Michael Garfinkel, MSW

Registered Social Worker (RSW)

Welcome! If you’re here it means that you’re already listening to a part of yourself that wants change, a part that’s ready to try something new. Together we can build on that momentum and move towards a place of healing and growth.

I’m Michael. I’m a Registered Social Worker (RSW) with a decade of experience in the field of mental health. I have a Master of Social Work (MSW) from New York University (NYU), and a BA in Human Relations from Concordia University in Montreal.

I grew up in Vancouver, where I struggled with depression and low self-worth throughout my adolescence and early adulthood. Driven to seek solutions, I spent years studying Zen meditation in Japan and plant medicine in Peru. Through those experiences I learned that there is not one miracle cure, but an array of skills and practices we can harness to cultivate our health and wellbeing.

I returned to North America with a renewed sense of freedom and purpose. I went on to pursue my master’s degree with a specialization in adult psychotherapy. By merging my professional training and personal experiences, I came to realize how creative and impactful counselling can be.

Over the years I’ve worked with a diverse range of communities: from homeless LGBTQ+ youth to adults coping with significant trauma and loss. Of the thousands of stories I’ve sat with, one of the most resounding themes is the wisdom that tells us it’s time to grow. It’s time to grow beyond our old limiting patterns, and into a more fulfilling experience of life.

In my clinical work I draw from a range of modalities, integrating Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) with skills rooted in somatic therapy, self-compassion, and mindfulness. My approach is warm, relational, and relaxed. I also have specialized training in Exposure & Response Prevention (ERP) for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

I am able to support you with issues related to:

  • anxiety (generalized, social)
  • obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • depression
  • shame and self-worth
  • gender and sexuality
  • relationship challenges
  • trauma
  • stress/ overwhelm
  • life transitions

Whatever you need help with, I promise to meet you with curiosity and care. It’s important to me that you feel safe and secure in our relationship, so that you can use our sessions as a space to truly heal and grow.

If you feel that we may be a good fit please don’t hesitate to reach out. I look forward to hearing from you.

Michael is available for sessions throughout this time. Please visit our online calendar to book your first session, or contact him using the form below.

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