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Anuschka Naidoo

MA Registered Clinical Counsellor

What experience or background do you bring to your counselling and supervision practice that is uniquely yours?

As a teenager and young adult, I saw a handful of counsellors and had some pretty terrible experiences! Those experiences taught me a lot – especially how we as humans can impact each other on so many levels. In counselling, I’m constantly checking in with myself and my clients to ensure I support them in the best ways possible. I feel a strong sense of ethical responsibility to continually educate myself on best practices and develop my counselling skills.

What is your favourite thing about working closely with people every day?

I am blown away by the courage, motivation, and strength that my clients have! When working with people on a deeper level, there is a certain type of energy and momentum that is created - and it can become contagious. I leave my day at the office feeling inspired and awakened in so many ways and it is so rewarding to hear similar stories from the people I work with.

What is a personal challenge that you have overcome in your own life?

Navigating my relationship with my partner as we entered parenthood was challenging. As a new mom, I experienced many highs and lows and the rollercoaster ride took a toll on me and on our relationship. My partner and I had some difficult conversations, were vulnerable, and stepped out of our comfort zones for the betterment of our relationship and the wellbeing of our family. Taking the time to connect on a daily basis, managing realistic expectations of each other, and reminding ourselves of why we chose to be together in the first place has strengthened our relationship.

What have you learned from your work?

The thing I’m constantly reminded of is that pain is inescapable. Sometimes when we are going through really difficult experiences – relationship problems, financial distress, career transitions, and mental health problems - we truly feel alone in the world. The more and more I work with others, the more I am reminded that pain – whether physical, mental, or emotional – is inevitable in life. The more we connect about it, the less time we spend suffering alone.