Shift Logo

Faith Villanueva

Heart icon indicating this therapist is a favourite.
Shift's heart a therapist icon.
Registered Social Worker

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

Headshot of Faith Villanueva from waist up smiling in a business casual top.

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.

Right for you if:

You want to sort through complex emotions and/or manage anxieties
You want to develop coping strategies that work 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

More about


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

Faith Villanueva in a light-coloured jacked hugging a small dog and smiling.


What does good mental health look like to you?
I believe having good mental health looks different for every person. For me, it looks like engaging meaningfully in my relationships, my work, and my interests.
What is a motto or idea that gives you reassurance when you’re having a difficult time?
This is difficult, and you've gotten through difficult things before.
What would you say to a friend struggling with a mental health issue?
You are allowed to struggle and are capable of dealing with this simultaneously. You are also deserving of any and all support you need.