Dena Samimi-Ward


About Dena Samimi-Ward, Registered Psychologist, MACP

As a Registered Psychologist, I provide services to children, youth, adults, couples, and groups. I have worked with clients on a variety of issues including but not limited to anxiety, depression, trauma, anger management, grief & loss, parenting, attachment, and relationship issues.

I utilize a client-centered approach as we work together to find what works best for you, moving towards a place of healing, growth, and joy. By creating a safe space for you to explore and process your journey and build on your own strengths, we can develop new insights and skills along the way.

Training & Qualifications

I have been working with individuals and families in various settings for over 10 years. I have a Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology and have been a Registered Psychologist since 2019.

I am an EMDR clinician, and have completed additional certifications in HeartMath and Grief Recovery Method.

I also use strategies from other modalities based on the needs of clients. These include Mindfulness, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Strength-based, Circle of Security, and Somatic Experiencing approaches.

Areas of Interest & Specialty

My professional interests centre around attachment-based practices and being trauma informed. Therefore, I have completed additional certifications and trainings in Infant Mental Health, Level 1 and Level 2 through the Trauma and Loss Centre, and Play Therapy Based Treatment of Trauma from RMPTI.

When working with couples, I use techniques from Ellyn Bader’s developmental approach, Gottman & Gottman, as well as acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT).

Will work well together if you want:

  • To work with a psychologist who uses Evidence-Based Practices and translates that into easy to understand psychoeducation to empower you to make decisions that align with your goals
  • To work with a psychologist who will create a safe space to examine current ways of thinking, beliefs, and feelings and become aware of their impact on your daily life and relationships
  • To shift ways of thinking, beliefs, and feelings to improve the relationship with yourself and others
  • To try new strategies and are willing to practice these strategies as they slowly replace old patterns that may be no longer working for you
  • Participate in regular sessions to ensure we are on the right path to meet your goals

We will not work well together if:

  • You want a psychologist to tell you what to do and make decisions for you

If you are a new client and would like to book an appointment, please call or email us, or use the form on this page to get started.