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About Venema Family Counselling

Thomas Venema is a MSW, RSW registered clinical social worker. He offers insurance coverage available through many insurance plans. Thomas is a therapist with over 34 years’ experience as an individual, couple and family therapist. He has supervised and trained over 20 therapists as partner/owner of a large private practice from 1979 through October, 2012.


Thomas Venema has extensive training and experience in the areas of: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, strategic therapy, transactional analysis, insight therapy, behaviour modification, brief intervention therapy, family systems therapy, anger management, stress and anxiety therapy, grief therapy, hypnosis interventions, dialectical behavioural therapy skills (DBT), critical incident stress debriefing, and trauma focus therapy.


While in practice, he served as mental health consultant/trainer with Niagara firefighters, dealing with CISD situations. Thomas served in this capacity with Niagara firefighters at Ground Zero after 9-11. He also served as therapist and consultant to children (aged 8 through 18) as well as staff and management with an expanded Niagara foster home system for over 25 years. For 5 years, he was a regular participant in a live cable TV show regarding personal lifestyle and relationships.


Previous to private practice, Thomas worked in adult mental health systems. He also served as an intake/protection worker at a large family service agency, and he did intake, training and placement in adoption and foster care.


In his practice, Thomas Venema has dealt successfully with a primary caseload of individuals, families, and couples who have struggled with issues of depression/anxiety, stress issues, conflict and communication management, anger management, grief/loss issues, self-esteem, parent/adolescent conflict, childhood anxiety and behavioural issues. He has also worked with clients facing marital issues such as separation and divorce. He is a business and labour consultant regarding employer and staff mediation and management as well.


His personal interests include: kayaking, hiking, jogging, camping, skiing, hockey, gourmet cooking, reading, woodworking and wine-making.

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