Meet Our Volunteers, past and present

We always welcome New Professional Volunteers, feel free to reach out to us if you are interested in volunteering with us.

Elmira Mammadli

Elmira Mammadli

My name is Elmira. I had graduated from York University with an Hons. Bachelors in Sociology and Psychology. I am volunteering for BLCC in order to immerse myself into the counseling field and to learn about the application of psychological treatments implemented. My goal for the future is to become a Disability Counselor in order to help individuals cope with the major changes that arise in their lives, assist with transitioning back to normality, and to offer more inclusivity and diversity in my service
Carlos Almeida

Carlos Almeida

My name is Carlos Almeida and I have completed my undergraduate studies at UofT. There, I double majored in Human Biology & Psychology. I plan to pursue a career as a Counsellor/Psychotherapist. I began volunteering at BLCC to gain the experience and knowledge I require to pursue my career goals. At BLCC, I am one of the people responsible for taking care of administration tasks and I will always try to help out in any ​way I can.
Heba Ahmed

Heba Ahmed

My name is Heba and I’m a 4th year student at the University of Toronto, completing a double-major in Psychology and Neuroscience. I joined BLCC as a volunteer to gain experience working in the mental health field, and I aspire to work in mental health as a psychologist/psychotherapist in future.
Ode Sharmaella Alexandre

Ode Sharmaella Alexandre

​ ​Hi, my name is Ode. I’m a 4th year Hons. IBA Psychology student at York University-Glendon. I decided to volunteer at BLCC to gain more knowledge and experience in the field. As an immigrant myself, I hope to become a psychotherapist and work with immigrants and refugees from different cultural backgrounds and languages. I believe that this experience at BLCC and my multilingualism will help to achieve my goal.
Ellora Kothare

Ellora Kothare

​My name is Ellora Kothare and I am currently in my fourth year at the University of Toronto, studying Psychology, English, and Creative Expression & Society. At University there’s a focus on the theoretical side of psychotherapy, and volunteering at BLCC allows me to learn more about the practical side of it. I’m excited to keep working with such a great team!
Tyeshia Velinor-Powell

Tyeshia Velinor-Powell

​Hello my name is Tyeshia. I am a fourth year student at York U studying psychology. My passion is always helping others and learn more about psychotherapy. I am planning to pursue a career in counselling or neuroscience. I joined BLCC as a volunteer to gain in counselling related experience and to learn more about how counselling can help people.
Taehee (Kevin) Lee

Taehee (Kevin) Lee

My name is Taehee and I have completed my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at the University of Toronto. I joined BLCC in 2018 as a student volunteer to gain hands-on experience in the mental health field. To date, BLCC has provided me with an eye-opening experience in numerous aspects of the field and has inspired me to exemplify my dedication to mental health and social justice with the aim of helping vulnerable populations in the community.
Kay-Ann Aarons

Kay-Ann Aarons

Hi my name is Kay-Ann Aarons. I have an Hons. BSc. in Psychology from the University of Toronto. I am currently studying to become a registered psychotherapist at the Transformational Arts College. I began volunteering at BLCC to learn more about the field of psychotherapy. BLCC serves a diverse range of clients and I am excited to be a part of a team who recognizes this need in the community.
Jessica Armstrong

Jessica Armstrong

Hi my name is Jessica and I am currently pursuing my master’s degree in Counselling Psychology. I am fascinated by the therapeutic process and I hope to eventually work as a counsellor in an educational setting. I value my own well-being and feel that everyone should have an opportunity to explore healthy ways of enhancing their own. I feel that a counselling career would allow me to do exactly that.
Gayathri Visvanathaiyer

Gayathri Visvanathaiyer

My name is Gayathri and I am completing my BSc. in Neuroscience and Molecular Biology, Immunology, and disease, and I hope to pursue a career in the field of counselling and psychotherapy. My passion led me to join the amazing team at BLCC to gain more insight into how various approaches to therapy can be used to cater to a diverse range of people, and help them achieve mental well-being.
Kiara Goldenberg

Kiara Goldenberg

My name is Kiara and I am currently in my fourth year at the University of Toronto, studying Psychology and Philosophy. I began volunteering at BLCC to gain experience in a counseling and psychotherapy setting, hoping to better my knowledge in these areas. I hope to learn more about how to help a diverse range of people improve their mental health and well-being.
Kimya Shahi

