Nat Roman is a Registered Psychotherapist and a Registered Marriage & Family Therapist with a Master of Science in Couple and Family Therapy and a BA in Psychology. He has training in individual, couple, and family therapy, and specializes in an integrative approach that draws on effective therapy practices from multiple models tailored to the needs of each client. In addition to his academic and clinical background, Nat has in-depth training in Nonviolent Communication (NVC), restorative conflict circles, mindfulness meditation practices and Buddhist psychology.
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Nat was first introduced to both therapy and meditation practice twenty years ago within the context of his own healing and self-discovery journey and since that time has studied, practiced and taught mindfulness based practices in Canada and the US. Nat has taught and mentored others within the context of traditional Buddhist retreats, workshops on mindfulness and compassionate communication practices, and individual, couple and family therapy sessions.
Nat has also explored these above themes in his academic work having conducted experimental psychological research on the effects of mindfulness and emotional awareness in reducing aggressive responses to goal threats as well as exploring how somatic awareness and embodied mindfulness practices can be integrated into couple and family therapy.
Nat's clinical interests include understanding the role of attachment processes and trauma in interpersonal development; language and systems of meaning; and strategies for challenging internalized social and cultural messages that get in the way of experiencing the freedom, connection and safety that we all long for as human beings.
Nat has training in a wide range of therapeutic models and techniques, including social constructionist approaches to individual, couple and family therapy (Dialogic, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Narrative Therapy) and as Cognitive Behavioural (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioural (DBT) therapies. Although these models continue to inform elements of Nat's therapeutic work, he primarily works from a Process-experiential and Mindfulness-based approach, drawing on Internal Family Systems (IFS) and Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) to help clients be more in tune with their moment-by-moment experience, learn more about the inner world, and be able to self-soothe and be emotinally present to others.
In an earlier stage of life Nat worked as a professional musician and strongly believes that creativity is an essential part of life, whether one is engaged in a formal creative discipline, problem solving, or attempting to get kids off to school in the morning.
Yasmin A. Razek is a Registered Psychotherapist, a Marriage & Family Therapist, and a member of the American/Ontario Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. With a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy and a BA in Psychology, Yasmin is passionate about assisting individuals, couples, and families overcome their struggles by working with their unique strengths. Yasmin is trained in multiple therapeutic models, including Cognitive-Behavioral, Emotionally-Focused, and Solution-Focused, and uses an integrative approach, with a predominantly systemic focus, to provide insight and guide clients to produce their desired change.
*Yasmin offers therapy services in English and Arabic.
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Yasmin began her career working with individuals in private practices and psychiatric facilities in the Middle East and continued her education and clinical training in Canada and the US. Her breadth of experience both clinically and culturally allows her to effectively work with individuals, couples and families from diverse backgrounds.
Yasmin works gently and compassionately and uses clinically tested and evidence-based interventions to enhance relationships and overcome personal obstacles. Yasmin can help clients impacted by depression, anxiety, grief, low self-esteem, relationship conflict, trauma, and infidelity.
Yasmin will work with you to:
- Develop coping strategies for hardships and loss;
- Improve overall well-being;
- Become “unstuck” from a cycle of disconnection;
- Understand and respond to your partner’s cues;
- Increase emotional connection and enhance intimacy;
- Find solutions for conflict
Yasmin’s greatest reward as a therapist is helping her clients explore ways to make positive changes in their lives that will empower them and instill hope for the future.
Benjamin Gibson is a Registered Psychotherapist with a Master of Science in Couple and Family Therapy and a BA in Psychology. He has significant experience working with individuals, couples and families, and takes pride in his ability to connect in a genuine way with a variety of clients, tailoring his approach in a way that best honours each client’s unique preferences, values, strengths and goals.
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Benjamin is trained in and comfortable working from a variety of clinical models, including Solution-Focused, Cognitive-Behavioral, Emotionally-Focused and Narrative. He takes a person-centred approach, and believes that the therapeutic relationship is built on trust, respect, compassion, acceptance, validation and understanding. In his work, he consistently demonstrates attentiveness to engaging his clients’ internal resources and their potential to create positive changes in their lives. Through insight, self-awareness and the acquisition of tools geared towards coping with life’s challenges, he believes that the therapeutic process is invaluable in nurturing and supporting healing in his clients’ lives and relationships.
Benjamin’s professional training and personal experiences allow him to offer a non-judgmental environment, sensitive and intuitive insight, and solid therapeutic skills that help clients to move forward in their lives.
