Welcome to

Lumos Counselling

Counselling, therapy, psychotherapy,
mental health, well-being

About Lumos Counselling

We recognize that the counselling journey can be difficult. Often times, pain experienced can hide deep within oneself. Bringing this pain up to the surface can be overwhelming and isolating to work through alone. 

Lumos comes from the Latin word meaning light. Light represents a renewal of hope and opportunity for growth. If you would allow us to be a part of your recovery process, we can help to bring light to those hidden parts.

“In a dark place we find ourselves, and a little more knowledge lights our way”

– Yoda

Our Mission

Our mission is to help people find their authentic selves. We strive to support client’s through empowerment, and a safe therapeutic space.

Our Core Values

We believe that mental health is a basic human right and should be accessible to anyone.
We offer options at alternative rates, speak to us for more information.

Taking care of your mental health 

At Lumos Counselling, our belief is that mental health is a basic human right and should be accessible to anyone regardless of their financial means. We offer options at alternative rates, please contact us for more information.

Beginning from Within

When there is harmony from within, the essence of who you are is expressed and felt through compassion, inner light and growth. This growth then impacts the external world.


We believe that the counselling process is collaborative in nature so that goals created together and are achievable.

The Focus is the Client

We recognize that client’s have unique needs and do our best to create a space that fosters trust, inspires ones’ self-worth and confidence. We offer multi-modal therapeutic approaches that support the client’s goals.

Bhavna Verma Founder
B.A., M.Sc., C.C.C., R.P., Doctoral Student

About Bhavna

I completed my undergraduate degree in Psychology. I have a Master of Science in Community Mental Health Counselling. I am currently pursuing a degree as a Doctor of Counselling and Psychotherapy. I am registered as a Canadian Certified Counsellor and Registered Psychotherapist. I also supervise Qualifying Registered Psychotherapists.

My career spans over a decade inclusive of working in Family Health Teams and an addiction center. I have experience working with adults and couples. I support individuals struggling with mood related concerns such as anger, anxiety and depression. I support individuals who have experienced traumas, grief and loss, acculturation issues, life transitions and infidelity. I provide counselling for interpersonal relationship concerns as well.

An interesting fact about me is that I enjoy working with power tools. I find it satisfying to work on DIY projects and also love exploring new recipes with cooking or baking.

About Justyne

I completed my undergraduate program in Psychology and Masters of Counselling Psychology.

I have experience working with children and adolescents. I worked as a pre-school teacher and before/after school educator. I worked with adolescents who had exceptionalities through the YMCA and family respite programs. I have worked with adolescents with various mental health issues for a specialized program within the school board. I have background in providing single session support to adults who are in crisis.

An interesting fact about me is that I have been dancing my whole life and now teach dance to adolescents. Both my sister and I choreograph dances, and we travel to competitions with our students to compete.

Justyne Merritt – Associate
B.A., M.A., M.A.C.P., R.P. (Qualifying)
Chris Cadaret – Associate
B.A., A.D.M.H., M.A.C.P., R.P. (Qualifying)

About Chris

I completed my undergraduate program in Psychology. I have an Addictions and Mental Health post-graduate degree. I recently graduated and have obtained my Masters of Counselling Psychology.

My experience has come through working with adults who struggle with addiction and mental health concerns. I specialize in using CBT and mindfulness-based techniques to assist clients in building more adaptive coping mechanisms.

An interesting fact about me is that I enjoy singing and song-writing. I recently released my first full-length collection of songs and enjoy playing at open mic venues.

Online Groups

The groups offered at Lumos Counselling psychoeducational and supportive. Psychoeducational groups are informational and content based, so that participants can learn concepts. Support groups provide a space to share personal stories through shared experiences. We take an integrative approach implementing the benefits of both.

The groups are for adults that are 18+ years of age. Some groups may need an intake to ensure the right fit.

What Are You Thinking About?

This group is an introduction to Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. It is about how you can begin to identify your triggers and patterns. This group runs for six consecutive weeks at the same day and time each week.

Find Your Balance

This is a skills-based group understanding the basics of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy. The focus is to empower you to learn how to manage of your emotions. It is also about learning to find balance between what you can accept and let go of. This group runs for five consecutive weeks at the same day and time each week.

Upcoming Groups

The following groups are in the works and scheduled dates and times have yet to be determined. If you are interested in any of these groups, please send us a message to join the waitlist. We will inform you once dates are confirmed.

Fostering Self-Compassion

More about Lumos

We work with children as young as age 8, adults and couples.

Acculturation Concerns
Anger Management
Bipolar Disorder
Borderline Personality Disorder
Chronic Impulsivity
Chronic Pain
Coping Skills
Emotional Disturbance
Grief and Loss
Life Transitions
Obsessive Compulsive Disorders
Relationship Issues
Substance Use
Trauma and PTSD

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Brief Solution Focused Therapy
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
Family Systems
Gestalt Therapy
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy
Mindful Self-Compassion
Motivational Interviewing
Narrative Therapy
Rational Emotive Behaviour

Contact us

Phone: 416-258-0545
Email: admin@lumoscounselling.ca