Kimya Shahi

My name is Kimya and I am completing my 4th year of a BSc. Psychology degree at York University. I started volunteering at BLCC in September 2017, and I am proud to be a part of a team that cares about helping a diverse range of clients. I have a large interest for psychotherapy, and through this experience, I hope that I can learn more about promoting the well-being of others through person-centered care. ​
Renee Ly My

Renee Ly My

name is Renee and I am a graduate from the University of Waterloo in Joint Honours Kinesiology and Psychology (BSc) and am hoping to pursue a career as a practicing registered psychotherapist. I am extremely interested and passionate in helping individuals achieve wellness and happiness, therefore, I joined BLCC in 2017 to learn how to help others realize their capability and capacity for change to maximize their quality of life.
Helya Sehatpour

Helya Sehatpour

​My name is Helya and I have graduated from the University of Toronto with a major in Psychology and minors in Women and Gender studies and Professional Writing. I joined the fantastic team at BLCC to gain more experience in the mental health field and I must say I have learned much more than I imagined.
Ayda Ferdossifard

Ayda Ferdossifard

My name is Ayda Ferdossifard. I completed my Hons. BA. in Psychology at York University. I am determined to pursue a high quality education in the field of counselling and clinical psychology. I hope to study and work with those affected by trauma and adverse events in the future. Working as a volunteer at BLCC has been a great learning experience and an opportunity to develop the skills I require to achieve my goals.
Kirndeep Gill

Kirndeep Gill

My name is Kirndeep and I’m a fourth-year Psychology student at York University. I began volunteering because I wanted to build upon my psychology degree and gain experience within the field before I applied to any future graduate school. My experience at Better Life Counselling Center has always been a positive one. I’m always learning and developing new skills.
Amanda Chant

Amanda Chant

​ My name is Amanda and I am a student at the University of Guelph majoring in Honours Psychology and minoring in Family and Child Studies. I wish to pursue a future in Clinical Psychology. My passion for mental health and helping others drives my interest. Volunteering at BLCC will allow me to gain experience and develop the skills I will need someday to pursue my passions in the form of a career.
Devitha Kubendran

Devitha Kubendran

My name is Devitha and I am completing my BSc Honours Psychology degree at the University of Ottawa. I started volunteering at BLCC to gain experience in the field of psychotherapy and mental health. I am proud to be a part of a team that helps foster long lasting positive change for a diverse group of people facing various difficulties. I have already learned so much in the past couple of months and I am excited to continue.
Sandra Ragheb

Sandra Ragheb

​My name is Sandra Ragheb and I am a third year psychology student at the University of Toronto. I am pursuing to become a clinical psychologist. I started volunteering in January at BLCC to explore and further my knowledge in the practice of psychology. Volunteering at BLCC has allowed me to gain a lot of experience and skills that will help me in graduate school and future career.
Parisa Akhlaghi

Parisa Akhlaghi

My name is Parisa and I am currently finishing my undergraduate degree in Honours Bachelor of Science Psychology at York University. I currently volunteer at BLCC, where I hope to further my knowledge and skills in the field of psychology to better achieve my ultimate goal of becoming a psychologist.
Josh Song

Josh Song

​ My name is Josh and I am a second year student at Tyndale Seminary pursuing a Masters in Clinical Counselling. I graduated from Calvin College in Psychology. I’m interested in providing mental health support to others and to gain experience at BLCC. I hope to become a psychotherapist to work with cross-cultural families and youth.
Joel Foo

Joel Foo

I’m Joel and I’m a 3rd year student at the University of Toronto, doing a double-major in Physics and Psychology. I currently volunteer at BLCC in hoping to gain some experience and eventually become a practicing psychologist as well.
Holly Kwok

Holly Kwok

My name is Holly and I am currently completing my Masters in Clinical Counselling at Tyndale University College & Seminary. I graduated from Queen’s University in Psychology and joined the BLCC team in 2016. I joined BLCC to provide mental health support. I am passionate about mental health, psychology, and the Toronto Blue Jays!
Mahdiyeh Meratian

Mahdiyeh Meratian

My name is Mahdiyeh and I’m beginning my 3rd year of Psychology at Ryerson University. I would love to continue my education in Counselling Psychology. This is the main reason I decided to volunteer at BLCC which helps me get more experience and knowledge about the field I like.

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