About Us

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 carmina@gibsoncounselling.ca

Our Commitment

Connection

We have availability. Our goal is to be able to have you see a therapist right away. With an experienced team who specializes in different areas, we are sure we can find a good match for you. Should your preferred therapist be available right away, we work with clients to match you to a clinician who can strat the process with you.
We have chosen this career because we value being able to connect with others. We are a team of warm, genuine, non judgemental and kind therapists who truly value you, without expectations. We feel privileged to be able to connect with you and work alongside you to discover yourself. 

Compassion

Collaboration

We are here to work with you, not tell you how to live your life. You are the expert of your life and no therapy can change that. We can step into a role of collaborator with you to set goals and work together towards achieving them.
Our team is accredited and exceptionally trained. We each have a specialization and nice practice are that we seek ongoing learning and advanced skill development. Our goal is to provide you with high level of skill that matches our warmth and compassion.

Clinical Excellence

Critical Practice

We are an anti-racist organization recognizing the systemic injustices that create barriers to accessing therapy and the systemic injustices that have been a part of the history of social work and psychotherapy. We are commitment to practicing from a stance of curiosity to unlearn the practices and critical actions against structures that perpetuate these injustices.

Counselling is a type of talk therapy in which a qualified therapist counsels a client in a safe, confidential atmosphere to assist them to deal with their issues. Whatever challenges you are facing or dealing with, counselling offers an opportunity to gain insight, uncover internal strengths, and learn effective ways to cope with life’s challenges.

You don’t need to continue feeling hopeless and overwhelmed. Seeking counselling is an effective way to shed light on and heal the issues that may be holding you back, allowing you to step into the person and life that you want. Our team of experienced counsellors draws on an assortment of educational backgrounds and experiences. You can visit our therapist’s page to learn more about our practitioners. We strive to make finding the right therapist easy for our patients, and if you’re not sure who might be the best fit, please reach out to our intake screener directly.

When you’re ready to get started, simply send us a message and a member of our staff will get back to you as soon we can. We have a wide variety of appointments available, and we offer in-person counselling in London and Toronto as well as virtual counselling from Monday to Sunday between the hours of 9 AM to 9 PM.

For more information about our hourly rates, insurance coverage, and eligibility for discounted rates, please visit our appointments page.

We commend you for taking the initial step, whatever your motivation may be. Together, we can find, process, and heal the elements of your life that are seeking change and preventing you from living the life you desire and deserve. If you’re ready to get started with Counselling in London or Toronto, we invite you to book an appointment now.

We offer virtual/telephone counselling across Ontario and offer in-person counselling in London, ON and Toronto, ON.