Claudette is a warm, empathetic, and dedicated Social Worker with seven years of experience in the field, including work with clients facing difficulties related to anxiety, depression, relationship concerns, family conflicts, sexuality, life transitions and life crisis. For Claudette, cultural competency is an important part of all effective therapeutic relationships, and she is passionately committed to providing much-needed and deserved support services for Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities who have been under-served. As a Sex Educator, Claudette is also dedicated to expanding knowledge and destigmatizing the taboo subject of sex education within the Black community. She strives not only to meet the diverse needs of her clients but also to ensure that all clients are comfortable in therapy.
Claudette consistently brings her naturally warm and authentic self to each session and practices from a strength-based, anti-oppressive lens. She truly believes that each client possesses unique strengths but that during difficult times it can be hard for clients to see these strengths. She enjoys helping clients to see and enhance the strengths they already have, and also bring to light strengths that they may have overlooked. In this way, Claudette helps her clients to build more resilience and become the best possible versions of themselves. She has experience using a variety of therapeutic practices to assist her clients, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing.
Claudette recognizes that many areas of our lives are connected and uses a holistic approach to therapy that involves discussing multiple aspects of her client’s lives. She sees the importance of supporting clients by appreciating their life as a whole, including all the individual pieces that make them who they are, rather than isolating individual pieces. For Claudette, resilience means both acknowledging that there are some difficult days in life, and allowing ourselves permission to feel those negative emotions, while at the same time also remembering that just as there are hard days, there will also be good days to look forward to.
Claudette is a passionate lifelong learner who is currently completing her Master’s Degree in Social Work at the University of Toronto with a specialization in Mental Health and Health. With previous experience as a Child and Youth Worker, she has provided services to children, adolescents, and their families in a variety of settings including hospitals, schools, and group homes. Claudette became a Social Worker in hopes of aiding in the socioemotional development of individuals, couples, and families by providing them with support and education, helping to equip them with positive coping tools, and assisting in building their emotional intelligence and resiliency.
In her spare time, Claudette loves to cook, dance, and travel. She especially enjoys taking trips to the islands, playing mas, and immersing herself in culture under the warmth of the sun.