MSc, Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)
Women wear a lot of hats–and I do mean a lot. We’re friends, daughters, sisters, wives, mothers, students, activists, homemakers, professionals, and so, so much more.
One of the greatest challenges facing women in the 21st century is learning not only how to effectively prioritize our responsibilities and passions, but also, to mentor the next generation of women in the art of developing their skills while pursuing their goals.
As someone who has often worn many of those hats, in a variety of contexts, I certainly understand the pressure and tension both adult and adolescent women experience. This pressure and tension is particularly compounded as a woman of colour. As South-Asian women, we are often denied the right to exercise our voice, are marginalized and dismissed, and find ourselves in the challenging position of living in a context where our experiences and perspectives are constantly scrutinized and questioned.
This could be extremely hard for teenagers – they may find it especially difficult when physiological changes combine with the pressures to conform to the majority culture and its expectations. This could also mean disparity in their own views and their parents’, leading to more confusion, misunderstanding, and distress.
As a woman who’s lived in two different continents and in two very different cultures, I’m able to understand and empower South-Asian women to speak their truth and provide a safe, non-judgmental space where they’re both seen and heard.
I love what I do because I have the privilege of sharing in my clients’ innermost thoughts and secrets, as well as empathizing with, caring for, and supporting them in their process to nurture a better quality of life. By utilizing an integrated, client-centred, trauma-informed approach, I provide mental-health support to those dealing with anxiety, stress, low self-esteem, phobias, as well developmental mental-health support. I speak English, Urdu, Hindi, and Punjabi, and would love to connect with you in the language you feel most comfortable with.
As a busy mother of three (two of whom are teenagers!), I don’t have too much down-time, but when I do, you’ll find me reading, watching old episodes of FRIENDS, trying a new recipe, or baking gluten-free and specialty cakes.