Category Archives: Our Group

Deena Ginsberg BSW, MSW, RSW
Practice Director

Deena Ginsberg BSW, MSW, RSW is a registered therapist with a Master of Social Work degree from Wilfrid Laurier University. She also earned an Honours Bachelor of Social Work degree from York University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario. She has worked in the field of medical social work and rehabilitation since 1993, specifically working with individuals, families and groups who have sustained significant and traumatic injuries such as brain injury, spinal cord injuries and orthopedic injuries. She has had the opportunity to offer her services and support in a variety of settings, working with people in acute care, community-based programs and private practice.

Deena began her career in community-based rehabilitation programs and hospital settings where she developed a strong commitment to client-centered practice and advocacy to ensure the individuals and families she worked with had the support, skills, education and resources they required. Deena later established a private practice with the goal of providing timely and specialized psychotherapeutic support throughout the neuro-rehabilitation process. Deena began to envision the creation of an expanded social work service that could be accessed by a greater number of clients and would join together therapists with a shared determination to provide the highest quality of client care to individuals in their own environments. This vision was transformed into reality with the development of The Social Work Consulting Group in 2006.

Lynne Harford MSW, RSW
 Director of Pediatric Services

Lynne Harford MSW, RSW is a registered therapist with a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Glendon College-York University. Prior to her university studies, Lynne pursued a career in business and received a Marketing Administration Diploma from Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology. In 2013, Lynne achieved her designation of Art Therapist graduating with an advanced diploma in Art Therapy from the Vancouver Art Therapy Institute.

Lynne has had an extensive work history in both the private and public sectors. Prior to joining The Social Work Consulting Group in 2008, she was employed at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) where she spent five years providing clinical social work services to children and their families in the Trauma Program. Throughout her career, Lynne has been an active member in the larger community participating in various committees as well as presenting at a number of community based, insurance and legal conferences. Other areas of specialization in which Lynne has focused and devoted her practice to include, acquired brain injury in children and youth, acute and chronic illness, domestic violence, separation/divorce and issues related to grief and loss. Lynne is both a therapist and advocate who is committed to enriching the lives of children and adults in the aftermath of physical and emotional trauma.

Amanda Malcolm M.Ed, MSW, RSW

Amanda Malcolm M.Ed, MSW, RSW is a registered therapist with a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Toronto. She also holds a Master of Education degree and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in Psychology from Brock University.

Amanda joined The Social Work Consulting Group in 2010. She has worked in the mental health field providing crisis intervention for individuals living with depression, anxiety and other mental health issues assisting them with stabilization by maximizing their own internal coping strategies. Her other main focus has been in the provision of grief counselling, support and advocacy to family members whose loved ones have been diagnosed with a mental health issue. She currently specializes in counselling individuals who have sustained acquired brain injuries and their families and spent one year training at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute’s inpatient Neuro-Rehabilitation Program. She aims to provide a sense of hope and clarity for people adjusting to life after a traumatic injury.

Drawing from cognitive-behavioural, narrative, mindfulness and solution-focused approaches, Amanda seeks to draw on each individual’s strengths to achieve equilibrium and improve their quality of life.

Amy Golderg BSW, MSW, RSW

Amy Golderg BSW, MSW, RSW is a registered therapist with a Master of Social Work degree from York University and Bachelor of Social Work degree from Ryerson University. Amy has also achieved certification in several areas of clinical practice including Trauma Counselling, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Brain Injury Family Intervention and Mindfulness. Since 1998 Amy has gained extensive experience in a variety of community and hospital-based settings working with children, adolescents, adults and families.

Prior to joining The Social Work Consulting Group in 2013, Amy’s passion for working in the field of medical social work developed within her work with the Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) at York Central Hospital. Amy was responsible for the development and implementation of solution focused service plans and comprehensive and safe hospital discharges into the community. Throughout her work with CCAC, Amy was nominated in 2011 and 2012 for the Customer Service Award.

Amy is committed to providing client-centred counselling and draws upon numerous social work modalities, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Mindfulness, and Solution Focused Therapy. Amy is dedicated to fostering growth and independence within each individual and works collaboratively with her clients to promote empowerment and improve their quality of life.

Angela Croft MSW, RSW

Angela Croft MSW, RSW is a registered therapist with a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Toronto. Angela has significant training and experience working with trauma and is also a Certified Life Coach.

Angela has been practicing as a therapist since 1997 and has been passionately focused on working with individuals, families, couples, and groups across the age span dealing with physical and emotional trauma, as well as neuropsychological and mental health issues.

Angela has provided medically-based social work services in the Four Villages Community Health Centre where she counselled clients living with physical and mental health challenges in addition to facing a variety of social and economic barriers. She has additionally worked with the Baycrest inpatient rehabilitation program where she supported individuals and families to address issues related to trauma, loss, grief, altered functioning, and the transition to assisted living while they were recovering from significant physical and neurological injuries.

Angela also has specialized experience in child and adolescent mental health. In her role as a Child and Family Clinician with Peel Children’s Centre, she has provided individual, family, and group therapy for clients in a variety of programs ranging from residential and day treatment services to the outpatient and brief counseling programs. Prior to joining The Social Work Consulting Group, Angela was the clinician for the adolescent residential program where she was working with high needs adolescent girls struggling with trauma-based mental health issues as well as neurologically-based challenges such as ADD/HD and learning disabilities.

