Sylvia Sikakane, BSW, MA, MSW, RSW

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I am an Individual, Couple and Family Therapist. I have a Masters of Social Work from the University of Toronto where I specialized in Health and Mental Health.  I also have specific focus and training in working with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families.  I am Registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers, the Ontario Association of Social Workers and the Canadian Association of Social Workers.

For over 30 years I have supported individuals, and families in organizational settings and in private practice. As a professional who is compassionate and results oriented I provide a safe, and trusting environment in which to explore and overcome your fears associated with issues that include situational stress, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, relationship enrichment, grief, parenting, and marital conflict using evidence based techniques.

Sometimes in life we face challenges that are overwhelming and confusing.  At other times we just want to make sure that we are on the right track in our relationships and intervene early and effectively before things get out of control.  I help bright, caring, creative people like you find their way back to their deepest wisdom, strengthen their skills so they can live, love and work in harmony with what truly matters to them. Together we work as a team to achieve genuine, positive and lasting change that you seek.  It is always my joy to help people feel happy for being alive and being themselves.

With specific expertise Autism Spectrum Disorders and related learning differences, I treat individuals with or without a formal diagnosis who share features associated with ASD and struggle with isolation, interpersonal difficulties, anxiety and depressed mood and employment challenges. Services are tailored to address individuals' specific needs.

Through a strengths-based and client-centered approach, I help individuals use their unique strengths to learn effective coping and stress management tool, improve social functioning, promote adaptive coping, and live life to the fullest.

I use research-informed approaches that include CBT, Solution Focused Therapy, Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy, The Gottman Method to couple therapy, and Mindfulness.  I am a trained facilitator of Prepare Enrich, an evidence based marriage assessment and diagnostic tool. 

I partner with families in their homes or in my office setting. I understand the importance of supporting individuals with ASD in their home environment.

My innovative approach include effective follow up support as individuals and families interact with the school, the social service system, the workplace and the world around them.

Engaging, compassionate, honest and authentic describe my style of individual, couple and family therapy.

I understand how difficult it is to find a counsellor/therapist that feels right to you. I offer a 30 minute phone consultation so that we can discuss your needs and your comfort level in engaging in therapy.

All insurance coverages accepted. 

Sylvia Sikakane Reaches

Markham ON