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Deema Elkaswani

MC, CCC, Canadian Certified Counsellor #10005582

Deema believes the relationship you have with your counsellor should be filled with trust, reliability, comfort and warmth. She works alongside you to create a safe space for you to come in and simply be yourself. She understands that being vulnerable can be scary and she views it as a beautiful and honest experience to be shared in a safe, open space. She feels honoured and privileged to hold space for you as she supports your mental wellness journey.

Deema primarily practices from a Person Centred Therapy approach with the inclusion of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Mindfulness when useful. She believes that a collaborative approach to counselling will encourage and facilitate personal growth towards an individual's therapeutic goals. We all have our own battles, some feel easier to deal with than others. Regardless of the weight they carry, we shouldn’t have to deal with them alone.

Deema holds a Masters Degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of Calgary and she is a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA). Her counselling experience has ranged from supporting a diverse range of individuals from different stages of life and backgrounds. She has experience helping people struggling with anxiety, depression, life transitions, relationships, self-esteem, boundary setting, stress, crisis, grief and loss, and substance use.

Outside of Peak, Deema can be found reading, painting or candle-making - she’s always trying to learn something new!

Life transitions

Anxiety

Depression

Stress

Motivation and goal setting

Self esteem

Communication skills

Ending and starting new relationships

Grief and Loss

Substance abuse

Person Centred Therapy

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Mindfulness

Motivational Interviewing

Group therapy

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

A personal challenge I have overcome is the grief over the passing of my father last year. My grief has been multi-layered as the relationship with my father was strained for the majority of my life. Therefore while I was grieving his death, I was also grieving the loss I felt as a young child. In my efforts to process my grief, I have sought support from people I trust, I have allowed myself the honest space to feel my feelings no matter how painful they were and arguably most important - I accepted that grief can be a long journey.

What have you learned from your work?

I have learned that while we all have our differences and unique qualities, we all have very similar needs. We all need to feel supported, understood, validated, cared for, and accepted. These basic human needs are not conditional to our race, ethnicity, background, or age. No matter who you are, who you identify as and what your story is - we all deserve to be welcomed into a safe and open space to be who we are.

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

My favourite thing about working closely with people everyday is knowing that I play a role in their wellness journey. I recognize that energy plays a role in our work and I take pride in knowing I bring a positive, warm and comforting energy to the space we sit in. I love connecting with people to understand how our work is benefiting them, where it can improve, what we can try next and what they need less or more of. Being part of your support team is something I hold near and dear to my heart as I believe it is a privilege to hear your story and be part of your healing. I believe the best in people and I enjoy uplifting, encouraging, motivating and giving space to those seeking it.