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Faith Villanueva

Faith Villanueva

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Registered Social Worker
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$160.00
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$160.00

Faith is here to support you with relationship challenges, anxiety, perfectionism, and life transitions.

Right for you if:

You want to sort through complex emotions and/or manage your anxiety.
You want to develop coping strategies that work best for you.
You’re looking for a therapist who will encourage you to practice self-compassion.
You want to develop stronger and more fulfilling relationships with yourself and your loved ones.
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Faith works with young adults and adults who are looking to find their voice, create boundaries, and practice self-compassion. Whether you’re navigating a difficult relationship, struggling with high expectations (from yourself or others), or want to better support yourself, she’ll help you identify your needs and establish goals. Faith can support you to develop healthier, more sustainable relationships with your loved ones and with yourself.

In sessions, Faith emphasizes compassion, authenticity, and client-centred support. She has brought her skills and experience to the Canadian Mental Health Association, York University, and the York Hills Centre for Children, Youth, and Families. Faith knows that no two clients are alike, and her practice reflects this. She’ll support you to better understand your story and help you move forward with approaches that fit your needs.

Faith recognizes that therapy can sometimes bring vulnerability and discomfort. She strives to create a safe space where you’re both seen and heard. Faith draws from narrative therapy, dialectical behaviour therapy, brief solution-focused therapy, and other relevant approaches. She makes space for each part of who you are, honouring both your triumphs and challenges.

Outside of sessions, Faith can be found with her nose in a book or rewatching sitcoms while she makes dinner. She comes from a large Filipino/Trinidadian family and learned to cook without recipes or exact measurements. Much like her practice, Faith believes that no two dishes should be exactly the same.

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Right for you if:

You want to sort through complex emotions and/or manage your anxiety.
You want to develop coping strategies that work best for you.
You’re looking for a therapist who will encourage you to practice self-compassion.
You want to develop stronger and more fulfilling relationships with yourself and your loved ones.

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Q&A

What's your favourite guilty pleasure song?
Shake It by Metrostation has been my favourite song (guilty and sincere) since 2008.
If you could eat one thing for the rest of your life what would it be?
If I could eat one thing for the rest of my life: breakfast food! eggs, waffles or even cereal! breakfast for dinner can make a Tuesday day feel like Saturday.
If you could change professions for one day, what would you choose?
I would love to try being a florist! I love putting bouquets together and finding in-season flowers.

Master of Social Work, University of Toronto (2022) Bachelor of Arts in History (Honours), Queen's University (2018)

Wellness Recovery Action Planning (Candian Mental Health Association) Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy (EFIT): Attachment-based Interventions to Treat Trauma, Anxiety and Depression (Dr. Sue Johnson and PESI inc.) Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (LivingWorks)

Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers

Ontario Association of Social Workers

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