Meet Our Team
RSW MSW (she/her)
Registered Social Worker
- Goal Oriented
I can support clients with:
- ADHD and ADD
- Chronic Pain
- Panic Attacks & Disorder
- Social Anxiety Disorder
- Trauma or PTSD
- Grief or loss
- Relationships and family
- Life Transitions
I practice from these models:
- Emotionally Focused
- Gottman Method
- Mindfulness based
- Person Centered
- Couples Therapy
- Structural Family Therapy
As a trauma-informed therapist, I believe that all our lived experiences leave an imprint on the mind and body, which in turn can have a long-lasting impact on our brain functioning and perception, and affect our reactions and interpersonal relationships. I specialize in the treatment of anxiety, depression, trauma, relationships/ couples counselling, and chronic pain management. I focus on the body and mind connection as a fundamental component of my therapeutic approach and is a specialty that I offer.
Why did I decide on my current profession?
While raising my children, I volunteered for many years, and really enjoyed interacting with others and having the ability to help others in need. That is why I chose this profession, as it allows me to connect & support individuals seeking help.
What do I like most about what I do?
I consider it a privilege and honour to work with those who are looking to make positive changes. I love meeting people, and nothing gives me more satisfaction than knowing that I could make a positive difference in someone’s life.
FAQ with Deborah
What does integrative wellbeing mean to you?
Integrative wellbeing essentially promotes optimal health and wellness, by employing an integrative practice approach.
Solutions are considered from a wide spectrum, including nutrition, medicine, naturopathic medicine, chiropractic etc.
Integrative health draws from collaborative practice where all factors of our physical and emotional health are considered and addressed.
As a social worker, I can especially appreciate the benefits of the integrative framework – and from practice experience it is clear to me – that integrative health is the most beneficial approach both for ourselves and for our clients.
What do you want your clients to know about you and what it's like to work with you?
Warmth, empathy and passion are my signature traits and are foundational to my practice.
What excites you about mental health?
Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It impacts our whole being including how we think, feel, and react. What excites me is the ongoing positive awareness around mental health and its significance.
What do your clients say about you?
Clients may say that they feel comfortable talking to me as they feel that I don’t judge them and allow them to progress at their pace. I bring a new felt energy and passion to every session and there’s no doubt, clients can sense my genuine positive energy and empathy.
What do you want to say to someone struggling with mental illness or emotional difficulty?
Reaching out for help is more than half the battle – taking that step is very difficult, yet one of the best things you can do for yourself and for your loved ones. The goal of therapy is to improve and maintain overall mental health. Working on this goal can not only help overcome any unwanted effects you are feeling currently, but provide the confidence to reach an improved quality of life. I consider it one of the biggest gifts someone can give themself.
What’s your favourite quote or personal mantra?
The body speaks clearly to those who know how to listen.
What’s your favourite hobby or past time?
Mindfulness, skiing and ice hockey.
What’s your favourite book or topic to read?
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen R. Covey
What’s your favourite drink and how do you take it?
Coffee first thing in the morning – I like it with a little almond milk.
What’s your top 3 go to self-care activities?
Professional Associations that you are a member of:
- College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers
- EMDR Association of Canada