About Debbie Callahan
Debbie Callahan is a Registered Social Worker with over 16 years of experience. She completed her Master of Social Work at Memorial University of Newfoundland and has since worked extensively across community agencies and hospitals across Canada.
Debbie loves working closely with both adults and youth (ages 6 and up) struggling with anxiety, grief, depression, parenting, and behavioural issues. Clients would describe Debbie as friendly, grounded, and easy to talk to. She has a special way of connecting with youth and helping them feel safe enough to open up. Debbie draws from a variety of therapeutic approaches including Person Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and child specific therapies.
Debbie has worked in a wide variety of helping settings including community youth corrections, hospitals, and mobile crisis teams. In addition to her work at MyLife, she also provides therapy and counselling to children and adolescents experiencing acute mental health crises at Grand River Hospital in Kitchener. Debbie’s in-depth experience means she’s able to confidently guide her clients through the most challenging of issues.
Debbie joined MyLife with a goal of helping families and youth prevent problems before they spiral into crises. She does this by helping her clients develop the awareness and skills necessary to deal with challenges as they arise. Debbie is committed to helping adults and youth thrive in their relationships with their peers, loved ones, schools, and communities. Debbie also draws from her personal journey through grief and understands the complexity of issues that arise from loss. She appreciates the importance of having support during these times.
Families can also rest assured that Debbie is skilled at providing assessments that can help identify issues requiring specialized supports. This is important if the youth she’s working with may be struggling with undiagnosed conditions such as ADHD, Autism/Asperger’s, or serious mental health issues. Debbie believes it’s important to join with families in helping them find the extra care they may need.
In her spare time, Debbie enjoys travelling, decorating, gardening, exercising, going to the beach and hanging with friends and family.