Areas of practice
- Anxiety and/or Panic
- Marriage and/or Relationship Issues
- Self Harming Practices
- Trauma Counselling
- Adolescent Therapy
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
- Emotionally Focused Therapy - Individuals
- Mindfulness approaches
Counselling practice website:http://balancingmindscounselling.ca/
I am Registered Clinical Counselor (RCC) with BC Association of Clinical Counsellors. I hold a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University.
I have considerable experience working with a diverse population of children, youth and families in the Lower Mainland over a 12-year span.
I was born in England to parents who emigrated from India in the late 60’s. Growing up in a large family I watched family members work hard and support each other on a regular basis. I was fortunate to spend time in the family business and gain an understanding of how a group of people work together for common goals. Our family moved to Canada in the early 2000’s after I completed my Bachelor’s degree. My experiences of working with youth and families began shortly after my move to Canada as I began to volunteer at a number of different organizations including youth custody, mentoring and school support. It was here I realised my desire to learn more about people in order to better understand them and support them. My very first position was as a Youth Care Worker in a recreational setting working in an after school program in North Vancouver. I was also lucky to work with an ethnic group that was somewhat new to me; this allowed further cultural awareness for me. My next position was with the City of Surrey as a Youth Care Worker where I continued to gain experience and awareness of working with children, youth and families. I later transitioned to Surrey Schools as an Inner-City Youth Care Worker. At this point in time I realised the importance of making time to understand meaning behind behaviours. I was also able to learn about immigrant students and the adversities they had experienced. As my experience grew my journey took another turn where I moved into a position of a Youth Counsellor with the Surrey RCMP/City of Surrey. I began working with youth and families who wanted positive changes while accepting current experiences. I learned about recognizing why we make certain decisions and how we can also work toward a better self. My next step was to begin my Masters while I continued to work fulltime. During this time I also got married and while all these commitments tested my management skills I was able to balance work, school and my personal life with the kind-hearted support of my husband who is currently a Community Support Worker. It soon became evident that having a support system is crucial for me in order for me to work through challenges and achieve my goals. Once I completed my Masters I eventually began at my current role as a Youth Mental Health Therapist.
I have been fortunate to attend trainings for many modalities of therapy.
While meeting with clients I consider the importance of our past experiences, our current state of mind and our future goals. I believe in compassion and balance, and working towards a better self without judgement.
Please note, I am eligible to provide services for the Crime Victim Assistance Program (CVAP)