My name is Brittani (she/her). I live in St. Catharines 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 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.
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.
There are a number of therapeutic values that influence my work as a social worker and therapist, Therefore, I tend to use principles from:
And it is a priority to me that my practice is:
Anti-diet (health at every size)
Remi is currently completing her Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology at Yorkville University and is happy to offer the "Pay What You Can" (PWYC) therapy program as an intern under the supervision of Brittani Ali.
Her specific areas of interest include negative body image, disordered eating, anxiety, depression, and emotion dysregulation. Her approach draws on many therapeutic modalities including CBT and DBT and is centered on honoring your experience and helping you move towards goals that feel meaningful and important to you.
When Remi is not studying psychotherapy you can find her on the rugby field
Nichole is doing her graduate practicum here and offers the "Pay What You Can" (PWYC) therapy program.
Nichole is a qualifying Registered Psychotherapist (Q) and student with Yorkville University’s Master of Counselling Psychology program. She employs a holistic and strength-based approach, while utilizing solutions focused techniques with her clients.
Therapy dog in training
Hugo is a rescue dog from Kentucky. He loves to snuggle, meet new people and new dog friends. Hugo's training was very much derailed by COVID... stay tuned on his progress.