Maxine Bower, MSW, RSW
Registered Social Worker
Maxine is a registered social worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers, as well as a member of the Canadian Association of Social Workers. She graduated with a Master of Social Work from the University of Toronto. She is a black-biracial, cis-gender, queer lesbian with Caribbean and Nova Scotian roots. She is sex positive, sex work positive, body positive and poly positive. She is also pro trans, pro gender non – conforming, pro femme, pro Black and pro Indigenous.
Maxine’s practice centers client self-determination and collaboration as integral in healing and mental health work. Maxine’s practice is also informed by the understanding that healing occurs through relationship with one’s self, with others, with community and with creation. When working with Maxine, you can expect to work with someone who draws from anti-colonial, harm reduction, intersectional feminist and trauma-informed practices and theories.
Depending on client interests, values, goals and needs, Maxine will use somatic, cognitive behavioural and narrative therapies, polyvagal and attachment theories, as well as solutions – focused and strengths-based techniques. She will also welcome the inclusion of ancestry, spirituality and tradition in sessions, again depending on client interests, values, goals and needs. Maxine approaches this work with care, enthusiasm, joy, love, humility and gratitude and looks forward to connecting with clients!