led them to therapy. She utilizes a strength-based, person-centred approach to counselling. She provides counselling supports to families, individuals, and couples from diverse background with empathy and compassion. Ingrid is a certified Prepare-Enrich facilitator. Ingrid is a registered psychotherapist (Qualifying) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO).

Style & Approach
Ingrid works from a systemic perspective to conceptualize issues and to identify strength and growth areas. Also, she utilises an integrative style of counselling, drawing on family systems, cognitive and behavioural, psychodynamic, and solution-focused techniques.

Interests
She enjoys working out, live music, travels and hiking.

Education
Master of Divinity (Clinical Counselling) - Tyndale University, Toronto
Bachelor of Art Honours (Psychology) - York University, Toronto

Phone: (289) 275 0416 x 113
Email Address: iedwards@harmonycounsellings.com

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Associate Therapist

Our Team 4

Inas Zaher, M.Div. (Cand.)

Inas is a master’s Level Training Counsellor completing her practicum placement at Harmony Counselling Services until April 2022. Inas works with clients experiencing anxiety, self-esteem, stress management, spirituality/faith issues, daily life challenges, and interpersonal relationships. She meets clients where they are at, at the moment and work with each client to achieve their goals. She has experience through her journeys, youth ministry, working with special needs children, and serving the elderly. Such opportunities and experiences have instilled in her a passion for helping others. Inas is fluent in Arabic.

Style & Approach
She works from an integrative approach in counselling, believing that an integrative framework provides a lens by which clients’ challenges are conceptualized and collaboratively explored leading to the accomplishment of identified outcome.

Education
Inas is currently completing her final year of the Counselling program at Tyndale University, Toronto. She holds a Bachelor of Art with Honours from the University of Toronto.

Phone: (289) 275 0416 x 115
Email Address: izaher@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 organisational 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.

Affiliation
Project Management Institute - Durham Highlands Chapter

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

Education
Post Graduate Diploma in Advertising (Digital Media Management)
Post Graduate Diploma in Project Management
Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications - Nigeria

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

Manager, Operations

Our Team 6