Maheen Sayal, MSW RSW


Maheen Sayal, MSW RSW


Supporting you with parenting and relationships challenges, family conflict, grief and loss, anxiety and depression

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Meet Maheen

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.

In addition to her work at Shift, Maheen is a Professional Counsellor at Sheridan College and supports students with issues such as anxiety, depression and emotional disturbances. Her prior experience includes working with youth and adults in various clinical settings such as Peel Children’s Centre, Muslim Community Services, Associated Youth Services of Peel, and York University.

Maheen has comprehensive training in Clinical Hypnosis, Cybercounselling, Solution-Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Multisystemic Family Therapy and Energy Freedom Techniques. She uses best practices to help individuals, couples and families make meaningful, lasting changes to their lives.

Maheen’s approach to therapy is grounded in an atmosphere of safety, empathy and collaboration. She is effective at customizing her style of therapy depending on presenting issues and goals clients bring to the session. She is an empathetic and non-judgmental listener and takes great joy in helping her clients cope with distress, process difficult emotions, change distorted thought patterns, identify their inner resources, improve productivity and make critical decisions.


  • Divorce and separation

  • Relational issues (marital and premarital)

  • Family conflict

  • Grief and loss

  • Parent Counselling

  • Stress and anxiety

  • Student-related stress (pertaining to academic, transition to independent living, and financial strain)

  • Emotion Regulation

  • Trauma

  • Self-Esteem and confidence

  • Life Transitions


Maheen holds a Master of Social Work degree from The University of Toronto and an undergraduate degree in Social Development Studies from University of Waterloo

Advanced Trainings

  • Clinical Hypnosis Certificate - University of Toronto, Toronto, ON

  • Trauma-Focused – CBT (TF-CBT) - MUSC (Medical University of South Carolina)

  • Solution Focused Counselling Certificate - University of Toronto, Toronto, ON

  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy - Dr. Andrew Spice and Dr. Nathalie Lovasz, The Mindfulness Clinic, Toronto, ON

  • Internal Family Systems - Tanis Allen, The Centre for Self Leadership, Visiting Lecturer in Toronto, ON

  • Brief and Narrative Therapy Training - Karen Young, The Windz Institute, Oakville, ON

  • Multisystemic Therapy - Associated Youth Services of Peel, Mississauga, ON

  • Energy Freedom Techniques, Bob Schwartz - The Windz Institute, Oakville

  • Applied Suicide Intervention Training (ASIST) - CMHA

  • Critical Incident Group Debriefing - Crisis and Trauma Resource Institute, Toronto, ON

  • Suicide Prevention, Intervention, and Postvention Strategies - Crisis and Trauma Resource Institute, Toronto, ON

  • Understanding and Managing Aggressive Behavior - Peel Children’s Centre, Mississauga, ON

  • The Practice of Cybercounselling Level 1 Certification - University of Toronto, Toronto, ON

  • Sexual Assault Crisis Intervention - (Formerly) Rape Crisis Centre of Peel, Mississauga, ON

Professional Memberships

Maheen is a Registered Social Worker (RSW) and a member in good standing with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW)