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Rennet Wong-Gates

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MSW, RSW
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Rennet was born in Guyana, South America and came to Canada at the age of 17 with her twin brother. Her parents felt they would get a better education, and it proved to be a journey with many twists and turns. It was hard coming to a strange new country at so young an age. Cooking was always a central feature of home, with all the smells and colours of lively hospitality, so Rennet’s first choice was culinary school. This helped her transition to Canada. After various executive chef positions around the country, she was inspired by her new husband’s career helping people and set out to become a clinical social worker.

Rennet now has over seventeen years’ experience in the mental health field first as a community case manager and now a psychotherapist. She began her career living in a group home with 16 men suffering from serious mental illness, which helped her dispel her own stigmas in this area. She holds a BA Sociology (University of Toronto, 2004), BSW (University of Victoria, 2006), and MSW (University of Toronto 2014, where she won the Dean’s Medal in Social Work). During her career Rennet has worked in both clinical and management roles: Kinark Child and Family Services; Blue Hills; Canadian Mental Health Association; and Manager of Southlake Regional Health Centre Child and Adolescent Inpatient and Outpatient programs.

She currently works full-time providing psychotherapy and clinical social work services to adults, children, and families in her private clinical practice in York Region. Her trauma-informed practice focuses on mind and body connections and employs somatic experiencing, compassionate inquiry, and various more traditional evidence-based modalities including cognitive behavioural therapy, dialectical behaviour therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, narrative therapy, and emotion focused therapy. Relating food and therapy continues to be an area of interest.