Jennifer Yates MSW RSW

Social Worker

I have worked with children, adolescents, and families for over 20 years, initially as a Child and Youth Worker (B.A. CYW Ryerson University 1998) and later, as a Registered Social Worker, graduating with a Master’s in Social Work (Wilfrid Laurier University 2007).

I specialize in working with individuals who have mood and anxiety related issues, as well as relational issues. For example, depression, anxiety, grief, loss, generalized/social anxiety, relationship conflict, emotional dysregulation, and marriage counselling.

My focus while meeting with individuals, couples, and families is to provide a safe environment that is supportive, inclusive, and collaborative while also engaging in insightful and compassionate conversations to help individuals foster and make meaningful changes in their lives.

I draw from a variety of clinical approaches, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (I have both individual and multi family skills training), trauma informed CBT and family systems theory.  As a therapist I am empathic, accepting, and non-judgmental.

Therapy is not easy. I have been there. I know the vulnerability that can come with putting words to your most protected thoughts and feelings. I know the courage it takes to tell your story and open the door to healing and growth. You are not alone.

Registered Social Worker # 817692
Member of the Association of Social Workers

Trained in:

  • Dialectical Behavioural therapy (DBT): Adolescent individual, multi-family skills group (3 years of Skills leader), and DBT for Eating disorders
  • Cognitive behaviour therapy, CBT – Trauma
  • Solution focused therapy
  • Family Systems therapy
  • Strength-based therapy