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Emily McKenzie

Emily McKenzie received her Honours Bachelor of Social Work at Lakehead University and her Master’s of Social Work from the University of Calgary. She has experience working in trauma, with modalities like EMDR and trauma focused CBT. She has worked with children, youth, adults, couples, and seniors. Her approach is client-centered, with a focus on attachment. Emily uses the social determinants of health to provide a more holistic approach to therapy.

Emily is also passionate about perinatal mental health, and has received training from PSI (Postpartum Support International) to assist families through the difficult and exciting time that is child birth. Emily is also trained in DDP (Dydatic Developmental Psychotherapy), an approach which creates strong relationships with parents and children, assists with behavioural challenges, and focuses on developmental trauma.

See more of Emily's resume here



ConnectWell Renfrew County June 2022 -Present

  • Provide up to 10 sessions of counselling to patients rostered with ConnectWell’s providers

  • Advocate for patients when appropriate

  • Consult on grand opportunities relating to mental health 


Family and Child Therapist

Phoenix Centre for Children and Families     Sept 2018-June 2022     

  • Provide therapy to children, youth, and families using a variety of modalities

  • Work with children and youth experiencing trauma (including sexual trauma), using TFCBT and EMDR

  • Advocate for children, youth, and families

  • Connect families with services as required

  • Leading therapeutic and psycho-educational groups


Family and Child Therapist  

Pediatric Diabetes Clinic, Pembroke Regional Hospital       March 2018-Present

  • Screen children, youth, and parents for mental health concerns, and connection of mental health with diabetes

  • Provide therapy to children and families, with a focus on family therapy

  • Connect families to resources and supports



Forging Forward Counselling Services       July 2019-Present

  • Providing therapy for adults, youth, couples, and families living in the Ottawa Valley

  • Working with clients experiencing anxiety, depressions, addictions, family conflict, and trauma.



Lifeworks - Renfrew Probation and Parole Office             September 2020-Present

  • Provide medium term (up to eight sessions) of therapy to court mandated clients

  • Focus on anger management, addictions, anxiety, and risk factors for domestic violence


Obtained in 2014

Master's of Social Work, University of Calgary

Obtained in 2012

Bachelor's of Social Work, Lakehead University




DDP parts 1 and 2

Obtained in 2011

Bachelor's of Arts, St. Thomas Univerity

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