Hi there! My name is Benn Brisland, I offer brief and long-term individual counseling, to pre-teens, adolescents, adults, and families. You may have arrived here because you want to make a change in your life. Together, we can work to understand why things are happening, find root causes, and identify patterns. Collaboratively we will create a plan to address your challenges, practice new skills, and find happiness, purpose, or relief.
I have been working in the field of mental health for 18 years in different capacities and I have a passion for working with transgender and non-binary individuals. My first clinical years as a Child and Youth Worker were based in therapeutic residential programs for youth experiencing mental health and substance use challenges. Since 2013, I have worked at a large mental health teaching hospital in Toronto, most recently providing gender-affirming services to adult clients throughout the province of Ontario. I have also been a volunteer mental health counsellor at a residential summer camp in Washington State for 2SLGBTQ youth and families since 2004. It was there, in the forest, where I discovered my love for listening and holding space for a person’s intersection of identities, their stories, history and resilience.
- Trans-affirming care including surgery assessments.
- Supporting families of trans folks.
- Neurodiversity especially those who are recently exploring this piece of their identity.
- Addiction and Substance use – I practice from a harm-reduction approach. I am also GAIN certified which is an assessment necessary if one is seeking an OHIP funded substance use treatment bed within the province.
- Mood disorders
- Youth (12+)
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Degree:Masters of Social Work