Meet BriAnna Simons (She/Her) B.S.W., M.S.W., R.S.W.
Clinical Social Worker
I am a Registered Clinical Social Worker with a passion for helping children and families navigate through challenges, improve their emotional wellbeing and strengthen relationships. With specialized training through the Canadian Association for Child and Play Therapy (CACPT), I meet the unique needs of children by using child and play based therapies. I believe in a whole family approach when identifying and addressing the needs of children, youth and families.
In 2010, I wrote a Masters thesis titled: Is Ignorance Really Bliss? Child Welfare Workers Speak Out About Their Understanding of Best Practice when Working with Children Exposed to Domestic Violence. My authorship came full circle in 2021 when I published my first book titled: Emotionally Attuned Parenting ~ An Easy + Fun Guide to Helping Your Child Through the Tough Stuff of Life.
Then a life long dream came true with the creation of my first children's book, The Pink Balloon an inclusive children's story.
In my private practice work I pull from a multitude of diverse life, work and parenting experiences that I have had, along with my education to guide individuals and families through their own journey of self-discovery, processing, and healing. My experience in providing therapy spans a variety of areas including working with individuals, couples, children and youth, blended and diverse families, 2SLGBTQ+ children and adults, and providing a co-parenting development process for separated and divorced parents. In 2020 I completed WPATH (World Professional Association for Transgender Heath) training and provide Readiness and Referral Letters for individuals when needed. In addition I host community meet-up opportunities for parents and caregivers of transgender and gender expansive children and youth. These meet-ups extend to the children and youth themselves helping to build community.
My clinical social work practice is governed by the Canadian Association of Social Workers and the Nova Scotia College of Social Workers, and follows a professional Code of Ethics. I love connecting with the community and have taken on active roles in expanding supportive services through roles such as being on the board of directors of Lunenburg PRIDE, an Inclusion Team Member with Simply Good Form, and a board member of the Chester Community Wellness Partnership.
Why Play & Outdoors?
It can help with
Play is a vital part of what it is to be human and achieves many things that oftentimes we are unaware of, making it an invaluable experience. Through play we learn about the world around us and connect with ourselves.
Being outdoors helps to ground us and can bring a sense of calm and peacefulness in an otherwise busy world. While outdoors and through play we learn how to co-regulate with nature and those around us which gives the opportunity to learn how to self-regulate.
The development of fine and gross motor skills happens through play and is enhanced through movement outdoors. We also discover how to rely on our senses.
Being outdoors and having the freedom to play fosters the discovery of how to think creatively, and expands our cognitive growth. Through play we develop and build our self-confidence and internal worth.
Oxygen is essential, being amongst trees and the greenspaces around us feeds our body on a cellular level.
Through play we discover ways to communicate, establish our likes and dislikes, build internal motivation, and can expand on self-expression.
“In working with BriAnna over several years, she has proven to be an invaluable resource both personally and professionally in emotionally healthy child development. Her wealth of knowledge and skill is matched by her dedication to ongoing learning and development. I'm grateful to be able to learn from her expertise.”
— Jen Wheeldon, Clinical Social Worker
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**Any new referrals received after September 30th, 2021 will be placed on the January** start list and will be contacted mid-December.