Over the past two decades I have worked in diverse community settings as a group facilitator, researcher and educator. In my initial career in the field of International and Community Development, I coordinated community development programs in Tanzania, provided education counselling to university students in Malaysia and conducted research on micro-lending practices in Canada and abroad. I have also worked as a research consultant and community activist for women's equality rights, conducting focus groups and writing policy papers related to women's access to employment in Ontario with a specific focus on the obstacles to employment facing newcomer women.
I have spent the past decade working with youth with a diverse range of special needs as a Special Education Specialist in inner-city Toronto public schools and I have extensive experience supporting vulnerable youth and their families. I have also completed two yoga teacher trainings (Vinyasa and Kundalini) and I have been a meditation and mindfulness practitioner for over 20 years.
I am a graduate of the Master in Education in Counselling Psychology Program at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto. I am a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) and a member of the Ontario Association of Mental Health Practitioners (OAMHP). Additionally, I have completed a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (McGill University), a Master of Arts in International Development Studies (University of Toronto) and a Bachelor of Education (OISE). I work from an anti-oppressive lens and I have clinical experience working with a diverse client population in terms of race, gender, sexual orientation and other intersecting identities.