I was drawn to the profession of counselling and therapy by my desire to engage in meaningful work and by my love for people. I have a wide range of experience including working with people experiencing abuse, anxiety, bereavement, depression, oppression, low self-esteem, stress, cultural issues and relationship/marital issues. I have experience to provide help to a wide variety of clients from various socio-economic, cultural, ethnic and educational backgrounds. I am privileged to have worked for many years in the community with clients involved with Criminal justice, family court and child welfare agencies.
I am a naturally inquisitive person. My ability to step back in order to see the ‘bigger picture’ helps me in identifying people’s key relationships and in understanding their complexities. Similarly, I am adept at facilitating change and providing support during periods of transition. I have extensive experience supporting clients in domestic abuse, Alcohol Abuse and Anger Management.
Whether you are seeking brief, solution-focused or longer term therapy, I offer a flexible approach drawing from different models, tailored to your needs and based on what we agree together will be most effective for you. I use a variety of therapeutic techniques such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Motivational Interview, Solution Focused and Crisis Intervention Techniques when counseling clients.
I am a Registered Social Worker and a member in good standing with the College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW), Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW) as well as a member of National Anger Management Association (NAMA). I adhere to the OCSWSSW code of ethics and standard of practice, which stresses the importance of a safe and reliable setting, confidentiality and continual professional development. My Membership with National Anger Management Association (NAMA) provides numerous benefits designed to help me grow and prosper as an anger management professional and helps preserve and honor my unique skills of anger management.
I am credentialed as a Certified Anger Management Specialist (CAMS-II), a Certified Domestic Violence Specialist (CDVS-I) through the National Anger Management Association (NAMA). NAMA - Anger Management Specialist Certifications are recognized by all courts. The National Anger Management Association (NAMA) is the international professional association (18 countries) for the field of anger management and related issues.
I am committed to CCP (Continuing Competence Program) which is also an ongoing requirement to maintain registration with the OCSWSSW. To keep myself up-to-date I engage in various activities including attending workshops, taking part in peer group meetings, organizing and reading psychotherapeutic literature on a regular basis. I believe in sharing my knowledge and experience with others and I am invited as a Guest Lecturer at George Brown College in Toronto on regular basis.
It may be useful to know that I speak English, Hindi, Gujarati, Punjabi and Urdu and therefore can counsel in these languages.