Maryam works with people to identify and leverage their strengths, resilience and resources to meet their life goals. She encourages clients to gain a more compassionate understanding of their struggles and identify barriers that might be holding them back from their goals. Maryam supports clients to heal from the past, explore core values and develop purposeful actions for a more fulfilling life and satisfying relationships.
Maryam is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with a Masters degree in Counselling Psychology from Adler University and a Bachelor’s degree in Genetics and Mathematics from UBC.
What experience or background do you bring to your counselling that is uniquely yours?
This isn’t unique to me, but I deeply care about my clients and what happens to them. I think one of the most powerful experiences we have in counselling is when the crux of what we hold closest and dearest to our heart is witnessed and understood by someone. Those have been the most powerful moments for me in counselling, both as a counsellor and a client.
What is a personal challenge that you have overcome in your own life?
Finding a career that was an authentic expression of who I am took longer than I thought it would. For me, it was very important to love what I do for a living. I was interested in psychology and how to live fully but didn’t know how to structure these things as a career. I even took courses in radio broadcasting, magazine writing and life coaching before realizing that as a therapist I could receive the framework and foundational training to do it all.
What I learned through my career journey was that when faced with uncertainty, one thing I could do was take small steps towards exploring my interests, and keep taking those steps until the path ahead became clear - which it did!
What have you learned from your work?
We’re meant to feel both pain and joy. Loss, heartbreak and disappointment are natural parts of life, even a “happy” one. We have the capacity to thrive and find fulfilment even when faced with adversity. The trick is to realize that painful feelings aren’t as scary as they seem and that we’re able to weather them a lot better than we think. We go to incredible lengths to avoid painful feelings, but if we lean into them we rid them of their hold on us, and that makes room for more joy in our life.