Jody Van Dooren
Registered Social Worker
Individual & Family Counseling
Jody Van Dooren is a Registered Social Worker with over 15 years of experience providing direct counselling services to families and individuals in a wide variety of settings.
As a second generation social worker, Jody developed an early respect and passion for this profession and the values it adheres to - including a commitment to social justice, the inherent worth of all individuals and a desire to walk alongside people as they overcome significant challenges and barriers in their lives.
Jody obtained her BA/BSW (History and Social Work) from McMaster University in Hamilton in 2002. After working for several years in Child Welfare she returned to school and obtained her Masters of Social Work from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo. Since then she has worked in a variety of sectors including hospital, residential and community agencies providing direct counselling to individuals, families and groups. Jody developed particular expertise working with mental health, addictions, trauma and major life transitions.
For Jody, it is a tremendous honour and privilege to do this work. Witnessing the strength and resilience of people continues to fuel her belief that change is possible and achievable. Providing accessible, secure and professional counselling has been a ongoing priority that she is now excited to apply to the world of in person and online therapy!
When not working she is a busy, married mom of three. Jody is fortunate to live in a beautiful natural setting north of Toronto which gives her lots of access to great hiking trails and local community culture. She is also an avid reader, music lover and animal enthusiast. Most of all she enjoys connecting with others in a meaningful way in both her personal and professional life.
Learn more at vandoorencounselling.com