Ian is a Registered Social Worker (RSW) and a member in good standing with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW) as well as the Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW) and the Ontario Association of Mental Health Professionals (OAMHP). Ian received his Master of Social Work from the University of Toronto, a Bachelor of Social Work from York University, and an Honours Bachelor degree in Psychology from the University of Western Ontario.
Ian has been working in the Mental Health, Addiction, Criminal Justice and Child Welfare sectors for over 18+ years. Ian’s clinical skills have been supported by numerous clinical internships and training. Ian has helped individuals develop skills and access resources needed to increase their capacity to be successful. Ian believes in treating the whole person and tailors treatment to meet each individual’s needs and treatment goals.
Working with clients from diverse backgrounds, Ian provides professional and confidential counselling to address a number of issues such as anxiety, trauma, depression, anger management, and relationship problems. Ian has a passion for expanding his knowledge in evidence-based practice and has completed additional professional training in different therapeutic modalities.
Ian uses an eclectic approach of holistic, evidence-based techniques to teach client’s how changing their thinking can change their behaviors and improve the outcome of their lives. Ian uses his own narrative of resiliency to motivate and inspire others to recognize the growth and positives that can come from life challenges.
Read Blog Articles
Curriculum Vitae provided on Request
- First Nations Counselling: Eliminating the cost barrier
- Therapeutic Approach and Specialization
Any Individual with a Status Card entitles them to free therapy. RTC (Recalibrate Therapeutic Services collaborates with a program called NIHB. Through this program, Ontario residents with a Status Card may be 100% covered for 22 counselling sessions or more.
That means 22 hours of free mental health counseling. Per year. Enough time to build rapport, dig into an issue and begin to see progress. This benefit has been available for years, yet many within First Nations communities are surprised to learn of it. To learn that NIHB addresses not only physical health and also mental health.
An Indigenous person with a Status Card living in Ontario could begin therapy as early as next week. It starts with a phone call or e-mail. From there, I can assist you to navigate the system and take care of details.
Clients do not need a medical referral or a prescription. All they need is a Status Card.
I specialize in mental health treatment that will support clients in various stages of change. I operate from a multi-faceted/eclectic approach which means that I integrate a variety of therapy techniques based on a client’s presenting need. I believe that every client is different and that there is no one-size-fits-all model.
Therapeutic modalities utilized include: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Emotional Focused Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Trauma-Focused CBT and Motivation Interviewing.
I have experience treating a variety of different clinical challenges such as:
- Coping Skills
- Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD).
- Self Esteem
- Life Transitions/Changes, including L.G.B.T.Q.I.A.
- Conflict with the Law
- Sleep Difficulties/Disturbances
- School Challenges
- Relationship Challenges
- Family-Related Issues
- Children, Youth & Adult Mental Health