COUNSELLING SERVICE

105 Gibson Centre Covid-19 Counselling 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?

Comprehensive Service

We offer comprehensive services as a team comprising psychologists, psychotherapist and social workers can address clients’ issues thoroughly.

Multi-Tier Fee System

A sliding scale of fees and subsidy are available for clients with limited means or insurance.

One-Stop Service

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:

  • Depression & Affective Disorders
  • Anxiety and Related Disorders. For example: Obsessive-compulsive Disorder, Phobias, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, Panic Disorder etc.
  • Personality dysfunctions & disorders
  • Optimization of personal functioning & well-being
  • Promotion of individual, family, group & community mental health
  • Marriage, separation & divorce
  • Parenthood & parenting
  • Family interactions, communication, inter-generation & boundary issues
  • Intimacy & psychosexual adjustment problems
  • Academic performance, vocational guidance and occupational stress
  • Problem-solving skills & strategies
  • Life transition issues and adjustment. For example: immigration, parenthood, marriage, divorce, retirement, death of spouse, job transfer etc.
  • Disabilities, handicaps and rehabilitation
  • Acute and chronic illnesses
  • Accidents & trauma
  • Victims of crime and abuse
  • Mental deficiency, autism spectrum disorders, ADHD
  • Learning disabilities and school performance
  • Adolescent & youth developmental issues. For example: self-esteem, psycho-sexual adjustment, identity crises, inter-generation conflicts etc.
  • Meaning, values and purpose in life
  • Loneliness, alienation and loss of motivation

Our Team

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.

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.

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.

Li-Fen is a Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. She was born and raised in Taiwan. She holds a Master of Social Work from the Soochow University in Taiwan. She worked as a social worker at the Taipei City Li-Hsin Charity Foundation for 2 years and a lecturer & counsellor at the Taiwan Theological College & Seminary for 6 years before immigrating to Canada. While in Canada, she has had years of experience in providing Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Emotion-focused therapy (EFT) to individuals, couples, and families.  Additionally, her strength is in offering group therapy and community workshops on mental health education, psychological resilience, and parental functioning.

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.

Fee

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.

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.

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.

Clients Feedback

105 Gibson Centre Counselling Testimonials

“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. “

Do you have a question, issue or feedback?

Please fill out the form below and we are happy to help and answer your questions!

Call us at  647.918.1205 (or SMS, WhatsApp, Voice message), or Email counselling@105gibson.com