Our Team


DAWN ASSOCIATES contracts only with experienced counsellors and therapists who are able to focus on the unique needs of our clients.  Our counsellors utilize an integrative framework and a focused approach to treatment.

Our roster includes counsellors with specialized expertise, such as EMDR Therapy (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and Art Therapy, to meet the needs of more complex client problems.  Career and educational counselling is available as well. We require that our Counsellors be accredited by their professional associations.

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Dawn Zivanovich, MSW, RSW, EMDRIA Approved Consultant, Certified EMDR Therapist, ICF Associate Certified Coach

Dawn Zivanovich

Dawn Zivanovich, founder of DAWN ASSOCIATES, is an experienced clinical Social Worker, EMDRIA Approved Consultant and Associate Certified Coach.  She offers Consultation and Supervision to EMDR Therapists working towards EMDR Certification.  As well, she consults with Social Workers and Psychotherapists regarding their clinical cases and in starting up and establishing their private business practices.

Her sensitivity and knowledge has been helpful to clients of all ages.  Her dedication to continuing education and skill-building has enabled her to carry on with her own journey of personal and professional growth.  She is an Internationally Certified Coach. 

Dawn’s expertise ranges from working with individuals, couples, teenagers and seniors with a wide variety of issues and challenges.

Counselling methods include CBT, elements of Positive Psychology, Mindfulness and Meditation and EMDR Therapy which incorporates somatic and psychodynamic treatment. 

Her private practice spans over 25 years of skills and experience and includes, for example, maintaining and providing Employee Assistance Programs.  Dawn Associates has contracted with companies such as St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton over the years. 

Dawn provides online and telephone counselling as well as in-person therapy and life coaching in Hamilton and Caledonia.


Leon Hudecki, MSW, RSW

Leon Hudecki has had extensive experience working with individuals, and with marriage and family relationships. He is certified in Family Mediation and Critical Incident Stress Management. Leon worked on a Police Crisis Intervention Team and with both the Haldimand and Norfolk Children’s Aid Societies as a Child Abuse Specialist and Supervisor of Services. For many years, he worked in the community college system in both Counselling and Disability Services where he provided Psycho-educational Assessments.  He assisted students in developing learning strategies to assist with career and life goals. Leon has taught in Human Services Programs and directed and participated in numerous Labour Adjustment Programs, assisting those affected to link to employment opportunities.  Currently, Leon’s main focus is in working with Indigenous adults and teens on the Six Nations Reserve in Ohsweken, Ontario