Cost Effective Mental Health Counselling
Helping You Promote Mental Wellness Since 2003
Forging Forward Counselling Services is a group of highly trained regulated professionals located in Pembroke, Ontario, with over 20 years of combined experience in offering counselling, parenting support and information, vocational rehabilitation services, as well as trauma treatment.
Forging Forward Psychotherapists are Registered Master Social Workers, accredited with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Services Workers and/or Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying). Lisa, Master Social Worker, is also a trained as a Registered Rehabilitation Professional and Clinical Traumatologist.
Each counsellor has engaged in a different area of concentration and professional development training with the unique ability to work collaboratively together as a team. Our professional team has extensive knowledge from working with adults, children & youth, couples, and families, as well as offering specialized services such as trauma therapy and vocational return-to-work counselling.
Forging Forward is a cost effective counselling service with no waitlists and flexible appointment hours. We are a centrally-located organization that can provide services that cater to communities in Renfrew County as well as surrounding regions across Ontario. Our goal is to help as many people as possible access mental health services either directly through our team of therapists or by providing appropriate referrals to community-based resources.
Meet our Experienced Team!
Lisa BowmanMSW, RSW, RRP, CT-TITC
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.
Our Office Admin Assistant, Jocelyn, is an experienced administrative professional with a proficiency in business management. Jocelyn has worked in an office environment since 2005 and graduated from Algonquin College in 2011 with her Business Diploma. She has worked as a Customer Service Representative, ESL Teacher, Telephone Operator, Administrative Assistant, General Manager, French Trust Account Administrator, and Business Operator...read more
Emily McKenzieMSW, RSW
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.
Sydney SheppardMSW, RSW
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 the...read more.
Erin OakieB.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 injury...read more...
Amanda DewsburyBsc, MA, RP(Qualifying)
With a Master’s of Arts in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University in Fredericton New Brunswick, Amanda 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.
Amanda's past experience in the mental health community has consisted of working with...read more.