Nicole Anderson is a Registered Social Worker in good standing with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers, and the Ontario Association of Social Workers. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Waterloo alongside a Certificate in Child Abuse Studies, her Master of Social Work degree at the University of Toronto with a specialization in Health and Mental Health and a collaborative program in Addiction Studies, and finally a Certificate in Criminal Psychology and Behaviour through Conestoga College. Additionally, Ms. Anderson has attended numerous workshops on concurrent disorders and trauma.
Ms. Anderson works from a non-judgmental, strengths-based, trauma-informed, client-centered perspective that is flexible and adaptive to the needs of the client. She utilizes a variety of approaches and interventions as they fit for the client (ie. experiential modalities, dialectical behaviour therapy, motivational interviewing) but ultimately works under the philosophy that you are the expert in your own life. You have the power to change. Ms. Anderson works to develop a strong therapeutic relationship with you, in order to support you on your path.
Ms. Anderson specializes in working with individuals and families who are struggling with addiction and/or concurrent disorders, whether their own or someone else’s. She has worked in the field of addictions and mental health for 7 years; she has experience with the entire treatment continuum from withdrawal management (detox), to community outpatient treatment, to long-term residential treatment. Ms. Anderson is knowledgeable and passionate about working with those who are struggling with substance misuse and mental health (and their connection to one another) and helping people along their journey of recovery. Addiction is the symptom of a problem, not the problem itself. Substance use is the coping skill used to manage a multitude of underlying root causes such as trauma, mental health, poverty, and loss and leads to dysfunction in all aspects of life. Due to this, Ms. Anderson has worked with people from all walks of life in varying situations, including involvement in the criminal justice system.
Ms. Anderson has a passion for learning about new cultures and how people connect with each other. When not working, she loves to travel and has visited over 20 countries in the last decade. Her passion and knowledge make her an empathetic therapist, and she will work with you to help you achieve your goals.
Many Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) and extended health care plans will cover services rendered by a Registered Social Worker.