DAWN MCLEOD

DAWN MCLEOD

RSW, MSW

Registered Social Worker

Office: Virtual/Online Therapy
Focus: Stress management, relationship difficulties, anxiety, depression, trauma and PTSD, grief and loss, substance use, relapse prevention and compulsive behaviours.

“Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen.” Brené Brown

In our lives, we all face periods when we feel overwhelmed, stuck, or fearful of life’s uncertainties, and it can become difficult to cope. In these moments, it can be challenging to know how to generate the change we seek. Yet, you are here, taking the first courageous step. As a therapist, I aim to provide a safe and supportive space for individuals to gain the knowledge and skills needed to have the quality of life they desire.

I carry 14 years of experience counselling adults with diverse cultural backgrounds to address various life of challenges. I hold focused specialties concerning trauma, moderate-to-serious mental health issues, addiction, grief and loss, and relationship difficulties. I believe that, as humans, we are enormously resilient. Our courage and vulnerability are our superpowers, and I value the opportunity to help others to realize their ability to heal.

My practice comprises multiple therapeutic methods, enabling me to tailor a care plan that fits your unique needs. Cognitive behavioural therapy, dialectical behaviour therapy, emotion-focused therapy and motivational interviewing techniques are the foundation of my practice. These approaches have been proven to help people better understand their experiences, develop strategies to cope with their emotions, and highlight the discrepancy between what they want and what they do. I also used mindfulness, guided meditation, and aspects of narrative therapy, which have been proven to help individuals foster objectivity and the ability to separate themselves from the problem, illuminating a path towards change.

I am a registered social worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. I hold a Master of Social Work specializing in Mental Health and Health from the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto.

Change can be intimidating; however, you are not alone. Together we can cultivate a sense of self-compassion and actualize your goals while also holding space for the discomfort change can bring.

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