Category Archives: Our Group

Deena Ginsberg BSW, MSW, RSW
Practice Director

Deena Ginsberg BSW, MSW, RSW is a registered therapist with a Master of Social Work degree from Wilfrid Laurier University. She also earned an Honours Bachelor of Social Work degree from York University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario. She has worked in the field of medical social work and rehabilitation since 1993, specifically working with individuals, families and groups who have sustained significant and traumatic injuries such as brain injury, spinal cord injuries and orthopedic injuries. She has had the opportunity to offer her services and support in a variety of settings, working with people in acute care, community-based programs and private practice.

Deena began her career in community-based rehabilitation programs and hospital settings where she developed a strong commitment to client-centered practice and advocacy to ensure the individuals and families she worked with had the support, skills, education and resources they required. Deena later established a private practice with the goal of providing timely and specialized psychotherapeutic support throughout the neuro-rehabilitation process. Deena began to envision the creation of an expanded social work service that could be accessed by a greater number of clients and would join together therapists with a shared determination to provide the highest quality of client care to individuals in their own environments. This vision was transformed into reality with the development of The Social Work Consulting Group in 2006.

Lynne Harford MSW, RSW
 Director of Pediatric Services, Clinical Supervisor

Lynne Harford MSW, RSW is a registered therapist with a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Glendon College-York University. Prior to her university studies, Lynne pursued a career in business and received a Marketing Administration Diploma from Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology. In 2013, Lynne achieved her designation of Art Therapist graduating with an advanced diploma in Art Therapy from the Vancouver Art Therapy Institute.

Lynne has had an extensive work history in both the private and public sectors. Prior to joining The Social Work Consulting Group in 2008, she was employed at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) where she spent five years providing clinical social work services to children and their families in the Trauma Program. Throughout her career, Lynne has been an active member in the larger community participating in various committees as well as presenting at a number of community based, insurance and legal conferences. Other areas of specialization in which Lynne has focused and devoted her practice to include, acquired brain injury in children and youth, acute and chronic illness, domestic violence, separation/divorce and issues related to grief and loss. Lynne is both a therapist and advocate who is committed to enriching the lives of children and adults in the aftermath of physical and emotional trauma.

Sarah Warren MSW, RSW
Clinical Supervisor

Sarah Warren MSW, RSW is a Registered Social Worker and Clinical Supervisor with The Social Work Consulting Group. She holds a Master of Social Work Degree from the University of Toronto. Her Master’s Degree included a specialization in working with children and families. Sarah received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology at Queen’s University with a focus on social and health psychology.

Since 2002, Sarah has worked with children, adolescents, adults and families affected by an acquired brain injury (ABI) and orthopaedic injuries. She worked in the Stroke Program at The Hospital for Sick Children as a Psychometrist prior to becoming a Social Worker. After the completion of her Masters of Social Work Degree, Sarah practiced clinical social work with the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Team at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital for over 8 years.

While at Holland Bloorview, she conducted evidence-based psychotherapeutic assessments and interventions with children and adolescents with an ABI and their families, across the continuum of care (inpatient, day patient and outpatient). She developed an expertise in supporting families experiencing grief and trauma as well as adjustment to a new disability, using a wide variety of therapeutic approaches and ABI psychoeducation.

Sarah joined The Social Work Consulting Group in 2014. She has attended extensive trainings and workshops in the areas of Trauma, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Internal Family Systems and Play Therapy. Sarah is a strong advocate for her clients and works from a systemic and strengths-based approach when supporting individuals and families. Sarah has a keen interest in research and life-long learning. She has published articles and presented in the fields of social work and psychology, including disability and transition to adulthood, working with families experiencing grief and trauma, and the transition from hospital to home after an ABI.

“As a Social Worker, I believe in the power of connection and resilience. I work from a collaborative and non-judgemental approach, highlighting the unique strengths of my clients. It is extremely meaningful to be a part of the recovery journey for my clients and their families.”

Wendy Gage MSW, RSW
Clinical Supervisor

Wendy Gage MSW, RSW is a registered social worker with a Master of Social Work Degree from the University of Toronto. She received her Honours Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at the University of Western Ontario with a focus on child development.  Wendy is a certified Emotionally Focused Couples Therapist  (EFT) with advanced training in EFT for families, individuals and trauma.  Wendy has training in child led play therapy (Watch, Wait and Wonder) for children ages 6 months to 6 years.

