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"You are perfect the way you are, and there is room for improvement"

-Shunryu Suzuki

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Nicole Wilson

Registered Social Worker

My practice is rooted in empathy, collaboration, and mutual respect. Together we will build upon your resiliency and strengths to develop a space in which you feel supported to discover insight into your experiences.

 

I am a graduate of the Factor-Intwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto.  My degree included a focus on Mental Health and Health, as well as a specialization in Addiction Studies. I have over 10 years of experience working with youth and adults in areas of: mental health, addiction, crisis intervention, sexual and interpersonal violence, homelessness, marginalization, system navigation, and service co-ordination.

 

This formal and hands-on education has furthered my devotion to a system-oriented, strength, and recovery-based approach when addressing individual and family concerns. This promotes a reflection on the whole person and their environment, while avoiding a narrow focus on mental health symptoms. It is important to me to work alongside clients to create insight into their experiences.

 

Throughout my career I have worked with diverse clients from a variety of cultural backgrounds and life circumstances. This has helped me gain insight into the complexity of addiction, mental wellness, and impacts on support systems. I have also had the opportunity to develop my advocacy skills, especially with marginalized populations. These experiences have led me to approach my work from a reflective, curious, culturally humble, person-centered, anti-oppressive, and trauma-informed approach.

 

Specialties:

Addiction (substance use (including Alcohol), gambling, gaming and technology)

Harm Reduction

Concurrent disorders

Experiences of Psychosis

Abuse (domestic, interpersonal, sexual)

Anxiety

Depression and Mood Disorders

Stress Management

Life Transitions

Coping Skills

 

Approaches Used:

Motivational Interviewing (MI)

Solution Focused Therapy (SFT)

Mindfulness Therapy (MFT)

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT)

Narrative

Attachment-based

 

Qualification, Training and Membership:

Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers 

Registered member of the Ontario Association of Social Workers

Master of Social Work (2019)

Master of Arts, Social and Cultural Anthropology (2014)