Renee Ritter, Dip, BA, MSW, RSW
Some of my own childhood experiences took me on a path of healing, self discovery, and determination. We cannot always choose our life circumstances but we can determine our mindset as we seek to overcome them. At times life can come with great joy or great struggle.
As your therapist I will bring the wisdom from my own life experiences of change and healing along with knowledge from educational training and work experience. I have a blended academic background with an earned Social Service Worker Diploma from Sheridan College, a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Waterloo, and a Masters of Social Work from Wilfrid Laurier University. I am a Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. My self selected training endeavours since then have involved learning in my areas of specific clinical interest.
My work with children, youth, and families spans over 15 years in healthcare, educational, and community-based settings both in Canada and internationally. I embrace and value working with diverse populations. I have expertise working with clients who are struggling with ADHD, anxiety, learning and school, attachment, family and social relationships, disruptive emotions, behavioural concerns, trauma, and addictions.
Feeling alone and not having all the answers to your circumstance can be distressing for children, adolescents, and parents alike. You no longer need to feel isolated and uncertain. The safe nurturing therapeutic environment serves as the starting place for strengthening connections with yourself and others.
My supportive guidance aims to improve child and adolescent mental health and wellbeing. I approach this by working not only with a child or youth themselves, but also with the parent(s) and at times others within the family or school. Together we can walk towards enhanced understanding of your child and their needs.
I endeavour for everyone to become their best version of themselves. Enhancing personal performance and improving outcomes means doing something differently than yesterday. Change can be very difficult because it requires us to reach outside of our comfort zone in order for us to learn and grow. Self awareness, skill development, and having the right plan in place can take you to your desired outcomes. Every parent wants to give the best opportunity for their child to thrive in the world. Your journey begins here.