Dori Zener has been working with families affected by Autism, learning disabilities and intellectual disabilities for over a decade. As an Individual, Couple and Family Therapist, Dori combines evidence-based therapy techniques to help each client achieve their goals and enhance their lives. As a Social Worker at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, she supported families after a diagnosis of ASD. There, she spearheaded the implementation of ‘Stepping Stones Triple P’, an evidence-based parenting program that increases parenting confidence and reduces challenging behaviour in children with disabilities.

Dori presents regularly at National and Provincial Conferences on the topic of Autism and mental health. She has been interviewed by national media regarding the impact of diagnosis and support options for families of children with ASD. Dori collaborated with professionals across the Toronto area to develop “Perspectives,” an education program for interdisciplinary health care students to learn about providing collaborative care for people with Autism Spectrum Disorders and developmental disabilities across the lifespan.

Client focus: Preteens (9+ years), teens and adults diagnosed or self-diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum including Asperger’s Syndrome. Lifespan approach. Expertise working with girls and women on the Autism Spectrum.


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Specialties:
  • Asperger’s Syndrome
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Girls and Women with Autism
  • Learning disabilities
Treatment Orientation:
  • Strengths based
  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
  • Solution Focused Therapy (SFT)
  • Dialectical Behavioral (DBT)
Issues:
  • Adjusting to change / life transitions
  • Anger management
  • Anxiety
  • Behavioral issues
  • Bullying
  • Coping skills
  • Depression
  • Eating disorders
  • Effective communication
  • Emotion regulation
  • Executive functioning
  • Females with ASD
  • Life coaching
  • Mood disorders
  • Parenting
  • Peer relationships
  • Self esteem
  • Sexuality and relationships
  • Social skills
  • Stress management
  • Women’s issues
  • Work performance
Therapy Options:

In person, telephone, and computer based: Skype, FaceTime, email therapy

Education:

Master of Social Work
University of Toronto, Faculty of Social Work

Bachelor of Arts (Hons.), Social and Political Theory
University of Western Ontario

Certificate in Solution-Focused Counselling
University of Toronto

Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) Accredited Provider

Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for children with Autism
Spectrum Disorders

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)

Ongoing training in Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy

Professional Affiliations:

Ontario Association of Social Workers

Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers

Ontario Association on Developmental Disabilities