Olivia is a Registered Social Worker and holds a Bachelor of Social Work from Renison University College. Olivia is currently completing her Master of Social Work at the University of Toronto, specializing in social work with children and their families. She completed her first undergraduate degree with a Bachelor of Arts double majoring in Sociology and Legal Studies. She holds a certification in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy from Wilfrid Laurier University, and completed her second level certification focusing on the Essentials of CBT with Children and Youth. Olivia is additionally certified in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction techniques and in Adverse Childhood Experiences and Resiliency.
Olivia’s interest and expertise is in teaching children and youth socio-emotional skills and coping mechanisms, specifically for use in conflict resolution and in classroom settings. She has experience working with children, teens, and families from diverse backgrounds and has worked in community-based settings with newcomer families. She has worked with children struggling with emotional regulation, classroom stressors, depression, anxiety, ADHD/ADD, and autism.
Olivia is passionate about supporting children and families as she also works as a Karate Instructor. In this role she fosters qualities of confidence, increased self-esteem, strength, and respect in children and teens. In every role she has, Olivia works from a framework of inclusion, respect, and trust. With her diverse background experience and passion for developing her skills as a social worker, she is excited to be a member of the Bloom Therapy team.
As an MSW Placement Student at Bloom Therapy, Olivia is looking forward to practicing Play Therapy, using attachment and trauma informed approaches to therapy, and working with children and families with a variety of experiences. Olivia is committed to creating a trusting and safe environment for her clients and ensures the core values of social work set by the OCSWSSW are being upheld in practice.