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Kerri Dool has been working in the field of social work for seventeen years. She has gained experience in the area of mental wellness with a wide range of populations (i.e. children and families, young adults, out-patient psychiatry and the education sector).
She has worked with diverse populations and promotes a culturally sensitive approach within her Wellness team and services.
Her areas of specialization include, but are not limited to: anxiety, depression, family relationships, attachment, trauma, loss and life transitions.
She also worked in a Mental Wellness Leadership position for seven years.
She is skilled in the development of Corporate wellness planning, team leadership and service delivery. She can also offer public speaking engagements pertaining to holistic health and its importance in people’s lives.
Kerri completed an undergraduate degree in Psychology and English from Queen’s University.
Following this, she also completed a post-graduate diploma in Psychology from the University of Melbourne as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar. Her thesis at the University of Melbourne investigated depression in young adults and help-seeking behaviours.
Kerri returned to Sault Ste. Marie in 2004 and obtained a Master degree in Social Work from Grand Valley State University. She maintains active registration with the Ontario College of Social Workers.
Kerri’s therapeutic certifications include: Emotion Focused Therapy, Emotion Focused Family Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Attachment Theory, Art Therapy and Mindfulness.
Kerri has created a Wellness team with expertise in many areas. Her practice lends itself to greater healing, achievement of life goals and personal empowerment for clients.
In her spare time, Kerri enjoys spending time outdoors, biking, hiking with her dogs, in addition to travel, expressive arts and enjoying the little things in life!
My name is Irene Adavastro, a Registered Social Worker working in Children’s Mental Health and a therapist with K.Dool Social Work Professional Corporation.
I graduated University with a Bachelor of Social Work from Laurentian University under the Native Human Services Program and I hold a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology as well as a Child & Youth Work Diploma.
I have been fortunate to have gained over 25+ years of experience working with children, youth, parents & families in various areas of need including anxiety, depression, behaviour management and emotional regulation for children, youth and adults, & parent coaching.
I strive to create a warm and welcoming environment and a safe space for healing. I utilize a strength-based, person-centred approach and typically draw from integrated theories including Solution-Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Narrative Therapy and Emotion-Focused Family Therapy.
Integrity is one of my key values and guides me in supporting my clients in developing personalized, practical, and therapeutic strategies to achieve optimal health and wellness.
I am a registered social services worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers as well as a registered member of the Ontario Social Services Worker’s Association.
I have been working with victims of domestic violence and sexual assault for over eighteen years, skilled in counselling, court support, advocacy, safety planning, empowerment and developing healthy coping skills to deal with anxiety and depression.
I also assist with parenting supports for families by offering specific parent therapy and for couples, with marital therapy.
My main objective is to help individuals to live a life free of violence. To assist in empowering individuals and guiding them towards positive change, self-care and emotional resiliency.
I enjoy spending time with my family, my spouse of 28 years and being a mother to three adult children. I enjoy the outdoors, being physically active, running, playing music and camping.
I am registered with The Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers and The College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario.
I hold a Master Degree in Social Work from Laurentian University and completed my Bachelor of Social Work at Laurentian University under the Native Human Services Program. I also have a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from Lakehead University.
I am a yoga instructor registered with Yoga Alliance. I have been trained and certified in Yoga for Trauma (PTSD/Developmental Trauma), Yoga for Physical and Emotional Trauma, Yoga for Balancing Moods, Yoga for Restoring Balance in the Parasympathetic Nervous System and Yoga for Addiction and Recovery.
I am passionate about providing client-centered care to help foster positive changes and assist individuals to reach their goals through empowerment and strengths-based approaches.
I have counselled and worked to increase wellness and support the mental health needs and challenges of individuals for the past 15 years.
I am certified in various counselling modalities such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Emotion Focused Family Therapy, Solution Focused Brief Therapy and Motivational Interviewing.
My years of experience, coupled with my education allows me to provide comprehensive care individuals, couples and families.
I know how busy and overwhelming life can get and I think that it is important to find balance to optimize wellness.
In my free time I maintain balance through my yoga practice and enjoy spending time with my family.
I am a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario, and a professional member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association.
I hold a Master Degree in Applied Psychology from Laurentian University. I have also attained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology, and graduated Cum Laude with an Honours Bachelor Degree in
Psychology from Laurentian University.
I have worked with diverse populations of individuals, couples, families, and small groups throughout my 14 years in the Mental Health and Addictions field.
As a Métis, I have found it particularly rewarding to have worked as Mental Health Therapist with an Indigenous Community Health Centre for the last six years.
I utilize a holistic approach, and various treatment modalities that are both client-centered and values-based, to help clients approach their respective challenges, and move towards personalized goals in more personally meaningful and impactful ways.
I have additional certified training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Trauma Informed Care, and Indigenous mental health.
In my leisure time, I enjoy spending time at the cottage with my spouse, our two children, and three Siberian Huskies. As an avid outdoorsman, I understand and appreciate the importance of balance in life.
Karly Meincke is a food and fitness enthusiast who is committed to leading a happy and healthy lifestyle. She is devoted to helping others build a healthy relationship with food, one that is “diet” free and fun. Karly believes that everyone has the ability to gain control over their food choices and develop confidence in everyday food decisions.
Many of us already have some basic knowledge and understanding of healthy eating, however we often fall short at sticking to it. Karly uses a behaviour change approach and helps clients with accountability and developing healthy eating habits. Once a knowledge base is set Karly helps clients make lifestyle changes that are sustainable and work LONG TERM. Ditch the meal plan and regimented diet and opt for a sustainable path to lifelong healthy nutrition.
