Joelleann Forbes

  • Registered Social Worker and Psychotherapist
  • Toronto, ON
  • 437-661-4273

About Joelleann

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Welcome! I am a registered social worker, a psychotherapist, and one of the co-founders of Hope Leads Mental Health Care. I provide counseling and psychotherapy to adults across the gender spectrum, 18 years and older. My therapeutic approach highlights the importance of empowerment, healing generational wounds, and nurturing the authentic self. I have experience supporting clients with navigating grief and loss, pregnancy loss (including abortion, early, and late-term pregnancy loss), depression, anxiety, trauma, burnout, gender journeys, self-esteem, life transitions, migration stressors, and various forms of oppression. My hope is to create a non-judgemental space to unpack past and present experiences that are contributing to mental health concerns, in hopes of finding a better way forward.

As a Black woman, I’ve had the privilege of learning so much about collective care, humor, intergenerational wisdom, and survival. My practice and approach integrate an Afrocentric framework that allows us to go beyond the individual and to understand how our community (e.g. “our village”) shapes our view of self. Not overexplaining, sharing a laugh, communicating through body language, and having compassion for the unspoken are just a few of the gems that come from my experiences working with racialized communities.

I look forward to collaborating with you throughout your therapeutic journey!


Anxiety  Chronic Illness  Codependency  Depression  Domestic Abuse  Domestic Violence  Grief  Infertility  Life Transitions  Peer Relationships  Racial Identity  Self Esteem  Sexual Abuse  Stress  Transgender  Trauma and PTSD  Women's Issues 

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Practices collaboration and compassion throughout the entire therapeutic experience Integration of an Afrocentric framework Anti-Racist Culturally-Adapted Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CA-CBT) Motivational Interviewing Narrative Therapy Navigating Oppression (including Racial Trauma) Sex Positive Trauma Processing Strategies