Angela draws upon in-depth training in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Trauma Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Therapy, and Strengths-Based Narrative Therapy to support and empower individuals and families to heal from trauma and develop a greater sense of resiliency, purpose, and well-being as they rebuild their lives.

Christine Moppett MSW, RSW

Christine Moppett MSW, RSW is a registered therapist with a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Toronto. She also holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Peace and Conflict Studies, Psychology and Sociology from the University of Toronto. Christine has achieved a level two certification in Trauma counselling obtained through the Hinks Dellcrest Centre and has completed the EFT externship with The Ottawa Couple and Family Institute.

Prior to joining The Social Work Consulting Group in 2012, Christine focused her clinical work in supporting individuals, couples and families following trauma, brain injury, orthopaedic injury and stroke at The Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and in The Stroke and Cognition Clinic at Baycrest. In addition to her experience in rehabilitation she also has a range of clinical experience working in The Emergency department, Outpatient Women’s Health, Geriatrics, Obstetrics, and Complex care giving her a broad perspective on the challenges and crises people face throughout their lives.

Christine is dedicated to providing client-centered counselling, working together to form a collaborative working relationship and assisting clients to become strong self-advocates. Christine draws upon her experience using a combination of treatment modalities including psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, emotion focused therapy, mindfulness based stress reduction and strength based approaches. In practice she focuses on supporting clients through post-injury adjustment by providing education, community integration and counselling to maximize recovery in rehabilitation. She is committed to helping individuals understand and navigate our complex systems and guiding them to find choices that are right for them and their families.

Claire Montgomery BSW, MSW, RSW

Claire Montgomery BSW, MSW, RSW is a registered social worker with a Bachelor of Social Work from Ryerson University and a Master of Social Work from the University of Toronto. She has extensive training related to the experience and impact of trauma.

Prior to joining The Social Work Consulting Group in 2009, Claire worked at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute’s Lyndhurst Centre providing counselling to individuals who sustained spinal cord injuries.

Claire has focused her career upon working with individuals and families who are living with the aftermath of trauma. She worked at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute’s Lyndhurst Centre providing counselling to individuals who sustained spinal cord injuries. While at Lyndhurst, Claire was active in the Patient Education and Community Integration Programs. Claire has also worked in the Chronic Pain and Functional Restoration Programs at Toronto Western Hospital. Other areas of specialization Claire has focused and devoted her practice to include working with survivors of childhood abuse and women and their children who have experienced domestic violence. Through her passion for and work in the field of trauma, Claire has developed an expertise in working with people experiencing symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, depression and anxiety. Her focus is to be a support, resource and an advocate for people who are in the process of rebuilding their lives.

Claire Rufo MSW, RSW

Claire Rufo MSW, RSW is a registered therapist with a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Toronto. She also earned an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Anthropology from the University of Toronto.

Claire has extensive psychiatric social work experience in various hospital and community settings in Toronto and in London, England. She has dedicated her career to the field of mental health and has provided therapeutic interventions in relation to mood and anxiety disorders, first episode psychosis, forensic social work and post-traumatic stress disorder. Currently, Claire works with adults and their families living with the effects of traumatic brain injuries and complex orthopaedic injuries. She draws from a variety of modalities including cognitive-behavioural therapy, dialectical-behaviour therapy, strengths-based approaches and emotionally-focused therapy.

Prior to joining The Social Work Consulting Group in 2012, Claire worked at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health as the clinical social worker for the Women’s Mental Health Program, an inpatient and outpatient service specializing in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder. Here, Claire developed a keen interest in specialized trauma treatment and helping individuals, families and groups rebuild their lives after life-altering traumatic events.

Emma Fogel MSW, RSW

Emma Fogel, MSW, RSW is a registered social worker with a Masters of Social Work degree from the University of Toronto. Emma earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Western, where she obtained her Honours specialization in Psychology and completed her thesis with a specific focus on paediatrics.

Emma has extensive clinical experience working with children, adolescents and young adults and their families in hospital, educational and community-based settings. While Emma has also practiced with adult and geriatric populations, it is a true passion of hers to work with children and adolescents. Emma has provided both individual and group support and crisis interventions to individuals and families who struggle with mood and anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders, learning disabilities, and the impact of trauma and grief.

Emma is a strong believer that fostering a trusting therapeutic alliance with her clients is the key to a successful working relationship. As such, Emma draws on an eclectic framework to provide client-centered counselling support, which includes Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, and Play Therapy. Emma is devoted to fostering growth, independence and empowerment within each client and is committed to working collaboratively with clients and their families to improve their quality of life.

Jennifer Fejer MA, RP

Jennifer Fejer MA, RP is a registered psychotherapist with a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from The Adler School of Professional Psychology. She also earned an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from York University.

Since 2002, Jennifer has worked with adolescents, adults and families who are dealing with mental health and family dynamic issues using various evidenced based treatments. She has also worked with individuals who have sustained traumatic injuries by providing assessment, education, counselling and case management services to assist and support these individuals and their families.

Jennifer brings a persistence and enthusiasm for helping her clients improve their quality of life. She has been trained in Solution Focused Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and uses an eclectic counselling framework that aims to provide positive treatment outcomes for her clients.