danielle morrow, m.Sc., RP, RMFT
Registered Psychotherapist, Registered Marriage & Family Therapist, & Relationship Therapist
Online Therapy Sessions Only: Read more about Online Therapy here.
Tuesdays & Wednesdays: 4-9:30 p.m.
Additional availability after September 30th, 2017
"H.O.P.E. ~ Hold On, Pain Ends"
Education, Training, & Professional Development
I began my professional journey as a therapist volunteering at a mental health clinic when I was in high school. The stigma of mental health and the pathologizing of people who had experiences with it was evident to me back then and motivated me to learn more, question more, and do more. I graduated with my Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at Nipissing University with a deep passion and genuine desire to work collaboratively with people who are experiencing challenges in the world we live in, with others around them, and/or within themselves.
I am privileged to have continued onto an intensive education, training, and experience-based program that allowed me to work with a diverse population of clients, as part of the Couple and Family Therapy Program at the University of Guelph, resulting in my Master’s of Science degree. I therefore have extensive experience working with (but not limited to) depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, sexuality and intimacy, chronic pain, addiction, crisis intervention, and couples/family conflict. Although I am truly passionate about walking with clients in their own personal journeys, with whatever the important focus may be for them, my main research has been in the area of intimacy and sexuality.
Shortly after I graduated, I returned to my hometown in Northern Ontario and continued my training and professional development practices in the Children’s Mental Health area of psychotherapy for over two years. Here, I expanded upon my professional development to include training in Triple P (Positive Parenting Program), CPS (Collaborative Problem Solving), ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training), and Trauma Assessment and Treatment, to name a few. In this capacity, I worked with children, teens and parents who face gender identity issues, psychosis, self-harm, and suicide, all with a copious amount of resiliency and strength. That being said, as you continue reading, you will come to learn my personal philosophy on labels.
My Style & Approach to Therapy
I pride myself on being an empathetic therapist with an easy-going, yet professional and structured demeanor. It is of the utmost importance that my clients feel safe, supported, and not judged in order to be open and vulnerable, both which can be difficult and scary for some. I therefore strive to meet clients where they are at so that we may explore together the meaning and the goals that they wish to reclaim in their lives. To offer a visual, unless requested by the client, I would not take it upon myself to be so far ahead of the client that I must forcefully pull them, nor behind where they must pull me, but instead walking [running, crawling, biking, etc.] side by side, facilitated through careful questioning, check-ins, and attention to power imbalances, unconscious biases, and societal assumptions. With this in mind, I also embrace creativity and believe that therapy for clients, at times, can be deeply enjoyable (and exceptionally humorous!)
Specific to therapeutic approaches and models/interventions utilized, I tailor my strength-based methods to client(s)’ needs in ways that include relational and systemic components such as Collaborative/Dialogic, Solution-Focused, Narrative, and Emotionally-Focused Therapy models. I may also incorporate Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), and Mindfulness-based therapies if/when appropriate and agreed upon. Ultimately, I believe that the individual [couple, unit, family, etc.] is not the problem – the problem is the problem and can oftentimes be a byproduct of the society we live in. This is why, I work in a way that does not allow diagnoses to define people, at the same time acknowledging that for many, this may be provide answers and relief. However, I hope to not solely focus on the reduction of symptoms, but to hone in on the extreme strength, resilience, and hope that has potential to be found in every person and within their relationships to instead lead fulfilled and meaningful lives.
I am a Northern girl and so my favourite place to be is on the water – whether it be boating, fishing, kayaking, or sitting on the dock with a good cup of coffee, I am my best self when I can relax and truly appreciate nature with limited distractions. The social side of me, which comes out more frequently, loves trying out new restaurant patios while diving into meaningful conversations or lighthearted stories with the important people in my life. Having lived in England for a period of time, I was plagued with the “travel bug” and this is something that I absolutely love – whether it be exploring new places or revisiting old ones, I feel honoured to learn about and experience a variety of different cultures and environments. Lastly, books…I love to read (I bet it’s hard to find a therapist that doesn’t!).