Training & Workshops

For clinicians Working with Refugees

Upcoming Workshop

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If you’re a clinician looking to take the next step in your career path, this webinar series will help you learn how to conduct immigration clinical evaluations for refugee claimants in Canada.

Contact Mego Nerses for any questions or for more details.  Private workshops are available upon request.

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By taking these courses, you will be able to conduct trauma-informed evaluations of refugee claimants in Canada. The courses will explain how to recognize and assess different types of refugee claims.

These trainings will cover identifying the assessment reports’ components and make proper recommendations based on your findings.

Each training will also cover the following topics:

  1. In-depth interviews with traumatized refugees
  2. Report writing: How to write an effective one
  3. Request procedural accommodations
  4. What should be included in your reports?
  5. Testifying in court
  6. A few other tips and guides on how to write a report

Among other things


Payments are made via etransfer to

Upon receiving your payment, a link to the workshop meeting will be sent to you by email.

For groups/teams of four people or if you sign up for more than one workshop, you can receive a 20% discount on your total.

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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.


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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