Connecting with Our Culture, Healing with Our Hearts – Meet Our First-Generation Therapists Who Speak Your Language and Understand Your Journey

Sumit comes with over 10 years of experience working with individuals who are living with mental health conditions & addictions. His academic qualifications are a Master of Social work, certification in CBT l & II, Certified in Trauma Informed Care, ASIST Certified, & an active membership/license with a social work regulatory body. Moreover, he also specializes in men’s mental health. 

Fluent in: Punjabi and English

Talk to him about: Depression, Anxiety and Stress, Anger Management & Emotional Regulation, Grief Counselling, Addiction to Video Games & social media

Video Session 60 minutes – CAD 192

Ekta is a first-generation immigrant from India, she understands the various challenges a person goes through when looking to build their life in a different country. Her client-centered and trauma-informed approach to providing therapy services also focuses on self-care. Moreover, she also caters to the LGBTQIA community.

Fluent in: Hindi and English

Talk to her about Trauma and PTSD, Anxiety, Depression, Stress, Antisocial Personality, Grief, Self Esteem, Narcissistic Personality (NPD), Relationship attachment styles such as Codependency, Divorce, Family Conflict, Coping Skills, Life Coaching, Relationship Issues, Racial Identity, Peer Relationships, Parenting, Pregnancy, Prenatal, Postpartum, School Issues, Eating Disorders, and Internet Addiction.

Initial consultation – 15 mins – Free

Video Session 60 minutes – CAD 142+HST

Arshi Ali

Arshi, a first-generation immigrant from Karachi, Pakistan comes with over 23 years of experience in providing therapy services to people across all age groups with compassion, acceptance, and a non-judgmental approach.
She also caters to mental health needs of individuals who recently had a baby.

She also caters to the LGBTIQA+ community.

Fluent in: Urdu, Hindi, English, and Hyderabadi. Moreover, she can also understand basic Punjabi

Talk to her about: Depression, anxiety, PTSD, Trauma-informed care, anger management, fear/phobia, self-care, self-confidence, self-esteem issues, mood swings, safety planning, parenting, immigration, relationship difficulties, and adjustment issues.

Initial consultation – 15 mins – Free

Video Session 60 minutes – CAD 213+HST

Dayong

Dayong Quan is a Mandarin-speaking first-generation therapist from Shanghai, China. He incorporates mindfulness practice into his therapy to help his clients access their inner resources and heal themselves. His approach to therapy is rooted in the belief that everyone has the potential and inner resources to heal themselves. He works with his clients to help them discover these resources and use them to overcome their challenges. He uses active listening, experiential skills, and mindfulness practice to create a safe and non-judgmental space where his clients can explore their emotions and experiences.

Fluent in: Mandarin and English

Talk to him about: addiction, family, relationships, parenting, anxiety, and depression.

Initial consultation – 15 mins – Free

Video Session 60 minutes – CAD 120

Nishrin Attari

Nishrin’s decision to pursue a career in mental health stems from her unwavering passion for helping individuals on their journey to becoming the best version of themselves. With her empathetic and client-centered approach, she is dedicated to providing effective support and guidance.

If you are seeking a psychotherapist who not only understands the cultural nuances but also prioritizes your well-being, Nishrin is here to assist you. Her multicultural background and language fluency allow her to connect deeply with individuals from diverse backgrounds.

Fluent in: Gujarati, Hindi, Urdu and English

Talk to her about Anxiety, depression, grief, stress, work-life balance, weight loss and body image concerns, social isolation, life transitions, and low self-esteem

Initial consultation – 15 mins – Free

Video Session 60 minutes – CAD 125

Neeha Matin

Neeha comes from Bangladesh and is a doctor, she has completed her MBBS degree from Bangladesh Medical College and Hospital and pursued a Psychiatry Residency program at Bangladesh College of Physicians and Surgeons (BCPS). Additionally, she has  15 years of clinical experience in psychiatry, and neurology and is a trauma-informed psychotherapist who understands cultural nuances. She believes in creating a safe space for her clients where they feel heard, supported, and hopeful throughout their healing journey. Her therapeutic approach is collaborative and introduces mindfulness practices in her therapy sessions.

