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Registered Social Worker

Wayne is here to support you with anxiety, depression, mood issues, and substance use challenges.

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Wayne is a registered social worker and clinical manager at Shift. With over ten years of experience in adolescent and youth mental health, adult mental health, and substance use, Wayne helps young adults, adults, and couples work through anxiety, depression, and other mental health challenges.

Wayne will meet you where you’re at, listen to your story, and walk with you to a place of contentment. He’ll help you work through feelings of overwhelm and shift from a deficit-focused to a strength-based mindset. He will support you to harness your inner strengths, develop a resilient spirit, and find renewed hope for change.

Wayne has practiced in both community and more structured healthcare settings. Wayne began his education in the United States (Boston, Massachusetts) and returned to Canada to complete his studies. He uses an anti-oppressive framework in therapy: he can help you identify factors that contribute to your feelings of marginalization, exclusion, or being undervalued. This framework complements his strength-based, resilience-building approach.

Wayne has extensive training in active listening and is a mental health first aid trainer for people who work with youth. He draws from various therapeutic approaches, but he always meets you where you're at and will walk with you to a place of contentment.

Right for you if:

You're looking for a therapist that's deeply compassionate.
You're looking for a therapist that will have your back.
You're looking for help building a sense of self-worth and resilience.
You are looking for connection and are feeling overwhelmed.

More about


Master of Social Work, Ryerson University (2018)

Culturally Appropriate Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (Women’s Health in Women’s Hands Community Health Centre)

Traumatic Incident Reduction (Centre for Emotional Resolution & Change)

Trauma & Internal Family Systems Model (Mission Empowerment Team)

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (Hincks-Dellcrest Centre)

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (Lakeridge Health)

Motivational Interviewing: Introduction and Application (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health)

Brief Action Planning for Crisis & Ongoing Intervention (Canadian Mental Health Association)

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (Canadian Mental Health Association)

Mental Health First Aid Instructor (Mental Health First Aid Canada)

Ontario Association of Social Workers

Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers

Wayne Gray standing in a light coloured room laughing.


What do you do to take care of your own mental health?
I'm deliberate about being thankful for the simplest of things... reflective appreciation is so undervalued.
What would you say to a friend struggling with a mental health issue?
The challenge you may be facing in NO WAY defines who you are... You are so much more.
How do you describe therapy?
We're sitting at a table and just opened a 1000 piece puzzle. It may be blurry or have no picture to reference. Let's work on putting those pieces together... the more pieces we connect the clearer the picture in our puzzle becomes.