I believe in:
Change, the most constant: As an immigrant therapist, I strongly believe that change is the most constant. Over the past two decades, adapting to change has helped me to tailor my interventions flexibly to meet the differing needs of different clients.
Commitment to relationships: My life experiences of living in different parts of the world and staying in a monogamous relationship for 35 years has shaped me to believe in transforming the lives of people around me. In a system, be it couple or family, it is natural for relationships to change as partners spend more time together and develop as a team. The commitment that I give to relationships has helped me to establish a secure alliance and somewhat long-term commitment with my clients. I believe that profound learning happens in these relationships.
Cultural Neutrality: One of the most effective ways to learn about oneself is by taking seriously the cultures of others. I believe in cultural neutrality, as described by Dr. Aktar, which is akin to teaching oneself the basic principle that no culture, no religion, no race, no ethnicity, no language, no region, no ritual, no festival is inherently superior to the other.
- Registered Psychotherapist, College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO)
- Registered Marriage and Family Therapist and Qualifying Supervisor, Canadian Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (CAMFT)
- General Member, The Ontario Association of Registered Psychotherapists and Mental Health Professionals (OACCPP)
- Council Member, College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (Elected August 2019)
- Presented at the CAMFT conference 2019 in Winnipeg, on, “Being Here and There: A Decolonizing Narrative Framework to work with Bicultural Identity in South Asian Adolescents and their Families.
- Past Member of the Advisory committee on diversity at Batshaw Youth and Family services, Montreal from Sep 2013-2015.
- Submitted final clinical paper titled, “Being here and there”- Working with bi-cultural identity in adolescents in family therapy, October 2015
- Achieved Overseas Educational Advisor Certification, 2007
- Generated proposal “Target the Globe trotters in Malaysia & Singapore” at NAFSA, 2007
- Received Malaysia Advisor Award from US State Department, 2006.
- Played key role in project “Impact of ICDS on Children” a joint venture between the Government of India and the Ministry of Health, 1988.
- Diploma in Clinical Supervision, St. Paul’s University, 2019
- Post graduate certificate in Couple and Family Therapy, Jewish General Hospital, 2015
- MA, Annamalai University, India
- BSc, Madras University, India