Jaleesa is in the process of registering with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers and holds a Bachelor of Honours Degree in Child and Youth Studies. Jaleesa has over 13+ years of experience working with children, youth, and their families in various capacities across the Greater Toronto Area. The last 6+ years of her work have been dedicated to serving the complex needs of women, children, families, and other individuals within the vulnerable sector who have been impacted by issues of violence, exploitation, and trauma.
Through her pursuance of studies at the graduate level, Jaleesa utilizes a multi-dimensional approach to therapy as she integrates relevant methodologies and techniques to bring tailored supports and healing to those in her care. From a culturally responsive and trauma-informed lens, Jaleesa has additional expertise in the areas of Trauma and Resilience Building, Crisis Intervention, Family Systems, Mental Health and Addictions, Gender-Based Violence, and Decolonizing Social Work Practice in all aspects of Equity, Anti-Oppression, Anti-Black Racism, and Indigenous ways of knowing to better support reconciliation efforts and advance the rights, perspectives, and prosperity of all marginalized communities in Canada.
Jaleesa’s active involvement in the community and field of social work is indicative of her passion to combat social justice issues, including those pertaining to diversity and multi-culturalism. Jaleesa is deeply driven to foster positive social change and works diligently to see the individuals and communities she works closely with achieve optimum psychosocial functioning so they can thrive.