Shawnette Thompson


It's a pleasure to make your acquaintance!

​My name is Shawnette Thompson. I am a Registered Social Worker, Speaker, Group Facilitator and a dedicated Couples, Individual and Family Therapist. I work with an accredited children's mental health agency, as well as in private practice, located in downtown Toronto.

I am privileged to possess a wealth of experience working with adolescents, children, families and adults of different gender identities, ages and backgrounds. I have worked with individuals and families in group home settings, treatment centres, legal environments and community mental health agencies. I approach therapy from a non-judgmental, anti-oppressive, integrative clinical model of practice , which embraces and respects cultural, gender, sexual and class diversity, with an emphasis on intersectionality.

I utilize a harm reduction based approach, that is trauma and attachment informed. While we are working together you will notice that sensitivity, playfulness, acceptance, curiosity and empathy are central components of my therapeutic style. The therapeutic relationship that we will work to develop, will act as a vehicle to help promote security, encourage exploration, support insight and help create space for change in the form of growth.

In addition to the work that we will do together, I also put a great deal of effort into my own personal and professional growth and development. As such, I attend training seminars and workshops on a consistent basis and engage in regular supervision and therapy for myself.

Introduction to Using Dialectical Behavioural Therapy in Individual Sessions, Hincks-Dellcrest Centre -Gail Appel Institute
Brief Narrative Therapy, Hincks-Dellcrest Centre – Gail Appel Institute
The Experience of Trauma among Racialized Youth, Safe Guards
Making Meaning of Relationships: Treatment Approaches for Young Children and Their Caregivers, Sick Kids Hospital
Dialectical Behavioural Therapy Skills Training, Dr. Shelley McMain - Skylark Children, Youth and Families
LGBT Intersectionality and Anti-Blackness Training, reachOUT – Griffin Centre
Trauma Informing our Practice, Mary Rella - Skylark Children, Youth and Families
Advanced Brief Therapy Practice, Karen Young – What’s Up Walk-in Training
Advanced Training in the Treatment of Unresolved Psychological Trauma, Mount Sinai Psychotherapy Institute
Narrative Approaches to Traumatic Experiences, Narrative Therapy Institute
Collaborative Helping: A Practice Framework for Family-Centred Services, Oolagen Community Services
Back to Basics: Treatment of Psychological Trauma, Mount Sinai Psychotherapy Institute
Emotion Focused Family Therapy, York University Psychology Clinic
Solution Focused Brief Therapy, University of Toronto Continuing Education/Kids Help Phone
Family Therapy Training Seminar, The George Hull Centre for Children and Families
Children’s Mental Health Psychiatric Seminar, The George Hull Centre for Children and Families
Attachment Focused Family Therapy Training Seminar, Daniel Hughes
Equity & Diversity in Social Work, University of Toronto
Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cedar Heights Residential Living
Understanding Dual Diagnosis, Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Science
Dialectical Behavioural Therapy Skills Training, Behavioral Tech – A Linehan Institute Training Company
Emotion-Focused Therapy: The Transforming Power of Affect, Hincks-Dellcrest Centre – Gail Appel Institute
Treating the invisible wounds of the Sociocultural Trauma: A Multicultural Relational Perspective, Dr.Kenneth Hardy/OAMFT
Practical Psychodynamics, Mount Sinai Psychotherapy Institute
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training, Living Works

Master of Social Work (University of Toronto)
- Specializing in Mental Health & Health

Honours Bachelor of Social Work (York University)
- with a focus on anti-oppressive practice

Honours Bachelor of Science (University of Toronto)
- Specializing in Psychology with minors in Women & Gender Studies and African Studies ​