Faiza Khalil is passionate about using a person-centered approach in supporting people with their personal journeys and living as their most authentic selves.
Since completing her Bachelor’s degree at UBC in 2011, Faiza has held multiple roles where she has supported clients with mental health concerns, trauma, addiction, intimate partner violence, poverty, and complex health conditions. While volunteering on the crisis line and co-facilitating a support group at Battered Women’s Support Services Faiza found meaning in helping clients experiencing gender-based violence. Faiza has also been committed to the Downtown Eastside (DTES) community for the last 8 years, including her work at Pender Community Health Centre, a mental health and addictions clinic. She focuses on ensuring that she provides equitable medical and psychosocial care to DTES residents who are often stigmatized for living in marginalized conditions. Faiza embraces the uniqueness of each person and being able to to support them in reclaiming their power through accessible and holistic services. These experiences confirmed her passion to help people, and pursue counselling as a career. Faiza is currently completing her Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology at Yorkville University.
Sometimes life can be hard and messy. Faiza uses a trauma-informed, anti-oppressive, and intersectional feminist lens to support others in these difficult moments. She values the importance of empowering people and validating their truth throughout the counselling process.
Faiza also believes that people don’t have to wait until they are experiencing a major setback or crisis to start their healing. It’s okay to reach out for support any time! This may include moments when a person is feeling stuck or consumed by their thoughts.She encourages people to sit with their pain, as well as reflect on their experiences. Faiza finds it essential to collaborate with clients in identifying effective coping skills and tools that personally resonate with them.
Family Relationship Struggle
Substance Use and Addiction
Grief & Loss
Self-Worth and Personal Growth
Goal Setting and Motivation
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Solution Focused Therapy
Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT)
Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)
Somatic Approach/Body Integration
What experience or background do you bring to your counselling that is uniquely yours?
A unique experience that I bring to counselling is that I have been fortunate to work with individuals from various age groups including youth, adults, and older adults. I have found that regardless of someone's stage in their life, we all have the same needs for self-acceptance, self-worth, and belonging.
What is a personal challenge that you have overcome in your own life?
After years of discomfort and hardship, I was able to find my own voice and become my biggest advocate. As a woman of colour, I grew up in the South Asian community, where I was encouraged to be quiet and agreeable. This affected me as an adult where I began working in primarily White workplaces and often second-guessed myself and my abilities. I realized that this wasn't sustainable for my mental wellness, professional growth, and the fierce woman that I knew I was! From this experience, I strive to ensure that the voices of BIPOC are centered and amplified.
What have you learned from your work?
I have learned that developing a genuine and therapeutic connection with others is everything. Beginning therapy can be an intimidating process, so I make it a priority to build a safe and trusting space where people feel comfortable to discuss their concerns and issues.
What is your favourite thing about working closely with people every day?
My favourite part is witnessing people recognize and acknowledge their personal strengths. It is truly a privilege to be present in someone's vulnerability, and to have them realize how much work they have put into their overall well-being.
What is the most important thing you’ve learned this year?
The most important thing that I’ve learned is that while there are so many things that are out of our control, there are also things that we do have control over. It is important to focus on what these things are to help us make positive and lasting changes in our lives.