Fluent in: Bengali, Urdu, Hindi and English

Talk to her about:
Anxiety, Depression, Mood disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Eating Disorders, Personality Disorders, Trauma, PTSD, Suicidal thoughts, self harm

Initial consultation – 15 mins – Free

Video Session 60 minutes – CAD 199+HST

 

Amita Risbud

Amita is a first-generation immigrant from India and brings her lived experiences of transitions and understanding of the cultural biases immigrants face when relocating and adjusting to a new country.
She has worked with people of all ages and cultural backgrounds including mature and international students, single parents, front-line workers, military personnel, and individuals from marginalized, racialized, and low-income BIPOC communities.

She uses an integrative approach in her sessions and combines her training in Narrative Therapy, ACT, CBT, DBT, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Internal Family Systems & Mindfulness-based sensorimotor and somatic approaches. She works from a goal-oriented, strengths-based, and trauma-informed approach with a culturally sensitive lens. Being sensitive to your circumstances, she will work with you to find the best therapeutic approach to help you achieve your life goals.

Fluent in: Marathi, Hindi Urdu and English

Talk to her about Trauma, Crisis, Anxiety, Depressive symptoms, adult ADHD, grief and loss.

Initial consultation: 15 mins – Free

Phone consultation/Video session – 60 mins – CAD 175

Ali Ahmad

Ali is a first-generation immigrant from Pakistan with over 16 years of experience in the field of Psychology. His person-centric therapeutic approach helps you find balance and resilience in your life. Ali also caters to the LGBTQIA+ community

Ali is a Registered Social Worker with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Social Work. He is certified in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Interpersonal Mediation, and Emotional Focused Therapy (EFT) for Couples, Trauma Counseling, Sex Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. 

By the day, Ali is working at a hospital, where he provides psychotherapy to outpatient adult clients. His clients represent true diversity as they come from different cultural backgrounds and religious beliefs including refugees, newcomers to Canada, and members of the LGBTQIA+ communities. Also,  

Fluent In: Urdu, Hindi, Punjabi, and English

Talk to him about Stress, Depression, Anxiety, Grief and Loss, Sexual Dysfunction

Initial consultation: 15 mins – Free

Video/Phone 60 mins – CAD 150

Shambhvi, believes in creating a safe and judgment-free space for her clients where they can have a conversation about what’s bothering them and be able to develop strategies with them for what needs attention. Her academic qualifications are Master Level Training in Expressive Arts Therapy, Diploma in Social Service Work with High Honors, Master in Arts with Honors, Bachelors in Arts with Honors, Diploma in Creative/Movement Therapy Moreover, Shambhvi also caters to the LGBTQIA community

Fluent in: Punjabi, Hindi and English

Talk to her about Anxiety, depression, life transitions, cultural identity, addictions, social anxiety, anger management, self-confidence, work conflicts and stressors, immigrant trauma, relationship issues,
emotional regulation, peer pressure, and life coaching.

Initial consultation – 15 minutes – Free
Phone or Video Session – 60 minutes – CAD 150+HST

Janice

Janice is a first-generation immigrant from India and believes in providing a safe space for her clients. She is an individual
therapy specialist, completing consultations, and comprehensive assessments, and 
providing personalized evidence-based Cognitive Behavioral, Dialectical Behavioral, Emotionally Regulation, and Relapse Prevention Therapies, customized to each client’s unique age, strengths, and circumstances, while facilitating deep healing experiences that reframe and shift sabotaging pain and patterns utilizing internal resources and resilience.

