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Michael Holker

(he/him)

Michael Holker, a man with short hair blue blazer and pink shirt

BSW, MSW, RSW 
Registered Social Worker

Michael Holker, a man with short hair blue blazer and pink shirt

My Story

I’m a Registered Social Worker with a heart for helping youth (ages 14+) and adults who think and perceive differently, particularly those with ADHD/Neurodivergence or those who may identify as Twice or Thrice exceptional. I also support those experiencing the complex challenges of substance use. My Neurodivergent experience has profoundly influenced my passion for sharing space in therapy with other neurodivergent people.

About Me

My clients often feel a big gap between where they are now and where they want to be. I’m here to help bridge that gap. Sometimes, we have a lot of potential and feel we need to live up to it. It’s okay to feel this way, and it’s also okay if you’re still figuring out who you are or how to get over obstacles to the life you want. We often benefit from an outside perspective that can help us find new strategies and tools to navigate the world more easily.

Neurodivergent people face barriers that neurotypicals experience less, like chronic invalidation, different perceptual experiences and challenges with transitions or new social environments, which can often lead to feeling isolated and rejected. I see you.
My late realization of my own Neurodivergence has led me to believe that individuals can overcome the barriers to growth and self-acceptance with suitable support, improved self-understanding, skill development, and self-compassion.

For many, negative social experiences can leave you feeling like you can’t be who you are, often leading to struggles in your relationship with yourself and others; it often increases loneliness, sadness and possibly unhealthy coping when things are not working (like substance use).

Neurodivergent and gifted traits interact with the environment, impacting you negatively, which can be tricky until you learn how to navigate these hurdles. In therapy, the impact of the intersecting aspects of ourselves, including how your thoughts, feelings, sensory experiences and behaviours intersect with the people you interact with and external factors affecting your well-being. I’m here to help guide you through the tough times so you can learn helpful strategies and understand, accept, and develop more compassion for yourself.

Seeking therapy as a Neurodivergent individual can be a daunting task. You may come to therapy after experiences of rejection and disappointment. Sharing your challenging experiences and expressing your thoughts and feelings to a non-judgmental and supportive person can be transforming; I hope to provide you with that safe space for you to explore who you are and help you make the shift from surviving to thriving.

‘To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.’
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Following completing my Honours Bachelor of Arts at the University of Toronto (2002). I gained valuable life experiences that guided me toward my passion for helping others, leading me to a social work degree. I pursued a degree in Social Work in 2014 (BSW – Dalhousie University) and earned a Master’s degree in 2018 (MSW – University of Windsor). I have been a Registered Social Worker since 2015, working extensively in community mental health. My roles involved building community programming and offering 1:1 and group therapy to individuals to help enhance their mental well-being.

As an integrative therapist, I draw on insights from multiple modalities (Mindfulness, ACT, CBT, DBT, to name a few) to help you work toward growing toward a more fulfilling life. I use neuro-affirming approach rooted in a strengths-based, client-centred, solutions-focused perspective and trauma-informed lens in my work with clients.

Ready to take the next step on your journey? Contact me now, and together, we can overcome obstacles and build the fulfilling life you deserve.

Ages: I work with clients 14 years of age and older.

Languages: English

Service Area: Ontario, Canada

Registration: #826405 Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW)

Fees

Session times vary according to the type of session you are attending.

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Individuals - $175 per 50 minute session

Payment can be made by credit card and eTransfer. Regardless of how payment is made, a credit card is required on file.

Free Consultation

Book a free 20 minute online consult with our Care Coordinator to discuss how we can work together to meet your goals.

The Practice

This practice is a virtual practice. At present, all sessions take place online. The platform we use is called Jane, a practice management system designed by and for Canadian health and mental health professionals.

Insurance Coverage

Registered practitioners’ fees may be covered by Extended Health Insurance Plans. Check with your provider.

Cancellation Policy

Without 48 hours advance notice for appointment cancellations, the full session fee will be billed.

Get Connected

Book a Free Consultation

Before connecting you with Michael, we would like to invite you for a free twenty-minute consultation with our Client Care Coordinator.

The consultation is not a therapy session. It’s a chance for you to ask any questions you may have about us and for us to make sure you are in the best possible hands.

Therapy is all about the right fit. We are sure you’ll find the right fit with us, where neurodivergence is normal.

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