Bachelor Degree in Medicine
M.A. Counselling Psychology
Registered Clinical Counsellor, RCC
I hold a bachelor degree in Medicine from the University of Amsterdam and a master’s degree in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University. I have 5+ years of experience in the mental health field and have worked in various settings including acute and chronic psychiatric care, substance abuse detoxification and rehabilitation centres, and the public health sector where I got an opportunity to closely work with vulnerable population groups, in particular individuals struggling with addiction issues, sex workers, homeless individuals, and the survivors of sexual abuse and intimate partner violence. I am passionate about supporting individuals struggling with anxiety, grief & loss, substance abuse, relationship difficulties, and traumatic experiences. I work from an eclectic, strength-based therapeutic approach taking clients’ unique experiences, therapeutic needs, and contextual factors into account.
With regard to trauma-focused counselling, I am trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). I also like to combine elements from different therapeutic approaches including narrative therapy, DBT, TF-CBT, and mindfulness-based somatic therapy. I am informed by the work of Bessel van der Kolk and Dr. Shapiro.
I truly believe that healing involves a deep sense of connection and meaning, therefore, I can’t emphasize enough the importance of establishing and maintaining a strong therapeutic relationship as well as encouraging individuals to explore their inner resources and strengths.
Besides English, I can speak and provide counselling in Punjabi, Hindi, and Dutch. I have also co-facilitated weekly women’s support group in Punjabi language organized by Moving Forward Family Services as an intern counsellor.
“Be a lamp, or a lifeboat, or a ladder. Help someone's soul heal. Walk out of your house like a shepherd.”
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