I am a Registered Psychotherapist with over 18 years of experience working with individual adults, children and youth. I use an integrative, humanistic approach with each individual I work with. I don’t believe in a one size fits all approach and believe that you are the expert of yourself and your needs. You know where you hope to end up, my job is to help you get there in the safest and most supportive way possible. I am aware of how debilitating anxiety, depression and other mental health challenges can be and how much it impacts not only the individual battling, but the people around them trying their best to provide love and support on a daily basis, often alone. Allowing someone into your home and into your life can often be difficult, I am aware of this fact and am truly humbled to be a part of your journey.
After years of working with both individuals and children and their families, I have gained an understanding of the many challenges that may arise in one’s day to day life. Questions or statements that clients often ask are, ‘How did I get here?’, ‘Nothing is working, what can I do?…’, and ‘Have I failed as a parent?”
My goal is to help individuals and families shift from a mindset of ‘just getting by’ to actively living a more balanced and meaningful life. When we struggle with feelings such as anxiety, sadness, hopelessness, and inadequacy, it can sometimes feel as though we are in survival mode. In counselling sessions I offer you the opportunity to explore, reflect, and discover without being judged. My hope is that you will experience what thriving feels like, and you will have gained the tools you need to strengthen your relationship with yourself and others. Though change is inevitable it is not the easiest thing to embrace. Life can be messy and complicated, and so the question becomes how do we embrace the realities we face? I would welcome your inquiries and questions to discuss our services further and to see if this would be a good fit for you.
“When you go through a hard period, and everything seems to oppose you… when you feel you cannot even bear one more minute, NEVER GIVE UP! Because it is the time and place that the course will divert!”
As you may know, therapy is a journey. It can be a place of rediscovery, healing, growth, self-care, or all of the above. I can help you through a wide range of difficulties including depression, anxiety, relationship problems, trauma, and low self esteem. My main area of focus is working with couples and families. I use a humanistic approach to therapy as I believe that everyone is on a unique path. My hope is to help you understand yourself non-judgmentally and help you to acquire the skills to reach your goals. I believe that the relationship with my client is the most important factor in therapy. I can assure you that I will work with you collaboratively to fully understand you and your needs.
I am trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, and Expressive Art Therapy. I am a bilingual psychotherapist and provide therapeutic services in both Farsi and English.
I am a registered Social Worker with an Honours Social Work degree. I have been working with children, teens, adults, and families for many years in various settings. My clients have sought support for anxiety, depression, ADHD, and PTSD. I am compassionate and use a variety of therapeutic approaches including mindfulness-based interventions, CBT, and DBT therapy. I believe each person has their own unique story that shapes their thoughts, emotions, and actions. I work from a collaborative, strength-based approach that is mindful of cultural, ethnic, and economic influences. Through my work, I strive to foster a safe space where clients can tell their story and gain insight into how unique experiences have shaped them.
We are fully qualified and licensed. Sareen Cagliuzun and Sidney Ofosu are registered with the The College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers for the province of Ontario. Carrie Mazzei and Mah Ostad are registered with The College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. Please feel free to contact us if you require any other information or have any questions.
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