Training & Workshops
Now providing virtual sessions all over Ontario
My trauma-informed training and workshops bring over a decade’s worth of experience into every session. Since 2011, I have been running workshops for organizations nationally and internationally.
My training is focused on helping groups and organizations build capacity, skills, knowledge, and confidence in order to cope with change more effectively. With expertise in refugee mental health, cultural humility, sexuality, sex therapy, gender identity, and trauma, my workshops help to bring strength from vulnerabilities.
I am a Psychotherapist based in Ottawa, registered with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. I am also a Certified Counsellor with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. I also bring my personal experiences and insight into every session, helping to make a difference in how information is presented.
All of my therapeutic work and workshops integrate a social justice lens. Through this lens, my goal is to provide a safe, nurturing space to help participants deal with trauma across every spectrum.
Besides being an experiential therapist, I am also an experiential trainer.
Workshops are collaborative and interactive. During each session, I pay close attention to attendee experiences as I reflect and present information, whether those experiences are emotional, physical or reflective. These experiences are gently and safely highlighted, allowing enhanced learning in every session.
My workshops cover a range of experiences, including the following:
Customized workshops are also available. Workshops are offered online and in person. Fees will vary according to the length of each workshop, please contact me for fees. A selection of payment options is available.
If you are a clinician and work with refugees, visit my online learning platform to access e-courses at www.mnelearning.ca
I also offer case consultations to mental health practitioners working with refugees. Reach out to me if you would like to consult with me at firstname.lastname@example.org
For the time being, we will be conducting appointments exclusively through virtual means.
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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.
In 2020, I launched my online learning platform to offer courses to clinicians who work with the refugee population. Learn more about my elearning platform at www.mnelearning.ca
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 expertise 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.
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.