YOUTH EMPOWERMENT & WELLNESS TEAM

COACHING & MENTORING SERVICES

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We offer aN innovative way of working with youNG PERSONS & THEIR FAMILIES

WE come to YOU!

(Toronto GTA, York, Peel,

 and Durham Regions)

Our model has been specifically developed to support and motivate youth to grow and develop into their authentic selves

MISSION

Our mission is to inspire, motivate and support young people to achieve their goals and foster their resiliency in order to become the best version of themselves.  Our passion is to advocate for young people and their families, from a place of compassion, respect, dignity and inclusiveness.

Suicide is among the leading causes of death in 15-24 year old Canadians, second only to accidents; 4,000 people die prematurely each year by suicide.

Schizophrenia is youth's greatest disabler as it strikes most often in the 16 to 30 year age group, affecting an estimated one person in 100.

Surpassed only by injuries, mental disorders in youth are ranked as the second highest hospital care expenditure in Canada.

In Canada, only 1 out of 5 children who need mental health services receives them.

Toronto, Ontario- March 19, 2018- As mental health continues to become part of the mainstream dialogue with large organisations like Bell hosting “Let’s talk” and professional athletes like DeMar DeRozan, Kevin Love and Roberto Osuna speaking up about their experience with anxiety and depression; hoping to make it easier for young people to talk about mental health; an innovative and new service aimed at supporting young people’s mental health, wellness and goals has just been launched across York Region and the GTA.

The Youth Empowerment and Wellness Team (YEWT) is a group of passionate and experienced youth advocators with a track record of excellence in mental health service.  The Team is comprised of psychotherapists, social workers, certified life coaches and a dance movement therapist.  “This idea was the by-product of decades of working in child mental health, addictions and youth justice and seeing the injustice, the gaps in services, and the lack of access to immediate and effective support.  “We need to protect our young people; their rights to have their mental health taken care of in a respectful and dignified way are just as important as adults’” says Aara-Amey-Ayer, co-founder and director of YEWT services.

YEWT services specialises in anxiety and depression prevention and management, addictions treatment, resiliency development, sexuality and gender LGBTTQ, asset mapping and goal setting, court involvement and criminal justice support. They offer a free consultation, affordable rates and they are a mobile service, so they see clients in the community.  They do not have a wait-list, clients are seen within days of their first contact. This really sets them apart from many mental health services, access is close to immediate for a vulnerable population. For more information, email us yewtservices@gmail.com or call 289 879 0496.

ABOUT US

Our team provides coaching

  • In person – We Come To You! (Toronto GTA, York, Peel, and Durham Regions)
  • Office Location Available in Toronto
  • Via Phone, Text, Email, Skype
  • Via Social Media Platforms - Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube, Pinterest

Service Specialties

  • Anxiety and Depression prevention and management
  • Mental Health Resources, Information and Referral
  • Resiliency Development
  • Sexuality and Gender (LGBTTQ)
  • Asset Mapping & Goal Setting
  • Personal and Social Issues – Bullying, Self Esteem and Developmental Stages, Body Image
  • Cognitive and Creative approaches and strategies
  • Court Involvement – Youth Criminal Justice Act Resource, Information and referral

The Team

Who We Are

Our team is made up of highly trained professionals: Registered Psychothera­pists, Certified Life Coaches and Registered Social Service Workers. We are Coaches, Mentors and Counsellors. We work with our clients and their families to support them during the metamorphosis from teen to adult.

what we do

In partnership with our clients and their families we identify their personal strengths to develop a comprehensive wellness plan. This includes short and long term goal planning, skills acquisition, life and living skills, stress management, self-compassion, CBT and mindfulness strategies.

Our model has been specifically designed to support and motivate youth to grow and develop into their authentic selves. We utilize evidence based, best practice progressive techniques and cognitive based tools to support our clients in the development of lifelong resiliency, to help realize a positive vision for their future.

how we do it

  • Flexible Support, Initial appointment within two weeks
  • Free 30 min Consultation
  • In person – We Come To You! (Toronto GTA, York, Peel and Durham Regions)
  • Office Location Available in Toronto
  • Via Phone, Text, Email, Skype/FaceTime
  • Via Social Media Platforms - Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube, Pinterest
  • AARA AMEY-AYERR.S.S.W, Certified Life Coach Practitioner

    Aara is a dedicated and passionate mental health professional. Aara has worked in social services for 29 years in a variety of settings including schools, prisons, shelters and non-profit housing, criminal and family courts and addictions treatment facilities.

