My Approach

My goal is to provide a safe, warm and inviting environment that is based on mutual respect and acceptance. I encourage clients to enter into the therapeutic environment with an open mind and a willingness to learn. I strive to create a positive, trusting and transparent therapeutic relationship

My Story

During the journey that is my life I have learned that plans don’t always work out as we want them to. Growing up I always dreamed of seeing the world, all I needed to do was figure out how I could get paid to do it. This dream was put aside when I was diagnosed with having severe Chronic Migraines.

This diagnosis changed my life, not that the chronic migraines hadn’t already, but it became my new reality.

Because of this I did not feel as if I could dream a different dream.  I felt as if I would not be able to live a productive life and for a long time I couldn’t. As I went through the treatment options with no relief in sight I started to give up the hope of normalcy. This new mindset was limiting me when all I wanted was to no longer be disappointed. I was facing an obstacle that was leaving me essentially disabled for days at a time and hindered my physical endurance. As I faced the fear of having only one treatment option left, I took the leap of faith and tried it. For the first time in over 7 years I was no longer living with severe pain on a daily basis. The pain was not gone, but I was able to breathe again.

I now understand that I had to get a grasp on my illness before I could allow myself to see the endless possibilities that was still in front of me. Those possibilities came to me in many forms, some of which were in the form of travel, supportive relationships, a drive to be content with what I would be facing for the rest on my life all the while trying to figure out how to make other childhood dreams a new reality.

What I didn’t realize was that even through the obstacles I was facing in my effort to continue to be a part of society, I was working jobs that I enjoyed; that kept me on my toes, made me figure out ways around my failing memory and my symptoms. With the different fields that I worked in, one of the most rewarding ones was that when I was working with children, youth and teenagers. Now when I think back, my experiences especially with working with the youth was preparing me to become a counsellor. Being supportive, non-judgmental, a safe place to talk not only about fears and insecurities but also about strengths and achievements was so crucial in my daily interactions. The enormity for the need for youth to have someone to be able to talk to was staring at me every day. It made the transition for me to go back to school and get the proper education I needed in order to make this my profession easy.

Now as I embark into this new role as a therapeutic counsellor I am ecstatic to be able to help individuals to not only bring out the best of themselves but to also aid in creating a positive and productive future.

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Shazia Khan


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