Maurissa Hastings MSW, RSW

Maurissa Hastings


Registered Social Worker with a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Windsor

Through my lived experience with mental health and addictions, as well as my work sitting with hundreds of stories of emotional pain, disappointment, self-criticism, grief, trauma, new hopes, and personal growth, I have learned that living well is an art. However, because of these experiences, I understand that engaging in therapy can be an intimidating first step. My aim is to provide a safe and nonjudgement space to help assist people in developing and consolidating their personal approach to tackling life’s challenges, enabling them to find their own way by harnessing strength and resilience to confront the inevitable problems, upsets, and crises of life with confidence.

I specialize in assisting those facing various life challenges. Drawing from my personal experience and background in justice and community mental health, I have provided valuable support to clients dealing with a wide range of issues, including anxiety, depression, PTSD, insomnia, addiction, interpersonal conflicts, and grief, among others. My professional experience extends to working with individuals from diverse backgrounds, including those who are neurodiverse, part of the LGBTQ2S+ community, and from various socioeconomic and cultural contexts.

My primary objective when working with clients is to establish a strong and supportive therapeutic relationship where they can feel heard and supported. Given my expertise in assisting individuals who have endured trauma and chronic stress, a significant portion of my therapeutic focus revolves around helping clients rebuild a sense of safety, process unhelpful thoughts and emotions, and chart a path forward. I adopt a flexible therapeutic approach, drawing insights from a variety of theories and modalities tailored to each individual’s unique needs. The approaches I utilize include Narrative Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness techniques, and more.

I have extensive personal experience practicing mindfulness daily for the 13 years I have been in recovery. Additionally, I have designed and conducted research on the benefits of mindfulness practice for mental health and addictions. Being neurodivergent, I recognize that not everyone experiences mindfulness activities the same way, and I look forward to helping clients develop mindfulness strategies in ways that make sense for them.

In addition to being a therapist, I am grateful to be a mother and enjoy exploring nature with my daughter and our dogs. I also relish hiking, camping, gardening, or any activity that involves fresh air. Furthermore, I take pleasure in playing the piano, painting, writing, and listening to old records.

I am deeply appreciative of your consideration in choosing me as your potential therapist to accompany you on your mental health journey.

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