Psychological Services

Therapeutic approach

I practice from a strengths-based, holistic and trauma-informed framework, which is culturally sensitive and honours the inherent wisdom within each child and family. I believe in meeting children and youth where they are and helping them feel empowered with the tools and skills 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 each youth and family with whom I have the great fortune of working.

When working with children and adolescents, a family systems/bio-psycho-social approach is always taken and parent guidance is often part of the work. My services include:

  • psychological/psychodiagnostic assessment
  • psycho-educational assessment (for LD and ADHD)
  • individual therapy for children and adolescents (up to 18 years)
  • group therapy
  • parent consultation

While I am trained in several therapeutic approaches (including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, parent-child attachment therapy, Play Therapy and ​Emotion Focused Family Therapy), mindfulness informs all of my work. The specific therapeutic approach is always tailored to each client’s unique needs and situation. As a believer in holistic health and the mind-body connection, I integrate evidence-based mindfulness practices when appropriate. I have developed and facilitated mindfulness-based therapeutic groups for children, adolescents and parents/caregivers.

I 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:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Connect for Parents/Caregivers Attachment-based program
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for children and adolescents
  • Emotion-Focused Family Therapy (EFFT) Core Training
  • Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT)- Level One
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy training and year-long practicum with adolescents
  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) in Mind-Body medicine training
  • Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy workshop with Dr. Zindel Segal
  • 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 Psychologists
  • Mental health counselling with Trans and Gender-Diverse Youth (with Rainbow Health Ontario)

Clinical services

My clinical experience includes 15 years of working with children and youth with varying presenting concerns, including: depression and other mood disorders, anxiety disorders, self-injury, suicidality, low self-esteem, trauma, OCD, emotional dysregulation, ADHD, autism, learning challenges, disruptive behaviours, eating disorders, concurrent disorders, grief and loss, life transitions, stress, somatic/health concerns, parenting stress, relationship concerns, cultural or gender identity issues, and parent-child attachment concerns.  Having worked in diverse settings (i.e., schools, hospital, 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.  Most recently I worked as a Clinical Psychologist at the Victoria Child and Youth Mental Health Clinic (BC Public Service), working with children/youth with moderate to severe mental health difficulties. I have also worked as a School Psychologist in several school boards in the Greater Toronto Area, most recently the York Catholic District School Board, which has given me a thorough understanding of special education and learning disabilities. Apart from my clinical work, I continue to provide clinical supervision to Doctoral trainees in Clinical Child/Developmental Psychology.

Currently, I provide psychological services to children and adolescents through the North Peel Family Health Team and through my private practice. I am registered in Ontario (#6500) as a Clinical and School Psychologist. I provide services in English, Hindi and Urdu.

My fees are as follows and follow the recommended guidelines by the Ontario Psychological Association: child/adolescent therapy ($225/hour), parent consultation ($225/hour), comprehensive psychoeducational assessment ($3600), ADHD assessment ($2500+), Gifted assessment ($1300 + 900 if academic testing is required). All assessments include a comprehensive report. Psychological services may be eligible for reimbursement by your extended health benefits provider.

Please feel free to connect with me if you are interested in working together for your child/teenager. I would be very happy to speak with you/your child over a free initial (15 minute) virtual or telephone consultation to determine if it feels a good mutual fit.