Dinah Finkelstein MSW, RSW is a Registered Social Worker with a Master of Social Work from the Wurzweiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva University where she graduated with a certificate in Child and Family Welfare. Dinah holds an Honours Bachelor Arts and Science degree from Queen’s University.
Dinah joined The Social Work Consulting Group in 2018. She has experience working with different demographics from young children to the geriatric population in acute care hospitals as well as within the community. Dinah’s practice specifically looks at the emotional challenges that impact the individual and family when faced with a life changing medical condition. She has worked with clients who are living with brain injury, orthopaedic injuries, cancer and a variety of acute or chronic illness, and the resulting emotional trauma that is associated. Dinah provides therapeutic interventions and crisis management to assist her clients cope with injury, loss and grief, and develop valuable skills necessary to move forward.
Dinah draws from a broad range of modalities including cognitive behavioural therapy, strengths-based approach and mindfulness in order to provide the best support for her clients. Dinah has a passion for helping her clients achieve their goals and improve their quality of life.
“Illness does not discriminate; we never plan for it but are forced to deal with it. I became a social worker because I want to help individuals cope and feel empowered amidst the hardships in the new life plans that are forced upon them.”
Nazia completed both a Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Social Work from York University. She has had extensive experience working in the developmental disabilities sector and with the dual diagnosis population in various clinical and community-based settings. Prior to joining The Social Work Consulting Group in 2019, Nazia worked in the developmental sector and was deemed a Certified Assessor by the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services to conduct assessments for adults in Ontario’s Central East Region. Nazia also has a research publication present in an academic journal which has contributed to the topic of ethical navigation in social work practice.
As a side project, Nazia is also involved in working with a not-for-profit organization in assisting with the creation and execution of social initiatives in the community that help support vulnerable populations.
Nazia comes from a strengths-based, client-centered perspective when supporting those in need, wanting to ultimately empower individuals to re-gain self-management and determination over their lives. Nazia draws from her knowledge pertaining to Clinical Applications of Internal Family Systems, Cognitive-Behavioural therapy, Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy and Mindfulness. Nazia speaks Bengali and has connected with clients from various cultural and religious backgrounds, often providing a sense of cultural connection and understanding throughout their recovery.
“My interest in social work peaked at a young age as I became more cognizant of vulnerable populations in the community. I strongly believe that support is most influential through structural and psychoemotional practice. Social Work has allowed me to work with a multidisciplinary team while celebrating victories, big or small that come along with a client’s journey in recovery. The knowledge gained during practice has been significant in understanding human behavior and the impact that emotions have on our experiences and response to the world which has been a pleasure in helping individuals learn more about themselves while healing from traumatic experiences.”