*On maternity leave* Tracy Bowles is a registered social worker with over 15 years experience in the social service sector. She is a graduate of York University and a member in good standing with both the Ontario College of Social Workers (OCSWSSW) and the Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW).
Tracy began her career working with young mothers providing counselling support in pre/post-natal care. She has experience in adult mental health supporting individuals and families with complex mental health diagnoses, depression and anxiety. She supports children & youth with concerns related to social skills, coping with separation and divorce, anxiety, grief and loss, emotional regulation and conflict resolution. She is compassionate and energetic in her work with children, involving the family as an integral component of support.
Tracy is passionate and highly-skilled in the specialization of grief and loss. She has an interest in supporting people through life transitions, and the range of emotions that accompanies these experiences. She has worked for the past 6 years in an outpatient cancer program, and enhanced her skillset by obtaining specialized certificate training in grief and bereavement with both adults and children, through Hincks-Dellcrest and SickKids. She has completed her certification in Cancer and Living Meaningfully (CALM) therapy through Princess Margaret Hospital and participates in ongoing research and training in this area.
Tracy is trained in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), solution-focused counselling, mindfulness and narrative therapy. She is client-centered and believes that each person is the expert and author of their own story. Tracy works from a strengths-based approach, and considers it a true privilege to support people through their unique struggles and triumphs while reconnecting with their own resiliency. She is an advocate for self-care and trained in the area of compassion fatigue and caregiver burnout.
"In my personal life, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. Being a mother to my two young daughters is both my greatest joy and achievement. I enjoy morning coffee, fitness, and being outdoors on sunny days."