Wendy Bulthuis

*Please note that I am not able to accept referrals for new or returning clients at this time.

I work with individuals and couples, as well as children, adolescents and their families and draw from different approaches including: solution-focused, cognitive behavioural therapy, play therapy techniques and emotionally-focused therapy. I believe that people, whether young, or older, are the experts on their own lives. The tools that I have are used in a collaborative way with clients so that we determine together what fits the best.

With more than twenty years of experience as a social worker and therapist, I have worked in a variety of different settings. My background includes children’s mental health agencies, a family counselling centre, a pediatric hospital and a university counselling centre. This range of experience allowed me to develop understanding and skill to work with adults, children and young people from diverse backgrounds in a variety of situations.

I continue to enhance my clinical skills by taking relevant professional training courses, and more information about special training can be found under Qualifications.

I am challenged by this work and I enjoy it very much. It gives me the privilege of meeting with people at significant times in their lives. Together we may find ways to see problems differently and to rediscover, or discover for the first time, abilities, strengths, hope and connection.

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Certified in Emotionally Focused Therapy
International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy, Ottawa, 2016

On-going Clinical Supervision
With certified emotionally focused therapy supervisor, 2012 – present
With registered social work supervisor, 2011 – 2012
Peer supervision and consultation, 2009 – present

Core Skills Training in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy
With Gail Palmer, 2014

Emotionally Focused Therapy with Families Workshop
Toronto, 2013

Externship in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy
With Dr. Sue Johnson, 2012

Clinical Investigator – Office of the Children’s Lawyer
Conduct court-ordered custody and access assessments, 2009 – present

Certificate in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy-Level 1
Ontario Insititute for Studies in Education (U of T) and The Hincks Dellcrest Centre, 2010

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Training for children with anxiety
Anxiety Clinic at Sick Kids Hospital, with Dr. Katharina Manassis, 2005

Advanced (year 2) Training program in Family Therapy
Year-Long (year 1) Training program in Family Therapy
Hincks-Dellcrest Institute, 2000-2002

Trauma assessment training for sexually abused children
West End Sexual Abuse Treatment Program 2000-2002

Play Therapy training and clinical supervision
With Dr. Nancy Johnston, Brock University 1995-1999

Masters of Social Work
Wilfrid Laurier University 1995


Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW)
Registered Social Worker (RSW)

Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW)
Past President of the Niagara Branch of the OASW

International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy