Centre for Connections
416-487-2404
Dawn Tracz B.S.W. , R.S.W.

Dianne and Dawn provide attachment based services 
backed by expert clinical consultation

Both Dianne and Dawn are Registered Social Workers with the Ontario College of Social Workers & Social Service Workers and can provide clients with their Registration Number to assist in claiming fees through employee benefits.

 

We are both members of the Ontario Association of Social Workers.  The Centre for Connections  maintains a high level of professionalism and both Dianne and Dawn  believe that providing counselling and therapy for individuals, couples and families is a privilege.  We are committed to high standards of  care for the children and adults we work with.  As adults who have their own personal journeys in adoption, we know the importance of recognizing and supporting all the ways that adoption touches the lives of children, adults and families who are part of adoption circles.  We also are highly attuned to the experiences of adults who may not be part of adoption and  who have experienced trauma or loss in their lives.

The Centre for Connections offers daytime and evening appointments between  Monday- Friday.  Appointments are usually 1 hour although session times for children may be shorter depending on the age and attention of the child.   Appointments are in person at the office.  We also offer skype  counselling for individuals who may have time or distance restrictions.  Text counselling is available for  teen and young adults who may not be ready for in person counselling but need some support.

Workshops and retreat dates and times are posted on the flyer in Upcoming Events.

We are a private fee based organization.   Fees are per hour and fee scales vary for the type of service you are requesting.   Sliding scale rates are available. .   Dianne or Dawn will advise you on the hourly fee when you contact us. ( should link to contact information)

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Heather Andrews, HBA, MSW, RSW
Heather provides private counseling, coaching and consulting with a focus on helping you meet your needs.  She will collaboratively draw on your strengths to help you work through your present concerns and to develop skills and strategies that support you with your future well-being.  Heather focuses on attachment, identity, relationships, life transitions, trauma and loss.  She is trained to work with a range of talk therapies as well as EMDR practices with a distinctive focus on working with fears, phobias and traumatic stress (PTSD).  Additionally, as an adoptee, she provides a pragmatic and empathic approach to understanding the complicated and emotional ties that arise from adoption.  Heather is a Registered Social Worker, (RSW) with a Masters of Social Work (MSW) specializing in Mental Health & an Honours Bachelor of Arts (HBA) in Aboriginal Studies.  She is an EMDR clinician and experienced Career and Life Counselling coach.  She also holds certification in Human Resources Management. You can also read more about Heather at www.heatherandrewscounselling.com

Both Dianne and Dawn are Registered Social Workers with the Ontario College of Social Workers & Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW) and can provide clients with their Registration Number to assist in claiming social work fees through employee benefits. They are both members of the Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW).

The Centre for Connections maintains a high level of professionalism and both Dianne and Dawn believes that providing counselling and therapy for individuals, couples, and families is a privilege. They are committed to high standards of care for the children and adults they work with. As adults who have their own personal journeys in adoption, they know the importance of recognizing and supporting all the ways that adoption touches the lives of children, adults, and families who are part of adoption circles. They are highly attuned to the experiences of adults who may not be part of adoption and who have experienced trauma or loss in their lives. Both women believe that our lives are multi-faceted and our experiences come together in a complex way that makes each of us unique.

Dawn has over 20 years of experience working with individuals, couples and families. Using family systems and attachment therapy she works with the challenges of early separation, adoption, trauma, abuse and loss. Dawn is trained to use Thera-play®. Dawn is a certified yoga teacher (RYT 200) and uses her knowledge of anatomy, meditation and energy focused work with her therapy to support clients to maintain the positive shifts they create. Dawn has a Bachelor of Social Work degree from York University and is working towards the completion of her MSW at Wilfrid Laurier University. She is trained in Triple P Parenting Program and has trained with Dr. Dan Hughes in attachment therapy.

Dianne has over 30 years of experience providing therapy for individuals, couples and children and families. Using attachment theory, she works with the challenges of early separation, adoption, abandonment, trauma, abuse, loss and grief. Dianne has trained in energy healing; using Integral Energy Healing and combines energy focused work with her therapy to support clients in resolving challenges and energetic blocks in their bodies. Dianne has a Certificate of Social Work degree from Ryerson University and is a member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. She is a certified trauma counsellor and has trained with Dr. Dan Hughes in attachment therapy.

They also offer skype counselling for individuals who may have time or distance restrictions. They try to tailor services to your needs; for instance, text counselling is available for teens and young adults who may not be ready for in person counselling but need some support.

Workshops and retreat dates and times are posted on the flyer in upcoming events. Please explore the articles to learn more about a specific topic.

Heather Andrews, HBA, MSW, RSW
Heather provides private counseling, coaching and consulting with a focus on helping you meet your needs.  She will collaboratively draw on your strengths to help you work through your present concerns and to develop skills and strategies that support you with your future well-being.  Heather focuses on attachment, identity, relationships, life transitions, trauma and loss.  She is trained to work with a range of talk therapies as well as EMDR practices with a distinctive focus on working with fears, phobias and traumatic stress (PTSD).  Additionally, as an adoptee, she provides a pragmatic and empathic approach to understanding the complicated and emotional ties that arise from adoption.  Heather is a Registered Social Worker, (RSW) with a Masters of Social Work (MSW) specializing in Mental Health & an Honours Bachelor of Arts (HBA) in Aboriginal Studies.  She is an EMDR clinician and experienced Career and Life Counselling coach.  She also holds certification in Human Resources Management. You can also read more about Heather at www.heatherandrewscounselling.com

OTHER TEAM MEMBERS

 

Frances Lacombe, RPN, AWCCA, Sandplay Trainee

Frances works part-time at the centre providing sand tray therapy to children and adults.  She also provides end of life counselling for adults.  Sandplay is a creative, therapeutic way of working through issues that we face in our everyday lives.  Frances has worked in nursing prior to her training as a counsellor for women and children and sandplay therapy training.

Elizabeth Brownlie Ph.D., DIP Tirp candidate

Elizabeth is a therapist-in-training at the Toronto Institute for Relational Psychotherapy and a student member of the Ontario Society of Psychotherapists. She provides gentle and non-judgmental talk therapy with adults (18+) under the supervision of a faculty member. She works within a relational framework, where she and clients work to sort through and understand together whatever clients choose to bring to therapy. Elizabeth studied lifespan developmental psychology and has worked for several years in research related to mental health across the lifespan, as well as gender, sexuality, and trauma. She also has personal experience with adoption and reunion with, so understands something of the adoption journey and the impacts it can have on identity and relationships.

 

 

Fees and Associations

  • Both Dianne and Dawn are Registered Social Workers (RSW) with the Ontario College of Social Workers & Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW) and can provide clients with their Registration Number to assist in claiming social work fees through employee benefits. They are both members of the Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW). Fees are offered on a sliding scale depending on circumstances. Talk with Dianne or Dawn regarding your unique situation.
  • The Centre for Connections offers daytime and evening appointments between Monday- Friday. They also offer skype counselling for individuals who may have time or distance restrictions. They try to tailor or services to your needs; for instance, text counselling is available for teens and young adults who may not be ready for in person counselling but need some support.