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Dawn Zivanovich, MSW, RSW,  EMDRIA Approved Consultant and EMDR Therapist

Dawn Zivanovich, founder of DAWN Associates, is an experienced Registered Social Worker, EMDRIA Approved Consultant and EMDR Therapist.  She offers Consultation to EMDR Therapists and those working towards EMDR Certification.

Dawn Zivanovich

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.

Dawn’s expertise ranges from working with individuals, couples 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.  Dawn’s services as a Registered Social Worker are covered by most insurance benefit plans.

Her private practice spans over 30 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 in Hamilton.


Connie Marangwanda, MSW, RSW   

Connie brings more than two decades’ experience as a Registered Social Worker, offering a holistic approach to mental health and wellbeing that is evidence-based, creative and spiritual.

Connie Marangwanda

Her experience includes extensive work with women, children, men, couples and families providing thorough assessments and treatment plans to heal deeply rooted emotional and behavioural patterns. 

Connie’s treatment modalities include Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Concurrent Disorders, as well as EMDR (certification pending), CBT, mindfulness/meditation, ACT, IFS, solution focused brief therapy, motivational interviewing, narrative therapy, experiential therapies and addiction treatment.

With over 24 years of post Master of Social Work (MSW, Wilfrid Laurier University, 1998) experience, Connie brings a well informed perspective to addressing the needs of DAWN Associates clients. 

Connie provides online, telephone counselling as well as in-person therapy in Hamilton.


Salima Chehardine, MSW, RSW

Salima is an experienced Registered Social Worker with over 8 years’ experience. Fluent in three languages – English, Arabic and French – Salima has extensive experience helping immigrants adjust to life in Canada.

Salima Chehardine

She is well regarded for helping students and their families facing difficulties in coping with challenges in school and their community. She is equally adept at working with children (ages 4 and up) and adolescents, providing support for ADHD, autism and learning difficulties as well as emotional and behavioural challenges.

Also, Salima provides mental and emotional support to adults with depression, anxiety, stress and social phobias.  She is eclectic in her approach and utilizes a variety of therapies in her sessions including CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), DBT (Dialectical Behaviour Therapy), Solution-Focused therapy, Family systems theory, Motivational interviewing, ACT therapy, and EFT (Emotionally- focused therapy.

Salima earned her Masters Degree in Social Work from Dalhousie University, attained her BA in Social Work from the University of Manitoba as well as her BA in Psychology from the University of Algiers.

Salima is currently accepting new clients for individual and family therapy, and is delighted to join Dawn and the team at DAWN Associates. She is currently working remotely and offering telephone or virtual online appointments.