Guia has over eight years of experience working with neurodiverse individuals, marginalized youth, as well as newcomers, adults, and families from different ethnocultural backgrounds.Guia holds an Honors Bachelor of Applied Sciences in Family and Community Social Services from the University of Guelph-Humber and a Masters Degree inSocial Work from the University of Windsor, where she completed her internships with two Toronto school boards. Guia is a registered member in good standing with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers(OCSWSSW).
After obtaining her undergraduate degree, Guia spent few years working with youth and adults with intellectual challenges and concurrent disorders. Working with the aforementioned demographic sparked Guia's interest in learning more about early mental health and behavioural interventions which lead her to work with children and youth. Since then,Guia's passion grew for fostering an environment where the young people and adults she supports feel empowered in their intersecting identities, helping them find their authentic voice and their strengths. In addition to her private practice, Guia works in the non-profit sector supporting young people and their families with their psycho-emotional and psycho-social growth.
Guia's general-eclectic approach to practice emphasizes the importance of the ways individuals interact with their environment and the systems they are a part of. Guia's approach to clinical practice is based on using components from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), DialecticalBehaviour Therapy (DBT), Narrative Therapy, Emotion-Focused Family Therapy, andMotivational Interviewing while implementing trauma-informed andanti-oppressive framework in supporting young people and their families.