    Aara has provided counselling, advocacy, criminal justice expertise and community development. Aara is a vocal advocate for youth with mental health issues and addictions who come in to contact with the law.

    Aara has committed her professional and personal life to working with teens. She is a mother of five children aged 15 -30, who have been instrumental in the development of these services. Also, she is a Sessional Professor in the Social Service Worker’s Program at Seneca College. This part of her work allows her to engage and problem solve with young adults each semester.

    Aara is a consistant favorite among teens, due to her informal and empowered approach to working with youth. Young people feel confident to disclose the struggles and challenges that they are living with.  Aara utilizes her sense of humour, her extraordinary volume and her contagious enthusiasm to engage with youth from all walks of life. She offers youth a variety of creative ways to identify and address issues. Including art, music, spoken word, social media and video. Aara seeks out innovative and progressive tools to offer her clients and specializes in creative individual care plans.

    Aara’s training and experience has allowed her to offer a complete range of advanced social work methods with families, individuals and groups demonstrating her mature skills in casework with even the most complex clients and their families. She is also proficient collaborating with the relevant multi/inter disciplinary teams, committees, and utilizing community resources to most appropriately meet the needs of the clientele.

  • BALPREET GREWALRegistered Psychotherapist, R.S.S.W, B.A. (Honours)

    Balpreet is a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapist of Ontario (CPRO) as well as a registered member with the College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers of Ontario.  Balpreet has a  B.A in Criminology and Criminal Justice concentration Law, a diploma in Social Service Work and completed a multitude of courses and seminars in the areas of addiction, mental health, CBT, Motivational interviewing and criminal justice.

    Balpreet has 15 years of experience in the field of mental health, addictions, criminal justice system and youth. She has presented at a number of conferences and workshops. She has been a leader if the field of youth and criminal involvement. She was worked on many different projects and created policies and documents for a number of programs. She specializes in crisis intervention and creating new and innovative programs. She has been an active member in the concurrent disorder community and youth justice. Her practice focuses on not just talking to youth but assisting them in becoming active members of the community. It has been shown when a person feels they belong to a community they have a more fulfilling and motivated life. Balpreet strongly believes it takes a village, that it is in our best interest to assist people to be active members of that village. YEWT is not just for youth it is for those young at heart.

     

  • CHERISSE DOOBAYB.A., MSc. Addictions Specialist, Dance Movement Therapist (DMT), Certified Life Coach Practitioner

    Cherisse is an enthusiastic, passionate and hardworking mental health advocate.  She has worked with both for profit and non profit organisations in the UK an Canada in the areas of service, policy design, governance, treatment and research.  She has worked with youth in schools, shelters, hospitals, addiction recovery facilities, and courts.  Cherisse has provided a voice and safe place for some of our communities’ most vulnerable populations.  She has done this through campaigning and advocacy for the treatment of mental illness and addictions.  She has spent over 15 years championing the cause of mental well being, more specifically the right of people to access services without shame, stigma and delay.

    Cherisse is a psychological associate, psychotherapist and certified life coach.  She studied psychology as an undergraduate and completed her Masters in Addiction Psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College, (London UK).

    Cherisse has an extensive background in neuropsychology, specialising in addictions. She has a track record of excellence in service design, governance and treatment. She uses evidence based treatment approaches such as CBT, DBT, MI, BSFT, traditional psychotherapy, and family therapy as part of her programs.  Cherisse’s treatment plans are always client centred and a collaborative process.

    Cherisse is also a certified dance teacher with over 20 years teaching experience. She has recently designed a dance therapy program (based on DMT-dance movement therapy) to help individuals recovering from severe mental illness and substance use. Cherisse believes creativity is a powerful tool in the recovery process.

    Cherisse’s diverse and international experience in mental health and addictions for both youth and adults, allows her to offer a holistic approach to treatment and recovery. It is her goal to bridge the gap between mental heath, physical health, emotional health, spiritual health and social well being.

