I am a Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OASWSSW). I hold a Master of Social Work degree from Brown School of Social Work, United States, a Master of Development Communications degree, and an M. Phil degree in Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy from Gujarat, India.
My passion for helping people and advocating for mental health led me to become a social worker. As an experienced social worker of 12 years, I have worked in a variety of settings in India, the United States, and Canada, including community mental health, child welfare, youth organizations, and hospices. The transformative power of social work in people's lives has motivated me to continue doing this important work.
East meets West. It is a phrase we hear often but how does it translate into practice? The pull lies in the strength of the familiar; the push is an urge to create space and jump into the unfamiliar. As an individual who was raised between two cultures, I offer a warm and safe space to discuss cultural competency as it relates to your life. Retaining your cultural values and traditions while simultaneously assimilating to the societal norms of your geographic upbringing can lead to many questions about ourselves in the past, present, and future. Additionally, I work with Gujarati, Hindi, and Punjabi speaking individuals and couples.
Together, we all can end the stigma towards therapy by openly discussing mental health and treatment, educating ourselves on mental health, and showing compassion to those dealing with their mental health, thereby fostering a supportive community in which others feel safe and understood. For me this looks like openly discussing the fact that I do Cognitive Behavioural therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), as well as using evidence and strengths-based approach to Loss and Grief, Social Emotional Learning Initiatives, Family Systems, Positive
Parenting, Crisis Intervention, Mindfulness, and Emotional Regulation.
Be it a transition, or a sudden change in your life that is making you seek therapy, please know that by seeking help, you are already displaying great courage and have taken a big step toward healing. Having a nurturing environment will allow you to grow significantly!