Registered Social Worker and Psychotherapist - 647-867-8662 - firstname.lastname@example.org
I am a Registered Social Worker and Psychotherapist in Ontario. I completed an undergraduate degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Carleton University and a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Toronto. I specialized in Mental Health and completed a collaborative program in addictions studies (CoPas).
I am a registered professional member in good standing with both the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Services Workers and the Ontario Association of Social Workers.
I have 10 years of experience treating and supporting individuals, couples, and families affected by mental illness, addictions, and criminal justice issues.
I have specialized training and experience in a number of therapeutic modalities including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Mindfulness Meditation.
If you, or some one close to you, have concerns about your use of alcohol or other substances, treatment may be helpful to minimize the negative impact of this use on in your life.
Traditional, faith based treatment programs follow a strict abstinence oriented approach to ‘recovery’ and rely heavily on creating new support networks as a strategy to manage substance use.
However, within the field of addictions, there is increasing recognition that this approach is not the only effective treatment option.
My approach to treatment is firmly grounded in evidence and empirically based treatment programming.
Drawing heavily on principles of ‘Motivational Interviewing’, including approaching therapy without judgment or confrontation, together we will explore your desire for change and develop practical strategies to support you as you more towards your goals around your substance use.
In addition, my work is also informed by principles of ‘Harm Reduction’. That is, I recognize that abstaining from all substances may not be your goal in coming to treatment.
Feelings of depression and anxiety can get in the way of you connecting with the things that you value most in your life.
For many people, medication is the cornerstone of treatment for serious difficulties with mood disruptions and anxiety. However, there are many complementary strategies that you can use, either in addition to or instead of, medication.
I use principles of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) to support you to develop a new relationship with challenging thoughts and feelings.
That is, while we may not always have the ability to change the thoughts we have from occurring, we can always change how we respond to them.
Often times, we feel that we are defined by our emotions or thoughts, or that these feelings are predictors of our behaviour.
Instead, in therapy you will learn skills to recognize difficult thoughts when they occur. You will develop the ability to decide how to manage the thought, rather than allow it to become a ‘truth’ about yourself.
I have expertise in providing treatment to youth and adults who experience ‘Concurrent Disorders’. A Concurrent Disorder occurs when an individual is experiencing a mental health problem and a substance use problem at the same time.
As a therapist with significant experience supporting and treating individuals with both mental health and substance use problems, I am both client centered and recovery orientated. My approach is grounded in current ‘best practices’ in both assessing and treating clients that have the desire to better manage symptoms of their illnesses.
With a practical, skills based approach, I can help you to learn new ways to both manage distressing emotions and to develop strategies to manage your urges to use substances.
While psychotherapy is a regulated profession, unfortunately treatment is not covered by OHIP. However, the majority of extended health benefits / insurance programs provide coverage for psychotherapy services provided by regulated health professionals (I am a Registered Social Worker which is a regulated health profession). Consult your insurance carrier for your entitlements.
As of September 2012, Psychotherapy Services provided by Registered Social Workers is now recognized as income tax deductible medical expense by Revenue Canada. Please consult this list of authorized medical practitioners for further details.
My average fee per 50 minute session is $110.00. Requests for additional documentation or reports are charged at my usual hourly rate.