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Experience

A qualified mental health practitioner and more...

Multicultural counselling and a trauma-informed approach

I have worked with individuals from over 50 nationalities on a broad range of mental health issues, with a focus on stress      and trauma. I am certified in therapeutic approaches for the treatment of trauma, such as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and The Rewind Technique.

International experience in the humanitarian sector

My experience with the UN and international organizations, spanning nearly two decades, comprises staff counselling and human resources management. This includes 13 years spent in the Middle East, supporting both international and national staff in complex humanitarian settings (Lebanon, West Bank, Gaza, Jordan and Syria). 

Organizational-level interventions and training

As a Staff Counsellor for a large UN agency based in Geneva,

I supported the implementation of the UN Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy, provided counselling to staff worldwide, and lead numerous workshops for managers and staff on subjects such as psychological safety, psychosocial risks in the workplace, stress management and wellbeing, empathy-based stress and vicarious trauma for frontline workers, and post-traumatic growth. I have also collaborated with the UN System Staff College (UNSSC) to deliver training to UN staff.

Added value for clients

This combination of experiences has provided me with an intimate understanding of the wellbeing issues and employment conditions of international and national staff working in humanitarian settings. It has also allowed me to become well-acquainted with the operational, management, and regulatory frameworks of international organizations. This enables me to effectively support clients experiencing wellbeing concerns in the workplace by quickly discerning the key issues to ensure relevant interventions.  

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Therapies offered

These modalities are not mutually exclusive; they can be combined or each be provided on a stand alone basis.  

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Individual Counselling 

Counselling offers a safe space where the client works with a qualified mental health professional* to uncover the underlying causes to their issues and concerns, and to develop strategies to overcome them. Goals are set around 1) desired behavioral change, 2) improving the client’s ability to establish and maintain relationships, 3) enhancing resilience and the ability to cope, 4) healthy decision-making, and 5) development. The process provides the client with needed support, promotes healing, and leads to personal growth. 

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Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR)

EMDR is an evidence-based therapy for trauma recommended by the World Health Organization, the American Psychiatric Association, and the American Psychological Association among others. It is a structured therapy that involves briefly focusing on the trauma memory while simultaneously experiencing bilateral stimulation (e.g. eye movements, tapping or auditory tones). This leads to a reduction of the vividness and emotion associated with the trauma memories. Learn more about EMDR.

* As a Canadian Certified Counsellor, I adhere to the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) and fulfill its requirements for ongoing professional development.

Specialties & Expertise

Specialties

Stress and burnout

Empathy-based stress*

Trauma and PTSD

Depression

Anxiety disorders

Career counselling

 

*Compassion fatigue, vicarious traumatization and secondary traumatic stress

Languages spoken

English

French

Armenian

Client focus

Adults

Individuals

Humanitarian aid workers

Expatriates

Therapy

approach

Integrative therapist specializing in evidence-based cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).   Incorporates techniques from other approaches, such as person-centered, psychodynamic, and solution-focused brief therapy (SFBT) for a customized treatment.

Qualifications 

 

Education and training

‣ Master’s in Counseling, Seton Hall University, New Jersey, USA 

‣ Bachelor’s in Psychology, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada

‣ Certificate in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for Clinical Practitioners, Adler Professional Graduate School

‣ Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapist, recognized by EMDR Canada and EMDRIA

‣ Certificate in The Rewind Technique (treatment for trauma, PTSD, and phobias), Human Givens Institute

‣ Certificate in Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), LivingWorks (a WHO-approved training)

Professional certification and memberships*  

‣ Canadian Certified Counsellor, Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) - #13935

‣ Full Member of EMDR Canada

Full Member of EMDR International Association (EMDRIA)

Associate Member of the American Psychological Association (APA)

 

 

* Certification and directory listings can be accessed through the links and logos above.

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