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As a mother of two, I understand and appreciate the difficulties and struggles that come with parenting and the challenges that arise when navigating the different stages of parenthood. I have worked for over 10 years with parents to support them through the stressors related to being a parent and balancing this identity with other roles in their lives.

My approach is client centred, strengths based and trauma informed when working with individuals. I provide support with understanding and processing what may be getting in the way of achieving an individuals personal goals. I meet the individual where they’re at to understand their personal experience and explore ways to build on their own capacity and inner strength to improve confidence in their parenting role and work towards achieving their identified goals.

"Norette takes a client-centered, strengths-based and trauma-informed approach in her work with individuals. She has worked with many families from different backgrounds and takes a culturally-sensitive approach when working with individuals to identify their strengths, challenges and goals."
Therapeutic Interest
  • Parenting support
  • Emotional regulation
  • Self-esteem
  • Life Stressors
  • Family relationships
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Transition to Parenthood
  • Bachelor or Social Work (First Class Honours), University of Sydney
  • Master of Social Work, University of Toronto
Additional Training
  • Emotion-Focused Family Therapy with Children & Caregivers, Mirisse Foroughe PhD.C.Psych, SickKids CCMH
  • Emotion-Focused Skills Training (EFST) for Parents and Families, Dr. Joanne Dolhanty, York University
  • Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Scot Cooper, RP, SickKids CCMH
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Workshop, Sheri Van Dijk, MSW, RSW
  • Connections: A Group Intervention for Mothers and Children Experiencing Violence in Relationships, Mothercraft
  • Working with Aboriginal Women and Youth Level 1, Native Women’s Resource Centre of Toronto
  • Non-Traditional Parenting Intervention, The Gail Appel Institute
  • Supporting Security – A Parent Group Intervention to Foster Secure Attachment between Parents and Infants, Dr Jean-Victor Wittenberg, SickKids
  • Trauma and IFS Workshop, Dr. Richard C. Schwartz, Mission Empowerment
  • Emotion-Focused Chair Work: from Self-Criticism and Avoidance to Assertion and Forgiveness, Dr. Adele Lafrance, Mental Health Foundations
Therapeutic Style
  • Attachment-based treatment
  • Emotion focused family therapy
  • Solution focused therapy
  • Interpersonal therapy
  • Relational therapy
  • Emotion focused therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Cognitive behaviour therapy
Norette Rene-Gougeon

Norette Rene-Gougeon

She / Her

Therapist - MSW, RSW