Registered Social Worker
Justin Pinksen [BA, BSW, MSW, RSW] is a child and family therapist who began his clinical work in his home of St. John’s, NL. Justin’s varied experience and academic background allow him to deeply understand and address human dynamics and complex psychosocial factors in a holistic way. He has worked with youth and families for nearly 15 years across southern Ontario and in several provinces in a clinical capacity. He has worked in inpatient services, outpatient services, as a public servant as well as in private practice.
Justin works from an attachment-focused, trauma-informed lens. He is consistently commended on his ability to join with youth and families incredibly quickly, with his genuine and empathic personality, his quirky sense of humour, and his deep passion to be helpful. Treatment focuses of much of Justin’s work include intergenerational trauma, eating disorders, anxiety, substance abuse, loss and bereavement, familial violence, and attachment-related challenges. Other practice areas include gender and sexuality-related challenges (including identity discovery, hormonal and transition navigation, and familial education).
Justin identifies as a gay male and strives consistently to advocate and represent the 2SLGBTQIA+ community within best community practices.
Justin tends to be informed by ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), SFT (Solution Focused Therapy) CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), and EFT (Emotionally Focused Therapy) and is also a certified trainer for caregivers in EFFT (Emotion-Focused Family Therapy). He is an avid traveler, self-proclaimed foodie, and dog lover.