Our Team

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Saima Zaheer

Accepting Clients

Clinical Director, M.Ed Psych, RP, CTIC

Experiencing distress in your life, feeling stuck in negative patterns and conflicts can be challenging and hard to cope with. I believe that the first step toward well-being is cultivating the awareness and understanding of one’s patterns. As your therapist, I will support you on your journey to holistic wellness by empowering you to explore your key strengths and wisdom.

I am trained in Emotion-Focussed therapy, Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Gottman Method and Dialectical Behaviour therapy all set within a relational, trauma-informed and strengths-based framework. I have extensive experience working with children, adolescents, adults and couples. Together, we will work to develop the necessary skills to face and overcome your challenges and live a more meaningful life.

Languages Spoken:

English, Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi

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Cecy Daniel 

Accepting Clients

Social Worker, Associate Psychotherapist, MSW, RSW

Therapy can be daunting but also a sacred, fulfilling journey for it rebuilds relations with others as well as one’s own self. It allows fears, weaknesses and sufferings to exist but more importantly to be transformed into strength, hope, clarity and recovery. I work hard with my clients to strengthen their sense of agency/choices, widen their capacity to self-reflect, evaluate, regulate any difficult thoughts, emotions, actions & psycho-educate on topics relevant to them.

I am trained in Emotion-Focussed therapy, Solutions-Focussed therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and have experience working with adolescents, adults, couples and families. I empower clients to validate their inner strengths, work through their weaknesses, self-advocacy skills to voice their needs.

Languages Spoken:

English, Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi, Malyalam

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Noah Mugenyi

Accepting Clients

Associate Psychotherapist, PhD., MACP, RP, RMFT

I am a registered psychotherapist, speaker, advocate and author. I am an active member of the College of Registered Psychotherapists (CRPO) and the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy( AAMFT). I have been privileged to support countless individuals and couples to overcome their struggles, create meaningful relationships and live more fulfilling lives. With over 12 years of experience in the field of mental health, I am well versed in many research-based modalities including Cognitive behaviour therapy(CBT), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Cognitive processing entrain (CPT). I have a special interest in post-traumatic stress disorder, relational work and brain injury.

I look forward to the opportunity to help you transform into your best self through your genuine sharing and courageous vulnerability. My hope remains that together we are stronger and shall continue to overcome the obstacles of life and times; and that these challenges reveal the strengths which reside in each
and every one of us.

Languages Spoken:

English

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Ira Gandasaputra

Accepting Clients

Associate Psychotherapist, PhD., MACP, RP, RMFT

At times life can seem full of challenges and difficulties. I can help you find solutions to issues you are currently facing. We will work collaboratively to identify goals for therapy that reflect your values and needs. Practising from a strength-based, person-centred, emotion-focused perspective. I am passionate about promoting positive change in a safe and supportive environment.

Having been supporting individuals, families, couples and children for over 18 years, I specialize in depression, anxiety, grief and trauma. I am trained in a variety of evidence-based and systemic approaches, specifically Emotion-Focused Individual, Trauma, EFT for parenting and Couples Therapy (EFT), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Multi-systemic Therapy (MST), and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT).

Languages Spoken:

English, Indonesian

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Kersti Abawi

Accepting Clients

Associate Psychotherapist, EMDR, Narrative Therapy, CBT, MSBR

I have been working in the field for over 25 years. I have a degree in Adlerian psychotherapy. Clarity is my hope for each person I meet with. Whether your struggle is with depression, anxiety, disordered eating, a relationship, or past or present trauma – clarity means a better awareness and understanding of yourself.

Knowing yourself allows you to make choices best for you, consciously. It can be challenging to unravel all of the often-conflicting messages we hear and tell ourselves. But it is crucial for living an authentic, whole, and joyful life. I offer a safe, judgment-free space to be listened to and heard. I believe that feeling “seen” unlocks inner wisdom and resilience.

I am trained in EMDR, Narrative Therapy, CBT, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), and attachment-based interventions. Currently, I am also completing my Somatic Experiencing training. SE is a somatic trauma treatment that involves techniques to release trauma from the body, closely partnered with and complementary
to Polyvagal Theory.

