Mechelle Thomas MSW, RSW, RN, BSCN
There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you
~ Maya Angelou ~
If that story consists of painful life experiences, there may be the tendency hide your story and isolate yourself from other and the world. Your story matters. Your path to healing is important. I hope to support your healing and recovery through a nurtured connection and a strong, empathic relationship.
I am a Registered Social Worker (RSW) with a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree, specializing in Indigenous Trauma and Resiliency. My motivation for entering Social Work practice was influenced by over 15 years of practice as a Registered Nurse where I observed the negative impact of trauma and lack of access to mental health resources both at the individual, family, and community level. My therapeutic approach developed from the knowledge, skill and experience gained through the completion of degrees in Social Work and Nursing. This approach is also informed by insights gained through trauma recovery and my personal healing journey.
I incorporate elements of various therapeutic modalities including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Psychodynamic Therapy, Attachment-focused Psychotherapy, Relational Psychotherapy and Mindfulness. I include trauma-informed principles into practice, that also considers the impacts of complex trauma, racial trauma, ancestral trauma, intergenerational and multigenerational trauma on individuals and communities, particularly Black and Indigenous communities.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing - University of Toronto
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology - Ryerson University
Master of Social Work in Indigenous Trauma and Resiliency - University of Toronto
Master of Social Work -- Indigenous Trauma and Resiliency
Certified Clinical Trauma Professional Level I
Certified Clinical Trauma Professional Level II - Complex Trauma
Cognitive Behavioual Therapy
Please connect with me for a free 20-minute consultation to discus your therapeutic needs and determine if there is a good therapeutic fit.