Supporting you through grief and loss
During my 20+ years of counselling experience in a number of different settings, my clients have included individuals injured at work, survivors of sexual abuse, suicide, homicide, sudden loss and the death of a loved one through illness. Currently, in addition to private practice specializing in grief and loss, I facilitate a Parent Room group at the Lighthouse for Grieving Children in Oakville. In addition to being a cancer survivor, I have experienced the sudden loss of multiple family members. My personal experience has been a valuable asset in the work that I do. My logo, the triquetra knot, is a Celtic symbol of strength and HOPE. Courage, strength, resilience and HOPE were my guiding light through dark days.
I received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from York University and a Master of Education degree in Counselling from the University of Toronto. I am a member of the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists. Having attended numerous workshops and conferences addressing the needs, concerns and issues related to grief and loss, I continue to seek out opportunities for professional development. My goal is to help you help yourself.
Cheryl Mercer was a volunteer Grief Counsellor with the Survivor Support Program (SSP) for nearly 6 years. The SSP provides face-to-face individual and group support for survivors of suicide and homicide loss. Cheryl demonstrated exceptional counselling skills, compassion, empathy and teamwork. Feedback received about Cheryl from co-workers and program participants was tremendous. She worked with a diverse group of individuals in a sensitive way. Cheryl excelled in partnerships, never hesitating to take on a mentoring role. She was always willing to explore novel and helpful ways to support our clients. I would highly recommend Cheryl to anyone seeking a Grief Counsellor.
Alex Shendelman, Manager, Traumatic Loss Survivor Support Program
Toronto Distress Centre