Donna Gordon MSW RSW RYT Psychotherapist
Donna Gordon graduated with her master’s degree of social work in mental health and health from the University of Toronto and has been in private practice since 2013 and is in good standing with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW)
Donna is a registered clinical social worker, practicing psychotherapist, and registered yoga teacher who enjoys working with children, youth, and adults providing individual, couple, and family therapy. She embraces the value of the therapeutic relationship and provides a relaxed, non-judgmental and supportive atmosphere in her practice. Donna believes that it is a privilege to work alongside clients and that healing is a collaborative endeavour where she assists clients in clarifying their goals for treatment on their journey to wellness. All work is client-centred and purposeful.
Donna specializes in offering a holistic approach that encompasses all aspects of a client’s experience, nurturing an understanding of patterns and obstacles that can impact mental health, health, relationships, and overall well-being. Donna believes in empowering clients to draw upon their own strengths and realize their potential by providing evidence-based interventions to help individuals overcome barriers in order to move forward and thrive.
Donna’s background enables her to be extremely effective and comfortable working with diverse groups of individuals. She brings understanding and experience working with individuals with a wide variety of challenges including the following: mental health – mood disorders, anxiety disorders, trauma and stress related disorders, obsessive-compulsive and related disorders, substance related and addictive disorders; relationship challenges; grief and bereavement counselling; health – helping clients and caregivers to enhance their coping capacities related to feelings of loss, grief and role changes, mental health concerns such as anxiety, depression, and feelings of anger that often occur after a client experiences significant loss or changes in functional and/or cognitive abilities that will require individual and family adjustments; and working with older adults in the early stages of dementia, including supporting and educating their caregivers . Please feel free to contact Donna for a complete list of her services.
In order to provide the best level of care, Donna continuously engages in evidence-based professional development to improve her practice and to expand the interventions that she offers.
Donna accepts most employee assistance programs (EAP), extended health benefits, NIHB, and offers direct billing in addition to accepting debit and major credit cards.
Donna volunteers with several organizations and has served on many professional committees. Currently, she is on the Board of Directors of Wendat Community Support Programs and Chairs the Service Delivery Committee.
Donna lives in Midland with her husband of 25 years and has two adult children. She loves to teach and practice yoga, spends her free time outdoors hiking and boating on Georgian Bay.
There are times when other health care and allied health care professionals can enhance the work that Donna does with her clients. One key mental health care specialist who can assist is a psychiatrist.
Donna Gordon MSW RSW is able to provide as part of her psychotherapy services access to timely psychiatric assessments. The psychiatric assessments are meant to enhance your treatment plan with your therapist and are not meant to be a stand alone service. The consultations are meant to support the ongoing work that you are doing with your therapist.
Access to a psychiatrist is done virtually, on a computer, using the Ontario Telemedicine Network in the comfort and familiarity of our office. COVID-19 UPDATE: all psychiatry visits will be setup as 3-way conferences and instructions and a link will be emailed to you so that you can connect to the session. This will be a 3-way virtual visit.
Accessible psychiatric support assists with providing a diagnosis, medication recommendations or monitoring, and most importantly consultation regarding your psychotherapy treatment plan. The goal is to provide you with ALL the tools you need on your journey to wellness.
If it is determined that you would benefit from a timely psychiatric consultation, and your referring physician supports the referral, our office will arrange for everything. You simply need to come on the scheduled date. You do not need to wait for months for an appointment.
On consultation day, both the therapist and the client will virtually visit with the psychiatrist, using a computer, where the psychiatrist will complete a psychiatric assessment and make treatment recommendations. Following the assessment we will discuss your consultation.
With your consent, the psychiatrist will send the treatment plan to your referring doctor and your therapist, so that everyone is aligned with the treatment plan. For the most part your family physician, or referring physician, or walk-in clinic can then provide medication refills, if that is part of your treatment plan.
However, there are times when follow up or medical monitoring is required for a period of time in collaboration with your treatment team. All follow-up is arranged directly through our office and there is nothing for you to do.
Our office works very closely with the team of psychiatrists and to make this process as smooth as possible, we are your single point of access. This makes scheduling easy for you as you do not have to coordinate anything. Note this is a collaborative and consultative model that exists through your therapist, and always includes the therapist, the client, and the psychiatrist. There are other models to accessing psychiatry that Donna would be more than happy to discuss with you, as well as going directly through a physician.
Should you wish long term access to a psychiatrist beyond your time in therapy, or you no longer wish to use our office as your single point of access to services, please let us know so that we can assist you with other options. We also recommend that you discuss other options with your family physician. They can assist you by providing you with another referral to a psychiatrist or getting you on a waitlist for a community psychiatrist. There are also other telemedicine options. We are here to help you select the option that best fits your needs.
MY FEE STRUCTURE FOR THIS SERVICE:
OHIP covers the cost of the virtual visit with psychiatrist.
The psychiatric appointment is followed by a regular appointment at the standard fee where we discuss your treatment plan and begin to implement the plan.
The benefit of this model is that a truly collaborative treatment plan is created and put into action.
Service provided by Psychotherapy Matters.