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Garion
Sparks-Austin

BSW, RSW

Registered Social Worker, Psychotherapist
Garion Sparks-Austin Social Work Professional Corporation


Director of Co & Associates

Hello! 

 

My name is Garion and I am the Founder of Co & Associates. My journey from birth to where I am today has been filled with joy, challenges and personal growth. I was born somewhere in Seoul, South Korea in the early 80’s and adopted shortly thereafter by my parents. 

I grew up, followed the path I thought I was supposed to and wound up in a completely different spot than I had ever envisioned. I became a wife, a mother, a divorcee and a survivor.

Most importantly, I have become a Registered Social Worker, Psychotherapist. 

I have worked for over 18 years in the social services sector, assisting clients navigate through a variety of issues: mental/emotional health; separation and divorce; parenting issues; substance use/addictions; trauma; domestic violence; self-efficacy & self-esteem; life transitions and redesigning their lives. 

Through my personal and professional experiences, I have developed strong clinical skills with a trauma lens, working from an anti-oppressive and anti-racist practice perspective. 

My work is client led and casual while engaging in a mutual dialogue. Working together means we will have raw, genuine and deliberate engagement. 

I want to normalize an ongoing dialogue regarding emotional health and to help make emotional health check-ins a regular habit. This reduces the somewhat invisible isolation that presides and creates safety in vulnerability, discovery and self-development. 

I have always been passionate about helping others, building community and creating a safe space for connection and engagement. 

I look forward to working with you. 

Credentials

Bachelor of Social Work, Ryerson University

Registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers

Member of the Ontario Association of Social Workers and Canadian Association of Social Workers

Level One: Fundamentals of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy - Wilfred Laurier University 

 

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