Michelle L. Guy
MSW, RSW, CYCP, Child, Youth, and Family Therapist
Specialization: GTIm (Gifted, talented, Intense minded individuals), trauma processing.
As a private therapist, I specialize in work with those aged 6 to adults. My work is primarily with those who present with qualities of GTIm, 2e, intense emotional responses, early existential thoughts or rumination, ADHD, anxiety, trauma, depression, issues with self-identity and feelings of low self-worth. I also provide support and service to teens and adults who have had these types of early experiences and/or childhood trauma.
For nearly 30 years, I have worked with children, youth, and families using relational, client-centered, integrative approaches. I provide counselling and therapy through evidence-based methods such as: neurobiology, IFS, sensory integration, narrative, self-compassion, mind/body work, skill building activities, art & play-based approaches, CBT, and others.
In sessions, I aim to help people learn and practice new skills, and understand themselves and their individual safety/danger response systems better. Through our work together, we focus on person-focused goals, which typically include enhanced self-worth & self-esteem, healthy peer and family relationships, managing past trauma, and self-compassion. Most often, when these areas are understood and improved, positive changes in behaviour, mood, motivation, and other challenges come along with it!
I provide in-person therapy and offer online sessions in certain circumstances. I am a member of OASW, CASW, OCSWSSW, SENG (Supporting the Emotional Needs of Gifted), and ABC Ontario (Association of Bright Children).
I have over 15 years of experience providing supervision to MSW/BSW and CYC Practitioners and Students. I provide training, consultations and support to agency and organization staff and leaders, and have over 25 years of experience in public speaking and conference presentations for a wide variety of professionals including RCMP, Ontario Midwives, Child Welfare and Health professionals. I have been a part time professor and instructor at Centennial College, George Brown College, and now Humber College in Toronto, ON. I have been a chair of community health advisory committees and executive member in working groups for young people and their families.