Meet the Team

Manitoba College of Social Workers: Certificate #4068

Canadian Play Therapy Association: Play Therapist Intern Member # PTI-MB-1622

Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers #837541

Kathleen McDonald MSW RSW

Pronouns: She/Her

Kathleen has worked with children and youth in various roles since 2004. Kathleen has a Master’s of Social Work (MSW), and is a Registered Social Worker (RSW) and a Play Therapy Intern (PTI) with the Canadian Association of Play Therapy. Kathleen also has a background in criminology, early childhood education and youth work. Kathleen has advanced training in attachment, relationship-based practice and trauma-informed practices and treatments. Kathleen is a Circle of Security Parenting Facilitator (COS-P).

Kathleen works with children, youth, young adults and families, working from an attachment perspective, focusing on the healing nature of connection and relationships.

Kathleen is the owner and Clinical Director of Courageous Connections

Contact Kathleen: kathleen@courageousconnections.ca

Manitoba College of Social Workers: Certificate #5207

Ashley Gaboury MSW RSW

Pronouns: She/Her

Ashley is a Registered Social Worker (RSW). Ashely looks forward to meeting new people each week and building a connection with them. Ashley has a Masters of Social Work (MSW) from the University of Manitoba. Prior to beginning her journey in social work, she completed a Bachelor of Arts in psychology, focusing on behaviour modification, as well as obtaining a certificate in human resource management.

Ashley provides a safe and non-judgmental environment, coupled with the importance of building a foundation of trust being paramount. She is a firm believer in a private, safe, and culturally sensitive environment. She values compassion and kindness and lives by the principles of humility and integrity.

She endeavors to help others reach their goals and influence them to work towards their full potential on your journey together.

Contact Ashley: ashley@courageousconnections.ca

Canadian Play Therapy Association: Play Therapist Intern Member # GM-MB-1781

Sandie Masters BPEH, Bed, MA 

Pronouns: She/Her

Sandra (Sandie) Masters has a Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology, a Bachelor of Education and a Bachelors of Physical Education. She is currently working towards certification with the Christian Counseling Association, the Canadian Counseling and Psychotherapy Association and is a Play Therapy Intern with the Canadian Play Therapy Association.

Sandie has been working with children and families as an educator for almost 30 years. Her work with children is continued in the area of play therapy. She has been working with Aulneau Renewal Centre for the past two and a half years. She has advanced training in two attachment-based models of intervention: Theraplay and Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP).

Contact Sandie: sandra@courageousconnections.ca

Practicum Student Booth University College

Greta Waples – Practicum Student

Pronouns: She/Her/They

Greta is currently attending Booth University College in the Bachelor of Social Work program. Greta is a practicum student with Courageous Connections. Greta has worked as a journalist, personal trainer, Recovery coach and counselor. Greta volunteers with Kid Help Phone and Recovery Day Winnipeg. Greta has a passion for working in the mental health field and is looking forward to working with the individuals and families at Courageous Connections.

Marissa Gagne – Web Manager

Pronouns: She/Her

Marissa recently graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Family Social Sciences. Marissa currently works in Human Resources and works behind the scenes at The Attachment Network of Manitoba maintaining their webpage and social media content. Marissa strongly believes attachment and connection are fundamental to mental health and ones overall wellbeing.

We would like acknowledge Courageous Connections Counseling & Consulting is located on Treaty 1 land, the traditional lands of the Anishinabe (Ojibway), Ininew (Cree), Oji-Cree, Dene, and Dakota , and is the Birthplace of the Métis Nation and the Heart of the Métis Nation Homeland.

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