Alison Buchan, Counsellor Oakville, Counselling

Alison Buchan, MSW, RSW, CSAT

Living a balanced, meaningful life with a grounded sense of self and loving connections can be a difficult thing to achieve and maintain. Yet these things can change the way we experience and negotiate our world. Therapy can help create a clearer understanding of obstacles and how to overcome them to live the life we want.


Alison is a recognized skilled social worker who, for over 15 years, has had the privilege of providing counselling support to clients. She focuses on a wide range of concerns in the areas of depression, anxiety, self-injurious behaviours, grief/loss, survivors of sexual abuse and other childhood trauma, children of alcoholics/addicts, clients with chemical and sexual addictions, and other family-of-origin issues. Alison has an evolving personal style that is engaged and interactive; she is very collaborative, incorporating new techniques and concepts. Most of all, she understands that clients have the insight and skill to navigate toward personal change and counts it is her privilege to work with clients.


In the field of social work Alison has worked in a variety of settings including 12 years in the addictions & mental health program at the Credit Valley Hospital, Trillium Health Partners; participated in community development in partnership with Northern Ontario First Nations communities; and managed research projects with The Hospital for Sick Children and University of Toronto.


Alison earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work at McMaster University and also continues her studies at the International Institute for Trauma & Addiction Professionals as a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist. She has also trained at Toronto Institute of Relational Psychotherapy (TIRP), Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute (SPI) and The Ferentz Institute. Additionally she has enhanced trauma treatment training in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Internal Family Systems therapy; and has specialized training from the International Centre of Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and has received certification in smoking cessation from the Centre for Addictions and Mental Health. She integrates mindfulness-based approaches in all her work.


Alison is committed to ongoing professional development and continuing education and is available to clinicians who are interested in supervision.


“Healthy freedom begins by honestly addressing the problem. Freedom can be yours if you preserve the walk in recovery. It is at this point addicts must try to see what is really going on because they soon will be caught up in the rapids again.”
Patrick Carnes, PhD