Holly McDonald

Masters Social Work – Masters Counselling Psychology –  Registered Social Worker

Holly McDonald

Contact Info

Amethyst Counselling
Port Stanley – St. Thomas ON N5L 1J2
Services in-person – Via telephone
Phone: 226-208-0518
Email: hollymcdonald85@gmail.com
Website: Hollymcdonald.org

Holly McDonald, MSW, RSW, M Ed, Psychology has been a therapist for the past 15 years.  She has been doing front-line work in the mental health; addiction; and violence fields for over 20 years.  Holly retired early from being a Probation and Parole officer a few years ago so she could devote more time to her therapy practise.  Holly practices mental health and well-being techniques each day to keep her mind and body healthy.

Holly believes that Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Self-Acceptance are key ingredients in recovering from trauma, anxiety, and depression.  Holly is also a yoga instructor who helps clients to become more “mindful” of their body and racing thoughts through breath work, affirmations, and visualizations.  “There is definitely a mind/body connection and calming the body helps to calm the mind and vise versa. “

Holly has 2 Master’s Degrees, a Certificate in Addiction Studies and 3 Yoga Certifications including one for First Responder’s.  She is also familiar with the 12 Step Program philosophy.  While in Corrections she was part of a CISM activation team who helped peers, who had been through a critical incident to debrief in a safe environment.

Holly is passionate about helping those who have seen and heard extraordinary events that the average worker does not experience.  She is also a firm believer in giving ourselves permission to take care of ourselves through daily self-care and reaching out to others and talking about our lives.  We can live positive and fulfilling lives after being exposed directly or indirectly with Trauma.

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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.