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Bear with Me Counselling Services

Jane Gagnon, MSW, RSW, C.Hyp

Helping individuals and children reduce anxieties

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Hi! I’m Jane Gagnon

I believe that counselling is most successful when you are able to make a genuine connection with the right therapist. So here is a little about me. I'm a registered social worker in private practice in Windsor Ontario. I provide holistic counselling services to adults, teens, and children to help reduce anxieties, as well as, process trauma. Having someone guide and support you through life's challenges can help improve your ability to cope in situations. At Bear with Me Counselling Services, I provide counselling services tailored to your needs in order to help you cope with your struggles so that you can feel healthier to make better decisions in life.

How It All Began

I started my private practice during the fall of 2007. Prior to this, I worked as a social worker in community development in Windsor and London for more than 12 years.  Although I enjoyed the non-profit sector, I yearned for a change. My family's life suddenly was turned upside down when my daughter became sick at the age of 4 and was admitted to Children's Hospital in London Ontario. Her illness and recovery made me re-evaluate priorities in life and my career goals.  With the support of my family, I returned to university for my Master of Social Work so I could focus a career in helping others with their life traumas and mental health. 

My Story


I completed all of my post-secondary education at the University of Windsor where I received three degrees: 

Bachelor of Arts (Honours Criminology) - 1991

Bachelor of Social Work - 1994 Master in Social Work - 2007

I obtained my certification in Clinical Hypnosis at the University of Toronto in 2011, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in 2007, and Trauma Informed Therapy in 2009. 

Every year, I expand my knowledge and skills through various continuing education courses and webinars in the areas of Trauma, Anxieties, Grief and Loss, and Hypnotherapy.

Community Affiliations

I’m a registered social worker with a good standing in the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. This organization is the regulatory body which ensures your rights are protected when you enter into a therapeutic counselling relationship.

I am also an active member of the Ontario Association of Social Workers since 2006.  This association promotes the profession of social work.

I am currently a member of the OASW Local Engagement Network for the Windsor Area. 

I have been the past President of the OASW Southwestern Branch and have held the position of Treasurer for this Branch from 2006 to 2011 and again in 2019.

I received the Community Recognition Award from the OASW Southwestern Branch in 2012

Personal Life

I’m happily married for over twenty years. My husband and I are the proud parents of 3 almost adult children (they all still live at home).  We also recently added to our family when we rescued a dog we named Bear.  


I enjoy spending my free time with my family and friends.  I have found my peace and solitude in my passion for cooking, reading, and travelling. 

My life experiences help me to understand trauma and challenges which fosters my desire to help others.   

Why Bear with Me Counselling Services?

I get asked, what is with the name "Bear with Me"? Aside from the tongue and cheek meaning for you to be patient with me as I figure things out, the true meaning of “Bear with Me” lies in the origin of the spiritual guide – the Great Bear. It is my belief that the Great Bear guides me on my journey through life and learning. In the same way, I would be honoured to serve as your support throughout your therapy.

Whether you are trying to find balance in your life or are overwhelmed with life's demands, it is really important that you find the right counsellor for you. This person should be able to provide excellent support and directions to make your personal therapy successful.

I have more than 25 years of experience as a social worker in Windsor, Ontario. In my clinical practice, my focus is on the holistic wellness of an individual. I use conventional and alternative therapy best suited to your needs and issues.

I’ll be compassionate. I’ll also provide you with support and knowledge to help you overcome your problems.

I can assist you in regulating your emotions to improve your relationships and daily life. I provide counselling services that are confidential, professional, and client-directed interventions.


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