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Denise Eccleston

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Registered Social Worker
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Denise is here to support you with life transitions, grief and loss, relationships, and self-discovery.

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Denise is a Senior Therapist with over 15 years of experience who knows that life can be hard at times. You can be dancing most enjoyably and then life happens — the music changes and you’re stumbling over the new moves. You might feel anxious, confused, or think you’ll never get it right again. Denise can help you find your new steps and get back in the groove. Life can still be enjoyable, even though it might look different now.

Denise recognizes that you are the conductor in your own life. She helps draw out the strengths and resilience you might have forgotten you had. She has worked in healthcare, academic, community, and family service fields for over 20 years, and supported people of all gender identities, cultural, and socio-economic backgrounds. 

Denise creates a space where you can feel emotionally and culturally safe. She can help you make sense of your challenges and develop strategies to make life easier, better, and more fulfilling. If you’re ready to learn the steps to your new dance, then book an appointment with Denise. 

Denise brings her authentic self and life experiences to the table. This includes loss in her own life, living in a bi-racial marriage, and raising a child of colour while being an ally. She recently joined the sandwich generation as a caregiver to an elder parent. Her life’s music and dance have changed several times, even in the past two years. She’ll meet you where you’re at with empathy, compassion, and some humour. She’s here to build a trusting therapeutic relationship with you so that you can make meaningful changes in your life.

Right for you if:

You’re feeling the pressures from being a caregiver and/or a parent.
You and/or your loved ones would like support with blended cultural and inter-generational challenges.
You are experiencing major life transitions from work, health or relationships and want support to process through them.
You, or others in your life, are coping with cancer or other life limiting diagnosis, palliation or grief.

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Master of Social Work, University or Toronto (2002)

Bachelor of Social Work, Ryerson University (2000)

Fundamentals of Palliative Care (Durham Hospice)

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (LivingWorks)

Mental Health First Aid Training (Mental Health Commission of Canada)

Motivational Interviewing (Community Care Access Centre)

Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers

Ontario Association of Social Workers

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What does good mental health look like to you?
Good mental health to me looks like coping on a daily basis without struggle. It doesn't mean there aren't rough or bad days, but bounce back to baseline is quick and fairly effortless.
What would you say to a friend struggling with a mental health issue?
It doesn't need to remain this way. There is support, there are ways to feel more in control and to have a better quality of life. There are others struggling with similar issues as well, it's human.
What is a challenge or change that you’ve experienced recently?
I've been adapting to becoming a caregiver to a parent and the changes it has made in mine and my family's world. Some days I manage this better than others.