CHRISTY KELSON, M.Ed., MSW/RSW:

CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKER

 

With a M.Ed. in counselling and a Masters of Social Work, Christy brings over 15 years of experience working with children, adolescents and families to her practice at the clinic. Her training has included time at the Victim Crisis Unit at the Ottawa Police Service, providing assistance and crisis counselling to individuals who have experienced trauma, and with the Abuse and Trauma Team at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, where she worked with children and adolescents who had experienced sexual or physical abuse/assault or other trauma. She also has extensive experience working with individuals on the autism spectrum.

Christy’s clinical interests are varied, but include working with individuals of all ages with anxiety and depression, grief and loss issues, survivors of sexual abuse or assault, domestic violence, and victims of violent crime. She works from a strengths-based approach, believes strongly in the power of the therapeutic relationship, and always tailors her approach to best fit an individual’s needs, drawing from CBT, interpersonal psychotherapy, and client-centered practices.

Christy also finds it rewarding to work with children, particularly those who are affected by a family member’s PTSD, mental, physical or terminal illness. With a creative, empathetic approach, she uses a variety of therapeutic techniques to give children a safe space to share their feelings and learn to cope with the challenges that they are facing.

Although qualified to practice independently, Christy does work under the supervision of a clinical psychologist.

Please check your insurance requirements to see if you are covered for clinical social work prior to your visit. For those who are not covered, this service is usually a medical tax deduction.

Christy occasionally accepts new clients to her practice. For more information or to be put on her waitlist, please contact her directly at christykelsonoatc@gmail.com