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Mindful Emotion Acknowledgment: Techniques for Sitting with and Understanding Your Emotions

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Welcome to the course ‘Mindful Emotion Acknowledgment: Techniques for Sitting with and Understanding Your Emotions.’ This course is designed to help you develop a deeper understanding of your emotions and teach you how to acknowledge and sit with them in a mindful way.

First, let’s start with a definition of Mindful Emotion Acknowledgment. It is a practice that involves paying attention to your emotions in a non-judgmental way, allowing them to be present, and understanding them without trying to change or suppress them. This skill is essential for emotional well-being, as it helps you to become more aware of your emotional state, improve your ability to regulate your emotions, and enhance your overall mental health.

There are many benefits to emotional understanding, including improved self-awareness, better communication, reduced stress and anxiety, and increased resilience. By understanding your emotions, you can learn to identify and name them, recognize their triggers, and accept them without judgment. This increased self-awareness can lead to better decision-making, improved relationships, and a greater sense of overall well-being.

This course will provide you with a range of techniques for sitting with your emotions, including mindful breathing, body scan meditation, and journaling and reflective writing. You will also have the opportunity to apply these techniques in practical scenarios, through case studies, role-play scenarios, and personal experiences.

In addition, the course covers coping strategies for overwhelming emotions, including grounding techniques, safe place imagery, and self-soothing techniques. These strategies can help you to manage strong emotions and prevent them from becoming overwhelming.

Finally, the course will help you to advance your emotional understanding by deepening the connection with your emotions, learning from them, and building emotional resilience. You will also receive a recap of the techniques and strategies covered in the course, as well as guidance on the path to emotional wellness and the importance of continuous practice and learning.

So, whether you are looking to improve your emotional intelligence, manage stress and anxiety, or simply better understand your own emotions, this course has something to offer. Join us as we explore the power of Mindful Emotion Acknowledgment and take the first step toward emotional well-being.

Trigger Warning!
Please note that this course could potentially trigger sensitivities. It is strongly advised to practice grounding techniques while engaging with the material. If you find that reading this material is triggering you, I highly suggest that you stop reading and reach out to someone for support.

Education Purpose:
This course is solely for educational purposes and should not be considered therapy.


Understanding Your Emotions

Techniques for Sitting with Your Emotions

Practical Application of Techniques

Coping Strategies for Overwhelming Emotions

Advancing Your Emotional Understanding



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I am an Ottawa-based Registered Psychotherapist and have a full-time private practice. In the past, I worked in social service agencies for many years. I offer individual, relationship, and sex therapy in English, Arabic, and Armenian to adults 18+, and I do not work with minors.

In 2011, I earned a master’s degree in Counselling from the University of Ottawa. I am a Registered Psychotherapist in Ontario (CRPO#001132) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. In addition, I am a Certified Counsellor with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA#3058). My clinical training focuses on relationship and sex therapy and trauma/PTSD. Since 2013, I have been at Algonquin College as a seasonal professor, teaching courses in mental health and addiction.

I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to publish peer-reviewed articles and contribute chapters concerning Counselling, coming out, and trauma related explicitly to LGBTQ+ refugees and newcomers to Canada. I have presented numerous workshops and continue to offer trainings nationally and internationally on the mental health of LGBTQI+ and SOGIE refugees and asylum seekers.


Professional Work

Early in my professional career, I specialized in individual therapy and served clients with depression, anxiety, PTSD, and grief. Since then, I have taken my clinical work to a higher level and gained more experience in four areas: PTSD and Trauma, Sexuality and Gender Identity, Sex and Relationship Therapy, and Refugee mental health issues. I have received various trainings in these areas since choosing to specialize. As an example, I received training from Division 56, Trauma Psychology, Physicians for Human Rights, and the Global Institute of Forensic Research in writing immigration evaluations for immigration courts. Furthermore, I have completed multiple trainings in trauma/PTSD therapy and relationship therapy (Poly. Kink). I have participated in numerous training opportunities in the field of sex therapy, sexuality, and gender identity. 

I am a LGBTQI+/poly/kink/CNM supportive and informed therapist.

Therapeutic approaches
In addition to Narrative Exposure Therapy for PTSD (NET), I have also been trained in Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for PTSD and Experiential Therapy and Focusing. I integrate social justice and rights-based principles into my work as a trauma-informed therapist.

In recognition of my dedication to helping LGBTQ+ refugees and asylum seekers in Canada, I received the 2017 Humanitarian Award from the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA).

AffiliationsI have an international affiliate membership with Division 56, Trauma Psychology, the American Psychological Association (APA), and the Global Institute of Forensic Research.


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