Education and Training
Dr. Stewart trained and qualified as a Psychologist in the UK, prior to relocating to Ontario. He gained his Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Newcastle University and his Doctorate in Psychology from Plymouth University. He undertook clinical placement in the areas of Child & Family Services, Intellectual Disabilities, Adult Mental Health, Health Psychology and Neuropsychology. His Doctoral project focused on fathers and sons’ relationships, where the son had been diagnosed with ADHD. Following qualification in 2010, he worked in a National Health Service (NHS) hospital department providing psychological services to individuals with a range of physical health conditions. He was the lead clinician for the Pain Management Program (PMP). He also provided teaching to Trainee Psychologists and other professionals.
Following this, Dr. Stewart pursued his interest in working at an organizational level. He spent 5 years working for a global Leadership Consultancy, assessing and coaching senior leaders in multinational organizations and government departments. This involved a 2 year relocation to Singapore, working across South East Asia.
He moved to Muskoka, Ontario in 2019. During this time he has been working with individuals and families across Ontario experiencing a range of difficulties including depression, anxiety, PTSD, chronic pain and traumatic brain injuries. He has also been providing consultation and treatment direction to other clinicians including Social Workers and Rehabilitation Therapists.
Dr. Stewart adopts an integrative approach to meet the unique needs of each client. He seeks to situate client’s strengths and challenges within their wider social and cultural context, with an appreciation of their personal and social identity. His style is warm and relational, with a focus on creating a safe environment to facilitate change. He has a special interest in working with PTSD and psychological trauma, and in the role of nature in supporting mental health. He has trained in a range of treatment modalities that include:
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)
- Mindfulness-based approaches
- Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT)
- Systemic Family Therapy
- Narrative Therapy
- Solution Focused Therapy
- Motivational Interviewing
- Executive Coaching
- Ecotherapy (Nature-based Therapy)
Dr. Stewart was born and raised in the UK. He has always had an interest in international travel and understanding different cultures. He has worked in Europe, South East Asia, Africa and North America. Having spent periods of time in Canada as a child and young adult, he finally moved permanently in 2019. He loves the outdoors, and chose Huntsville as the place to raise his young family. He has two amazing (and very lively) young boys, aged 3 and 1.
Stewart, S., & Holland S., (2011). Trainee clinical psychologists’ experience of facilitating a Compassionate Mind Training group for people with mental health difficulties. Clinical Psychology Forum, 220, p11-15.
Stewart, S., Procter, H.G., & Dallos, R., (2011). Interpersonal construing in sons with ADHD and their fathers: A Qualitative Grid Study. In Stojnov, D. et al (Eds.) Personal construct psychology in an accelerating world, Serbian Constructivist Association/EPCA Publications, Belgrade.
Stewart, S., Macha, R., Hebblethaite, R., & Hames, A. (2009). Residential Carers’ Knowledge and Attitudes towards Physiotherapy Interventions for Adults with Learning Disabilities. British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 37(3), 232-239.