(She/her), MA Candidate
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), Therapist in Training
One of the many things I can appreciate about our society is how people come from different walks of life - we all have a story. These stories, or worldviews, are what shape our personalities and how we perceive and overcome the various obstacles that life may throw at us. I also understand how beginning therapy can be daunting. I provide a validating and non-judgemental environment with the goal of making clients as comfortable as possible. Helping clients explore their emotions and navigate any problems they may have, together, has always been my passion.
As an Afghan-Canadian woman, I have found it difficult to seek help in the past. Mental health, and a person’s lack of mental health is still a very taboo topic in many cultural worldviews, and many are reluctant to turn to therapy when they need it most. As a child of immigrants, I am highly aware of the several problems we may come across, and what it’s like balancing various intersectionalities while staying true to your self-identity. I provide support to individuals from diverse identities, and help raise their awareness of the importance of mental health. I present with cultural humility and am responsive to the subjective challenges you may be experiencing. We will work together through any adversity and facilitate self-compassion and growth during this experience.
My personal approach to counselling is collaborative, person-centred and anti-oppressive. I implement techniques borrowed from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, and Mindfulness-based Interventions. I make every effort to create a non-judgemental and safe environment for my clients, where they are heard and validated.
Freshta is currently completing the practicum component of her Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University. She holds a BSc Honours in Human Biology and Psychology from the University of Toronto. Freshta has substantial experience volunteering as a Crisis Line Responder with the Distress Centre of Greater Toronto, where she provided emotional support and distress intervention to callers in need. She is a student member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) and a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario.