Ann Stocker


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Welcome to The Institute of Family Living
An Association of Individual, Marriage, Couple and Family Counsellors

Ann C. Stocker, B.R.E., M.Div. (Counselling)
Individual, Couple & Family Therapy, Marriage Preparation, Employment Issues

Ann has been an associate of the Institute of Family Living for several years, supervised by Dr. Philip Classen, and is working towards clinical membership with the AAMFT (American Association of Marriage & Family Therapy) and OAMFT (Ontario Association for Marriage & Family Therapy). She works with families, couples and individuals, which also include young adults, adolescents and children.

Ann holds a B.R.E. (Bachelor in Religious Education) and M.Div. (Master of Divinity) with a major in Counselling. She has also studied in the areas of sociology, marketing and tourism. Her background includes over 20 years of work in marginalized communities in Toronto, and six years of work in the tourism field. She has been facilitating a support group for young teenage mothers for the past 8 years, and a family group in her local church for the past 12 years. Her clinical training includes Focusing (Level 3), and AEDP (Accelerated Experiential Dyadic Psychotherapy), (Level 1), and some familiarity with WWW (Watch, Wait and Wonder). Her areas of research and interest include: attachment, youth and families at risk, and the support of families in the context of faith communities.

She is active in the broader community, having served on a variety of committees and facilitating events over many years. These include facilitating workshops in the areas of mental health, parenting, relationships, grief and contemplative spirituality, as well as organizing seminars and conferences. She coordinated the initial national Street Level conference held in 1994, and remained involved in participating in national committees for several years, addressing issues of poverty and homelessness. She has also organized seminars on mental health and women’s issues for local churches. She consults to community agencies, organizations and local churches.

Areas of Work include:

  • management of stress
  • employment issues and vocational concerns
  • couple therapy and marriage preparation
  • supporting individuals with mood management disorders
  • family and blended family therapy
  • supporting and addressing issues in parenting children and adolescents, single-parenting
  • supporting young adults and others in life and family life transitions
  • gender issues, including body image and self-identity

When she has the time, Ann enjoys exploring the city, spending time with family and friends, playing with her two cats, sailing, photography, knitting, watching films and reading, and has some current writing projects.

Here are some of the articles for IFL which Ann as authored,

 
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