Languages Spoken:

English

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Fatima Rasti

Accepting Clients

Associate Psychotherapist, (C), RSW, MSW

I am a Registered Clinical Social Worker (MSW, RSW, Certified EFT Therapist candidate). I have worked with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families, for over 16 years. My professional life is committed to serving clients' needs as an agent of support. I have worked in both non-profit organizations and in the government health care sector. I have also been working in a clinical setting (mental health, addiction, paediatrics and, adult health care system) since 2010. I will assist you on your journey with opportunities to broaden and enrich your life as my client. 

My areas of expertise include individuals, couples, parenting (parent-child conflict), and family therapy. I am trained in the following modalities: Trauma-informed Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Attachment, Self Regulation and Competency (ARC) Framework, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), McMaster Model of Family Therapy, and Emotional Focus Family Therapy respectively. I am highly sensitive to the unique social, cultural, and religious needs of my clients and will tailor my approach to best suit your needs. I look forward to an opportunity to support you in your journey to self-growth. 

Languages Spoken:

English, Urdu, Punjabi, Hindi

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Rabia Ikram

Accepting Clients

Associate Psychotherapist, M.Sc. RP

Hi, it’s Rabia Ikram and I’m a Registered Psychotherapist. I utilize an eclectic approach to therapy to best serve my client’s individual needs. Therapy is geared toward connecting with the self, recognizing thinking/behavior patterns, and achieving a greater sense of well-being. I will work alongside your strengths to identify goals for improvement and encourage self-expression to facilitate your journey towards personal growth and/or healing. Be it a personal struggle or a relationship that needs attention, I believe in your ability to come together, make repairs and change the trajectory of your life.

I am competent in providing supportive and compassionate care to children/youth, adults, and families. You will find me walking alongside you in this journey utilizing evidence-based therapeutic modalities, all through the view of a Trauma and Culturally Informed, Anti-Oppressive Lens. I am trained in multiple modalities such as; CBT, DBT, EFFT, Attachment, Narrative, and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy. I specialize in treating Stress, Anxiety, and Mood Disorders. Also, experienced in supporting caregivers to build effective Parenting Skills and strengthen their relationships with their children/teens.

Languages Spoken:

English, Urdu, Punjabi, Hindi

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Saad Khan

Accepting Clients

Associate Psychotherapist, (Q)

Hi, My name is Saad Khan. I have a BSc Honours in Kinesiology and Health Sciences, with a minor in Psychology, from York University. Following that, I completed my Masters in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University. I am an active member of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) and the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA).

The field of mental health has been a passion of mine since high school. I have spent a decade working and volunteering in various mental health facilities, including hospitals and clinics. Having served with the Canadian Armed Forces - Reserves, as a Medic, I have been able to see the various effects of trauma, burnout, inter/intra-personal conflicts, and more, amongst individuals. I have had the opportunity to serve a wide demographic including veterans, law enforcement personnel, first responders, healthcare workers, amputees, and many more.

I have extensive experience in addressing trauma, depression, and anxiety-related issues. I utilize a variety of evidence-based modalities including Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT), and Narrative Therapy.

I look forward to supporting your growth and journey to resilience, through meaningful dialogue and self-exploration.

Languages Spoken:

English, Urdu, Hindi

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Varsha Ramkumar

Accepting Clients

Associate Psychotherapist, RP(Q), MA.

Truth be told, all of us go through many storylines and create our own unique narratives as we go about our daily lives. We are the authors of our lives. And in therapy, I truly respect that. You will see in our sessions, as you and I work together to build a therapeutic relationship, I will make every effort to help you make sense of your unique experiences and support you on your journey.

I intend to create a safe environment for you, where we would focus solely on your key strengths and apply these to cater to your needs. My practice is guided by a trauma-informed; feminist, relational and strengths-based framework employing techniques from Narrative Therapy, (SFT) Solution-Focused Therapy and (CBT) Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy. I have extensively worked with adolescents, adults, and seniors. I follow a collaborative, compassionate and empathetic approach to therapy. Together, we would explore your strengths and develop strategies that would help achieve therapeutic goals and move us ahead in the healing process.

Languages Spoken:

English, Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam

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Anum Waqas

Accepting Clients

Associate Psychotherapist, RP(Q)

My purpose as a counsellor is to assist in fostering the strengths that the client already possesses. I strive to work on building a client’s self-esteem and confidence. I believe that everyone is their own expert and I strive to work with the client and assist them in developing coping skills.

