I am a Registered Psychotherapist in Ottawa. I have been practicing psychotherapy in private practice and social service agencies since 2012. I lectured as a seasonal professor at Algonquin College in the Trauma and Addiction Certificate Program from 2013 to 2015. I provide individual, relationship and sex therapy in English, Arabic and Armenian for adults 18+.
I completed my master’s degree in Educational Counselling from the University of Ottawa in 2011. I am a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO#001132). Also, I am a Certified Counsellor with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA#5875). Currently, I have a full-time private practice in Ottawa.
My clinical training is focused on sexuality, gender identity, sex therapy, and trauma. My expertise is in psychotherapy with LGBTQ+ refugees, asylum seekers, and torture survivors and trauma survivors.
I have co-published in a peer-reviewed journal(s) and contributed chapter(s) related to counselling, coming out, and trauma with LGBTQ+ refugees and newcomers to Canada.
I am the recipient of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association’s 2017 Humanitarian Award for my contributions to the wellbeing of LGBTQ+ refugees and asylum seekers to Canada.
I have an international affiliate membership with the Division 56, Trauma Psychology, of the American Psychological Association (APA) and with the Global Institute of Forensic Research.
I have presented numerous workshops and provided workshops nationally over a period of close to 7 years about the mental health of LGBTQ refugees and asylum seekers in Canada. I have attended multiple training opportunities related to conducting refugee assessments for immigration courts, which are offered through Division 56, Trauma Psychology, of the American Psychological Association, and by Physicians for Human Rights. I am a designated asylum evaluator with the Physicians For Human Rights (PHR).