What I Do?

Dillon is a registered member of the College of Psychologists of Ontario, certified to work as a clinical psychologist with children, adolescents, and families. For over a decade, Dillon has provided assessment and therapy services to children of all ages who struggle with anxiety, depression, behavioural difficulties, ADHD related challenges, learning difficulties, school refusal, and other common difficulties in young people.

He is also versed in providing trauma-informed services to children and families who have experienced traumatic life events. Depending on the nature of presenting concern, Dillon may work with children and parents together, children alone (most common with older adolescents), parents alone, or entire families. In other words, he provides a variety of services including individual therapy for children (with parental involvement), parenting support, and family therapy. Dillon primarily relies on cognitive behaviour therapy when working with children. However, he also provides conjoint (dyadic) therapy with parents and children, including those under six years of age. For families who are experiencing relationship difficulties, he primarily utilizes both structural and emotion-focused family therapy. Dillon is also heavily involved with the supervision and training of therapists and clinicians in child psychotherapy and family therapy. Lastly, as a child psychologist, Dillon conducts psychoeducational (i.e., learning) and mental health assessments for children. Assessments can be a helpful first step in identifying a child’s strengths and weaknesses, resulting in personalized and tailored recommendations. Assessments can also be a necessary part of getting a child access to special education and related supports in school. If you or your child is having difficulties, and/or if there are associated challenges with family relationships, please reach out to our intake coordinators and ask for an appointment with Dillon.

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I Believe

“It’s a rewarding and privileged experience to walk along the path of self-empowerment with my clients.

I would be honoured to take the journey with you.”

Qualifications

Dr. Dillon Browne

Clinical psychologist | Ph.D., C.Psych.

Education & Accomplishments

  • Ontario Early Researcher Award, Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade (2021-2026)
  • Canada Research Chair in Child and Family Clinical Psychology, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (2019-2024)
  • Doctoral Residency and Postdoctoral Fellowship (2017), Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in School and Clinical Child Psychology (2016), University of Toronto
  • Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship (2012-2015)

Professional Contributions

  • Back to school: Time to revisit strategies for child and family mental health

Approach

  • Family Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Trauma-Informed Practice

Professional Memberships

  • Ontario Psychological Association (OPA)
  • Canadian Psychological Association (CPA)

Experience

Dillon's Favorite Quote

“To whom much is given, much will be required,”

– Luke 12:48

Frequently Asked Questions With Dillon

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions that we receive. If you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.

I have always been amazed by the power of interpersonal connection in promoting personal transformation. We are relational creatures, and our internal states require sharing to facilitate understanding and change. I had initially planned on studying English literature due to my love of fiction. Eventually, I realized that character development and family relationships were my favourite parts of literature. In considering career pathways, I decided that pursuing life in applied psychology (e.g., therapy) would provide me with a greater opportunity to work directly with others in exploring these themes.

My favourite part of being a therapist is “speaking the unspeakable”. This turn of phrase means that, in therapy, individuals and families are invited to discuss topics that are usually avoided. Sometimes, these can be conversations that have been “off limits” for a long time, especially in the case of trauma. Unfortunately, it is the avoidance of unpleasant emotions that leads to unhelpful ways of relating with others and associated symptoms that cause distress. By putting these topics “on the table”, and guiding children and families through these conversations with compassion, clients are supported to lead change in their own life.

If a client was hesitant to begin counselling, whether this was a caregiver or a child, I would validate them and acknowledge that it completely makes sense. Counselling and psychotherapy can be uncomfortable. That is because it is important. Like many great things, it takes effort and work. Ambivalence is very common at the outset of therapy. People may feel eager to do things differently but may be unsure about the process or the effort. This is completely common. I would say to “get started” and see how it feels. I always make sure to discuss “termination” or the end of therapy from the very beginning of therapy. This is so that families know exactly how long therapy will be. Usually, I prefer to work in blocks (e.g., starting with 6-10 sessions) so that goals are explicitly stated, are achievable, and regularly reviewed.

My biggest accomplishment is my relationship with my family. This includes my late parents, my brother and his immediate family, and my partner and in-laws. While my career is important and a source of tremendous joy and fulfillment, nothing is more important than the people we love the most. Relatedly, I would also say that my friendships are among my greatest accomplishments.

I am most grateful for the family I was born into. My mother was a family therapist and nurse, and my father was a social worker. They instilled the virtues of duty, social justice, compassion, and goodness. They always taught me that money and material things are of less importance than charity, good works, and connection.

The most energizing thing about my career is working with young people. Fortunately, my career affords many opportunities to engage with the younger generations. As a child psychologist, I regularly work directly with children and adolescents and their families. I also am inspired by students and trainees who are committed to promoting mental health in young people and families. I get to support the therapists of tomorrow every week by providing clinical supervision.

Dr. Dillon Browne

Bayridge Counselling

Availability

  • daytime, weekdays.

Contact

What activity instantly calms you?

Listening to soothing ocean sounds like waves crashing against the shore.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

Don’t let what you want get in the way of what you have. (My Mom)

What's your favourite board game?

Monopoly

Dillon in the Community

Dillon In The Community

Talking to Children about Current Global Events

Supporting resilience in youth and families during and after the pandemic

Talking to Children about Current Global Events

Supporting resilience in youth and families during and after the pandemic

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