Counselling Staff Directory | U of G Student Wellness Services

Counselling Services Team, University of Guelph

Our team includes a diverse group of practitioners who take a variety of approaches to support your personal and professional wellness needs.

Carrie Charles

Carrie is a Registered Psychotherapist at the University of Guelph and the Point Person for Varsity Athletes. Carrie’s therapeutic practice is informed from her diverse background & training in, but not limited to, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Internal Family Systems (IFS), and Brainspotting (BSP) - all of which are practiced through anti-oppressive trauma informed care, implementing a harm reduction lens. She has experience working with individuals and groups facing; anxiety disorders, depression, trauma, eating disorders, chronic pain, identity exploration, grief/loss, relationship issues, & sport performance barriers -to name a few. Through her extensive experience as a varsity athlete and education in Sports Psychology, she assists athletes in gaining greater focus and clarity for reaching their optimal performance goals. Using a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) model for student athletes balance is supported; mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually.

Diana Abdi

Diana is a Registered Social Worker with a particular interest in helping individuals address issues of anxiety and depression through the use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and/or Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. She enjoys working with students as they realize changes that they can make in their lives, empowering them to make those changes, and supporting them through their journeys. Diana believes that change can happen in a short period of time by challenging perspectives, teaching new skills, and working with students to find solutions.

Julie Elliotson

Julie is a registered Social Worker and Alumna of the University of Guelph. She comes to Counselling Services with over 10 year’s experience working in and around Guelph with community-based, and crisis-driven mental health services. Julie has received training in Cognitive and Dialectical Behaviour Therapies, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Internal Family Systems Therapy and is a firm believer in practicing what works, however different that may be from student to student. Using skills of mindfulness, self-compassion and behavioral interventions, Julie holds the essential awareness that within moments of crisis are nestled opportunities for deeper self-awareness and compassionate understanding. Her primary focus is to help students access both internal and external supports to promote safety, growth, and confidence.

Dorothy Goettler

Dorothy is a Counsellor/Therapist with extensive experience in couple, family, individual and group therapy. She is a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist and a Registered Social Worker. She works in collaborative conversations with people to discover strengths and resources and to build skills to enable them to navigate challenging circumstances, life transitions and crises in relationships. Working from a social-constructionist worldview, tools for therapy include narrative therapy as well as cognitive-behavioural and family or origin approaches.

Estera Lawrance 

Estera is a registered social worker and one of the Counsellors for First Year Students. She loves the energy that comes with creating meaningful connections with students and building stronger communities. Estera is passionate about harm reduction and is committed to working towards the eradication of all forms of social injustice. Practicing from an anti-oppressive and trauma-informed lens, her clinical approach is comprised of eclectic modalities and remains grounded in trust to engender change. She believes therapy can be a powerful instrument of transformation when you hold space and welcome curiosity. 

Erin Lipsitt

Erin is a Counsellor/Therapist and a Registered Social Worker with experience working with individuals, families, and groups in a variety of educational, community, and hospital settings. Her approach to counselling is based upon principles from cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT), and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). Erin enjoys learning each person's unique story and personal experience while working together to develop the insight and strategies to create meaningful change.

Evan Callan

Evan is a Registered Social Worker and an alumni of the University of Guelph who is delighted to once again be part of campus and to serve its student population. Part of Evan's therapeutic approach involves a body-oriented approach, mainly using the therapeutic model Somatic Experiencing, to support students to cultivate a greater sense of safety and calm, allowing them to feel more in control of their lives and to support them to succeed academically. Evan also calls on mindfulness, ACT, and CBT.  Evan believes that each person has within them innate wisdom and skill to embody the healthy life they long for, and with a little bit of support, everyone can access this.

Angie Collie

Angie is a Counsellor/Therapist and a Registered Social Worker with experience working with individuals, families, and groups in a variety of settings. She uses an eclectic therapy approach with emphasis upon principles from cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT), and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). Angie enjoys working collaboratively with clients to focus on their resiliency and to develop deeper understanding of themselves in order to work toward their goals for change.

