Kate Best (formerly Ruby-Sachs) earned her Master of Social Work degree at Columbia University in New York City. Her training has focused on mental health and addictions treatment in a multitude of settings. She completed her internships at the UJA Federation of New York and the Furman Counselling Center at Barnard College, specializing in the Alcohol and Substance Awareness Program. Upon completion of her Masters Degree, Kate became a founding clinician at the Bleuler Chemical Dependency Clinic in Queens, New York, where she worked after graduation. Upon returning to Toronto, Kate worked for a number of years as an addictions clinician at an outpatient substance abuse treatment centre where she specialized in the treatment of individuals, groups, couples, and families struggling with addiction and other mental health issues, like anxiety and depression.
Kate has specialized training in motivational interviewing (MI), which is a counselling approach that helps to facilitate and engage the intrinsic motivations of the individuals with whom she works for positive change. She specializes in goal-oriented, client-centered counselling that focuses on eliciting behavioural change and resolving ambivalence. Combining MI with cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT) techniques, Kate is able to meet her clients where they are and join them in their personal growth process.