Nisha is a warm, caring, and dedicated counsellor, therapist, and social worker who brings ten years of professional experience to her counselling practice. Honesty, sincerity, authenticity, and respect are central to Nisha’s life and to her work with clients. She is open to feedback, flexible in making adjustments to suit your needs, and considers it an honour to journey with you on the road to healing, growth, and achieving your goals.
Nisha’s valuable experience includes working effectively to improve and resolve a broad range of issues, including but not limited to depression, anxiety, relationship issues, conflict resolution, self-esteem, self-harm, stress management, life transitions, and enhancing coping skills. Additionally, Nisha recognizes the complexities that the intersections of one’s social identity (including race, gender, class, sexuality, and more) can bring to issues and integrates this into her practice framework.
Nisha’s professional experience is broad and includes valuable work in a wide range of settings and for a wide range of situations, including children’s mental health, child protection, school-based counselling, advocacy, and social work, counselling and advocacy within hospital settings, corrections, and rehabilitation, community counselling and grass roots community mental health, and clinical research trials.
As a Registered Social Worker (RSW) with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW), Nisha received her Master of Social Work Degree from the University of Toronto and her Bachelor of Social Work Degree from Ryerson University. She also completed specialized training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy and Single Session Therapy. Additionally, Nisha has a passion for integrating Narrative Approaches in her practice.
Nisha became a therapist because she wanted to help create more safe spaces for people to have open dialogue about real and important issues of concern. In her own experience as a South Asian woman, Nisha noticed that open discussions of mental health were rare and she would like to help change this by creating more safe spaces where people can have useful conversations about mental health. Recognizing that it takes great strength to reach out for support and great courage to discuss difficult life issues, Nisha considers it a very rewarding privilege to witness and support people in this process of facing, adapting to, and overcoming life challenges.
Nisha values relationships above all else. In therapy, the number one contributing success factor is the “therapeutic alliance,” which is the relationship built between you and your therapist that allows you to work together to cope with challenges and facilitate changes. Nisha truly empathizes with your experiences to support you in identifying and creating the outcomes you want. She understands that life challenges and transitions can be complex and difficult, and that we all need and deserve help to get through tough times. Nisha knows how to keep it real, and mutual respect with clients blooms from this authenticity.
Nisha is also known as someone who is always looking to strike just the right balance of staying busy with work while also enjoying life through relaxation. Whenever she can, Nisha enjoys travelling to new places and learning about new cultures. She enjoys high intensity workouts, phone dates with friends, quality time with family, learning how to cook up a storm in the kitchen (although she may never live up to her mom!) and sharing life with her partner. Nisha is also a self-proclaimed bubble tea connoisseur!
We invite you to contact us to learn more about how Nisha can help you to identify and make progress on the next steps in your healing and counselling journey.