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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

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

Family Dynamics

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

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