Guelph Black Students Association presents: Black + Mental Health + Matters (Online)

A virtual workshop featuring discussion around Black mental health and healing, a circle-based community dialogue, poetry-writing, and culturally-specific resource sharing.

All Black-identifying folks are welcome!

Featured Campus and Community Resources:

Black Youth Helpline

Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective (BEAM)

University of Guelph Student Wellness Services

UofG’s Cultural Diversity Advisor

UofG keep.meSAFE program (for domestic and international students)

Guelph Area BIPOC Wellness Practitioner Database

Featured National/Provincial Resources:

Crisis Services Canada

Kids Help Phone (all ages)

Wellness Together Canada

Black Youth Helpline

Trans Lifeline

Affirm Network (BIPOC therapist locator)

Black Health Alliance

Resource Locator


Date:February 17, 2021
Time:6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


University of Guelph

Workshop Evaluation

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Guelph Community Foundation The Guelph Community Foundation is a charitable public foundation whose purpose is to provide leadership in community philanthropy and enhance the quality of life for the citizens of Guelph and surrounding areas.  For more information please visit
Nichole Caswell, MSW, RSW Nichole Caswell is a registered social worker who works with individuals, families and couples. She has years of experience working with a plethora of mental health concerns and different therapeutic modalities. Nichole strongly believes connection is key and works hard to ensure safety and security for everyone she works with. Nichole has day, evening and weekend availability and is seeing clients in-person, online and/or via telephone. If you'd like to learn more or to book a FREE consultation, please use the following link:
Dr. Heather Hood, Clinical Psychologist and Founder of Guelph CBT Guelph CBT is a collaborative team of psychologists, social workers, and psychiatrists working together to help you make meaningful and lasting changes in your life. We offer evidence-based assessments and therapies that have been shown by research to effectively assess, diagnose, and treat psychological difficulties. If you are struggling with anxiety, depression, insomnia, or other emotional problems, or if you are looking to make changes in your life, our team of professionals will work together with you to help you reach your goals.
Jacqueline LeBeau, Registered Psychotherapist and Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist, Owner of Evolve Counselling Services Evolve is a leader in the mental health industry with 2 clinic locations in Guelph and Burlington. Our team of professionals have experience in trauma, PTSD, LGBTQ+, domestic violence, addiction, anxiety, depression, acute mental disturbances, suicide, mental health disorders, eating disorders, self-harm and treatment for prevention, recovery and healing. Our team utilizes various modalities of therapy in their treatment planning. We work with all groups including children, couples, family and individual therapy.
Laura McNeilly, BSc, MA, RP Registered Psychotherapist Twenty-five years of clinical practice, first as a Registered Massage Therapist, then as a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, and currently as a Registered Psychotherapist and Clinical Supervisor, has shaped a truly holistic approach to health and well-being.  “There are no truths, only stories.” Thomas King
Spacious Mind Counselling Spacious Mind Counselling is made up of eight therapists, including Jane Kraft MSW, RSW and Shane Smyth MA, RP. The team pride themselves on being down to earth and aim to make therapy easy to access for people. They support many students and know first hand how helpful it can be to have an experienced, non judgemental person help during the stressful times of life. If you would like to book a free twenty-minute consultation go to
Kathleen Skinner, Registered Psychotherapist and Accredited Music Therapist, Owner of KS Therapy Services Kathleen is a Registered Psychotherapist and Music Therapist, providing mental health services through her private practice in Guelph. She specializes in incorporating music as part of psychotherapy sessions and is passionate about helping people connect with their power to create change.
Lisa Koole, B.A., R.P., C.C.A.C. Lisa is a Registered Psychotherapist and Canadian Certified Addiction Counsellor providing online therapy in Guelph. Lisa works with clients who are experiencing stress, anxiety, low mood and emotional dysregulation. Lisa provides a client centered, trauma informed approach and utilizes her training in evidenced based therapies to help individuals make courageous changes to improve their mental health.
Liz Sinclair Kruth, Registered Psychotherapist, MC, MSC, DVM Liz is a registered psychotherapist in Guelph and works with many students at the University of Guelph. Her therapeutic approach is client-centered and clients often comment that they appreciate her down to earth personality and openness. Prior to being a therapist, Liz was a clinical veterinarian. She has always been active in many areas of social justice. You can contact her through her website:
Dr. Stephanie Cordes, Naturopathic Doctor Dr. Stephanie Cordes, ND (she/her) is cis queer naturopathic doctor and activist, offering trauma-sensitive mental/emotional care here in Guelph. Whether you choose to medicate or not, naturopathic medicine has so much to offer including a variety of lab tests and natural treatments to help you have better days.
Dr. Katie Thomson Aitken Dr. Katie Thomson Aitken is a naturopathic doctor, author of Create Calm: the professionals guide to overcoming anxiety, and founder of the Tranquil Minds Program. A University of Guelph alumnae, Dr. Katie lives and works in downtown Guelph.