My name is Dayirai Kapfunde MSW RSW, I am a registered Social Worker with the Alberta College of Social Workers and a therapist in Fort McMurray. With many years of experience in both agency and private practice, I have devoted my career to the field of social work and mental health. My private practise Journeys of Life Counselling Services, in Fort McMurray, Alberta which launched full time in 2013 culminates the diverse roles that I held as an EAP (Employee Assistance Program) Counselor at a large agency, and my private practice. Fostering a collaborative relationship with my clients is the foundation of my practice.
I completed my undergraduate BA/BSW degrees at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario and my Master of Social Work (MSW) at Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario.
I am in the process of completing an Addictions Diploma program through McMaster University Continuing Studies, Hamilton, Ontario. In addition, I am also in the process of getting Certified Domestic Violence Specialist-II credentials & Certified Anger Management Specialist-II through the National Anger Management Association (NAMA), South Carolina, USA. Lastly, I have Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training ASIST11 through the Centre for Suicide Prevention, Fort McMurray, Alberta.
I am passionate about social justice and believe in human dignity for all.
My early beginnings as a grassroots social worker in Ontario exposed me to the dynamics of children and families who were marginalized in society, whether it was by language as new immigrants, economics, and generational problems of addiction and trauma. I worked in various settings with adults, women, children, newcomers to Canada and youth on issues that include relationships, anxiety, depression, acceptance, child abuse/neglect, grief, women abuse, homelessness, stress, navigating discrimination, schooling and trauma. I continue to assist people through crisis times; significant changes in their lives & emotional distress.
As a therapist I work from a mindfulness, strengths-based and straightforward approach. I believe the first step in effective and meaningful therapy is to provide an empathetic ear without judgment. My goal is to help clients gain an understanding of themselves and their patterns of behavior. I also provide clients with concrete strategies that can be utilized to help lessen stress and negative emotions.
Typically, I tailor my approach to each individual based on his or her needs and the training I have received in various modalities. In my private practice I continue to work with families, businesses and individuals of all ages and backgrounds. I am constantly helping my clients to understand how their lens, experiences and choices influence where they are now and how to access their strengths both individually and collectively to help them feel better and achieve their goals in therapy and in life.
I value your part in therapy, so if at any time anything isn’t working for you, you are welcome to share or ask for help to find another resource. It is much more important that you find the right fit, because I know that is a large part of why people get better.