Harkamal Sangha – sessions in English & Punjabi


“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced” – James Baldwin

Seeking therapy is an act of courage, self-compassion and a necessary first step towards making change happen.  I understand this not only from a professional stance but also from my own lived experience. Seeking therapy provided the necessary conditions to heal my own wounds.

For the past decade I have been providing trauma-informed counselling services in a clinical setting for individuals, couples and families presenting with complex psychological needs including: moderate to severe substance use disorders, chronic depression, severe and unmanageable anxiety, complicated bereavement, relationship ruptures, and trauma. I have experience and training in providing clinical counselling services to marginalized communities, refugees and survivors of torture which has influenced my counselling approach when working with people impacted by acute, chronic and complex forms of trauma including individual, familial, cultural, integenerational and historical trauma.

My counselling approach is rooted to an ethic of social justice and I draw on a trauma-informed, strength-based, intersectionist and anti-oppressive framework when addressing problems.  This means I bring a sense of compassionate curiosity into our sessions to locate problems in different facets of one’s identity such as race, gender, class, ability, sexual orientation.  My approach is best described as collaborative, non-pathologizing, and person-centered.

My intention is to help individuals and couples heal, achieve their therapeutic goals and to become aware of their inner strengths and resources.   I hope to achieve this by working collaboratively, clarifying your needs and concerns through a bio-psycho-social assessment and creating a customized treatment plan with evidence-based practices in line with your attitudes and beliefs about change.

Below is a brief description of the services I offer and please note that I also offer counselling services by speaking Punjabi as well : 

Addictions

Having worked alongside people with severe substance use disorders struggling in the midst of the ongoing opiate epidemic I have extensive clinical experience in providing counselling services to individuals and couples affected by substance use.  Approaches I draw on addressing substance use involve and are limited to:  motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness based relapse prevention.

Depression and Anxiety

I have experience in providing therapeutic services to help people be free from the hold depression, anxiety and anger can have on their lives, their livelihood and also their relationships.

Grief, Loss, and Trauma

Grief is a normal and natural response to loss but it can be painful to go through alone.  I can offer a safe, therapeutic space alongside a compassionate presence to start the process of healing.

Trauma describes experiences that may overwhelm a person’s capacity to cope and events early in life can include incidences of abuse, neglect, witnessing violence and also disrupted attachments.  Therapeutic approaches I draw on to help people heal from the effects of trauma include drawing on body-oriented therapies such as somatic experiencing, cognitive behavioral therapy and narrative therapy.

Relationships

Experiencing ruptures in our relationships can be especially difficult to cope with if you do not have the right support.  I can offer a safe, therapeutic space to assist you in developing the skills and presence needed so you can be in a more meaningful, authentic relationship to yourself and also to the relationship.

When not at work, I enjoy riding my bike and I nourish my body-mind-spirit through relationships, sustaining ties with the community, exercising, yoga and a formal Zen meditation practice that I have been doing for several years. I also started playing the trumpet again.

I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor and member of the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors.