Monthly Archives: October 2020

Alana Warner MSW, RSW

Alana Warner is a Registered Social Worker with a Master of Social Work (MSW) from The Wurzweiler School of Social Work in New York, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Western Ontario.

Prior to joining the Social Work Consulting Group, Alana focused her career on supporting vulnerable populations in need of medical and emotional care. She partnered with patients and their families to navigate proficiently through the complexities of the Canadian health care system. Alana worked as a Social Worker at Women’s College Hospital, Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto East General Hospital, Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care and Community Care Access Centre (CCAC), giving her a broad perspective on the challenges and crises people face throughout their lives.

Alana is dedicated to providing client-centered care, working together to form a collaborative and therapeutic relationship and to be a support, resource and advocate for her clients. Alana draws upon her experience using a combination of treatment modalities including cognitive behavioural therapy, mindful self-compassion and strength-based approaches.

“I became a social worker because I was drawn to the idea of meeting a client where they are at and helping them achieve their goals in a flexible and individualized approach. Helping clients discover new resilience they never knew they had, has been an honour and highlight in my career.”

Carrie Mackinnon MSW, RSW

Carrie MacKinnon MSW, RSW is a Registered Social Worker with a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Windsor.  She also holds an Honours Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from Trent University.

Prior to joining The Social Work Consulting Group in 2017, Carrie’s career had focused on working within the public sector with adults who have sustained traumatic brain injuries and their families.  With 18 years in the field, Carrie has gained extensive experience working in the community providing supportive counselling, goal-oriented service planning, community integration and education to promote independence, community engagement and improved quality of life to those living with a traumatic brain injury.

Carrie is committed to providing client focused counselling drawing upon her experience using a number of social work modalities including cognitive behaviour therapy, mindfulness, trauma-informed approaches, solution focused therapy and strength-based approaches.  In practice she focuses on supporting clients through their post-injury adjustment by providing the tools needed to maximize their recovery through counselling, education, community integration and social connection.  She is committed to promoting a collaborative approach with clients to ensure a positive working relationship to assist them through their post-injury rehabilitation.

“After completing my undergraduate degree, I had the opportunity to work with adults with acquired brain injuries.   Through this experience, I discovered a passion for helping others and was inspired to continue my education in Social Work so that I could play a greater role in creating positive change in someone’s life in the hopes of helping them overcome challenges, improving their situation, relationships and overall well-being.  Social work can play a meaningful role for those in need and provides me with a sense of purpose and personal fulfillment.”

Catherine Morris BSW, MSW, RSW

Catherine Morris MSW, RSW is a Registered Social Worker with The Social Work Consulting Group. She holds a Master of Social Work Degree, with a health-focused specialization, from the University of Waterloo. Catherine received her Bachelor of Social Work degree from York University.

Catherine joined The Social Work Consulting Group in 2019. She has attended trainings, workshops and conferences related to Trauma, Acquired Brain Injury, Custody-Access Conflict, Grief, Child Development, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Emotion Focused Family Therapy (EFFT).
Catherine has worked with children, adolescents, adults and families in a variety of settings, including community-based children’s services, hospital outpatient mental health services and in private practice. Catherine has extensive experience supporting families with complex needs through crisis intervention, advocacy, counselling and case management services. She has provided individual, family and group therapy using a variety of modalities, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Emotion Focused Family Therapy (EFFT).

Catherine practices from a strengths-based perspective. She is passionate about supporting her clients to connect with the people and experiences that matter most to them.

“As a Social Worker, I’ve had the privilege of walking with people through some of their most painful experiences. I continue to be challenged by my clients’ courage as they open up and move towards healing and purpose.”

Laura Derry MSW, RSW

Laura Derry MSW, RSW is a Registered Social Worker with a Master of Social Work Degree from the University of Toronto. Her Master’s Degree included specializations in both mental health and gerontology.  Since 2010, Laura has worked with adults and families affected by stroke and orthopedic injuries. She worked in both geriatric and stroke rehabilitation at Providence Healthcare for nine years, where she was also the Professional Practice Lead for Social Work from 2017 to 2019. She worked as a Research Coordinator at the Aphasia Institute for three years prior to becoming a Social Worker.

While at Providence Healthcare, she conducted comprehensive psychosocial assessments and provided counselling to adults and their families. She developed an expertise in supporting families and helping to instill hope for those adjusting to a new disability, using a variety of strengths-based therapeutic approaches. In 2018, Laura was awarded a Mission and Values Award for Compassionate Service at Providence Healthcare.

Laura joined The Social Work Consulting Group in 2019. She has attended extensive trainings and workshops in the areas of Trauma, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy and Mindfulness-Based Meditation. Laura is a strong advocate for her clients and works from a strengths-based approach when supporting individuals and families.

“Being a Social Worker means having the immense privilege of bearing witness to people’s pain but also their resiliency and joy at meeting hard-fought goals. It is very meaningful to be able to help clients to see their own strengths, allowing them to move forward in a meaningful way. I work from a strengths-based, evidence-informed, empathic approach, tailoring interventions to each unique individual.”

Monika Khosla MSW, RSW

Monika Khosla is a Registered Social Worker with a Master of Social Work from Wilfrid Laurier University. Over the past sixteen years, I have worked in hospital settings and have experience in the field of clinical social work providing assessments, counselling services and psychoeducation in both inpatient and outpatient service areas. I have worked exclusively with individuals and families who have sustained acquired brain injuries and have prolonged neurological conditions. I have also worked with clients with both acute and chronic health conditions in oncology and palliative care.

Using a number of social work modalities including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Brief Solution Focused Therapy and Narrative Therapy, I have provided assessment, education and psychotherapy to assist persons with both adjustment and lifelong support issues. I provide counselling in the areas of Anxiety, Depression, and Trauma. I am also able to provide counselling in Hindi, Punjabi and Urdu.

“For me, social work is having  the opportunity to enhance human well-being and help people meet their basic and complex needs.”