About me

A life-long passion for helping and healing others has led Devyani to pursue a career in counselling. Devyani started her career wanting to be a school guidance counsellor but felt she should first gain experience working with children. With an undergraduate degree in Sociology paired with an Early Childhood Education Diploma, Devyani began working with children and at-risk youth.

 

Experiencing the day to day lives of these children, supporting them and helping them navigate their day to day life by supporting them through challenging and rewarding times. Guiding them through questions they had about “fitting in” or their experiences thus far.

 

She came to realize that many of these children would go off to middle school and high school and would still need a supportive environment in other to thrive. This led Devyani to pursue further education in the field of Mental Health and Addictions. Many of the children Devyani worked with, were exposed to the “street life” as they called it and expressed that there was peer-pressure to try different drugs or engage in certain activities which they were not comfortable with.

 

Devyani went on to work in the field of Addictions, working with both the inner-city population and in the private sector with more affluent clients. It was here that she really understood the meaning of “meeting clients where they’re at”. Everyone has a different journey, different circumstances and no-one way is the right way. This solidified Devyani’s “client centered approach” to counselling.

 

As someone of South Asian Origin, Devyani understands what it means to try to balance the duality of the North American lifestyle with opposing cultural norms, and the anxieties and hardships which may come with this. However, these experiences shaped her world-view and ability to understand the importance of Mental Health support in the South Asian community (and other cultures where Mental Health is not given priority).

 

Now, as an RP-Q, Addictions Counsellor, and Certified Life-Coach Devyani works with clients from all walks of life and cultural backgrounds, who struggle with various mental health concerns, physical trauma, and emotional obstacles. Devyani is both DBT and Gottman informed, and these influence her approach, but sessions are catered  and customized based on clients & are case specific.

 

Devyani believes that it is the client who knows their situation best, and the purpose of the counsellor/therapist is to guide and support the client to identify and fulfil their goals to live as their best possible self.

Qualifications & Practice Details

License Number: 13255

License Province/Territory: Ontario

Additional Credentials:

Certified Canadian Counsellor

Mental Health and Addictions Counsellor

Prescribe Medication: No

Practical Details

Languages
Hindi
Urdu
Punjabi
Types of Clients
Young People
Adults
Older Adults
Couples
Session Types
Online
Specialities

Peer Relationships
Life Transitions
Couples Counseling
Addiction
Adoption
Alcohol Use
Anger Management
Anxiety
Coping Skills
Depression
Internet Addiction
Life Coaching
Life Transitions
Marital and Premarital
Neurodiversity
Racial Identity
Relationship Issues
School Issues
Self Esteem
Sex Therapy
Substance Use
Trauma and PTSD
Women's Issues