Contact Me

For any questions you have, you can reach me here:

Kamela Salimi, MSc RP 

Healing Arts Centre 

115 Norfolk Street

Guelph ON N1H 4J7

(226) 602-8613

info@kamelasalimi.com 

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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 a very 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. 

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. 

Common Issues I Work With: 

  • Self esteem and self confidence 

  • Anger management 

  • Anxiety/depression 

  • Suicidal thoughts and behaviour 

  • Self Harm

  • Loss and Grief 

  • Trauma 

  • Communication 

  • Conflict

  • Divorce 

  • Assault/Abuse

  • Life  transitions 

  • Parenting

  • School related concerns 

  • Spirituality 

  • ADHD 

  • Loneliness

  • Emotion Regulation 

Therapeutic Models That I Use:

  • Solution Focused Therapy (SFT)

  • Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT)

  • Narrative Therapy 

  • Dialogic 

  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)

  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)

  • Motivational Interviewing 

  • Trauma Informed Care 

  • The Gottman Method Relationship Therapy 

Education 

Professional Affiliations 

Master of Science University of Guelph 

Couple and Family Therapy 

Bachelor of Applied Science University of Guelph 

Adult Development, Families and Wellbeing 

Minor in Family and Child Studies 

College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO)

 

Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists (OACCPP)

Career Highlights 

Before going into private practice I worked with various mental health agencies and have years of of direct experience with individual, couples, young people and their families. 

Family Connections Counsellor at Associated Youth Services of Peel (AYSP)

Since 2017, I have been working as part of the Family Connections intervention program in order to stabilize crisis and high level of conflict within families. This includes safety planning, goal setting, service plan reviews and using various models tailored to fit individual client needs. I often work with families to enhance parenting skills and improve parent-child/youth relationships. In addition, I coordinate with other service providers (school, hospital and other mental health workers) to ensure a collaberative 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

  • Individual counselling sessions are 50 minutes ​

  • Relational sessions are between 60-90 minutes

  • Frequency of sessions will depend on preference and level of need

Session Frequency and Duration: 

Additional Professional Training 

I recognize that learning and growing is a life long journey. For this reason I am very intentional about actively seeking and engaging in opportunities to enhance my clinical skills as a psychotherapist. 

  • Trauma Informed Care: Awareness, Assessment & Intervention Jan 2019- February 2019

  • Immigrant and Refugee Mental Health Course Nov 2018-Jan 2019

  • Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Training Dec 2018

  • Equity, Diversity and Anti-Oppression: From Theory to Practice Nov 2018

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Anxiety with Christine Pedesky Oct 2018

  • Psychological Trauma Among Refugees Aug 2018

  • Training on Motivational Interviewing June 2018

  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) March 2018

  • Helping Clients Access Appropriate Legal Support Feb 2018

  • Child and Youth Mental Health (ChYMH) & Adolescent Supplement Assessor Training Nov 2017

  • Training on Exploring the Intersection of Islam and Blackness Aug 2016

  • Sex Therapy Intensive Training Program May 2015

  • Anti-oppression Training and Understanding of Cultural Appropriation