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Meraki (μεράκι) is a Greek word meaning “to do something with passion, soul, creativity, and love; to put something of yourself in your work.”

As a woman of Greek ethnicity, the name Meraki symbolizes not only a piece of who I am personally, but also how I show up to the work that I do. I consider it a great honour to be able to work in the field of mental health, helping people heal and grow.

Counselling & Psychotherapy 

Virtually across Ontario, Canada & in person located in Fergus, Ontario

Hanah Atkinson MSW, RSW 

Registered Social Worker, Psychotherapist


A little bit about me...

I am a registered social worker providing individual counselling and psychotherapy services to individuals residing in Ontario, Canada.


I have earned a Master of Social Work degree from Wilfrid Laurier University, a Bachelor’s degree in Childhood & Social Institutions from the University of Western Ontario, as well as Certificates in Criminal Justice, Indigenous Studies of Canada, and several therapeutic certifications and trainings which inform the work that I do. 

I have experience working in a mental health and addictions hospital supporting patients with mood and anxiety disorders, as well as uniformed professionals such as police officers, military members, and veterans struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder and substance use disorders. I have worked in several community mental health organisations, counselling agencies, and a family health team, providing counselling to children, youth, adults, and seniors. I have also worked with families involved in the child welfare system, individuals with disabilities in several educational institutions, as well as young offenders serving court appointed sentences in a secure custody facility.

In addition to my professional work experiences, I have had the privilege to travel abroad to many countries across Southeast and South Asia, El Salvador, and the United Kingdom, to take part in researching political and social justice issues, access to rights and participation, as well as to teach English and provide support to local communities.

Reaching out for support amidst life’s challenges is a courageous step towards your journey of self-growth and healing. During our time together, we will explore the challenges you are facing while working collaboratively to achieve your goals, and build upon the strengths and qualities that you already possess.

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Services Offered

Individual treatment for teens and adults, ages 13+ 

I offer in person services located in Fergus, Ontario, and virtual services (phone/video) to individuals residing anywhere in Ontario.

Sessions are typically 50 minutes long to allow for documentation and rescheduling at the end of session. Fees vary according to the time and nature of the service involved. Please reach out for more information.

It is important that you feel comfortable with your therapist. 

I offer a free 15 minute consultation to ensure that we are a good fit for each other. 

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Areas of Focus

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • PTSD/Trauma

  • Grief & Loss 

  • Self-Esteem & Identity

  • Chronic Pain 

  • Stress Management

  • Family & Relationship Difficulties 



Many extended health insurance benefit plans cover up to a certain amount for counselling and psychotherapy services. This service is not covered under the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP).

Reach out to your insurance provider to confirm that they cover services offered by a Registered Social Worker (MSW, RSW) with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW).


You will be provided with a receipt which has all of the information needed to submit to your insurance provider.

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Therapeutic Approach

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

A treatment that considers the impact of our thoughts and behaviours on how we feel both physically and emotionally.

Integrative Trauma & Attachment Treatment Model (ITATM)

An integrative approach using sensory processing, art, somatics, cognitive theory, resource installation, bilateral stimulation and sensory regulation to help people heal from traumatic experiences.

Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)

A type of cognitive behavioural therapy used to treat PTSD by challenging and replacing unhelpful thoughts relating to traumatic experiences that keep people stuck.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

Practical skills and strategies to manage stress and build resilience with a focus on mindfulness, meditation, yoga practices, and more. 

Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)

A cognitive and mindfulness based therapy using tools to help people accomplish goals and reduce suffering. The four pillars of DBT are: mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, emotion regulation, and distress tolerance.

Somatic Embodiment & Regulation 

A mind-body approach integrating strategies to regulate the nervous system and to help cultivate self-awareness around behaviors, thoughts, and emotions, using mindfulness, breath work and other physical techniques.

“Our sorrows and wounds are healed only when we touch them with compassion.” — Buddha


Get in Touch

To schedule an appointment or for general inquiries, please fill out the contact form below, or send an email to: 

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