Karly Meincke’s education background includes a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Applied Human Nutrition from the University of Guelph. She also completed a comprehensive internship with the Northern Ontario Dietetic Internship Program. She is an active member of College of Dietitian’s of Ontario and Dietitian’s of Canada. She also completed the Canadian Diabetes Educator exam and is a current diabetes educator. In addition to her education in nutrition Karly is a CF Level 1 Trainer with extensive knowledge in strength and conditioning.
As a food and fitness enthusiasts Karly brings a wealth of knowledge to her clients and incorporates her passion of healthy living into her counselling.
While not at the gym or working with clients Karly can be found doing outdoor activities (hiking, swimming, camping, snowmobiling, four-wheeling, boating, snowshoeing, skiing), playing with her cat, Alphie and dog, Stretch, reading, knitting, catching up on the latest Grey’s Anatomy episode, and crafting simple snack and meal ideas.
My interest in the mental health field was peaked when I completed my undergraduate degree in Sociology at Memorial University of Newfoundland in 2006. I am a Registered Psychotherapist with a demonstrated history of working in a clinical setting including hospital based care and public health for over 15 years.
I have spent time working as a clinician in both children’s and adult mental health.
My combined experience allows me to provide comprehensive care to both individuals and families.
One of my areas of specialization is in addictions. I have worked in various capacities in this field which include Withdrawal Management, Opiate Case Management, and as a Therapist.
I am very passionate about mental wellness and addictions. I spend time participating in local mental health initiatives and sit on several boards and committees of local mental health agencies.
I love being active and spend much of my time outside running, hiking, and biking with my family and my golden retriever, Myles.
Megan is a Masters level registered Social Worker with over 17 years of experience supporting individuals and families to find their way through transitions and reconnect with their inner confidence and wellness.
Megan is passionate about providing therapeutic support to adults, children, youth and families facing major life changes, grief and bereavement and comes to her clients with a breadth of experience from a number of community-based organizations.
Megan seeks to understand her client’s experience through trauma-informed, neurobiological and attachment lenses and uses various therapy modalities including Narrative, CBT, Mindfulness, and body-based awareness.
Megan’s clinical skill, gentle manner and genuine care support clients in a wholesome way as they work to understand themselves and find more stable footing on their path.
Megan has never been known to turn down a bike ride, a hike or a run on a sunny day.
I have been a therapist for more that 20 years.
Working as a therapist and supporting hundreds of clients over the years has been truly a privilege and has challenged me to continue to learn and develop the skills and resources of my practice to meet their ongoing needs.
I have been told I have been a helper since I was just 5 years old, supporting a classmate that was timid and struggled to join the class.
In 1994 I graduated from Lake Superior State University with a BSc in Psychology and minor in Substance Abuse Counselling, I completed a practicum at the Salvation Army Addiction and Rehabilitation Centre and knew I found my calling.
I have worked building skills across social services in various capacities from Program Worker in a Day Treatment School Program at CAMH in Toronto, to Youth Worker at Ontario Works, to Child Welfare, to Adult Addictions and Mental Health Assessment and Counselling, to most recently, School Mental Health as a School and Attendance Counsellor.
My practice has been focused typically with older youth and adults; however, I have worked with clients from young children to seniors, of diverse backgrounds and genders with wide ranging needs.
An area of specialization is in addictions. I have worked in various capacities in this field including Harm Reduction, Overdose Prevention, Opioid Case Management, Addictions Assessment and Counselling, (GAIN Q3MI Certified Trainer) Anger Solutions, and as a Therapist working with clients where they are at in their Recovery Journey.
I utilize a trauma informed, person-centred, strengths-based approach to care using a variety of approaches to best suit the individual’s needs.
Mental wellness and addictions have been passions that have driven my career – not just the impacts on the individual but the interconnectedness and impacts on the whole family system.
I have spent time participating in numerous local mental health and addictions initiatives and sat on several local and regional boards and committees as well as presented on panels, advocating for advances to programs and services in our District.
Personally, I am blessed with an amazing family and great friends, and a human-like Golden Retriever named Cedar. I value balance. I have had to learn this over many years of imbalance. I find solace in my safe space, the cottage where I have opportunities to be mindful and grounded in nature, experiencing all the simplicity it has to offer, as well as the physically activity that is plentiful. I enjoy cooking and find it very relaxing. I also escape by playing women’s hockey whenever I can, something I started at 43 years old…. Its never to late to start something new.
Joining K. DOOL SOCIAL WORK PROFESSIONAL CORPORATION has offered me the opportunity to continue my passion of helping using my years of acquired skills and knowledge as part of collective team of experts, focusing on the whole person as well as family wellness in their healing journey.
I am a registered Social Worker with experience in providing mental health services to children, adolescents and their families. I have worked with a wide range of diverse populations and strives at utilizing a holistic and strength based approach. I utilize a variety of therapy modalities based on my client’s needs. My passion is supporting my clients in achieving their own personal health and wellness goals when facing difficult or major life changes.
I graduated in 2013 with an Honours Bachelor of Art in Psychology and Criminology from the University of Ottawa. I continued my education and received a diploma in Behavioural Science Technology in 2015 from St. Lawrence College.
In my spare time, I enjoy the outdoors, hiking and being on the water. I express my creative side by doing projects around the house or being in the kitchen baking. I look forward to working with you!
As a registered psychotherapist, Meckenzie specializes in substance abuse and mental health therapy, taking a holistic approach to assisting individuals in developing self-awareness, and creating solutions to live a healthier lifestyle.
With a robust career in both the private and public sector, Meckenzie specializes in assessment, treatment navigation, and individual therapy for youth and adults.
She has a specialization in the area of addictions and has worked in both clinical and management roles as part of her career.
In her free time, Meckenzie enjoys hiking with her dogs, and exploring the great outdoors. When not outside, she can be found cooking or baking all things comfort.