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Rida Fatima


Ontario, Canada


South Asian


English and Urdu

Who I help

Individuals ages 16 & up

What I help with

Anxiety, Panic attacks, Stress, Depression, Domestic Abuse, Maladaptive thoughts, Relationship Challenges, Communication difficulties, Self-esteem and Self-improvement.

My Approach

Person-Centred Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, and Culturally Sensitive Therapy.

Special Trainings

Certified in Trauma-informed Practice (TIP) through University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Trainings in CBT and DBT through University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. 

Books I Recommend

  1. The Body Keeps The Score by Bessel van der Kolk M.D.
  2.  The 5 love Languages by Gary Chapman
  3. The book you wish your parents had read (and your children will be glad you read) by Philippa Perry

About Me

Salāmun ʿAlaykum!

My name is Rida Fatima and I am a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying). I graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Science degree, with a double major in Psychology and Health Studies. I also completed my Masters in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University.

The mental health field has been a passion of mine since high school as I worked and volunteered in various mental health facilities, such as hospitals, kids rehab center and different clinics. Furthermore, from my past roles as a Special Needs Teacher, Crisis Line Responder and Mental Health Counsellor, my interest in the field of counselling grew when I noticed a lack of awareness in the South Asian communities and importance given to an individual’s mental health, as well as the ways it could impact their quality of life. Therefore, one of my goal is to remove the stigma attached to the mental health care and help individuals reach their highest potential.

Choosing to start therapy can feel intimidating and overwhelming, however, my aim is to make this process as comfortable as possible. Through my work, my desire is to build a strong collaborative relationship with my clients and provide them with a safe, respectful and non-judgmental environment in which stories and life experiences can be discussed. I highly value a client-centered approach; therefore, we will construct a treatment plan which is unique to every individual’s needs, goals and strengths.

We will collaboratively work together at examining the underlying causes for the problems you may be experiencing and subsequently discuss steps on how to tackle them. In addition, my aim will be to help you recognize your strengths and assist you to focus on self-care to gain the self-confidence in facing life challenges. 

If you sense that you are prepared to commence on a journey towards prosperity and better mental health, then I aspire to connect with you towards this constructive change. (As per the command of Allah in Sūrah al-Māʾidah, Verse # 2 to help one another in righteousness and piety).

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