Donna Varao

Registered Social Worker – Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)


Contact Info

West Wellness
325 West Street, Building B, Unit 101, Brantford, ON N3R 3V6
In-Person in the Brantford area – Virtual across Ontario
Phone: 226-778-9378

Donna has been working in mental health for almost 10 years, supporting clients through depression, anxiety, trauma and the challenges of being diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD).

As a person-centered therapist with lived experience, she employs several types of therapy to suit and support the needs of her clients. Donna utilizes Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Polyvagal Theory based interventions. She believes her clients deserve to live a life free from past traumas and low self-esteem.

Donna has her Bachelor of Social Work and is a Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW). She is also a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO). Donna works with adults and seniors. She also works with couples utilizing Emotionally Focused Therapy based interventions.

“Therapy is a tool you can use to heal, and I am here to show you, support you and cheer for you on your journey.”

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A short description of the various therapist certifications in Ontario.

Clinical Psychologists

Clinical Psychologists are required to complete a related Masters and Ph.D. program to practice in the province of Ontario that must be research-based and subsequently have a thesis component. They are governed by the College of Psychologists of Ontario (CPO).

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Registered Psychotherapists

Registered Psychotherapists (RPs) are registered by the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) and, like Registered Social Workers and Clinical Psychologists, are permitted to perform the controlled act of psychotherapy.

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Registered Social Workers

Registered Social Workers (RSW) are helping individuals to enhance their well-being. They are governed by the Ontario College of Social Workers.