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

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.

 

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)

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