About me

First and foremost, I value an authentic and non-judgmental connection with my clients that is built on empathy, respect and compassion. Research suggests that the strongest predictor of successful outcomes in therapy is the therapist-client relationship (therapeutic alliance), despite the therapist’s experience or treatment modality used. To build a strong therapeutic alliance with clients, I foster a warm and safe environment for folks to share their challenges and vulnerabilities. I draw from a number of treatment models such as narrative therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and brief-solution focused therapy. My specialities include supporting folks living with anxiety, depression, family conflict, suicidal ideation/self-harm, low self-esteem and racial trauma. As a second-generation South Asian woman, I am passionate about providing culturally responsive support. I grew up in a primarily white community and understand the unique challenges that are associated with navigating your cultural and racial identity. I hope to connect with other South Asian folks who might feel rejected, lost, isolated and/or confused about how to balance their family culture with the community they reside in. I regularly engage in critical self-reflection and ongoing professional development to ensure that my services are anti-oppressive, trauma-informed and evidence-based.

I am a registered clinical social worker and graduated from the University of Toronto’s Masters of Social Work program. I have over 7 years of experience working in mental health, empowering youth and young adults while they navigate changes and mental health issues. I aim to help folks cope more effectively with life’s challenges, engage in self-compassion and live a life that is meaningful for them. I also love to be in nature (originally from Alberta near the Canadian Rockies) and the incredible food scene in Toronto!

I am only offering online counselling at this time.

Please see my website for additional information: positivepeaks.com OR contact me via email at positive.peaks@gmail.com

 

 

Qualifications & Practice Details

License Number: 833780

License Province/Territory: Ontario

Date License Granted: January 1, 2019

Additional Credentials:

FACT | Dr. Russ Harris, Psychwire | Toronto, ON

DBT Skills | Dr. Marsha Lineham, Psychwire | Toronto, ON

San'yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training | Provincial Health Services Authority in BC | Toronto, ON

Essentials of CBT & CBT for Anxiety | The Beck Approach Certificate of Completion | Toronto, ON

Trauma-Focused CBT| Medical University of South Carolina | Toronto, ON

Mental Health First Aid | Mental Health Commission of Canada | Toronto, ON

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training | Distress Centre Calgary | Calgary, AB

Aboriginal Awareness Certificate | Aboriginal Awareness Canada | Calgary, AB

Beyond the Hurt: Preventing Bullying & Harassment Educator Training | Canadian Red Cross| Calgary, AB

Healthy Youth Relationships Educator Training | Canadian Red Cross | Calgary, AB

Anxiety: Practical Intervention Strategies | Crisis & Trauma Resource Institute Inc.| Calgary, AB

Prescribe Medication: No

Practical Details

Languages
English
Types of Clients
Young People
Adults
Session Types
Online
Phone
Specialities
  • Anxiety
  • Adolescence
  • Career navigation
  • Depression
  • Family conflict
  • Health-related stress
  • Immigration/newcomer challenges
  • Life Transitions
  • Low mood
  • Grief/loss
  • Parenting
  • Racial identity
  • Relationships
  • Self-esteem/confidence
  • Spirituality/religion
  • Stress
  • Suicide
  • Self-harm
  • Trauma
  • Young adults

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