Ayesha is a psychotherapist who supports racialized people to navigate challenges with culture, relationships, anxiety, depression, and stress. Ayesha belongs to the South Asian community herself, and understands the struggles this community faces with racialization and marginalization. She strives to create a safe, inclusive, and comforting space for South Asian and Muslim young adults. She can help you practice self-compassion and emotional safety as you learn strategies to cope with difficult situations.
Ayesha uses an anti-oppressive framework to explore intersectionality in your lived experiences. She believes anti-oppression is especially important when working with marginalized communities that have a stigma about accessing mental health services. She creates a warm, non-judgmental space to help you explore your strengths and emotions. Ayesha offers a collaborative and holistic approach to therapy, and draws on modalities like mindfulness-based cognitive behavioural therapy and narrative therapy. Ayesha’s therapy is client-centred and strength-based: she’ll highlight your strengths, work with you to find the best therapeutic approach, and tailor coping strategies to your needs.
Ayesha has experience supporting children, youth, and young adults in community and educational settings. Ayesha is also interested in working with post-secondary students. She has experience in this area through her roles as Student Mentor and Student Representative at Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University). Ayesha recognizes that it takes courage to start this journey. She’ll support you every step of the way as you work towards your counselling goals.
Master of Social Work, University of Toronto (2022)
Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, Toronto Metropolitan University (2019)
Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers
Ontario Association of Social Workers