Hodan completed her Master of Social Work from the University of Toronto. She is trained in the following therapeutic approaches: CBT, Solution Focused Therapy, Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing and Narrative Therapy. She is passionate about working with diverse populations and provides counseling from a strength based, trauma informed and holistic model.
Hodan has worked for over 10 years in the non-profit sector providing counselling to individuals and families who are living with various issues, including, but not limited to grief, family conflicts, burn out, depression, substance use, anxiety, and trauma. Hodan has worked extensively with people across the lifespan including youth, parents, and adults to support them on their journey towards exploration and healing.
In the past, she has worked as a counsellor at a resource centre for pregnant and parenting people. She has provided therapeutic supports as clients enter a new and often daunting phase and experience the baby blues, post – partum depression, low self esteem and other parenting challenges.
Throughout the pandemic, Hodan has worked on the frontline providing counselling and general supports at an action centre with clients who are experiencing financial strains, isolation, depression, and anxiety. Hodan has worked closely with clients who have never formally accessed therapeutic services but found themselves in need of new ways of creating understanding and acceptance as they experience the impacts of living through a world pandemic. Hodan helps clients to normalize these feelings and explore new ways of accepting emotions to support them on a path to living well.
Hodan aims to make therapy a mainstream and accessible service for all people and remove the shame connected with seeking supports for mental health. She provides therapy from a non-judgemental and non-pathologizing stance, with a focus on collaboration and safety.
With her lived experience as a Black Muslim woman, Hodan has a deep understanding of the impacts of discrimination and racism on individuals and communities. She provides therapy which is mindful of these realities and intentional about offering the space for clients to express their experiences.
Hodan also provides faith-based therapy for clients who identify as Muslim.
Hodan is a member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers and the Ontario Association of Social Workers.