 

Fluent in: Hindi and English

Talk to her about academic performance, absenteeism from school, interpersonal trauma, grief, addiction,
relationship issues, parental separation/divorce
, anxiety,
depression

 

Initial consultation – 15 mins – Free
Video Session 60 minutes – CAD 188

Acsana

Acsana comes from Chittagong, Bangladesh, and has over 12 years of experience in the field of Psychology. She has completed a Master’ of Social Work, moreover, her passion for service is rooted in her belief in giving back to society. In counseling sessions with Acsana, she would use an integrative approach of various modalities that provide client-centered care that builds on resilience and strength. She also provides counseling sessions for couples. Apart from work, she loves to learn about different cultures by traveling and enjoys reading. 

Fluent in: Bengali, Urdu, Hindi, and English

Talk to her about Autism, ADHD, PTSD, Trauma, Sexual Abuse, GAD/ Stress, Anger Management, Depression, Grief, Asperger’s Syndrome, Borderline Personality (BPD), Divorce, Domestic Violence, Family Conflict, Relationship Issues, Parenting, Immigration related issues, Substance Abuse, Suicidal ideation.

Initial consultation – 15 minutes- Free

Video session 60 minutes – CAD 210 (Individual counseling)

Video session 60 minutes – CAD 265 (Couple counseling)

 

Rajesh Gopalkrishnan

Rajesh believes that taking the first step towards seeking help is a courageous decision, and he is here to make that journey as smooth as possible for you. His therapeutic approach is rooted in the principles of acceptance and change and he is dedicated to assisting you in gaining a deeper understanding of your challenges, pinpointing areas within your control that can be improved, and fostering the willingness and skills needed to accept what lies beyond your control.

His primary focus is on empowering you to develop the necessary skills and strategies to bring about positive transformations in your life. In sessions with Rajesh, he’ll work towards building a stronger foundation for your emotional and mental well-being. He is here to provide unwavering support, helping you navigate through difficulties, make informed decisions, and develop immediate coping strategies. He has a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Manitoba and the University of Madras, India.

Fluent in Tamil and Hindi

Talk to him about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Trauma, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Anxiety, Depression, Compulsive Behavior, Self Esteem, Relationship Issues, Fear, Phobia, Burn Out, Work stress

Initial consult – 15 minutes – Free
Video/Phone session- 60 minutes – CAD 138 (Individual counseling)
Video/Phone session – 60 minutes – CAD 150 (Couple counseling)

 

Syeda

Syeda is a first generation Registered Social Worker, a Psychotherapist in Ontario, and an Educationist from Karachi Pakistan. She comes with 20 years experience of in providing counseling services specifically from the last 10 years here in Canada to adults and also provides couple counseling.  Her approach towards sessions is filled with passion for service and offers a non-judgmental approach. Moreover, she believes that everyone has some potential, and strengths and helps clients in their healing process.

Fluent in Urdu, Hindi, Punjabi, Sindhi and English

Talk to her about Trauma, PTSD, Depression, Anxiety, Stress, Anger Management, Emotional Regulation, Grief and Bereavement, Addiction, Burnout, LGBTQIA friendly, Suicide, Self-esteem, Narcissistic Personality (NPD) Relationship concerns, Domestic Violence, Separation, Divorce, Family Conflict, Conflict Resolution, Parenting, Postpartum Depression &  Life transitions issues in life.

Initial consultation – 15 mins – Free
Individual counseling – 60 mins – CAD 180
Couple counseling – 60 mins – CAD 205

Dr. Saurabh Patil

Dr. Saurabh Patil is a certified International Coaching Federation (ICF) coach. His journey embodies resilience and reinvention. As an ICF-CCE Certified Life Coach for Men, he guides others through challenges with fortitude. From dreams of becoming an Air Force pilot to thriving in entrepreneurship, his path showcases the transformative power of perseverance. With an MBA from SIBM Pune and a Ph.D., he mentors individuals to reclaim their destinies.

Fluent in Marathi, Hindi and English

Talk to him about Men’s mental health and the stigma associated with it, concerns about relationships, dynamics between men and women while dating someone or after getting married, conflict resolution, and entrepreneurship. 

Initial consultation – 15 mins – Free
Individual counseling – 60 mins – CAD 125