At 60 years of age, Gary Direnfeld is a social worker with more than 34 years of experience working with parents, teens and young children. With a private practice located in Dundas and Georgina, Ontario, he provides counseling, mediation and assessment services on most matters of family life.
Courts in Ontario, consider Gary an expert on social work, marital and family therapy, child development, parent-child relations, custody and access recommendations, and an expert at critiquing the assessments of other assessors. He has a weekly parenting column in his city’s daily newspaper and has hosted 65 episodes of a reality television show working with newlywed couples.
Gary presents himself as an advocate for the well-being of children and to this end he has lectured and given workshops on the impact of domestic violence as well as parental separation and divorce issues on children throughout Canada and into the United States.
- Court recognized expert in social work, marital therapy, child development and custody and access matters;
- First Social Worker to sit on the Ontario Collaborative Law Federation, Board of Directors;
- Canada’s most recognizable social worker thanks to 65 episode reality series, Newlywed/Nearly Dead;
- Parenting columnist – Hamilton Spectator newspaper – with more that 350 columns representing all matters of family life;
- Hundreds of guest appearances on radio and television shows as guest expert on family matters;
- Presenter/Speaker throughout Canada and the US.
- Member of the panel for Mandatory Information Program – Hamilton Unified Family Court.
- Marriage Rescue Before it’s too late
- Parenting Column – Hamilton Spectator
- Newlywed, Nearly Dead – TV Show
- I Promise Program – Teen Safe Driving
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Gary Direnfeld, MSW, RSW
20 Suter Crescent,
Dundas, ON, Canada L9H 6R5
Tel: (905) 628-4847
Please note, people regularly come great distances to see me. If you are considering driving more than two or three hours, please let me know so I can set an appointment to accommodate your drive.