Michelle Aziz SSW BSW MSW RSW

Social Worker, Psychotherapist
Clinical Director

Michelle has been practicing social work for 10 years and has been working in the field for 13+ years providing direct and clinical supports. Some of these settings include working in public and private clinical practice, clinical coordination, child protection, hospitals, palliative care settings, subsidized housing,  fund development, open custody residential homes for youth, and group homes.

Michelle first received a Social Service Work Diploma (SSW) from Algonquin College; a Bachelor of Social Work degree (BSW) with High Honours from Carleton University and a Master of Social Work degree (MSW) from the University of Toronto.

Michelle's MSW studies were in the field of Specialization in Gerontology and in addition, also completed a Collaborative Specialization in Aging, Palliative and Supportive Care Across the Life Course. Michelle continues to participate in continued learning, research and continued education opportunities to inform her practice and deepen her specializations.

Michelle's personal philosophy in care delivery is that each and every client deserves the highest quality of care and on an individual basis, ultimately enriching their quality of life and support through the life course.

Professional Registration and Memberships/Associations:

Ontario College of Social Service Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW) #817611

Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW)

Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW)

Rachel VanDasselaar B.A.

Community Outreach Program Manager
Clinical Assistant
Volunteer Coordinator

Rachel wears many hats here at Michelle Aziz Counselling. She is also currently in the process of pursuing her Master of Social Work degree with a completed undergraduate in Social Work and Psychology. Community outreach is Rachel’s passion. She loves to see the people around her thrive and be fulfilled. Her involvement with youth and leading worship continue to inspire and foster growth mindsets and development. Rachel’s goals are to reach community members on a multifaceted level and help manage connections while promoting mental well being.

Courtney Vezina B.A.
Qualifying MACP

Clinical Intern Spring/Summer 2020

Courtney is currently completing her Master's in Counselling Psychology. With an undergraduate background in psychology as well, Courtney has worked in both private and educational settings to promote the mental health of children and youth. While attachment-based, trauma-informed approaches are of special interest to her, Courtney explores treatments from a variety of modalities including: CBT, psychodynamic and person-centered. Courtney emphasizes the importance of the connection between client and therapist. It is her aim to offer a comfortable environment for each client to learn and grow.

Ericha Braun BSW
MSW Candidate

Clinical Intern Spring/Summer 2020

Ericha is currently completing her Master of Social Work degree at Carleton University. Prior to this she completed a Bachelor of Social work at Carleton University and an Advanced Diploma in Child and Youth Care at Algonquin College. Ericha has worked in direct practice with children and youth in recreational and school settings and with adults experiencing challenges with mental health, homelessness, and substance use. Ericha values strengths-based and person-centred approaches and believes in creating a supportive and individualized environment for each client. Ericha is also passionate about providing accessible services to promote mental health within a community setting.

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