Shift Spotlight: Maheen Sayal

Maheen is a compassionate, client-centered clinical social worker and therapist working with both adolescents and adults experiencing ongoing issues such as anxiety, depression, relationship issues, trauma and emotional disturbances.

With over 17 years of direct clinical experience, Maheen brings a variety of clinical skills and strategies to her counselling approach. We are so excited to have Maheen as the newest therapist on the Shift team, and can’t wait for you all to get to know her as well! This week we sat down with her to chat all about her experience and passion for therapy.

1) What's one thing you love about therapy?

I LOVE my work because it satisfies my love of learning and I get to learn about people in the most real way possible. I enjoy having genuine, authentic conversations in therapy and really appreciate when people make themselves vulnerable and trust me to share their stories with me. I feel privileged in my role as their therapist to learn about their unique lived experiences and perspectives and learning how it shapes their worldview. I really enjoy people inviting me to their world and to collaborate with them as they find their way to healing. Over the years, I have learned and grown so much personally and professionally because of meaningful therapeutic conversations I have had with clients.

2) How would you describe your therapy style?

I would describe my therapeutic approach as empathic, warm, non-judgemental and with a positive stance towards my clients. I value their lived experiences, traditions, preferences, skills and values and focus on utilizing their inner resources to find solutions to the issues they face. I don’t think any one therapeutic modality works for everyone, so I collaborate with my clients to create an individualized treatment plan that works for them.

3) What's one place you'd like to travel to and why?

It’s hard to pick just one place to visit as there are so many on my list. But Iceland is definitely in my top 5 to visit list. I would love to visit Iceland (preferably in summer) to experience the natural beauty the country has to offer such as northern lights, midnight sun, hot springs, volcanoes and their local flavours and cuisine. Iceland has been ranked as one of the happiest places to live in the world and I would love to experience the lifestyle of Icelanders firsthand.