Alaleh Shakourianfard is a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO). She received her Master’s of Arts in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University in 2016, and her Honours Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from York University in 2013.
In her practice, she supports adolescents, adults, and LGBTQ2IA+ identifying individuals that are experiencing difficult life situations and transitions, stress, anxiety, depression, trauma, and anger. She strives to provide a safe space for clients to explore themselves and help them develop new insights and skills.
Her experience has provided her with a wide range of knowledge, including providing therapy and facilitating groups with youth, and women who have experienced traumatic situations, as well as individuals who have experienced motor vehicle and workplace related traumas. She has experience in both private practice and community programs.
Alaleh strives to take a client-centered, and eclectic approach to her work. Her practice draws from cognitive and behavioural, humanistic, somatic, experiential, solution focused, and collaborative, dependent on individual needs. She takes special interest in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).
Common concerns I focus on:
Stress is a response to environmental pressures or demands, especially in a situation where we feel a threat or a danger to our well-being. It can also occur when pressures or demands on placed on us. Symptoms of stress can be felt physically (i.e. headaches), emotionally (i.e. irritability) or cognitively (i.e. difficulty concentrating). Although experiencing some level of stress is a normal part of life, prolonged stress can lead to physical and psychological problems.
Depression is a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think and how you act. Depression causes feelings of sadness, as well as a loss of interest in activities once enjoyed. It can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems and can decrease a person’s ability to function both at work and at home.
Anxiety occurs when we think and act in an apprehensive manner when we worry about an event or a situation. It is a state of uneasiness when we worry. It is normal to experience anxiety occasionally. However, it turns into a disorder, which is a disruption to normal functioning when the anxiety starts to interfere with a normal lifestyle.
Self-esteem is made up of the thoughts, feelings, and opinions we have about ourselves. It is the feeling we have about all the things we see ourselves to be. It is the knowledge that we are lovable, capable, and unique. Self-esteem is being able to see all your abilities and weaknesses together, accepting them, and doing your best with what you have.