Maxwell is a Registered Social Worker (RSW) who graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with a Masters of Social Work (MSW) and Honours Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) with a Minor in Human Rights and Human Diversity. Besides having a love of therapy (and their therapy cat Thermometer Jones), they have a passion for education around diversity and working with youth helping to support their exploration of identity and core values.
When they were young and embarking on their journey to discover what it means to be themself, Maxwell was extremely fortunate to have the support of adults that had embarked on similar journeys in their time. This was so helpful to them that Max developed a passion in working with teens and young adults supporting their growth and exploration of self. Journeys of self discovery can have many elements, such as gender, sexuality, neurodiversities such as ADHD and Autism, and life events such as trauma, transitions, and challenges.
Maxwell believes that for youth, there is so much stress in their lives and they are in need of working to find a path. Anxiety, depression and attention difficulties are rampant and many need support to find their way back on track towards their goals and their future. Working from a foundation-up model, focusing on immediate needs and a sense of safety before building up towards goals and developing strengths, Maxwell’s practice is trauma-informed, client-centered, evidence-based, and deeply anti-oppressive. Maxwell uses DBT (distress tolerance skills), Brainspotting trauma therapy and Theraplay techniques, among others, to meet the individual needs of each client.
Maxwell works with people between the ages of 12 and 21 years old are are experiencing any of the following:
Trouble getting work done
Trouble finishing chores or keeping spaces clean
School, life, or family stress
Exploration of Gender Identity
Struggles rooted in symptoms of Autism, ADHD, or other neurodivergence
Worry about the future
Lack of motivation
…..Or anything else that makes it hard for you to be happy, Maxwell could be a great fit for you.
Maxwell knows that, without exception, the only true expert in you is yourself. The role of a therapist is to use the skills and techniques gathered over their experience to help their client discover the strength, capacity, and truth that is present in each of them. There is no universal way to achieve this, but creating a strong therapeutic relationship based on respect, care, and authenticity is vital. The best therapists, Max believes, are completely and fully in the client’s corner while not losing sight of the bigger picture of what the client wants to achieve and who they want to be. This is the energy Max strives to embody in each session and many youth have found this to be highly effective.