Christina Bayes MSW (Master's of Social Work)
Christina Bayes holds a Masters Degree in Social Work from the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto, with a clinical specialization in children and their families. Additionally, Christina has earned her Honours Bachelor of Social Work Degree from the Lyle S. Hallman Faculty of Social Work at Wilfrid Laurier University. Christina is a Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. Christina is passionate about supporting children and their families through challenging times and helping them to reach their goals.
During her Bachelor of Social Work Degree, Christina gained experience at Mareas Comprehensive Therapeutic Services for Children and Families, where she provided support to children and youth in therapeutic foster care. In this role, Christina supported children with a variety of different needs, including children struggling with trauma, mental health challenges, and children who have received a diagnosis of a developmental disability, including Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD/ADD).
Additionally, during her Bachelor of Social Work Degree, Christina gained experience at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), where she assisted with research and resource development to support patients and their families. In this position, Christina focused on research and resource development surrounding accessibility, Indigenous resources, interpreter services and health equity education.
Christina also has experience working in a residential setting at a girls’ treatment home where she worked with children and youth who are survivors of child sex trafficking and sexual exploitation. This experience included informal counselling with youth struggling with trauma, mental health challenges, and addictions. In addition, Christina has volunteer experience working as a teacher’s assistant in a high school’s Practical and Academic Life Skills Program where she advocated for, and supported youth with a range of disabilities.
Christina is passionate about supporting individuals’ diverse needs and actively working from a client-centered, strengths-based, and anti-oppressive practice lens. Christina incorporates a variety of evidence-based techniques from different therapeutic models, including cognitive behavioural therapy, emotion-focused therapy, mindfulness, and play therapy.