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Emma Griffiths RSW, MSW 


Emma is a Registered Social Worker specializing in queer experiences, trauma, and neurodivergence. Their approach is very casual and conversational, because they believe therapy shouldn't be scary.

Emma is a queer, nonbinary human with lived   experience of mental health adventures, trauma,          and neurodivergence. They live in Hamilton with          their 2 dogs and 2 rabbits and their big                            blended polyamorous family. They love to

            craft and bake, and enjoy learning about                        science, true crime, and pop culture. 

                 Emma has worked in shelters for families                      leaving domestic violence. She worked as                    a sexual assault counsellor and then                              worked in child protection, which                                    destroyed their soul, so they left and                             started their own practice. Emma got                           their Bachelor of Social Work from the                       University of Waterloo in 2014 and their                        MSW from York University in 2017.

          Emma has been working in this role since                 2019. It is their jam and it feeds their soul. 

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Green Bottle Sliding Scale.webp

The Green Bottle System is an economic justice tool developed by Alexis J Cunningfolk, who created it with the idea that finances should not be the only factor in determining whether someone can access care/products/services/etc. 

Please read the graphic and assess where you fall in terms of financial resources. We don't ask for income verification, we trust that you will select the tier that fits your circumstances best.

That said, please be mindful that if you choose a price at the lower end of the scale when you can afford to pay a higher price, you are limiting access for those who truly need financial flexibility.


Image description: a white square image with 3 bottles drawn on it. The title reads "The Green Bottle - where you fall on the sliding scale". Written vertically beside the first bottle is "financial privilege", and written underneath all 3 bottles are the words "personal financial experience". The first bottle is labeled "Tier 3", and is coloured entirely green. The text over the bottle reads, "I am comfortably able to meet all of my basic* needs. I may have some debt but it does not prohibit attainment of basic needs. I own my home or property or I rent a higher-end property. I own or lease a car. I am employed or do not need to work to meet my needs. I have reliable access to health care. I have access to financial savings, family wealth, and/or resources in times of need. I have an expendable** income. I can always buy new items. I can afford multiple vacations of take time off for leisure." The second bottle is labeled "Tier 2", and is coloured green about halfway up the bottle. The text over the bottle reads "I may stress about meeting my basic needs but still regularly achieve them. I may have some debt, but it does not prohibit attainment of basic needs. I have daily reliable transporation. I am employed. I have access to health care. I might have access to financial savings. I have some expendable income. I am able to buy some new items & I thrift others. I can take time off either for sickness of leisure and am still able to pay next month's bills. I can travel annually without financial burden." The third bottle is labeled "Tier 1", and the bottle appears mostly empty except for a small amount of green at the bottom. The text overtop reads "I frequently stress about meeting basic needs & don't always achieve them. I have debt and it sometimes prohibits me from meeting my basic needs. I rent lower-end properties or have unstable housing. I do not have a car or have limited access to a car and gas. I am unemployed, underemployed, or have been denied work due to incarceration history. I qualify for public aid, including food stamps & health care. I am supporting children, elders, or other dependents. I have no access to savings. I have no or very limited expendable income. I rarely buy new items because I am unable to afford them. I cannot afford a vacation or take time off without financial burden." At the bottom of the image, text reads "basic needs include food, housing, and transportation. Expendable income might mean you are able to buy coffee or tea at a shop, go to the movies or a concern, buy new clothes, bokos, and similar items each month, etc. This image was created by Alexs J Cunningfolk | with additions from Britt Hawthorne |"

Why might I feel weird or uncomfortable about this?

Because capitalism tells us that our emotional and financial worth is based on our productivity, and that if we are financially limited it's because we have failed to be productive enough or work hard enough. Systems of power rely on poverty to continue exploiting our labour, and the shame we feel about our perceived failings keeps us quiet and obedient within this system. 

Your access to money is not an indicator of your worth, intelligence, drive, or hard work. Your access (or lack of access) to money does not mean you don't deserve care.

Read more about this approach here:

Radical History Club
The Sliding Scale: A Tool for Economic Justice

Embracing and Equitable Sliding Scale


Approaches to Therapy

  • Trauma-focused and trauma-informed

  • Harm reduction

  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)


Areas of Focus

  • LGBTQIA+ and queer identities and exploration of sexuality and gender identity

  • Trauma

  • Healthy relationships with selves and others

  • Chronic pain and illness, especially living with or loving someone with diabetes

  • Non-traditional relationships (polyamory, kink/BDSM dynamics, blended families, etc)

  • Adolescents and teens

  • Self-harm and suicidality 

  • Neurodivergence

  • Coping with existence under the weight of Capitalism and systemic oppression



  • Tier 1: $125

  • Tier 2: $150

  • Tier 3: $175

Consulting - contact me to discuss what I can offer in terms of professional consultation around special topics

Please note: if these rates are not affordable for you, get in touch with us and we will try our best to figure out a rate that is doable. It is important that money isn't the barrier to you getting support. 

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Emma is not currently taking on new clients, but get in touch to get an idea of when they might have more availability in the future. 


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