Davina

Mukinav

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Registered Social Worker
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English

Davina is here to support you with anxiety, depression, and life transitions.

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Davina supports young adults and adults who struggle with transitions (career, academics, and relationships), intrusive thoughts, self-esteem, stress management, and perfectionism. She can help you better understand how life stressors affect your physical, psychological, and social health.

Davina holds many intersecting identities. She works with diverse populations and provides therapy from an anti-oppressive framework. She’ll support you based on your unique needs. Davina provides a safe, warm, and non-judgmental space where you can explore these difficulties and work towards better outcomes. She can help you make positive changes by focusing on what you can control. 

Davina’s practice is person-centered and draws from therapeutic modalities such as cognitive behavioural therapy, narrative therapy, emotionally-focused therapy, and other approaches. She is passionate about developing a strong therapeutic relationship to help you achieve your goals. Davina recognizes that it takes courage to start therapy. She’ll meet you where you’re at and empower you with tools to lead a healthy, balanced life.

Right for you if:

You are struggling with burnout and would like support in developing coping mechanisms.
You experience anxiety, depression, or self esteem concerns.
You would like someone to help you process a challenging life transition or event.
You are looking to make real change, and are open to putting in the work.

More about

Davina

Master of Social Work, University of Toronto (2022)

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology & Sociology, Trent University (2020)

Safe TALK Suicide Prevention (Trent University)

Mental Health First Aid (Mental Health Commission of Canada)

Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers 

Ontario Association of Social Workers

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Q&A

What do you do to take care of your own mental health?
For me, self-care is crucial. So, that means noticing when I am feeling overwhelmed and actively taking steps to prevent burnout or simply taking time to refuel. I try my best to practice self-care every day so things like sleep, eating a balanced meal, have a morning and night routine, taking time to spend with friends and family, making time for myself (to reflect, journal, pray or meditate) are all crucial to my mental wellbeing
What is a motto or idea that gives you reassurance when you’re having a difficult time?
A motto that gives me reassurance when I am having a difficult time is "no season can last forever'. This phrase reminds me that there is a season for everything, and everything will eventually pass. I may feel that the weight of the world is on my shoulders right now, but it is just right now. Everything goes away. And when possible, I try to view the challenge as an opportunity to grow and learn. I know that I would not be the person I am today if not for the challenges and obstacles I had to face in the past. So, when I am going through a difficult time, I try to ask myself what can I learn and what do I need the next few minutes, days, or weeks to be okay.
What does good mental health look like to you?
Good mental health looks like balance, mentally and emotionally. This does not mean that we are overly optimistic or pessimistic but rather have a healthy balance between these two mindsets.

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