I work to provide strategies for them to understand and process their emotions more effectively. I aim to create a therapeutic space in which clients feel safe, respected, and supported. I practice psychological treatments that are evidence-based. My approach integrates Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Solution-focused, client-centred and Mindfulness.

Languages Spoken:

English, Hindi, Urdu

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Hanaa Rashid

Accepting Clients

Associate Psychotherapist, MEd, MSW, RSW, CMCB

Navigating today’s world can be challenging especially for children and their families. I believe that building trust and providing children with a safe space to express themselves is the first step toward initiating change. I am passionate about working with children, parents and families who are experiencing stress, anxiety, conflicts and everyday challenges.

In my work, I try to empower and build resilience through attachment-based and strengths framework employing techniques from Narrative Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Collaborative Problem Solving and Neuro-Linguistic Programming. I am also trained in family-centred interventions, play therapy and providing parenting support. Together, we will create a safe, non-judgemental space where you will feel heard and supported in your healing process

Languages Spoken:

English, Hindi, Urdu

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Harveen Dhatt

Accepting Clients

Psychotherapy Intern

Hello, my name is Harveen Dhatt (She/Her) and I am currently enrolled in the master of the  counselling psychology program at Yorkville University and completing my practicum at Serene Heart Counselling. A psychotherapy intern is similar to a resident, who has completed their class training and is now applying their training in a real-world setting.

I have successfully completed my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with Honours at York University. I have experience working with a diverse population of children, youth, and adults. I am also certified in suicide prevention. I am under the supervision of Saima Zaheer M.Ed psych, RP, CTIC, and Clinical Director of Serene Heart Counselling & Psychotherapy Services, whom I receive supervision on a weekly basis.
I have experience working with a variety of clients including those who are dealing with stress, depression, anxiety, trauma, and relationship issues. I am trained in a variety of approaches including trauma-informed, mindfulness-based, solution-focused, cognitive-behavioural, and person-centred.

Languages Spoken:

English, Hindi, Punjabi

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Rida Fatima

Accepting Clients

Psychotherapy Intern

Hello, my name is Rida Fatima and I am currently completing my master’s degree in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University. I have completed my course work and now looking forward to applying my knowledge as I become a part of Serene Heart Counselling as an intern student. 

 

My interest in psychology was sparked when I did my field placement during high school where I worked with individuals with disabilities and intellectually challenged young adults. I learned during my placement that my passion lies in psychotherapy.  Therefore, I chose the path which focused on mental health and community services. I graduated from University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Science degree, with a double major in Psychology and Health Studies. Throughout my pursuit in the field of psychology, I worked/volunteered in different organizations, with various groups, including children at Holland Kids Rehabilitation Center, and adults at Scarborough General Hospital.  In addition, I also worked as a community mental health counsellor and am currently volunteering with two helplines, Distress Centre of Greater Toronto and Naseeha. I am also certified in suicide prevention. I have experience working with clients who are struggling with depression, relationship problems, anxiety, and stress. Finally, I am trained in various theoretical approaches such as, cognitive behavioural therapy, solution-focused, person-centred, trauma-focused therapy. 

 

As an intern, I am currently under the supervision of Saima Zaheer M.Ed psych, RP, CTIC and Clinical Director of Serene Heart Counselling. I will be receiving supervision every week from her and will be benefiting from her knowledge and experience. 

Languages Spoken:

English, Urdu

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Baanshi Thaker

Student Intern Administrative/Intake Worker

Hello, my name is Baanshi Thaker (she/her). I’m an Honours Bachelor of Science Psychology candidate at The University of Waterloo. After my undergraduate program, I will be pursuing a master’s degree.

A career in psychology will allow me to fulfil my passion and vision of helping others with their mental well-being. I have worked with children as a student instructor at Kumon and as a private tutor. I am certified in the High Five Principles of Healthy Child Development (PHCD), provided by Parks and Recreation Ontario (PRO). In this course, I learned engagement strategies to foster resiliency and growth in children with mental health concerns and disorders. 

Psychotherapist Student Intern Harveen Dhatt and I are co-facilitating an In-Person and Virtual Adolescents Social Skills Program. This program is for adolescents ages 9 to 12, where we will help them improve their emotional and social awareness and skills.

Please contact intake.shc@gmail.com for more information regarding the program and to sign up with us!

Languages Spoken:

English, Hindi, Gujarati

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