Aimee Anderson MSW RSW holds a BSW from Carleton University and an MSW from Dalhousie University. She is presently an active member in good standing with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers as well as the Ontario Association of Social Workers.
Early in her career, Aimee was influenced by Structural Social Work. She was introduced to Narrative Therapy in the early 1990s while working with therapeutic groups, families and youth-at-risk. During these formative years she was fortunate to have training opportunities to work with Narrative and Post-structural therapists such as Mishka Lysack Ph.D. (University of Calgary) and David Paré Ph.D. (University of Ottawa). This training allowed her to experience educational opportunities with Stephen Madigan Ph.D., David Epston, Judith Myers-Avis Ph.D. and Karl Tomm Ph.D. These opportunities allowed Aimee to be involved in reflective practice and collaborative community practice groups leading to her expertise and knowledge in post-structural and narrative practices.
Since graduating with her MSW from Dalhousie University in 2011, Aimee has been working in the health care sector. She enjoys the interprofessional and psychosocial oncology approach to social work in a health care setting and it’s challenges. Through her professional activities, Aimee has found a balance between addressing a person’s “problems” within the medical model and creating new stories to move beyond the identified crisis. She places careful attention to her preferred values and ideas when engaging with clients. As a Social Worker and Psychotherapist, Aimee is committed and trained in anti-oppressive social work.
Aimee is client-centred and sensitive to a person’s individual needs in her therapeutic approach. She uses a variety of therapies in her counselling practice including: relaxation and mindfulness technique, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Family Systems Theory, Collaborative therapy and Narrative therapy. Her approach to counselling is heavily influenced by an exploration of a person’s needs, their hopes and dreams as well as their past experiences. She uses a variety of therapeutic approaches to help clients find solutions to the identified “problem”. Aimee’s approach to counselling is supportive, empowering and compassionate.
Today, Aimee has more than 20 years of experience in the fields of mental health, youth at risk, individual and family counselling in the non-profit sector. Her specialised clinical experience offers the ability for safe, confidential, and non-judgmental therapeutic relationships with her clients.