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.
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, and under the supervision of a Registered Psychologist, 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.
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.
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.
Emanuele Blasioli, Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)
Emanuele’s broad knowledge base and clinical experience as a psychotherapist is a welcome addition to the DAWN Associates team where he is now offering therapy sessions in both English and Italian.
His treatment protocols will be especially helpful to our individual and couples clients, with expertise in dealing with depression, anxiety disorders, family and couple issues, OCD, phobia and grief counselling.
Emanuele holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and a Master of Science degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Padua (Italy), followed by a clinical practicum at the Strategic Therapy Center of Arezzo (Italy).
In recognition of the evolving landscape of healthcare and the role of technology in mental health services, Emanuele also completed a Master of Science degree in eHealth from McMaster University and at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton (SJHH).
Emanuele’s extensive educational qualifications, combined with his practical experience, empower him to address a wide range of mental health concerns with expertise, sensitivity, and cultural awareness. His well-rounded education uniquely positions him to provide tailored and effective therapeutic interventions that promote healing, growth, and resilience.
In addition to being a licensed Psychologist in Italy, Emanuele is a Member of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (Qualifying), and a member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCAP).
He offers online and in-person therapy sessions at our Rymal Road office in Hamilton.