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Gladys Funk

B. Ed., MSW Social Worker, RSW

Therapy is “a collaborative partnership in a journey toward balance, change and greater happiness. As a social worker and therapist, I focus on each client’s strengths and innate ability to heal,” Gladys Funk says. “My role is to support the people I see in order to find clarity within complicated situations and to journey on the path together toward a better place of balance, life energy and happiness.”

Working with clients of ranging ages and walks of life, Gladys employs an atmosphere of safety and acceptance as she seeks to support clients with individual, couple or family concerns, whether they be challenges in relationships, mental health struggles, depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, loss, stress, body image, or other life difficulties.

With a trauma and social justice-informed approach, Gladys draws on various therapy styles and theories to guide counselling, including Relational Psychodynamic Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Somatic Experiencing, Indigenous Social Work/Holism, Nonviolent Communication, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Attachment Theory, and Ecological Systems Theory.

With a Bachelor’s Degree of Education, Gladys worked as a Drama teacher and English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher for over 12 years in Winnipeg, MB, Victoria, BC, and several cities in Japan. “Teaching gave me the opportunity to live in various places, including 9 years of being immersed in the artistic and cultural richness of Japan. Although I loved teaching, I realized that it was the one-on-one or smaller group interactions that were most meaningful to me, and so I decided to change professions.”

Gladys is proud of herself for going back to school as an “older student” to complete a Masters of Social Work at Wilfred Laurier University. She succeeded “despite the obstacles that stood in my way, like commuting three hours every school day and completing my assignments successfully, while, at the same time, maintaining a meaningful and close family life with my partner and two children.”
It is the birth of her children that Gladys points to as “the two greatest personal events for me, ones that have been a source of great strength, from which I draw on when I encounter difficult times or challenges.” Outside of work, Gladys is a partner and mother, a daughter, sister and friend who enjoys gardening, photography, travelling, running, cooking, reading and who is a nature lover.

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