What I Do?

For my clients with anger issues, I help navigate through their triggers and their unhealthy automatic behaviours. We journey on a path of self awareness towards a goal of creating healthier behaviours when we are angry.

For my teen clients, we navigate through puberty changes, gender and sexuality, stress management, peer pressure and struggles with friendships. We journey on a path of self-awareness of being directed to emerging adulthood where they are required to make decisions on their own.

I am also experienced in helping individuals of all ages overcome issues such as anxiety, depression, anger, work and stress management. I am the mother of four children. Two of my children are neuro-diverse. (my daughter has a severe genetic disability and my son has ADHD, Executive Functioning issues and severe learning disabilities). I have helped many families unpack the many emotions that come with a diagnosis, school transitions and IEPS, advocating government and medical support.

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I Believe

“It’s a rewarding and privileged experience to walk along the path of self-empowerment with my clients.

I would be honoured to take the journey with you.”


Nicole Callander

Registered Social Service Worker (RSSW)

Education & Accomplishments

  • Social Service Worker, Sheridan College
  • Hamilton Spectator Reader’s Choice Gold Winner for Individual Therapist 2016-2020
  • Created a Non-Profit called Friends 4 Kindness 2018
  • Host Unbirthday Parties around Ontario that celebrate individuals who struggle with friendships
  • Created a supportive store for individuals with developmental delays called Say It With Kindness 2021
  • My story was captured in the AMI documentary called, “The Unbirthday Party”
  • Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Award Recipient 2022


  • Approach
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Family Systems

Professional Memberships

  • Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW)


  • 13 Years

Nicole's Favorite Quote

“Diversity is being invited to the party; inclusion is being asked to dance,”

– Verna Myers

Frequently Asked Questions With Nicole

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions that we receive. If you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.

When my daughter Kaitlin began school, I found myself in the role of advocate at a young age. It was stressful and I could see why people chose silence rather than to stand up and advocate for their needs. I decided to go back to school so that I could become a better advocate for my daughter. I soon realized there were many individuals who were afraid to use their voice and who doubted their potential and strength. I wanted to support these people, give them the tools to find their strength and empower them.

My favourite part of being a therapist is being on the journey with my clients. I recognize that it takes enormous courage to attend therapy, and that my clients are trusting me on this journey. Being able to see them empower themselves throughout the process is an incredible honour for me.

Therapy provides a safe space. A non-biased, non-judgemental space to share your struggles with someone who has tools to support you. It’s a lot heavier to carry your pain alone; therapy will help take some of the weight off so that the struggles are more manageable and less debilitating.

My biggest accomplishment to date is creating the non profit Friends 4 Kindness. We host Unbirthday Parties and buddy programs across Ontario that help individuals who struggle with friendships find social connections.

Parenting is hard! I want every parent to know that they are doing their best- and that their best is good enough! Even when it doesn’t seem like it.

I have one client who stopped harming themself on Remembrance Day and kept a tracker app in their phone for how many days they were harm-free. 11 years later, they still send me the update. To say I’m proud of my client is an understatement. To see how far they have come is incredible. There is no better feeling.

Nicole Callander

Bayridge Counselling


  • Tuesday and Thursday:
    9:30am-3:30pm, 6pm-8pm
  • Wednesdays:


What activity instantly calms you?

“Journalling! I need to get everything out of my head – my agenda, my ideas, my to-do lists! Journalling helps keep me organized and calms me!”

What song always gets you out on the dance floor?

“Abba. Honestly, I am surprised I have not been cast in Mamma Mia yet with my amazing moves! “

What's your favourite board game?

“All of them! I LOVE board games! Thankfully my family does as well. It’s a close second to journalling for what makes me most happy!”

Nicole in the Community

Nicole In The Community

The Unbirthday Party

The Unbirthday Party | Accessible Media Inc. (ami.ca)

Need Help Choosing a Therapist?

If you are still trying to decide whether therapy is right for you, book a free 20-minute virtual consultation with our Clinical manager and therapist, Nicole Callander, RSSW. Nicole would be happy to answer any questions about therapy or who would be a match for your unique situation.

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Need help booking your free 20-minute consult? (905) 319-1488
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