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MAHZAD (Mahz) GHAHREMANI, RP (Qualifying)  

Associate Psychotherapist
"Only in quiet waters do things mirror themselves undistorted. Only in a quiet mind is adequate perception of the world."- Hans Margolius

A range of emotions and life experiences can encourage us to seek therapy. You may be feeling stressed, anxious, lost, grieving, struggling with substance dependence, or experiencing other uncomfortable emotions. Perhaps you hope to gain more self-awareness. If so, I am honoured to support you earnestly in fulfilling and celebrating your goals.

Hearing people's life stories is one of the driving forces behind my passion for counselling. I aim to compassionately facilitate the understanding and unravelling of these stories and their patterns in a meaningful way, allowing life to be lived more joyfully. With over six years of experience in various roles supporting neurodivergent individuals diagnosed with ASD, as well as their families, I've had the privilege of working with children, youth, and adults. Additionally, I have a year of experience working with different populations presenting various mental health needs.

My services extend to individual, couple, and family counselling. My approach to therapy is to create a safe and comfortable space for clients to express themselves freely. I strive to make this space genuine and down-to-earth, considering each client's unique preferences and cultural backgrounds. I approach therapeutic work with humility and respect for individuals' inherent wisdom and agency.

My goal is to help individuals feel safe enough within themselves and their environments to be their true selves. The following quote by Maryam Hasnaa encapsulates my outlook on therapy: "A healer does not heal you. A healer is someone who holds space for you while you awaken your inner healer, so that you may heal yourself". I view psychotherapy as a powerful tool for helping individuals better understand themselves and their world, navigate transitions, shed unhelpful patterns, and move towards a more creative and empowered state.

My practice is person-centered and trauma-responsive, prioritizing nervous system regulation to cultivate a profound sense of safety at a therapeutic pace. I utilize an integrative therapeutic approach, applying experiential and humanistic modalities while drawing from various other frameworks, such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and psychodynamic.
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
  • 2022- Current Serefin - Family Support & Care Co-ordinator, Toronto, ON
  • Jan-April 2024 Johnstown Heights Behavioral Health Intake Clinician, Johnstown, CO 
  • Jan-Sept 2023 - Touchstone Counseling - Virtual Intern Counselor, Blaine, WA
  • 2019-2022 - Geneva Centre For Autism Urgent Response Respite Worker; Group Services worker, ABA support worker; 
    Toronto, ON 
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EDUCATION
  • 2023 - Master of Arts: Master of Art in Counseling Psychology. Yorkville University - Fredericton, New Brunswick.
  • 2016 - Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson), Toronto, ON 
    Bachelor of Arts: Psychology
    Minor: Sociology

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT, DESIGNATIONS, & SKILLS
  • College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario
  • American Counseling Association​
  • Association for Creativity in Counseling
  • Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association
  • 2023 - LivingWorks - Mental Health TASC Steps
  • 2024 - DBT & Mindfulness Dual Certification in progress
  • 2024 Indigenous Awareness Training
Desk
• Conflict resolution/crisis management
• Treatment planning/case management; documentation
• Knowledge of evidence-based and culturally competent practices
• Relational Life Therapy; 2-day training with Terry Real
• Collaboration and teamwork
  • 2024 Substance Use Disorders Training
  • 2024 Somatic Trauma Healing 
  • 2023 Narcissism Training (Jung Platform)
  • 2022 Suicide Prevention Training
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