Welcome! My name is Katie MacDonald, MSW, RSW and I am a Registered Social Worker providing therapy in Toronto. It takes courage to ask for help and I want to congratulate you on taking this first step! Individuals are moved to pursue therapy for a variety of reasons. You may wish to address a specific concern or work on a variety of issues you are struggling with. Whatever your reason, I am here to meet you where you are and help you navigate this process.
I work with children, youth and parents on issues including: anxiety, emotion regulation, self-esteem, family issues, parenting, adjustment and behavioural difficulties. I am skilled at helping clients navigate difficult times and develop insight into patterns that are no longer working for them.
I am trained in a variety of therapeutic approaches drawing primarily from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Attachment-Focused Therapies. My training enables me to help clients recognize the connection between their thoughts, feelings and behaviours, manage difficult emotions, improve relationships in their lives and find their own motivation to make changes that are important to them. My approach is integrative, strengths-based, creative, flexible and I draw upon what bests suits your needs. My primary goal is always to create a safe space where clients can express themselves openly and feel understood.
I hold a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Psychology from the University of Western Ontario. Outside of private practice, I work at a large teaching hospital where I have spent 10 years assessing and treating children, youth and young adults with mood and anxiety concerns, behavioural difficulties, substance use concerns and early psychosis. Additionally, I have vast experience supporting parents and other family members who are caring for a loved one struggling with mental health issues.
I offer a free 15 minute phone consultation to help us determine therapeutic fit and to determine if I have the skills and experience necessary to help and support you. I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 416-540-0785. I look forward to hearing from you.