I am a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO), a member of the Ontario Association of Mental Health Practitioners (OAMHP), and 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 work from an anti-oppressive lens and I have clinical experience working with a diverse client population in terms of age, race, gender, sexual orientation and other intersecting identities.
Prior to becoming a psychotherapist, I worked in a range of 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. Additionally, I worked as a research consultant and community activist for women's equality rights with a specific focus on the obstacles to employment facing newcomer women. Following a personal interest in social justice education, for close to10 years, I worked extensively with vulnerable youth and their families as a Special Education Specialist in inner-city Toronto public schools.
In my therapeutic work I draw upon over 20 years of personal experience as a meditation and mindfulness practitioner and wisdom accrued through yoga practice including the completion of two yoga teacher trainings (Vinyasa and Kundalini). I have also 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).