Benjamin understands that some of the issues clients bring to therapy may be private, difficult to talk about, embarrassing, or painful. He has worked with people on many difficult issues and aims to provide a safe space for clients to talk about their concerns.
Benjamin can help you:
- Find solutions for family, couple & workplace conflicts
- Improve communication at home
- Manage stress, anxiety, anger and moods
- Cope with grief and loss
- Resolve trauma and past hurts
- Increase confidence and self-esteem
- Find sexual intimacy
- Be the parent and family member you prefer to be
Fatemeh Bahrami is a Registered Psychotherapist and Certified Counsellor with a PhD in Counselling and over fifteen years of experience providing therapy for individuals, couples, and families. Fatemeh is a full professor in the field of counselling and psychiatry at the University of Isfahan-Iran, an internationally recognized researcher and scholar, and a pioneer in the field of mental health in Iran.
*Fatemeh offers therapy services in Farsi.
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Fatemeh’s passion for advancing an understanding and treatment of mental health challenges has led her to approach her work from all angles. As a researcher, she has published dozens of articles in the fields of psychology, psychiatry, counselling, and psychotherapy, receiving a national award for excellence in scientific research in 2011.
As a professor and clinician, she has taught and trained MA and PhD students; translated key works on psychotherapy from English to Farsi, including all of Sue Johnson’s work on Emotionally Focused Therapy; and supported clients and supervised therapists in private clinics, psychiatric facilities, schools, and university counselling centres. Fatemeh also opened and managed the first psychotherapy clinic in Iran. Her experiences living and working in different countries and cultures allows her to work effectively with diverse families, with an attention to the ways in which culture and migration can influence our sense of self and our relationships.
Fatemeh will work with you to:
- Help to create a secure child-parent bond
- Improve overall well-being
- Improve quality of life for those with mood disorders
- Help to understand and to be understood with your partner
- Increase emotion regulation to enhance your intimacy
- More effectively resolve interpersonal conflict
- Develop coping strategies for divorce
- Find more inner peace and stability
- Help to recover from emotional injuries
Emily Tousaw is a Registered Psychotherapist with a Master of Science in Couple and Family Therapy, a Master of Arts in Conflict Studies, and a Bachelor of Arts in French and Global Studies. Emily's clinical training and experience is with individuals, couples, and families and she practices from relational, postmodern, and systemic perspectives. Her clinical approach draws on Emotionally Focused Therapy while integrating aspects of Dialogic, Narrative, Solution Focused, and trauma- and feminist-informed modalities. In addition to her clinical training, Emily is trained as a mediator and third party neutral with the Canadian Institute for Conflict Resolution.
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Emily believes that 'meeting people where they are' forms the basis of a strong therapeutic relationship and she is skilled at creating a nonjudgmental, safe, and comfortable space where people can be themselves and talk about difficult issues. Emily is skilled at understanding what people are really asking for and explores how each person's unique skills and talents can be used to create positive and sustainable change.
Emily's clinical interests include understanding the role of attachment processes in relational issues, exploring the sometimes oppressive and restrictive impacts of cultural and societal discourses on well-being, working with people to access, express, and process core emotions and vulnerabilities, and helping people find ways to live as their preferred selves. Emily is attentive to issues related to equity, gender, and power, and truly believes that people are doing the best they can with the resources available to them. She uses a strengths-based approach to help people identify and expand their repertoire of available resources, and works from an understanding that letting go of the "shoulds" and accessing and expressing one's authentic self can be both liberating and healing.
Emily works with folks who identify with diverse relational, sexual, gender, and cultural identities on issues related to relational conflict, communication, trust, monogamy and non-monogamy, life transitions, sex and intimacy, self esteem, and past hurts.
Sarah Nobel is a Registered Psychotherapist with a Master of Science in Couple and Family Therapy, and a BA in Psychology with a minor in Social Justice and Peace Studies. She is a Pre-Clinical Fellow with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Sarah works collaboratively with individuals, couples, and families, with a special interest in working with youth. She draws on her training in multiple therapeutic approaches including Narrative, Solution-Focused, Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, and Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy. In addition, Sarah is a practitioner of Zen meditation, and these philosophies and values inform the way she thinks about and works with the problems that arise in people's lives.
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Sarah believes that people have the inner resources necessary to deal with the problems they face, and that with appropriate support they can make profound changes in their lives. Sarah is skilled in:
Working collaboratively with people to identify preferred visions for their lives, breaking down steps they can take to get there, and uncovering the knowledge and skills they have to support them along the way;
Understanding how societal, familial, and social factors both influence and maintain problems;
Inviting people to reclaim and accept parts of themselves that have been rejected due to influences such as trauma, oppression, or societal expectations.
