“An advocate for change against violence and the immigration process and all the impacts of assimilating within the Canadian Culture.”
One of our founders, Maureen, earned her Master of Social Work from Arizona State University. After leaving an abusive relationship, Maureen wanted to use her lived experiences to pursue a career in something that would lead her to help others.
After finishing her degree, she worked at the largest domestic violence shelter in the U.S., Sojourner Center as the program manager where she supported thousands of women and children fleeing domestic violence and sexual assault.
Born in Canada and raised in San Diego, California to Filipino parents, she returned back to Toronto in 2015. She is currently a Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. With over 10 years of experience, her specialty is working with those who are impacted by violence while being newcomers to Canada.
She works from a strengths-based approach and am experienced in several therapeutic modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Play Therapy, Art Therapy, and Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT). She also teaches Anger Management Intervention and Prevention strategies through organizations across the GTA and offers Anger Management classes through right here at Yellow Umbrella Wellness.
Maureen is happily married with two sons and three grandsons.
In addition to mental health therapy, we specialize in therapy that focuses on immigration processes & newcomer transitions to Canada, as well as infertility issues and its effects on relationships. Through our psychotherapeutic supports we work with you to help manage your stress and anxiety, and to work through your mental health concerns.
At Yellow Umbrella Wellness, we offer one-on-one as well as group and family counselling options. You can expect to develop an increased understanding of yourself and your stressors, as well as healthy ways to manage the daily struggles that can leave you feeling unmotivated, unsuccessful, and unhappy. Together, we can address the self-protective behaviours that no longer serve you.
We use a number of different models and approaches to inform the type of services we provide. You can expect to discuss this further during your initial counselling/psychotherapy session.
We work with children aged 4+, youth, couples and adults for issues that are current or working on past traumas.
Children & Families Therapy
Counselling for New Comers
Anxiety & Depression