My Approach and Style
I truly believe that when people are provided with a safe space, and responded to with compassion and acceptance, everyone has the ability to gain clarity, meet their goals and reach their full potential. My therapeutic approach is one that is very client centred which means your voice matters during sessions and you will be playing a significant role in the therapy process. As your psychotherapist, I will explore concerns and worries you may have, gently challenge you as needed and keep you motivated in moving towards your desired goals. I am naturally an optimistic person and therefore operate from a strength based lens.
While I draw on many models of therapy, I tend to use Solution Focused, Emotion Focused and Narrative Therapy models. In addition, I incorporate elements of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) in my therapeutic approach. I am also a trauma informed psychotherapist. I don't believe in a "one size fits all" approach and will work with you to come up with a treatment plan that meets your unique needs.
What does it mean to be a trauma informed psychotherapist?
Part of being human means we will go through difficult experiences which will at times overwhelm us and we may not have the tools to cope. Whether it's a single significant event or a series of ongoing smaller events, over time this can have a negative impact on our mental and emotional wellbeing. These experiences can be defined as traumatic. Traumatic experiences can leave us feeling unsafe about the world and in relationships make being open and vulnerable much harder. As a trauma informed psychotherapist, I'm aware of that impact trauma can have on a person's sense of self and in their relationships. Additionally, I am knowledgeable about using appropriate tools and strategies to manage the impact of trauma without reatraumatizing the client.
My Passion for Social Justice Issues:
Growing up in Canada as a Muslim and an Afghan Canadian has helped to significantly inform my lens as a therapist. Naturally, I am passionate about issues of social justice and my mission is to use my unique lens and awareness to provide culturally and spiritually sensitive counselling services. I am attuned to influences of culture and power dynamics and I practice from an anti-opressive and anti racist lens.
Master of Science in Couple and Family Therapy
University of Guelph, Guelph ON
Bachelor of Applied Science
Adult Development, Families and Wellbeing
Minor in Family and Child Studies
University of Guelph, Guelph ON
College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO)
Ontario Association of Mental Health Professionals (OAMHP)
Before starting my own private practice I worked with various mental health agencies and have years of direct experience with individuals, couples, young people and their families.
Helping To Reconnect
Since early 2018, I have been working with Helping to Reconnect as a Psychotherapist. I provide ongoing therapy to individuals, couples and families experiencing mental health concerns, substance abuse, relationship difficulties, grief & loss, loneliness, low self esteem and concerns with self harming/suicidal behaviour or thoughts.
Family Connections Counsellor at Associated Youth Services of Peel (AYSP)
For almost two and a half years I worked as part of the Family Connections intervention program in order to stabilize crisis and high level of conflict within families. This included safety planning, goal setting, service plan reviews and using various models tailored to fit individual client needs. I often worked with families to enhance parenting skills and improve parent-child/youth relationships. In addition, I coordinated with other service providers (school social workers, hospital staff, etc ) to ensure a collaborative approach.
Co-facilitator of Six-Month Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) Skills Group with AYSP
I worked with young adults struggling with regulating emotions and experiencing suicidal thoughts and/or behaviour. During group sessions, I provided psycho-education on DBT strategies and skills youth and their caregivers could use in order to manage distressing thoughts and emotions.
Catholic Family Services of Peel-Dufferin
I supported countless clients through the agency's long term and single session walk-in therapy programs. I worked in collaboration with clients in order to identify and implement intervention techniques to suit their unique needs and goals.
I implemented trauma informed practice due to the fact that I worked with a high volume of clients from marginalized groups experiencing domestic violence and childhood abuse.
Guelph Couple and Family Therapy Centre
I used a systemic lens to provide ongoing counselling to individuals, couples and families. I also supported a high volume of students attending the University of Guelph in managing concerns related to anxiety, depression, loneliness, self esteem, grades and time management.