Catherine Dwyer, MSW, RSW
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Office Hours + Location
Location: Online Counselling Only
- Tuesday-Friday 9am-5pm
- All services are currently provided virtually through Owl Practice, Canada’s most secure and compliant teletherapy videoconferencing platform.
- Anxiety and Depression
- Stress management
- Life transitions and change
- Personal development / growth (incl purpose, motivation, meaning)
- Relationship challenges (individual)
- Communication, assertiveness, and boundaries
- Attachment issues
- Women’s issues
- Alternative / non-12 step approach to alcohol use / abuse
- Substance abuse issues
- Grief and loss (incl perinatal)
- Self-esteem and confidence issues
- Self-care, burnout, compassion fatigue, and vicarious / secondary trauma
- Stepmoms, step-parenting, and blended families (individual)
- Adult children of divorce
- Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW)
- Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW)
- Newfoundland and Labrador College of Social Workers (NLCSW) for virtual services only
Education and Training
- Master of Social Work, Carleton University – 2020
- Bachelor of Business Administration (Hons), Memorial University of NL – 2007
- Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (Hons), Memorial University of NL – 1999
- Emotion Focused Therapy – 2021
- Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), Living Works – 2019
- Narrative Therapy, Dulwich Centre – 2019
- Motivational Interviewing, Psychwire – 2019
- SMART Recovery® and SMART Recovery for Family and Friends® facilitation training for professionals – 2019
- safeTALK: Suicide Alertness for Everyone, Living Works – 2016
As human beings, we all struggle or get stuck from time to time – feeing lost, overwhelmed, uncertain and disconnected – and we just aren’t meant to face these challenges alone. Our brains are wired to connect from birth, and our relationships – including the ones we have with ourselves, others, and our larger environment – are essential to both our survival and our ability to thrive in life. The therapy relationship itself, is crucial to the success of therapy. It’s so important that you feel comfortable and that you and I are a good fit for one another.
My approach to therapy is both relational and holistic – considering all of the factors that impact your well-being throughout your life – biological, psychological, social, spiritual and structural. My goal is to offer you a relational therapy experience that cultivates the safety, connection, comfort, and acceptance that you need to create deeper awareness, explore difficult topics, heal from past hurts, break negative patterns, manage your emotions and thoughts, and find pathways that lead you towards meaningful change and growth.
As a Newfoundlander, my approach is rooted in warmth, authenticity, and vulnerability – being real with you and down to earth. My professional style is gentle, collaborative and client-centred – honouring your innate wisdom and capabilities. I work from a trauma-informed, anti-oppressive, and integrative perspective, tailoring your therapy experience to meet your unique needs and goals. I offer the following evidence-based counselling frameworks: relational theory, attachment theory, narrative therapy, emotion focused therapy, polyvagal theory, interpersonal neurobiology and acceptance and commitment therapy.
I am under the consultation / supervision of an Ontario Registered Psychologist, for the ongoing development of my professional and ethical learning and for psychological services to my clients. I consult with this Psychologist regarding my clients on a regular basis. The receipt you will receive will be in my name, as a Registered Social Worker, which is acceptable by many insurance companies (e.g. Sunlife / government, others). It is your responsibility to determine which receipt works for our workplace insurance and benefits.
My regular fee for counselling is $160.00 per counselling hour.