Charmaine Ross, RSW, MSW, MIRHR, J.D. Candidate

Locations: Phone/Video
Disciplines: Individual Therapy and Group Therapy
Languages: English
Top Specialties: Mental Distress, Relational Issues, Trauma/PTSD, Life Transitions & Life Coaching, and School Issues or Workplace Conflict


  • Juris Doctor Candidate, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University
  • Master of Industrial Relations and Human Resources, Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources, University of Toronto
  • Master of Social Work, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto
  • Honours Bachelor of Human Resources Management, York University
  • Honours Bachelor of Arts (specialization in Bioethics and minor in Writing and Rhetoric), University of Toronto


  • Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW): 837345

Additional Certifications

  • Mindfulness (LifeWorks formerly Morneau Shepell)
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (LifeWorks formerly Morneau Shepell)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (LifeWorks formerly Morneau Shepell)
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (LifeWorks formerly Morneau Shepell)
  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (LifeWorks formerly Morneau Shepell and George Brown College)
  • Motivational Interviewing (LifeWorks formerly Morneau Shepell)
  • Narrative Therapy (LifeWorks formerly Morneau Shepell)
  • Privacy and Information Sharing: Awareness Training for Contractors and Service Providers (LifeWorks formerly Morneau Shepell)
  • Children’s Mental Health (LifeWorks formerly Morneau Shepell)
  • Children and Domestic Violence (LifeWorks formerly Morneau Shepell)
  • Student Support Program and International Student Support Program (LifeWorks formerly Morneau Shepell)
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) (LifeWorks formerly Morneau Shepell)
  • Workplace Diversity and Inclusion (Homewood Health Inc.)
  • Cross-Cultural Counselling (LifeWorks formerly Morneau Shepell)
  • Youth Mental Health Training/Frontline Workers Training (Agincourt Community Services)
  • Indigenous Cultural Awareness Training (Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres)
  • Navigating “Western” Mental Health in Black Communities (Afro-Canadian Caribbean Association of Hamilton [ACCA])
  • Crisis Intervention Training (Gerstein Centre Training and Canadian Training Institute)
  • Culturally Adapted CBT for South Asian Clients (Homewood Health Inc.)

About Charmaine

The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.” – Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

It is important for me to strengthen our connection by making you feel safe and comfortable to authentically share your thoughts, feelings, fears, and tears in a calm, conversational, and judgement-free space. I treat all my clients with compassion, dignity, and respect. And, I view psychotherapy as a process of awakening the unconscious and exploring each client’s unique skills, abilities, and talents.

I have trained in and use a variety of clinical models and integrative approaches, including Mindfulness, Solution-Focused, Strengths-Based, Cognitive-Behavioural, Dialectical Behaviour, Emotionally-Focused, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative, Harm-Reduction, and Family Systems approaches to name a few, to support my clients with coping with life’s challenges and creating positive changes in their lives. I support adults, emerging adults, and youth who struggle with finding their balance in school, at work, or at home. My clients commonly report losing their balance due to stress (e.g., physical, psychological, psychosocial, and/or psycho-spiritual) and/or major life challenges (e.g., perceived setbacks or failures, friendship issues, unfair treatment or abuse, career pressure, job loss, getting older, grief and loss, addiction concerns, etc.). As such, I can help you to become more self-aware and to develop improved coping strategies and healthy self-care habits so that you can better manage everyday stressors and major life challenges. Gradually, you will notice reduced negative impacts to your mental, emotional, physical, physiological, and/or social health.

In the words of Glenn Close, “[w]hat mental health needs is more sunlight, more candor, more unashamed conversation”. I have had my fair share of trials and tribulations and have had the opportunity to encourage and be encouraged. I look forward to walking alongside you in your journey towards better mental health. If you would like to become a client of mine, I can offer you a free 15-minute telephone consultation to answer any initial questions you may have. Of course, should you wish to get started right away, please feel free to book a session with me directly. Talk to you soon!

Therapy with Charmaine

In our first session together, I will spend some time getting to know you and the issues that brought you to therapy—I will ask about your background and history, including your support systems, relationships, interests, and strengths. I will also ask about your presenting concerns and therapeutic goals. In future sessions, we will work towards those goals together. Our therapy sessions can be anywhere between an hour to two hours and often occur on a weekly basis but can be more or less frequent as per what works best for you!


Alcohol Use
Anger Management
Behavioural Issues
Career Guidance
Child or Adolescent
Chronic Relapse
Coping Skills
Domestic Abuse
Domestic Violence
Drug Abuse
Family Conflict
Internet Addiction
Life Coaching
Life Transitions
Marital and Premarital
Men's Issues
Mood Disorders
Narcissistic Personality (NPD)
Oppositional Defiance
Peer Relationships
Personality Disorders
Pregnancy Prenatal & Postpartum
Racial Identity
Relationship Issues
School Issues
Sex Addiction
Sexual Abuse
Sleep or Insomnia
Substance Use
Suicidal Ideation
Trauma and PTSD
Video Game Addiction
Weight Loss
Women’s Issues
Workplace Conflict

Age Range

Preteens/Tweens (11-13)
Adolescents/Teenagers (14-19)
Elders (65+)

Therapy Types

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Art Therapy
Christian Counselling
Cognitive Behavioural (CBT)
Compassion Focused
Culturally Sensitive
Dialetical (DBT)
Emotionally Focused
Expressive Arts
Family Systems
Internal Family Systems (IFS)
Motivational Interviewing
Positive Psychology
Psychobiological Approach
Rational Emotive Behaviour (REBT)
Solution Focused Brief
Strength Based
Structural Family Therapy
Trauma Focused


Aviation Professionals
Body Positivity
HIV / AIDS Allied
Racial Justice Allied
Single Mother
Vegan Allied