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  • McMaster University, Hamilton, ON 
    Master of Social Work

  • Niagara University, Niagara Falls, NY
    Bachelor of Social Work 

  • Smith College – School of Social Work, 
    Certificate in Advanced Clinical Supervision,

For twenty-five years, Ian has worked with families, couples, and individuals, helping them discover solutions to their difficulties in a safe environment. Filling many roles throughout his career, Ian has never lost sight of his life’s purpose: helping people. He recognizes that while people may search for solutions to their problems, they have busy schedules. That’s why Ian provides day, evening and weekend appointments.

Ian often works with couples and families, as one area of interest, and it makes up a significant portion of his private practice. He also provides clinical supervision to many therapists within private practice and community organizations. Ian provides clinical practice education throughout the years at many organizations and health care facilities within mental health, addictions, and trauma.

Ian has a sizeable clinical background where he specializes in adult and children’s mental health, trauma and concurrent disorders. He has an Advance Clinical Supervision designation from Smith College, School of Social Work, MA, US. He completed levels 1 & 2 in Trauma Therapy at the Hincks-Dellcrest Institute in Toronto. He has a Clinical Traumatologist designation and received clinical supervision from Natalie Zlodre, a well-respected specialist/consultant in trauma.


  • Motivational Interviewing (MI)

  • Solution Focused Therapy

  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)

  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)

  • Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)

  • Trauma Incident Reduction (TIR)

  • Eye Movement Desensitizing Reprocessing (EMDR)

  • Polyvagal Therapy

  • Structural Dissociative Therapy

  • Internal Family Systems (IFS) 

  • Brainspotting (BSP) Levels 1,2 & 3

  • Brainspotting for 'Parts' 

  • Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP)

During his years of practice, Ian has counselled victims of domestic and physical violence, assault, robbery, car accidents, fire, bereavement, child abuse, animal attacks and suicide. Also, he has training in field trauma for larger-scale traumatic events. The agency itself is grounded in trauma-informed clinical practices.

Ian maintains connections to many community services, organizations, and support systems to give the best possible services. He works as the Regional Clinical Supervisor for Addictions and Mental Health at the Niagara Health System and has completed his certification in Advanced Clinical Supervision at Smith College (School of Social Work) in MA, USA. He has worked as a clinical therapist at a residential treatment facility, in outpatient services for substance abuse treatment, in mental health services at several local hospitals and in community organizing.


  • McMaster University, Hamilton, ON 2005
    Master of Social Work

  • Niagara University, Niagara University, NY 14109 2003
    Bachelor of Social Work 2003; GPA: 4.0

  • Smith College – School of Social Work – Certificate in Advanced Clinical Supervision, Mass USA


  • 2023: Brainspotting Level 3

  • 2023: Brainspotting & Parts Work - Advanced Clinical Seminar

  • 2022: Brainspotting Levels 1 & 2

  • 2020: Neurolinguistic programming practitioner (NLP Canada)

  • 2018: Diploma in Addictions Medicine (University British Columbia)

  • 2016: Certificate in Mindfulness-based Clinical Facilitator, Toronto School of Mindfulness Practices (UoT) (In Progress)

  • 2014: Post Graduate Advanced Clinical Supervision, Smith College School of Social Work, Northampton, MA. US

  • 2012: EMDR, Level 1 and Level 2, Fraser Institute (Barb Horne), St. Catharines, ON

  • 2012: Clinical Traumatologist, Traumatology Institute of Canada, Toronto, ON

  • 2011: Trauma Incident Reduction (TIR), Applied Metapsychology International, Barrie, ON; Certificate – Level 1-2 TIR Basic, Advanced & Life Stress Reduction

  • 2012: Compassion Fatigue Resiliency & Recovery Specialist (Educator Designation); Traumatology Institute of Canada, Toronto, ON

  • 2009: Certificate, Level 1 & 2 Trauma Counselling,

  • 2007: Canadian Center for Threat Assessment and Trauma Response, St. Catharines, ON; Certificate – Level 1 & 2 in Student Threat Assessment

  • 2004: Principles and Practice of University Teaching, Centre for Leadership in Learning McMaster University, Hamilton, ON

  • 1994: Certificate – Chemical Dependency Counselling, Niagara College, Welland, ON

Adjunct Professor at Wilfrid Laurier University in the School of Social Work 


Courses Ian teaches at Wilfrid Laurier University include: 

  • Trauma and Addictions

  • Trauma-sensitive mindfulness practice

  • Motivational Interviewing

  • Structural Dissociation - Working with Parts 

  • Polyvagal Therapy

  • Neuroplasticity 

  • Dissociative Identity Disorder

  • Trauma-informed Leadership

  • Trauma Screening, Assessment, and Case Formulation

  • Counter-transference "traps"

  • Being a mindful practitioner 

  • Integrative Trauma Approaches

  • Mental Health 101

  • Trauma and Mindfulness

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  • Windsor University, Windsor, ON
    Master of Social Work (2016)

  • Brock University, St. Catharines, ON
    Bachelor of Honours Sociology (2012)


Michelle has vast experience working with addictions and mental health. Michelle leads mindfulness groups at the agency for clients with anxiety, depression, substance use and ADHD. In the past, Michelle worked in Withdrawal Management Services at the Niagara Health System (NHS). She completed her clinical practicum at the NHS, focusing on mental health. When Michelle provides therapeutic services to a client, she uses the following clinical approaches:

  • Trauma Incident Reduction (TIR)

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)

  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

  • Motivational interviewing

  • Solution-focused therapy

  • Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR)

  • Brainspotting (BSP) - Levels 1,2 & 3

  • Brainspotting for 'Parts'

  • Polyvagal Therapy

  • Structural Dissociative & Parts Work

  •  Neuro-linguistic programming

Michelle has received clinical supervision from a well-respected trauma specialist and consultant, Natalie Zlodre. Michelle is also enrolled as an instructor at Wilfred Laurier University, teaching online classes focused on topics such as trauma and addiction.


  • Windsor University (Windsor, ON): Master of Social Work (2016)

  • Brock University (St. Catharines, ON): Bachelor of Honours Sociology (2012)



  • 2023: Brainspotting Level 3

  • 2022: Brainspotting Levels 1 & 2

  • 2020: Neurolinguistic programming  practitioner (NLP Canada)

  • 2016: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Certificate Program, Beck Institute, Level 1

  • 2016: Certificate in Mindfulness-Based Clinical Facilitator, Toronto School of Mindfulness Practices (UoT) (in progress)

  • 2016: Trauma Incident Reduction (TIR), Applied Metapsychology International, Barrie, ON; Certificate – Level 1 TIR Basic, Unblocking

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