Michelle holds a Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of Windsor and a Master of Social Work degree from McMaster University. She is presently completing her Doctorate of Counselling Psychotherapy in the Faculty of Behaviour Sciences at Yorkville University. She is a registered social worker and an accredited family mediator serving Hamilton, Halton and Niagara regions. Her private practice provides counselling for individuals, couples and families struggling with a myriad of mental health and relationship challenges. She also provides specialized services related to families impacted by separation and divorce including parenting plan evaluations (custody and access assessments), mediation, voice of the child reports, parenting coordination, and therapeutic services for children and families impacted by divorce. She has been a panelled clinical member of the Office of the Children’s Lawyer for over 16 years and she is a consultant on high conflict custody disputes to the local child welfare agencies. Michelle is also an Instructor in the Family Mediation Program, School of Continuing Studies, York University.
Michelle is a frequent presenter at national and international professional conferences in the area of high conflict separation/divorce, children’s mental health and professional wellness. She is a member of the Ontario College of Social Workers, Ontario Association of Social Workers, Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, and the Ontario Association of Family Mediators. She was a past member of the Board of Directors for the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Ontario Chapter, and she is the Past Chair of the Hamilton High Conflict Forum.
Owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we
will ever do”. Finding a safe space to share your story is essential to one’s healing, recovery and transformation. Through nonjudgmental curiosity, humor, insight, and empathy, Monica creates a safe space in which clients can begin to rewrite the major narratives of their lives. Monica is a Registered Social Worker with a Master of Social Work with over 16 years of clinical experience working with couples, families and individuals struggling with a broad range of issues.
She has worked in various positions which include family counselling teams, counselling walk-in clinics, employee assistance programs and over 16 years working with offenders within the criminal justice system. Monica’s experience in various roles has created the opportunity to work with individuals of diverse backgrounds. As such, She recognizes and respects the full range of her client’s differences. Monica remains committed to fostering a safe environment which promotes equity, inclusion and diversity.
Ruth is a Registered Social Worker and a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University with a Master of Social Work since 2011. She main therapeutic approaches are Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. She combines these with solution-focused, client-centred, strength-based, and spiritual care approaches in her work. She also provide Christian counselling support. Her work focuses mainly on adolescents, youths, and adults.
Ruth believes that there is a positive and enduring spirit in all of us. If that spirit is dormant, it can be reignited; if silenced, it can get its voice back; and if damaged, it can be restored.