About Brittani Ali
Who am I?
My name is Brittani. I have lived in many cities in Ontario, but primarily grew up in St. Catharines. I now live in Stoney Creek with my partner, our dog, two cats and far too many house plants.
When I am not working you would likely find me walking Hugo, reading, watching TV and/or exploring local shops, restaurants and markets. I am passionate about community and supporting local businesses. In my professional life I value ongoing learning and innovation. I am always looking for new learning opportunities to ensure that my practice is current and the best it can be. Personally, I was drawn to social work after years of struggling with a generalized and social anxiety disorder without knowing where to turn for services or support. I want my work to help others by being their place to turn to
I strive to be a safe place and welcome anyone as a client. I also acknowledge the importance of social location, especially when searching for a therapist. I am white, cisgender and able-bodied. I know that it is important to many to know if I lack lived experience similar to yours. Please know I am always happy to help you find a therapist that is the best fit for you, even if this is not myself and this choice always remains yours to make.
Therapy dog in training.
Hugo is a rescue dog from Kentucky. He loves to snuggle, meet new people and new dog friends. He has a very calm nature. If you'd like Hugo to assist in your session, please let me know.
Education & Designations
Registered Social Worker (RSW) with the OCSWSSW
Master in Social Work (MSW) - Wilfrid Laurier University
Bachelor in Social Work (BSW) - The University of Victoria
Honours BA in Child and Youth Studies - Brock University
I have worked for many years in various settings before my heart landed in private practice, please see my linkedin profile > if you are interested in learning more about my professional experience. I have also trained in many different types of therapy (ex. EMDR, CBT, etc.) you can find more information about this experience on the "services" page.
I don’t even know where to start this testimonial. I have nothing but positive things to say about Brittani. She has helped me in so many ways, I truly feel that I am slowly, but surely, making my way through recovery and heading towards the light at the end of what seemed like a never-ending tunnel of doom before I connected with Brittani. I have quite a complex mental illness history that has been extremely challenging to treat. I’ve probably gone through at least 10 different therapists; one of them being a psychologist with a fancy doctorate degree who charged $185 per hour! I made more progress with Brittani in my FIRST session than I had in the last five YEARS with various mental health clinicians. That in itself speaks volumes to Brittani’s expertise. I like that she doesn’t stick to one type of therapy. When any clinician or healthcare provider sees one of my diagnoses, they immediately throw me into a DBT program. I’ve probably gone through the whole DBT program at least five times. You can only repeat a therapy program so many times before you end up giving up because nothing is changing, other than increased frustration and feelings of defeat. Brittani pulls in ideas, skills, exercises, etc. from multiple different therapy techniques that she believes will work best for me given ALL of my diagnoses, not just one or two. I could ramble on forever and ever about how wonderful Brittani is as a therapist, and how much she’s changed my life, - there has been such a big, noticeable difference in my overall mood. From the bottom of my heart, a huge, huge thank you to Brittani. I couldn’t have made this much progress without her.
I have prioritized client-centred, strength-based and holistic practice in my role as a social worker/psychotherapist. To me this means being able to provide guidance, supports and services according to my clients self-expressed needs and/or challenges. It also means that I operate under the belief and understanding that all of my clients intrinsically possess the strength and resilience to cope with whatever barriers they are facing. I am simply a guide or support along the way.