Kate Kirby, MSc, PhD, MSW


Kate Kirby, MSc, PhD, MSW

Registered Social Worker and Psychotherapist

Kate’s approach to therapy combines her diverse training and experiences with her compassion and deep respect for the different ways each of us processes, interprets and responds to events. 

Kate is broadly interested in working with individuals and couples struggling with life transitions, challenges to identity, low mood, anxiety, and difficulty breaking out of patterns of behaviour. Some of her areas of special interest include:

• ADHD and neurodivergence

• mental health and burnout in academia

• stress related to the balancing of caregiving and career demands

• the existential dread and dissonance that come with living in a world shaped by climate change, violence, oppression, and inequality.

Kate uses an integrative, relational approach to therapy, incorporating elements of psychodynamic, narrative and solution-focused modalities. She is also certified by the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies in Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT). 

Prior to becoming a mental health clinician, Kate worked as a research scientist in academic institutions across Canada, Latin America, and Europe. Drawing on this background, as well as her experiences as a parent and her familiarity with frequent moves and cross-cultural living, Kate brings a unique perspective to therapy. 

Kate offers both in-person and virtual appointments. She looks forward to connecting with new clients and working with them to uncover insights, develop coping strategies, and create positive changes in their lives.