I practice from a strengths-based, trauma-informed and social justice framework, which is culturally sensitive and honours the inherent wisdom within each person. When working with children and adolescents, a family systems approach is always taken and parent guidance is often part of the work. Apart from individual therapy, parent consultation is also offered.
I believe in meeting individuals where they are and helping them feel empowered and have the tools, to make the changes they desire and grow into the person they would like to be. For me it is a sincere privilege and responsibility to do this work that I love, and my greatest teachers continue to be the children, youth and families with whom I have the great fortune of working.
While I am trained in several therapeutic approaches (including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, motivational interviewing, and Emotion Focused Therapy), mindfulness informs all of my work. The specific therapeutic approach is always tailored to each client’s unique needs and situation. I also believe in continuous self-reflection and growth and am committed to ongoing learning, development and refining of my skills. I continue to keep myself up-to-date with the latest research and literature in the field, and regularly consult with peers and colleagues, in order to provide the best possible service to clients and families.
Some of my trainings and certifications include:
- Connect Parent attachment-training
- Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behaviour Therapy with children and adolescents
- Emotion-Focused Therapy Level 1
- Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Intensive Training for Health Professionals
- Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy workshop with Dr. Zindel Segal
- Dialectical Behaviour Therapy training and practicum
- Motivational Interviewing for adolescents
- Advanced Motivational Interviewing with Dr. William Miller
- Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training
- Violence, Threat, and Risk Assessment training Level 1
- Aboriginal Cultural Sensitivity training
- First Responder Mental Health cultural competency for Clinicians
- Mental health counselling with Trans and Gender-Diverse Youth and Adults (with Rainbow Health Ontario)
My clinical experience includes working with children, adolescents, adults and families with varying presenting concerns, including depression and other mood disorders, anxiety disorders, self-harm and suicidality, low self esteem, trauma and abuse, eating disorders, grief and loss, life transitions, stress and burnout, parenting concerns, addictions, relationship concerns, gender and cultural identity issues, and emotion regulation difficulties. Having worked in diverse settings (i.e., schools, hospital outpatient, community mental health, private practice, and a nonprofit social service agency) has given me a strong understanding of how to effectively deliver assessment and treatment and collaborate across systems. I have also worked as a school psychologist in several GTA school boards, most recently the York Catholic DSB, which has given me a thorough understanding of special education, particularly learning disabilities.
Clinical services are offered in English, Hindi and Urdu.