I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” - Maya Angelou
I believe in building a therapeutic alliance with my clients. The process of building an alliance is to learn to unlearn about ourselves. As such, I hope you can reflect on your narratives while tapping into your existing resiliency and strength. During this process of empowerment, one becomes the author of their own lives. I will provide you with an open, compassionate, safe and non-judgemental space to be your authentic selves. Instead of hearing you I will actively listen to your experiences to address the stressors and challenges in life through client centred goal settings and plan of actions.
I believe in utilizing a holistic, trauma informed, client centred, narrative, strengths based, anti oppressive and anti racist approach to wellbeing. As Registered Social Worker with over 5+ years of experiences I have worked with marginalized populations providing holistic healing, mental health, addictions, crisis response, suicide intervention, project and case management, counselling as well as community development.
My therapeutic approach utilizes a diverse range of modalities depending on the client needs (Motivation Interviewing, Solution Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectal Behavioural Therapy, Emotion Focused therapy and Narrative Therapy).
I have completed my Bachelors of Social Work degree at Ryerson University focusing on the lived experiences and discourses of intergenerational trauma and racism among newcomers. I later obtained a Masters of Social Work from the University of Toronto specialized in Children and their families.
I have a wide array of experiences in mental health, child welfare, family violence and violence against woman through multiple roles at the Toronto District School Board, City of Toronto, Strides Toronto (formerly East Metro Youth Services), Kids Help Phone, Access for Parents and Children in Ontario and YWCA Here to Help program. My goal is to enhance mental wellness and collective healing among BIPOC communities.
In addition, I worked in partnership with children, youth and their families facing but not limited to: Anger management, anxiety, emotional regulation, depression, ADHD, OCD, learning disabilities, sexual violence, child abuse, intergenerational and racial trauma, stress, burnout, “perfectionism”, self esteem, life transition, grief, interpersonal conflict, self harm and suicide. My practice is entrenched in supporting clients to realize they are author of their own story. To live is not to simply breathe but to create meanings.
I provide services in English and Tamil. Feel free to book your appointment with me for any brief or ongoing support.