Dharshana is a Clinical Social Worker with a Master of Social Work in Mental Health from York University. She holds two undergraduate degrees: Gerontology from McMaster University and Social Work from Ryerson University, and a postgraduate certificate in Case Management from McMaster University.
Dharshana has worked in the community health sector for over 12 years with diverse populations with specialized knowledge and skills working with the elderly in private and non-profit health settings – including 10 years of experience supporting seniors with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
She brings extensive knowledge and experience in health promotion. As a Caregiver Wellness Program Coordinator at a non-profit community health centre, Dharshana uses a holistic health and evidence-based approach to program creation and implementation. She is also a Community Health Educator for a non-profit seniors’ organization in the GTA, where she is responsible for developing and delivering evidence-based health education in the area of mental health, gerontology, and social work. In therapy, she utilizes her wealth of health promotion knowledge and case management skills to provide her clients with optimal and research-informed support.
As a compassionate therapist using a client-centered approach, Dharshana creates a safe and non-judgemental therapeutic space for youth, adults, seniors, caregivers, and students to develop the insights, skills, and experiences needed to overcome challenges and make positive changes that last. Using a trauma-informed lens, Dharshana works from anti-racism, anti-oppression, and strengths-based framework; her treatment modalities include Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Narrative Therapy, and Mindfulness approaches.
Areas of expertise include anxiety, depression, trauma, stress management, grief and loss, aging, caregiver stress and burnout, post-traumatic stress, perfectionism, relationship challenges, and life transitions.
She is a member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers and the Ontario Association of Social Workers.
Dharshana can provide services in Tamil and English.