Our Staff

All of the staff at KW Counselling Services have Masters level education and experience working with kids, teens, and families.

Mandi Cowan,
Therapeutic Counsellor & Group Facilitator

Mandi Cowan holds an HBA in Psychology from Wilfrid Laurier University and an MSW from Carleton University. She is a Registered Social Worker. Before coming to KW Counselling Services, Mandi worked at the Kitchener Downtown Community Health Centre and the Kitchener-Waterloo Multicultural Centre. Mandi is proudly a member of the LGBTQ+ community and enjoys volunteer work and advocacy in the community. Outside of work Mandi enjoys hiking, camping, reading and watching cheesy sci-fi shows.

Joscelyn Guindon,
Therapeutic Counsellor & Public Educator

Joscelyn Guindon holds a HBA in Social Development Studies, as well as a minor in Sexuality, Marriage and Family studies from the University of Waterloo. She also holds a MSW from Wilfrid Laurier University and is a Registered Social Worker. Before working with KW Counselling Services, Joscelyn was involved in many roles in the community, such as volunteering with Planned Parenthood, the Waterloo Region Rainbow Coalition and Lutherwood. Joscelyn started out at KW Counselling Services as an intern in 2013 and has since been able to support the community as a therapeutic counsellor with the OK2BME program, has provided workshops on being LGBTQ+ inclusive in the community, and for the last few years has been supporting youth in conflict with the law as the Youth Justice Counsellor. Joscelyn is a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community and her passions are Bellydance, knitting, Halloween and all things geeky.

Sandra Harrison,
Therapeutic Counsellor & Public Educator

Sandra Harrison holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Guelph and an MA in Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy from Wilfrid Laurier University. Sandra is a proud ally and advocate of the LGBTQ+ community. Sandra uses a client-centered, anti-oppressive and trauma informed model. She has previous experience in conflict resolution, human resources, and developmental services. Aside from therapy, Sandra is passionate about her family, her dog and supporting the local YM/YWCA.

Alice Maguire, Therapeutic Counsellor & Group Facilitator

Alice Maguire holds an HBA in Sociology and Psychology from Wilfrid Laurier University and an MSW from Wilfrid Laurier University. Before coming to KW Counselling Services in 2010, Alice worked with R.O.O.F. and Mosaic Counselling. Alice is a part time therapeutic counsellor in our OK2BME program. She is also an outreach worker at The Working Centre in Kitchener.

Spencer Small, Therapeutic Counsellor & Public Educator

Spencer Small holds a HBA in Social Development Studies from the University of Waterloo and an MSW from Wilfrid Laurier University. He is a Registered Social Worker and lead Therapeutic Counsellor in the OK2BME program. Prior to coming to KW Counselling Services in 2012, Spencer worked for the AIDS Committee of Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo and Area as their Youth Services Worker. Spencer was born and raised in the Region of Waterloo and is a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community. In his current role, Spencer provides individual and family counselling to LGBTQ+ children, teens and their families. He also offers LGBTQ+ inclusive training workshops and consultations to local agencies and service providers.

Washington Silk,
OK2BME Coordinator, Therapeutic Counsellor & Public Educator

Washington P Silk holds a BA in Anthropology from the University of Lethbridge and an MSW from Wilfrid Laurier University. They are a Registered Social Worker and work as a Therapeutic Counsellor with the OK2BME program. Wash is a gender queer person, comfortable with any pronouns, open and interested in helping people meet their goals, enjoy life and increase self-knowledge. In therapy, Wash uses a client centered, anti-oppressive and trauma informed model. Wash has experience supporting youth who are LGBTQ+ who may be questioning or thinking about their gender or sexual identity, coming out or struggling with mental health or substance use/addiction issues, as well as family issues. Wash also has experience supporting youth from different cultural backgrounds, having worked in China and studied in Ecuador. Wash has previously worked at Egale in Toronto and oneROOF Youth Services in Kitchener. Outside of therapy Wash’s main interests include their dog, family and science fiction.