Dori Zener (she/her)

Dori Zener (she/her)


Individual, Relationship & Family Therapist


SST + Resources: $400/90 minutes
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About Dori

Dori Zener is a registered social worker, speaker, and educator, who has dedicated her career to creating Neurodiversity-Affirming mental health opportunities for autistic people across the lifespan. Her specialized focus lies in supporting late-discovered neurodivergent individuals, helping them cultivate self-awareness and self-compassion throughout their personal journeys. Dori also offers trainings based on her clinical expertise, centered around her INVEST model, which provides a Neurodiversity-Affirming framework for counselling. She is deeply passionate about fostering autism acceptance and actively contributes to expanding the understanding of autism through various avenues such as publications, workshops, research collaborations, and corporate consultations.

Dori strongly values the transformative potential of shared lived experiences in fostering connections and instilling hope. To bring this belief into practice, she spearheaded the establishment of five autistic-led peer support groups. Good Company, for adult women and nonbinary adults, Chilling on the Spectrum, a young adult support and social group, Navigating Work a unique group for Neurodivergent job seekers, Rainbow Spectrum Pride, a support group for autistic 2SLGBTQIA+ adults, and Wildflowers, a support and social group for autistic girls and nonbinary teens. Through these initiatives, Dori aims to cultivate supportive communities that nurture individuals and celebrate their diverse experiences.

Client Focus:

Preteens (13+ years) teens and adults diagnosed or self-diagnosed Autistic, learning differences and ADHD. Lifespan approach. Expertise working with girls, women, and gender diversity.

Single Session Therapy + Resources:

$400/90 minute


$225/clinical hour session

Trainings/Public Speaking on the following topics:

INVEST Neurodiversity-Affirming Therapy Model, Profile of Autistic girls & women, Autism & Mental Health, and Employment


Individual, relationship and family therapy focused on meeting the needs of clients which might include:

  • Adjusting to change / life transitions
  • Anger management
  • Anxiety
  • Bullying
  • Coping skills
  • Depression
  • Effective communication
  • Emotion regulation
  • Executive functioning
  • Gender diversity
  • Mood disorders
  • Parenting
  • Persistent/Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA)
  • Peer relationships
  • Self esteem
  • Sexuality and relationships
  • Social skills
  • Stress management
  • Women’s issues
  • Work performance

Treatment Approach:

  • Neurodiversity Framework
  • Strengths-Based
  • Person-Centred
  • Solution Focused Therapy (SFT)
  • Dialectical Behavioral (DBT)
  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)

Therapy Options:

In-person, telephone, online video conference or email therapy

In-person appointments primarily located at:

TS Medical Centre
692 Euclid Avenue
Toronto, Ontario


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


Passion for Neurodiversity

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 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


“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.

Zener, D. (2019), “Helping autistic women thrive”, Advances in Autism, Vol. 5 No. 3, pp. 143-156.

Zener, D. (2019), “Journey to diagnosis for women with autism”, Advances in Autism, Vol. 5 Issue: 1, pp.2-13,

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

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Radio guest

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


“10 Tips for Enhancing Mental Health” – CAMH 2023

“Fostering well-being in Autistic girls and women”, Profile of girls and women, INVEST – ACT 2022

“PTSD & Sexual Assault” – AIDE Canada 2022

INVESTing in Women & Girls with ASD: Identify Needs, Validate, Educate, Strengthen, and Thrive – 2018

Practical Strategies for Promoting Mental Wellness for Girls & Women with Autism  – ACT 2017

Women on the Autism Spectrum and Eating Disorders: Implications for Treatment – NEDIC 2013

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Embark on a transformative journey

Welcome to a unique framework transforming traditional counselling practices by embracing the beauty of neurodiversity.

INVEST adopts a person-centered, strengths-based approach, firmly distancing itself from deficit-oriented viewpoints on autism. 

Find out more about Good Company

Join us! View the group overview, welcome package, and registration link below.

Find out more about Chilling on the Spectrum

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Find out more about Rainbow!

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Find out more about Wildflowers!

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