Farrah Qadir

Farrah Qadir

Registered Psychologist, MA in Counselling Psychology

Client Focus: Couples and individuals (starting at 15+)

Types of therapy: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Mindfulness-Based modalities

Issues: Stress, anxiety, depression, trauma, grief/loss, relationships, infidelity, fertility

How would you explain your style and approach to therapy when working with clients?

I strive to create a safe environment for everyone I work with; one that radiates warmth and care. My therapeutic approach includes mindfulness-based practices and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)- both of which are evidence-based modalities. I foster an empathetic and inclusive environment to help anyone experiencing anxiety, depression, mood disorders, grief/loss, relationship concerns, infidelity, and fertility issues. I work with individuals (starting at 15+), and I also support couples.  My style of therapy gives a way for my clients to show up authentically and learn to live with ease, no matter what their background. Whether you are new to therapy, or have had experience with it before, I commit to guiding you to find solutions. Within the first few sessions, you will begin learning brain-changing mindfulness skills specifically tailored to decrease depressive and anxious symptoms, along with increasing hope and joy. I will then weave in CBT to challenge your unhelpful thoughts and guide you in understanding how these thoughts are getting in the way of you living the life you want. We will work through negative thoughts and emotions, by first confronting them, and then challenging their credibility. You will then begin to understand how the negative self-beliefs you have are based around thoughts that are not facts. Over time, you will begin to replace negative thoughts with helpful ones that actually serve you. Through this brain training you will gain control of your life.  You will learn to utilize CBT tools outside of therapy- giving you power and confidence to take charge whenever discomfort arises.

What training and expertise do you bring to your sessions?

I am a Registered Psychologist, and I have completed a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Athabasca University, alongside a Master of Counselling Psychology through Yorkville University. I have 15 years of experience in the mental health sector. I have worked in the areas of in-home family counselling, supervision of transitioning youth in residential programs, mental health workshops for immigrant women, and addictions treatment. Currently, my focus is supporting adolescents and adults who are experiencing difficult life experiences, mental health symptoms that are preventing them from flourishing, and couples therapy for partners who find themselves struggling in their relationship.

I am currently working on my Doctoral designation through California Southern University. The doctoral program allows me to expand my knowledge in applied and clinical psychology; gaining more insight and skills. I am planning to complete a Doctoral Dissertation which is a large project that outlines a specific field of research. Currently, my interests for the doctoral project lie in Attachment and Relationships.

Outside of your therapist role, what are some ways you express your uniqueness?

I enjoy expressing myself through art, poetry, and dance. Sometimes I dabble in water colouring, and often dance to various genres of music. I love animals; especially my cat, Blue! My favourite quote is: “This above all: to thine own self be true” by William Shakespeare, as it aligns with my value of authenticity. When I can, I surround myself with nature: whether it’s a small hike, sitting near water, or watching snow fall gently; I try to get a glimpse of nature daily. I have also been able to see nature through travel: I backpacked alone through Western Europe at 19 years old and have travelled to 16 countries in total. My aim is to explore as many parts of the world as possible!