Laura Derry MSW, RSW is a Registered Social Worker with a Master of Social Work Degree from the University of Toronto. Her Master’s Degree included specializations in both mental health and gerontology. Since 2010, Laura has worked with adults and families affected by stroke and orthopedic injuries. She worked in both geriatric and stroke rehabilitation at Providence Healthcare for nine years, where she was also the Professional Practice Lead for Social Work from 2017 to 2019. She worked as a Research Coordinator at the Aphasia Institute for three years prior to becoming a Social Worker.
While at Providence Healthcare, she conducted comprehensive psychosocial assessments and provided counselling to adults and their families. She developed an expertise in supporting families and helping to instill hope for those adjusting to a new disability, using a variety of strengths-based therapeutic approaches. In 2018, Laura was awarded a Mission and Values Award for Compassionate Service at Providence Healthcare.
Laura joined The Social Work Consulting Group in 2019. She has attended extensive trainings and workshops in the areas of Trauma, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy and Mindfulness-Based Meditation. Laura is a strong advocate for her clients and works from a strengths-based approach when supporting individuals and families.
“Being a Social Worker means having the immense privilege of bearing witness to people’s pain but also their resiliency and joy at meeting hard-fought goals. It is very meaningful to be able to help clients to see their own strengths, allowing them to move forward in a meaningful way. I work from a strengths-based, evidence-informed, empathic approach, tailoring interventions to each unique individual.”