What I Do?

We all face and cope with life’s stressors everyday. However, there are times when we need the support of someone else, particularly an empathetic, compassionate, experienced and a non-judgmental therapist to enable us to cope with stresses that exceed our personal capacities. I am a therapist who appreciates the above needs for professional support.

I am a registered social worker with nearly 17 years of professional experience in medical and mental health with a specialty in elder care (geriatric/ageing), abuse, life issues, dementia support, consent and capacity, substitute decisions, family conflicts, crisis intervention, long-term care planning, and adjustment to illness and healthcare navigation. I hold a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from Carleton University with a specialty in adult mental health, general adult healthcare and geriatric care. I am a member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW) and the Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW) in good standing.

I am very personable, a strong advocate, respectful of each person’s individuality, and right to dignity and integrity. I am very client-centred, inclusive and an advocate for individual autonomy, and access to quality care/services for each person in our communities. Maintaining confidentiality is a personal conviction. My therapeutic approaches include strength-based, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and solution-focused therapy models. My goal in our engagement is to enable you to discover your inner strengths, natural supports and capacities so you can achieve your therapeutic and personal goals.

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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

Monica Obeng Gyimah

Registered Social Worker | MSW, RSW

Education & Accomplishments

  • MA, Western University, London, Ontario (2002)
  • MSW, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario (2007)
  • LLM, International Human Rights Law, Lancaster University, UK (2016)
  • PhD Candidate, International Refugee and Human Rights Law, Lancaster University, UK (in progress)
  • Completion of Annual Competency Programme, OCSWSSW
  • Annual Privacy Act Review
  • Not Yours to Distribute! Intimate Images and Consent, Feb 8 and 9, 2023
  • Intentionally Marginalized Communities: The Violence We See in Relationships, Families and Systems in Canada, Learning Network & Knowledge Hub (webinar series) Jan 18, 2023
  • Managing Difficult Emotions in Substance Use Recovery, Certificate (OASW) June 23, 2022
  • An Introduction to Trauma-Informed Care for 2SLGBTQ+ Clients, June 20, 2022 (OASW)

Articles

  • Difficult Patients: What Can They Teach Health Care Workers

Approach

  • Mindfulness and Relaxation Techniques
  • Solution-Focused
  • Interpersonal Psychodynamics
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

Professional Memberships

  • Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW)
  • Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW)

Experience

  • 17 years

Monica's Favorite Quote

“‘Life is very complicated.’”

Frequently Asked Questions With Monica

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.

To provide client centred care people at their own pace.

Being able to make a difference in the life of people in need.

To reflect on their issues, consider their natural support and to reach out to a professional when their stressors exceed their personal and social support.

Being a parent.

Health and family
Surviving adversities

Getting results for clients.
Gratifying to see client outcomes improve.

Stability and security for self and children.

Raising children requires patience.
Each child is unique.
Consistency in parental approaches and decisions.

Therapy comes with professionalism, empathy and non-judgmental support.
Therapy is a safe space for people in difficult and stressful times.

Monica Obeng Gyimah

Bayridge Counselling

Availability

  • Tuesday and Thursday
    afternoons and evenings

Contact

What activity instantly calms you?

Warm bath.
Walk along a beach.
Deep breathing.

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

Treat everyone you meet well.

Which meal is your favorite: breakfast, lunch, or dinner?

Fried rice and chicken wings.

How do you enjoy spending your alone time?

Reading and listening to music or a podcast.

Monica in the Community

Monica In The Community

Difficult Patients: What Can They Teach Health Care Workers

Student Supervision

Presenter: Geriatrics-2015 Conference, ‘difficult Patients: What Can They Teach Health Care Workers’, August 24-26, 2015, Toronto

Student Supervision

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.

Free 20-Minute Virtual Consultation
Need help booking your free 20-minute consult? (905) 319-1488
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