About me

Welcome! I am accepting new clients.  My name is Heidi Kiran Mehta (she/her). I have 25 years of professional experience in education, community, and health care settings nationally and internationally. I have worked professionally in many South Asian and BIPOC organizations, including a South Asian Women’s Centre. I have a Master’s Degree in Social Work in Health and Mental Heath (2012) from the University of Toronto. I am a therapist / social worker registered with the OCSWSSW;  consultant / supervisor; change leader; and yoga teacher.

I am passionate about culturally-sensitive, trauma-informed, anti-oppressive practice. I provide a non-judgmental, non-shaming space for your sacred stories. I believe that mental wellbeing is for everyone. I support healthy relationships and believe survivors. I have experience working with migrants, immigrants, and refugees – providing free services to eligible refugees through the Interim Federal Health Program. I am neurodiversity-affirming. I support women managing careers, education, and family. I offer a queer and trans (LGBTQ+) safe space. I also work with post-secondary students in achieving balance in their educational career. I believe in intergenerational resilience and hope.

I have personal lived experience as a member of the South Asian diaspora; as a multi-racial person; as a first generation Canadian-born person living between worlds; and of navigating the complexities of being a racialized settler on Turtle Island.

I work from a client-centred, strengths-based approach. You bring your lived experience and I offer my therapeutic skills  and a caring space to support you in your  growth,  journeys, goals, and dreams. I draw from a variety of therapies based on your needs, whether cognitive / evidence-based, somatics, narrative, trauma-specific, and/or yoga / mindfulness. I value the mind-body union and our interconnectedness.

Much of my work has been with post-secondary students and cultural / educational / health care/ social services/community / independent workers – however all adults over the age of majority are welcome!

My services are online and available across Ontario. I am in the process of registering with other provinces, including BC. Please contact me via email to arrange a free 15 minute phone consultation so we can discuss how I may serve your counselling needs.

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Qualifications & Practice Details

License Number: OCSWSSW #821210

License Province/Territory: Ontario

Additional Credentials:

Selected relevant trainings and certificates:

  • 2022 - Trauma-Informed Supervision
  • 2022 - Treating Complex Trauma with Internal Family Systems
  • 2021 - Sensorimotor Psychotherapy for Trauma
  • 2020 - Brief Psychotherapy (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Interpersonal Therapy)
  • 2020 - Introduction to Mental Health and Substance Use
  • 2019 - ASIST - Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training
  • 2019 - Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • 2019 - Grounding the Heart, Mind and Body: Help dysregulated clients ground themselves and regain a sense of self-control and self-efficacy
  • 2019 - Cognitive Processing Therapy
  • 2019 - Dialectical Behavioural Therapy
  • 2019 - Yoga for Trauma
  • 2017 - Mental Health First Aid
  • 2017 - Motivational Interviewing
  • 2015 - Refugee Mental Health
  • 2014 - Narrative Therapy
  • 2014 - Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
  • 2012 - Master's Degree in Social Work - Health and Mental Health Specialization
  • 2003 - Theatre of the Oppressed
  • 1998 - Pedagogy of the Oppressed
  • 1997 - Life Skills Coaching
  • 1997 - Bachelor's of Arts Degree -  Honours - Sociology

Insurance Plans: I provide a receipt for you to submit to your insurance. Kindly verify that your insurance accepts receipts from Social Workers for Therapy ahead of time. I also provide free services to eligible refugee clients through the Interim Federal Health Program.

Prescribe Medication: No

Practical Details

Languages
English
Other

French, some Spanish

Types of Clients
Young People
Adults
Groups
Organisations
Session Types
Online
Specialities

Some areas in which I can help include: anxiety, low moods, relationships, post-secondary-students / emerging adults; trauma; emotional regulation; adults; family conflict; racial trauma; migration stressors; racial identity; sexual violence; self-esteem and confidence; life transitions; chronic pain and illness; work / school stress and balance; micro-aggressions; impulsivity; grief / loss; micro-agressions; body positivity; self-care and self-compassion; women's issues; resilience; isolation and loneliness; being your best authentic self; mild-moderate addictions and eating disorders; sexual orientation and gender identity;  building a life worth living; spirituality; intersectionality; non-traditional work, studies, and / or lifestyles;  etc.