Ashley Silvester is a Registered Social Worker with over 12 years of professional experience. She focuses on working collaboratively with families and community partners while advocating for the independence of her clients. Ashley has a passion for equality and social justice. In addition, she strives to empower all clients to overcome the systemic barriers and stigma associated with mental health conditions, unemployment, homelessness, and/or involvement with the courts.

Silvester has worked in private practice, inpatient and outpatient hospital clinics, residential treatment and community counselling.  Also, Ashley has assessed patients who have been injured in accidents, determined their functional status, and eligibility for psychological, rehabilitation and vocational counselling, including family and group counselling.

Ashley’s holistic and person-centred approach is to establish trust by utilizing different modalities such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), Narrative Therapy, Evidenced-Based Psychotherapy, problem solving and analysis within an anti-oppressive framework.

Ashley has significant experience in working with clients to cope and overcome the following challenges:

  • Couples Therapy/Marriage Counselling
  • Depression & Anxiety
  • Trauma/Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Bereavement, Grief & Loss
  • Adjustment to health-related conditions including Fibromyalgia Chronic Pain, Illness, Eating Disorder and Anger Management 
  • Overcoming the trauma of being a victim of domestic violence
  • Addiction assessment and treatment for substance abuse/misuse, including alcohol, cannabis and concurrent disorders.  Ashley is comfortable working within both abstinence-based and harm-reduction models.

Qualifications: Ashley holds a Master of Social Work Degree from the University of Waterloo, a Bachelor of Social Work (Hons.) Degree from York University.

Certificates:  Training in Legal Issues in Mental Health Dementia & Addiction, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training, Non-Violent Crisis Intervention & Harm Reduction Training, Domestic Violence & Dispute Resolution Training, and  Gentle Persuasive Approaches (GPA) in Dementia Care & Bereavement Counselling.

Language Spoken:  English and Caribbean, Jamaican English-based Creole Patois (Patwa or Patwah).

“Showing respect, empathy and compassion can make a huge difference in the lives of others.  The greatest privilege for a social worker is to help people get back on their feet and regain the strength to overcome any obstacles encountered in this Journey of Life.”   Ashley Silvester.