Trish Soltysiak | Social Worker


About Me

Trish Soltysiak is a professional social worker who has been working in Children’s Mental Health for over 10 years. In the early part of her career, she worked with children and youth in various settings and this includes education, corrections, group homes and in child welfare. After completing her Master’s in Social Work with a Specialization in Children and Families and Addiction Studies, she has been providing individual and family counselling in the community. She is very knowledgeable in the resources that are available in the Peel and Halton region. Ms. Soltysiak has extensive experience in group development and implementation with a focus on psycho-education, mindfulness-based practices and social and emotional development. She developed a martial arts program for at-risk youth that was funded by Trillium and a mindfulness-based group for transitional aged youth. Ms. Soltysiak utilizes various treatment modalities and this includes Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Narrative Therapy and Motivational Interviewing and she has completed various trainings in each of these methods. She has a special interest in mindfulness-based practices, yoga and meditation and often incorporates these in treatment. Ms.Soltysiak is known for her warm, empathic therapeutic style and her commitment to clinical excellence. She has dedicated her professional life to counselling clients with mood and anxiety disorders, as well as other mental health conditions.

About My Family

I have two beautiful little girls who keep me busy and entertained. We love to spend time crafting, going on hikes and dancing in the living room to whatever soundtrack they are listening to that week.

About My Professional Experience

In my role as a School Social Worker, I work in collaboration with school professionals to support students and families from diverse economic and cultural backgrounds around attendance, mental health concerns and family challenges. I conduct numerous psycho-educational groups in different grades with a focus on anxiety, relationships, positive communication and mindfulness-focused coping strategies. As a Youth and Family Counselor at Nexus Youth Services, I provided clinical support to youth between the ages of 14 to 24 years old. I also developed and implemented a 5 week Mindfulness group for youth. As a Permanency Planning Worker and an Emergency After Hours Worker at Peel Children’s Aid Society, I developed strong skills in child welfare, crisis support, assessment, interviewing and case management. I am committed to working with individuals and families using a strength-based and anti-oppressive approach. I have excellent skills in both written and verbal communication, engagement and crisis intervention. While working at different open custody facilities such as Cuthbert House, I supported young adults with reintegration into the community. I use an eclectic approach which includes a variety of therapeutic modalities in keeping with current evidence-based practices. I am proficient at conducting, developing and implementing client assessments and treatment plans in both brief interventions and long term counselling support. I have also gained the ability to navigate various systems to advocate on behalf of my clients and to coordinate services and resources.

About My Fun Side

Trish loves the outdoors regardless of the season. She especially loves skiing and running and will jump on any opportunity to engage in either of these activities. She trained Muay Thai (Thailand kickboxing) for over 10 years and even competed on a few occasions in this sport. She also loves hot yoga, reading and relaxing while watching Netflix.

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