Toronto Team

Anya Rameshwar, B.A., R.P.(Q)

I am delighted you have taken this first step, and it is a privilege to join you in your search for meaning within your life’s unique experiences. I would like to hear your personal story in your own words, acknowledge your truth and support you to appreciate your distinctive strengths and abilities.  We are multifaceted beings; our physical, emotional, and spiritual parts all need to be understood and acknowledged individually to comprehend our whole selves. In understanding your motivations, fears and revealing your courage, you can begin to blossom into becoming whom you want to be.

In our first session, my priority is our connection. You are the expert on you, and I am excited to learn all about you.  I believe the answers you seek and the power and strength for change are within you.  A positive initial connection will help the therapy relationship flourish.  My approach involves utilizing different theories and models, including key concepts of personality development, attachment, and trauma-informed analysis and treatment. Through therapy, we examine different parts of your life– where you are at present. I will accompany you to find the answers that are within you and your life experience. Through learning about your values, meaning, and finding purpose, you will feel empowered to ask yourself tough questions, challenge yourself, increase connection and lay the groundwork for continued growth. I believe in using an integrative lens incorporating various theories and tools that best address your concerns and goals.

Sudden storms and unexpected rough seasons appear in life. I will help you locate or create an anchor that will help you weather the storm and navigate to calmer waters when needed. When a gap between one’s self-concept and their reality threaten to become apparent, the individual reacts by becoming anxious.

We are relational beings. In relation to not only ourselves but for others, our community, and humanity. When there is a disconnection, this break creates anxiety and turmoil that we seek to quiet within us. Your essence is where you find your inner strength, peace, AND happiness. In life, daily stress can become overwhelming, and we may experience a disconnect from our true self. I believe in rediscovering our essence and reconnecting to our true selves in order to discover our inner power, happiness, and harmony.

My previous work included community-based programs with women around trauma, sexual assault, identity, gender identity, and safety in relationships. I have also worked in crisis care with youth who have found themselves on the streets due to an unsafe home environment. As a counsellor, I have had the privilege to support individuals and families in fostering emotional and spiritual well-being. I have experience utilizing Applied Behavioral Analysis principles (ABA) with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families to enhance communication and the family system’s happiness.

 “I have found that if I say what I am really thinking and feeling, people are more likely to say what they really think and feel. The conversation becomes a real conversation.” ~ Carol Gilligan

I am passionate about Relational Cultural Therapy and the fundamental nature of psychological well-being relationships in my clinical and personal life. I am interested in working with individuals, couples, and families in their desire to feel connected, happy, empowered, alive and heard. In our therapeutic relationship, I hope to create a safe, quiet space where you know you belong and can explore questions and statements such as: How can I be more successful in my relationships?; I feel as if I am stuck. What can I do to change this feeling?; What really matters to me?

Currently, I am a Master of Psychology candidate at Adler Graduate Professional School. I also hold a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from The University of Waterloo. Presently my research focuses on Relational Cultural theory and the importance of growth-fostering relationships on attachment and identity. I maintain memberships with the Canadian Psychological Association and the Ontario Psychological Association. As a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) at CFIR, I provide services under the supervision of psychologist Dr. Khuraman Mamedova, C.Psych.

“It takes courage to push yourself to places you have never been before… to test your limits… to break through barriers. And the day came when the risk it took to stay tight inside the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” ~ Anais Nin



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