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Cost Effective Mental Health Counselling

With professionals that have extensive knowledge in child, couple, family and trauma counselling.

Helping You Promote Mental Wellness Since 2003

Many advantages for choosing Forging Forward

We are a highly trained group of regulated professionals with over 14 years of combined experience offering counselling, parenting support and information, and vocational rehabilitation services. Each counsellor has engaged in a different area of concentration and professional development training.

A professional team with extensive knowledge from working with adults, children & youth, couples, and families, as well as offering trauma counselling.

Forging Forward is a cost effective counselling service.

With no waitlists and flexible appointment hours, Forging Forward is a local organization that can provide services catered to the local community with excellent referral sources.

Forging Forward staff are Registered Master Social Workers, accredited with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Services Workers. Lisa is a trained Registered Rehabilitation Professional as well as a Clinical Traumatologist.


Meet our Experienced Team of Registered Social Workers and Psychotherapist

Experienced Counsellors from our Clinical Social Work and Psychotherapist Teams
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Lisa Bowman


Counsellor, Psychotherapist and Business Owner

Lisa comes to our team with a Master of Social Work from Carleton University and is registered with Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. During her studies, Lisa focused her program on individual, couples and family counselling from an anti-oppressive structural social work perspective.

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Emily McKenzie



Emily McKenzie, received her Bachelor of Social Work from Lakehead University, and her Master's of Social Work from the University of Calgary. She's spent time working in Northern Ontario with Indigenous Communities, and in Downtown Toronto with marginalized youth, families, adults, and seniors. In the Ottawa Valley, she works in children, youth, and family mental health as well as with pediatric diabetes client. Her approach is collaborative and client focused.

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Sydney Sheppard



Sydney Sheppard comes to the team with a Master’s of Social Work (Advanced Standing: Mental Health and Health) from the University of Toronto, as well as a Bachelor of Social Work from Memorial University of Newfoundland.

In past, Sydney has supported women in Newfoundland with justice histories and prison involvement; she has interned as a primary therapist at more.

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Erin Oakie

B.A, MA(CP), RP(Qualifying)


Erin Oakie comes to the team with a Master’s of Arts in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University of Fredericton, New Brunswick, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from MacEwan University of Edmonton, Alberta.

In the past, Erin has supported youth experiencing behavioural, social, emotional, and psychiatric difficulties as a result of an acquired brain more...


Amanda Dewsbury

Bsc, MA, RP(Qualifying)


I have a Master’s of Arts in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University in Fredericton New Brunswick. I also possess a Bachelor’s of Science from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology and a Bachelor’s of Science with a specialization in psychology, from the University of Ottawa.

My past experience in the mental health community has consisted of working with young individuals of varying mental health states, these more...