Our Team

Our Therapists

We are a diverse team of a dozen professional therapists, with thousands of collective hours of therapy, working with equally diverse clients. All of our therapists are unique in their strengths and styles, yet all share the same values and approaches to therapy. Feel free to book a free consultation with as many of our therapists as you’d like to help you find the right fit.

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Founder of Building Bridges Psychotherapy

I believe that there is good in every person, and hope in every situation. I believe that relationships are the heart of our well-being and mental health concerns. I decided to create Building Bridges Psychotherapy to help people connect with what’s most important to them—family, partners, culture, community, and themselves.

I provide a calm, non-judgmental, and supportive space for my clients to explore deeper emotions and gain insight. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Locations: Mississauga, Guelph, and Phone/Video
Disciplines: Individual, Couple, and Family Therapy
Specialties: Relationships, Divorce, Culture, Divorce, Depression, Anxiety, OCD, Parenting, Teens, LGBTQ+, ethically non-monogamous and poly relationships
Languages: English, French, Arabic, and Coptic

Our Staff

Jasmine Panesar

Marketing Manager

Hi! I’m Jasmine and I handle all the marketing and social media at Building Bridges! I enjoy creating content and even decorating the offices. I’m also a student at Yorkville University, currently completing my Master’s in Counselling Psychology. I’ve always had a keen interest in mental health and wondered why it wasn’t as valued until recently. Once I become a psychotherapist, I want to make an impact within the South Asian community and offer art therapy. Additionally, I enjoy writing poetry, painting and lifting weights at the gym!

Asma Qaiyum

Administrative Manager​

Hi! My name is Asma and I’m the Administrative Manager. I’m also pursuing my Masters in Counselling Psychology at Yorkville University. Working at Building Bridges Psychotherapy is very fulfilling because of the great team that we have. Our therapists are extremely dedicated to their clients. As a future psychotherapist, I think they’re great role models!

I’m extremely passionate about mental health awareness and hope to work with youth and adolescents. My other passion is reading; I’m also a book reviewer for most of the major publishing companies in North America.

Veronica Benyamin

Administrator

Hi there! My name is Veronica and I am a fifth-year Specialized Honours Psychology student studying at York University. As an aspiring Psychotherapist, I hope to work with and help romantic couples as I believe that an individual’s well-being and the quality of their interpersonal relationships are interconnected. As such, I am grateful to be part of such an amazing team here at Building Bridges Psychotherapy. Outside of school and clinical work, I enjoy painting, stargazing, singing (though not well), and all the desserts.

Malak Sadek

Analytics Specialist

Hey! My name is Malak and I’m an Honours student in Psychology at Western University. I’m in my final year and I’m planning to pursue graduate school and a career in clinical psychology or psychotherapy. I’m extremely passionate about mental health and the well-being of others, and I’m hoping to be able to support and help people with this matter as much as I can. My other passions are arts, writing and cooking. It is a pleasure for me working with Justin and the whole team. Looking forward to doing research for Building Bridges Psychotherapy. I’m sure it will be a wonderful experience and will definitely add great value to my career.

Rob Soliman

Office Manager

Hi, my name is Rob Soliman. I am proud to be Building Bridges’ Office Manager. My job is to ensure that all of our therapy spaces are both functional and beautiful, as well as conducive to healing.

When I’m not working, I enjoy art, photography, rock climbing, and nature.

I have always been interested in psychology and mental health, so I am honoured to be working alongside Justin and the whole team!

Sierrah Hamilton

Client Care Specialist

Hello! My name is Sierrah Hamilton and I am the Client Care Specialist with Building Bridges Psychotherapy. My main goal is to foster and maintain positive relationships with our clients and to ensure they are comfortable, satisfied and heard.

I, myself, am an aspiring psychotherapist. I am currently a third year psychology student studying at York University. I am passionate about mental health and recovery, with a special interest in individuals experiencing depression, anxiety and emotional trauma.

Outside of my work and studies, I really enjoy travel adventures, trying out new recipes in the kitchen, and hanging out with my kitten.

Sara Guirguis

Administrator

Hey everyone, I’m Sara! I have a background in medicine but I’m currently pursuing my Masters in clinical counselling at Tyndale University. I find a sense of purpose and fulfillment in being a safe space for others to speak and share openly so I’m looking forward to the day I start practicing. I’m very excited to be part of the team at Building Bridges and to learn from our amazing therapists!
When I’m not studying or working I like reading, listening to music, watching movies/shows and hiking. I also like to think of myself as a social butterfly so I try to make time for my friends as much as I can.

Richie Han

Administrator

Hello there! My name is Richie and I am an administrator on the Building Bridges Psychotherapy team. I have been practicing psychotherapy for four years in the United States and am preparing for the process to practice in Ontario. I am excited to be working alongside such an amazing team and in connecting them to people seeking support. Outside of my professional life, I am lucky to have a beautiful wife and two pups who can be great depending on the day.

Tarana Steinke

Administrator

Hey there! My name is Tarana and I am honoured to be one of the voices answering your phone calls at Building Bridges! Having recently graduated from the University of Guelph with a major in psychology and a minor in neuroscience, I am looking forward to continuing my education to become a practicing psychologist. I am passionate about youth mental health and interested in adolescent identity development with particular emphasis on the importance of healthy relationships at this stage in life. When I’m not studying or working you may find me on a canoe trip, cuddling my cats, or blending voices with my choral buddies.

Get Started Now!

To book an individual session with us, or if you have any questions about individual therapy, please do not hesitate to contact us. We offer a free 15-minute phone consultation that can be scheduled through our online booking system, or you can also book a session online.