FREE Counselling Helpline
If you feel anxious or fearful or emotionally or mentally frail at this moment due to COVID-19, you can call our helpline.
If you feel anxious or fearful or emotionally or mentally frail at this moment due to COVID-19, you can call our helpline.
105 Gibson Centre aims to deliver holistic care to the community. Our programs and services, along with other Health Services, address the social, physical, emotional and spiritual dimensions of health.
This Counselling Service, addressing the dimension of mental health, will help our clients resolve the challenges and build resilience in their lives. Afterall, a healthy mental state contributes to our overall wellness.
What makes us unique?
We offer comprehensive services as a team comprising psychologists, psychotherapist and social workers can address clients’ issues thoroughly.
A sliding scale of fees and subsidy are available for clients with limited means or insurance.
As an integral part of 105 Gibson Centre’s ministries, clients have the convenience of receiving counselling services at the same location where they enjoy other programs and services.
What kind of service are we providing?
We provide psychological assessment, psychotherapy, counselling services, social work interventions and case management to individuals, families and groups in the following areas:
Our team, headed by Dr. Thomas S. Li, consists of psychologists, psychotherapist and social workers. This combination of members ensures that we can provide comprehensive mental health services including diagnosis, psychotherapy and access to community resources to help as many people as possible.
Asanda is qualified as both a Registered Psychotherapist and also a Spiritual Care Practitioner. She registered with the College of Registered Psychotherapist of Ontario (CRPO) and Canadian Association for Spiritual Care (CASC). Asanda completed her Master’s degree at University of Toronto.
Asanda worked with all age groups encountering various mental health challenges. Asanda believes that there are ways to manage and work through the complex situations through therapeutic work. Underpinning her approach is an unconditional positive regard, which is foremost contained within a safe, compassionate, and non-judgmental space for the people with who she works. She has experience in working with motor vehicle accident clients, post-traumatic distress (PTSD), depression, loss and grief, self-esteem, family of origin issues, relational and work related issues. Asanda utilizes a variety of approaches. Her therapy is influenced by family systems theory as well as Cognitive Behavioral, Narrative and Emotionally Focused Therapy.
Asanda works with people in Cantonese, Mandarin as well as English.
Asanda passionately believes that people have the capacity to change, and often need encouragement, guidance and assistance in experiencing and achieving positive outcomes.
Outside of work, Asanda enjoys spending quality time with friends and family, exploring, baking and appreciating good food and outdoor activities.
Yeong Ra is a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO). She holds a M.A. degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Talbot Seminary in California.
While in California, she was the director of the Korean Association of Biblical Counselling Center and the host of a Marriage and Family program on Gospel Radio Broadcasting Company.
Yeong enjoys working with individuals, couples and families. She has 19 years of extensive experience in counselling with a Biblical lens and as a professional counsellor in America and Canada. Yeong had training with the Canadian Association of Spiritual Care and has a heart in pastoral care.
Yeong’s expertise includes working with trauma, depression, anxiety, self-esteem, relationship, marriage and family difficulties, faith and spiritual issues, anger, grief and loss, addiction and attachment. She had special training in marriage and family therapy, premarital counselling for couples, and the Prepare-Enrich program for couples at any age and stage of their relationship.
She is the mother of four teenagers and wife of an ordained pastor.
She offers counselling in English or Korean.
Sylvia is a Registered Psychotherapist and a member of the College of Registered Psychotherapist of Ontario. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from McMaster University and a Master of Divinity Degree in Counselling from Tyndale University College and Seminary. In 2002, she received her clinical fellow designation from the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy. Since 2003, she has been working in one of Toronto’s teaching hospitals. She provides assessment and treatment for patients with mental health issues. During her free time, she enjoys reading, hiking and spending time with her family. She recently joined 105 Gibson centre as a volunteer to provide counselling services. All payments from her clients are donated back to the Centre to help the community.
Miranda is a Registered Social Worker graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Sociology from the University of Western Ontario in Canada, and a Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) from the University of Hong Kong. Miranda’s social work practice includes both clinical and case management skills. Prior to her immigration to Canada, Miranda had worked for the Hong Kong Government. Over the years in Canada, she worked respectively in family service centers, mental health agencies, hospitals, probation offices, high schools as well as the Mental Health and Youth Justice Courts.
For the past 15 years working in the Children’s Mental Health Sector, Miranda offers individual and group counselling services focusing on supporting adolescents, young adults and their parents on their behavioural, emotional, and mental health challenges. Additionally, through her experience as a Probation Officer and a Mental Health Clinician, Miranda also has a solid knowledge of the Canadian Criminal Justice System, and the Law and Mental Health. She believes in strength-based and adopts a client-centered approach to help advocating for others’ needs.
Aileen is a Registered Psychotherapist and is in good standing with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. She obtained a Bachelor of Education degree in New Zealand and then graduated with Master of Divinity (Major in clinical counselling) in Canada.
