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Claire Montgomery BSW, MSW, RSW

Claire Montgomery BSW, MSW, RSW is a registered social worker with a Bachelor of Social Work from Ryerson University and a Master of Social Work from the University of Toronto. She has extensive training related to the experience and impact of trauma.

Prior to joining The Social Work Consulting Group in 2009, Claire worked at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute’s Lyndhurst Centre providing counselling to individuals who sustained spinal cord injuries.

Claire has focused her career upon working with individuals and families who are living with the aftermath of trauma. She worked at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute’s Lyndhurst Centre providing counselling to individuals who sustained spinal cord injuries. While at Lyndhurst, Claire was active in the Patient Education and Community Integration Programs. Claire has also worked in the Chronic Pain and Functional Restoration Programs at Toronto Western Hospital. Other areas of specialization Claire has focused and devoted her practice to include working with survivors of childhood abuse and women and their children who have experienced domestic violence. Through her passion for and work in the field of trauma, Claire has developed an expertise in working with people experiencing symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, depression and anxiety. Her focus is to be a support, resource and an advocate for people who are in the process of rebuilding their lives.

“I am passionate about helping people discover their strength, resilience and capacity to heal after loss.  I believe in working collaboratively and empathically with people facing challenges around life-changing injury, trauma, loss, and grief. I have extensive experience supporting those who have experienced a sudden and unexpected loss of a significant person in their lives to help them face the often complex and overwhelming responses that can follow. Drawing from narrative therapy, mindfulness and trauma-informed practices, cognitive behavioral therapy and attachment theory, I aim to serve as a resource and support for those facing life-altering events.”

Grace Kim, BSW, MSW, RSW

Grace Kim, BSW, MSW, RSW is a registered Social Worker with an Honours Bachelor of Social Work degree from King’s University College at the University of Western Ontario, and a Master of Social Work degree with a mental health and health specialization from the University of Toronto.

Grace has extensive clinical social work experience working with children and adults in both hospital and community-based settings.  Prior to joining the Social Work Consulting Group, she worked in the field of child protection and provided service to children, youth, and their families undergoing crisis and trauma, including history of domestic violence, abuse, and neglect.  She has varied experience in safety planning, crisis intervention, and case management, and assisted families in addressing mental health and health concerns which impacted on the wellbeing and functioning of family systems in the home.

Grace also has experience providing individual counseling to adults recovering from acquired brain or traumatic physical injuries in both inpatient hospital and outpatient rehabilitation programs.  She continues to build on her therapeutic skillset as she works with individuals experiencing cognitive and emotional changes, including depressive mood and anxiety symptoms, post-traumatic stress, addiction, and concurrent mental health concerns.  She draws from a variety of modalities including solution-focused brief therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, dialectical behaviour therapy, trauma theories, and strengths-based narratives, to inform her practice.

Grace is passionate about empowering individuals as they navigate through life-altering circumstances.  She strives to provide a supportive environment where clients can work toward their goals to improve coping and feelings of safety and wellbeing, throughout their recovery.

“I became a Social Worker because I was always interested in how our brain influences our behaviours, relationships, and how we interact with our world. I wanted to help people heal from their hurts in order to find more meaning and fulfillment in their lives. Practicing trauma psychotherapy (and EMDR, specifically) allows me to do that, and it’s such an honour and encouragement to see clients overcome some of their life’s most difficult challenges.”

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.”

Liz Waisberg MSW, RSW, AccFM

Liz Waisberg MSW, RSW, AccFM is a registered therapist with a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Toronto. She also holds a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Ryerson University. Liz has achieved certification in Solution Focused Counseling and uses an eclectic client centered approach when working with clients. Liz is also an accredited family mediator with the Ontario Association for Family Mediation. As a family mediator she provides compassionate, helpful counselling, and effective conflict resolution to individuals, couples and/or families who are looking to improve their ability to address issues such as challenging life transitions, life stressors, and grief.

