David Grant is a dedicated social worker and therapist who specializes in the mental and emotional health of racialized communities, and has expertise working with Black African Diaspora boys and men. David has a strong commitment to helping people heal, especially people of colour whose mental health has been greatly harmed by the effects of colonialism and subsequent marginalization, war, violence and poverty. He believes in partnering with clients to help them achieve their goals. He works with children and young people from age 6 to 24, with couples, and with families, including with parents and children, teens, and young adults.
David earned his Master of Social Work from Ryerson University and his Bachelor of Social Work from McMaster University. With seven years of experience in the social work field and four years as a therapist, David uses a range of therapeutic modalities, including Solution-Focused Therapy, Faith-Based Counseling, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Psychodynamic Therapy. In addition to Western approaches, David also educated himself in other cultural paradigms of healing that he views as equally viable in helping communities heal through trauma, including African and Indigenous-centered understandings of healing. David brings a trauma-informed lens combined with other culturally and ethno-religious specific lenses to his work, including African, Indigenous, Muslim, and Jewish.
David’s areas of expertise include:
- Child welfare
- Academic struggles
- Parental separation
- Transnational separation
- War-related trauma
- Residential schools
- Parent-teen conflict
- Domestic and intimate partner violence
- Racial trauma
- Intergenerational trauma
- Intimate relationship challenges
David truly values family and in his leisure time loves to spend time with his family, including his extended family. He also loves to read books, play the piano, attend church, and explore different parts of the world via vacations. He also enjoys exercise through sports like basketball and weight-lifting at the gym.
David shares the message of Peace be upon all of you (As-salamu alaykum to Arabic speakers) and looks forward to beginning your healing journey with you.