Courtney Toner is a Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW). She attended Ryerson University for her Bachelor of Social Work and University of Toronto for her Master of Social Work. Courtney also holds a Bachelor of Social Science, Minor in Criminology from the University of Ottawa. In addition, Courtney embraces a certificate in trauma counselling and holds membership with the Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW).
Courtney has served a variety of clients, coming from many diverse backgrounds. Her work experience has provided her insight into a variety of communities and exposure to many unique experiences. She was a Co-Lead for the Eastern region Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) team for the Solicitor General (previously the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services) and served as a provincial Crisis Negotiator. Her role as Co-Lead for CISM offered valuable firsthand experience as well as an understanding of the challenges that first responders face during and following a crisis. Courtney has exposure working with all levels of the criminal justice system.
Courtney’s experience includes working with, but not limited to, anxiety, depression, mood disorders, self-esteem, trauma/PTSD, anger management, and crisis. Courtney not only has professional experience working with the LGBT community but is also a strong advocate for the community and its members. Courtney worked closely with sex workers and victims of human trafficking in Toronto. She has spent several years working directly with female mental health needs and has become attuned to the unique needs and challenges that this population faces.
In addition to offering individual therapy, Courtney has a passion for group facilitation and program development. She has facilitated anger management groups and individual sessions both in the community and within institutions. Her practice holds a strong belief in the organic power of process groups, where the client can make positive shifts towards healthy change.
Through a variety of modalities, including an anti-oppressive and trauma informed approach, Courtney supports clients to explore past challenges and embark on personal change. She uses a person-centered approach and intersectional framework while listening in confidence and without judgement. She strives to have a deep understanding of her clients and believes in meeting the client where they are in order to move forward, while recognizing that each client’s experiences differ based on their needs.
Courtney prioritizes the therapeutic relationship with all her clients and is committed to creating an environment that meets the client’s unique needs while offering support to move forward.