Meet The Team
Registered Psychotherapist, M.A., B.A.,
Ria has over thirteen years of experience working with individuals who are struggling with addiction and emotional regulation, in different agencies within the GTA. She has provided anger management and relapse prevention for groups, individuals, and now couples, as well as program and collaborative team development.
Ria now fulfills her role as executive director at JFT, in addition to psychotherapy. She integrates her personal and professional experiences with her academic understandings to provide clients and colleagues alike with respect, equality, trust, and empowerment.
Andrew - Registered Social Worker
Andrew is a Registered Social Worker with a Master's in Social Work and a BSc in Psychology. Andrew has worked extensively with people who have experienced mental health and substance use concerns, interactions with the legal system, poverty, and marginalisation. Andrew provides support to the administrative team at Just for Today, where he enjoys drawing on his experience and skill set to collaborate with a committed and compassionate team.
Genelle Ewart provides two separate roles within JFT. She is the Senior Intake Coordinator and an Anger Management Facilitator. Genelle graduated from Centennial College’s Community and Justice Services program with 10 years of experience in group counselling and couples and family therapy. She carries certifications in Suicide prevention, The Anxiety Release Protocol (ARP) and specializes in anger management, domestic abuse, relapse and addiction prevention programs. Genelle provides and maintains the appropriate levels of safety and security to ensure the comfort and success of our clients.
Brittany Tracey is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), RP-Q, MACP, BA Hon
At JFT she provides individual therapy services and facilitates group therapy sessions for both the men’s and women’s anger management programs, as well as co- facilitates JFT's relapse prevention program.She has been in the field and at JFT since May 2021.
Why she loves her role:
I have always wanted to be a counsellor as I am passionate about the mental health field. It is an honour to be able to provide a healing space to someone during their
darkest times. As a psychotherapist, my role is to provide a safe and non-judgemental space so that clients can feel seen and heard while navigating challenging times in their lives.
Stephanie Cunti holds a diploma in Community Work from George Brown College and a bachelor’s degree in International Development from York University. She began as a student at Just For Today in 2008 moving onto program facilitation and currently supporting the administration team. Her work in the field outside of Just for Today has included additional harm reduction supports, housing and eviction prevention services, homelessness outreach support, drop in programming, and case management. She currently holds a position as Coordinator of Outreach and Community Services at a downtown Toronto faith based organization.
“I enjoy my work in this field as I am continuously challenged with new circumstances and cases that require me to stay informed, resourceful, patient, and empathetic. The work is dynamic and wide-ranging – one day requiring residential support and coordination of clinical services while another may require meal prep and distribution for hundreds of community members. In my work at Just For Today I have always been supported and encouraged to develop my skillset as it relates to program development, facilitation, personal learning, and data management. These skills have strengthened my capacity in all roles I’ve held in the field. This is a cohesive team I am grateful to be a part of”.
Dahlia Vionnet is a trauma-informed, anti-oppressive informed, client-entered counsellor and group facilitator. Her academic background is in critical race theory and Buddhism, psychology and mental health. She practices at the intersection of transformative justice and mental health, seeking to empower people with agency and skills that help reduce suffering. Although Dahlia is interested in and utilizes various therapeutic modalities, she specializes in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy. Within this framework, she weaves principles of mindfulness, emotion regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, and distress tolerance, to best fit the client’s objectives and needs. Dahlia has worked in the field of mental health for the past 3 years as a counsellor, and many more as a peer support within a DBT group. Her personal experiences with mental health and its various challenges give her insight into recovery and emotion regulation that enables her to connect deeply with clients. Dahlia can also provide therapy in English, French, or Spanish.
As a counsellor at JFT I look forward to the groups I facilitate each week, as they carve the space and time for vulnerable conversations and healthy interdependency. Working with clients individually enables this dynamic to be deeper and the insights for discussions are multiplied. Witnessing my clients’ progress in their reflection is the most gratifying part of my professional life, and I strive to provide as much support as possible for each client to reach their objectives.
Danielle Chippie, MSW, RSW
Registered Social Worker, Psychotherapist
Danielle Chippie is a group facilitator and a therapist for individual counselling sessions. She has worked in the mental health and addiction field for five years. Her specialties are relapse prevention, anxiety, self-esteem, and emotional regulation. Danielle uses a variety of therapy models to help address her client's goals of therapy.
I am passionate about connecting with people and providing them with therapeutic tools that will help enhance their understanding of themselves and foster healthy relationships and healthy habits. I work from a client-centred, evidence-based, and strength-based perspective. I love what I do because I want to encourage others to make positive changes. I aim to assist people through their journey of self-awareness by utilizing cognitive behavioural therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy and motivational interviewing.
Daniela Violo(She/her) M.A, RP (Qualifying)
Daniela Violo is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with the College of Registered Psychotherapistsof Ontario (CRPO). On her educational journey, she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology. As a professional, she strongly believes in healing and personal growth through safe and meaningful human connection. Therefore, in her role as a psychotherapist, she offers a safe, caring, and non-judgemental space for clients to be and learn about themselves so they can move towards the life they want to live. Through a collaborative therapeutic relationship, she helps clients understand the issues that brought them to
therapy, discover and expand their strengths, develop self-directed goals, and identify ways to achieve them.
Daniela specializes in supporting teens, adults, seniors and couples. She offers services in English and Portuguese.
Karla Marie graduated with a Business Administration Major in Marketing Management and Medical Office Administration at CDI College. She is an intake coordinator and administrative assistant at Just For Today. Karla is the newest member of our team, starting one year ago.
This role and the individuals that I interact with daily, motivate me everyday, as I love how I can play a part in the client’s eagerness to get to know themselves better after certain hardships. Part of my job is “the getting to know stage”, which is so amazing. The most fulfilling part of my role is seeing the client complete their program and hearing how impactful the help of JFT programs are for them and their families.
Alexis Locker has 12+ years of experience in the addictions and mental health field, where she uses a trauma-informed lens to support clients through their goals and recovery.
Alexis is passionate about working with people who experience emotional dysregulation and strives to work with individuals, couples, and families to learn strategies to support solution-focused goals.
Alexis believes that positivity, openness to learning, and accountability are key factors in a successful therapeutic relationship.