Jessica Ricci, MA/RP
Child & Family Therapy
I find it helpful to know about my clients, so in turn I am offering some background into myself to help make an informed decision for those who wish to pursue their therapeutic journey here. I bring nine years of therapy, counselling, and support granted through a wide variety of clinical environments. Beginning into this field I wanted to be involved in many different environments in order to bring a wealth of experiences to clients. Some of these experiences include hospitals, social service agencies, child mental health organizations, residential treatment facilities, provincial correctional facilities, school boards, and private practice.
As a trained mental health professional I obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology. Also, as a general member of the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists, I adhere to the rigorous standards outlined by the code of ethics and standards of practice of the OACCPP. I am also a registered member in good standing with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario.
I have undertaken a number of crisis deescalation courses to support clients through all stages of crisis (pre-crisis, crisis, and post-crisis), as well as pursued ASIST training in order to provide appropriate care to clients at risk of suicide.
Contact me today if you are ready to rewrite your story and reclaim your life!
JESSICA SCHAFER, MA/RP
Part of the Rewriting Your Narrative Team, Jessica Schafer brings a wealth of experiences with her from private practice and mental health agencies. Jessica is going on maternity leave in November and will no longer be accepting new clients at this time. We wish Jessica all the best for her and her family during this journey!
Here is a bio from Jessica
"I have a Master's of Counselling Psychology and am a Registered Psychotherapist under the College of Psychotherapists of Ontario. I have previously worked for a family service agency, a multi-site non-profit counselling agency and another private practice. I feel deeply privileged to be able to offer clients a safe space to process, heal, and grow and I'm always in awe of the amazing courage and resilience I witness. "
I work from a strengths-based stance, believing that the client is the expert on him or herself and already has the capacity for significant growth and healing. I use a number of different modalities in my work, matching various techniques and ideas to the needs of my clients and asking for feedback on what is working for them and what isn’t.
I love to read and regularly do further research on issues my clients are facing. Recent influences have been Terrence Real, Harriet Lerner and Brené Brown. I am looking forward to pursuing training in Terrence Real’s Relational Life Therapy this year and hope to pursue EMDR training in the future."
Michelle Villanueva, MA Candidate
Rewriting Your Narrative welcomes Michelle as a volunteer to the practice. Michelle will be helping around the office to gain experience in the field of counselling and psychotherapy before she begins her Master's practicum in January.
Michelle brings a wealth of experiences with her to the practice! Here is a brief bio from her:
My background is a diverse blend of psychology, human resources management and yoga/meditation theory. I’ve worked as a yoga instructor since 2014 and currently working on completing my Master’s of Arts in Counselling Psychology. Throughout my career, I’ve been keenly interested in a holistic approach to wellbeing and healing which has led me down this path. During my time as a yoga instructor, I had the opportunity to travel, teach and grow. This experience permitted me to work with people from many cultures and settings. I decided, after teaching, that I’d like to continue my passion for healing through understanding behaviour and helping others to build awareness and resilience. Psychotherapy was a natural choice for me because I enjoy building relationships and helping others to enjoy life by working through the stressful and difficult times. My hobbies include hiking, cycling and, of course, yoga and meditation.