Eugenio Counselling Services, MSW and RP Qualifying

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 Erica Eugenio MSW, RSW

I became a counsellor because I wanted to give people the opportunity to feel like they matter, and to offer a safe space for people to feel comfortable to be themselves. There was a time in my life that I felt trapped in myself, struggling with parts of my story and desperately needing a place to feel safe, to have an ally to help pull me out of myself, to encourage and empower me to grow into my potential, and to learn how to just be okay with all of my experiences in life. These desires that I experienced in my life are what motivate me in providing these needs for my clients. I am human too, we all go through struggles, and I want my clients to be aware that they are not alone; I understand just how difficult life can be. My mission is to give my clients a voice to share their truth and to help end stigma that it really is okay to not be okay at times in our lives. We are not “broken” or have something “wrong” with us if things are not okay. Things are not okay sometimes because we are human beings who experience living. I want to help my clients re-create their stories, and grow into the person they want to be.

I am straight forward with my clients, compassionate, dedicated, trustworthy, and caring. I see my clients as unique individuals, not putting them into the same boxes. I believe that the past shapes each and every one of us, but that past does not have to dictate how we live our life, nor does it have to hold us prisoner. Clients have said they experience warmth in our   relationship, they feel understood, safe, and free to remove their masks. I like to push my clients at just the right amount to help them achieve their goals. Sometimes they are given work in between sessions that help them grow. I’m also very flexible when it comes to sessions because you can never predict if something may come up and move the session in a totally different and needed direction. 

What you can Expect Coming to my Office:

You will be warmly greeted, and have options of seating.

I offer a free half hour consultation session set up for the purpose of getting to know each other and to help you decide if we are a good fit. I will ask questions such as previous counselling experiences, and other things I may want to know about you. You can also use this time to ask me questions and explore my style of executing therapy.

In our first full session together, I will ask you to tell me your story. This time allows me to get a better picture of the life you have experienced. I want my clients to be able to tell their story without any interruptions, but may at times ask questions to help guide you through sharing. I like having my clients guide the pace and direction of sessions. Depending on my client’s needs I can be seen taking more of a facilitator role or an interviewing role which involves questions relevant to assist my client in reaching their therapeutic goals.

Some of my most used theoretical models include:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT

Narrative Therapy

Solution-Focused Therapy

Supportive Therapy

Play Therapy

Pre-Mediation Coaching

 “There is no great agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”  Maya Angelo

Elena Venkova-Smith MSW, RSW

Sometimes life throws us a curve and we find ourselves overwhelmed with intense emotions, feeling lost and helpless. During such times we need an objective, non-judgmental perspective, and strategies to overcome our distress, in a safe and understanding environment. I have a strong interest in people’s well-being and work with clients, side-by-side, on their journey to regaining control, to personal healing and fulfillment. I offer compassion, warmth, sincerity and authenticity, and encouragement to help clients find their inner strength and to achieve their individual goals. I am a strong believer that change comes from within, and practice a strength-based approach to counselling. Above all, it is very important that my clients know that I am listening!!

I offer experience with a broad range psychological issues, including trauma, addiction, anxiety, stress, relationships, depression, low self-esteem, conflict resolution, and other life-related obstacles. I am formally trained and experienced in Emotion-Focused Therapy for Complex Trauma, Narrative Therapy, EMDR, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy. However, regardless of the problem(s) the client is faced with, and the treatment modalities I provide, I truly believe that the basis for a successful therapy lies in the mutual trust and respect, openness and honesty between client and counsellor.


Alicia Gillett MSW, RSW

I am a registered clinical social worker who has been practicing as a therapist for over seven years. I enjoy working with individuals, couples and families of all ages and take a collaborative and strengths based approach. In my work as a therapist with both adults and children, I thoroughly enjoy collaborating with people to build on their internal strengths and skills while also developing new skills and perspectives to live a more balanced and fulfilling life. If you are finding that you are feeling stuck, not satisfied in your relationships, family life is difficult or you have had experiences that have left you not feeling like yourself, I would be more than happy to meet with you.

I have experience with a number of therapeutic modalities including: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Solution Focused and Narrative Therapy. We can determine what modalities would be most beneficial for you. Also, given the importance of the therapeutic relationship for success, I strive for openness, mutual respect and honesty.

It can take a lot of courage to take the first step towards getting help. If you are interested in learning more and taking that first step, you can set up a complimentary 30 minute session to discuss how we can best work together.

Couples Counselling

Do you find that you and your partner are stuck in an ongoing negative cycle and neither of you are happy in your relationship? Are you and your partner repeating patterns and you are unsure of why? Maybe you are contemplating whether you want to end your relationship? Please consider what can be gained from couple’s therapy where you and your partner can work through the issues that you are facing. Counselling can help you to gain a better understanding of yourselves and your relationship as well as the steps that each of you can take to have a more connected and loving relationship.

Child, Youth & Family Counselling

Are you finding that your child or teen is withdrawn or acting out at home, school or in the community? Do you find that you are frustrated and wondering what is going on with your child/teen? Do you want a better relationship with your child/children but are unsure of how to get there? Have you been considering whether your child might be struggling with anxiety, sadness or ADHD? Please consider the value of collaborating in therapy with your child/children or giving your child/teen a chance to meet a therapist alone to gain a better understanding of what is going on and what steps can be taken to make improvements.


 Brenda Mak MSW, RSW

If you come across obstacles on life’s path, I will walk alongside you – offering a listening stride and collaborative conversation to help navigate the course.  I appreciate what the very young to the very experienced with life bring to their understanding of the journey. I look for strengths in each individual person and assist in moving toward goals.

My background in teaching, being a parent, interacting with newer Canadians and people who live with various challenges helps me appreciate diversity and each person’s uniqueness at the same time. Therapeutic approaches used (attachment, solution-focused, motivational, play/theraplay techniques are some) is guided by the best match to a person’s goals.

In addition to a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education, I am a registered social worker with a Master’s Degree from Wilfrid Laurier University. My professional development includes training in New Pathways for Families, Theraplay, trauma, hospice, restorative practices, poverty and resiliency.  My volunteer time includes co-facilitating an ESL conversation group and spending time with a person who has recently arrived to Canada.

I currently serve on the local board of the Ontario Association of Social Workers. I am always looking for opportunities to increase my knowledge and skills, especially in child development and parent-child relationships.




Eugenio Counselling Services Reaches

Clients throughout Ontario