Meet our Founder: Michelle Gibson MSW, RSW
I started my first business, Gibson Counselling, in 2013 focused on providing evidenced based, trauma specialized services in London Ontario. I learned quickly that I could not keep up with referrals due to the immense need for trauma focused care in our communities. After years of cooperating with therapists outside of my practice for referral support, I pictured a collaborative clinic that could offer high quality services without a waitlist, which brings me to G & A.
In the beginning, G & A was made up of a handful of like minded therapists transitioning to virtual work during pandemic lockdowns. Now, G & A is a dynamic team of therapists collaborating on shared ideals for practice and offering unique areas of specialty offering assistance for almost everything that brings people to therapy within one therapy team. We offer in person services at our London and Toronto offices and virtual services across Ontario. We focus on building our team people first which has resulted in our own community of supportive therapists who genuinely enjoy one another, whether that is at a lunch or a peer consultation.
As the founder and director, I divide my time between clinical work and operating the business, which includes supporting my team. On paper, I am a psychotherapist, business owner, mentor, and teacher but I bring all of me to this role which is not encompassed by these titles alone. I am a partner and mother, an avid traveller and explorer, a lover of antique markets and rare finds, happiest when I am well fed, well rested and having had fresh air, a seeker of deep conversations and a good laugh, and forever on my own path to self connection and growth. Each person on our team brings their own list of clinical skills AND personality that makes up an essential part of G & A. I truly welcome you to explore our team and more about our clinic, whether you are here out of interest as a clinician or as a potential client. We welcome you!
Our practice is female founded and led, by a clinician for clinicians. As a leader, mentor, teacher, peer and collaborator, my goal for each team member and client is that G & A is a soft place to land. It is a safe space to be connected to self, whatever that means for you, and to fully embrace where you want your next steps to take you.
Meet our Manager of Professional Practice:
Abigail Ajvaz, MSW, RSW
Hello, I’m Abby! I work under the title Manager of Professional Practice here at G & A.
After completing my bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work, I began my journey in Waterloo Region working on a community-based multi-disciplinary team supporting individual’s struggling with addition, mental illness, and homelessness. It was through this experience where I first discovered it was possible to use my desire for meaningful connections and longing for deep conversations as the root of my social work practice.
In wanting to deepen my knowledge of trauma work and the depth of support I could offer, I found myself at Gibson Counselling. I have been a part of the G & A team since 2021 pursuing my interests of specializing in trauma work offering psychotherapy and social work services here at our clinic. In addition to this role, I have the privilege of supporting our talented team of skilled clinicians by offering clinical consultations, overseeing clinic and community-based projects, leading our Toronto office, and helping to grow our internship program for students.
As much as I whole heartly love my career and the opportunity to blend my passions for leadership, teaching, and clinical practice all in one – away from the office my time is spent pursing new hobbies and finding new interests. I enjoy challenging myself to step outside of my comfort zone and take advantage of what life has to offer – though, much of my time these days is spent training and trying to keep up with my whippet puppy, Otis.
Meet our Administrator: Leah Vermulst
Hi, my name is Leah, and I’m excited to share my journey with you!
I grew up in London, Ontario, and left right after completing high school, which sparked a passion within me to explore. Over the next 15 years, I worked in Toronto’s bustling restaurant scene, where I served tables, bartended, and managed large service teams. It was during this time that I discovered my love for hospitality and culinary arts, which became a significant part of my life.
My partner Simon and I share a thirst for adventure and curiosity, which led us to travel extensively to various destinations around the world. After each trip, we would spin a globe and pick a new location to explore, allowing the path to unfold as we journeyed along. From the awe-inspiring Mayan temples in Guatemala to the serene houseboats in Kerala, India, and the breathtaking hiking trails in Cinque Terre, Italy, every new place we visited deepened my appreciation for the beauty of our world.
When I’m not traveling, I enjoy gardening, reading biographies, and browsing travel books. After 15 years in Toronto, I returned to my hometown of London, Ontario, where I currently lead a slower-paced life as a busy mother to my wonderful daughter. I work as a virtual assistant, specializing in bookkeeping and administrative tasks, which has honed my skills as an excellent organizer, ensuring everything runs smoothly for my clients.
Sharing my passion for cooking and culture with my family, particularly my daughter, is an essential aspect of my life. I believe that life is all about embracing new experiences, meeting new people, and trying new things.
My journey has taught me to appreciate the world’s beauty and the people who make it.
Meet our Client Care Coordinator: Carmina Diogo
As a recent Social Service Work graduate, having previously graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Childhood and Social Institutions from Western University I have a background in supporting individuals through transitional stages of life. In addition, supporting the navigation of various institutional spaces such as the education system, government agencies as well as medical systems.
I believe in the importance of voice, holding space for the opportunity to be heard and share your story. I bring an intersectional lens to my practice with the intention of honoring how each individual person’s unique identity shapes the way they experience everyday life. As a Client Care Coordinator my aim is to help support clients through transitions within the therapeutic process and help connect all clients with the best person for their stated goals.
In my spare time, you can often find me out in the community trying to find new coffee spots, at the studio or gym and playing with my two dogs, Stevie and Eddie.
If you’re wondering if how I can support your therapy journey, please contact me and we can determine together who may be the right fit for you.
You can reach me at email@example.com