When working with romantic relationships, Sarah views problems through an attachment lens. She believes that we have an innate desire for love and belonging, and that our fears and protective responses to our emotions can get in the way of connection in relationships.
Sarah works from an emotionally focused approach to help couples build safety and trust so that feelings and needs can be communicated and heard, and genuine connection can be made. Sarah sees how societal expectations of romantic love can create unrealistic ideals and get in the way of acceptance of one's partner and relationship--all the hard, messy parts that come along with the wonderful. She promotes "doing love"-- a more intentional, active approach to repairing, maintaining, or enhancing relationships.
Sarah has been a practitioner of Zen Buddhist meditation for 7 years, and sees personal growth as a difficult but essential part of life. From this view she practices from a place of compassion, acceptance, and non-judgment. This allows her to build strong relationships with clients and to create an environment in which people can feel safe to share and be vulnerable.
Sarah also helps clients to cultivate acceptance of and compassion for oneself and important others in their life, and believes that it is from this place that we are able to see clearly a way forward towards the life we want.
Being an advocate and ally with people who have been oppressed and marginalized has been an important part of Sarah's life, and she is passionate about promoting equality and inclusiveness in the community.
Rana Khan is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) and a member of the American/Ontario Association for Marriage and Family Therapy with a Master of Science in Couple and Family Therapy and a BSc. in Neuroscience and Mental Health Studies.
Rana’s aim is to work together with individuals, couples, and families to co-create meaning, depth, and hope. Rana is passionate about working with conflict, whether it is conflict within oneself, with others, or a combination of the two. Rana is particularly interested in how the external environment plays a role within the internal environment of the individual. Rana is trained in Dialogic, Solution-Focused, Narrative, and Emotionally Focused Therapy, and draws on his experiences of immigration, culture, religion, and spirituality in his practice.
*Rana offers therapy services in English, Urdu, Hindi & Punjabi
Kristina Virro is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with a Master of Science degree in Couple and Family Therapy. She’s also a Registered Holistic Nutritionist who is passionate about the overlap between mental and physical health. Kristina relies on multiple models of therapy in her work, including Narrative, Solution-Focused, Dialogic, and Emotionally Focused Therapy, while drawing on techniques from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy as well.
A published author, Kristina also has a certificate in trauma-informed care, while valuing transparency, authenticity, and approachability as a therapist. Finally, Kristina takes an anti-oppressive, systemic approach by looking at how multiple aspects of one’s identity contribute to their experiences and outlooks on life.
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Thyra Calvert is a Registered Psychotherapist, a Canadian Certified Counsellor, and a Pre-Clinical Fellow with the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy. Thyra holds a Master of Science in Couple and Family Therapy and a BA in Psychology and Sexuality, Marriage, and Family Studies. Thyra has training in systems-based individual, couple/partner, and family therapy and specializes in working with people with disabilities and chronic illness, and topics of sex and sexuality.
Thyra is available for therapy appointments via secure video conferencing or in person in the Waterloo region.
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Thyra has explored issues of sexuality and disability both in her work with clients, and academically, conducting research in understanding how disabled and chronically ill individuals are perceived with respect to sexuality, as well as advocating for the physical accessibility of therapy for individuals, couples/partners and families who experience physical barriers to accessing therapeutic support.
Thyra draws heavily from Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Narrative Therapy, and Solution Focused Therapy (SFT) approaches. Her academic research and clinical focus has been centered on supporting clients with disabilities, illnesses, as well as supporting folks with concerns relating to sex and sexuality. Thyra also excels at supporting clients who have concerns including, but not limited to, anxiety, depression, marital discord, issues relating to self-esteem, relationship challenges, multi-generational family conflict, repair after divorce, and co-parenting.
Thyra recognizes that for so many people, the world in which we live is unsafe and unjust. she works from anti-oppressive and feminist-informed social justice frameworks, which means that when she works with you, she will look to see you, she will listen to hear you, and she will advocate with and for you. Thyra recognizes that you are a part of a social system that does not always make space for you to achieve the things that you hope for, or that you deserve. Amidst all of this, she will work with you to empower yourself, to find joy, and create meaning.
Thyra navigates the world with a physical disability called Spina Bifida. Not only does her disability influence who she is as a person (she is an excellent dancer, for example), but it has also afforded her a unique perspective of the world - a perspective that she utilizes every day in her work with clients.