Struggling with your family history?
Disconnected from the people you love?
(family, friends, co-workers...)
Looking for answers to handle challenges in life?
-in Person or Online-
We will listen to your interpretation of the problems and work together with you to find answers. We take a closer look at the interaction between you and the people surrounding you and we may take a step back in your family history to be able to solve problems.
Look for answers in the past to enjoy life in the future
Singles, Couples and Teens
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Struggling with parenting?
(biological-, adoptive-, foster children)
Disconnected from your child?
Looking for answers to handle your child's problematic behaviour or psychiatric diagnosis?
-in Person or Online-
We will listen to your interpretation of the problems and work together with you to find answers. We take a closer look at the interaction between you and your child and we may take a step back in your (child's)
family history to be able to solve problems.
Look for answers in the past to enjoy life in the future Loving Caring
(Foster) Parents and Children
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My Motto: Happy Home!
If parents dare to live, children will follow
Sometimes we feel lost, but we are in control. Be in charge of your own life, not out of fear, but out of love.
Your path is unique.
Dare to live!
I started my career in Cultural Social Work in the Netherlands as a placement student providing debt assistance and psychosocial counseling. After I graduated for my Bachelor Degree, I assessed children with Psychiatric Disorders and Somatic disabilities and I worked in Foster Care and Child Protection Services. I accomplished my placement (Master of Science) at the Child Protection Services as well and completed my Basic Assessment and Diagnostics Skills (NOTE: I am not Licensed to provide Diagnoses). During this period my husband and I joined the family partnership and I became a part-time farmer as well. In my job as a protection worker I had the opportunity to do research along my clinical work and my interests for research and teaching were growing. I became a lecturer at the University of Amsterdam in Educational Sciences, specialty Forensic Child and Youth care, for the Bachelor and Master degree and I lectured at the NHL Universities for the Bachelor Social Work. During this period I started my own practice Loving Caring Advice and Research in the Netherlands and participated in the network Jeugd Advies Noord (Youth Advice North) for self-employed professionals. My PhD program started in 2017 and ended in 2021 (termination of own choice). I worked together with the Highland Shores Children's Aid Services in Belleville on my project "Meet the Parents", about parents' (traumatic) intrusive life events in relationship to child safety and the quality of the work relationship with their protection worker. Since December 2018 I opened the doors of my Mental Care Practice in Renfrew and in 2020 my husband and I started farming again. Our dairy and beef farm is located in Admaston and beside my office down town I am offering all year round outdoor consultations on our farm as well (i.e. visiting animals, field walks).
The University of Toronto assessed my European Master of Science awarded at the University of Amsterdam and reported that the degree is from a recognized University (June 27, 2018). I am a General member at the Ontario Association of Mental health Professionals OAMHP. The CASW confirmed that my qualifications are equivalent to a Canadian Master of Social Work Degree (May 24, 2019), and my registration number at the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service is Workers OCSWSSW is 833525 (July 10, 2019).
I grew up on a farm in the northern province Fryslân in the Netherlands. With my husband Klaas and daughter Ilsa I immigrated in March 2017 from the Netherlands to Renfrew Ontario. Our son Nick and daughter Maria are born in Canada. I am passionate about helping people since I can remember and I love being outdoors, animals, gardening, hiking, theatre, music, crafting/crocheting.
Johanna Bakker BSW, MSc, RSW
Registered Social Worker
Forensic Child and Youth care Scientist
Born: 13 December 1984, Sneek the Netherlands
Married: 17 June 2004, Klaas de Vries
Children: Ilsa 22 June 2014 - Nick 13 January 2018 - Maria 19 September 2020
Hello, My name is Tanya Wojcik and I am pleased to join Johanna here at Mental Care. I started my career as a child and youth worker, after completing my Social Services Diploma from Conestoga College in Kitchener, Ontario in 1992.
I returned to school in 2005, completing my Bachelor of Social degree from Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario in 2009. I have spent many years working with children, youth and their families, providing support, enhancing strategies and tools to better understand their worries and concerns, while focusing on positive outcomes, growth and increased knowledge. I pride myself on building positive relationships with clients, empowering change and better in lives. I am thrilled to be providing practice private to families currently seeking support. Please feel free to reach out to set up a free intake today to get started on your healing journey!
Tanya Wojcik BSW, RSW
My Motto: Knowledge is Power!
Let's get started on your healing journey today
Mental Care provides mental health care for adults, children and teens with or without psychiatric diagnoses.
Abuse, Anger Management, Anxiety, Attachment, Bereavement, Behavioural Issues, Bullying, Career Counselling, Child Therapy, Couples,Depression, Disability, Drugs/ Substance Use, Domestic Violence, Eating Disorders, Family Problems, Financial Stress, Learning Development, Life Skills, Post-Traumatic Stress, Relationships, Self-harm, Sexuality, Self Confidence, Sexual Abuse, Sleep Problems, Stress, Suicide, Workplace Stress.
Health Insurance / Benefits plan
Indigenous Services Canada: First Nations and Inuit Branch / Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) and Indian Residential Schools Resolution Health Support Program (IRS RHSP)
Medavie Blue Cross: Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) / Veterans Affaires Canada (VAC)
Ontario Works / Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP)
The series THIS IS US helps to explain that problems in child- or adulthood can be diagnosed, but they do not arise 'just like that'. We will look together with you where they come from and focus hereby on attachment, parenting style, present relationship(s) and temperament. To find the answers, we will peek in the past how your own and your parents' childhood looked like. If you understand where the problems come from, you are able to solve them, with support from the people surround you. If you experience no support, we will support you to mobilize people.
We recommend to scroll down and watch the (real life) story of actor Kate and the character Kevin. You will find extra reading material in my blogs and feel free to contact the practice if you have any questions!
If you're not familiar with THIS IS US you can watch the trailer (+/-3 min) This video is not appropriate for children. Age rating 14+ (expert review common sense media) .
note: if you are curious why we didn't use Randall (Kate and Kevin's brother) his story. Kate and Kevin struggled to face their own life. Randall dared to live, even after his panic attack. He knew where to look to find his answers, his wife supported him, and their children followed.
J. Bakker BSW, MSc, RSW
Kate her story
This is actually actor Chrissy her real life story (i.e. difficult childhood - neglect and abuse, struggle with weight, divorce, serious financial problems). Chrissy gives her answers how she becomes the woman she wants to be.
It's time to enjoy the video (+/- 5 min)