I bring with me 20 years of experience in the treatment of addiction, trauma and mental health with an additional affinity for anti-oppressive work. As a woman of colour and multi-ethnic background, I bring with me a culturally sensitive ability to assist people in exploring oppressive and marginalized life experiences that have had lasting effects. All of the above is also infused with a very down to earth, personable and Scarborough specific essence!
I believe in the value of allowing individuals the opportunity to share their story in safe and manageable pieces, which can further allow for the meaningful experience of being heard, believed and understood while also examining, challenging and enhancing interpretations. My hope is to also encourage openness to learning and applying skills that can hearten one’s ability to better serve themselves by more skillfully managing interpersonal distress and by further identifying and challenging one’s own maladaptive coping.
My cooperative and reverent approach is Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. I also integrate elements of attachment theory trauma-informed care with a consistent focus on acknowledging and accessing strengths and affirming the existence and perpetual growing of resilience.
A curiosity and priority pertaining to self-care practices is also woven into my work as I hope to assist people in better caring for and nurturing themselves in a variety of effective ways.
Kathy Avayianos Adetuyi
I’m a Registered Social Worker who is passionate about supporting individuals, couples and families in improving their quality of life, overall well-being and function. I value taking a collaborative and person-centered approach that honours your unique history, thoughts, feelings, values, perspectives, goals and desires. Ultimately, I hope to create a safe and respectful connection that allows space for exploration and relevant learning.