Alana

Warner

MSW RSW
She/Her
PRACTICE FULL
ON LEAVE

Alana is here to support you with pregnancy challenges, fertility or menopausal issues, life transitions, and grief or loss.

Alana is a senior therapist with over 15 years of experience. She specializes in helping women and couples who experience infertility, pregnancy complications, and perinatal loss navigate the healthcare system. She can help you cope with complex emotions during this difficult time. She uses self-compassion and mindfulness techniques to foster resilience during times of grief and loss.

Alana supports new moms who are struggling to shift from their professional life to their new role as a mother. She normalizes this time and can help you draw on your strengths to embrace a new version of yourself. Alana also works with young professionals who face work challenges or life changes. She can help you enhance the connection between your mind and body, gain new perspectives, and increase your sense of fulfillment in life. 

Alana provides a safe, non-judgmental, and compassionate space for growth. Alana honours your emotional experiences and helps to identify themes and patterns that may prevent forward movement. Her calm and caring approach helps people in crisis work through strong emotions and tough decisions. Alana provides tools that help foster growth and achieve personal change. 

Alana is authentic and highly committed. She is sought after by the city’s top social work teams, by medical and social work students as a mentor, and by registered nurses as a special instructor on avoiding compassion fatigue. Alana draws on her lived experience and uses various modalities, including cognitive behavioural therapy, mindful self-compassion, and strength-based approaches. Alana is committed to continuing education, which keeps her at the forefront of her profession and ensures you receive the very best support.

Right for you if:

You're looking for support balancing your identity as a successful professional and a new mom.
You're a high-achieving male who want to explore their emotions and personal development.
You're a high performing professional whos looking to quiet their inner critic.
You're looking for support through transitions in your life and adapting to life changes.

More about

Alana

Master of Social Work, Yeshiva University (2005)

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, University of Western Ontario (2002)

Gentle Persuasive Approach (Baycrest)

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – Level 1 (Sick Kids Centre for Community Mental Health)

PIECES (Baycrest)

Brain Basics (OBIA)

Solution Focused Therapy Among Older Adults and Their Caregivers (Institute for Life Course and Aging)

Neuroscience, Mindfulness and Working with the Elderly (Institute for Life Course and Aging)

Mindful Self Compassion (Centre for MindBody Health)

Compassion Fatigue Educator Training (Mount Sinai Hospital)

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute)

Trauma Counselling – Level 1 (Sick Kids Centre for Community Mental Health)

START Suicide Prevention (LivingWorks)

Yoga For Trauma and Self Regulation (Off the Mat)

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: Blending Theory with Innovative Play Therapy Techniques (Core Wellness)

What's Goin’ On? An Innovative Play-Based Assessment Model for Children and Teens (Core Wellness)

Tips and Techniques for Playful Online Therapy with Children and Teens (Core Wellness)

Intuitive Eating PRO Skills Teleseminar (Intuitive Eating)

Gottman Method Couples Therapy – Level 1 (Gottman Institute)

Ontario Association of Social Workers

Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers

Q&A

What does good mental health look like to you?
To me, good mental health means focusing on whatever you can do improve your own mental wellness. It is being kind and compassionate to yourself, as you would a friend, and embracing the perfectly imperfect human being that you are. It is embracing all parts of yourself and realizing that it is about the journey, not the destination.
What is a motto or idea that gives you reassurance when you’re having a difficult time?
Protect your own peace. Sometimes you have to say no to things to say yes to others.
How do you describe therapy?
Therapy is looking back on the stories we create and tell ourselves about our past experiences to see how they are effecting our present sense of self. It is learning how to embrace all the parts of our selves and own who we truly are and who we would like to grow into. It is about allowing ourselves to feel all emotions, rather than trying to push them away or hide from discomfort. Therapy is about learning that we are not broken, but rather perfectly imperfect just as we are.

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