The Healing Collective
To meet the increasing demand in the community for accessible psychosocial support, four professionally-trained and trusted social workers and psychotherapists have joined the Rethink team as our founding members of the Healing Collective.
Together, they have over 80 years of experience combined in specialized therapy areas with goals and passions to help support YOU, those who are navigating breast cancer at any stage.
The Healing Collective provides access to psychoeducation through our Virtual Support Groups, builds out content and resources for our website and ultimately cultivates a safe space to learn, connect, share and heal — together.
They are passionate about rethinking breast cancer. They understand the needs of those in the breast cancer community and how to address them in a trauma-informed way for those who are feeling isolated or scared, experiencing relationship challenges, navigating depression and anxiety or those who just need to connect with others who understand what they are feeling.
Meet the Healing Collective
Shawna is a registered social worker and psychotherapist with 20 years of experience providing psychosocial support, education and advocacy to those with complex health needs. Over the past decade she worked with cancer patients and their families. Her expertise includes acute and chronic health conditions, oncology, death and dying, grief, trauma, postpartum mental health, stress, depression, anxiety, interpersonal relationships, life transitions, sexuality and sexual identity. She works with both individuals and couples in her private practice. Shawna also worked at Rethink for many years and has supported the Rethink community in so many ways over the years, including facilitating at Stretch Heal Grow.
Kristy Weekes Beausoleil
Kristy is a Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW with over 15 years of experience working with children, youth, and adults in community treatment and hospital settings. Kristy specializes in treating individuals with mental health disorders as well as the families that support them. Kristy has a laid back, non-judgmental approach to psychotherapy which has been proven to be helpful with engaging her clients. Kristy works from an anti-oppressive lens and uses client focused therapies including but not limited to Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Narrative Therapy, emotion focused and solution focused therapy.
Zenia Mihevc, MSW RSW, is the owner and clinical director of A Little Zen Counselling and Psychotherapy located in Uxbridge, Ontario. As a Registered Social Worker, Registered Kripalu Yoga Teacher, and Mindfulness Coach Zenia’s passion is to create a safe space to help individuals on their journey back to wellness. Zenia offers individual and small group counselling and coaching experiences for challenges that may be related to: Trauma, Depression and/or Anxiety, Work/Life Balance, Caregiver Stress and/or Self-Care, Self-Esteem, Life Transitions / Adjustment / Grief and Loss. Zenia provides a peaceful and holistic approach to counselling and coaching, to help achieve balance and wellness. Zenia facilitates person-centered exploration with ease, allowing individuals to discover their inner strength and move forward in life. Zenia’s depth of knowledge and clinical skills have been recognized in British Columbia and Ontario. She has been invited by a variety of agencies, media outlets and educational institutes to speak on topics such as children’s mental health, grief and loss, death and dying, self-care, HIV awareness, population aging and the life course, and mindfulness. Zenia also facilitated the 2023 Stretch Heal Grow.
Emma Rinaldo (BA, BEd, MSW, RSW) is a registered clinical social worker and psychotherapist in private practice and at Women’s College Hospital (WCH) in Toronto. For the past eight years she has worked in clinical settings including the Neuro-Oncology program and Family Therapy Training Program at The Hospital for Sick Children and is currently at the Peter Gilgan Centre for Women’s Cancers at WCH. She offers support to individuals and their families who are managing acute or chronic health conditions and facing a variety of mental health challenges. Emma has certifications and training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy and Narrative Therapy. Emma was also an Elementary school teacher for six years prior to obtaining her Master’s in Social Work. Emma has also facilitated Virtual Support Group sessions in the past for Rethink.
A reminder: Virtual Support Groups are not a replacement for individual therapy.
Virtual Support Groups are a great introduction to therapy and support to encourage healing, but they are different from individual 1:1 therapy. We encourage you to seek out individual therapy and support if you feel like you need it and it is accessible to you. Many of our Healing Collective members have private practices outside of their work with Rethink and can be contacted to explore individual therapy and support.
At the end of the Virtual Support Groups, they will often share their contact information if they have the capacity to take on new clients.
Interested in being a part of the Healing Collective?
If you want to learn more about becoming a Healing Collective member, please reach out to out to email@example.com, with the subject “Healing Collective” to express your interest.