Esanju Bonga, M.Ed., RP, CCC, OCT
For over 15 years I have worked with children, teens and adults facing a vast array of challenges in various contexts. I have earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Bachelor of Education and a Master of Education in Counselling Psychology. As a psychotherapist the central areas of my training have been in play therapy, emotional self-regulation, anxiety and depression. I am a Registered Psychotherapist, and certified member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. In addition to being a therapist, I am also an Ontario Certified Teacher with extensive classroom and learning support experience. In both counselling and education, I am passionately committed to helping individuals and families discover their strengths and move toward wellness.
Children encounter similar stressors to those of adults. Whether they are facing school related problems, discord in the family or grief, carrying the pain can be overwhelming. Children often lack the words and resources to cope effectively. As I engage with children, I provide them with a safe opportunity to process what they are experiencing through play and talk therapy. I work collaboratively and compassionately with parents and caregivers to help their children thrive.
Adults and Teens
There are times in life when we are faced with emotional pain that makes it difficult to move forward. I consider it an honour to walk alongside those who want to get unstuck and recalibrate on the road to wellness. I believe that counselling is a mutual process. Establishing an atmosphere where you feel heard, respected and acquire a sense of hope is at the core of my practice. I work from a strengths-based, evidence-informed therapeutic model. All are welcome without judgement.
I have experience working with those who have encountered:
- Parenting stress
- Grief and loss
- Learning disabilities
- Academic stress
- Workplace stress
- Spirituality/faith issues
- Cultural transitions
- Identity issues
- LGBTQ+ issues
I have appointments available between Monday and Friday, as well as occasional Saturday mornings. Other times are available upon request. The current fee is $120 per 50 minute session. Some extended benefits plans provide coverage for services provided by a Registered Psychotherapist with a Master of Counselling Psychology degree, and a Certified Canadian Counsellor. Please inquire with your insurance company since each plan varies. There are some appointments available at a reduced rate for those experiencing financial hardship.