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We are a diverse team of over 40 licensed 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

Branding & Design

Hi! I’m Jasmine, passionate about mental health and overseeing Branding and Design at Building Bridges. In addition to my design role, I’m also a Psychotherapist (Qualifying), guiding individuals through their mental health journeys at the practice. While working with a fun team at Building Bridges, I aspire to make a positive impact within the South Asian community. Outside of my role, you’ll often find me at the gym, lifting weights, reading or painting!

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.

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.

Dadrian Clarke

Office Manager

Hello my name is Dadrian Clarke and I am the Office Manager at Building Bridges Psychotherapy. My duties and responsibilities include providing a comfortable atmosphere for our in-person clients, as well as ensuring that our therapists have everything they need so they can do therapy comfortably and safely in our offices. When I’m not working, I love a good vibe with good music and awesome people. BBQ on the deck is everything!

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.

Tarana Steinke


Hey there! My name is Tarana and I am honoured to be one of the voices answering your phone calls at building bridges! Aspiring to become a psychotherapist, I am currently enrolled in a masters in Counselling Psychology at Western University. I am passionate about mental health accessibility, sex education, and the importance of healthy relationships during adolescent identity development. When I’m not studying or working you may find me on a canoe trip, playing board games, or blending voices with my choral buddies.
Elizabeth Bushara

Elizabeth Bushara

Client Care Specialist

I am a finance manager by day and a client care specialist by night! I love helping others and connecting with people, which is why I always look forward to doing this job. Although I don’t work in the field, I have my BSC in Psychology & Health Sciences from UofT, and I am extremely passionate about learning how our behaviours are developed and affected by things and people around us! Outside of my work, I spend my free time serving my church community, tutoring children and serving low-income families. I strongly believe that we are all here to help each other and never judge others. I’m always happy to learn new things and help others when given the opportunity, and watch a lot of TV when I can!

Salina Rezene, MMASc-GHS, B.Sc.

Animation Producer

My name is Salina Rezene, and I am a digital animator at Building Bridges Psychotherapy. In collaboration with Justin Michel, Founder & CEO of Building Bridges Psychotherapy, I am able to combine my passion for developing animation videos with my interest in mental health to create animated videos that help explain various therapeutic concepts, mental health conditions, and coping strategies. I currently hold a Master’s degree in Global Health and Management as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Life Sciences and a minor in Environmental Sciences. Outside school and work, I love painting and volunteering at my local community center.

Jessica McDonald

Marketing Manager

As a lifelong creative, I am honoured to steer the marketing ship here at Building Bridges Psychotherapy. With a background in psychology, photography, musical theatre, and podcasting, I bring a unique blend of strategic thinking and heartfelt passion for mental health advocacy.

Human connection and therapeutic healing are key themes that led me to start my podcast, Human to Human, back in 2020. I am incredibly excited to harness my skills of hosting, editing, and producing, to showcase the diverse range of therapists we have here at BB therapy. Stay tuned for spring of 2024 as our very own podcast, Mental Health Matchmaker will be launching!

Marena Gileini Fam


Hey there! I’m Marena, one of the admin team members and one of the voices behind the calls and emails! I am an aspiring psychotherapist, currently enrolled in my master’s program! I am interested in working with children, adolescents, and families. I am passionate about mental health, self-care, and helping others reach their full potential. I hope to further help and support others through their journey. I am honoured to be a part of this amazing team at Building Bridges Psychotherapy where I am surrounded by so many amazing therapists and can learn from each of them!

Patrick Abdel Masih


Hello! My name is Patrick, and I am pleased to say I am part of the beautiful Building Bridges Psychotherapy team as an admin! I am currently studying at Brock University and planning to pursue post-graduate education in Counselling and Psychotherapy. My motivation for my future endeavours is planted by my intrigue in the connection between mental and spiritual health, which is why you might find me reading and studying these fields in my own time! I am also passionate about community service and sports (specifically soccer, basketball, and volleyball, but all sports are awesome!).
I firmly believe that I ought to treat others as I want to be treated, and I hope to apply the qualities that are implied by this belief to all the interactions in my life, including here in my role as an admin at Building Bridges Psychotherapy!

Ama Nwigwe


Hello, My name is Ama. I’m an undergraduate psychology student who is very passionate about the needs of others in any and every form. At Building Bridges Psychotherapy I am currently working as an Admin, where I have gotten the opportunity to submerge myself in the workplace I strive to one day practice in as a therapist myself. I hope to make a wonderful first impression on behalf of Building Bridges to all who seek out the support we all need and deserve! I look forward to assisting you and being that small (but necessary) step in your journey.

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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.