Ilham is a compassionate, culturally competent, and religiously sensitive social worker who specializes in providing counselling and mental health services to youth, adults, seniors, and families. Ilham connects well with people from all walks of life and creates a safe, caring, non-judgmental, and confidential environment where clients feel supported and comfortable being themselves. She uses a personalized approach tailored to each client’s needs and is passionate about supporting her clients on their unique journey to recovery and healing from trauma.
Ilham holds a Bachelor of Social Work degree and is currently completing her Master’s in Social Work at Ryerson University. She offers over six years of valuable experience working with diverse clients experiencing mental health challenges, self-esteem concerns, anxiety, depression, loneliness and overall stress. She utilizes a range of therapeutic approaches in her practice, including Solution-Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and Narrative Therapy. Working from a client-centered, trauma-informed and strengths-based lens, Ilham is passionate about social justice, destigmatizing mental illness, and seeking equity for individuals, families, groups and communities. Her practice is grounded in anti-oppression and anti-racism principles.
Through her work and lived experiences, Ilham recognizes and understands the complex power imbalances that contribute to many social inequalities and actively strives to bring an end to issues that affect vulnerable communities. She is a perceptive counsellor who values meaningful bonds, experiences and stories. With a deep commitment to helping clients achieve a better understanding of self through the exploration of feelings and emotions, Ilham supports clients in cultivating the best version of themselves. Her mission is to empower, strengthen, and equip her clients with the tools they need to lead more resilient lives.
Outside of her social work and counselling practice, Ilham enjoys painting, baking, travelling to new places and trying new foods.