Dori Zener has been working with Neurodivergent individuals and their loved ones for over fifteen years. As an Individual, Couple and Family Therapist, Dori uses evidence-based therapy techniques to help each client achieve their goals and enhance their lives. She is passionate about Neurodiversity and autism acceptance. Dori works with individuals across the lifespan and has expertise working with autistic girls and women.

Dori presents regularly at International, National and Provincial Conferences on the topic of Autism and mental health. She has been interviewed by national media regarding the impact of diagnosis and support options for families of children with ASD. As a Social Worker at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, she spearheaded the implementation of ‘Stepping Stones Triple P’, an evidence-based program for parents of children with disabilities.

Dori is the founder of Good Company (formerly Asperfemme Toronto), a free support group for adult women with official/self-diagnosis on the Autism Spectrum. Members meet monthly to validate, inform and support each other in areas of mutual interest and to foster friendships and social contacts.

Client Focus: Preteens (9+ years), teens and adults diagnosed or self-diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum including Asperger’s Syndrome, learning differences and ADHD. Lifespan approach. Expertise working with girls and women.

Fee: $200/hr session

Treatment Orientation:

  • Neurodiversity Framework
  • Strengths-Based & Person-Centred
  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
  • Solution Focused Therapy (SFT)
  • Dialectical Behavioral (DBT)

Services:

  • Adjusting to change / life transitions
  • Anger management
  • Anxiety
  • Behavioral issues
  • Bullying
  • Coping skills
  • Depression
  • Effective communication
  • Emotion regulation
  • Executive functioning
  • Girls and Women with ASD
  • Gender diversity
  • Life coaching
  • Mood disorders
  • Parenting
  • Peer relationships
  • Self esteem
  • Sexuality and relationships
  • Social skills
  • Stress management
  • Women’s issues
  • Work performance

Therapy Options:

In person, telephone, online video conference or email therapy

Education:

Master of Social Work, University of Toronto, Faculty of Social Work
Bachelor of Arts (Hons.), Social and Political Theory, University of Western Ontario
Certificate in Solution-Focused Counselling, University of Toronto
Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) Accredited Provider
Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
Ongoing training in Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Publications

“An Expert Discussion on Knowledge Translation in Autism in Adulthood Research”. Moderators: Anne V. Kirby, Participants: Katherine E. McDonald, James Cusack, Brenna Maddox, Cheryl Mangan, Lisa Morgan, Anne Roux, Nidhi Singhal, and Dori Zener. Autism in Adulthood. Mar 2021.11-17. https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/10.1089/aut.2020.29017.avk

Zener, D. (2019), “Helping autistic women thrive”, Advances in Autism, Vol. 5 No. 3, pp. 143-156. https://doi.org/10.1108/AIA-10-2018-0042

Zener, D. (2019), “Journey to diagnosis for women with autism”, Advances in Autism, Vol. 5 Issue: 1, pp.2-13, https://doi.org/10.1108/AIA-10-2018-0041

Contact Dori Zener to request full-text versions of the publications.

Multimedia

Radio Guest

The Dating and Relationship Show – Autism and Dating AM640  – 2019
https://omny.fm/shows/640-toronto/the-dating-relationship-show-sunday-april-28th-201

Videos

INVESTing in Women & Girls with ASD: Identify Needs, Validate, Educate, Strengthen, and Thrive – 2018
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLHFkezbvgdDZgIfIGXDjD32uF4ObMs4tE

Practical Strategies for Promoting Mental Wellness for Girls & Women with Autism  – ACT 2017
https://www.actcommunity.ca/education/videos/practical-strategies-for-supporting-mental-wellness-of-teenage-girls-and-women-with-asd

Inspirational Women with Autism – Panel Discussion – Autism Canada 2014
https://vimeo.com/112054917

Women on the Autism Spectrum and Eating Disorders: Implications for Treatment – NEDIC 2013
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLvI1euWX-g&feature=youtu.be