New Workshop Series Aims To Bolster Mental Health In Sault Ste. Marie

Therapist Not Required

On February 29th, Registered Psychotherapist and Certified Canadian Counsellor Bonnie J. Skinner will present the first workshop in an ongoing series aimed at bolstering mental health. Each month, Skinner will focus on a different topic; including Mood Disorders, Trauma, Compassion Fatigue, Relationships and Parenting. At Therapist Not Required – A New Look at Treating Anxiety & Depression, participants will examine current understandings of depression and anxiety, and learn effective tools to restore and maintain mental health.

This workshop couldn’t be more timely. Compared with the rest of Ontario, Algoma residents are more likely to be diagnosed with a mood disorder, have higher rates of hospitalization due to mental health/addictions, and are more likely to die by suicide.* After seeing many of her clients struggle, Skinner saw an opportunity to flip the script.

“Many of the conversations we are having, especially about anxiety and depression, are rooted in the idea that our brains aren’t working right,” says Skinner. “But anxiety and depression are responses to our experiences and environments; they’re proof that your brain is working.”

At Therapist Not Required – A New Look at Treating Anxiety & Depression, Skinner will unpack common misconceptions about anxiety and depression, as well as prevalent modes of treatment, including the use of medications. Participants will complete a self-assessment and create a proactive mental health plan. “I’ve learned these concepts in school, but to hear it explained in a way that made so much sense was incredible,” says Mandie Martin, a past attendee. “I connected dots in my personal life I didn’t know needed connecting; I am looking forward to using what I’ve learned into practice.”

While the workshop is geared toward mental health professionals, educators, doctors, other helping professionals, anyone interested in learning more about mental health is encouraged to attend.

“If we want to help build healthier communities we need to let everyone know what mental health looks like and how it can be achieved,” says Skinner. “How we understand and make sense of things is the best indicator of how we respond. I want to help give people an understanding of anxiety & depression that empowers them.”

What: Therapist Not Required – A New Look at Treating Anxiety & Depression

Where: Two-Brain Business Workshop, 96 White Oak Drive East, Sault Ste. Marie

When: Saturday February 29, 2020 from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM EST

Cost: $159-179. Using code STUDENT2020, students with valid ID will receive 40% off the ticket price.

You can get tickets here.

For more information, or to request an interview with Bonnie J. Skinner, please call (705) 809-3331 or email [email protected]


Therapist Not Required – A New Look at Treating Anxiety & Depression is accredited by the Canadian Counselling & Psychotherapy Association (CCPA). Members who attend will receive a certificate of completion and 6 continuing education credits.

Bonnie J. Skinner is a Registered Psychotherapist and private practitioner in Northern Ontario. Having begun her career in community based mental health, Bonnie has expanded her practice to include the provision of coaching, consultation and training services to clients across Canada and the United States. Bonnie’s work reflects her belief that promoting and progressing the mental health of our communities requires a focus on client empowerment and education. As such, she ensures that every service provided by B. Skinner Coaching & Psychotherapy is rooted in client education and self-advocacy.