     

    Career highlights:

    Over 15 years of experience in mental health and addictions.

    WHO (World Health Organisation) panelist on mental health committee.

    UNODC (United Nations office on Drugs and Crime) panelist on mental health committee.

    Guest Lecturer at the University of Canterbury, England (addictions)

     

We work in tandem with our clients and their families to identify their personal assets and develop a comprehensive wellness plan. This includes short and long term goal planning, skills acquisition, life and living skills, stress management, self-compassion, CBT and mindfulness strategies. We utilize evidence based, best practice progressive techniques and cognitive based tools to support our clients in the development of a lifelong resiliency.

 

289.879.0496

yewtservices@gmail.com

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  • AARA AMEY-AYERR.S.S.W, Certified Life Coach Practitioner

    Aara is a dedicated and passionate mental health professional. Aara has worked in social services for 29 years in a variety of settings including schools, prisons, shelters and non-profit housing, criminal and family courts and addictions treatment facilities.

    Aara has provided counselling, advocacy, criminal justice expertise and community development. Aara is a vocal advocate for youth with mental health issues and addictions who come in to contact with the law.

    Aara has committed her professional and personal life to working with teens. She is a mother of five children aged 15 -30, who have been instrumental in the development of these services. Also, she is a Sessional Professor in the Social Service Worker’s Program at Seneca College. This part of her work allows her to engage and problem solve with young adults each semester.

    Aara is a consistant favorite among teens, due to her informal and empowered approach to working with youth. Young people feel confident to disclose the struggles and challenges that they are living with.  Aara utilizes her sense of humour, her extraordinary volume and her contagious enthusiasm to engage with youth from all walks of life. She offers youth a variety of creative ways to identify and address issues. Including art, music, spoken word, social media and video. Aara seeks out innovative and progressive tools to offer her clients and specializes in creative individual care plans.

    Aara’s training and experience has allowed her to offer a complete range of advanced social work methods with families, individuals and groups demonstrating her mature skills in casework with even the most complex clients and their families. She is also proficient collaborating with the relevant multi/inter disciplinary teams, committees, and utilizing community resources to most appropriately meet the needs of the clientele.

  • BALPREET GREWALRegistered Psychotherapist, R.S.S.W, B.A. (Honours)

    This is the start of your journey and I am here to listen and guide you. We will work together to see what methods of treatment work. Using methods such as meditation, yoga, goal setting, CBT and/or mindfulness we will create a plan that works for you.  I am not here to say I understand what is going on with you and how you feel, what I want is to make sure that for the future you have the skills to manage your issues and attain your goals. My job is to help you become the best version of yourself. This is your path I am but a guide.

     

  • CHERISSE DOOBAYB.A., MSc. Addictions Specialist, Dance Movement Therapist (DMT), Certified Life Coach Practitioner

    I am an enthusiastic, compassionate, dedicated and open minded professional. I will listen to you, support you, offer you feedback, challenge you, champion your hopes and dreams and give you a safe space to explore the challenges and changes you are going through. It’s harder now than ever to be a young person today, and as a mother of 2 young children, I understand the pressures and confusion you are faced with.

    I am a trained psychological associate, psychotherapist, certified life coach and addictions specialist.  I have worked in mental health for over 15 years. I am a certified dance teacher and have over 20 years of teaching experience. I also use dance as part of the therapeutic process.

    My approach is simple- you tell me what you want to change in your life, and I will give you the tools and guide you through the process. My focus is on recovery in all areas of your life, bridging the gaps between mental health, physical health, spiritual health, emotional health and social well being. I use a creative and innovative process to inspire you to see yourself the way to want to be seen.  I am flexible with schedules and can offer you FaceTime, phone, or Skype sessions if you can’t meet in person. My programs are based on research, they are progressive and individually created just for you.

     

    “You know you’re on the right track when you become uninterested in looking back”

    -Maya Angelou

     

  • AARA AMEY-AYERR.S.S.W, Certified Life Coach Practitioner

    Aara is a dedicated and passionate mental health professional. Aara has worked in social services for 29 years in a variety of settings including schools, prisons, shelters and non-profit housing, criminal and family courts and addictions treatment facilities.

