Chelsea Hack (she/her)

Chelsea Hack (she/her)

Individual & Family Therapist

MSW, RSW

About Chelsea

Chelsea Hack is a Registered Social Worker who is passionate about working with autistic folks in a way that encourages authenticity, trust, and acceptance. With a focus on youth, young adults, and their families, Chelsea utilizes narrative therapy, strength-based and trauma-informed approaches. She believes that people are the experts of their own lives. In sessions, Chelsea will personalize the therapeutic approach to support you to feel empowered to reach your goals. Collaboration, advocacy, compassion, non-judgment, and genuineness are central to Chelsea’s style.

Chelsea has extensive experience working with youth and their loved ones from various backgrounds and experiences, including those experiencing complex mental health. Additionally, Chelsea has contributed to autism research as a research assistant for over two years, with the biggest project being the Campus Ready Project, which aims to better support autistic university students.

Chelsea’s primary interest lies in supporting individuals experiencing anxiety, stress, emotional dysregulation and conflict. By employing a personalized approach, Chelsea facilitates open discussions about therapy goals while equipping clients with the necessary skills and resources to address their specific needs.

Client focus:

Adolescents, young adults, adults and their families.

Locations:

Registered to practice in Ontario and Alberta

Fee:

$160/hr session

Services:

Individual and family therapy focused on:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Grief and Loss
  • Self-esteem
  • Relationships
  • Life transitions (school, work, family, friendships)
  • Stress
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Coping skills
  • Self-care and wellness

Treatment Approach:

  • Narrative Therapy
  • Trauma-Informed Practice
  • Strengths-Based
  • Self-Compassion
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
  • Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT)

Therapy Options:

Virtual, In-person

In-person appointments primarily located at:

TS Medical Centre
692 Euclid Avenue
Toronto, Ontario

Education:

Master of Social Work – Clinical Specialization (Trauma-Informed Practice), University of Calgary
Bachelor of Arts – Psychology, University of Alberta

WHY WE CARE

Passion for Neurodiversity

Chelsea's passion for neurodiversity comes from wanting to provide therapy that recognizes and honours the unique ways each person's brain works. She values creating a relationship that makes people feel safe to show up authentically and share their life experiences without fear of judgement.

Chelsea also works on the Campus Belonging project as a research assistant. Through her work as a research assistant she has been able to see the positive impact, as well as the need for, neuro-affirming approaches.

Common Questions

Embarking on the journey of booking a therapy session can be a significant step—one that might seem intimidating.

Here are some FAQs

How do I book a free consultation?

If your preferred associate is available to meet with new clients, please click the link in their bio to book your free 20-minute consultation.

If they are not meeting with new clients at this time, please feel free to add yourself to our waiting list. Our Intake Coordinator will be in touch as soon as possible to schedule your appointment.

Are your consultations virtual?

Yes, all our consultations are virtual. However, some of our associates meet clients for in-person sessions in the Toronto area.

What types of insurance do you accept?

Our therapists are Registered Social Workers and Registered Psychotherapists and are covered by most health benefits plans. Check your benefits to see if these professionals are covered by your insurance.

How can I pay?

Payments are made through our client portal Jane.app after each session. All major credit cards are accepted.

What is your cancellation policy?

We require 48 hour cancellation notice for in-person sessions, and 24 hours for virtual appointments.

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Research & Media Links

Publications

“An Expert Discussion on Knowledge Translation in Autism in Adulthood Research”. Moderators: Anne V. Kirby, Participants: Katherine E. McDonald, James Cusack, Brenna Maddox, Cheryl Mangan, Lisa Morgan, Anne Roux, Nidhi Singhal, and Dori Zener. Autism in Adulthood. Mar 2021.11-17. https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/10.1089/aut.2020.29017.avk

Zener, D. (2019), “Helping autistic women thrive”, Advances in Autism, Vol. 5 No. 3, pp. 143-156. https://doi.org/10.1108/AIA-10-2018-0042

Zener, D. (2019), “Journey to diagnosis for women with autism”, Advances in Autism, Vol. 5 Issue: 1, pp.2-13, https://doi.org/10.1108/AIA-10-2018-0041

Contact us to request full-text versions of the publications.

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Appearances

Radio guest

The Dating and Relationship Show – Autism and Dating AM640  – 2019

Video

“10 Tips for Enhancing Mental Health” – CAMH 2023
https://youtu.be/kRNVaMA3JCA

“Fostering well-being in Autistic girls and women”, Profile of girls and women, INVEST – ACT 2022
https://youtu.be/xyTp4x3BYS0

“PTSD & Sexual Assault” – AIDE Canada 2022
https://aidecanada.ca/resources/learn/crisis-response/ptsd-from-sexual-assault

INVESTing in Women & Girls with ASD: Identify Needs, Validate, Educate, Strengthen, and Thrive – 2018
https://www.youtube.com/playlistlist=PLHFkezbvgdDZgIfIGXDjD32uF4ObMs4tE

Practical Strategies for Promoting Mental Wellness for Girls & Women with Autism  – ACT 2017
https://www.actcommunity.ca/education/videos/practical-strategies-for-supporting-mental-wellness-of-teenage-girls-and-women-with-asd

Women on the Autism Spectrum and Eating Disorders: Implications for Treatment – NEDIC 2013
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLvI1euWX-g&feature=youtu.be

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