Liz has extensive clinical experience working in hospital-based settings since 2001. She has worked as a registered social worker in the Emergency Department and in Mental Health settings working with children, adults and families. Liz has also worked in the mental health field providing support and crisis intervention to individuals and families struggling with issues such as depression, anxiety, chronic pain and grief. Liz has worked with individuals and families to develop internal coping skills and achieve a better quality of life. She is committed to assisting and guiding individuals through the complex health care system to achieve outcomes that benefit them and their families.

Maria Yammine MSW, RSW

Maria Yammine MSW, RSW is a Registered Social Worker with a Master of Social Work degree from York University. She also earned her Bachelor of Science Degree with an Honours in Psychology at Mount Allison University and a Bachelor of Social Work Degree from St. Thomas University.

Maria gathered a substantial amount of experience working within the community mental health and addictions field in New Brunswick by facilitating individual and group therapy. In this role, she obtained a proficient amount of training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Motivational Interviewing, as well as maintaining a trauma-informed approach.

Maria stands by the importance of continuous clinical training and professional development. In her move to Toronto, Maria began working as a Professor of Developmental and Community Service Work.

Maria is committed to carrying out an anti-oppressive practice which recognizes the power that exists within class, race, sexual orientation, gender identity, and age.

“Advocacy, allyship, and the resiliency found within empathic connections is what led me to this field. In carrying out a critical approach to my social work practice, I believe in continuously examining the power dynamics that rest within the therapeutic alliance and its connection to greater structural issues. Emotional healing can be a long and strenuous journey, however, it can be less overwhelming alongside a nurturing and knowledgeable professional.”

Marissa Sylver MSW, RSW, DCHM

Marissa Sylver MSW, RSW is a Registered Social Worker with a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Toronto. She also earned an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Western Ontario. In addition, in 2013, Marissa received her Diploma from the Canadian College of Homeopathic Medicine.

Marissa began her career at The Catholic Children’s Aid Society in 1998. She has extensive experience working with adolescents and their families. She excels at conflict resolution and crisis management. She has also developed an expertise in mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. Marissa joined The Social Work Consulting Group in 2015. She has attended extensive trainings and workshops in the areas of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Trauma.

Marissa has a passion for helping others and is deeply committed to the well-being of her clients. She brings a strong understanding of and respect for a collaborative approach. In addition to working with her clients from a family systems perspective, she is skilled at working with a variety of support professionals in order to promote individualized solutions aimed at facilitating positive change.

“Helping people overcome their struggle is what attracted me to social work. Watching someone evolve and regain a piece of themselves is one of the most rewarding things you can experience, not just at work but in life. I learned this first-hand, growing up with a younger brother who has special needs. I saw how much of a difference I could make helping him navigate his day to day struggles all the while nurturing his overall confidence and well-being. Knowing that my work can have such an impact is what drives me every day as a Social Worker “

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.”

Nazia Hoque BSW, MSW, RSW

Nazia completed both a Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Social Work from York University. She has had extensive experience working in the developmental disabilities sector and with the dual diagnosis population in various clinical and community-based settings. Prior to joining The Social Work Consulting Group in 2019, Nazia worked in the developmental sector and was deemed a Certified Assessor by the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services to conduct assessments for adults in Ontario’s Central East Region. Nazia also has a research publication present in an academic journal which has contributed to the topic of ethical navigation in social work practice.

As a side project, Nazia is also involved in working with a not-for-profit organization in assisting with the creation and execution of social initiatives in the community that help support vulnerable populations.

Nazia comes from a strengths-based, client-centered perspective when supporting those in need, wanting to ultimately empower individuals to re-gain self-management and determination over their lives. Nazia draws from her knowledge pertaining to Clinical Applications of Internal Family Systems, Cognitive-Behavioural therapy, Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy and Mindfulness. Nazia speaks Bengali and has connected with clients from various cultural and religious backgrounds, often providing a sense of cultural connection and understanding throughout their recovery.

“My interest in social work peaked at a young age as I became more cognizant of vulnerable populations in the community. I strongly believe that support is most influential through structural and psychoemotional practice. Social Work has allowed me to work with a multidisciplinary team while celebrating victories, big or small that come along with a client’s journey in recovery. The knowledge gained during practice has been significant in understanding human behavior and the impact that emotions have on our experiences and response to the world which has been a pleasure in helping individuals learn more about themselves while healing from traumatic experiences.”