    Aara has provided counselling, advocacy, criminal justice expertise and community development. Aara is a vocal advocate for youth with mental health issues and addictions who come in to contact with the law.

    Aara has committed her professional and personal life to working with teens. She is a mother of five children aged 15 -30, who have been instrumental in the development of these services. Also, she is a Sessional Professor in the Social Service Worker’s Program at Seneca College. This part of her work allows her to engage and problem solve with young adults each semester.

    Aara is a consistant favorite among teens, due to her informal and empowered approach to working with youth. Young people feel confident to disclose the struggles and challenges that they are living with.  Aara utilizes her sense of humour, her extraordinary volume and her contagious enthusiasm to engage with youth from all walks of life. She offers youth a variety of creative ways to identify and address issues. Including art, music, spoken word, social media and video. Aara seeks out innovative and progressive tools to offer her clients and specializes in creative individual care plans.

    Aara’s training and experience has allowed her to offer a complete range of advanced social work methods with families, individuals and groups demonstrating her mature skills in casework with even the most complex clients and their families. She is also proficient collaborating with the relevant multi/inter disciplinary teams, committees, and utilizing community resources to most appropriately meet the needs of the clientele.

  • BALPREET GREWALRegistered Psychotherapist, R.S.S.W, B.A. (Honours)

    Balpreet is a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapist of Ontario (CPRO) as well as a registered member with the College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers of Ontario.  Balpreet has a  B.A in Criminology and Criminal Justice concentration Law, a diploma in Social Service Work and completed a multitude of courses and seminars in the areas of addiction, mental health, CBT, Motivational interviewing and criminal justice.

    Balpreet has 15 years of experience in the field of mental health, addictions, criminal justice system and youth. She has presented at a number of conferences and workshops. She has been a leader if the field of youth and criminal involvement. She was worked on many different projects and created policies and documents for a number of programs. She specializes in crisis intervention and creating new and innovative programs. She has been an active member in the concurrent disorder community and youth justice. Her practice focuses on not just talking to youth but assisting them in becoming active members of the community. It has been shown when a person feels they belong to a community they have a more fulfilling and motivated life. Balpreet strongly believes it takes a village, that it is in our best interest to assist people to be active members of that village. YEWT is not just for youth it is for those young at heart.

     

  • CHERISSE DOOBAYB.A., MSc. Addictions Specialist, Dance Movement Therapist (DMT), Certified Life Coach Practitioner

    Cherisse is an enthusiastic, passionate and hardworking mental health advocate.  She has worked with both for profit and non profit organisations in the UK an Canada in the areas of service, policy design, governance, treatment and research.  She has worked with youth in schools, shelters, hospitals, addiction recovery facilities, and courts.  Cherisse has provided a voice and safe place for some of our communities’ most vulnerable populations.  She has done this through campaigning and advocacy for the treatment of mental illness and addictions.  She has spent over 15 years championing the cause of mental well being, more specifically the right of people to access services without shame, stigma and delay.

    Cherisse is a psychological associate, psychotherapist and certified life coach.  She studied psychology as an undergraduate and completed her Masters in Addiction Psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College, (London UK).

    Cherisse has an extensive background in neuropsychology, specialising in addictions. She has a track record of excellence in service design, governance and treatment. She uses evidence based treatment approaches such as CBT, DBT, MI, BSFT, traditional psychotherapy, and family therapy as part of her programs.  Cherisse’s treatment plans are always client centred and a collaborative process.

    Cherisse is also a certified dance teacher with over 20 years teaching experience. She has recently designed a dance therapy program (based on DMT-dance movement therapy) to help individuals recovering from severe mental illness and substance use. Cherisse believes creativity is a powerful tool in the recovery process.

    Cherisse’s diverse and international experience in mental health and addictions for both youth and adults, allows her to offer a holistic approach to treatment and recovery. It is her goal to bridge the gap between mental heath, physical health, emotional health, spiritual health and social well being.

     

    Career highlights:

    Over 15 years of experience in mental health and addictions.

    WHO (World Health Organisation) panelist on mental health committee.

    UNODC (United Nations office on Drugs and Crime) panelist on mental health committee.

    Guest Lecturer at the University of Canterbury, England (addictions)