"Be gentle with yourself, you are doing the best you can"
Registered Social Worker
I understand it takes a lot of courage to begin and commit to therapy. I will provide a safe environment where we can work collaboratively to better understand your early life experiences, the systems you have been exposed to throughout your life including family, different institutions, culture and social norms. Your life experiences can impact your core beliefs, values, how you regulate your emotions and how you react/respond to adverse life events.
A bit about myself, I moved to Canada when I was ten years old. I am the eldest of four siblings. I have struggled with balancing dual cultural values (Canadian and Pakistani), which sometimes resulted in conflicts with my parents and led to experiencing anxiety and perfectionism. However, I have learned to balance and embrace both cultures' values with time and have been managing my struggles with anxiety. I have always been passionate about spreading mental health awareness, especially within ethnic minority communities. I completed my Honours Bachelor’s in Psychology from York University and then pursued my Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work at the University of Toronto, specialized in mental health and health. Currently, I am completing my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at King’s College London University.
When I am not working, I love spending time with family and friends. I enjoy blogging about mental health, reading a good book, hiking especially during the fall season and binge-watching Netflix. I also love travelling, which is my self-care.
I believe in a holistic and anti-oppressive approach, considering biopsychosocial factors rather than just focusing on mental health diagnosis/symptoms. I bring my authentic self to each session, which includes compassion, curiosity and at times, humour and laughs.
Areas of Focus:
Work or school-related stress
Life adjustment issues
Transitioning difficulties for new immigrants
Dialectical Behaviour Informed Therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Family-Based Treatment for Eating Disorders
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy
Solution Focused Therapy
Systemic Family Therapy
Qualification, Training and Membership:
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Psychology
Master’s in Clinical Social Work (Specialization in Mental Health)
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (In progress)
Member of The British Psychological Society
Member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers
Member of the Ontario Association of Social Workers