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“You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anybody.”

– Maya Angelou

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Merryl Varughese

Registered Social Worker/Psychotherapist

Asking for help and support can be intimidating and stressful for many people. In my opinion, it may be one of the greatest acts of bravery and courage. I recognize and respect the trust and vulnerability you bring, and I'm dedicated to providing a secure environment for you to express yourself, develop, and heal.

 

I truly believe that you are your own expert, and it is a privilege to be able to journey with you in uncovering and addressing the challenges, changes, and dynamics that need attention in your life. The client-therapist relationship, in my opinion, is one of the areas where the greatest changes occur. This unique and powerful collaboration allows for growth and perspective.

 

In my practice, I strive to explore the impacts of intersectionality and your lived experience using an anti-oppressive framework. I utilize a person-centered and strength-based approach where we can work together to identify and highlight your strengths and your goals using various therapeutic approaches.

 

I completed a Master of Social Work from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Social Work from York University. My clinical experience is supporting people challenged with eating disorders and disordered eating, anxiety, depression, interpersonal conflicts, low self-esteem, relationships, stress, bereavement, and grief. 

 

I have experience working in an inpatient mental health unit as well as in child welfare. Primarily I have worked with adolescents and adults. I look forward to working with you using empathy, compassion, warmth, and the genuine use of self.

 

In my pastime, I love spending time with my family and friends. I also love hiking, watching Netflix, and painting.

Areas of Focus:

  • Anxiety

  • Eating Disorders

  • Depression

  • Grief and Loss

  • Self-Esteem and Confidence

  • Emotion Regulation

  • Challenging Behaviours

  • Relationship Challenges

  • Life Changes

  • Setting Boundaries

  • Parenting Challenges

  • Caregiver Stress

  • Work or School Stress

  • Perfectionism


Treatment Approaches Used:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

  • Dialectical Behaviour Informed Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID)

  • Narrative Therapy

  • Mindfulness Practice

  • Solution Focused

  • Trauma-Informed

  • Emotionally Focused Family Therapy

  • Internal Family Systems

  • Motivational Interviewing


Qualification, Training, and Membership:

  • Bachelors of Social Work 

  • Master of Social Work - Specialization in Children and their Families 

  • Member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers

  • Member of the Ontario Association of Social Workers

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