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.
Janet Milligan, MSW, RSW
Janet Milligan is an experienced Registered Social Worker, with over 10 years’ experience. She is known to be deeply caring, easy to work with and dedicated to helping her clients heal the emotional pains that interfere with daily living.
Janet specializes in working with individual adults, children and adolescents, and provides online, telephone and in person psychotherapy appointments to children (10 and over), adolescents and adults. Additionally she provides parental support therapy for those parents looking for guidance as well as therapy for Indigenous clients through NIHB.
Janet is a graduate of McMaster University where she earned a BA and Bachelor of Social degrees concurrently. She began her Social Work career in 2007, and at that time she worked in child welfare services. By 2010 she began working more closely with individuals, and shifted her focus to clinical practice. She completed a Clinical Master of Social Work Degree in 2011 at Wilfrid Laurier University.
Janet is trained in a variety of mental health modalities to assist individuals with anxiety, mood disorders, relationship issues and difficult life histories. She completed an EMDRIA Approved Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Basic Training in 2018, and is currently working towards becoming Internationally Certified in EMDR therapy under supervision.
As an EMDR-trained therapist, Janet has expanded her areas of psychotherapy treatment to include trauma and dissociation. Janet defines trauma to include both ‘large’ traumas such as natural disasters, car accidents, abuse and sexual traumas as well as ‘smaller’ traumas such as criticisms, relationship break-ups, feeling humiliated, feelings of inadequacy and low self-esteem.
Janet’s schedule is flexible for telephone and virtual sessions. She offers in person appointments on Thursday evenings and Fridays during the daytime.
Alex Sellors, MSW, RSW
Alex Sellors is an experienced Registered Social Worker and Psychotherapist who specializes in working with various forms of traumas.
She has experience working with PTSD, complex traumatic stress, disassociation, childhood abuse and neglect, intimate partner violence, traumatic incidents and vicarious trauma. Alex also works with anxiety, stress, compassion fatigue, substance abuse, grief/loss and end-of-life support.
She is known as a caring and professional provider who works with a variety of adult individuals including first responders, healthcare and mental health workers and Indigenous clients through NIHB.
Alex attained her BA in Psychology from the University of Guelph before completing her Master of Social Work (MSW) at the University of Toronto. Alex has spent most of her career working in the hospital system in the emergency department and outpatient mental health.
Alex uses an integrative approach when working with trauma and other concerns. She incorporates the following modalities: EMDR, somatic approaches, solution-focused therapy, CBT, ACT, and DBT –Dialectical Behavioural Therapy which is a comprehensive, evidence-based treatment for borderline personality disorder (BPD).
Alex is pleased to be joining the DAWN Associates team of professionals, and is seeing clients both in-person at our Hamilton office or online.
Sherine Chacko, MSW, RSW
Sherine is a Registered Social Worker who is fluent in English, Hindi, Bengali and Malayalam.
She works with Adults, Seniors and couples. She has experience working with First Responders and Healthcare workers. Sherine brings expertise in working with relationship-related concerns that impact an individual’s personal or work performance such as chronic illness, trauma, interpersonal conflict, substance abuse issues, communication and extended family concerns.
As well, Sherine provides support to individuals and couples who have experienced domestic violence. Her experience extends to families and caregivers alike as she has worked in long-term care facilities assisting clients with chronic illness, grief and loss.
Sherine incorporates CBT, Motivational Interviewing and solution-focused techniques in her work with clients. Sherine is registered with NIHB to work with Indigenous couples and individuals.
Sherine is working virtually on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 am to 6 pm, and on Mondays from 5 – 8 pm.
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, offering online appointments on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.as well as Saturdays between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.