Stephanie Dinsmore EdD MSW RSW (she/her)

Stephanie Dinsmore

As a trauma-informed, person-centered, and relational therapist learning is paramount to me to effectively provide concurrent knowledge and best-practice services to my clients. In March 2023, I completed my Doctorate in Higher Education and Leadership EdD with Capella University. In addition, I hold a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from Wilfrid Laurier University, and I am a registered social worker (RSW) and member in good standing of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW). I hold over fifteen years of experience with counselling and in the field of mental health and wellness. In addition to my formal education, I have continued in my pursuit of expanding my professional development folder. Most recently, I have been working towards a certificate in Somatic Experiencing certificate to work from a bottom-up approach to Big T trauma and Ecotherapy where we can experience walk-n-talk in nature while we work together on the client’s mental health. As a senior therapist, I consider myself an eclectic as I utilize a range of therapeutic modalities in addition to the ones I just mentioned; Internal Family Systems (IFS), Narrative Therapy, Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), all of which work to support the unique individual.

My counselling style is inclusive of the whole-person, culturally competent, strengths-focused, and client-centered. We will work to address your present life challenges while integrating your past experiences. My services suit individuals, youth, post-secondary students, couples, and families feeling overwhelmed by their thoughts, emotions, behaviours, and life experiences. I specialize in treating Trauma (t and T), Depression, Panic Attacks, Anxiety, Negative Thought Patterns, family conflict, chronic illness/chronic pain, and Hoarding related disorders.

Most importantly, I am genuine, authentic, knowledgeable, and compassionate. I believe that you are the expert in your own life, and through the therapeutic process, I will help you work through life’s challenges in hopes of living a more fulfilling life. In my time, I love spending time with family/friends and my two dogs. I love to stay active through Crossfit, health, wellness, and spending time in nature.

Education & Credentials

Current Employment:

  • Director/Social Worker of Mindful Path Counselling, 2017-Present
  • Clinical Lead, Wilfrid Laurier University, Brantford campus 2017-Present

Education:

  • Doctorate of Higher Education and Leadership EdD (2020-2023)
  • Master of Social Work (MSW), Wilfrid Laurier University (2016)
  • Bachelor of Social Work (BSW), University of Waterloo (2015)
  • Double Honors Bachelor of Criminology and Contemporary Studies (BA), Wilfrid Laurier University (2012)
  • Police Foundations, Niagara College (2008)

Professional Development:

  • Walk-N-Talk Therapy course, Certificate
  • Trauma Treatment; IFS Informed, EMDR Informed, CBT and Somatic Based Interventions, Certificate
  • Narrative Therapy, Certificate
  • Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), Certificate
  • The Gottman Method-Couples, Level 1 and 2 Certificate
  • Leading for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, Certificate
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Intensive Training, Certificate
  • Advanced Directives Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Certificate
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT); Exposure, Certificate
  • Mental Health First Aid, Certificate
  • Walking Through Grief Helping Others Through Loss, Certificate
  • Brief Solution Focused Therapy, Certificate
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Certificate
  • Initiative to Address Human Trafficking, Certificate
  • Non-Violent Crisis Intervention, Certificate
  • Level 1 Trauma Counselling, Certificate
  • Level 2 Trauma Counselling, Certificate
  • Walls 2 Bridges: Women’s Knowing Seeing Being and Doing Certificate
  • Haudenosaunee Cultural Teachings,  Workshop
  • Safe Spaces Training, Certificate
  • Core Knowledge and Skills for Withdrawal Management with a Concurrent Disorders Perspective, Certificate
  • Accessibility Works Training, Certificate
  • Walking the Walk; Vicarious Trauma, Certificate
  • Getting Grounded, Certificate
  • Progressive Management of Aggressive Behavior (PMAB), Certificate
  • The Attachment Roadmap; Certificate
  • Assessment of Risk for Honor-Based Violence (PATRIARCH) Training, Certificate
  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Certificate
  • HIV/AIDS Training, Certificate
  • Level 1 Violence Threat Risk Assessment, Certificate
  • Level 2 Violence Threat Risk Assessment, Certificate
  • Aphasia Training, Certificate
  • Safe talk, Certificate
  • ASIST Training, Certificate
  • Supervisor Health and Safety Awareness in 5 Steps, Certificate
  • Standard First Aid with CPR C+ AED, Certificate
  • WHMIS Training, Certificate
  • Workplace Violence and Harassment Manager Training (Ontario – Bill 168), Certificate
  • Workplace Violence and Harassment Employee Training (Ontario – Bill 168), Certificate
  • PRN/Narcotics Handling Pertinent to Schedule 20, Certificate
  • Customer Service Standards Related to the Access for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, Certificate

Professional Development in Wellness:

  • Crossfit L1, Certificate
  • Precision Nutrition PN1, Certificate

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