Robert

Simms

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Registered Social Worker
he/him
English

Robert is here to support you with ADHD, relationships, communication skills, and cultural identity.

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Robert supports adolescents, adults, and couples to understand and accept their ADHD diagnosis and manage symptoms. He can help you strengthen communication skills, understand emotional regulation, and challenge your imposter syndrome. Robert has lived experience as an adult diagnosed with ADHD and understands the internalized shame that undiagnosed or unrecognized ADHD can bring. Robert can help you navigate the post-diagnosis world and reframe how you see yourself and relate to others.

Robert is skilled at helping couples develop healthier relationship dynamics. Whether you’re looking to strengthen your communication, set healthy boundaries, or deal with complex issues like infidelity, Robert is here to help. Robert specializes in supporting male-identifying people who find it hard to express their emotions. He’ll help you find the root causes of your anger so that you can address them and move forward. He is willing to both challenge his clients and meet them with humour. Robert is good at helping his clients to understand their patterns and underlying thoughts or behaviours.

Because of his own journey of self-discovery as a non-status Metis, Robert is passionate about helping you to examine your cultural identity. Robert can help you reconcile different cultural identities, bridge your family’s culture with your Canadian identity, and live authentically with the different pieces of your identity. Robert understands that the journey of self-identity and self-discovery is different for each person. He’ll work with you to find your own path.

A few interesting facts about Robert: his wife is Deaf (and comes from a Deaf family); he lived and worked in the Northwest Territories for many years, and he has moved over 50 times in his life. Robert was diagnosed with ADHD after his daughter was when Robert noticed that he had a lot of the same behaviours/symptoms she did. He loves to read and watch TV. He likes playing RPG video games but rarely has the time. He enjoys running, weightlifting, and spending time outside with his family.

Right for you if:

You struggle with identifying, implementing and enforcing boundaries.
You are looking for strategies to manage ADHD symptoms and navigate your life.
You struggle with anger issues or emotional regulation.
You are open to being challenged and are ready to put in the work.

More about

Robert

Master of Social Work, King's College (2021)

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (Government of Northwest Territories)

Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Training (Addictions Services of Thames Valley)

Motivational Counseling Techniques (Addictions Services of Thames Valley)

Trauma in the Mind’s Eye (Hincks-Dellcrest Centre)

Face Your Fears (Hincks-Dellcrest Centre)

Mindfulness Inside & Outside the Therapy Hour: 3 Day Intensive Training (Ron Seigel)

The 10 Best-Ever Depression Management Techniques (SOS Workshops)

Ontario Association of Social Workers

Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers

Robert Simms holding his daughter up in the air and smiling.

Q&A

What do you do to take care of your own mental health?
I try and connect with people in my life, especially when I'm feeling down or hurting. I do various types of physical exercise, whatever my body can handle at that moment and I'm able to get access to. I'm working on integrating mindfulness into my daily practice.
What is a motto or idea that gives you reassurance when you’re having a difficult time?
This too shall pass. Even though it may not feel like it, whatever your situation or feeling you're stuck in, will eventually change. The only constant in life is change.
How do you describe therapy?
I equate therapy to car ownership. If you only take your car in to a mechanic when there is a crisis, how long would it last compared to one that you have regular maintenance performed on? Same with mental health. If you only see a therapist when you're in crisis, how useful will the skills you learned be?

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