Wendy joined The Social Work Consulting Group with 18 years’ experience practicing clinical social work on the Neurology Program at The Hospital for Sick Children. At Sick Kids, she developed expertise in child and family adjustment to illness, loss and trauma. Wendy has participated in research, teaching and speaking events related to pain management for headaches, managing behavior in children with neurological conditions, and long term family functioning and adjustment to children’s neurological conditions. She was invited to provide input to the provincial government on gaps in service to children with mental health conditions arising from neurological illness and injury.

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.”

Amanda Malcolm M.Ed, MSW, RSW

Amanda Malcolm M.Ed, MSW, RSW is a registered therapist with a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Toronto. She also holds a Master of Education degree and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in Psychology from Brock University.

Amanda joined The Social Work Consulting Group in 2010. She has worked in the mental health field providing crisis intervention for individuals living with depression, anxiety and other mental health issues assisting them with stabilization by maximizing their own internal coping strategies. Her other main focus has been in the provision of grief counselling, support and advocacy to family members whose loved ones have been diagnosed with a mental health issue. She currently specializes in counselling individuals who have sustained acquired brain injuries and their families and spent one year training at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute’s inpatient Neuro-Rehabilitation Program. She aims to provide a sense of hope and clarity for people adjusting to life after a traumatic injury.

Drawing from cognitive-behavioural, narrative, mindfulness and solution-focused approaches, Amanda seeks to draw on each individual’s strengths to achieve equilibrium and improve their quality of life.

Amy Goldberg BSW, MSW, RSW

Amy Goldberg BSW, MSW, RSW is a Registered Social Worker with a Master of Social Work degree from York University and Bachelor of Social Work degree from Ryerson University.

Amy is a Clinical Traumatologist through the Traumatology Institute (TITC-CT) and completed CBT Level 2: Advanced Practice in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy through ADLER Faculty of Continuing Education. Amy has and continues to attend professional development workshops in several areas of practice including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Trauma in the Mind’s Eye and Mindfulness Fundamentals.

Prior to joining The Social Work Consulting Group in 2013, Amy’s passion for working in the field of medical social work developed within her work with the Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) at York Central Hospital. Amy was responsible for the development and implementation of solution focused service plans and comprehensive and safe hospital discharges into the community. Throughout her work with CCAC, Amy was nominated in 2011 and 2012 for the Customer Service Award.

Amy is committed to providing client-centred counselling and draws upon numerous social work modalities, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Mindfulness, and Solution Focused Therapy. Amy is dedicated to fostering growth and independence within each individual and works collaboratively with her clients to promote empowerment and improve their quality of life.

Angela Croft MSW, RSW

Angela Croft MSW, RSW is a registered therapist with a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Toronto. Angela has significant training and experience working with trauma and is also a Certified Life Coach.

Angela has been practicing as a therapist since 1997 and has been passionately focused on working with individuals, families, couples, and groups across the age span dealing with physical and emotional trauma, as well as neuropsychological and mental health issues.

Angela has provided medically-based social work services in the Four Villages Community Health Centre where she counselled clients living with physical and mental health challenges in addition to facing a variety of social and economic barriers. She has additionally worked with the Baycrest inpatient rehabilitation program where she supported individuals and families to address issues related to trauma, loss, grief, altered functioning, and the transition to assisted living while they were recovering from significant physical and neurological injuries.

Angela also has specialized experience in child and adolescent mental health. In her role as a Child and Family Clinician with Peel Children’s Centre, she has provided individual, family, and group therapy for clients in a variety of programs ranging from residential and day treatment services to the outpatient and brief counseling programs. Prior to joining The Social Work Consulting Group, Angela was the clinician for the adolescent residential program where she was working with high needs adolescent girls struggling with trauma-based mental health issues as well as neurologically-based challenges such as ADD/HD and learning disabilities.

Angela draws upon in-depth training in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Trauma Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Therapy, and Strengths-Based Narrative Therapy to support and empower individuals and families to heal from trauma and develop a greater sense of resiliency, purpose, and well-being as they rebuild their lives.

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.”