Jelani Adams – Clinical Director

Jelani is the Founder and Clinical Director of Thrive CBT. He is a Registered Social Worker (RSW) with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW) and a member of the Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW). Jelani has been working in the mental health field for almost 10 years and is committed to helping people create positive change in their lives.


  • Depression
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Self-Esteem Issues
  • Stress Management
  • Panic Attacks and Panic Disorder
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Jelani’s primary approach to treatment is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). CBT is an effective evidenced-based treatment, which means that the positive benefits of the treatment have been studied extensively. To hone his skills in providing CBT, Jelani has attended numerous trainings, courses and workshops. For more information on Jelani’s training background, please visit his Professional Development page. Jelani’s knowledge and proficiency in CBT are proven. Jelani is certified as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist by the Academy of Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies (A-CBT) and the Canadian Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies (CA-CBT).

In addition to his private practice, Jelani works at Northumberland Hills Hospital Community Mental Health Services (NHHCMHS). Jelani has been with NHHCMHS since 2010. There, he provides individual and group counselling for adults dealing with a range of mental health issues. From 2011-2014, Jelani worked as a group facilitator for a community health centre. There, he created and facilitated a CBT group for men dealing with mood and anxiety disorders.


In 2010, Jelani completed his Master of Social Work (MSW) degree at Wilfrid Laurier University. In 2008, he completed his Bachelor of Science (with Honours) degree in psychology at York University. He also holds a certificate in rehabilitation services from York University & Seneca College.