GEM Mental Health Therapy and Coaching

Quality mental health services and life coaching to children, adolescents, adults,
couples and families.

Life is hectic and chaotic.  The continuous rush and strain of trying to keep things together can feel overwhelming and exhausting.  Relationships suffer, anxiety and depression become real and the vicious cycle of losing oneself in a destructive way of living has become a reality.  You do not have to become a statistic.  I am Erna Benson-Karp and I am a therapist that is here to help and support you through your struggles.  You are not alone anymore.  I use all my knowledge and skills together with a bit of life experience to help and support you through challenging times.  Can you imagine – I can be that little voice in your ear when you start to use the tools that you learn in therapy.  I do not use wizardry or strange tricks to cure you, but instead use your determination and dedication you have towards your own mental health stability to help you to reach your fullest potential.


GEM Mental Health Therapy and Coaching was founded in order to provide high-quality,
professional counselling to anyone in need.

Individual Services

Individual Services

Individual, Couple and Family Counselling, Mental Health Professional Intervention, In-home Services, Trauma Therapy, Art Therapy, Behavioral Therapy, CBT / NLP / REBT Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Mindfulness-Based, Psychotherapy, Relationship Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Supportive Psychotherapy

Support Group Fridays on Zoom

Support Group Fridays on Zoom

I will be hosting Support Groups at weekly hour discussions.   Each participant will be there to support others by listening and sharing.  The topics of these Support Groups are “Anxiety”, “Depression” and “Grief”.  Because these Support Groups will be held on Zoom, the group size has been limited to 10 participants per Group session...

Group Workshops

Group Workshops

½ day, 1 and 2 day workshops on HIV/Aids, Mindfulness, Relaxation and Stress Management To Corporations on Employer/Management and Employee level.

These workshops are presented in an energized manner and are filled with activities and take-home information...

Erna Benson-Karp Mental Health Therapist & Life Coach

Erna Benson-Karp
Mental Health Therapist & Life Coach


Dipl LC; HIV/Aids Counsellor;

Certified Trauma Specialist

Certified Practitioner in


Art therapy, CBT,


EFT, TFT, Hypnotherapy,


Registered through CCSA


I am a committed and highly dedicated mental health therapist with experience in the counselling of people from a diverse background. I possess an outgoing personality with absolute rapport building skills in helping people to cope with life challenges. I provide quality services in delivering client-centered support that gradually empowers individuals and enables them to make informed decisions. I possess detailed understanding of the Professional Conduct and Ethical Framework and applies such standards in interaction with clients and colleagues. I have sound knowledge of theoretical therapeutic approaches and their application to real-world settings, having a special interest in Trauma Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, NLP Therapy, Art/Play Therapy, Integrative Counselling, Positive Psychology Counselling and Person-Centered Counselling.

I provide counselling for a variety of sensitive issues, including anxiety, trauma, grief recovery, parenting, relationship issues, and more.

Mission & VISION statements

The Mission of GEM is to positively impact mental health through advocacy, awareness, service and education. To be committed to the wellness of individuals, their families and the community through prevention, intervention and treatment.

The Vision of GEM is to embark on a path with our clients and to ensure compassion, acceptance, respect, empowerment and sincerity with each step we take and to provide effective, innovative and high quality services which will allow each client to reach their fullest potential and goals.


Value cultural strengths and being responsive to individual and community needs regarding culture, language, age, disability, gender, sexual orientation and spirituality

Value prompt, courteous and client-directed support

Build on and welcome diversity and appreciate the strength that comes from the many cultures, backgrounds, family types and sexual orientation

To recognize and respond to the human dignity of every person

Value opportunities for participation in programs, activities and services that support recovery and wellness

By empowering everyone to have a voice and to participate in their own care

Value person-focused relationships with the people I serve

Value the highest levels of integrity in carrying out our Mission and Vision

Value the identification of needs and the achievement of desired outcomes

Value the personal growth of those I service towards a self-determined, highly-participative life in the community