Michelle Aziz SSW BSW MSW RSW
Social Worker, Psychotherapist,
Clinical Supervisor, Business Coach,
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.
Although Michelle completes new training and certification annually in a variety of focus areas, an example of her primary research and training include:
- Specialized training in Palliative Care and Support across the Lifecourse;
- Emotionally Focused Therapy for Families and Couples
- Certified Clinical Trauma Professional with special attention in EMDR, CBT and Somatic Based Interventions;
- Trauma Treatment and the Vagal System
- Trauma Treatment and PTSD
- Dialectical Behavioural Therapy
- Pre-Marital and Marital Assessments and Therapy- Certification with Prepare-Enrich Canada
- CBT and Internal Family Systems and Depression, Anxiety and Suicidal Ideations.
In addition to Psychotherapy and Counselling, Michelle also provides a training environment for clinical interns who are in the process of completing their graduate studies in the mental health field. These interns receive specialized training and also have the opportunity to work within the Community Outreach Program. Further, Michelle provides clinical supervision to graduates who require and/or request continued supervision in their private practice as well as Business Coaching in Private Practice Start-ups and continued Mentoring Support.
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
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.
Amanda Dzuba BA
Amanda is currently completing her Masters of Social Work degree at Wilfrid Laurier University. Prior to this she completed a Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Care degree at Ryerson University and a Diploma in Child and Youth Work at Algonquin College. Amanda has experience with community, hospital settings and worked in the educational setting in various positions with a focus on mental health of children and youth with a passion in social and emotional learning. Amanda values strength based, trauma-formed and CBT approaches with an interest to further explore DBT. The connection she has with her clients is of utmost importance and she is intentional in creating a safe and comfortable environment.
Aliza is currently completing her Master’s in Counselling Psychology at Yorkville University and holds an Honours Bachelor degree in Psychology from York University. By employing an eclectic approach stemming from a variety of modalities such as CBT, person-centred, and humanistic therapies, Aliza seeks to provide a non-judgemental space where clients feel at ease discussing what is on their mind and become more confident in doing so. Her primary goal is establishing strong foundations for the client-therapist relationship so each client feels heard and recognizes their inherent strengths.
Kennis Sloan BA
Clinical Intern Fall 2020
Kennis is currently completing her Master of Social Work degree at Carleton University. She is also an 18-year veteran in the Canadian Armed Forces. Kennis has worked in direct practice with individuals and groups experiencing challenges related to military deployments, mental health stigma, domestic violence, maintaining healthy relationships, homelessness and substance use.
Kennis believes that her clients already possess the building blocks they need to be in control of the outcomes they want to achieve. She is an active and empathetic listener interested in hearing your story and helping you make sense of your experience. She can help you investigate the factors and patterns that affect your wellbeing and look at the choices available to you to bring about change and growth. Kennis understands that every person's situation is unique and as a result, her approach is tailored to meet individual needs. She draws from a variety of evidence-based therapeutic models and approaches that are trauma informed, cognitive-behavioural and solution-focused, with consideration of how social and environmental factors impact the body and mind.
She offers therapy through telephone or video sessions and has more flexible hours available at this time. Research shows that online counselling is as effective as in-person support; it is convenient for those with time constraints, mobility issues, & those with limited access to quality therapy.
If you would like to explore if counselling is right for you at this time, please connect with me for a free consultation.