Tanyka Ferjuste, MSW, BSW, RSW (She/Her/Elle)
Registered Social Worker
Tanyka Ferjuste is a bilingual (English/French) Registered Social Worker (RSW) with a clinical focus on trauma, PTSD, stress management and the provision of anti-oppressive therapeutic care.
Tanyka strives to provide her clients with unconditional positive regard and empowerment that allows them to feel accepted and safe enough to explore themselves deeply to reach meaningful change. Additionally, she prioritizes creating an atmosphere wherein clients feel comfortable challenging themselves through cognitive restructuring techniques, to help them work through emotional blocks that may be hindering them from reaching their personal goals. She strives to foster a safe and nurturing environment where clients can explore their feelings, thoughts, and beliefs in a non-judgmental way.
Tanyka has previously provided clinical social work services within the Royal Canadian
Mounted Police (RCMP), Department of National Defence, and in private practice. She has also worked with Indigenous families as part of her work on the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls National Inquiry.
Commitment to Anti-Oppressive Practice
Tanyka is aware of ways in which identity-based oppression intersects with mental health and is committed to providing culturally-safe therapeutic services that allow clients to feel safe enough to deepen their inner work. Tanyka understands the unique challenges that life can present for individuals with marginalized identities and is committed to providing practical, supportive, client-centered guidance and assistance. Tanyka has over 6 years of experience working with individuals and couples and has been successful in helping her clients meet their goals and build skills that help them well beyond the end of therapy.
Tanyka is committed to providing individualized care that is tailored specifically for each client’s unique needs and considers it an honour to accompany clients on their journeys towards personal growth and healing.
Tanyka’s approach emphasizes cultivating genuine connections between herself and her clients from various backgrounds so that they can work together collaboratively toward their desired outcomes. This allows them to challenge themselves by discovering new perspectives and reframing unhelpful or destructive patterns of thought. As a result, they are able to gain greater insight into themselves and their relationships with others. This can lead to improved self-awareness, better decision-making skills, increased resilience in the face of adversity and more meaningful connections.
Modalities: Anti-Oppressive, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Culturally Sensitive, Empowerment, Integrative, Person-Centered, Strength-Based, Trauma-Focused/Trauma-Informed.
License and Registration
Tanyka Ferjuste is a Registered Social Worker with The Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW).
- Master’s Degree – Social Work (University of Ottawa)
- Bachelor’s Degree – Honours of Social Work (University of Ottawa)
- Certificate – LivingWorks Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) (Canadian Mental Health Association)
Tanyka’s masters research focused on intervention with senior immigrants by focusing on lived realities rather than based on categories of vulnerability to grasp in all its depth and in its entirety – personal, cultural and social – the experience of an elder. Her study sought to shed light on key elements for understanding the journey of aging from the point of view of the person experiencing it to: 1) understand in depth an aging journey of an elder immigrant from a visible minoritized group; 2) from this experience, understand the issues of aging and the social isolation experienced by seniors, of immigrant or Canadian origin; and 3) suggest benchmarks for social work intervention with this population.