MEET THE team

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Samiyah Zawawi

Co-founder, Registered Psychotherapist

My practice is trauma-informed, and incorporates various techniques from Narrative Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Attachment-based  techniques. In addition, my work experience with youth has provided the opportunity of incorporating creative mediums in session which include expressive art.  

In person and virtual services provided. 

Education & CERTIFICATIONS:

  • Master’s in Educational Counselling - University of Ottawa

  • Registered Psychotherapist

  • Canadian Certified Counsellor 

LANGUAGE

  • English

  • Spanish

  • Arabic

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Wala’a Farahat

Co-founder, Registered Psychotherapist

My approach is holistic, trauma-informed, and incorporates Somatic Experiencing, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Narrative Therapy. I also draw from various therapeutic techniques to ensure my services are client centered and tailored to your needs. I am passionate about play therapy and the power of play, and am a member of the Canadian Association for Play Therapy.

In person and virtual services provided. 

Education & CERTIFICATIONS:

  • Master’s in Counselling and Spirituality - Saint Paul University

  • Registered Psychotherapist

  • 3 Level training with the Canadian Association for Play Therapy

LANGUAGE

  • English

  • Arabic

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Amana Halawa

Qualifying Registered Psychotherapist 

My approach incorporates various techniques from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy and Emotion-Focused Therapy. Additionally, my education and work experience has well positioned me to provide spiritually oriented therapy.  I have a passion for working with clients from all walks of life, I prioritize cultivating a space for my clients to feel heard and understood throughout their therapeutic journey.

Only virtual services provided.

Education & CERTIFICATIONS:

  • Master’s in Counselling Psychology

  • Counselling from an Islamic Theoretical Orientation

  • Continuing education certificates in Traditionally Islamically Intergraded Psychotherapy

LANGUAGE

  • English

  • French

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Ahmed El Khazndar

Qualifying Registered Psychotherapist 

We learn to be firmly rooted in compassion as we embark on our path of healing and growth. Compassion means working with, not struggling against; approaching life as an experience to be had, not as a problem to be solved. Compassion is the foundation upon which I build my approach in therapy. I depart from a holistic and compassion-focused approach that integrates attachment-oriented, trauma-informed, spiritually oriented, meaning-centred and client-centred perspectives.

In person and virtual services provided. 

Education & CERTIFICATIONS:

  • Master’s in Counselling and Spirituality – Saint Paul University

  • Continuing education certificates in Traditional Islamically Integrated Psychotherapy

  • Bachelor of Science (Combined Honours) in Neuroscience and Biology – Carleton University

LANGUAGE

  • English

  • Arabic

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Nadeen almubarak

Registered Psychotherapist 

I approach psychotherapy from a collaborative point of view, with a focus on establishing a strong and transparent relationship with my clients, using different modalities, including Narrative Therapy, Trauma-informed Therapy, and Attachment-based techniques. I am committed to supporting clients in exploring and creating new narratives for their stories, ones that fit more closely with their goals in life.

Only virtual services provided.

Education & CERTIFICATIONS:

  • Master’s in Counselling Psychology -University of Ottawa

  • Registered Psychotherapist

  • Certified in ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training)

LANGUAGE

  • English

  • Arabic

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Ayaan islam

Administrative Assistant

I am starting my first year of the BSc Biomedical Science program at the University of Ottawa this fall. I am very excited to be working with Rubiks Counselling Services as I will have the opportunity to support the delivery of mental health services in my community. I am passionate about ending the stigma around mental health and providing accessible mental health services to individuals from diverse backgrounds. In my free time I enjoy finding new places to eat, working out and spending time with my friends and family.

Education & CERTIFICATIONS:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma 2021

  • Ontario Scholar & Silver Medal Recipient 

LANGUAGE

  • English

  • French