Jay Jung

Jay is a Korean-English speaking Registered Psychotherapist and Registered Marriage and Family Therapist with a Master’s degree in counselling. He has many years of experience in community mental health and counselling, including group facilitation and conducting community seminars. He has worked with clients with various mental health issues including depression, anxiety, anger, low self-esteem, trauma, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, OCD, ADHD as well as relationship issues such as couples’ conflict, family conflict, domestic violence, and parenting. Jay has a specialty in engaging men/fathers. Jay works with various intervention modalities including Family Therapy, Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy, Brief Solution Focused Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Mindfulness, and CBT and enjoys helping his clients experience inner healing, find directions for their problems, and build healthy relationships with their loved ones.

Peter Wedel

Peter is a professional Counsellor/Therapist with a Master's degree in marriage and family therapy. He has worked with individuals and groups dealing with a wide variety of issues including anxiety, depression, relational problems, self-esteem, spirituality, grief and trauma. Peter is also experienced in working with couples and families with issues such as communication, conflict resolution and relational dynamics. He draws on diverse approaches including narrative, cognitive-behavioural, solution-oriented, and family of origin.

Samantha Durfy

Samantha is a Registered Social Worker and has been providing counselling to individuals, couples, families and groups since 2003.  She specializes in working with clients coping with eating disorders, disordered eating patterns, poor body image, low self-esteem, self-harming behaviours, addictions, and relationship difficulties.  She has specialized training in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), and Emotion Focused Family Therapy (EFFT). Samantha’s creative and resourceful therapeutic style has aided in making her a well-liked counsellor by her clients and their families. Samantha is known for her whimsical approach and she enjoys staying well versed in pop culture.

Stella Mfoafo-M'Carthy

Stella is a professional Counsellor/Therapist with a Master’s degree in Social Work, is a Registered Social Worker, and a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist. She has worked extensively with Individuals, couples, families, and groups on a variety of issues including but not limited to depression, anxiety, separation/divorce, domestic violence, and grief/loss. As an eclectic social worker, Stella works from a strength-based perspective using diverse interventions such as narrative, solution-focused, and cognitive-behaviour therapy.

Aman Singh

Aman is a Registered Social Worker who practices from an integrative approach to therapy, utilizing a variety of therapeutic modalities to best fit client’s needs. She has experience working with individuals including children, youth, and families as well as individuals living in Violence Against Women shelters. She has worked with issues including, but not limited to, depression, anxiety, bullying, sexual violence, domestic violence, at-risk youth, separation/divorce. Aman is a firm believer that each individual has the strengths within them to tackle their struggles, and is passionate about supporting individuals in uncovering and building up those strengths.

Crystal Wyllie

Crystal is a Registered Psychotherapist working as a Counsellor/Therapist. She has worked many years in a wide variety of settings with individuals, couples and groups, responding to issues that cross the lifespan.  University aged students have always been a favourite population. Working from the premise that ALL people have inherent worth and value, Crystal recognizes spirituality as a part of personhood.  She roots her work in believing that we each have the resources we need to aid us in moving towards better mental health and sees her role as helping clients to recognize these resources and to support them in learning how to utilize them.  She uses a variety of modalities including ACT, Self Compassion, DBT,  Mindfulness and CBT but also draws from other areas.  Crystal believes that her primary work of a therapist is to help people make meaning of their situation and to aid them in using this to inform their next steps.  

Naszrin Arghoshi

Naszrin (pronouns: she/her) is a Registered Social Worker, who uses an integrated approach to therapy. She incorporates different modalities to meet students' unique needs and practices from a place of curiosity, gentleness, and compassion. She is passionate about decolonizing mental health and uses anti-oppression practices to support the healing of individuals, families, and communities. Naszrin is a settler and a refugee, who spent her teenage and young adult years in Scarborough and Tkaronto. As a Muslim woman from a mixed background, she has a deep and nuanced understanding of what it's like to navigate complex intersectional identities and experiences. As a therapist, she strives to support people in healing from racial and intergenerational trauma and in exploring the impacts of larger systems on their wellness. In sessions, she focuses on creating safety, meaning making and opportunities for skill-building and self-reflection. 

Rachel Keenan

Rachel (she/her) is a Counsellor/Therapist and a Registered Social Worker with experience working with individuals, families, and groups in a variety of environments. Rachel has experience working with individuals struggling with challenges such as anxiety, depression, trauma, self-harm, grief & loss, identity development, and relationship issues. Rachel's approach to counselling is based upon a trauma-informed approach to principles from cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), and Emotion Focused Family Therapy (EFFT). Rachel believes that individuals are the experts in their own lives, and she works with others to develop understanding and strategies to create meaningful change.