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  • Tanya Opoku- Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

    Hi I’m Tanya.

    Owner, Clinical Director, and Psychotherapist at Forward First Therapy Services. My aim is to help you navigate some of your most challenging situations while building a deeper connection with yourself.  

    How do I know if I need therapy?  This is a question that clients often ask.

    When clients connect with me for the initial session, its clear they have been struggling for quite sometime before making the decision to seek help. Not knowing the right time to seek support is a common theme and we understand the amount of courage it takes to embrace change. Forward First Therapy Services invites you into a judgement free zone to explore and unpack life’s challenges, changes, loss and emotions having an impact on your life. Gaining clarity when it comes to personal growth and development is another way Forward First can help you along the way. 

    I use a person centered, solution focused and strength based approach to understanding your goals. My approach is rooted in the elements of empathy, respect and genuineness. I work from a trauma informed, non-judgmental and multicultural lens and I bring warmth, sensitivity and openness to the therapeutic relationship. Additionally, I am DDP (Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy) informed and aim to support families in repairing connections by developing an understanding of each others needs.

    I began my journey into the mental health field at Seneca College where I studied Early Childhood Education and fell in love with psychology and development. 

    About Forward First Therapy Services

    The philosophy of our therapy is really simple… to help improve the quality of your life. We follow a model that is based on our three main practices; to listen, understand and support your needs and desired outcomes.

    Vision: Improve the mental health of individuals, youth and families across Ontario
    Mission: To provide therapy that is compassionate, welcoming and safe
    Values: Accountability, Trustworthy, Timely, Respectful, Accommodating, Compassionate

    At Forward First we offer services to support your mental health and well being.

    “Healing takes courage, and we all have courage, even if we need to dig a little to find it.” – Tori Amos

    About Tanya Opoku

    I began my journey into the mental health field at Seneca College where I studied Early childhood Education and fell in love with Psychology and Child development. I knew at that point that I needed to pursue further education in psychology and went on to complete my B.A. in psychology with a postgraduate focus in autism and behavioural science. While gaining my education, I have worked in the developmental service sector and within congregate care settings supporting individuals with developmental disabilities. From there I went on to complete my Master’s degree at Yorkville University in Counselling Psychology and I am a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) licensed with the CRPO.

    We are here for you.

    The goal is to understand your personal experiences,  perspectives and challenges that brought you into therapy and shape the narrative of your life. My roles as a manager, mother, wife, daughter, sibling and human being has allowed me to combine lived experiences and education with effective therapeutic techniques. We offer a safe space that is diverse and inclusive. Our commitment is to foster an environment that is anti-racist, anti-oppressive and LGBTQ2IAS+ affirming.

    Therapy Practices


    At Forward First we value the initial session given it is essential to developing deeper interactions with the client.


    At Forward First we listen to draw conclusions based on trends resulting from client sessions.


    At Forward First we provide sessions that focus on client goals.