Meet Our Team

Dema Hussain, Counsellor


Calm and reassuring, Dema is a great listener, allowing clients to immediately feel at ease in discussing issues. With a background in identity issues and crisis management, she engages in an open, non-judgmental, and collaborative approach with individuals to help them reach their full potential.

Her approach is an integrative one (person-centered, cognitive-behavioral, solution-focused, feminist, multicultural) guided by the goal of helping individuals find solutions and attain meaningful lives. An active individual, Dema loves travelling and has backpacked across Europe.


Specializations

Dema specializes in career counseling, career exploration and assessments, transitions and change, anxiety, depression and crisis management

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I have always been fascinated by psychology, how the brain works, and what underlies human behavior and motivations. Though I started my career as a psychology researcher, I felt drawn to applying my knowledge towards helping individuals deepen their self-understanding, fulfill their aspirations and goals, and heal their pain. I find that aiding people in need and helping individuals work on self-development has always been, and continues to be, fulfilling and meaningful.

In terms of my therapeutic approach, I employ an integrative approach (person-centered, cognitive-behavioral, solution-focused, feminist, multicultural) with the primary goal of helping individuals find solutions and attain meaningful goals. I believe in engaging in an open, non-judgmental, collaborative approach with individuals to help them reach their full potential.

 

Awards: Doctoral Award of Excellence

             NSERC PGS-D research grant

Publications:

Hussain, D. & Montreuil, T.C. (forthcoming). “The application of cognitive-behavioural therapy to target career- and job-seeking anxiety in career counselling”.

Hussain, D. et al. (2016). “Modulation of spatial and response strategies by phase of the menstrual cycle in women tested in a virtual navigation task”. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 70, 108-117

Leila Sarhadi, MA, CCPA, CCC, Counselor

 

Services Offered: Individual, Couples, Youth, Family, and Career Counseling

Open and welcoming, Leila is skilled at working with individuals, couples, families and youth drawing on Mindfulness, Cognitive-behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Emotional Focused therapy. She has a multisystemic, humanistic and eclectic approach to assisting individuals find balance in their lives.

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I am always fascinated by human mind, body and spirit and how we can increase our sense of aliveness with balancing those. I have a holistic approach and my goal is to offer you a safe and compassionate environment in which you can explore yourself and different parts of your being for building resilience and increasing your well-being.

I believe that the whole mission of therapy is to give you access to feeling alive which is a feeling of joy, curiosity, exploration, collaboration, engagement and etc.

 

There is a fountain inside you-
Don’t walk around with an empty bucket

~Rumi

 

Professional Associations: Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA), Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC)

Languages: English, French, Persian (Farsi)

Blanche Moskovici, M.A.,
Creative Arts Therapies, Psychotherapist

 

Services Offered: Individual Counseling

Warm and inviting, Blanche encourages her clients to engage with their lived experience in an authentic manner, while offering them an opportunity to be true to who they are in this moment.

Her approach fuses together Humanistic-Existential, Psychodynamic and Awareness-Based Practices, e.g. Mindfulness, with a strong emphasis on self-care. Blanche is a very creative individual, who loves to bake bread, practice Qigong and sing in a choir.

Since 1996, Blanche has worked with a diverse adult clientele, in addition to counseling caregivers of a loved one suffering from mental illness. She specializes in working with individuals who feel stuck and desire a change. This stuckness can manifest as anxiety, depression, stress, loss, relationship discord, accidents, etc. To get at the root of such matters, Blanche guides her clients into a process of self-discovery.

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In life I have learned that I carry myself with me wherever I go and that growth and change is possible at any age. My goal in therapy is to invite you to become the conscious catalyst of your own healing process, so that you can experience relationships from a stance of being true to who you are. Together we will co-create a secure space that will allow you to blossom, effect positive change in your life, and achieve your desired therapeutic goals.

Reality is nothing but the perception one has of it”

~ Gilles Rivest, Zen Monk

Professional Associations: Quebec Art Therapists’ Association (AATQ), Association des psychothérapeutes du Québec (APQ), Regroupement des Intervenants et Thérapeutes en Médecine Alternative (RITMA) and I am a Psychotherapist permit holder with the Quebec Order of Psychologists (OPQ).

Languages: English and French

 

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