“Mental health problems don't define who you are. They are something you experience. You walk in the rain, and you feel the rain, but you are not the rain.”
As a young adult, it can often feel like you must split yourself into different versions to fit in. At home, school, work, and with friends, it seems like you’re navigating multiple identities, which can lead to feelings of anxiety, insecurity, exhaustion, or depression. You have big dreams and aspirations, yet you find that most of your energy is spent trying to meet other's expectations and not being able to invest it in yourself. The bar is set high. When you are given that space to shine, you feel the need to apologize and find yourself shrinking back to be accepted.
I was once there! I am a firm believer that healing happens in connection with others. As a first-generation Canadian of Muslim background and Somali heritage, I had to navigate multiple identities. I didn’t fit anywhere. Through my own self-work and lots of therapy, I forged my path. It wasn’t easy, and I couldn’t do it alone. And we aren’t meant to do it alone.
I am here to offer support. While it may feel like your problems define you, we will work on externalizing issues and exploring their effects on your life. We will also examine your needs, wants, and what’s most important to you. This will allow you to take the steps needed to move toward your goals and the life you want.
Areas of Focus:
Stress and burnout
Assertiveness and Setting Boundaries
Workplace Stress and Conflict
Trauma-informed and Anti-Oppressive Approach
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Solution Focused Therapy
Qualification, Training and Membership:
Master of Education in Counselling Psychology
Bachelor of Arts (Honors) in Psychology
Registered Psychotherapist (College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario)
Canadian Certified Counsellor (Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association)