Jona Ombao-Appadu

MSW, RSW #15743

Jona Ombao-Appadu is currently accepting new clients.

Psychodynamic Therapy Guide
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Feminist Therapy
Attachment Theory
Mindfulness
Rapid Resolution Therapy (RRT) (non-traditional)
Person-Centred
Strength-Based
Trauma Informed
Developmental Lifespan

Jona (she/her) believes in the power of connection. Humans are not meant to struggle nor celebrate alone in this life’s journey – there is value in shared human experiences.  This is why Jona is committed to providing a safe and non-judgmental counselling space that makes an individual feel that they are not alone in their journey.  Her aim is to provide a supportive role in the counselling process as she believes that every single person who finds themselves in a counselling space possesses expertise, resilience, and strengths towards their wellness and recovery.  Jona is committed in supporting adults, children, new parents, couples and families to gain and apply coping skills, distress management, emotional regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness.

Jona holds a master’s degree in Social Work from Windsor University in Ontario and is a Registered Social Worker in British Columbia. Jona has over 11 years of experience in children’s mental health, attachment, parenting supports, early intervention as well as years of experience in individual, children, couples and family counselling.  She also had experience in community development work both locally and internationally. Prior to her post-graduate studies, Jona received a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education and Family Support from Toronto Metropolitan University. She also has a professional certificate in infant mental health from York University. 

Jona offers accessible and engaging online sessions for children (minimum 9 years of age) and adults. She utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Narrative Therapy, Attachment Theory, Systems Theory, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Play Therapy and Rapid Resolution Therapy (RRT) perspectives in her counselling process.  Jona’s therapeutic theoretical approach is rooted in relationship-centred, cultural humility, anti-oppressive and person-centered and strength-based frameworks. 

We know that struggles happen in family systems, not individuals. This is why Jona always provides parents with supportive coaching to explore their own patterns in the family system. When scheduling appointments for clients between the ages of 9-16 years old, Jona requires parents or caregivers to schedule a 25-minute counselling appointment within a week of their child’s counselling session. 

Jona is a curious and life-long learner who is passionate about community building, and personal and professional growth. In her spare time, she loves to travel, go for a walk/hike, explore coffee shops, and listen to her favourite podcasts (such as Mindshift and In the Light).

Jona’s informed consent form can be found here.

What is your favourite thing about working closely with people every day?

My favourite thing about working closely with people everyday is the relationship you build with them along the way. Once that relationship is established, there is trust, honesty and openness that in itself makes one feel that they are not alone in their life journey. In addition, I am amazed by the strength and resilience that people have. It gives me absolute joy when an individual taps into the strength, resilience and answers that they already have! It is indeed a beautiful thing to witness when that happens within a therapeutic space!

What is a personal challenge that you have overcome in your own life?

One notable challenge I have overcome in my own life is my journey towards motherhood. I had an ideal picture of what motherhood would look like, but that picture was shattered when I had to give birth to my daughter at 23 weeks and 2 days. Everything that I had hoped and dreamed about was shattered, it left me anxious and worried that I may not take my baby home with me. The daily mental and emotional battles I had to go through for four and a half months as a NICU mom was taxing and difficult to go through. This experience I had learned the power of community and asking for help. Despite the difficulty I was going through, I experienced kindness and support from people around me (including my therapist) that I was able to overcome the difficulty of that season. My journey as a mother is not over yet as I this is a lifelong journey that is dynamic and transient. It has definitely changed me as a woman, and I am constantly learning and evolving in this journey. I try my absolute best to intentionally give myself grace and compassion in this very difficult journey. I also understand that I cannot do this alone. I need a community of women (mothers, sisters, friends) to support me in this journey.

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