Aileen is a highly skilled, compassionate, empathetic and goal-oriented professional psychotherapist, dedicated to providing exceptional care and implementing effective therapeutic plans for individuals, couples and families. She is committed to the well-being of all clients, goes above and beyond to cater to their needs. She truly cares for her clients, and works diligently to help them find the answers they seek.
Aileen is an effective motivator, communicator, and advocate with inherent ability to manage all types of personalities, defuse stressful situations, proactively resolve issues, and achieve challenging goals and objectives. She demonstrates the ability to establish rapport quickly, build trust, interact with and relate to individuals on all levels. She has strong personal, organizational, and analytical skills and is fluent in English and Mandarin.
Since 2014, Aileen has worked with a variety of patients dealing with circumstances that are unique to their lives. When working with clients, Aileen incorporates several modalities into her practice including Family System, CBT, DBT, Narrative Therapy and Solution-Focused.
Thomas was born and raised in Hong Kong. He completed his B. Soc. Sc. (Psychology & Social Work), M. Soc. Sc. and Ph. D. (Clinical Psychology) degrees at the University of Hong Kong. He had served the Hong Kong Government as a Probation Officer for three years and Clinical Psychologist for 10 years before embarking on an academic career as a Professor at the University of Hong Kong and Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He was active in community services, holding appointments on statutory Mental Health Tribunal and Boards as Professional Member and serving as Consultant to NGOs in social and youth services.
After arriving in Canada, Thomas underwent further training in Forensic & Correctional Psychology at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto. For several years afterwards, Thomas provided court-mandated psychological services to mentally disturbed offenders from ethnic minorities in the inner city under the auspices of the Mount Sinai Hospital’s Mental Health Support Programme. In 2002, he started his private practice in North York with specializations in Clinical & Forensic/Correctional Psychology. He has a special interest in East Asians’ mental health and endeavours to provide culturally sensitive and competent psychological assessment and therapies to ethnic minorities.
All payments from his clients are donated back to the Centre to help the community.
Pauline is a Registered Psychotherapist with The College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO). She graduated from Queen’s University with a B.A. in Psychology, as well as a M.Div. and a M.T.S from Tyndale University with a major in clinical counselling.
Pauline specializes in helping families to cope with accepting and accommodating loved ones with ASD, ADHD, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, individuals with accessibility needs, and members of the LGBTQ+ community. She also has extensive experience in providing therapy to individuals, couples, and other forms of dyads and families facing challenges with depression, anxiety, self-esteem, loss, trauma, and difficulties in managing relationships.
Pauline adopts an integrative approach. Modalities she practices include family systems therapy, emotionally focused therapy (EFT, EFIT, EFFT), cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT), focusing, mindfulness, relaxation therapy, and guided imagery. Her sessions are collaborative in nature, where the therapist and the client are being treated as equal partners in the therapy process.
Prior to becoming a RP, for over 20 years, Pauline worked as an enterprise strategy consultant and a Certified Design Thinking Coach, where she has gained extensive experience in driving cultural changes in large corporations.
In her own time, she enjoys outdoor adventures with her Golden Pyrenees Zaky and writing pop-music as a lyricist. She was born and raised in Hong Kong and practices counselling in English, Cantonese, and Mandarin.
Counselling service is not covered by OHIP. But there are multiple payment options for our clients. Expenses on psychological and counselling services may be tax-deductible with receipts issued by 105 Gibson Centre.
A sliding scale fee system is used so that clients will pay a minimum fee and the balance can be paid by the client’s insurance or a benevolence fund set by 105 Gibson Centre and Toronto Christian Community Church. The fee charged is based on the client’s income and family size.
Fees can be paid fully or partly by WSIB, Motor Vehicles Insurance Plans, Employees Assistance Programs, Extended Health Benefit and Short and Long Term Disability Programs supported by corporate or personal insurance plan. Please ascertain with your insurance carrier your coverage for psychologists, psychotherapists and social workers.
“It was my first time attending counselling service, and to be honest it I wasn’t too sure what to expect…But I suppose that maybe a good thing. With my first session with Miranda, I treated it as talking to a friend who I haven’t talked to for a long time and just shared everything that bothered me. It was extremely helpful for her when I opened up and shared many intimate details about my life, so she could better understand me and help me through my challenges.”
“Personally I found 105 Gibson through my friend’s referral as he is a member of Toronto Christian Community Church. I suppose the best way to let people know is by word of mouth, and I would highly recommend 105 Gibson Counselling Service to friends and family.”
” There are no words to express my sincere appreciation of your kindness and wisdom. I have tried to think positive as per your recommendations and I will keep in mind all you have suggested . To have the right attitude , to balance my life , hobbies and interest, to accept the shortfalls , to realize the current situation and be contented, to take things easier and stay happier. ”
” 105 Gibson has been offering really much needed community services and whatever you folks did and are doing are just exceptionally rewarding and phenomenal. “