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Anna Maria D’Asti, MSW, PSW, Psychotherapist

Individual, Couple and Family Therapist

adasti@counselingwestisland.com 514-588-1397

I began my career as a Special Care Counselor in 1988, which fostered my strong belief in the academic, social and socio-professional integration of children, teens and adults with special needs. This led to employment within a variety of contexts including school, group home and chronic care settings. The desire to further develop this knowledge base led to my pursuing studies at McGill University, graduating with a Bachelor in Education in 1994.

Given my passion for working with children and families, in 1996 I obtained a bachelor’s degree in Social Work. My career in this field began as a community center advocate, where my primary role was to ensure the successful integration of individuals with cognitive and physical challenges. I accepted a position at the Jewish Rehabilitation Hospital, which enabled me to acquire expertise in the areas of neurology, rheumatology, traumatic brain injury and pediatric language disorders. This milieu sensitized me to the complex adaptation process experienced by individuals, diagnosed with an acute or chronic illness. I went on to broaden my skills in the field of rehabilitation, completing a Master’s degree in Social Work in 2001.

I have since then began my private practice, working with individuals, couples and families confronted by a variety of challenges, affecting many facets of their lives. My working model aims to foster self awareness, identify strengths while simultaneously moving towards improving quality of life.

I am a Member of L’Ordre Professionnel des Travailleurs Sociaux du Québec (OPTSQ) and continue to regularly attend workshops geared towards building on individual resilience.