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Wayne Gray

Wayne Gray

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Registered Social Worker
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$180.00
Sessions start at
$180.00

Wayne is here to support you with self-esteem, racial challenges, marriage & partnership challenges, and addiction recovery.

Right for you if:

You are looking for a therapist that truly respects vulnerability while being compassionate and understanding.
You're looking for support navigating racial challenges or experiences related to oppression.
You're looking for support building your self-esteem and resilience.
You’re feeling overwhelmed and want to better manage unexpected life transitions, anxiety or depression.

Right for you if:

You are looking for a therapist that truly respects vulnerability while being compassionate and understanding.
You're looking for support navigating racial challenges or experiences related to oppression.
You're looking for support building your self-esteem and resilience.
You’re feeling overwhelmed and want to better manage unexpected life transitions, anxiety or depression.
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Wayne supports youth and adults seeking help rediscovering their self-worth, fortifying challenging relationships, removing hurdles that intensify substance dependence, or living with a mental health diagnosis. With over a decade of experience in community mental health and substance use, Wayne is passionate about working with youth and adults to address chronic stress, insecurity, depression and anxiety, or other mental health challenges. Couples therapy work has also been a passion for Wayne. He can support you in exploring and refining communication, context, compromise, and chemistry.

When you're in sessions with Wayne, you'll instantly feel that nothing else takes precedence, and your emotional safety is top of mind. Wayne ensures the mental space you envision being in during sessions is one he creates with you. He's there to listen to your story and guide you to a place of contentment. Bringing self-awareness to each session is a collaborative effort where you and Wayne determine focal points by answering the questions that are most meaningful to you while shifting from a deficit-focused to a strength-based mindset. Wayne will encourage you to harness your inner strengths, develop a resilient spirit, and find renewed hope for change by bringing insight, resources, tools and strategies to sessions. Wayne truly loves the community he represents, which is amplified in his anti-oppressive therapy framework: he will help you identify factors contributing to feelings of marginalization, exclusion, or being undervalued.

Outside of sessions, Wayne really enjoys a good fight- and not the kind you're thinking! He enjoys one that includes a rod and reel in both hands and a lively-spirited fish on the other end. It doesn't take much persuading for Wayne to be in the middle of a river or lake looking for that next big catch. Deep sea fishing off Florida's coastal areas is also an enormous passion. When he's not fishing, Wayne is busy with his daughters, who insist anything he does must meet their approval first. Since his daughters are now teenagers, they can't afford to let Dad do something that could be deemed "embarrassing" (if you know, you know).

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What therapists say about

Wayne

Wayne brings to each conversation a level of attentiveness, attunement and sensitivity that I have rarely experienced. With him you will feel heard, seen and held.
Naomi Hyba
Registered Social Worker
Wayne is a highly skilled therapist, who works hard to ensure that his clients feel safe and supported in session.
Amreeta Kaur
Registered Psychotherapist
Wayne is an experienced therapist with abundunce of knowledge/expertise. He uses curiosity in his sessions which is a very useful tool. Highly recommended!
Fatima Noorali
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

More about

Wayne

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Q&A

If you could time travel to any moment in history, when and where would you go?
There are two places that I would need to go for sure! #1 would include the first rehearsals of Earth, Wind & Fire one of my all-time favourite bands. #2 would be the March on Washington and seeing Martin Luther King Jr. in person.
What is a motto or idea that gives you reassurance when you’re having a difficult time?
The idea I’ll often say to myself in a difficult time is... “The best way to predict my future is to create what I want it to look like.”
What song do you have on repeat right now?
That’s easy!! “SPECIAL” by Lizzo... this song should be on everyone’s playlist :)

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

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