“People who have a why can bear any how”. Victor Franckol
I am a Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers, and the Ontario Association of Social Workers. I have Social Service Worker diploma from Humber Collage, Bachelors of Social Work from Ryerson University and Master of Social Work from the University of Toronto.
I have over 10 years’ experience working with diverse clientele ranging from children to older adults, dealing with mental health challenges and life stressors.
My passion for the field of social work and counselling started at a very young age as I grew up surrounded by strong compassionate women who did what they can to improve the lives of the vulnerable in the community. Their example has shaped my life and it has been a catalyst in determining my career trajectory.
My areas of expertise include crisis intervention, trauma, anxiety, attachment, self-esteem, hoarding issues, managing anger, stress management, transitions, family relationships, caregiver burnout and grief and loss. Additionally, I have extensive experience working with parents and caregivers raising children with diverse abilities, social and behavioural difficulties providing support as they navigate the different social systems. When requested, I can also provide counselling from a Christian perspective and also offer counselling in the Amharic language.
My approach is holistic, culturally sensitive, integrative and trauma informed which means, the theoretical approaches I implement are based on my client’s unique needs.I incorporate strength based, person centered approaches, cognitive behavioural therapy, dialectical behaviour therapy, narrative therapy, motivational interviewing and mindfulness to meet clients where they are as they journey towards healing.
I offer a therapeutic space that is welcoming and accepting. Many of my clients note that my clam and gentle nature, my compassionate and empathetic approach as well as my non-judgmental outlook has been beneficial on their journey towards wellness. I am committed to helping clients navigate complex and stressful situations that affect their daily functioning and well-being.
I look forward to being part of your journey as you strive to achieve overall wellness.