Joan Worthington, MSA, RSW

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  • Registered Master's Degree Social Worker (MSW, RSW)
  • 30 Duke Street (at Wellington), St Catharines, Ontario, L2R 5W5
  • Additional Locations:
      See additional office location: Niagara Falls, L2G 5X7
      5400 Portage Road, Suite 501
      Niagara Falls, L2G 5X7
  • Phone: 905-937-9706
  • Session Fees: $80.00 for 50 minutes; additional time prorated

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Does your partner argue rather than understand?  Do your children seem to be heading in the wrong direction?  Do you worry yourself into an ineffective spiral?  Do you speak or act before you think, and live to regret it?   
People who chose to talk with me are experiencing stress within themselves and with other people in their various walks of life, both personal and vocational.  Everyone is an individual. Each person has different values, different goals, different histories. Often we do not understand ourselves. "Why did I do that?" we may say, or "Why do I feel this way?" My role is to help you figure yourself out. Knowing yourself is the key to making choices that work for you.  I am professionally trained at the Master's degree level and started practicing in1969. Over the years I augmented my experience with extensive post-graduate training (seebelow). I am registered and government regulated in Ontario (RSW). My offices are near Niagara Falls' hospital and in downtown St Catharines, ON. My Falls office is assessible.  
How I Work:  New clients meet with me for close to an hour so that we can make a joint assessment. We decide together whether my style is a good fit for you. All discussion is confidential unless I become aware of danger to you or to another person. If that happens, we will discuss the next steps. Face-to-face counselling works best for me, so I do not provide telephone or Internet sessions.

At the end of each session, you may use either cash or cheque for payment. Most insurance applies, so you may submit my written receipt for insurance reimbursement. Government services & some insurance companies authorize me to bill directly.

Call me at 905-937-9706 for a brief consultation and to arrange an appointment, usually within the next business week. You may need to wait longer for an evening appointment. Please notify me about changes or cancellations at least a day in advance to make the time available for others. They will appreciate it, and so will I.

 Specialized Training and Experience:  
Abuse Recovery
Bereavement and Grief
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Mood Disorders
Couple's Therapy - Emotionally Focused
Couple's Therapy - Relational Life
Critical Incident Stress Management
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
Domestic Violence Intervention Protocols
Family Therapy
Interpersonal Therapy
Mental Status and Risk Assessment
Mindfulness Training
Narrative Therapy
Psychiatric Emergencies
Sexual Dysfunction
Solution Focused Therapy
Trauma and Recovery 
Mental Health Past Employers and Current Contractors:
City of Chicago, Community Mental Health Division
Ceridian Lifeworks Employee Assistance Program
Chedoke Hospital Child and Family Centre, Hamilton, ON
Criminal Injuries Compensation Board of Ontario
Design for a New Tomorrow, Niagara Region, ON
Family Service Bureau, Chicago
Great West Life Insurance 
Green Shield Insurance 
Homewood Human Solutions Employee Assistance Program
Illinois Dept. of Mental Health, Tinley Park Hospital 
Manulife Insurance (Client submits receipt)
Network Advantage Employee Assistance Program
Optum Worldwide Canada Employee Assistance Program

Professional Affiliations:
Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers
Ontario Association of Social Workers

Joan Worthington Reaches

Welland ON
Niagara Falls ON