What I Do?

Hi, I’m Michelle (she/her pronouns), a Registered Social Worker and a member in good standing with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. I have a Master of Social Work degree from King’s University College at Western University (2017). Prior to that, I completed a Bachelor of Social Work with Honors from King’s University College at Western University (2016), Bachelor of Arts: Thanatology Major, Psychology Minor from King’s University College at Western University (2014), as well as a Social Service Worker Diploma from Mohawk College (2009). I have over five years of clinical social work-related knowledge, skills and experience in a hospital environment, as well as a variety of counselling settings in both non-profit and private practice. As someone who enjoys ongoing education and learning, I continue to attend professional development trainings to refine my practice skills and knowledge.

As a therapist, it is a privilege to work in partnership with clients to overcome barriers and achieve their fullest potential. While working together, I aim to provide a safe and supportive space that allows clients to speak openly and freely. Using a strengths-based, client-centred approach, I strive to provide a non-judgmental, anti-oppressive, inclusive and culturally sensitive environment that empowers clients to better understand themselves, develop healthier coping strategies and improve their well-being. I use an eclectic mix of evidence- based modalities when working with clients: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Solution-Focused Therapy, Crisis Intervention, and Positive Psychology while incorporating a trauma-informed practice.

As Muhammad Ali shared: “Don’t count the days, make the days count”. I look forward to meeting with you and walking alongside you on your own journey.

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I Believe

“I believe that it is never too late to learn and grow.”

Qualifications

Michelle Hodgson

Registered Social Worker | SSW, BA, BSW, MSW, RSW

Education & Accomplishments

  • Master of Social Work (MSW) from King’s University College at Western University (2017)
  • Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) with Honors from King’s University College at Western University (2016)
  • Bachelor of Arts: Thanatology Major, Psychology Minor from King’s University College, at Western University (2014)
  • Social Service Worker (SSW) Diploma from Mohawk College (2009)
  • Polyvagal Theory: A Bottom-Up Approach for Trauma Treatment (2024) Developing an Expanded Understanding of a Polyvagal-Informed Practice (2024)
  • Trauma-Informed Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) (2023)
  • Solution-Focused Basics: Implementation and Practice (2023)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT): The Model, Practice and Application (2023)
  • Two Spirit and LGBTQIA+ Positive Space Training (2022)
  • Shame and Resilience: Supporting Clients Experiencing Racism and Oppression (2022)
  • Introduction to Solution-Focused Conversations and Communication (2022)
  • Trauma Stewardship: A Workshop on the Fundamentals of Trauma (2022)

Approach

  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
  • Solution-Focused Therapy
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Art Therapy
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Positive Psychology
  • Polyvagal Theory

Professional Memberships

  • Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers
  • Ontario Association of Social Workers

Experience

  • Approximately 5 Years

Michelle's Favorite Quote

“You have been assigned this mountain to show others it can be moved.”

– Mel Robbins

Frequently Asked Questions With Michelle

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.

Prior to entering post-secondary education, I had the privilege of volunteering with a child diagnosed with a developmental disability. I worked with him one-on-one which allowed him to be a part of a bigger group setting. While in the Social Service Worker program, my ongoing desire to help and support others validated that I was in the right field. As I continued my education, I grew interested in working as a therapist, which has led to where I am today.

As a therapist, it is a privilege to be present for clients who are expressing their deepest concerns, emotions and experiences. I am aware that for some individuals they are sharing these thoughts and experiences for the first time. Therefore, one aspect of being a therapist that I strongly appreciate is working collaboratively to build trust within the therapeutic relationship. I do that using compassion and humour within a safe and confidential environment.

The thought of contacting a therapist for the first time can feel daunting. Even if the individual believes that therapy can be helpful, they may still be hesitant. Keep in mind that every individual needs support at some time in their life. If the individual would be willing to meet with me, I would focus on building trust in the therapeutic relationship, providing a non-judgmental, anti-oppressive, inclusive and culturally sensitive environment that empowers the individual.

Therapy provides a safe, confidential and supportive space that allows individuals to feel empowered and supported within the counselling environment.

Talking to a therapist works differently for each person. Most individuals who participate in therapy can develop skills and strategies that address their goal(s) and result in improvement of their well-being. Some individuals can view therapy as a sense of relief or release of the stress or concerns they are experiencing.

Change is an inside job — seeing clients identify and implement positive change(s) in their lives is such an empowering experience to witness.

Michelle Hodgson

Bayridge Counselling

Availability

  • Monday, Wednesday and Thursday
    evening appointments

Contact

What activity instantly calms you?

Listening to empowering music at home while cleaning and organizing.

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

Be yourself and those who are important to you will continue to be a part of your life.

How do you enjoy spending your alone time?

I very much enjoy watching a law, crime or medical show while burning a candle and having the fireplace on.

Michelle in the Community

Michelle In The Community

Iain Banks Remembered By Michelle Hodgson

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Interview - Joanne Harris: My Family Values

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Iain Banks Remembered By Michelle Hodgson

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Interview - Joanne Harris: My Family Values

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Need Help Choosing a Therapist?

If you are still trying to decide whether therapy is right for you, book a free 20-minute virtual consultation with our Clinical manager and therapist, Nicole Callander, RSSW. Nicole would be happy to answer any questions about therapy or who would be a match for your unique situation.

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Need help booking your free 20-minute consult? (905) 319-1488