therapeutic approach

My Approach

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I work with clients who are experiencing:

  • Settlement/immigration related issues

  • Cross-cultural communication issues

  • Life transition and adjustment challenges

  • Spiritual issues

  • Anxiety and depression

  • Relationship difficulties

  • Emotional regulation difficulties

  • Race related trauma and Islamophobia

  • Post-traumatic stress

Populations I work with include:

  • Children (9 to 12)

  • Individual adults

One of my main areas of focus is working with Muslim girls and women and the integration of Islam into the therapeutic process. My philosophy is understanding the whole individual ─ cognition, psyche/sense of self, heart, soul ─ and therefore, my approach explores all of these levels of experience. Although different challenges require different tools, I will explore impacts and solutions from a holistic lens with you.

When working with children, I use play therapy, creative storytelling, emotion regulation therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy. I have previously worked with children in the school and community setting on issues related to self-esteem and bullying.

Overall I use an eclectic approach but I gravitate towards the following modalities:

  • Narrative

  • Cognitive behavioural

  • Person-centered/positive

  • Trauma-informed

  • Anti-oppressive

  • Faith-based/transpersonal

  • Islamic integrated (for those identifying)

I have an Honours Bachelor of Science degree (double major in Psychology and English) from the University of Toronto and a Masters of Social Work from the University of Windsor.

Initial Consultation

If you have any questions or you’d like more information, I offer a complimentary 20-minute telephone/video consultation. Through this initial chat, we can determine whether we’ll be a good fit working together. If for some reason, we do not match, I would be happy to refer you to a different therapist/services.

 

You can reach me via email at contact@sumaiyamatin.com to set up a 20 minute consultation.

Confidentiality

Services are confidential except where disclosure is mandated. Conditions where disclosure is necessary mainly involve situations of risk and harm or legal situations. I will provide you an Informed Consent form before our first session which will provide more information on this. I will also spend some time during the first session discussing this with you. 

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